Student Development Team

    John Burke

    Vice President for Student Development/Dean of Students

    Phone: (845) 848-7049
    Email: john.burke@dc.edu

    John Burke, a 1994 graduate of Dominican College, with a degree in Elementary Education and Psychology was appointed Vice President for Student Development in the fall of 2009. Prior to his current role, he served as Associate Director of Athletics and Compliance Officer and had a very successful career at the helm of the Lady Chargers women’s basketball program for nine years.

    John Burke was named as one of Rockland County’s 40 under 40 in 2002 and is an Alumnus of the Leadership Rockland program, Class of 2011. He was awarded the All-Met Division II Coach of the Year in 2007-2008 and the Steve Baxter Service Award in 2010.

    Dean Burke lives with his wife Tara, son Ryan and their dog Boomer in Pearl River, NY.

        Rachel B. Lerner Colucci

        Assistant Dean of Students and Title IX Coordinator

        Phone: (845) 848-5012
        Email: rachel.lerner@dc.edu

        Rachel joined the Dean’s Office in Student Development in 2010. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a minor in German Language and Literature and earned a Master of Education in Student Affairs Administration in 2005, both from the University at Buffalo.

        Prior to coming to Dominican College, Rachel served as the Director of Student Activities and Orientation at SUNY Maritime College from 2005 – 2010 and in the spring of 2008 she circumnavigated the globe visiting 12 countries as a Residence Director on Semester at Sea. She was recently recognized with Rockland County’s 40 Under 40 award and is a participant of the Leadership Rockland program.

        She lives in Rockland County with her husband David, son Samuel and their dog Drexel.

            Margaret Kivlehan

            Executive Assistant, Office of Student Development

            Phone: (845) 848-4080
            Email: margaret.kivlehan@dc.edu

            Margaret returned to Dominican College in August 2013 as the Executive Assistant in the Student Development Office. A Dominican College alumna, she received a BS in Marketing Management in 1988 and then went on to receive an MS in Elementary Education from Long Island University. She has held various positions in both the business and education fields, most recently as a substitute teacher for several local school districts.

            Margaret resides in Pearl River with her husband Kevin and their four children.

                Joseph Clinton

                Athletic Director

                Phone: (845) 848-7700
                Email: joe.clinton@dc.edu

                Clinton enters his 23rd year as the head coach of the Chargers with a 330-318 career record and a 211-158 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) record.. He has led the program to three CACC Championships and four twenty-win seasons. He is a three-time recipient of the CACC Coach of the Year Award and is a past recipient of the All-Metropolitan Coach of the Year Award. Prior to Dominican’s membership in the NCAA, Clinton guided two teams to the NAIA National Tournament.

                During the 2012-2013 season, the Chargers made their first appearances in the NCAA East Regional Polls and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Top 25 rankings. DC was ranked as high as fifth in the NCAA East Regional Poll and ranked as high as 20th in the country in the NABC Top 25 rankings. DC was also the first men’s program in the East Region to reach the 20-win plateau this season and had a season-high 10-game winning streak during the year. The team also earned the program’s first NCAA East Region Tournament berth. Clinton was named the CACC Coach of the Year and the All-Metropolitan Coach of the Year.

                In 1995-1996 season, Coach Clinton led his team to its best record since 1975-1976, finishing 22-9 overall and earned the program’s first NAIA nationally top 25 ranking. For his efforts he was named the CACC Coach of the Year and the All-Metropolitan Coach of the Year.

                In addition to his coaching duties, Clinton is also Dominican’s Director of Athletics and director of the highly successful Dominican College Boys and Girls Basketball Camps and Clinics. In 1996, he was recognized as the CACC Administrator of the Year. Since coming to Dominican in 1989, Clinton has overseen an athletic department that has grown from five sports to 12 sports and made the transition from an NAIA school to an NCAA Division II member. During his tenure Dominican College sports have won numerous CACC Championships, 10 NAIA Championship appearances, 2 ECAC Championships, earned ten NCAA Regional Tournament appearances and one NCAA Championship appearance. In 2004 a local newspaper declared Dominican Athletic programs as one of the best in the tri-state area.

