Meet Us

Welcome to the Office of Undergraduate Admission at Roger Williams University! Meet the counselors who will review your application, coordinate your visits to campus and answer all of your questions about the admission process and the University, too.

 

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JACOB ALLEN
Admission Counselor 
jallen@rwu.edu
Text (401)-240-1051

Jacob Allen; B.A. Keene State College

Territory: Massachusetts (Greater Boston and North Shore), New Hampshire

Where are you from? Canton, CT

What’s your favorite event or ϲ tradition? Convocation at the beginning of the fall semester. It is so much fun to welcome students and families to the Roger Williams community.

What’s one restaurant you would recommend in Bristol? Baba Sushi, it's a great sushi spot right on the water!

If you could give one piece of advice to a first year student, what would it be? You don’t have to know exactly what career path you want to go down right away. College is a time to explore and we have so many resources on campus to help you succeed in a career path that you feel is right.

Favorite music artist and TV show? I like all different genres of music, but my favorite artist is Fleet Foxes. I would have to say my favorite TV show is Breaking Bad.

 

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RUSSELL AZZARELLO
Assistant Regional 
Director of Admission
razzarello@rwu.edu
Text (732) 716-2803

Russell Azzarello; B.A. Roger Williams University

Territory: New Jersey, Mid-Atlantic, New York (Hudson Valley & Westchester County), Vermont

Where are you from? Old Bridge, NJ 

What’s your favorite event or ϲ tradition? This has to be a three way tie between the Poetry Slam, the open mic nights hosted by WQRI, and the ϲ Dance Club showcases. These events help highlight some of the amazing talent that we have on our campus and it's amazing to see amount of students who turn out to show their live and support for their peers during these events.

What’s one restaurant you would recommend in Rhode Island? A restaurant I'd absolutely check out is Siena in either East Greenwich or Smithfield for some fine dining. For a more local, casual spot check out Brick Pizza Co. My buddy and fellow ϲ alumnus Chris helped build and design the place and it's a great example of how our students can make a difference in the local community!

Favorite music artist and TV show? Macklemore because his music is goofy like me but he also has some very deep messages hidden in his works. Television wise I love Haunting of Hill House and any of the Avatar series The Last Airbender or The Legend of Korra. 

 

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SAMANTHA COLE-REARDON
Assistant Director of Admission
Transfer Admission 
Coordinator
scole-reardon@rwu.edu
Text (401) 240-1004

Samantha Cole-Reardon; B.S. Bridgewater State University, M.S. Florida State University

Territory: Western Massachusetts and Transfer Students

Where are you from? Marshfield, MA

What’s your favorite event or ϲ tradition? Maybe it’s cheesy, but graduation is easily the best event of the year! Seeing students celebrate their hard work and cheer for the friends they made here is so special.

What’s one restaurant you would recommend in the area? The Square Peg in Warren – amazing food with an amazing walk around downtown is the perfect recipe!

If you could give one piece of advice to a first year student, what would it be? Be gracious with yourself – you can (and should!) come up with a solid plan, but don’t worry if you veer off course. “Life is what happens when you’re making other plans,” and sometimes the best adventures will surprise you. 

Favorite music artist and TV show? Hozier and Noah Kahan have taken over my Spotify Wrapped! My forever comfort show dynamic duo: Criminal Minds & Gilmore Girls … opposites attract? 

 

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JENNA CUTTER
Admission Counselor 
jcutter@rwu.edu

Jenna Cutter; B.A. Roger Williams University

Where are you from? Melbourne, Australia

What’s your favorite event or ϲ tradition? Late Night Breakfast

What’s one attraction you would recommend in Bristol? Colt State Park

If you could give one piece of advice to a first year student, what would it be? Make sure you take time to enjoy your new college adventure.

Favorite music artist and TV show? Dolly Parton!!

 

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KYLER JESANIS
Associate Director of 
Admission
kjesanis@rwu.edu
Text (401) 240-1052

Kyler Jesanis; B.A. Roger Williams University, M.S. Worcester State University

Territory: Southeastern Massachusetts, California & Pacific Regions, Illinois, Florida, and all Southern & Midwestern States.

