A deeply committed network of staff and faculty at each ASAP college are responsible for day-to-day operations and for the delivery of ASAP’s high-touch support and comprehensive programming. Each ASAP college team includes a director, enough advisors to support an average caseload of 140 students, a career and employment specialist, administrative support that includes data management staff, and tutors as needed. Staff at the ASAP Central Office are responsible for overall program administration.


Central Office

Donna Linderman and The Central Office Team

While representative of our community college population, our students’ outcomes are anything but typical. They defy expectation through their intelligence, tenacity, and … a strong desire to achieve great things and contribute to our City. They are supported by a dedicated ASAP team at each college, who are deeply committed to student success.





Donna Linderman, University Dean for Student Success Initiatives and ASAP Executive Director
Daniela Boykin, Director for Policy and Program Management
Christine Brongniart, Director for New College Partnerships
Ryan Hamilton, Outreach and Student Support Specialist
Estefania Hernandez, Digital Media Specialist
Mary Hiebert, Assistant Director for Replication and Program Development
Zineta Kolenovic, Expansion and Replication Specialist
Lesley Leppert, Specialist for Training and Support
Alexis Montano, Database and Systems Manager
Francis Mosquito, Fiscal and Administrative Manager
Tania Munguia, Special Assistant to the University Dean for Student Success Initiatives and ASAP Executive Director
Shaun Rasmussen, Assistant Director for Citywide Outreach and Partnerships
Diana Strumbos, Director for Research and Evaluation
Alex Tavares, Evaluation and Data Coordinator
Theresa Williams, Director for STEM Initiatives and Special Projects

Contact ASAP at the CUNY Central Office

Borough of Manhattan Community College

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Twelve years ago I began my career in higher education as a Freshman Counselor for the Higher Educational Opportunity Program (HEOP) at Hofstra University. Since then I have worked in the areas of Admissions, Financial Aid, Academic Advisement, and Instruction. Most memorable are the nine years I have dedicated to the promise and pathway to success that the City University of New York (CUNY) community colleges offers its students.

Previous to assuming the role as ASAP Director, I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Public Administration and served as the ASAP Assistant Director and before then as an ASAP Senior Academic Advisor. As ASAP has grown and expanded to serve many more students, I have had the opportunity to continue my commitment and dedication to developing, planning and executing successful strategic initiatives in the areas of student enrollment […]
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Nadine Browne, Director

Olga Adame, Academic Advisor
Natasha D. Apanah, Academic Advisor
Ray Bartholomew, Associate Director
Mercedes Brazier-Thurman, Academic Advisor
Ainsworth Brown, Evening/Weekend Academic Advisor
Wayne Carey, Academic Advisor
Abraham Cherrin, Academic Advisor
Cassandra Constant, Academic Advisor
Christina Cross, Academic Advisor
Tracey Douglas, Academic Advisor
Quenta Howard, Recruitment Coordinator
Tom Huang, Academic Advisor
Colette Hunt, Academic Advisor
Joanne Jaquez, Academic Advisor
Sharon Marazzo, Academic Advisor
Kat Stephense Mothudi, Academic Advisor
Karla Padilla, Academic Advisor
Nathaniel Palmer, Academic Advisor
Jade Powell, Academic Advisor
Laisa Quezada, Academic Advisor
Keri Rodney, Academic Advisor
Denessa Rose, Program Coordinator
Sherrell Holderman, Academic Advisor
Daniel Scott, Database Coordinator
Jodi Shydlo, Academic Advisor
Michael Stahl, Career & Employment Specialist
Dyncie Valdez, Academic Advisor
Cindy Veras, ASAP Assistant
Vanderie Vielie, Academic Advisor
Kalia Wright, Academic Advisor
Janice Zummo, Dean for Academic Support Services

Contact ASAP at Borough Community College

Bronx Community College

Francisco (Javier) Legasa and Team

I was hired as an academic advisor for the newly created ASAP program at Bronx Community College in the summer of 2007. Previously, I worked as Academic Advisor at the same institution and taught at Queens College, Hofstra University, and Fordham University. Because of ASAP’s integrated approach to student services, I now have the opportunity to get involved in many more activities than does the typical academic advisor. This is an aspect that I particularly love about what I do. In addition to advising[…]
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Nicole Benjamin, Academic Advisor
Thomasina Brown, Academic Advisor
Jessica Cabrera, Academic Advisor
Rafael Coste, Recruitment Coordinator
Jasmine Caccavelli Garcia Martinez, Academic Advisor
Kathleen (Betty) LeCadre, Career & Employment Specialist
Francisco (Javier) Legasa, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
Maria Logothetis, Academic Advisor
Noemi Nunez, Academic Advisor
Anthony Parrella, Administrative Coordinator
Christina Randall, Academic Advisor
Melanie Robles, Associate Director
Susan Rosario, Recruitment Coordinator
Christopher Saldivar, Admissions Coordinator
Antonia Salerno, Academic Advisor
Nathaniel Smith, Academic Advisor
Johanna Torres, Academic Advisor
Cyd Williams, Academic Advisor