                Clinton has also served on numerous NCAA committees, including serving as the NCAA East Region and National Chair for Division II Baseball and is currently the East Region Chair of the Men’s Basketball Committee.

                Clinton spent his collegiate career at Union College (NY) where he scored over a thousand points and earned a BA in English in 1983. As a scholastic player, he was a star point guard at Albertus Magnus High School (NY) and is in his alma mater’s Hall of Fame.

                Coach Clinton and his wife, Marybeth, have five children: Tara, Joey, Laura, Kelly and Erin. He and his family reside in Pearl River, NY.

                    Kelly-Ann Di Giulio Light

                    Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator

                    Phone: (845) 848-7706
                    Email: kellyan.digiulio@dc.edu

                    Kelly-Ann Di Giulio Light was named the associate director of athletics in August of 2009 after serving as an assistant athletic director since August of 2003. She has also served as the director of sports information since 2003 where she is responsible for all athletic communications for the 12 varsity sports teams. She handles all statistical duties, press releases and media guides, as well as manages the athletic department website, www.chargerathletics.com.

                    In addition to her sport coverage duties, Di Giulio Light is also the department’s senior woman administrator. As part of her associate athletic director duties, she manages the budget for the athletic department.

                    Di Giulio Light began her sports information career while attending Ramapo College of New Jersey, where she served as the assistant sports information director. She assisted with men’s and women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and softball. Her duties included public address announcer, statistician, official scorer and post game management.

                    A 2002 graduate of Ramapo College with a bachelor’s of arts degree in public communications, she spent two years working in the Sports Information office. She was a four-year member of the softball team, where she was a team captain for three years. Di Giulio Light also worked with the assistant athletic director for academic services where she oversaw and monitored team study halls and tutoring. She was a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for three years.

                    Di Giulio Light is a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the Eastern College Athletic Conference Sports Information Directors Association, the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA) and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. She also currently serves as a member of the NCAA Division II softball East Regional Advisory Committee.

                    She has hosted numerous post season tournaments, including the 2004 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Men’s and Women’s soccer tournaments (first and second rounds), the 2004 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Women’s Volleyball Tournament, the first round of the 2006 ECAC Women’s Basketball Tournament and the 2007 CACC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament (semi-finals and championship games). .

                    Di Giulio Light is also a 2010 graduate of Northeastern University where she earned a master of sports leadership degree. She and her husband, Adam, currently reside in Hawthorne, N.J.

                        Joseph Burbridge

                        Assistant Director of Athletics

                        Phone: (845) 848-7718
                        Email: joseph.burbridge@dc.edu

                        Head Coach Joe Burbridge is entering his seventh season as Dominican College head softball coach. In his six seasons at the helm of the Charger softball program he has amassed a record of 212-113 and his overall record stands at 251-126. The Chargers CACC record during that time stands at 131-21.

                        Last season he guided Dominican to their fourth CACC regular season championship with a program best record of 25-1, and fifth straight NCAA tournament appearance. The Chargers had won three straight CACC tournament championships from 2010-2012.

                        Prior to coming to Dominican, Burbridge was the head coach at Adelphi University. He compiled a record of 39-13 in his one season there, while setting a school record for wins. The Panthers won the ECC Regular Season Title with an 18-2 record and were ranked as high as 8th in the country, in addition to earning a berth in the NCAA Regional Tournament.

                        In addition to his coaching duties, Burbridge was named Assistant Director of Athletics in June of 2012. Coach Burbridge is a graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey. He received his master’s degree from Seton Hall University. He and his wife Joann, live in Suffern, NY with their daughter, Colleen Paige, who was born in 2006.

                            Thomas Gavigan

                            Assistant Director of Athletics

                            Phone: (845) 848-7702
                            Email: Thomas.gavigan@dc.edu 

                            Thomas Gavigan is 1985 graduate of Dominican College . During his undergraduate career here at the College, he was 4 year member of the men’s basketball team. A Retired Sergeant from the NYPD, he was hired at Dominican in 2008 as the Assistant Facilities Manager and became an Assistant AD-Assistant Compliance Officer in 2010. Gavigan then became the Head Compliance Officer in 2012. He live in Thiells, New York with his wife Maureen and their daughter Grace.

