Meet the Mentors

2019-2020 Minority Mentors

William Leonard- Lead Student Mentor (LSM)

Will Leonard 19Hello everyone, my name is William Leonard! I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and moved to Atlanta as a young child. My friends would describe me as a semi-outgoing nature enthusiast who also loves music, sports, and helping others. After long consideration, I decided to attend Mercer because it’s only about two hours from home (not too close or too far), the close-knit atmosphere a small college offers, and because of the prestigious academic reputation Mercer holds. Coming into Mercer, I only knew one person, but the Minority Mentor Program allowed me to expand my friend network and meet dedicated and driven friends who are focused on one thing, success. Heading into my senior year, I will serve as the Lead Student Mentor of the Minority Mentors and the Executive Director of Merserve Community Engagement. One thing I’ve grown passionate about is helping bridge the gap between Mercer Students and the Macon Community through community service and engagement. After graduation, I plan on going into Private Wealth Management/Real Estate and assisting people with creating financial goals, investing, and helping them fulfill those goals. As a senior, its safe to say I’ve met life-long friends through the Minority Mentor Program and I look forward to helping incoming students adjust to college life at Mercer

Jarah Childs

Jarah ChildsHi guys! My name is Jarah Childs. I am from Villa Rica, Georgia.  I am a junior Accounting major and Criminal Justice minor. I hope to use my Accounting skills to solve white-collar crimes in the future. I enjoy playing volleyball, binge- watching shows on Netflix, and listening to and writing music! I participate in many intramural sports and clubs at Mercer and I hope to add more to the list this year! My goal as a mentor is to provide the same sense of comfort that I received coming into my freshman year. College is truly a learning experience inside and outside of the classroom. I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned with you and also learn things from you guys. Welcome to our Mercer family! Go Bears!

Alexis Gonzalez

alexis Gonzalez 19Hello everyone! My name is Alexis Gonzalez and I’m from Virginia Beach, Virginia. I am a Senior Psychology and Spanish double major on a Pre-Law track. On campus, you can find me involved in multiple organizations like the National Council of Negro Women, the Organization of Black Students, Golden Key International Honor Society, and more! In my spare time I love to read, watch movies, and my absolute favorite hobby is traveling! This past summer I spent a month in Cape Town, South Africa for a life-changing Mercer on Mission Experience. I am excited to meet you all and help guide you during your freshman year! Welcome to the family Mercer Bears!

Jamea Harris

Jamea HarrisHello everybody! My name is Jamea Harris. I am from a very small town by the name of Townsend, Georgia. I am a Public Health Major on the Pre-Dental track. I’m outgoing, super fun, and energetic! I’m so ready to be one of your future mentors, and I can’t wait to meet all of you! See you in August and remember Go Bears!!






Marissa Hollingsworth

Marissa Hollingsworth 19Welcome to Mercer everyone! My name is Marissa Hollingsworth. I am from Peachtree City, Georgia. I am currently a sophomore and a Biology and Spanish double major on the pre-medicine track. I am usually studying or eating a meal with my friends. I have also been a part of Mercer's pre-med club since I came to school as well as making a co-rec intramural basketball team with some friends. I like being out at Plunkett pool or in an eno in my free time. I grew up extremely Hispanic, so if you need any kind of help transitioning or if your parents need some reassurance; I am here to help. I can't wait to meet everyone in August! GO BEARS!





Sheridan King

Sheridan King 19Hey y’all! My name is Sheridan King. I am from Statesboro, Georgia and I attended Statesboro High School. I am a sophomore double majoring in Political Science and Communication Studies with a minor in Spanish on the pre-law track. I am very involved on campus! I am currently involved in the Organization of Black Students, Pre-Law Society, Mercer Admissions Special Events Team.  I am Co-Founder and Co-President of W.O.M.E.N. I love the strong community that Mercer provides its students so I cannot wait to assist y’all in any possible! Please never hesitate to ask me any questions because I am a complete open book and do not mind helping in any possible.


Shola Ogunde

Shola Ogunde 19Hello all incoming freshmen! My name is Shola Ogunde and I will be a rising senior for the 2019-2020 academic school year.  I am originally from Birmingham, Alabama, but I grew up mainly in Marietta, Georgia.  I am blessed to be at wonderful college on the pre-med track with a major in Christianity and a minor in Chemistry and Biology.  I have a strong passion for God, and I’m involved in Baptist Christian Ministry, and I work for Bear Force.  I love to workout, hang out with friends, and just do outgoing activities all around.  My prayer is to one day become a Sports Medicine doctor and an evangelist, and use both to impact the world around me in all forms.  I am extremely excited to become a mentor this year.  I want to have a lasting impact on my mentees, and I want them to impact me as well.  I was never a mentee in the program, but what I heard from my friends that mentored was enough for me to dedicate a whole year to ensure the overall success to all who attend this program.  I want to be there every step of the way for my mentees to ensure a successful adjustment to college life in every way possible.

Jessica Olivera

Jessica Olivera 19Hello everyone! My name is Jessica Olivera. My roots stem from Puerto Rico, the Cherokee Indian Tribes, and Haiti, but I was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia and attended Lakeside High School. I’m currently a sophomore majoring in Spanish with a minor in chemistry on the pre-med track. I am apart of the exec board for Be the Light Mercer Tutoring, a Service Scholar for the Class of 2022, the Spanish Club, and the Organization of Black Students. I hope to soon start making a change in our adolescent school system, making sure every student no matter their age or race know their worth and what they are able to achieve. I never allow any time to be wasted because that wasted time could always be used to get one step closer to making a significant change in this world! I am so blessed to be a mentor this year, and I can't wait to meet yall and see all the bright, fresh ideas yall have in store to make a difference in the world!

