Resident Assistants 2018-2019
Aaliyah Balcacer is a third year nursing student with a minor in Psychology aspiring to eventually get her masters in Public Health and work at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She was born and raised Washington Heights in Upper Manhattan and is also fluent in Spanish. She is proudly a member of Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority and has found that community service inspires her to be a better person. Aaliyah also enjoys watching Netflix, going to concerts, reading, and has a slight coffee addiction. She also hopes to travel as much as possible.
I am Alyssa. I am a part of the Pforzheimers Honors college and Lubin School of Business. I am majoring in Human Resource Management and minoring in Law. I aspire to become an Employee Relations lawyer or Diversity and Inclusion officer to be of service to individuals who are systematically treated unfairly. I was born and raised in Long island, New York. I am the founder and President of Abyss of Sound choir which is a lovely group of people enhancing Pace's culture musically. I am an active member of Delta Sigma Pi Phi Professional Fraternity and active youth fellowship leader in my church in Westbury, New York. I love dogs and anything purple. In my free time I write and record content for my blog known as ANOVA Inside Out. The purpose of ANOVA is to spread the importance of self expression while finding or being at peace with all that you are! I am very excited to join Res Life this year as an RA and I can't what to see what this year has in store for the incoming students. I plan on doing my best to make sure all of the residents and incoming freshman living in alumni hall feels welcomed.
Brian Velez is a Junior Biology Major with a Neuroscience Minor from Highland Mills, New York and he is a Pforzheimer Honors College student. In addition to being a First Year RA, Brian currently works as a Lab Technician in Dyson Hall in the Biology Department, is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta - First Year Honor Society, and is a member of Pi Lambda Phi, where he is the Vice President of Finance. Brian aspires to become a physician in his future and in his spare time he loves watching movies, playing sports, going on hikes, and spending time with friends.
Carmela Piccolo is a sophomore, applied psychology and human relations major with a minor in business. She lives in Queens, New York with her older sister, younger brother, parents, and dog Daisy. Outside of being a first-year RA, Carmela was involved in Residence Hall Association, Future Educators Association, AALANA Mentor/Mentee program and Setters Leadership Initiatives all in her first year. In addition, she is also a part of the Beta Eta Chapter of Lambda Sigma National Honor Society, Pforzheimer Honors College, and spending her summer working as an Orientation Leader. After Pace she plans to work in higher education or as a school psychologist, and eventually go on to get a doctorate to continue research and counsel at a professional level. She is excited to see what all of these experiences have to offer as well as grow from each of them. She strives to build an inclusive, academic-ready community.
Cassidy Caroselli is a senior in the nursing program. She worked at an internship this summer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and dreams of being a pediatric oncology nurse. She is originally from Bloomingburg, NY where she lives with her parents, two sisters, and little brother. In her spare time, Cassidy enjoys reading, doodling, and swimming some laps in the pool. This is her first year as an RA and she couldn’t be more excited!
Connor Wills is a third-year Pforzheimer Honors College student with a major in Applied Psychology and Human Relations. He is a second-year RA, ready to return to Alumni Hall for his third year in a row! He is from Telford, Pennsylvania where he lives with his family and his dog, Mocha. 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.
Ethan Besas is a senior, Nursing Student with a minor in Psychology. This year is his second year being an RA, but his first year working with first year students in Alumni Hall. Ethan is also a member of the Honors College. Throughout his time here at Pace, Ethan has been involved in Pace Athletics, Peer Leading, and many student organizations. Some of his hobbies include running, singing, playing piano, watching anime, and playing sports. 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.
Gabrielle Chin is a sophomore honors nursing student from Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. Along with being an RA for Alumni Hall, Gabrielle is an honors mentor and proud e-board member of pace’s N.A.T.U.R.E. Club. In her spare time, she enjoys playing volleyball, hiking, camping, playing different instruments, and baking. An extrovert since a young age, Gabrielle loves making new friends and is never shy to say hello.
My name is Gariel but I also go by Queen G. I'm super excited to be coming back again as a second year RA. I am a senior nursing major who was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. I am 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 me when handling situations throughout the building, on the team, in meetings, and in the hospital. Being able to think throughout 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. I have been able to practice those communication skills by talking to my residents on a daily basis and using those same techniques to talk to patients in the hospital. Being an RA has helped me practice time management while juggling the many facets of my life. This role has not only enabled me to grow in my profession but also as a person.
Happiness Orji is a senior Nursing major with a minor in Psychology who is also a part of the Pforzeheimer Honors College. She was born in Lagos, Nigeria and raised in Wappingers Falls, NY, but she is still heavily connected to her Nigerian roots. Happiness is a first-year RA to freshmen in Alumni Hall. On campus, she is a third-year mentor in the Honors College and a member of ASPIRE, Omicron Delta Kappa and Golden Key honor societies. After graduation, her plans include becoming an ICU nurse and furthering her studies in order to become a Nurse Anesthetist. Apart from academics, Happiness spends her time cooking, doing community service, and most recently, traveling. She is dedicated to helping others and is looking forward to building a strong community where everyone feels welcomed.