                                Rick Giannetti

                                Assistant Director of Athletics

                                Phone: (845) 848-7707
                                Email: rick.giannetti@dc.edu

                                Head Coach Rick Giannetti is entering is 25th year at the helm of the Charger baseball program. In his time at Dominican he has amassed a record of 652-400 and his overall record stands at 698-450. He has guided Dominican to 15 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championships, 10 regional tournament appearances, 1 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship and 2 NAIA World Series Appearances. His teams have qualified for post season play every year except one.

                                Giannetti spent his collegiate career at Ramapo College of New Jersey where he was a member of the baseball team for four years. As a pitcher, he never lost a game in college and for three of those years had a single digit statistic for walks allowed. The Roadrunners also went to three regional tournaments in his tenure there. He graduated in 1982 with a double major B.S. in psychology and business.

                                His collegiate coaching career started at his alma mater joining the team as an assistant coach in 1983 and helped guide the Roadrunners to a National Championship in 1984. Giannetti then took over the reigns in 1988 and spent two years as the head coach. In that time, he made two conference tournament appearances, won a conference championship in 1988 and made a regional tournament appearance.

                                Coach Giannetti has been awarded the CACC Coach of the Year award 9 times in his tenure, Regional Coach of the Year Award 5 times and was the 2009 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Coach of the Year. He has also been a finalist for the National Coach of the Year Award 4 times. He has coached 49 All-American players and 119 All-Conference Players and has had 19 players sign professional contracts, with two players) currently in the Chicago Cubs minor league system & one with the Boston Red Sox.

                                He currently resides in New City, NY with his wife, Vicki, and their three children, A.J., Vincent and Adriana.

                                    Evelyn Fiskaa

                                    Director of the Career Development Center

                                    Phone: (845) 848-4032
                                    Email: evelyn.fiskaa@dc.edu

                                    Evelyn Fiskaa, the Director of Career Development, has been with the College since 2010. She has worked in Career Development for 15 years serving diverse populations. She is dedicated to the students and provides career counseling and advisement, resume writing assistance, interviewing skills development, job search strategies, internship coordination and graduate school guidance. She earned a Master of Science in Applied Counseling from Long Island University and a Bachelor of Art in Psychology from the College of Staten Island.

                                        Andrea Catania

                                        Administrative Assistant, Career Development Center

                                        Phone: (845) 848-4033
                                        Email: andrea.catania@dc.edu

                                        Andrea Catania began her career at Dominican College initially part time in 2000, then became a full time administrative assistant in Career Development in the Fall of 2001. She has been in the field of higher education for over twenty years. Dominican College is also where she earned her A.A. degree. Stop by the Career Development Center located in Rosary Hall.

                                         

                                            Christine Dilts

                                            Director of Community Engagement and Leadership Development

                                            Phone: (845) 848-7405
                                            Email: christine.dilts@dc.edu

                                            Christine has been at Dominican College since 2010, first as an Assistant Director in Residence Life, and now as the Director of Community Engagement and Leadership Development.

                                            She has a BA in psychology from Villanova University, and an MS in counseling from Loyola University Maryland. Her office is located in Casey Hall. Contact her to get involved in campus leadership and volunteerism!

                                                Alise Cohen

                                                Director of Counseling Services

                                                Phone: (845) 848-4036
                                                Email: alise.cohen@dc.edu

                                                Alise Cohen, LCSW, BCD, is the Director of Counseling at Dominican College and has been a part of the College community for the past 20 years.

                                                She holds a master’s degree from New York University and has eight years of advanced post graduate clinical training in psychoanalytic studies.

                                                    Eileen A. Piccininni

                                                    Prevention and Education Coordinator

                                                    Phone: (845) 848-4030
                                                    Email: eileen.piccininni@dc.edu

                                                    Eileen A. Piccininni, MA, LPC, CASAC, CEAP, has been the Prevention and Education Coordinator at Dominican College for eight years. She holds a Master’sdegree in Counseling from NYU.

