Admission Staff

If you would like to contact your admission counselor, please browse through the listed staff profiles.

Meet Our Staff

Please contact the Undergraduate Admission staff with any questions or requests by email or by phone at 617-573-8460.

Donna Grand Pré

Vice President for Admission & Financial Aid


Hometown: Brockport, New York (but I did attend 3 high schools in New York, Oregon and Illinois)

Favorite Book: Good to Great by Jim Collins

Most Underrated Movie: Chef by Jon Favreau—maybe because I’m a foodie.

Why Boston: One word—Fenway! Boston is a great sports city and even if you are not a big baseball fan, a visit to Fenway Park is a unique and fun experience. Also Boston is a great city of neighborhoods with a variety of cuisines, nightlife, and historical and cultural offerings! Boston is a city rich in American colonial history and architecture as well as groundbreaking life science research contributing to its world-class health care.

Favorite Food: I have a serious sweet tooth!

Advice to Applicants: Just remember—it’s a match to be made not a race to be won! The college admission process will be exciting and daunting at the same time but there are so many resources and experts (like the team at Suffolk) to help. Just be honest and true to who you are and take advantage of the college experience once you enroll it’s life-changing.

Donna Grand Pre

Kristen Ardell

Senior Assistant Director


Hometown: Essex Junction, Vermont

Favorite Books: (This is tough!) Some favorites are Miracle in the Andes, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Goldfinch, and All the Light We Cannot See

Most Underrated Movie: The Intouchables

Why Boston: I love the history here, exploring different neighborhoods, and how walkable the city is. There is so much to do: watching sporting events, going to the theater, the symphony, concerts, and trying new restaurants.

Favorite Food: Anything Italian or Thai

Advice to Applicants: When beginning your college search think about what criteria are important to you; available majors, location, size and anything else that is essential to finding the right fit for you. Visit your top schools and ask questions! Lastly, give yourself enough time to fill out and double check your application.

Kristen Ardell

Jeanne Aversa

Director of Admission Information Systems


Hometown: South Bend, Indiana

Counselor Assignment: Parts of Metrowest Boston

Favorite Books: The Prince of Tides, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Unbroken

Most Underrated Movies: Radio Days, The Princess Bride, The Way Way Back

Why Boston: So much history, and close proximity to the ocean, plus great food and sports teams

Favorite Foods: Neopolitan pizza, Tex Mex anything, fresh baked bread

Advice to Applicants: Be engaged in the college search and selection process, but keep your cool and have faith that all will turn out well…it will.

Jeanne Aversa

Tom Biedermann

Associate Director, Madrid Campus


Hometown: Ankeny, Iowa

Counselor Assignment: Western Europe (excluding Spain and France), Africa

Favorite Book: The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

Most Underrated Movie: The Prestige

Why Madrid: Suffolk’s branch in Spain offers students a unique opportunity to start their university studies abroad. All the coursework is equivalent to what students study in Boston: classes in English, fully-accredited American university program—with the added advantage of cultural and linguistic immersion to broaden horizons and get a global perspective. Madrid is an exciting capital city, and since there are no classes on Fridays, students can explore other parts of Spain and spend weekends traveling around Europe, too.

Favorite Food: I live in Spain—so everything from traditional paella and Spanish omelet to new fusion.

Advice to Applicants: Read your email and keep in touch. Most of our communication is by email, so be sure to check on the status of your application and sign up to attend our showcase events to take a tour and talk to current students.

Tom Biedermann

Daniel Connolly

Managing Associate Director


Hometown: Worcester, MA

Counselor Assignment: Essex County; Transfer students from many of the Massachusetts Community Colleges

Favorite Book: The Great Gatsby

Most Underrated Movie: Drive or The Grey

Why Boston: This city has just so many options. Culture, history, professional sports, food, shopping, and museums are all within a few blocks of where we are in downtown. It is big enough to have all the resources you need, but small enough to enjoy it all…just like Suffolk!

Favorite Food: Donuts…cannoli from Mike’s Pastry…cream puffs from Beard Papa’s…you sensing a pattern?

