Meet Our Staff
Assistant Director of Admissions
- Ms.ED. School Counseling, Niagara University (2011), B.A. Communication Studies, Niagara University (2007)
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I am originally from Elmira, NY where I attended Elmira’s Notre Dame High School. I am volunteer firefighter with Upper Mountain Fire Company in Lewiston, NY, and on the board of directors at Center City Neighborhood Development Corporation in Niagara Falls, NY. I have a wonderful wife, and a beautiful daughter. As an alum of Niagara University I was elated to have an opportunity to work for my alma mater.
Niagara University is a place to call home. When students visit Niagara for the first time, I often hear "this feels like home" or "I could see myself here in the Fall." Niagara also offers students great major choices, Division I sports, many clubs & activities, and a family like atmosphere. The opportunities at Niagara University are limitless!
Take school seriously! Success in college begins with you! Do not be afraid to chase your dreams, but remember to be realistic with yourself. Take the SAT or ACT in your junior year, and talk with your guidance counselor about college. VISIT EVERY SCHOOL YOU APPLY TOO! The campus visit is the most important part of the admissions process!
Movie: Any James Bond or Indiana Jones Movie
Quote: My guidance counselor used to say "Hard work, works!" And that is my favorite quote because hard work does work!
Role Model: I don’t really have a role model. I like to be me!
Musician: Bruce Springsteen
Book: The last book I read was a text book. I am more of a current events guy.
- M.S. Education Policy, University of Michigan, B.A. History/Business, SUNY Geneseo
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I grew up in Clarence, NY and graduated from Nardin Academy High School in 2005. I earned my undergraduate degree at SUNY Geneseo and went on to complete my graduate work at the University of Michigan , Ann Arbor. I have always been passionate about the college admission process since working at the SUNY Geneseo Admissions office as an undergraduate and was thrilled to join NU’s admissions staff in August, 2011.
Since joining the NU staff, I have been constantly amazed by the welcoming, community spirit here on campus, the strong academics and the exciting Division I sports teams. I encourage students to visit and explore everything NU has to offer.
Visiting college campuses is the best way to find a school that fits with you. Visit schools early, take notes and even bring a camera to take pictures. Never be afraid to ask questions– we are here to help you every step of the way.
Quote: "Never give up, for that is just the time and place that the tide will turn." —Harriet Beecher Stowe
Movie: It’s a Wonderful Life
Role Model: Maya Angelou
Musical Performer: Coldplay
Book: "A Short Guide to a Happy Life" —Anna Quindlen
Sara Villnave, ' 02
Associate Director of Admissions
- B.A. Social Sciences, Niagara University
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I grew up in the town of Fairport, NY where school pride, love for your community and togetherness were part of your daily life. When I was researching colleges, I wasn’t exactly sure what I was looking for until I visited Niagara. I just knew right away that NU was for me. I graduated in 2002 and a year later, I was working in Niagara’s Admissions Office.
Niagara is a special place. Year after year, I am amazed at the student stories that develop here. As a student, you will meet amazing people who come from all walks of life and learn in so many ways. At NU you will receive a great education, make great connections and leave with great memories. Niagara is a small school with big opportunities. As a Niagaran, you will develop into a well rounded person who is not only academically prepared but also ready to take on the world.
VISIT, VISIT, VISIT! Take advantage of the many different ways you can visit a college. Meet people, ask questions and get familiar with the college campus and its surroundings. And…. When you are narrowing down your choices, visit again!
Movie: Billy Madison
Quote: "Love Life."
Role Model: Kyle Hargrave, my high school Social Studies Teacher
Musical Performer: Dave Matthews Band
Book: "Z for Zachariah" —Robert O’Brien