Resident Assistants 2017-2018
Amanda Aguayo is a Junior Nursing major with a minor in Management. She lives in New Milford, Connecticut with her family and her dog, Sandy. After graduating from Pace University Amanda hopes to move to Boston, Massachusetts and pursue a career as a Nurse Anesthetist. This 2017 year, in addition to being a Resident Assistant, Amanda is also a Peer Leader, helping freshmen Nursing majors transition to college. With her Certified Nursing Assistant degree, Amanda also works and volunteers in local hospitals. In her free time, Amanda enjoys playing volleyball and tennis, as well as drawing. She also loves to travel and will be studying abroad in Barbados this January intersession.
Angela Himmelberg is a junior Pforzheimer Honors College Global Marketing and Management Major with a Fashion Marketing Minor. She was born and raised in Mount Airy, Maryland with her Dad, Mom, younger sister Erica, and her dog Mia. She is a second-year RA for the C.E.O. (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunity) FIG. Around campus Angela is involved in many activities including the Lubin Business Association, Pace Connect, Profashionals, Beta Eta Chapter of Lambda Sigma, Alpha Lambda Delta, and ASPIRE. She hopes to one day work for a large fashion company and live in New York City. She has a variety of interests, but in her free time she enjoys hanging out with friends, sewing, attending Setter's sports games, or visiting NYC
Anna Palazzi is a Senior English and Communications Major with a concentration in Journalism. She is originally from Mountain Lakes, NJ and works with the ESPN FIG in Alumni Hall. She is a member of Phi Sigma Sigma as well as a Bookseller at the on-campus bookstore. After graduating from Pace, Anna hopes to work in PR and to have a dog.
Ariel Crump is a Senior Pforzheimer Honors College student with a Criminal Justice major with a double minor of Psychology and Sociology at Pace University and a second-year RA in Alumni Hall. Coming from Brooklyn, being in Pleasantville was definitely a change for Ariel and she never thought she would be an RA but here she is. She is involved with a lot on campus such as Head chair of RA Council, President of Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society and the Senior Gift Committee. She is also a part of a few Honor Societies on campus and overall her goal is to graduate with as many chords she can. She doesn't know exactly where she wants to go but she definitely wants to take a shot at the FBI. If she's not focusing on school, she's having fun, writing, watching Criminal Minds or singing, and finding ways to be creative and do crafts or to continue to travel the world.
Bryce Donovan is a junior, Criminal Justice Major with an Environmental studies minor. He was born and raised in Amherst, NY a suburb of Buffalo and currently resides in Frisco, Texas. RA Bryce is also a First basemen on the Pace Baseball team. He enjoys fishing, target shooting, hiking, working out, playing his guitar and singing, and listening to country music. Along with these hobbies, RA Bryce is a big Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bills fan. Bryce hopes to enroll in the Homeland Security Master’s Degree program, join the US Army and eventually an Army Airborne Ranger after which he would like to pursue a career in the DHS or law enforcement. RA Bryce realizes that this opportunity is not only great for venturing out and learning more about himself and his residents and become closer with them, but he sees this as a great opportunity to work on his leadership skills.
Connor Wills is a second-year Pforzheimer Honors College student with a major in Applied Psychology. He is excited to begin this new adventure as an RA in the Pop Culture and Media FIG. He has just returned from a semester abroad studying in Australia, and couldn’t be more pumped to be back on the Pleasantville campus! He is from Souderton, Pennsylvania where he lives with his family and his dog, Mocha. RA Connor is very active on campus and dedicates a lot of his time to community service. He is a member of Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority and finds that helping people is his happy place. When he’s not serving his community, he’s binge-watching Netflix, playing Dungeons and Dragons, or dancing to Beyoncé.
Emily Bresnahan is a sophomore Communications major. She is from Haverhill, Massachusetts where she lives with her parents and two cats. Since she likes to stay busy she is a part of Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority, a feature writer for The Pace Chronicle, and is now tackling the role of Resident Assistant working with the Pop Culture and Media FIG. After graduation she wants to work either in New York City or Boston, for a Communications department of a fashion company, preferably Victoria’s Secret. In her spare time she loves to go to concerts, binge watch Netflix, and paint.
