Meet the Staff
Erin Varsalone, M.A., Project Director
Erin Varsalone joined the Divisions of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management as Project Director of the Title V Sophomore Year Initiative (SYI) in 2013. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from Rhode Island College, an M.A. in Art Therapy from NYU Steinhardt School of Education, Culture, and Human Development, and is currently pursuing post-graduate study in Psychology at The New School for Social Research. Erin has over a decade of experience in advising and counseling students at both two-year and four-year public and private institutions. Previously a Senior Academic Advisor at Parsons, The New School for Design, Erin specializes in student retention practices with a focus on early identification of students academically at-risk. Her experience also includes clinical work with adolescents and research coordination for NIH-funded studies involving developmentally at-risk youth. Erin’s background in creative arts therapy, clinical research, and education informs her holistic approach to helping students overcome challenges to reach academic and personal success.
Ramona Texidor, B.S. (In-Progress), Administrative Assistant
Ramona Texidor joined the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management as Administrative Assistant to the Director of Title V Sophomore Year Initiative (SYI) in 2013. She earned an A.A.S. in Office Administration from Queens College, and is currently pursuing her B.S. degree in Health Services Administration. Ramona has over eleven years of experience working in both private and public institutions. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and has extensive experience in the fields of administration, secretarial, and customer service.
Dyan Atkins, M.S., Academic Advisor
Dyan Atkins joined the Academic Advising staff in 2013 as the Title V Sophomore Year Initiative Academic Advisor for first-time full-time freshmen and sophomore students. She earned a B.S. in English literature from Iona College, an M.S. in Counseling from Long Island University, and a Professional Diploma in Counseling from Manhattan College. Dyan is a Nationally Certified Counselor. She has worked as an Academic Advisor for Mercy College and Sacred Heart University in Connecticut where she specialized in advising students pursuing the health professions. Dyan has dedicated her career to helping students achieve academic and personal success through a holistic approach to advising.
Diane Dellacorte, M.S., Academic Advisor
Diane Dellacorte joined the Academic Advising staff in 2013 as the Title V Sophomore Year Initiative (SYI) Academic Advisor for first-time full-time freshmen and sophomore students. She earned a B.S. in Psychology from Mercy College and an M.S. in Applied Counseling from Long Island University. She has over twenty years of experience as an Academic Advisor and has worked with students from a diverse array of cultural and academic backgrounds. Her experience includes but is not limited to implementing freshman seminar programs, study skills workshops, advising and teaching at-risk students. She has also served as an adjunct professor of the Social and Behavioral Sciences at Mercy College. Diane utilizes a holistic approach to assisting students to reach their academic, personal and career goals to ensure student retention and success.
Nicole Mcfarlane, M.A., M.S.W., Career Advisor
Nicole McFarlane joined the Career Services staff in 2013 as the Title V Sophomore Year Initiative (SYI) Career Services Advisor for undecided freshman and sophomore students. She earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice from St. John’s University, an M.S.W. from Columbia University’s School of Social Work, and an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University. With over eight years experience working in the non-profit sector and higher education, she has assisted students of diverse cultural and academic backgrounds achieve academic and career success. Nicole has worked as an Admissions Counselor and Transfer Coordinator with CUNY’s Central Office of Admission Services and as a Disability and Career Counselor with the CUNY LEADS Project at New York City Tech. Nicole’s academic and professional training in social work and education provides her with a dual perspective, appreciation, and sensitivity for the significant challenges students face.
Genoveva Garcia, L.C.S.W., Bi-Lingual Part-Time Counselor
Genoveva joined the Counseling Center in 2012 as a Bi-lingual Part-Time Counselor for the Title V Sophomore Year Initiative (SYI). Genoveva earned her M.S.W. from Hunter College and is obtaining post-graduate training in Family Therapy through the Ackerman Institute. She provides services and workshops to freshmen and sophomores and co-facilitates the relationship group at the Counseling Center. She is committed to working with diverse multicultural and marginalized communities.
Jamie Camino, M.S.W., Data Analyst
Jamie Camino joined the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management as a Data Analyst of the Title V Sophomore Year Initiative (SYI) in 2013. She earned a B.S. in Psychology and a M.S.W. with a research concentration from Fordham University. She has worked in various research projects for Women’s Housing Economic and Development Corporation (WHEDco), Survey Research Operations at the University of Michigan, and Jewish Home and Lifecare. Some projects include program evaluations of a peer-led sex education program, childcare providers’ training program, and a high school assistance program. In addition, Jamie has assisted with data collection efforts for studying the impacts of students in Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy Charter School. Jamie’s statistically oriented training, broad-based research experience, as well as her exposure as a social worker provides her with the dedication and skills to highlight SYI's program outcomes and accomplishments.