Advice to Applicants: Whether you are starting or narrowing down your college search, you need to visit and meet with students and faculty. There are so many students who I speak with on the road that have never been to campus. If you ask our current students so many will say that the campus visit was the deciding factor. Work with the Admissions Office at the schools you are considering and schedule a tour. This is a great starting point and can save you a lot of stress when you are trying to decide where to spend your next four years. As one of the transfer counselors, I will hear from students that they want the activity of a city and for the opportunities to be right outside the door. If you visit campus, you will know if it could be the right fit for you.

Dan Connolly

Krista Coufos

Assistant Director of Transfer Admission


Hometown: North Andover, Massachusetts

Counselor Assignment: Transfer students and all freshman applicants from Rhode Island

Favorite Book: Tuesdays with Morrie

Most Underrated Movie: Horrible Bosses

Why Boston? Boston is home to some of the best universities in the world. It’s where people come to receive an immaculate education. Boston is heavily populated with college students, which makes it a very young and fun city.

Favorite Food? Chicken Marsala with lots and lots of pasta

Advice to Applicants: Apply early! This shows us that you have done your college research in a timely manner and are excited about Suffolk.

Krista Coufos sitting in the Admission office

John Dougherty

Assistant Director


Hometown: Chepachet, Rhode Island

Counselor Assignment: New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands

Favorite Book: A Song of Ice and Fire series

Most Underrated Movie: I'm not ashamed to say that I thought How to Train Your Dragon was pretty awesome, even if I was eighteen when I saw it.

Why Boston: Having gone to college in a rural environment and grown up in an even more rural one, I was eager to experience living and working in one of the most historic and culturally diverse cities in the country. There are worse things than walking through Boston Common every day to get to work.

Favorite Food: Definitely pizza, you can put pretty much anything on it.

Advice to Applicants: I've noticed that many high school students don't give themselves enough credit. They don't include in their application that they babysit every day after school, have a part-time job, or play recreational sports because they assume it isn't interesting enough. If you do it, we'd like to know about it; your application is intended to go beyond just who you are as a student.

 John Dougherty

Evelyn Espitia

Admission Officer


Hometown: Somerville, Massachusetts

Counselor Assignment: Southern California, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey

Favorite Book: The Diary of Frida Kahlo

Most Underrated Movie: Restless (a film by Gus van Sant)

Why Boston: It’s the backdrop for a thriving music scene, lots of fascinating history, and innovative technological advances, all within walking distance!

Favorite Food: Baconnnnnnn

Advice to Applicants: Your teacher recommendation doesn’t have to come from the teacher who gave you an A; it could come from a teacher who has seen you struggle and work hard for a B. Most importantly, it should be from a teacher who knows you very well!

Evelyn Espisita

Shelby Feltoon

Admission Counselor


Hometown: Tabernacle, New Jersey

Counselor Assignment: All Art & Design applicants;  New York

Favorite Book: The Giving Tree

Underrated Movie: Hoodwinked

Why Boston: The amazing artist community, walkability, access to art and music, and the charm of New England!

Favorite Foods: guacamole and potato latkes

Advice to Applicants: Don’t hold anything back! Provide all of the information you can and ask every single question you have on your way to making the best decision for you!

Shelby Feltoon

Jennifer Finnigan

Assistant Director


Hometown: North Andover, Massachusetts

Counselor Assignment: Massachusetts (Milton, Lexington, Waltham, Berkshire County, Springfield and Hampshire County, Cape Cod and Islands, Norfolk and Bristol County)

Favorite Books: A Song of Ice and Fire series

Most Underrated Movie: Stardust or (favorite but not underrated) Whiplash

Why Boston: We’re an intimate, personal city with countless opportunities around every corner, and filled to the brim with endless cultural, historical, and artistic experiences

Favorite Food: Any variation of a potato

Advice to Applicants: A little personal touch goes a long way—you don’t need endless pages of activities to stand out. Reach out, make contact, make yourself unique!

Jennifer Finnigan

Amber Fitzgerald

Senior Assistant Director, Campus Visit & Events Manager


Hometown: Salem, New Hampshire

Favorite Books: Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut has always been a favorite, and anything written by Brett Easton Ellis.