                                                    Prior to coming to the College, Eileen spent 20 years working for Employee Assistance Programs, providing individual counseling and crisis intervention for aviation and mass casualty disasters.

                                                        Michael Rogan

                                                        Facilities Manager, Hennessy and Granito Centers

                                                        Phone: (845) 848-7704
                                                        Email: michael.rogan@dc.edu

                                                        Mike Rogan is in his 16th year serving as the Facility Manager for the Hennessy Center and Granito Center at Dominican College. Mike joined the staff in 1998, after five years at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn serving in a similar position in the Athletic Department.

                                                        A graduate of the State University of New York at Albany, Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications which he earned in 1987. He went on to get a master’s degree in Sport Management from the United States Sports Academy in Alabama in 1992.

                                                        Mike resides on Long Island in Lynbrook, New York with his wife Amy and their two sons, Connor and Brady.

                                                            Ryan O’Gorman

                                                            Director of Residence Life

                                                            Phone: (845) 848-7600
                                                            Email: ryan.ogorman@dc.edu

                                                            Ryan O’Gorman began his career in higher education when he joined Dominican College in August of 2004 as one of the Assistant Directors of Residence Life after just graduating from St. Thomas Aquinas College with a B. S. in Psychology. Over the course of his time at Dominican, as an Assistant Director of Residence Life, he held several part time positions which included Assistant Director of Evening and Special Sessions, Coordinator of Volunteer Services, and a Freshman Seminar Instructor.

                                                            In July of 2010, Ryan was promoted to Director of Residence Life and is responsible for the oversight of four full time professional staff, two part time staff, 29 Resident Assistants, and the resident population.  In 2006, Ryan was a recipient of Rockland County’s Annual 40 Under 40 Program and in 2009 graduated from Leadership Rockland. After a couple of years of not teaching Freshman Seminar, Ryan was thrilled to be back in the classroom as an instructor again.  Ryan is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership.

                                                            In his very limited spare time, Ryan is a Big Brother mentor to his 13 year old “Little”, a member of the Pearl River Rotary Club, and is the Metro NY District Coordinator of Northeast Association of College and University Housing Officers (NEACUHO).

                                                            When not working and volunteering, Ryan loves to travel for food and has been to Maine for lobster, Boston for clam chowder, Chicago for deep dish pizza, and Maryland for crab cakes.

                                                                Kathleen Boylan

                                                                Administrative Assistant, Office of Residence Life

                                                                Phone: (845) 848-7601
                                                                Email: kathleen.boylan@dc.edu

                                                                Kathie Boylan joined the Residence Life Staff in 2007 after holding several management positions at local Bergen County non-profits. Her responsibilities in Residence Life have allowed her to participate in the new challenges facing the office with the addition of new residence halls, growth and development of new professional staff, and of course — the enthusiastic resident students.

                                                                Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Ramapo College and a Masters of Science in counseling. In addition, she is a freelance dance professional; teaching, coaching choreographing, performing and creating special programs and classes.

                                                                    Debra Ferguson

                                                                    Assistant Director of Residence Life for Programming and Leadership Development, Hertel Hall

                                                                    Phone: (845) 848-7602
                                                                    Email: debra.ferguson@dc.edu
                                                                    Hertel Hall

                                                                    Before becoming an Assistant Director (AD) in Residence Life in 2013, Debra worked as a Student Account Representative in the Bursar’s Office for five years along with being a Housing Professional. In May of 2013 she received her B.S. in Accounting from the college. Prior to joining the College’s family, she worked at the Corporate Headquarters of Loehmann’s in the Bronx.

                                                                    In addition to being an AD, Debra is the Advisor to the DC Dance Team. On her off time she likes to go bargain shopping. When she is not shopping, she us usually spending her time her mother and sister Bronx going to craft shows and learning about different do it yourself projects. Every opportunity she gets, Debra takes classes for the enjoyment of learning new things. Currently she is taking an online embroidery class with her mother. In the past she has taken kickboxing, hip-hop jazz, Reggae Dancehall classes. If there is a something that she is passionate about, she will learn as much on the subject matter as she can. Debra feels that you are never too old to learn.

                                                                        Richard Manu

                                                                        Assistant Director of Residence Life for Student Conduct, Rosary Hall

                                                                        Phone: (845) 848-5000
                                                                        Email: richard.manu@dc.edu
                                                                        Rosary Hall

                                                                        Born and raised in New York, Rich moved to Rockland County and joined the Dominican College Residence Life staff as an Assistant Director of Residence Life in Hertel Hall overseeing Student Conduct in February 2010.

                                                                        He holds a BA in Psychology and an MS in Educational Administration and Leadership from the University at Albany. Rich began his Residential Life experience in 2002 as a Residence Hall Director at the University at Albany, shortly after receiving his Master’s degree. He spent the next few years, growing personally and professionally, while serving as Senior Residence Director and Director of Summer Conference Housing at the University at Albany.

                                                                        Before arriving at Dominican College, Rich lived in Massachusetts and worked as an Assistant Director of Residence Life at Bentley University. Rich is currently the Assistant Director of Rosary Hall and he enjoys reading, watching and playing various sports, and is a huge movie fan.

                                                                            Melissa Leigh Tetler-Grau

                                                                            Assistant Director of Residence Life for Housing and Operations, Guzman Hall

                                                                            Phone: (845) 848- 7420
                                                                            Email: melissa.tetler@dc.edu
                                                                            Guzmann Hall

                                                                            Melissa began at Dominican College in August 2010. She graduated with a B.A. in Public Relations from Mount Saint Mary College while enjoying three minors in English, Art, and Music Theater. Melissa got her feet wet in higher education as a Resident Director at Centenary College and before her current position, worked in the Psychology field at Four Winds Hospital.

                                                                            She was recently recognized with Rockland County’s 40 Under 40 award and loves presenting annually for the Teen Leadership Rockland program. Melissa is involved on many committees on campus including the sustainability committee, Senior Year Experience Committee, Operations Committee as well as advising GLAM*R, the campus Gay/Straight Alliance and the campus culture club U.S.C.

                                                                            Volunteering is close to Melissa’s heart. She sits on the board of Penguin Repertory Theatre, a non-profit organization in Rockland County, and every Thursday she loves delivering for Rockland’s Meals-on-Wheels program.

                                                                            Melissa’s residents and staff often ask her, “What’s for dinner?” as her passion for cooking lingers into the hallway a few nights a week.

                                                                                Katrina Redmond

                                                                                Director of Student Activities

                                                                                Phone: (845) 848-4034
                                                                                Email: katrina.redmond@dc.edu

                                                                                Katrina Redmond joined the Dominican College community as the Director of Student Activities in January of 2012. She graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts.

                                                                                Katrina understands the importance of campus involvement. Her own experiences in student activities led her to her career in higher education. After graduation, Katrina worked at her alma mater for over three years, first in the Advancement office and then in Student Affairs.

                                                                                Originally from Woodside, Queens, Katrina now lives in Pearl River with her husband and their puppy, Matilda.

                                                                                    Lynda Chesterman

                                                                                    Director of the Student Health Center

                                                                                    Phone: (845) 848-7917
                                                                                    Email: lynda.chesterman@dc.edu

                                                                                    Lynda Chesterman, RN, BSN, MA, ANP-BC, has over 27 years of nursing experience in college health, occupational health, women’s health and critical care. She served as the Staff Nurse Practitioner from 2001-2008 in the Dominican College Student Health Center and took over in 2008 as the Director.

                                                                                    Board Certified by the ANCCC, Lynda received a BS in Nursing from Pace University and an MA – Adult Nurse Practitioner from New York University. She is a member of both the NPA – New York State Nurse Practitioner Association and the ACHA – American College Health Association.

                                                                                    In addition to her role as the Health Center Director, she has taught as an adjunct Faculty member and is currently a Clinical Preceptor in the Division of Nursing -Undergraduate and Graduate Programs. Her professional interests also include wellness and health promotion.