Houghton Tour Guides

Our Tour Guides know Houghton College inside and out!

Browse their profiles to see who might lead your tour during your upcoming campus visit, or learn more about the tour guide who introduced you to the Houghton College community, while you were here.


Hope Barnes

Major: Intercultural Studies

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: Jefferson, NH

Activities: Houghton Ballroom and Swing, Martial Arts Club, Emmanuel Scholars

Favorite On-Campus Event: Midnight Breakfast

Favorite Thing About Houghton: The people! I love our professors and have made so many friends here.

Fun Fact About Me: I’ve lived and worked in 4 countries so far, hopefully with more to come.

Tip for Prospective Students: Get to know actual students when you visit! That’s the best way to learn about the actual college experience.


Adam Brown

Major: Physics & Math

Graduation Year: 2023

Hometown: Orwigsburg, PA

Activities: Varsity Tennis Team, Physics TA, Admission Intern

Favorite On-Campus Event: SPOT, the student-led campus variety show and Rollerskating Night in Nielsen

Favorite Thing About Houghton: Community!!! (but seriously it’s the people here: profs, staff, and students all)

Fun Fact About Me: I’ve hiked 16 / 46 High Peaks in the Adirondacks, and it’s my goal to hike them all.

Tip for Prospective Students: Choose the place the makes you happy. Many colleges will give you similar educations in your major, but you wouldn’t be happy at every college.


Megan Brown

Major: Writing

Graduation Year: 2022

Hometown: Ripley, NY

Activities: The Lanthorn, Houghton’s literary magazine

Favorite On-Campus Event: Soccer Games or Sunday Worship Night

Favorite Thing About Houghton: It used to be Perry’s Ice Cream, but really it’s having a Christian support system.

Fun Fact About Me: I am an avid knitter.

Tip for Prospective Students: Visit the colleges you apply to and try to contact your guidance counselor to find out how to get more financial aid.


Kimberlyn Brocht

Major: Biology (Pre-Vet)

Graduation Year: 2022

Hometown: Henrietta, NY

Activities: Resident Assistant, Jazz Ensemble, Pre-Health Professions Club, Social Media Assistant, Teaching Assistant

Favorite On-Campus Event: Rollerskating Night in Nielsen

Favorite Thing About Houghton: The amazing professors and faculty

Fun Fact About Me: I spent 6 weeks in Europe in the summer of 2019.

Tip for Prospective Students: Check out CampusReel!


Dylan Burton

Major: Adolescent Education & Augmented History

Graduation Year: 2022

Hometown: Franklinville, NY

Activities: Resident Assistant, Koinionia Worship Team, Admission Intern

Favorite On-Campus Event: SPOT, our student-led variety show

Favorite Thing About Houghton: I love the community here!

Fun Fact About Me: My absolute dream job would be to run a golf course.

Tip for Prospective Students: Even if you feel that you have fallen in love with a school make sure you check out all options! It is better to visit more schools than to not visit enough.


Kara Cusker

Major: Chemistry & Business Management

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: Rochester, NY

Activities: Houghton Consulting Group, Houghton Student Enterprises

Favorite On-Campus Event: SPOT, a student-led campus variety show

Favorite Thing About Houghton: I love my professors and hearing the many diverse experiences they share with us!

Fun Fact About Me: My family got a big 5th wheel RV this past summer and we’ve done a couple trips in it but my parents are going to retire in it and travel the country when my sister and I are done with college. I can’t wait to fly out and meet them wherever they are!

Tip for Prospective Students: I want to encourage you to talk to people around campus that you see; students love to interact with you and share their experiences with you!


Grace Deitrick

Major: Communication & Theology

Graduation Year: 2023

Hometown: New Columbia, PA

Activities: Residence Life (RA), College Choir

Favorite On-Campus Event: So many favorites! But I love the Hough-down 🙂

Favorite Thing About Houghton: The way the professors care for each student in an individualized way

Fun Fact About Me: I’m left handed!

Tip for Prospective Students: Keep an open mind, and ask lots of questions when visiting!


Regan DeWeese

Major: Inclusive Childhood Education

Graduation Year: 2022

Hometown: Horseheads, NY

Activities: Journey’s End Tutoring, Tutoring at the Houghton Academy, Ski Club

Favorite On-Campus Event: SPOT, a student-led variety show

Favorite Thing About Houghton: I get to study my dream job and live with my best friends at the same time!

Fun Fact About Me: I love hiking and climbed Mt. Marcy this summer!

