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.

Emily Allen

Major: Theology

Graduation Year: 2019

Hometown: Bemus Point, NY

Activities: Highlander Wilderness Adventure, College Choir, Houghton Martial Arts Club, Emmanuel Scholars, Honors in London, Summer Ministry Team

Favorite On-Campus Event: Roller-skate Night in the Nielsen Center

Favorite Thing About Houghton: Spiritual Life

Fun Fact About Me: I’m really good at whistling!

Tip for Prospective Students: Look for a school that inspires you to love your field of study even more!


Drew Bundy

Major: Masters of Music in Music Composition

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: DuBois, PA

Activities: College Choir

Favorite Thing About Houghton: My professors

Fun Fact About Me: I really like to cook.

Tip for Prospective Students: Remember where the bathrooms are!


Dylan Burton

Major: Adolescent Education & Augmented History

Graduation Year: 2022

Hometown: Franklinville, NY

Activities: Resident Assistant, Koinionia Worship Team

Favorite On-Campus Event: Koinionia, our weekly student-led worship night

Favorite Thing About Houghton: Everyone around campus is so welcoming and you can walk around campus and people smile at you.

Fun Fact About Me: I’m a Pastor’s kid.

Tip for Prospective Students: Take your studies seriously your freshman year because your course load will increase as you move ahead in classes.


Brionna Childs

Major: Communication & Marketing

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: Warren, PA

Activities: Choir, Lyric Theatre, Cheerleading

Favorite On-Campus Event: Beginning of school bonfire

Favorite Thing About Houghton: Walking the trails during the fall and seeing the view from the Overlook Trail.

Fun Fact about Me: I was five years old when I was in my first musical.

Tip for Prospective Students: Be confident and smile often! J


Kara Cusker

Major: Chemistry & Business Management

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: Rochester, NY

Activities: Psychology Club, Admission Reception Intern

Favorite On-Campus Event: Midnight Breakfast

Favorite Thing About Houghton: The people here, how friendly everyone is and my personal relationships with my professors.

Fun Fact About Me: I LOVE giraffes, like A LOT! I got to feed one this summer; they have purple tongues!

Tip for Prospective Students: Talk to people here! Get the real feel for our campus and community!


Michael Earle

Major: Masters of Arts in Music Industry

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: Falconer, NY

Activities: Music Industry

Favorite Thing About Houghton: The community atmosphere.

Fun Fact About Me: I’ve helped raise wild bunnies!

Tip for Prospective Students: ASK QUESTIONS. Fall in love with the school, not just your major. Love your field of study.


Geri Edwards

Major: Theology & Communications

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: Westernville, NY

Activities: Features editor of the weekly campus newspaper, The STAR, Secretary/Treasurer of Gadfly Philosophy Club

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

Favorite Thing About Houghton: The people and the professors.

Fun Fact About Me: I did competitive marching band for four years and was the drumline.

Tip for Prospective Students: Make sure you talk to some of the current students! Everyone is very welcoming, and you can get a more in depth feel of the Houghton community.


Josh Ellis

Major: Music- Vocal Performance

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: Forestville, NY

Activities: Student Government Association, Lyric Theatre, Houghton A Capella, Emmanuel Scholars, Koinionia

Favorite On-Campus Event: The Cry

Favorite Thing About Houghton: The Houghton woods.

Fun Fact About Me: I once illegally swam in a Croatian waterfall.

Tip for Prospective Students: Go outside as much as possible while the sun is shining!


Brianna Engler

Major: Psychology & Criminal Justice

Graduation Year: 2022

Hometown: Fillmore, NY

Activities: Houghton Symphony Orchestra

Favorite On-Campus Event: Christmas Prism Concert

Favorite Thing About Houghton: The Field of Dreams.

Fun Fact About Me: I am the oldest of six children.

Tip for Prospective Students: Don’t spend all of your flex dollars in the first month on coffee!


Mikayla Gaffney

Major: Psychology & Intercultural Studies

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: Boulder, CO

Activities: Soccer, Track, Cross-Country (previously)

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

Favorite Thing About Houghton: The intentionality put into relationships.

Fun Fact About Me: When I was little, I made my dad take me to a weather convention for our daddy-daughter date to listen to lectures!

Tip for Prospective Students: Ask people what they like least about their college, then ask yourself, can I live with that? God has great opportunities for you wherever you go but there are some deal-breakers.


