Office of First-Generation Support and Engagement

First-Gen Family

First-Gen Committee

A task force was created in the spring of 2015 to investigate how the University might better support its community of first-generation college students. One year later, this group produced an executive report outlining 12 steps the University could take. In the fall of 2016, committees were formed to begin work on these 12 recommendations. Today, there is one First-Generation Committee comprised of administrators, faculty, and graduate students that work to provide resources to first-generation Hofstra students, and to develop a community of pride for current and former first-generation students at Hofstra. The Committee plans social and educational programming, facilitates mentorship opportunities, pursues funding and scholarship opportunities, and works to educate the campus community about the talents first-generation college students bring to Hofstra.

In the spring of 2018, the Committee was very pleased to announce that they had worked to receive designation from The Center for First-Generation Students at NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators), making Hofstra a First-Gen Forward Institution. This designation was given to only 80 colleges and universities in the country leading the way in supporting first-generation college student success. Participation in this cohort further sets Hofstra apart as a leader in first-generation student support.

In May of 2018, the First Generation Committee was recognized by the Division of Student Affairs with the Teamwork Award at their yearly awards celebration.

All individuals on this committee are committed to the support of first-generation students, with many of them having been first-gen themselves. Feel free to reach out to any committee member listed to learn more about the work we do. If you are interested in joining the committee, please email


Russ Smith – Committee Chair
Director of First-Generation Support and Engagement
516-463-6931 | Email

Sharmeen Ahmed

Sharmeen Ahmed
Associate Dean of Students
516-463-5415 | Email

Alexandra Attanasio

Alex Attanasio
Resident Director
516-463-6935 | Email


Jennifer Boscarino-Green
Vice Dean and Director of Strategic Outreach and Retention Initiatives – Center for University Advising
516-463-6770 | Email

Michelle M. Ferraino

Michelle M. Ferraino
Assistant Dean, Grad Recruit
516-463-4885 | Email

Darlene Johnson

Darlene Johnson
Director of External Relations – Center for Career Design and Development
516-463-6060 | Email


Kristopher Lotier
Assistant Professor
Writing Studies & Rhetoric
516-463-6282 | Email

Taylor Maultz

Taylor Maultz
Associate Director of Student Leadership and Engagement


Beth McGuire
Director – Residence Life
516-463-6930 | Email

Angela Monahan

Angela Monahan
Career Advisor – Center for Career Design and Development


Anthony J. Porcelli
Senior Assistant Dean for Operations and Strategy – Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies
516-463-6770 | Email

Novia Ramsay

Novia Ramsay
Director of Residential Operations
516-463-6928 | Email


David Renz
Student Success Advisor – Center for Academic Excellence
516-463-2000 | Email

Brittany Rhoden

Brittany Rhoden
Coordinator of Title IX for Student Issues & Director of Student Wellness Education
516-463-5841 | Email

Bryan Rothstein

Bryan Rothstein
Director of External Admissions
516-463-7465 | Email


Kimberly Sloan-Montalvo
Assistant Dean – Center for University Advising: Communications & HCLAS
516-463-6770 | Email

First Generation: Faculty & Staff

The following is a listing of some faculty and staff members at Hofstra who also were first in their family to go to college. Because of this, they are uniquely aware of the skills and assets first-generation students possess, as well as the challenges they face. Consider reaching out to someone on this list for advice or support, knowing they have been in the same place as you. All individuals listed here have volunteered to serve as a support to first-generation students.

If you would are a member of the faculty or staff who was also first in their family to go to college, and would like your name listed, please email


Pepa AnastasioRomance Languages and
Joseph CerviaSchool of
Royston CoppengerDrama and
Christopher CzerwonkaSchool of
Vicki DearingLLM Health Law and
Paul FritzPolitical
Esther FuscoTeacher Education
Sarah GossanPhysics and
Marc HerbertPhysics and
Rodney F.
Rina  HirschAccounting, Taxation, and Legal Studies in
Donna IucolanoMarketing and International
Gerda KamberovaComputer
Lori Ann LabalsamoWriting Studies &
Jaclyn LangellaGlobal Studies and
Kristopher LotierWriting Studies &
Brittany MillerAssistant Professor of
Roseanna PerottiPolitical
Victoria SempleJournalism, Media Studies, & Public
Alan SingerTeaching, Learning, &
Mary Anne TrasciattiRhetoric and Public
John C. VaccaroMechanical
David WoolwineUniversity


Lori Anderson-TurczynAdministrative Assistant - School of
Jennifer Boscarino-GreenVice Dean and Director of Strategic Outreach and Retention Initiatives - Center for University
Christina Cacioppo BertschAssociate Dean, Center for University
Jenna CampolietaExternal Relations
Stanley CherianDirector of
Anita EllisDirector, Commuting Student
Ashley GrayPre-Health Advisor, Center for University
Diane HerbertDirector of the Center for Academic
Nikki Hancock-NicholsonCoordinator for Student Success & Student Affairs
Darlene JohnsonDirector of External Relations, The Career
Branka KristicDirector, Parent and Family
Beth McGuireAssistant Dean of Students and Director of Residence
Sandy MerviusDirector of Financial
Ellen MillerAssociate Dean for STEM and Pre Health Advising, Center for University
Pat MontaganoSenior Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Campus
Zaibis Muños IsmeAssociate Vice
Francesca OlivoSenior Assistant Dean of
Anthony PorcelliSenior Assistant Dean for Operations and Strategy - Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant
Novia RamsayDirector of Residential
Bryan RothsteinDirector of External
Gina SandovalAssistant Dean, Center for University
Kimberly Sloan-MontalvoAssistant Dean, Center for University
Russ SmithDirector of First-Generation Support and
Jackson SnellingsDir. Information Technology Services for Hofstra
Luke WatersStaff

First Generation Alumni

We would love to connect with our Hofstra Alumni who are First-Gen grads! We would love to hear from you and there is plenty of opportunity to participate with current Hofstra First-Gen students in the form of program involvement or mentorship. Email us at, and please also consider following us on our social media below:

Join Hofstra's First-Gen Alumni group on LinkedIn – First Gen Hofstra: