Lisa earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting at Queens College. Lisa worked
in NYC for several years in multiple accounting positions before moving to Long Island.
She has worked as an Office Manager for nine years where she was responsible for all
customer correspondence, maintenance of company records, handling accounts receivable
and accounts payable, in charge of payroll, purchasing and more.
Lisa is also a proud parent of a Stony Brook graduate!
Isabella earned her Bachelor's Degree from Stony Brook University in Sociology. Following
her studies, she joined the Peace Corps in China for two years as a volunteer English
teacher. This sparked her passion for global education and she completed her Master’s
Degree in International Development & Social Change at Clark University, focusing
on education equity.
Isabella has vast experience in academic, advising, and student affairs services.
More recently, she held an administrative and supervisory role working with diverse
and underrepresented student populations entering Allied Health field, and managing
faculty in the Liberal Arts & Sciences department. Isabella has also taught classes
in subjects such as interpersonal communication, freshman seminar, and career development.
As a former Wolfie, she is excited to join the Academic and Transfer Advising Services
team to help students realize their true potential and succeed in reaching their goals!
Lead Academic Advisor
"Nicole realized her passion for higher education during her time at Fordham University,
where she served as an orientation leader and student ambassador.
After graduating with her undergraduate degree in Communications, Nicole went on to
pursue her Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration at Stony Brook. Nicole
has previously worked at Stony Brook in Student Life, and St. Joseph's University
in Institutional Advancement. Nicole is thrilled to be back at SBU to join the ATAS
Tiana De Jesus, Msw
Lead Academic Advisor
Tiana earned her Bachelor's and Master's Degree from Stony Brook University in Sociology,
with minors in Women’s and Gender Studies as well as Business Management. She then
returned to Stony Brook to complete a Master’s Degree in Social Welfare, with a specialization
in Student Community Development.
Most recently, Tiana has worked in Residence Life as an Interim Residence Hall Director
at Southern Connecticut State University and an Assistant Resident Director at Western
Washington University. As a two time graduate of Stony Brook, Tiana is excited to
join the Academic and Transfer Advising Services team.
Laurin received both her Bachelors in Human Evolutionary Biology and Anthropology
and Masters in Physiology and Biophysics from Stony Brook University. While attending
Stony Brook, Laurin worked in Campus Residences, New Student Programs, Academic Integrity,
and Academic and Transfer Advising Services.
Laurin is thrilled to be a member of the Academic and Transfer Advising Services team!
Ronna earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English Education at Southern Nazarene University,
in Oklahoma City, where she was an Honors Student, Editor-in-Chief of the student
newspaper, and held multiple jobs across campus.
Following graduation, she worked as an International Student Recruiter for her University
before moving to Madrid, Spain, where she taught Middle and High School English. Recently,
she has been teaching High School English in Oklahoma before relocating to New York.
Ronna loves to travel and is passionate about education for all. She She is looking
forward to serving students here at Stony Brook!"
Shellaná Henderson, Ed.D.
Shellaná Henderson discovered her passion for higher education during her undergraduate
experience at Babson College. While earning her bachelor's degree in Business Administration,
she worked as a resident assistant and an intern in the Campus Life department.
Since graduating from Babson College, she has built a career in higher education;
her experience includes academic advising, orientation, first year experience office,
admissions, residence life, and even undergraduate teaching. She has earned a master's
degree in Higher Education Administration at Baruch College, and a doctorate degree
in Higher Education Leadership and Policy at Vanderbilt University.
Alyson Hernandez, M.A.
Assistant Director for Transfer Evaluation and Articulation
Alyson received both her BA in Sociology and Masters in Higher Education Administration
from Stony Brook University. While attending Stony Brook, Alyson worked in the Athletics
Department, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Undergraduate Transfer
A huge advocate for the Study Abroad programs, her passion for Stony Brook and Higher
Education grew stronger while she studied overseas. Alyson is thrilled to be a member
of the Academic and Transfer Advising Services team!
Tracey Iorio, M.S.
Tracey Iorio is an Assistant Director in the Academic and Transfer Advising Services
Office. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Fairleigh Dickinson
University and her Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling and NY State license
from LIU C.W Post in 2009. Tracey came to Stony Brook University in 2002 and worked
as an advisor in the Transfer Office, which merged with Academic Advising Center in
the summer of 2012. Prior to working at Stony Brook she spent 14 years as Senior Associate
Director of Admissions at The Juilliard School.
Along with her role as an advisor to current Stony Brook University students, she
coordinates the Joint Admissions program to admit students from Suffolk County and
Nassau Community Colleges. Tracey provides these student with one-on-one advising
each semester to ensure a seamless transition to Stony Brook. Another important role
for Tracey is the Opening of School Committee, which provides incoming students with
activities, workshops and community information during the weekend prior to the first
day of school.
Transfer Articulation Specialist
Melissa received both her BS in Information Systems and Masters in Business Administration
from Stony Brook University. While attending Stony Brook, Melissa worked in the Academic
and Transfer Advising Services Office and for the Graduate Program in Public Health.