Where are you from? Tolland, CT

What’s your favorite event or ϲ tradition? The Poetry Slam. It’s always a ton of fun and the students talent, passion, and creativity is inspiring.

What’s one restaurant you would recommend in Bristol? Pomodoro Pizzeria! The food is incredible.

If you could give one piece of advice to a first year student, what would it be? Get involved in something outside of the classroom right away. It’s a great way to network, meet people, and build a community.

Favorite music artist and TV show? Ben Rector and The West Wing

 

Amanda Marsilli
AMANDA MARSILI
Assistant Vice President for
Enrollment Management, 
Dean of Admission
amarsili@rwu.edu 

Amanda Marsili; B.A. Notre Dame of Maryland University

Where are you from? Brodheadsville, PA

What’s your favorite event or ϲ tradition? Late Night Breakfast

What’s one restaurant you would recommend in Bristol? Bristol House of Pizza

If you could give one piece of advice to a first year student, what would it be? Try something new!

Favorite music artist and TV show? Don’t have one – will listen to anything playing on top 40 radio; Favorite TV Show – Scandal

 

 

Lindsey Proulx
LINDSEY PROULX
Senior Associate Director,
Enrollment Systems 
and Operations
lproulx@rwu.edu 
Text (401) 240-1066

Lindsey Proulx; B.A. Roger Williams University, M.S. Florida State University

Territory: Maine

Where are you from? Bradford, NH

What’s your favorite event or ϲ tradition? CEN Bonfire

What’s one restaurant you would recommend in the area? Waterdog

If you could give one piece of advice to a first year student, what would it be? You're allowed to change your mind. Explore areas that make you the most excited to learn more and go after them!

Favorite music artist and TV show? A good 90s throwback playlist and my favorite TV is anything by Shonda Rhimes but on Saturdays in the fall, it's college football.

 

Dmitry Satsuk
DMITRY SATSUK
Director of International 
Enrollment
dsatsuk@rwu.edu
Text (401) 240-1079

Dmitry Satsuk; M.A. International Education, NYU

Territory: All International Students including South/Central/Latin America, Caribbean, Asia, Europe and all U.S. territories 

Where are you from? Minsk, Belarus

What’s your favorite event or ϲ tradition? "Rep your flag" event put on by the Multicultural Student Union

If you could give one piece of advice to a first-year student, what would it be? Learn time management skills!

Favorite music artist and TV show? Vivaldi

 

Heather Schramm
HEATHER SCHRAMM
Sr. Associate Director Admission
Transfer Experience
hschramm@rwu.edu
Text (401) 240-1074

Heather Schramm; B.S. University of Maine, M.Ed University of Maine

Territory: Massachusetts (Worcester County) & Transfer Students

Where are you from? Griswold, CT

What’s your favorite event or ϲ tradition? The Weeks of Welcome! They are an amazing opportunity for students, returning and new, to get integrated with the campus and the community and feel at home.

What’s one restaurant you would recommend in Bristol? Tong Phoon, I know when I was a student a solid pad thai was imperative to a productive study session. 

If you could give one piece of advice to a first year student, what would it be? Get involved. There are so many wonderful opportunities for students to get involved on campus. Students who are involved not only build a wonderful network of friends, it also improves your academics!

Favorite music artist and TV show? For music I am all over the place. Currently I am really into folk music and Lizzo … intersectionality at its finest. For show(s), my top two of all time: Scrubs and Parks and Recreation.

 

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JESSICA THIBEAULT
Assistant Director of Admission
jthibeault@rwu.edu
Text (401) 240-1030

Jessica Thibeault; B.S. University of Rhode Island, M.S. University of Rhode Island

Territory: Eastern Connecticut (New London, Windham, New Haven, Middlesex, Hartford and Tolland counties); Colorado & Mountain Region States

Where are you from? Wethersfield, CT

Favorite event or tradition: I love move-in weekend! There’s always so much buzz and excitement to start the new school year!

Restaurant: Thames Waterside Bar & Grill

Piece of advice: Get involved! Getting involved on campus is a great way to meet people and feel connected to ϲ!