Most Underrated Movie: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Why Boston: Boston is an amazing city full of art, history, and culture. It’s home to an ever-growing population of college students and an endless list of things to try and explore. Boredom just isn’t an option!

Favorite Foods: ice cream sundaes, ice cream sandwiches, milk shakes… did I mention ice cream?

Advice to Applicants: College is a fun, exciting, and transformational time of your life. ENJOY the search process! Visit campuses, ask lots of questions, chat with current students, and be true to your passions and dreams. We look forward to helping you along the way!

Amber Fitzgerald

Chelsea Hurley

Assistant Director


Hometown: Lowell, MA

Counselor Assignment: Freshman and Transfer Students from Connecticut

Favorite Book: The Harry Potter series 

Most Underrated Movie: The Emperor’s Club

Why Boston?: I never get tired of exploring the city! Boston truly offers something for everyone – amazing restaurants and nightlife, rich history, great music and theater scene, shopping, sightseeing, sporting events (the list is endless). I love the hustle and bustle of the city; love the people. Boston is an amazingly diverse community full of endless opportunities.

Favorite Food: Poutine 

Advice to Applicants:  It is never too early to start your college search! Applying to college is a major life decision so definitely do your research and take the time to find the school that is the right fit for you, but also have fun with it. If you ever feel overwhelmed by the process don’t be afraid to ask college admissions professionals for help – that’s what we’re here for!

Chelsea Hurley

Lark Krajeski

Director of Undergraduate Admission


Hometown: Ringwood, New Jersey

Counselor Assignment: Northern California

Favorite Book: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Most Underrated Movie: The Fountain (Film by Darren Aronofsky)

Why Boston: I’ve lived in Boston for many years, and there is always something new for me to discover. The history, diversity, attitude, food, music, art, and culture make this the best place to call home.

Favorite Food: Macaroni and Cheese (with plenty of hot sauce)

Advice to Applicants: Be yourself. Spend less time trying to figure out a secret admissions formula and spend more time letting us get to know you better. You are more than just your GPA and test scores.

Lark Krajeski

Raffi Muroy

Director of International Admission


Hometown: Lima, Peru

Counselor Assignment: South and Central America, Caribbean, and Middle East

Favorite Book: Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Most Underrated Movie: Gosford Park

Why Boston: One word, diversity. You can find any type of food, cultural event, distinct neighborhood, etc. It is all close enough and getting around is as easy as walking from spot to spot.

Favorite Food: ALL TYPES

Advice to Applicants: Take time with your essay. Make sure to draft, draft, and draft. We enjoy learning about you. Remember that this might be the only piece of your application where your personal voice comes through. Make it concise and allow it to flow nicely. When effectively and properly written, it can be the best part of reading an application.

Raffi Muroy

Elizabeth Sanicola

Assistant Director


Hometown: Southbury, Connecticut

Counselor Assignment: Massachusetts (Fitchburg and Worcester County), Florida

Favorite Book: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Most Underrated Movie: Must Love Dogs

Why Boston: Even though over 600,000 people live in the city, Boston still feels intimate and welcoming. It’s so easy to navigate and you never feel like you get lost in the crowd. There's such a sense of community and pride here.

Favorite Food: Pasta

Advice to Applicants: Try to visit all of the schools to which you are applying. Reading about a school online is not the same as stepping on campus and getting a feel for the community, culture, and city. Once you're on campus, you'll be able to better determine if this is the place where you want to spend the next four years of your life! (And we hope you will!)

Elizabeth Sanicola

Stephanie Sweeney

Associate Director of International Admission


Hometown: Westwood, Massachusetts

Counselor Assignment: Asia, Eastern Europe, Australia, New Zealand, France, and Spain

Favorite Book: Suite Française by Irene Nemirovsky

Most Underrated Movie: Amelie

Why Boston: Boston is very historic and fun. I can easily go from lunch at the Boston Public Library to an exhibit at the MFA to a Red Sox game in the same day! It also helps that we're the city of champions!

Favorite Food: Lasagna

Advice to Applicants: Be proactive about your application. Contact your counselor, attend your high school visit, go to open house. Discover the place where you will spend the next four years.

Stephanie Sweeny