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Student Support Staff

Meet our Graduate Assistants (GAs), Program Specialists (PSs), Commuter Assistants (CAs), Campus Activities Assistants (CAAs), and Interns!


Graduate Assistants

Amanda Gangemi Graduate Assistant for Campus-Wide ProgrammingAmanda Gangemi
Graduate Assistant for Campus-Wide Programming
Email: agangemi@pace.edu

Amanda Gangemi is the Graduate Assistant for Campus-Wide Programming. She graduated from Pace University in 2016 and will be returning this fall to pursue her Masters of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. She previously worked in marketing so she is excited to embark upon this new career path. Her interests include photography, hiking, cooking and spending time with her family.

Top 5 Strengths:

Harmony | Adaptability | Relator | Positivity | Responsibility

"Everybody needs a passion.That's what makes life interesting. If you live without passion, you can go through life without leaving any footprints."--Betty White


Carlos Mercedes-Meran Graduate Assistant for Leadership InitiativesCarlos Mercedes-Meran
Graduate Assistant for Leadership Initiatives
Email: cmeran@pace.edu
Hours: Monday 9:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m., Thursday 9:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.

Carlos Mercedes Meran, is the Graduate Assistant for Leadership Initiatives. He is currently in the Mental Health Counseling Master’s Program. Carlos transferred to Pace University in the spring of 2015 where he studied Applied Psychology and Human Relations with a Criminal Justice Minor. Being a first generation student as well as an immigrant from the Dominican Republic has made him appreciate the ability people have for personal and professional growth. This is why he believes in helping students find their unique qualities and how they can use them to become great leaders.

Top 5 Strengths:
Includer | Developer | Individualization | Connectedness | Positivity

“Nothing contributes so much to tranquilise the mind as a steady purpose- a point on which the soul can focus its intellectual eye” - Mary Shelley


Marina Tramontelli Graduate Assistant for Fraternity and Sorority LifeMarina Tramontelli
Graduate Assistant for Fraternity and Sorority Life
Email: mtramontelli@pace.edu
Marina has just joined SDCA this Fall of 2018. Prior, she had been working in Washington D.C for the Department of Defense. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and a Bachelor of Arts in European Studies from the University of Delaware. Marina has done a great deal of volunteer work involving education, and agricultural projects. Her interests include traveling abroad, discovering new cuisines, and languages. She speaks Italian and is working currently on Russian. She is excited to continue her education here at Pace University to earn a Masters of Teaching and to work with SCDA for Fraternity and Sorority Life.

Top 5 Strengths:
Strategic | Learner | Ideation | Individualization | Achiever

“We rise by lifting others.” - Robert Ingersoll


Jordan Benavides Graduate Assistant for Fraternity and Sorority LifeJordan Benavides
Graduate Assistant for Fraternity and Sorority Life
Email: jbenavides@pace.edu

Jordan Benavides is a Graduate Assistant working with Fraternity and Sorority Life. He is a first generation student who graduated from Pace University in Spring 2019. He is currently working towards his Master’s in Mental Health Counseling. As an undergrad, Jordan was a brother of Alpha Chi Rho National Fraternity, The Pforzheimer Honors College, and multiple Honor Societies. Jordan’s interests include working out, collecting sneakers, watching sports (specifically The Knicks), and eating a lot of food. He is a big believer in a positive mindset and viewing “the glass half full.” He wants to help others gain this mindset, while helping improve their lives and reach full potential.

Top 5 Strengths:

Harmony | Consistency | Discipline | Empathy | Developer

Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me. - Carol Burnett


Jamie Maria DelToro Graduate Assistant for Student Development & Campus ActivitiesJamie Maria DelToro
Graduate Assistant for Student Development & Campus Activities
Email: jdeltoro2@pace.edu
Jamie is a graduate student in the Special Education Program at Pace University. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Childhood Education from Pace University - PLV. Although this is Jamie’s first semester as a Graduate Assistant for Student Development & Campus Activities, she has worked within the office in multiple different positions for the past four years. During her undergraduate career, Jamie has worked as a Campus Activities Assistant, Orientation Leader (for two summers), Planning & Reservation Intern, Program Specialist, a Resident Adviser at Education First and co-founder the organization Pace’s Cooks & Bake. In her spare time, Jamie enjoys cooking, baking and binge watching Netflix.

Top 5 Strengths:
Developer | Input | Learner | Positivity | Restorative

“There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning” – Jiddu Krishnamurti


Syed Hasan Graduate Assistant for Orientation & TransitionsSyed Hasan
Graduate Assistant for Orientation & Transitions
Email: shasan2@pace.edu
Syed is a graduate student in the Mental Health Counseling Program at Pace University. Although this is Syed’s first semester as a Graduate Assistant for Orientation, he has worked in Orientation for 3 years. He has his Bachelor’s degree in psychobiology from SUNY New Paltz. During his undergraduate career, Syed worked as a Resident Assistant, Orientation Leader, and a Campus Tour Guide. In his spare time, Syed enjoys watching anything Marvel, playing video games, and re-watching Parks and recreation episodes.

Top 5 Strengths:
Positivity | Input | Connectedness | Relator | Restorative

“Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Taken” – Oscar Wilde


Campus Activities Assistants

  • Gerardo Gomez
  • Caitlin Wallace
  • Stephanie Nazario
  • Ashley Hernandez

Student Interns

Taylor Paiva
Marketing Intern


Felix Guerrero
Finance Intern
Hours: Tuesday: 1:00 pm.—5:00 p.m., Wednesday: 1:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m., and Friday: 12:00 p.m.—3:00 p.m.


Camilla Sibiga
CliftonStrengths Intern


Emiliana Hokr
CliftonStrengths Intern


Programming Specialists

Erin Mason


Courtney Effaldana

Allison Yik


Commuter Assistants

Lauren Giacobbe

Angilee Sewkarran