Meet the Admission Team

Madeleine MelkonianMadeleine Melkonian
Senior Vice President for Admission and External Relations
(718) 405-3236


Madeleine’s tenure at the Mount spans more than a decade. She joined the Mount as Director for Public Relations in 2002, and assumed increasing responsibilities over time. She was promoted to Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement and College Relations in 2004, Vice President in 2007, Senior Vice President in 2012, and was appointed to her current position in 2015. Prior to joining Mount Saint Vincent, she served as a board member, advocate, and communications and public relations liaison for several health and education non-profit organizations. Previously, she was manager of national policies and procedures at Coopers & Lybrand for six years, and an internal accountant and cost analyst for Irving Trust Company. She received her B.B.A. summa cum laude from Iona College. Madeleine is the founding member of the Windmill Road Audubon Society. Her free time is filled with her family, trips to the beach, movies, cooking, and entertaining.

Curt Dircks

Curt Dircks
Director for Admission
(718) 405-3735


  • Recruitment Territory: Transfer and International Students

Curt joined the Admission team in August 2015 after a year of work on the other side of the desk at Collegewise, where he helped students create unique applications and get admitted to their top college choices. While working as an independent college counselor, Curt also coached high school lacrosse at The Dalton School in Manhattan. Prior to working for Collegewise, he worked in two admissions offices at Mercy College and Hofstra University. Curt also volunteers as the Director of SUMMA, a mentor program for high school students that is partnered with Syracuse University, his alma mater. When Curt is not reading applications he is doing his best to be active every minute of the day by playing any sport he can find, running races, fishing, or relaxing with his family.

Lori Lombardo
Lori Lombardo
Associate Director for Admission
(718) 405-3223


  • B.A. in Environmental Studies, Lafayette College
  • Joined the Admission team in 2016
  • Recruitment Territories: New England, Appalachia Region, Midwest, Rocky Mountain Region, and Southwest States
  • Premier Scholarships, Honors Program, and Alumnae/i Engagement liaison

Lori is a graduate of Lafayette College in Easton, P.A. While a student, she worked extensively in the admission office as a student ambassador responsible for giving tours and assisting the professional staff, and as a senior interviewer. Lori was also the chair of the Lafayette College Ambassador Program her senior year. Happy to be back in her home state of New York, Lori joined the College of Mount Saint Vincent team in July 2016. The Mount’s focus on liberal arts and its gorgeous campus made it a perfect start to her career in college admissions. Beyond her love for admission, Lori also enjoys being outside, traveling, and art.

Tatiana Henriquez
Tatiana Henriquez

Assistant Director for Admission
(718) 405-3795


  • B.A. in Criminal Justice and Psychology, Dominican College
  • Joined the Admission team in 2018
  • Recruitment Territories: Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida

Tatiana is a Bronx native and a graduate of Dominican College in Orangeburg, New York. During her time at Dominican College, she was a peer mentor advising college freshman students for three years and was also actively involved in several honor societies and clubs on campus. Upon graduating in 2016, she worked as an admission counselor and enrollment coordinator for The College of New Rochelle for two years before joining the Mount Saint Vincent community. In her free time, Tatiana loves traveling and writing,

Kelsey Ruzza
Kelsey Ruzza
Assistant Director for Admission
(718) 405-3428


  • B.S. in Social Work, Concordia College
  • Joined the Admission team in 2017
  • Recruitment Territories: Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island
  • HEOP Liaison

Originally from Schenectady, N.Y., Kelsey graduated from Concordia College with a degree in social work. Throughout college, Kelsey interned at a group home for teenage boys, which ignited her passion for helping students gain access to higher education. Upon graduating from Concordia College, she worked as an admission counselor for her alma mater for three years before joining the Mount community this year. Kelsey is excited to continue her work in higher education at the College of Mount Saint Vincent. She enjoys spending her free time with family and friends, and taking pictures of her dog, Bleu.