Favorite music and TV show: Music: I am really not picky! I’ll listen to anything! TV Show: New Girl

 

Amy Tiberio
AMY TIBERIO
Vice President for 
Enrollment Management
atiberio@rwu.edu

Amy Tiberio; B.S. & M.S. Bentley University

Where are you from? Framingham, MA

What’s your favorite event or ϲ tradition? My favorite ϲ tradition is the Annual Theme. It’s really interesting for the enrolling class and the ϲ community to read the same book, and then attend programs and lectures throughout the year that build on the theme and allow us to look at it through different lenses. It’s a great prompt for conversations and discussions across campus.

What’s one restaurant you would recommend in Bristol? I recommend Beehive Café – it’s quirky and very delicious. 

If you could give one piece of advice to a first year student, what would it be? Think of this opportunity as a fresh start. You get to explore and embrace who you really are. College is your journey to learn about yourself, try new things, and take risks. Don’t talk yourself out of challenges and opportunities.

Favorite music artist and TV show? My favorite music artist is Ani DiFranco and favorite TV show is vintage Law & Order

 

Jacquelyn Tremblay
JACQUELYN TREMBLAY
Director of Admission, 
Campus Visit Experience
jtremblay@rwu.edu
Text (401)-246-7288

Jacquelyn Tremblay; B.A. & M.S. Southern New Hampshire University

Where are you from? North Easton, MA

What's your favorite event or ϲ Tradition? The annual 1, 2, 3 Weekend. This multi-day event includes great food and different activities to check out prior to the start of classes.

What’s one restaurant you would recommend in Bristol? Thames Waterside Bar & Grill

If you could give one piece of advice to a first year student, what would it be? Take advantage of all the resources available to you. Whether it be faculty, your resident assistant, etc. we are all here to help you transition and make the most of your college experience!

Favorite music artist and TV show? Ruston Kelly and Parks & Recreation

 

Anna Walther
ANNA WALTHER
Admission Counselor
awalther@rwu.edu
Text (401)-240-1016

 

Anna Walther; B.A. Roger Williams University

Territory: Long Island, New York City, and Rhode Island

Where are you from? Northampton, MA

What's your favorite event or ϲ Tradition? SAGA’s Pride Week – especially, Queer Fest!

What’s one restaurant you would recommend in Bristol? Riccottis Sandwich Shop – I've been going here since I was a little kid; perfect sandwiches for day-trips to the Newport beaches!

If you could give one piece of advice to a first year student, what would it be? “College is like a buffet. You can eat the same three basic foods that you know that you like, or you can try different things and have the potential of discovering a new food that you never knew that you would love. Either way, the price is the same.” This applies to trying food at the dining hall, taking new classes, trying extracurriculars, or anything else – be willing to go into your challenge zone! (This is the same advice my mom gave me when she dropped me off at Roger in 2014 for my freshman year!)

Favorite music artist and TV show? I listen to almost any genre, but I do certainly love a good 2000s – 2010s throwback playlist. If I was choosing more current, it would be either JP Saxe or Kehlani. For favorite TV show, I’d say any crime shows or Netflix’s All-American.

 

Joseph Varao
JOSEPH VARAO
Director of Undergraduate
Admission Recruitment
​ċċċċċjvarao@rwu.edu
Text (401)-240-1071

Joseph Varao; BBA George Washington University

Where are you from? Plymouth, MA

What's your favorite event or ϲ Tradition? Feeling the breeze off Mount Hope Bay from the deck at the Bready Sailing Center

What’s one restaurant you would recommend in Bristol? Quito's! Their Seafood Mediterranean is one of my favorite dishes anywhere in RI, and their views of the harbor are the best in town.

If you could give one piece of advice to a first-year student, what would it be? Many people will tell you what they think you should study - whatever they think is practical, lucrative, exciting - but choose a major that interests you. Immersed in something you're passionate about, you're much more likely to find a path to success.

Favorite music artist and TV show? If I'm watching TV, it's probably a live sporting event. I like lots of different music, but Jukebox the Ghost has been a longtime favorite.

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