Assistant Director US Recruitment & Outreach
Rutgers University–New Brunswick
How did you get your start in the admission field?
I started as an admission counselor at a small private college (College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ) in 1991.
What is your favorite part of the job?
I love to help the underserved. I believe this is how I have been able to make the biggest difference in my profession. I am fortunate to have specialized in the recruitment of first-generation, underrepresented, disadvantaged, and transfer student populations throughout my years in college admission.
How has NACAC played a role in your career?
I have always appreciated and upheld NACAC’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practices. I have also been an active member of my regional affiliate, the New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling (NJACAC), which really supports the professional needs of all college admission personnel within the state of New Jersey.
I also recently had the opportunity to co-present at the 2018 NACAC Conference on Big Ten transfer admission.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing our profession today?
The rising costs of a college education are a huge challenge because today’s prospective college students have to put a lot more emphasis on affordability in the college selection process than ever before.
When you aren’t working, what do you like to do?
As a single mom, I spend most of my time with my 12-year-old daughter Sabrina who is very active in the performing arts. All-around wellness is a priority, so I make time for cardio workouts at the gym, dancing to my favorite Latin pop tunes (at home or on the town), guided meditation in the morning, and healthy doses of laughter as often as possible.
If you could be any fictional character, who would it be and why?
I would beKatniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games trilogy. I am a survivor who, like Katniss, hails from humble beginnings and I similarly consider myself to be an advocate for the underserved. I’m also a decent archer and have my own compound bow. Katniss would benefit from my lighthearted sense of humor and I would benefit from her unflinching bravery.
Describe yourself in five words.
Compassionate, creative, solutionist, fun, and spirited.
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