PrideFirst Generation

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 Russ.d.Smith[at]


Pepa Anastasio Romance Languages and Literatures Maria.J.Anastasio[at]
James Battaglia Occupational Therapy James.Battaglia[at]
Vandana Bindra Chemistry Vandana.Bindra[at]
Kevin Bisceglia Chemistry Kevin.J.Bisceglia[at]
Joseph Cervia School of Medicine Jcervia[at]
Paul Chaleff Fine Arts Paul.I.Chaleff[at]
Royston Coppenger Drama and Dance Royston.P.Coppenger[at]
Christopher  Czerwonka School of Law Christopher.E.Czerwonka[at]
Michael D'Innocenzo History Michael.Dinnocenzo[at]  
Vicki Dearing LLM Health Law and Policy Vicki.M.Dearing[at]
Andrea Efthymiou Writing Studies & Rhetoric Andrea.R.Efthymiou[at]
Paul Fritz Political Science Paul.Fritz[at]
Esther Fusco Teacher Education Preparation Esther.Fusco[at]
Marc Herbert Physics and Astronomy Marc.L.Herbert[at]
Rodney F. Hill Film Rodney.F.Hill[at]
Rina  Hirsch Accounting, Taxation, and Legal Studies in Business Rina.Hirsch[at]
Maureen Houck Graduate Nursing Maureen.B.Houck[at]
Donna Iucolano Marketing and International Business Donna.M.Iucolano[at]
Gerda Kamberova Computer Science Gerda.L.Kamberova[at]
Lori Ann Labalsamo Writing Studies & Rhetoric LoriAnn.T.Labalsamo[at]
Kristopher Lotier Writing Studies & Rhetoric Kristopher.M.Lotier[at]
Kelly McMasters English Kelly.Mcmasters[at]
Paul Meller Psychology Paul.Meller[at]
Roseanna  Perotti Political Science Rosanna.Perotti[at]
Bradley Phillippi Anthropology Bradley.Phillippi[at]
Maria Sanmartin Health Professions Maria.X.Sanmartin[at]
Anthony Santella Public Health Anthony.Santella[at]
Gail Satler Sociology Gail.R.Satler[at]
Robert Seagull Biology Robert.W.Seagull[at]
Victoria Semple Journalism, Media Studies, & Public Relations Victoria.Semple[at]
Katrina Sims History Katrina.Sims[at]
Alan Singer Teaching, Learning, & Technology Alan.J.Singer[at]
John Teehan Religion John.P.Teehan[at]
Mary Anne Trasciatti Rhetoric and Public Advocacy Mary.Anne.Trasciatti[at]
Jason Williams Biology Jason.D.Williams[at]
David Woolwine Library Services David.Woolwine[at]


Michael Accardo Counselor, Student Health and Counseling Center Michael.S.Accardo[at]
Lori Anderson-Turczyn Administrative Assistant - School of Medicine Lori.AndersonTurczyn[at]
Denise Boneta Associate Director - Office of Student Leadership and Engagement Denise.M.Boneta[at]
Jennifer Boscarino-Green Senior Associate Dean and Director for Strategic Outreach and Retention Iniatives JBG[at]
Christina Cacioppo Bertsch Associate Dean, Center for University Advising Christina.Cacioppobertsch[at]
Stanley Cherian Director of Orientation orientation[at]
Chermele Christy Associate Director for Residence Life Chermele.R.Christy[at]
Anita Ellis Director, Commuting Student Services Anita.Ellis[at]
Joseph Fitzpatrick Associate Dean of Students Joseph.A.Fitzpatrick[at]
Danielle Flemm Administrative Assistant, Vice President of Student Affairs Office Danielle.Flemm[at]
Ashley Gray Pre-Health Advisor, Center for University Advising Ashley.Gray[at]
Deborah Hancock Assistant Director, Student Access Services Deborah.A.Hancock[at]
Diane Herbert Directo of the Center for Academic Excellence Diane.Herbert[at]
Nikki Hancock-Nicholson Coordinator for Student Success & Student Affairs Operations Nikki.HancockNicholson[at]
Amber Hurt Resident Director, Residence Life Amber.Hurt[at]
Stephanie Iaccarino Intake and Accommodations Manager - Student Access Services Stephanie.G.Iaccarino[at]
Patricia Jensen Senior Assistant, Office of Student Leadership and Engagement Patricia.Jensen[at]
Darlene Johnson Director of External Relations, The Career Center Darlene.Johnson[at]
Kristen Klein Assistant Dean, Center for University Advising Kristen.L.Klein[at]
Branka Kristic Director, Parent and Family Programs Branka.Kristic[at]
Michael Lifavi Student Success Advisor, Center for Academic Excellence Michael.k.lifavi[at]
Lorraine Massiah Assistant Director of Diversity and Inclusion, The Career Center Lorraine.Massiah[at]
Beth McGuire Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life Margaret.B.McGuireFredericks[at]
Ellen Miller Associate Dean for STEM and Pre Health Advising, Center for University Advising Ellen.C.Miller[at]
Pat Montagano Senior Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Campus Recreation Patricia.a.montagano[at]
Zaibis Muños Assistant Dean and Director of Student Advocacy and Prevention Awareness Zaibis.Munoz[at]
Anthony Porcelli Assistant Dean of Communication, Advancement, and Engagement, School of Health Professions Anthony.J.Porcelli[at]
Novia Ramsay Director of Residential Operations Novia.P.Ramsay[at]
Brittany Rhoden Resident Director, Residence Life Brittany.E.Rhoden[at]
Bryan Rothstein Senior Associate Dean of Admission Bryan.Rothstein[at]
Gina Sandoval Assistant Dean, Center for University Advising Gina.M.Sandoval[at]
Jahleal Savage Resident Director, Residence Life Jahleal.Savage[at]
Kimberly Sloan-Montalvo Assistant Dean, Center for University Advising Kimberly.Sloan[at]
Russ Smith Associate Director for Residence Life Russ.D.Smith[at]
Jackson Snellings Dir. Information Technology Services for Hofstra Law Jackson.T.Snellings[at]
Gabrielle St. Léger Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students Gabrielle.Stleger[at]
Rose Tirotta Manager, Learning Support - Ed Tech Rose.Tirotta[at]
Sarah Vetri Resident Director, Residence Life Sarah.M.Vetri[at]