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Meet our Admissions Representatives
Camille Braker-Balkum, MBA
Executive Director of Admissions
Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions
WORKS WITH: Students from parts of Bergen
Q&A WITH MELISSA:
Favorite emoji? Crying laughing face. It says everything I need it to.
Favorite place on campus? The Castle! There's so much to see and the view out each window is totally different.
First online screen name? LissySpace. It was my AIM screen name and came from a nickname from my elementary school principal!
What movie makes you laugh the most? “Anchorman” makes me laugh out loud every time.
First concert you attended and how old were you? Hanson's “Middle of Nowhere” tour in fourth grade.
Taylor Parker (Alum)
Associate Director of Freshman Admissions
Class '17 M.B.A.
Class '15 B.S. Business Administration
WORKS WITH: Students from Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Monmouth, Ocean, Passaic and Salem, New York: Staten Island
Q&A WITH TAYLOR:
Your life motto? "Be the change you want to see if the world" - Ghandi
Favorite emoji? Blush or smiley face.
Favorite place on campus? Castle Cafe serving Starbucks Coffee
First concert you attended and how old you were? Justin Timberlake when I was 13.
First online screen name? Pink_Yellow117...I have no idea why! LOL
One thing people would be surprised to know about you? I'm from Vancouver, Canada.
Other languages you speak? Only English:) un petit francais
What movie makes you laugh the most? Not sure what movie...but definitely the sitcom Friends!!!
Jorge Soriano (Alum)
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Class '18 M.B.A.
Class '17 B.S. Computer Science
WORKS WITH: Students from Essex, Hudson, Union and parts of Bergen. New York: Bronx, Brooklyn, Nassau, Manhattan, Queens, and Suffolk counties.
Q&A WITH JORGE:
Your life motto? " Practice what you preach." This is because I won’t tell you to do something that I wouldn’t do myself.
Favorite emoji? Laughing out loud emoji. I always like to have funny conversations.
Favorite place on campus? The Castle - when I was a kid I would pretend to be a knight - so it reminds me of my childhood.
What movie makes you laugh the most? Sandlot. I remember when I used to play baseball with my friends.
One thing people would be surprised to know about you? I have been to 7 countries: Kuwait, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Morocco, Mexico and the U.S. I served in the Marine Corps as an Artillery Cannoneer. I was honorably discharged as a Sergeant and I am currently the President for the Felician University Students Veterans of America (FUSVA), a Veterans Club at Felician University.
Samantha Montalvo (Alum)
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Class '17 B.A. Psychology
WORKS WITH: Morris, Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon, Somerset, Mercer, and Middlesex. New York: Rockland, Orange, and Westchester. Pennsylvania.
Q&A WITH Samantha:
Your life motto? "Accept what is, let go of what was, have Faith in what will be."
Favorite emoji? The lady dancing in the red dress and heels. She's the best. She makes any text message feel sassy and confident.
My favorite place on campus? The library is my favorite place on campus. It has so many cozy spots you can curl up in and just relax.
One thing people would be surprised to know about you? I am very artistic.
First concert you attended and how old were you? The Jonas Brothers at Madison Square Garden; I'm pretty sure I was 12 years old.
EOF and Transfer Admissions
Denys Sanchez (Alum)
Educational Opportunity Fund Recruiter
Class '10 B.S. Biology
WORKS WITH: Educational Opportunity Fund Students from all counties in NJ
Q&A WITH DENYS:
Favorite place on campus? Rutherford quad, right outside the gym.
First online screen name? PeruvianPrincess21.
One thing people would be surprised to know about you? My hobbies are cars, attending car races, car shows, etc.
Other languages do you speak? I speak Spanish at home to talk to my grandparents.
Gina DeFalco, M.B.A.
Assistant Director of Transfer Admissions
WORKS WITH: Transfer Students
Q&A WITH GINA:
Your life motto? “Onward and Upward…” (Move-on and let-go…)
Favorite emoji? Thumbs up…matches my optimistic attitude : )
Favorite place on campus? The Castle of course! Such architectural detail! I love to stop in the Chapel and collect my thoughts and express gratitude for my day.
What movie makes you laugh the most? Stir Crazy, I get a kick out of Gene Wilder!
One thing people would be surprised to know about you? I Love Old Classic Movies, ice-fishing and dog-sledding.
First concert you attended and how old were you? Heart at the then called Giants Stadium (now Met-Life)
Lorraine Derwin (Alum)
Assistant Director of Enrollment Management Services
Class of '17 B.A. Communications
Bergen County Community College: Transfer Center in The Pitkin Education Center Tuesday - Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WORKS WITH: Transfer and Accelerated Degree Students
Favorite place on campus? My favorite place on campus is the Castle! Working in the Castle makes me feel like a Disney Princess.
What movie makes you laugh the most? It would have to be a tie between The Money Pit and Tangled!
One thing people would be surprised to know about you? I love to sing Jazz Music.
First concert you attended and how old were you? The first concert I attended was the Duprees and I was 22 years old.
Other languages you speak? Another language I know is American Sign Language.