Kayla is a sophomore applied psychology major with a minor in sociology. She is a first year RA and excited to work with first year students. Kayla is born and raised on Long Island, NY and has 3 cats. She loves going to the beach, eating, traveling, hiking, and anything adventurous. Kayla is part of the Alpha Lambda Delta first year Honor Society, Lambda Sigma sophomore Honor Society, part of Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority, and works in the student mailroom on campus. Kayla is very passionate about helping others and hopes to be a cognitive behavioral therapist for adolescents after she graduates.
Mariah Palagyi is a Senior Applied Psychology Major with a Minor in Criminal Justice from Albany, New York. She is looking forward to continuing to work with the residents in Alumni Hall as a 2nd year RA. Mariah's involvement on campus includes being 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 in Child Psychology. She is looking forward to building a strong community and getting the chance to live out her passion for helping others.
Natasha Perdomo is a junior Environmental Studies major with a minor in Philosophy. She is a first-year RA in Alumni Hall and loves being heavily involved on campus. She is a proud Hermana of Sigma Lambda Upsilon/ Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc. She is the Vice President of the Abyss of Sound Choir and a member of Pace's Academic Conduct. She is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society and the Lambda Sigma Honors Society, as well as one of Pace's Top 100 Scholars. From the Bronx, Natasha loves singing − especially opera music − as well as drawing, playing piano, and helping others. She strives to create an open and accepting community for her residents to be themselves and feel comfortable in doing so.
Steven (SJ) DeMartis is a Senior Adolescent Education Major from the Bronx, NY. He is a third-year RA returning to Alumni Hall. His campus involvement outside of the RA position includes the Pace Cheer team and an active brother of Alpha Phi Delta Fraternity. He has spent his summer studying abroad in Florence, Italy and is excited to be an advocate for all those who are interested in studying abroad. After Pace, he is planning to get an MSED and work with adults who require special education.
Sukh is a second-year Adolescent Education Major with a concentration in English. He wants to become a High School English teacher. Born in India, he is a first-year generation student. Sukh has lived most of his life in Lake Parsippany, NJ. He is a Marine Corps Veteran who served four years on Parris Island, SC. Sukh’s involvement on campus includes relaunching of the Student Veteran Association and is an active brother of Alpha Phi Delta Fraternity. His hobbies include going on long walks, playing basketball, making music, painting, sculpturing, and working out.
Aaliyah Shirley is a Senior Health Science - Pre Nursing Major from the Bronx, NY. She is a first-year RA in Elm Hall. She is a member of Gamma Sigma Alpha Honor Society and a proud Sister of Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. She enjoys giving back to her community especially helping the homeless in any way that she can. Aaliyah plans on becoming a Nurse Practitioner for children with Type One Diabetes. In her spare time, you can find Aaliyah reading, writing or listening to Drake's Fire & Desire.
My name is Adonis Miliano and I am a Junior Pforzheimer Honors College student pursuing a Major in Biology and a Minor in Chemistry.I was born on Long Island, New York and live with my 2 cousins, sister, mother and grandmother. I love to work with music from listening to music to studying music theory. On campus I am V.P. of Programming and Risk Management for Pi Lambda Phi, Trumpet player for the Pace Pep Band and a Co-Founder for the A.O.S. Choir here at Pace. I am currently interested in pursuing Neurobiology after graduating from Pace as well as studying the effects that music has on our brains and our way of thinking. Whenever I do find myself with free time I like to spend it in the company of friends or practicing one of my instruments.
Chris Rojas is a senior 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 second-year RA in Elm Hall, the Executive Vice President of Programming 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.
Courtney Johnson is a Senior Communications Major from Severna Park Maryland. Courtney is a 3rd year RA returning from her internship with Walt Disney World this past fall. Courtney works on Campus at the Welcome Center as a Tour Guide and with the Environmental Center as an Animal Keeper. She is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society and an active sister of Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority at Pace. Courtney also performs Stand Up Comedy around campus and hopes to take comedy into her future career. In her free time, you can find Courtney reading, listening to music, or writing jokes.
Joseph Silvestro is a Junior Finance Major with a minor in Management. He lives in Shelton, Connecticut and went to St. Joseph's High School in Trumbull, Connecticut. In being a junior at Pace, Joseph is a Peer Leader for the incoming CAP class, as well as a Student Ambassador for the Lubin School of Business in the Student Government Association. Joseph is also coming off a summer internship with Yale New Haven Health, in which he worked in the finance department on patient insurance. With this experience, he hopes to land another big internship in the coming summer. In his free time, Joseph likes to go rock climbing, play video games and play volleyball.
