Meet the Executive Board

Meet the 2018-19 Executive Board Members

Executive Committee Officers

Carlos Cano
NJACAC President, Delegate to NACAC National Assembly, College Fair Registry Subcommittee Chair, Regional College Fairs Chair
Current Title: Assistant Director of Admissions for Communications
State University of New York, Maritime College
Alma Mater(s): B.S. Business Administration, William Paterson University ’09;M.A. Higher Education Administration – Leadership Studies, William Paterson University ’17
Fun Fact: I am a 4th Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo!
Favorite Quote: “Defeat is a state of mind. No one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.” -Bruce Lee

Larry Alterman
NJACAC President-Elect, Delegate to NACAC National Assembly, Conference Planning Chair
Current Title: NJ Regional Representative, Michigan State University

Dana Lambert

Past President, Delegate to NACAC National Assembly, By-Laws Committee Chair, Nominations and Elections Committee Chair
Current Title: School Counselor, West Milford High School
Alma Mater(s): B.A. Special Education, Glassboro State College (Rowan University); M.Ed. Special Education, William Paterson University; M.A. Counseling, Montclair State University
Fun Fact: I am a concert queen – love live music!
Favorite Quote: “When you’ve worked hard and done well, and walked through that door of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you. You reach back, and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed.” Michelle Obama

Dan Reigel

Treasurer, Fiscal Oversight Committee Tri-Chair, Mentorship Subcommittee Co-Chair
Current Title: Associate Director Office of Admissions, Rowan University
Alma Mater(s): B.A. Communications, Rowan University; M.A. Public Relations, Rowan University
Fun Fact: I still haven’t decided what I want to be when I grow up 🙂
Quote: “Excuses are the nails that build houses of failure.”
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Julie Washington
Senior Assistant Director of Regional Enrollment, Miami University (OH)
Alma Mater(s): B.S. Business Administration, St. Mary-of-the-Woods College; M.A. in Higher Education, Caldwell University
Fun Fact: Once upon a time, I was a lifeguard at a Jersey shore waterpark!
What else? I am glad to be a member of NJACAC as it has proven to be a fantastic network of colleagues who are passionate about college counseling and admissions. I am grateful for those who took me under their wing and provided guidance along my professional career!

Susan Hatch

Executive Assistant
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Melissa O’Sullivan
Secondary School Representative, Mentorship Subcommittee Co-Chair, Sponsorship Subcommittee Co-Chair
Current Title: Director of College Counseling, Immaculate Heart Academy
Alma Mater(s): B.A. Business Administration, Sacred Heart University; M.A.T., Sacred Heart University
Fun Fact: I love to travel the world. My favorite place to visit is Italy.
Advice: Whatever is meant to be, will be.

Randy Stamm
Secondary School Representative, College Key Subcommittee Tri-Chair
Current Title: School Counselor, Hackensack High School
Alma Mater(s): B.A., Rutgers University; M.S.W., New York University
Fun Fact: I truly believe there is a showtune appropriate for any circumstance.
Advice: Building and maintaining relationships is essential so treat everyone with courtesy, dignity, and respect.
Laurie Sieminski
Secondary School Representative, ABCs of College Admissions Subcommittee Co-Chair Chair
Current Title: School Counselor, Edison High School
Alma Mater(s): B.A., Rutgers University; Ed.M., Rutgers University, Graduate School of Education
Fun Fact: I like to crochet small animals.
Quote: “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind!” -Dr. Seuss
Sarah Morissette
Secondary School Representative, Inclusion Access & Success Committee Tri-Chair,
Current Title: School Counselor, St. Peter’s Prep
Alma Mater(s): B.A., St. Joseph’s University ; M.A., West Chester University
Fun Fact: my favorite number is 63!
Quote: “Everything is everything What is meant to be, will be After winter, must come spring Change, it comes eventually” – Lauryn Hill
Melissa Zolla
College Representative, Membership Committee Chair, College Key Subcommittee Tri-Chair
Current Title: Assistant Director of Campus Visit Experience, William Paterson University
Alma Mater(s): B.S., William Paterson University; M.A., William Patterson University
Fun Fact: I have a puppy named Luna, after Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter
Quote: “Everything is fine, no one is failing”
Michael Cartusciello
College Representative, Communications Co-Chair, Social Media Subcommittee Co-Chair
Current Title: Senior Assistant Director of Admissions, Adelphi University
Alma Mater(s): B.A., Binghamton University
Fun Fact: I’m obsessed with Game of Thrones and have GoT decor hanging in my office
Advice: Wherever you feel most comfortable, whatever institution you feel most connected to, that is where you will accomplish your best work
Julia DelBagno
College Representative
Current Title: Associate Director of Admission, Bloomfield College
Alma Mater(s): B.A., Seton Hall University; M.A., College of Saint Elizabeth
Fun Fact: I am a proud graduate of the NYC public school system where I played the alto saxophone for 10 years throughout elementary, middle, and high school!
Quote: Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family – Kofi Annan
Nicole Cibelli
College Representative
Current Title: Director of Admission, Bloomfield College
Alma Mater(s): B.A., Rider University
Fun Fact: I have been a bowler my whole life and if I had to sing karaoke at a bowling alley I would pick “Shoop” by Salt-N-Pepa.
Quote: In this industry be a pineapple – “Stand tall, wear a crown, be tough on the outside and be sweet on the inside!”