Tip for Prospective Students: Keep a journal of your experience on campus during your visit, and take notes on what stood out to you and how you fit into the campus. Then you can look back on your visit when deciding.


Josh Ellis

Major: Music

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: Forestville, NY

Activities: Lyric Theatre, Koinonia, College Choir

Favorite On-Campus Event: Koinonia, a weekly student-led worship service

Favorite Thing About Houghton: The Houghton trails

Fun Fact About Me: I’ve had the same roommate for 4 years!

Tip for Prospective Students: Make the most of today! Tomorrow can wait.


Brianna Engler

Major: Psychology

Graduation Year: 2022

Hometown: Fillmore, NY

Activities: London Honors Program Teaching Assistant (TA)

Favorite On-Campus Event: Rollerskating Night in the Nielsen Center

Favorite Thing About Houghton: My favorite thing about Houghton is the relationships that I have made. This includes my friendships and relationships with professors and staff.

Fun Fact About Me: I am the oldest of six children. Needless to say, it is a busy household!

Tip for Prospective Students: Visit Letchworth! It is such a beautiful state park and a wonderful place during all seasons.


Mikayla Gaffney

Major: Psychology & Intercultural Studies

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: Berthoud, CO

Activities: Soccer Team

Favorite On-Campus Event: SPOT, a student-led variety show

Favorite Thing About Houghton: The community and emotional support structure it gives

Fun Fact About Me: I kept my succulent alive for the entire summer! New achievement!

Tip for Prospective Students: God can provide an abundance of opportunities for you anywhere, so ask people what they don’t like about their school! It may seem counter-intuitive but when the “cons” of a place are not an issue for you, you’ve found a place you can thrive!


Tristin Gleason

Major: Communication

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: Bolivar, NY

Activities: Cross-Country, Track & Field, Junior Admission Intern

Favorite On-Campus Event: SPOT, our student-led variety show and Midnight Breakfast

Favorite Thing About Houghton: The relationships I have with friends and professors

Fun Fact About Me: I love learning about conspiracy theories.

Tip for Prospective Students: Do not stress too much, and take things one day at a time. You will make it, and you will do well. God knows even when you feel like you don’t.


Kathryn Groff

Major: Communication

Graduation Year: 2023

Hometown: Jasper, NY

Activities: Wind Ensemble, Women’s Soccer

Favorite On-Campus Event: Annual Homecoming Dance, Koinonia, a student-led weekly worship service

Favorite Thing About Houghton: The people and the professors

Fun Fact About Me: I am a fourth generation Houghton student.

Tip for Prospective Students: Don’t be afraid to talk to students that you see on campus!


Joy LoHouse

Major: Intercultural Studies with TESOL Concentration

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: Grand Island, NY

Favorite On-Campus Event: Midnight Breakfast

Favorite Thing About Houghton: The view! I love going for walks in the Houghton woods.

Fun Fact About Me: I never learned how to swim!

Tip for Prospective Students: Take your time, and be sure to take notes about the colleges you visit, so that you can look at them in the future to help with your decision.


Allison Morgan

Major: Mathematics

Graduation Year: 2023

Hometown: Tucson, AZ

Activities: Volleyball

Favorite On-Campus Event: Homecoming (Purple vs. Gold) Week

Favorite Thing About Houghton: How deeply and authentically everyone cares about each other, students and staff included.

Fun Fact About Me: I used to be on a competitive jump rope team!

Tip for Prospective Students: Find the place where you most feel at home, and trust your instincts.


Bryce Preston

Major: Psychology & Communication

Graduation Year: 2022

Hometown: Pleasantville, PA

Activities: Mosaic Center, Gospel Choir, Ultimate Frisbee, Eco Reps

Favorite On-Campus Event: Purple & Gold Week

Favorite Thing About Houghton: Spiritual Life & Chapel

Fun Fact About Me: I’m a beekeeper!

Tip for Prospective Students: Don’t overthink it! It’s a big decision, but you will know when a college feels right for you!


Jaeden Zabula

Major: Psychology

Graduation Year: 2023

Hometown: Gaborone, Botswana

Activities: Black Heritage Club, Gospel Choir

Favorite On-Campus Event: Midnight Breakfast

Favorite Thing About Houghton: Everyone is super nice and caring.

Fun Fact About Me: Winter is my favorite season, but I don’t like being cold.

Tip for Prospective Students: Pick a place that feels like an extension of yourself, that way you can grow to your fullest potential!