Contact ASAP at Bronx Community College

College of Staten Island

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As a proud graduate of the College of Staten Island (CSI), I am honored to return and lead CSI’s ASAP program. I share in CSI’s mission of providing higher education access and equity, as well as academic excellence through student-centered programs and services. Working with college students has become a truly rewarding part of my life. I find that the experiences I gain working with students on their academic and college transition needs, from admissions to graduation, are nothing but gratifying. As CSI’s ASAP founding Director, I look forward to developing ASAP at CSI and supporting  […]  Read more…

Brittany Crescenzi, Career Employment Specialist
Clarisse Domingo, Academic Advisor
Laura Langworthy, Administrative Coordinator
Ivan Scott Lee, Director
Giancarlo Mejia, Academic Advisor
Matthew Navarria, Academic Advisor
Yvonne Padmore, Academic Advisor
Mary Quezada, Academic Advisor
Alex Romeo, Recruitment Specialist
Nina Salavatore, Academic Support & Supplemental Instruction Coordinator
Emmanuel Thelusma, Academic Advisor
Brenda Valentin, Associate Director

Hostos Community College

Laura McGowan and Team

I came to Hostos Community College from LaGuardia Community College, where I spent three years as the Director of Transfer Services and four years as the Director of Academic Support Services, overseeing the advisement needs of 8,000 continuing students.

My passion for–and commitment to–community college students comes from the fact that, I myself started at a community college as a first-generation college student […]

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Nefer Bovea, Academic Advisor
Berkis Cruz-Eusebio, Career & Employment Specialist
Sabrina Gamez, Academic Advisor
Chrystal Joseph, Administrative Assistant
Lissette Jourdain, Academic Advisor
Laura McGowan, Director
Lauren Millin-Moore, Advising Manager
Kendra Pinks-Blake, Administrative Coordinator
Ebony Pulley, Academic Advisor
Jessica Powell, Academic Advisor
Reuben Quansah, Academic Advisor
Ancy Skaria, Academic Advisor
Jowayne Turner, Academic Advisor

Contact ASAP at Hostos Community College

John Jay College (A.C.E. program)

Delandra Hunter and Team

It is an honor to lead the John Jay ACE Program and guide students as they work toward completion of bachelor’s degrees. I bring nearly 15 years of leadership experience in facilitating student learning and fostering student progression and retention to John Jay College.

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DeLandra Hunter, Director
Alex Blaise, Academic Advisor
Sam LeSane, Administrative Coordinator
Berlyn Morales, Academic Advisor
Digmarie Ruiz, Career Employment Specialist

Kingsborough Community College

Marie Caty and Team

Prior to stepping in to the role of Interim Director at Kingsborough Community College, I served as Assistant Director and Academic Advisor for the ASAP Program. I had the privilege to work with the administration at Kingsborough Community College starting in 2006 to establish ASAP in preparation for its launch in 2007. As an Academic Advisor, I was able to participate in the planning and recruitment of the first cohort. I was also able to see […]
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Keston Boyce, Academic Advisor
Uriah Brown, Academic Advisor
Raffaela Cestaro, Supplemental Instruction Coordinator
Marie Caty, Director
Robert Cincinnati, Program Coordinator
Victor Cubero, Academic Advisor
Roberto Garcia, Academic Advisor
Martha Greasley, Academic Advisor
Trevaughn Hall, Academic Advisor
Natasha Lauriston, Academic Advisor
Carey Manifold, Associate Director
Danielle McDonald, Academic Advisor
Devon Nixon, Administrative Coordinator
Nympha Pierre, Career Employment Specialist
Christopher Rodriguez, Academic & Recruitment Coordinator
Juanita Sakil, Administrative Assistant
Marie Williams, Academic Advisor

Contact ASAP at Kingsborough Community College

LaGuardia Community College

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I’m really excited to join an innovated program such as ASAP that is committed to nurturing students’ success while providing them with comprehensive support services throughout their college career. I have spent the last thirteen years working in higher education where I have had the privilege of supporting students’ educational goals in many different capacities and […] Read More…