Kimberly is a senior Psychology major. She is a second-year RA in Elm Hall. Kim is from Sullivan County, New York, but her family is originally from El Salvador. On campus, Kim is a tour guide & student assistant at the Welcome Center, a member of Psi Chi Honors Society, and a member of the Pforzheimer Honors College. Kim hopes to pursue a PhD in Organizational Science, but plans to take a gap year, conduct research abroad, and get a little lost somewhere in Europe or South America. In her spare time, Kim enjoys learning new skills like painting, cooking, and dancing salsa and bachata.
Samantha Gad is a junior Pre-Nursing, Health Science major with a focus in neonatal intensive care. She is a first-year RA in Elm Hall of the Transfer Student Living and Learning Community, and could not be more excited to obtain this role! Samantha was born and raised in Yorktown Heights, New York and works as a swim instructor and lifeguard at the Goldstein Fitness Center.
She loves involving herself in various on-campus activities and invests a lot of that time volunteering. After graduating from Pace, she plans to work towards her masters to become a Nurse Practitioner and work in a NICU. In her free time, you will find her taking photographs, painting, and spending time with her friends and family. Samantha is never shy in making new friends and is very passionate when it comes to seeing the good in everything and everyone.
Brian Fainguersch is a Junior Nursing major from Poughkeepsie, NY. AS a first-year RA in Martin Hall, Brian is very excited to begin interacting with more students on campus. Wanting to be involved since freshman year, Brian has been part of Hillel Club, intramural sports, the Pace University Pep Band, and a founding member of the Student Veterans of America in Pleasantville. With his parents immigrating from Argentina and Israel, Brian wants to give thanks to the opportunities he received in the United States by becoming a military nurse. Brian's hobbies include bike-riding, going to the weight room, reading, studying the plethora of nursing textbooks he has, and traveling the United States to, one day, achieve the goal of having seen all of the National Parks and Forests of the United States.
Deana Conzuegra is a first-year RA at Martin Hall, and a Junior Pforzheimer Honors College student currently pursuing a degree in Health Care Management, but switching to a degree in Mathematics. She is from the Bronx, New York, and lives with her brother Jackson, sister Arianna, and dog Tyko. She works at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, and is the former Secretary of the Pforzheimer Honors Council. In the future, she hopes to get her master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering. Being a former Air Force JROTC cadet, she hopes to be able to design and work with airplanes. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, doing arts and crafts, and loves Jon Bellion and hoodie weather.
Lisdy Contreras Giron
Lisdy Contreras-Giron is a Senior Criminal Justice major, minoring in Psychology. She is a second-year RA. 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 just finished a full-time summer internship at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
Lisdy's involvement on campus includes 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 and which Lisdy was President of her Sophomore year. She has completed all three tiers of the Setter’s Leadership Program and served as a mentor last year. She also served as the Student Representative for Dyson College of Arts and Sciences for the 2017-2018 school year. In the past, she has worked as an Orientation Staff member and a mentor for AALANA. Lisdy is passionate about serving students on campus. When Lisdy is not studying in the library, you can find her watching Parks and Rec on Netflix or out in the mountains on a hike. Lisdy will be heading to law school after she graduates.
I'm a Junior Information Technology Major with a Business minor. I was born in Queens, New York but I currently live in Norwalk, Connecticut with my parents and little sister. I'm currently the President of Delta Sigma Pi: The Professional Business Fraternity. I also work as a student IT Support Specialist at the Client Support Office. I was the co-founder and Chief Operations Officer for Pace Keeping. After I graduate from Pace I hope to get a Master's in Computer Science at Pace, and someday start my own company. During my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with my friends, drawing, playing video games, reading or working out. I love listening to music, my favorite genres range from Trap to R&B, but if the music sounds good I'll listen to it. I enjoy the company of anyone and getting to know who they are. I'll be on the first floor of Martin, come by if you want to hang out and play some C.O.D!
Sabrina Sanchez is a Sophomore in Pforzheimer Honors College and Digital Journalism Major. She is from the Bronx, NY and will be working as a first-year RA in Martin Hall after commuting her first year. She is a member of the Photography Club on the Pleasantville Campus as well as a Consultant at the campus Writing Center. On her free time, she writes for Pace Odyssey and creates her own music, which she then distributes to all musical streaming platforms. After graduating from Pace, Sabrina hopes to continue school and get her Master’s Degree in Publishing. She also hopes to move into her own place and continue making music.
Erika Berger is a Junior Pforzheimer Honors College student studying a major in Entrepreneurship and a minor in Psychology. Erika grew up in Queens, NY but currently resides in Westchester County. Erika is a second-year RA, President of the Setters Chapter of National Resident Hall Honorary, and Aspire Coordinator, Student Assistant, and Tour Guide at the Welcome Center. She had also worked with the Center for Student Enterprises for two years. Erika loves a good board game and volunteering in her free time.