She then worked at Stony Brook’s Registrar’s Office as the Assistant Registrar for
Scheduling before working at St. Joseph’s College as an Enterprise Systems Programmer.
Melissa is thrilled to be back as part of the Academic and Transfer Advising Services
Marie Leen, MSW
Lead Academic Advisor
Marie received her Associate’s at SUNY Farmingdale and her BA in Sociology with a
minor in Mathematics at SUNY New Paltz. She obtained her Master of Social Work at
New York University’s Silver School of Social Work. She has worked in admissions at
Caldwell University, Long Island University, and most recently at SUNY Old Westbury.
She loves to work with students in figuring out their educational and career goals.
Marie is delighted to be a part of the Academic and Transfer Advising Services team!
Director for Pre-Health Advising
James serves as the Pre-Professional Advisor in the Center. He graduated from New
York University, studying a wide-range of topics, languages, literature and linguistics
- mainly Russian, German, Gothic, and Old Church Slavic - in pursuit of his bachelor's
and master's degrees. Jim's advising and Pre-Health experience began at NYU in the
Mary Beth Powers, MSW
Mary Beth earned an MSW from Stony Brook University's School of Social Welfare and
a BA in English from LeMoyne College. To date she has over 20 years of experience
in higher education, primarily in residential life and academic advising. Among her
current responsibilities in Academic and Transfer Advising Services, the one she values
and enjoys most is working one-on-one with students to help them achieve their highest
potential. Focusing on students' strengths, interests, and emerging talents, Mary
Beth's proudest moments are when she witnesses students truly "seeing" themselves
for the first time, and finding they like what they see.
Mary Beth is both self-proclaimed Dolphin (LeMoyne mascot) and Seawolf, an avid beach
comber, collector of rocks, lover of antiques, tireless gardener, and pensive poet.
"I just like to look for the beauty in the world...and create it where I can. And
I see a lot of beauty in the efforts and achievements, both great and small, of our
Kimberly Schwartz, M.S.
Associate Director for Transfer Evaluation and Articulation
Kimberly Schwartz earned her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the
University of Delaware in 2005. She received her Master's degree in School Counseling
at Long Island University/C.W. Post in 2008
Kim has worked in higher education for over 15 years and has been working at Stony
Brook University since 2008. She began her career at Stony Brook working as an Advisor
in the Transfer Office. She accepted the position of Assistant Director for Transfer
Articulation in which she made the transition for transfer students easier by creating
a database that allows incoming and current students to view their course equivalencies
from their previous schools.
Kim currently serves as the Associate Director for Transfer Articulation and loves
being able to help students, faculty and staff “behind the scenes.”
Kaitlyn Seitz, M.A.
Lead Academic Advisor
Katie received her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from SUNY New
Paltz and Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Stony Brook University.
While completing her master's degree, Katie worked as a graduate assistant with Pre-Health
Advising, Finish in 4, and the Health Science Department. She then worked at Stony
Brook's Career Center as the Healthcare Career Coach and has always had an interest
working with students who have a passion seeking careers in the healthcare industry.
Katie has instructed courses including ADV (Advising) 101 and WSE 381 (Service Learning
in STEM) and has always had a passion for teaching. Katie is thrilled and excited to work with the Academic and Transfer Advising Services
Deborah Serling, Ph.D.
Director, Academic & Transfer Advising Services
Dr. Serling earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Cornell University,
her Master's in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public
Affairs (Syracuse University), and her Masters of Arts and Ph.D. in Psychology from
Ohio State University.
Dr. Serling has worked in higher education for over 20 years serving undergraduate
and graduate students as an advisor, a psychologist, a faculty member, and an administrator.
Dr. Serling's research interests have included undecided students, career development,
and self-esteem. Prior to working in higher education, Dr. Serling worked for Reading
Is Fundamental in Washington, DC and the New York State Senate.
Megan earned a B.A. in Multidisciplinary Studies at Stony Brook University with a
focus in Business, English, and Sociology. While attending Stony Brook, Megan worked
in the Undergraduate Admissions Office as a Student Admissions Assistant for Processing.
Megan is thrilled to be back at Stony Brook and a member of the Academic and Transfer
Advising Services team!
Lisa Vertucci, M.S.
Transfer Articulation and Data Coordinator
Lisa earned an Associates in Liberal Arts from Suffolk County Community College, a
Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Adelphi University, and a Master's in School
Counseling from C.W.Post-Long Island University. In 2008 she began working at Stony
Brook University in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, specializing in International
student admissions. This experience really connected her to the University and the
importance of helping students throughout the application process.
In November 2012, Lisa began a new position in Academic & Transfer Advising Services
as a Transfer Advisor. She is happy to continue in a role that assists students in
reaching their goals. She is also involved with the transfer articulation process
in order to make transferring credits and transitioning to a new University easier
for our incoming Transfer students.
She is also a veteran of the Stony Brook's unique Roth Pond Regatta, where students,
faculty and staff race across Roth Pond in boats constructed only of cardboard, duct
tape, and paint. Her advice to future competitors: "Use a lot of duct tape and prepare
to get wet!"