Gariel is a junior nursing major and a first year RA in Alumni hall for the Extreme Sports Pace Nation FIG. Gariel was born and raised in the Bronx, NY where her two cats Chocolate and Kisses still reside. She is the President and Founder of High Definition and the Vice President of Student Nurses Coalition for Diversity and Development. The skills obtained such as communication, critical thinking, and time management has helped her when handling situations throughout the building, on the team, in meetings and in the hospital. Being able to think through out a situation and prioritize what’s most important can help one day save a patient’s life not to mention provide assistance to a resident in need. Gariel has been able to practice her communication skills by talking to her residents on a daily basis and using those same techniques to talk to patients in the hospital. Being an RA has helped her to practice time management as she juggles the many facets of her life. This role has not only enabled Gariel to grow in her profession but also as a person.
Jeremy Soto is a second year RA who works with first year students in the Pop Culture and Media (PCM) FIG. He is from Paterson, NJ and is a junior Nursing Major aspiring to become a tenacious and caring Trauma Nurse. Jeremy loves the idea of service; he works as a Lifeguard at a gym near campus and is a member of the Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS). He plans on building his community as a safe space where residents are free to express their ideas freely, as well as a place where residents are encouraged to be themselves as they envision not what society wants them to be
Juliette is a Senior Nursing major at Pace University. Along with being a peer leader, she is a Resident Assistant in Alumni Hall for the Nursing FIG, Vice President of NSNA, President of Golden Key, and a member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society. When Juliette is not in the library studying she is in clinical, hanging out with friends, and looking for the perfect gluten free muffin! She is looking forward to her future as an RN and hopes to work in the PICU one day.
Kirk Pineda is a first-year graduate student at Pace University, studying Mental Health Counseling. He is from Rockland County, specifically Spring Valley, and was born in the Bronx. He has been deeply involved on campus, having been a Peer Leader and Tour Guide, to transitioning into an Orientation Leader and Resident Assistant. He listens to a lot of EDM and R&B, and is known for keeping an extensive amount of books in possession. Kirk hopes to someday be a freelancer or entrepreneur, fluently speak three or more languages, gain dual citizenship somewhere in Europe, and maybe become a little famous for inspiring others.
Lexi Parisi is a Senior Nursing major and a first year RA in Alumni Hall for the Body and Mind FIG. She is from Long Island, where she lives with her parents, four sisters, grandma, and three pets. She is in the Honors College and is completing her thesis in December of 2017. She was accepted into the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society last year. She completed the Setters Leadership Program during her sophomore year, and is now a mentor for the current freshmen. She currently works in Dyson as a lab technician to prepare and set up the bio labs. In her free time, she enjoys baking and cooking, doing yoga, dancing, reading, and drinking coffee. In the future, Lexi wants to be a women's/maternal health nurse at a Long Island hospital.
Mariah Palagyi is a Junior Applied Psychology Major with a Minor in Criminal Justice from Albany, New York. Mariah is a first-year RA for the Honors FIG in Alumni Hall. She is a member of the Psi Chi Honors Society, President of the Pforzheimer Honors College Council, and Student Assistant in the Office of Undergraduate Admission. After graduating from Pace University Mariah hopes to continue her studies while pursuing a career as a Child Psychologists. She is very family oriented and loves to read in her spare time. She is looking forward to building a strong community and getting the chance to live out her passion for helping others.
Steven DeMartis is a Junior Adolescent Education Major from the Bronx, NY. He is a second-year RA in Alumni Hall working with the SLH FIG. Stevens' campus involvement outside of the RA position includes the Pace Cheer team, Clifton Strengths Intern and an active brother of Alpha Phi Delta Fraternity. He spent his summer working as an Orientation Leader to ensure all the incoming first-year students have a smooth transition into college life. Steven loves working with the first year community, specifically the Setters Leadership and Service House (SLH) FIG. After Pace, he hopes to get a degree in Deaf Studies and work with Special Education Adults.
Keyshana Dupuy - Housing Assistant
Keyshana Dupuy is a Junior Communication with minor in psychology from Brooklyn, New York. Keyshana is a first year RA for the Extreme Sports and Pace Nation FIG. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, the Senior photographer for Presentia Yearbook, the president of the National Residence Hall Honorary, a former member of the Setters Leadership and Service House, and a member of ASPIRE. Keyshana hopes to help build a sense of community and encourage students to get involved.