Kevin Hernandez is a second year RA, majoring in Biology for the Pre-med track. Kevin is a member of the class of 2020 and is here in this position to make the Residence Halls a comfortable place for all residents. Kevin loves adventuring and is building up the experience that he needs for Pre-Med. Kevin is certified in EMT and CPR. Kevin lives in the Bronx but his family lives in Puerto Rico. Kevin is here to listen and learn through this experience and be there for a resident whenever they need. Kevin is a returner to North Hall and will be able to continue to promote and engage residents to be out there and make the building a place for all to call home.
Kirk Pineda is a graduate student studying Mental Health Counseling at Pace University. Kirk has served Pace University since the start of his enrollment as a Peer Leader, Orientation Leader, Tour Guide, and founder of Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity, Inc. In his fourth and final year here at Pace, Kirk is currently interning at Saint Vincent's Partial Hospital center in Harrison. In his spare time, Kirk enjoys reading, yoga, meditation, face masks, and spending plenty of time with friends. He hopes to someday create a lifestyle brand that will give a voice to people who are lifelong students well after college.
Laina Posner is a Junior Computer Science Major with a Math Minor from Rutherford, New Jersey. She enjoys traveling and has planned a backpacking tour around Europe in the upcoming months. In addition to being a First Year RA, Laina is heavily involved on campus. She is a sister of Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority, the President of the Seidenberg Tech Collective, the Seidenberg Student Ambassador for the Student Government Association, a Peer Leader for First-Year students, and an AALANA Mentor. Laina hopes to become a web designer for a successful tech company.
Philip Micalizzi is a junior Information Technology major with a double minor in Computer Science & Criminal Justice. Philip is a second-year Resident Assistant and is from Mamaroneck, New York. Outside of being an RA, his involvement includes being Vice President of Disney Fan Club, a member of Alpha Chi Rho National Fraternity, and a member of the Seidenberg Tech Collective. 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!
Tyra Prophete is a Junior Nursing Major who is a first-year Resident Assistant in North Hall. She lives in White Plains, New York with her mom, dad, and older sister. While on campus she serves as a mentor in the A.A.L.A.N.A. Mentorship Program and Public Relations Co-Chair in Colleges Against Cancer. As a Resident Assistant, she hopes to keep North Hall on the map and create events that increase awareness of equity and diversity. Alongside nursing, Tyra has a deep passion for communication and hopes to one day create content that attracts love and joy (two things the world needs the most). In the future, she aspires to travel the world and to continue to laugh deeply.
Bennett Parkinson is a Junior Information Technology major at Pace University. He is a first-year RA at the townhouses from Hudson, New Hampshire. He lives with his mother and father. Bennett likes going to Pace sporting events and cheering on the Setters! His hobbies include hiking, camping, lifting weights, and playing video games. Bennett is a huge New England sports fan, especially the Patriots and Red Sox. Bennett works on campus and co-hosts a radio show on Pace’s WPAW radio station. After college Bennett hopes to work in Cyber-Security in the New England area. He is looking forward to building an intimate community and creating new friendships!
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.
Erika Moya is a first-year graduate student at Pace University, studying Mental Health Counseling. Erika is from West Haven, CT, however raised in Queens, New York. This will be her first year as a Resident Assistant. As an undergrad at Pace, Erika was previously a peer educator for Pace FIRE (Fighting Ignorance and Rape with Education), and held leadership positions in Gamma Sigma Sigma Sorority, VOX, Presentia, and many more throughout her four years at Pace. Fun facts about Erika are that she loves llamas, loves to sing and dance, and loves to help people.
Jeremy Soto is a third year RA who works with the upperclassmen population. He is from Paterson, NJ and is a senior 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. Also, a place where residents are encouraged to be themselves as they envision, not what society wants them to be.
Joel Patterson is a junior Computer Science major with a minor in Philosophy. He is a first-year RA for upperclassmen in the townhouse community. Also, Joel is the vice president of The Urban Male Initiative, music assistant for the Pep Band, and a member of the weekly, Tech Collective. He's also looking forward to supporting the up incoming Bible Club. Joel loves to play trombone, take walks, have deep conversation, and enjoys spending time with family. Joel hopes to be successful in the tech field. With his creative ideas, there's a lot that he can bring to the table in the foreseeable future.
Leigha is a sophomore applied psychology and human relations major and a first-year RA at the townhouses. She also is a member of the Honors College, the swim team here on campus and President of Lambda Sigma the sophomore honors society. In her first year here at Pace she was secretary for Alumni Hall Council RHA, completed SLH, joined NRHH, was apart of breaking two records for the pace swim team and maintained two jobs. Leigha is from Delmar, New York and strives to one day open her own practice and further research the current theories on dreaming.