Tristin Gleason

Major: Communication

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: Bolivar, NY

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

Favorite On-Campus Event: Koinionia, our weekly student-led worship night

Favorite Thing About Houghton: The community and the friends I have here.

Fun Fact About Me: I love to play ice hockey while on Christmas break.

Tip for Prospective Students: Enjoy your experience, soak in God’s love and work hard. It will all be worth it.


Michaela Graham

Major: Business Management & Integrated Marketing and Communication

Graduation Year: 2022

Hometown: East Aurora, NY

Activities: Executive Officer of Student Life (Student Government Association)

Favorite On-Campus Event: Accepted Student Weekend, Koinionia, SPOT (a student-led variety show), Midnight Breakfast

Favorite Thing About Houghton: How the professors care about you; the atmosphere in our coffee shop, Java 101.

Fun Fact About Me: I love giraffes with a strong passion (but not in a weird way).

Tip for Prospective Students: Every college will have your major (mostly), so think about what atmosphere you want!


Jared Hobson

Major: Communication

Graduation Year: 2020

Hometown: Corning, NY

Activities: Shenawana Assistant Resident Director, New Vision Week, Committee for Harassment Prevention and Protection

Favorite On-Campus Event: Roller-skate Night in the Nielsen Center

Favorite Thing About Houghton: How campus enables people to meet others with such different backgrounds and build relationships.

Fun Fact About Me: I took fencing lessons for a year from a man who competed in the Olympics for France.

Tip for Prospective Students: Don’t be afraid to not have all the answers and plans! Rest assured that “not knowing” will be ok!


Joy LoHouse

Major: Intercultural Studies with TESOL Concentration

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Activities: Women’s Soccer, Journey’s End Tutoring with refugees in Buffalo, Student Tutoring

Favorite On-Campus Event: Midnight Breakfast

Favorite Thing About Houghton: The beautiful views and access to nature.

Fun Fact About Me: I’m really bad at swimming and I’m learning to speak Japanese.

Tip for Prospective Students: Hikes are great for de-stressing, and don’t be afraid to ask questions or ask for help.


Ronnie Lott

Major: Biology

Graduation Year: 2020

Hometown: Portville, NY

Activities: Baseball, Pre-Health Professions Club, Research, SAAC

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

Favorite Thing About Houghton: I love our community. I have never been to a place with such a supportive and friendly group of people.

Fun Fact About Me: I have been to 21 out of 30 Major League Baseball stadiums!

Tip for Prospective Students: ASK QUESTIONS! Never be afraid to talk to one of our professors or admissions staff, they are here to help!


Mackenzie Pandina

Major: Psychology & Communication

Graduation Year: 2022

Hometown: Hilton, NY

Activities: Field Hockey, Transitions 101 Leader

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

Favorite Thing About Houghton: The location.

Fun Fact About Me: I am a certified baker.

Tip for Prospective Students: It’s ok to ask for help!


Bekah Scharf

Major: Music Education

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Activities: Koinionia Worship Team Leader, Lyric Theatre, College Choir, Student Government Association

Favorite On-Campus Event: Our student-led variety show known as SPOT, Lyric Theater Productions, & Koinionia, our student-led weekly worship night

Favorite Thing About Houghton: The professors are so personable and desire to help you learn and grow in every way possible.

Fun Fact About Me: I have a big love for pancakes and Oreos.

Tip for Prospective Students: Be open about everything! You may think you don’t like a school or something about it, but it might turn out to be your favorite thing!


Elly Tarr

Major: Masters of Music in Choral Conducting

Graduation Year: 2020

Hometown: Brooklin, ME

Activities: College Choir, Koinionia, Logos Bible Study, Men’s and Women’s Choir, Christmas Prism

Favorite On-Campus Event: Greatbatch of Acts

Favorite Thing About Houghton: Six-year (and counting!) friendships born out of 101 classes.

Fun Fact About Me: I drove a rental car through Italy and didn’t kill anyone!

Tip for Prospective Students: Write down the things you liked/didn’t like. You are visiting many schools- you may forget!


John Vernick

Major: Accounting

Graduation Year: 2020

Hometown: Rochester, NY

Activities: Cross Country, Track & Field, Houghton Consulting Group

Favorite On-Campus Event: Homecoming

Favorite Thing About Houghton: The Field of Dreams, a nearby cross-country trail

Fun Fact About Me: I was originally born in Pittsburgh area and love watching the Steelers and Penguins.

Tip for Prospective Students: Get to know the campus but get to know the student body as well!