Amber Morgan is a Senior English and Communications major at Pace, with a minor in Political Science. She is from Massachusetts and this is her third year as an RA, but her first year working in Elm Hall. Amber is also a sister of Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority, Circle Administrator for Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, and an Executive Board member of Pace's Model United Nations team. She also works at the University's Writing Center as a Writing Consultant. Amber is an aspiring screenwriter, hoping to one day write sitcoms.
Cati Amaral is a Senior Nursing student from Kearny, NJ. She is a third year RA in Elm Hall of the Nursing Upperclassmen Living and Learning Community. She is also the Representative for the College of Health Professions for Student Government Association, a member of the Golden Key Honor Society, the Vice President of the Honor’s College Student Council, and a former member of Setters Leadership House. She works at the Pace Bookstore and babysits whenever she can. Her dream is to become a Nurse Practitioner and move back to her roots, New York City.
Chris Rojas is a junior Health Science major with a concentration in Pre-Nursing aspiring to one day be a pediatric nurse practitioner. Chris was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He loves being involved on campus and has been involved in school activities since he was younger. He is a first-year RA in Elm Hall, the Vice President of Development for Resident Hall Association, and a member of Pace University’s High Definition step team. On his free time, you will find him in the kitchen cooking, baking or spending time with his friends and family. Chris is an adrenaline junkie, very adventurous, loves to travel, and loves to paint.
Karennys is a senior Criminal Justice major, aspiring to be a criminal lawyer. She currently an intern at the District Attorney’s Office in White Plains. Specifically, she works in the Superior Trials Division, in the Violent Felony Department. She is a second-year Resident Assistant in Elm Hall, as well as an AALANA mentor for the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Karennys works in the Residential Life and Housing Office as a student assistant. She loves to read, draw, and learn as much as she can!
Kimberly is a Junior Psychology major. She is a first-year RA in Elm Hall and she is working with the Dyson Scholars in Residence community this year. On campus, Kim is a tour guide & student assistant at the Welcome Center, a member of Psi Chi Honors Society, a former member of the Setters Leadership and Service house, and a member of the Pforzheimer Honors College. Kim is planning to get her Ph.D. in Organizational Science and do research on leadership development, diversity, and organizational culture. Kim aspires to be a professor at a research university by day and sing karaoke with her friends by night.
Nelson Garcia is a Senior Business Management major here at Pace University and a first-year RA in Elm Hall. He is currently the Logistics Chair of The Fall Leadership Conference Planning Board and the Vice President of Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity. He is also a 3-year mentor for AALANA. He loves learning new skills such as playing music, cooking and planning for his future restaurant. You can find him exploring the local community on the search for fun and different experiences to share with his friends.
Steve Nahow is a Senior Biological Psychology Major with a Chemistry minor from Newburgh, New York. He is a third-year RA in Elm Hall working with the Transfer Student Community. On campus Steve is a brother of Alpha Phi Delta Fraternity, a member of the Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society, a member of the Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society, a member of the Psychology Club, and currently works in Dyson as a Laboratory Technician for the Chemistry and Physics Department. He has also taken part in organizations and clubs like The Logistics and Assessment Chair for the 2015 Fall Leadership Conference, The Setters Leadership and Service House, ASPIRE, P4K, and Relay for Life. He aspires to be a Neurologist in the future and in his spare time, he loves playing and creating music, playing sports, learning about science, and having fun!
Erika Berger is a Sophomore Pforzheimer Honors College student with a Management major and a minor in Psychology. Erika grew up in Queens, NY but currently lives in Ardsley, NY with her family. Erika is the Coordinator of Community Service of the Setters Chapter of National Resident Hall Honorary, Assistant Purchasing Manager at Pace Mart which is a student-run business on campus, a Tour Guide and Student Assistant at the Welcome Center, and an Online Student Ambassador with the Enrollment Department. On top of all of this, Erika is also a first-year RA in Martin Hall! Though Erika stays very busy, she always makes time for fun with her friends and singing Camp Rock casually. After graduation, Erika wants to own her own non-profit organization to help teenagers in low-income communities.