Marlenes Berroa, Academic Advisor
Charlene Cambridge, Resource Center Coordinator
Clara Chen, Academic Advisor
Steve J. Dauz, Academic Advisor
Ramon De Los Santos, Director
Alexa Duque, Academic Advisor
Matthew Eckhoff, Academic Advisor
Ashari James, Academic Advisor
Nicole Johnson, Academic Advisor
Jenny Mayorga, Academic Advisor
Catherine Marrero, Recruitment Coordinator
Caroline Mendez, Administrative Assistant
Danny Ng, Recruitment Specialist
Edgard Olivares, Academic Advisor
Aura Paulino, Academic Advisor
Jose Ramos, Academic Advisor
Esther Rosa, Academic Advisor
Rocio Rosado, Career & Employment Specialist
Daniel Velardo, Academic Advisor
Charis Victory, Academic Advisor
Contact ASAP at LaGuardia Community College

Medgar Evers College

Eric Neutuch and Team

Prior to becoming the Medgar Evers College ASAP Program Director, I was the Project Director for the College Connections Project (CCP) at the CUNY-administered Manhattan Educational Opportunity Center. I was the first director of that program so I came to the MEC ASAP program with preparation for becoming this ASAP program’s first director. The CCP provides college access services to New Yorkers age 19 and over, and while directing the CCP, I became knowledgeable of access and success issues and also of CUNY systems and procedures.


What motivates and excites me is the knowledge that ASAP is a research-proven program contributing to increased college graduation rates […]
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Ruth Adams, Academic Advisor
Christian Anyanwu, Academic Advisor
Josh Davis, College Assistant
Maredona Francois, Academic Advisor
Keisha Johnson, Academic Advisor
Eric Neutuch,Director
Sharon Palmer,Recruitment Specialist
Jackie Rousseau, Associate Director
Sabrina Spadafino, Career Employment Specialist
John Thompson, Administrative Coordinator
Glenda Wallace, Academic Advisor
Nadege Waithe, Program Coordinator
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New York City College of Technology

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I am honored to lead the expansion of ASAP at New York City College of Technology (City Tech). I have worked in higher education since I was a student myself, always working to guide students in ways that helped them attain their goals. In previous positions there were always many limitations to the support and assistance I could provide the students who came through my offices. With ASAP, however, my office is able to provide an unparalleled level of support to students working toward an associate degree in order to significantly enhance their college experience. I am excited to guide City Tech’s ASAP Program to serve as an extension of the […] Read more…

Michael Alchits, Program Coordinator
Chelsea Alterman, Administrative Coordinator
Emeline Betances, Recruitment Specialist
Malika Bishop, Academic Advisor
Yelena Bondar, Director
Danielle Bourgeois, Academic Advisor
Kelly Carmon, Academic Advisor
Cassana Fisher-Ramos, Academic Advisor
Bedilla Ramirez,Career Employment Specialist
Maria Robertson, Academic Advisor
Kwesi Samuels, Associate Director
Elizabeth Stevenson, Academic Advisor
Brittany Weeks, Academic Advisor
Jason Worrell, Academic Advisor

Queensborough Community College

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Creating programs and seeing them through are my passions. As the Director of the ASAP Program at Queensborough Community College, I created the organizational structure and defined the responsibilities of each ASAP staff member. At the inception of the program, I also was instrumental in the recruitment of the students who enrolled. One of the most memorable moments of my work with ASAP came in the beginning, during that first summer of 2007, when a student […]
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Jackeline Almonte, Academic Advisor, Student Manager
Stephen Atkins, Career & Employment Specialist
Jane Bertsch-Wells, Associate Director
Bobbi Brauer, Director
Sara Brown, Academic Advisor, Student Manager
Khadijah Cole, Academic Advisor, Student Manager
Lester Corrian, Academic Advisor, Student Manager
Daniella Corvino, College Assistant
Tishana Daniel, Academic Advisor, Student Manager
Laura Eliscu, Academic Advisor, Student Manager
Rosanna Fernandez, Academic Advisor, Student Manager
Lindsey Fruchter, Office Assistant
Krystal Liriano-Gonzalez, Academic Advisor, Student Manager
Stephanie Guilbaud, Program Coordinator
Danielle Izzo-Buckner, Academic Advisor, Student Manager
Sharon McPartland, Associate Director
Anna O’Neal, Administrative Coordinator
Victoria O’Shea, Academic Advisor, Student Manager
Amanda Tambe, Academic Advisor, Student Manager
Bridget Tambini, Academic Advisor, Student Manager
Landrina Theus, Academic Advisor, Student Manager
Olivia Wong, Academic Advisor, Student Manager
Contact ASAP at Queensborough Community College