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

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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.

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Kristen Ardell

Senior Assistant Director

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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.

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Jeanne Aversa

Director of Admission Information Systems

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Hometown: South Bend, Indiana

Counselor Assignment: Parts of Metrowest Boston; Cape Cod and the Islands

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.

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Tom Biedermann

Associate Director, Madrid Campus

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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.

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Krista Coufos

Assistant Director of Transfer Admission

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Hometown: North Andover, Massachusetts

Counselor Assignment: Transfer Students

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.

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John Dougherty

Assistant Director

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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.

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Evelyn Espitia

Admission Officer

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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!

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Jennifer Finnigan

Assistant Director

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Hometown: North Andover, Massachusetts

Counselor Assignment: Massachusetts (Milton, Lexington, Waltham, and Berkshire County), New York, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C.

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!

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Amber Fitzgerald

Senior Assistant Director, Campus Visit & Events Manager

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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!

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Lark Krajeski

Director of Undergraduate Admission

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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.

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Raffi Muroy

Director of International Admission

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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.

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Lauren Riley

Assistant Director

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Hometown: Newton, Massachusetts

Counselor Assignment: Massachusetts (Boston, Cambridge, Lowell, Concord, Wellesley, Quincy and Plymouth County), Texas, Colorado

Favorite Book: The Best Advice I Ever Got by Katie Couric

Most Underrated Movie: The American President

Why Boston: Boston is the perfect college city! You’ll not only find great food, culture, history, activities, and of course sports teams, but you’ll be surrounded by students your age and have so many opportunities to meet new people.

Favorite Food: Ice cream and tortellini

Advice to Applicants: Don’t underestimate the power of the essay. The essay is the only chance we have in the application to really get a sense of who you are. That being said, the essay doesn’t have to be an elaborate story; it just needs to be about something you care about and are passionate about. Also, remember to breathe and relax—you will make it through this college search process.

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Elizabeth Sanicola

Assistant Director

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Hometown: Southbury, Connecticut

Counselor Assignment: Massachusetts (Essex, Franklin, and Worcester counties), 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!)

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Stephanie Sweeney

Associate Director

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Hometown: Westwood, Massachusetts

Counselor Assignment: Massachusetts (Norfolk and Bristol County), Rhode Island, 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 4 years.

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