Taj Patterson

Taj Patterson 19Hello, my name is Taj Patterson. I am a sophomore majoring in Management and Psychology with a minor in entrepreneurship. I was originally born in Boston, Massachusetts but moved down here before I even remember, so I’m pretty much from Georgia. I grew up in Newton county a small town about an hour east of Atlanta where participated in several different activities such as basketball, baseball, football, track, cross country, DECA, and culinary. I also grew up in church called Bible Way Ministries where I built the foundation of my life and core beliefs. My three favorite things are sports, superheroes and nature. I am a huge Boston fan and will cheer on all the different sports teams. On campus, I participate in the SMAC (Sports Marketing and Analytics Club)  and BCM (Baptist Collegiate Ministries). I also participated in several different intermural sports.


Tiana Phoenix

Tiana Phoenix 19I am from Decatur, Georgia. I am currently a sophomore double majoring in Biology and Sociology with a minor in Chemistry. I absolutely love dancing, traveling, writing poetry and spending time with loved ones. In my first year at Mercer, I was able to accomplish various things like starting my own organization, W.O.M.E.N., and becoming a member of the Mercer Dance Team. As a mentor, I hope to better assist you in any way possible by ensuring that you have a great transition into college.


Brianna Ramsay

Brianna Ramsay 19Hey y’all! My name is Brianna Ramsay and I am a junior from Marietta, GA. I am a Spanish Major on the Pre-Med track with a minor in Chemistry. In the future, I hope to go to medical school and pursue a career as a pediatrician because I love children. I believe it’s important to care for the health of the future generation. I am a member of the Caribbean Student Association, Organization of Black Students, and the Mercer Service Scholars Program. My passion for service and helping others are the reason I wanted to become Minority Mentor. I hope to be able to help incoming minority freshmen acclimate to Mercer and inspire them to keep an open mind. I am so excited to be a Minority Mentor and cannot wait to see what is in store for this year!

Nina Rasheed

Nina Rasheed 19Hey, I hope all is well! My name is Nina Rasheed, a rising junior here at Mercer University. My major is Public Health on the pre-dental track, and I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. Over these past two years at Mercer, I have been a mentee in Minority Mentors, participated in Miss Omega Psi Phi Pageant, traveled to Peru through Mercer on Mission, did Spring Break for Service with MerServe. I was also a member of various organizations such as Peer Educator, Delight, and Pre-Dental Club, all while working three jobs. Participating in these organizations, working, and school was hard to manage at times. However, my goal is to tell mentees my successes and mistakes so that they can be better than me. I cannot wait to see you in the Fall! Go Bears!

Whitney Ricardo

Whitney Ricardo 19Hello all! My name is Whitney Ricardo, and I was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia. I am a rising junior here at Mercer University majoring in psychology and minoring in Africana studies on the pre-nursing track.  On campus, I am the secretary of the Organization of Black Students and I am involved in other organizations such as C.L.I.Q.U.E. and I previously served as a Peer Advisor to the class of 2022. In my spare time, I enjoy watching Netflix, exploring new music, volunteering, spending time with friends and trying new foods. I was drawn to the Minority Mentor program because of the opportunity to provide minority students the resources to make their transition to college smoother. I hope by being a listening ear and an active participant in the life of first-year college students, they can look back and know they have established a foundation they can build upon. I’m so excited to meet you all in August, and I would like to officially welcome you to the Mercer family. Go bears!

Ashley Waters

Ashley WatersHi everyone! My name is Ashley Waters and I was born and raised in Albany, Ga. I’m currently a sophomore here at Mercer majoring in Biology and minoring in Psychology and Chemistry on the pre-optometry track. I love looking for new books and binge-watching Netflix in my free time. I’m currently secretary of SNMA- MAPS (a pre-health organization for minority students), a service scholar with the university’s Honors Program, and am involved in the Organization of Black Students. I had an amazing time and met some of my closest friends in the Minority Mentor Program. I’m excited to be a mentor this year and look forward to meeting new mentees as well as helping you all adjust to life at Mercer!

Elaine Williams

Elaine Williams My name is Elaine Williams, I am a sophomore majoring in psychology. I am from Rochester, NY, although I was born in Chicago, Illinois, I have spent most of my life in New York. All my life I was into sports, my two main sports being cross country and lacrosse. On Mercer’s campus, I am active in the intramural program along with being a supervisor in charge of the recreational sports and wellness program. I was not in the MMP as a freshman but I was an Opportunity Scholar. This allowed me to adapt to the campus before everyone arrived and meet my future roommate for the upcoming year. I will do anything and everything I can to make your transition at Mercer smooth and comfortable. Can’t wait for a great year! GO BEARS!

Mehak Zainab

Mehak Zainab 19My name is Mehak Zainab, and this will be my third year as a mentor. I’m a Public Health major on the pre-med track with minors in Biology and Chemistry. I’m from Warm Springs, GA. and some things I like doing for fun include; horseback riding, shopping, napping, and reading! I cannot wait to see what this year as a mentor brings.