Meet the Admission Team

Madeleine MelkonianMadeleine Melkonian
Senior Vice President for Admission and External Relations
madeleine.melkonian@mountsaintvincent.edu
(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
curt.dircks@mountsaintvincent.edu
(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
lori.lombardo@mountsaintvincent.edu
(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.

Alyssa Cantor
Alyssa Cantor
Assistant Director for Admission
alyssa.cantor@mountsaintvincent.edu
(718) 405-3781

 

  • B.A. in Psychology, St. Thomas Aquinas College
  • Joined the Admission team in 2016
  • Recruitment Territories: Upstate New York
  • Campus Events Manager

While at St. Thomas Aquinas College, Alyssa studied psychology while focusing on working with children. Her internships and practicum hours were spent with both elementary and high school students, where she quickly realized helping high school students in their transition to college life suited her best. This made Admission and the College of Mount Saint Vincent an ideal choice. When she is not recruiting prospective students, Alyssa loves to cycle, do yoga, and spend time with her family and friends.

Brianna Gutierrez
Brianna Gutierrez 

Assistant Director for Admission
brianna.gutierrez@mountsaintvincent.edu
(718) 405-3221

 

  • B.A. in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and Spanish and Hispanic Studies, Union College
  • M.A. in Hispanic Studies, Columbia University
  • Joined the Admission team in 2018
  • Recruitment Territories: New Jersey and Pennsylvania

Born and raised in Elizabeth, NJ, Brianna has worked as a tour guide, a Spanish Tour Program Coordinator, and an admission interviewer for her alma mater throughout her time there. Before coming to the Mount, she worked as a college counselor at Urban Dove Team Charter School. There, she instructed college prep courses and worked with students on college and scholarship applications, and career readiness. She loves the College of Mount Saint Vincent from its scenery and architecture to its values and friendly community. Brianna enjoys her free time singing, listening to music, and spending quality time in NJ with her friends and family.

KeYana Reid
KeYana Reid
Assistant Director for Admission
keyana.reid@mountsaintvincent.edu
(718) 405-3321

 

  • B.A. in Elementary Education, Emmanuel College
  • Joined the Admission team in 2018
  • Recruitment Territories: Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island
  • Admission Tour Guide and Ambassador Manager, Strategic Outreach Coordinator

KeYana is a graduate of Emmanuel College in Boston, MA. During her time at Emmanuel, KeYana was heavily involved in the admission office where she worked as an admission ambassador and Gold Key Ambassador. In both roles, KeYana worked closely with the admission counselors and perspective students and families, which helped her realize her passion for working in the admission field. After her graduation, she worked as an admission representative for her alma mater. She is excited to explore a new city and to be part of Mount Saint Vincent’s admission team. Besides recruiting new students, she enjoys reading, spending time with friends, and jamming out to show tunes!

Kelsey Ruzza
Kelsey Ruzza
Assistant Director for Admission
kelsey.ruzza@mountsaintvincent.edu
(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.