Jennifer Nuechterlein
Delegate to NACAC National Assembly, Fiscal Oversight Committee Chair
Current Title: College & Career Counselor, Hunterdon Central Regional High School
Alma Mater(s): B.A., West Virginia University; M.A., Rider University
Fun Fact: I love tacos, country music, and planning parties!
Quote: Love what you do.
Cigus Vanni
Delegate to NACAC National Assembly, National College Fair-North Jersey Co-Chair
Current Title: Independent Counselor, Cigus the College Fairy
Alma Mater(s): B.A., Swarthmore College
Fun Fact: I was the first male at Swarthmore College to receive a letter in a women’s sport (field hockey)
Quote: If you can’t be meaningful, at least be useful
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Rebecca Muraview
Delegate to NACAC National Assembly, Admission Practices Committee Co-Chair
Current Title: School Counselor, Ridge High School
Alma Mater(s): B.A., Princeton University; M.A., Montclair State University
Fun Fact: I was invited by the pilots of a British Airways flight to sit in the cockpit as we flew over the Thames River in preparation for landing at London Heathrow Airport!
Quote: It does not take talent to work hard.
Danielle Toglia
Delegate to NACAC National Assembly
Current Title: Regional Director of Admission, George Washington University
Alma Mater(s): B.S., St. Peter’s University, M.A., New York University
Fun Fact: I have been spending my summers in Belmar, NJ since I was born…don’t ask how many summers that is, it is rude! LOL
Quote: Be Kind, for Everyone you know is fighting a battle you know nothing about..
Elaine Freda
Delegate to NACAC National Assembly
Current Title: School Counselor, Lenape Valley Regional High School
Alma Mater(s): B.A. Rowan University, M.A., William Patterson University
Fun Fact: I kayaked in Dominica along the Layou River to the mouth of the Caribbean Sea.
Quote: Live every moment Laugh everyday Love beyond words
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Kate Brittain
Admission Practices Co-Chair
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Tony Carnahan
Awards Co-Chair
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Liz DeMott 
Awards Co-Chair
Current Title: School Counselor, Metuchen High School
Alma Mater(s): B.A., University of Massachusetts; M.Ed., Georgian Court University
Fun Fact: Can’t live without the beach!
Quote: You do YOU!
Cherilyn Reynolds
Communications Co-Chair, Webmaster
Current Title: College Counselor, The Pingry School
Alma Mater(s): B.S., Rider University; M.B.A., Rider University
Fun Fact: My favorite foods are pasta and ice cream; I make both from scratch in my kitchen, and love to collect cookbooks!
Quote: It’s not having what you want, it’s wanting what you’ve got.
Alisa Hogan 
Fiscal Oversight Committee Co-Chair
Current Title: Associate Director of Admissions Recruitment & Outreach, Stockton University
Jose Vallejo
Government Relations Co-Chair
Current Title: Admissions Counselor, Ramapo College of New Jersey
Alma Mater(s): B.A., Ramapo College, M.A., Montclair State University
Fun Fact: Disney aficionado, sci-fi/horror movie fan, and Marvel Comic junkie with a dream to win Chopped one day
Quote: “No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you’ve come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself.”
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Aixa Marie Carmona
Government Relations Co-Chair
Current Title: College and Career Placement Counselor, KIPP Newark
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Inclusion, Access & Success
Kevin Hudson
Inclusion Access & Success Tri-Chair
Current Title: Assistant Director for College Opportunity, Princeton University
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Desiree Brower
Inclusion, Access & Success Tri-Chair