Gjek Vukelj is a Senior Finance Major from The Bronx, NY. It is Gjek's second year as an RA in Martin Hall. Outside of the RA Position, his involvement includes being the President of Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity and the Marketing Chair for Fall Leadership Conference. In the past, Gjek has been the Finance & Fundraising Director for Pace 4 Kids, a Commuter Assistant, and Treasurer for Pi Lambda Phi as well as being a part of many other smaller committees as the years have gone by. Gjek is a thrill seeker and loves everything from music to adventure, to riding his motorcycle. He runs to the mountains any chance he gets, but he's a city boy at heart, he'll never stray too far away from The Big Apple. Be sure to say hey if you catch him around!
Kevin Capobianco is a junior Marketing major with a minor in special events marketing. Kevin is from Long Island and loves his dogs! He is currently a first-year Resident Assistant in Martin Hall and loves every minute of it. This year Kevin is actively involved on campus as the Executive Vice President of the Residence Hall Association (RHA), the President of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH), and the President / Editor of the Presentia Yearbook. Kevin constantly support the Pace community outside of these organization by attending school events and cheering on our athletic teams. Kevin loves Pace and all it has to offer!!
Lisdy Contreras-Giron is a Junior Criminal Justice major, double minoring in Psychology and Literature. She is a first-year Resident Assistant. Lisdy is familiar with Pleasantville, she's been raised in Westchester her whole life and her family lives fifteen minutes away in Mount Kisco, NY. Lisdy's involvement on campus includes being the Student Representative for Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, being a mentor for Setter's Leadership Program after completing all three tiers herself, and sitting on the National Board of Lambda Sigma National Honor society, we have our very own chapter here on our campus- the Beta Eta chapter, which Lisdy was President of her Sophomore year. When Lisdy is not studying in the library, you can find her watching documentaries on Netflix or out in the mountains on a hike. Lisdy plans on heading to law school after she graduates.
Philip Micalizzi is a sophomore Computer Science major with a minor in Information Assurance in the Criminal Justice System. Philip is a first-year Resident Assistant and is from Mamaroneck, New York. Outside of being an RA, his involvement includes being Vice President of Disney Fan Club and Fundraising Chair of Alpha Chi Rho National Fraternity. Philip loves football, spending time with his friends, and being there for others! He is also a former member of the Setters Leadership Program and Residence Hall Association. Say hello if you see Phil around campus!
Rachel Winkler is a Senior Applied Psychology major at Pace University. Rachel is a second year RA working in an upperclassman community. Rachel was born and raised in a small town called Cutchogue on the east end of Long Island. She is very family oriented and loves sports, the gym, traveling, and helping others! She is currently working at a Nursing Home/Rehabilitation center for her internship, is an AALANA mentor, is a former member of SLP and a former SLP mentor, and a former Orientation Leader for the summers of 2015 and 2016. RA Rachel’s passion is to help others and she strives to create a future where she can continue to do so.
RA Emerald is a junior nursing major who has a passion for helping others! She aspires to be a nurse in the VA on the psych unit. She loves community service and spends a lot of her free time giving back to the community. RA Emerald is a Jefferson’s Award Bronze winner for all of her hard work. She is a member of Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority, worked with the Center for Community Action & Research and has been a site leader for Pace Makes A Difference Day for the last two years.
Everything is bigger in Texas, except for Irene. Standing at a whole 4'10", Irene Mercado is a second-year graduate student in the Media and Communication Arts program. Irene hopes to one day become involved in higher-ed either as a professor or anywhere in student affairs. She loves when people realize just how amazing they are and helping them see how they can be even more amazing. Among her other ambitions, Irene hopes to one day own a creative services company. She loves to take pictures of her food just as much as she loves to eat it!
Jonathan Sangas is a Senior-nursing major and a third-year RA. Jonathan works at two local hospitals as a nursing technician, plays intramural basketball and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau's nursing honor society. Being the oldest with two brothers, Jonathan is competitive in nature and values personal development. If he isn't in the library studying you can find him reading comics or watching cartoons in one of North's lounges. Jonathan's future aspirations include making a positive difference in his patients’ lives, to kayak on a weekly basis, and to have a Shiba-inu named Pennyworth.
Kevin Elliott Hernandez is a first year RA. Kevin was born in the Bronx but raised in Moca, Puerto Rico. Kevin is a sophomore Criminal Justice major with a concentration in Pre-Law. Kevin enjoys family vacations to Puerto Rico and is fluent in Spanish. Kevin is family oriented and loves his girlfriend and his friends. Kevin loves playing basketball, exercising and eating amazing food. He is the Vice President of Recruitment for Pi Lambda Phi and is committed to community service and the elimination of prejudice.