Current Title: Admissions Counselor, Middlesex County College
Sarah Smith
Inclusion, Access & Success Tri-Chair
Current Title: School Counselor, Highland Regional High School
Alma Mater(s): B.A., Moravian College; M.A., Wilmington University, Ph.D., Walden University
Fun Fact: A couple of years ago, I wanted to learn how to sew, so I took sewing lessons and last year I made most of my Christmas presents
Quote: “A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams reality.”
Marianna Marchese 
Membership Co-Chair
Current Title: Independent College Consultant
Alma Mater(s): B.A., Montclair State University; M.A., Seton Hall University; Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University
Fun Fact: I enjoy playing golf!
Quote: Live life to the fullest and focus on the positive!
Susan Makowski:
National College Fair (Meadowlands) Co-Chair
Current Title: Senior Associate Director of Admission, Rider University
Alma Mater(s): B.A., Elizabethtown College; M.A., Rider University
Fun Fact: I love to BAKE! I would love to open my own bakery one day!
Christina Vazquez
National College Fair (Atlantic City) Co-Chair
Current Title: Admissions Counselor, Kean University
Alma Mater(s): B.A., Kean University; M.A., Kean University
Fun Fact: I love animals and want to adopt a pig one day.
Quote: “Make a choice to take a chance to make a change.”
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Rich Freccia 
Professional Development Committee Co-Chair
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Janine Silberberg
Professional Development Committee Co-Chair
Current Title: School Counselor, Edison High School
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Carolyn Bodmer 
Scholarship Committee Co-Chair
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Monica Mann
Scholarship Committee Co-Chair
Current Title: Lead School Counselor, Wayne Hills High School
Kaitlin Sleight 
Basics of College Admission Chair
Current Title: College & Career Counselor, Chatham High School
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Russell Althouse
Summer College Tour Co-Chair
Current Title: Associate Director of College Counseling, Wardlaw-Hartridge School
Brian Switay
Summer College Tour Co-Chair
Current Title: Assistant Director of Admissions for Transfers, The College of New Jersey
Alma Mater(s): B.A., Wilkes University; M.B.A., Wilkes University
Fun Fact: I was an intern for a reality television show and helped edit an Emmy winning documentary
Quote: Fortune Favors the Bold
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Term: 2018 – 2021
Vacant
Sharaea Boyd 
Camp College Co-Chair
Current Title: College Transfer Coordinator, Bard High School Early College Newark
Alma Mater(s): B.A., Centenary University; M.A., Caldwell University
Fun Fact: I’m a great singer!
Quote: Always seek opportunities for growth and do not be afraid of something new.
Pamela Cotton
Camp College Co-Chair
Current Title: School Counselor, Parsippany Hills High School
Alma Mater(s): M.A., Kean University
Fun Fact: 31 Year Army Veteran Retired Lieutenant Colonel
Quote: It’s never too early or too late to make a difference!
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Caitlin Stillwell
College Key Tri-Chair
Damaris Medina
Community Colleges/Transfer Advocacy Subcommittee Tri-Chair
Current Title: Admissions Counselor, County College of Morris
Alma Mater(s): B.S., St. Peter’s University
Fun Fact: I taught myself how to paint from YouTube videos and paint something new every month.
Quote: “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” Jane Goodall
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Bruce Marich
Historian

*These are not subcommittees, but rather events under the standing committee. The coordinator(s) of the event is a member of the parent committee.