Megan Brown is a Senior History and Education major. She is a second-year RA working with an upperclassmen community in North Hall. She is on the Regional Board of Directors for the North Eastern Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (NEACURH) where she serves as the Associate Director for National Residence Hall Honorary. Megan also works with the Setters Leadership Program as a mentor and in the past has served as President of Future Educators Association, National Communications Communicator for Residents Hall Association, Directed play with Pace Drama Alliance and more. She is originally from Washingtonville, NY but now when not at Pace she is with her family in Anthem, AZ. Megan aspires to attend graduate school after this year to attain her masters in Student Affairs.
Oro Omene is a Senior Nursing Major at Pace University. She is from Atlanta, GA and currently works with upperclassmen as a second year RA at North Hall. She bleeds blue and gold and helps out where she can. She’s currently a Lienhard Nursing School Educational Leader and an AALANA mentor. She enjoys meaningless celebrity gossip, YouTube DIYs, volunteering, and IKEA. Oro hopes to continue to pursue her passion for healthcare by furthering her education and continue to be a fashion enthusiast. She hopes to continue to learn from and teach others through interactions and make an impact wherever she lands.
Alexis Neuville is a senior Public Relations major with a minor in Marketing. She is from Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, and she dreams of living in New York after graduating. Alexis is the president of her sorority, Delta Phi Epsilon, and the marketing intern in Student Development and Campus Activities (SDCA). She has also held leadership positions in other organizations such as Pace 4 Kids, the Welcome Center, the Fall Leadership Conference and the Women’s Leadership Conference. Alexis aspires to work in Lifestyle Public Relations.
Anisa Bartholomew is a senior Adolescent Education Major with a concentration in English at Pace University. Her ultimate career goal is to teach and eventually become the principal of her former high school. She is extremely thorough regarding her career path and hopes to stay on target, as she will be the first in her family to attend/graduate college and establish a career (in that order!) Anisa shares a passion for makeup and has created a YouTube platform to display her talents. In Queens, Anisa goes home to five dogs, two turtles, a bunny, occasional fishes and an odd twin sister. Anisa holds many leadership positions, however, she spends most of her time building everyone else’s confidence and helping them develop into a contributing and excelling professional in their field. Anisa doesn't want to change the world, but she is aware that she can't be the only successful person in it. "Some people feel the rain, others just get wet" As a senior, Anisa advocates for everyone to get more than wet in their years at Pace.
Corinna Sciarappa is a junior Marketing major with a double minor in Management with a concentration in Hospitality and a minor in Special Events Marketing. She is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana and wanted to come to New York to experience a new environment. She currently is the Student Assistant at the Pforzheimer Honors College where she focuses mainly on social media presence and any flyers associated with events. She is also a tour guide and a Student Assistant in-training at the Welcome Center.
Courtney is a junior communications major and a second-year RA in the Townhouse community this year. She is a member of Delta Phi Epsilon sorority and a very active member of the Pace community. She serves as Vice Chair of RA Council and works at the environmental center as an animal keeper. Courtney is also a comedian, she performs around campus and aspires to be a professional standup comedian once graduated.
Ethan Besas is a junior Nursing Student with a minor in Psychology. He is a first-year RA for upperclassmen in the Townhouse community, as well as a member of the Honors College. Additionally, Ethan is a Peer Leader for first-year students, the National Call Representative for Colleges Against Cancer, and enjoys intramural sports. Some of his hobbies include running, singing, playing piano, and watching anime. His number one priority here at Pace is to pursue his passion of becoming a nurse. Ethan hopes to make it so that his future patients are as comfortable and happy as they can be throughout their hospital stay, despite how difficult their treatment or diagnoses might be.
Jonathan Vargas is a Graduate Student in the 60 credit Mental Health Counseling Program. He graduated Pace University Spring 2016 with an Applied Psychology Bachelors and minor in Political Science. He is originally from Teaneck, NJ and works as a second year RA in the Townhouses. He is the founding President of Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity and an AALANA mentor. After graduating, Jonathan wants to become a Pediatric Mental Health Counselor or Couples Counselor. In his spare time, he loves to find new music and eat lots of food.