Meet Us

Welcome to the Office of Undergraduate Admission at Roger Williams University! Meet the counselors who will review your application, coordinate your visits to campus and answer all of your questions about the admission process and the University, too.

Bill Abbate
BILL ABBATE
Associate Director of Admission, Coordinator of International Admission 
babbate@rwu.edu

Bill Abbate; B.S. Boston University

Territory: International (Except: Central and South America); US citizens living outside the country

Where are you from? Always a complicated question for a Third Culture Kid. I graduated high school in Tokyo, Japan and currently live in Bradford, MA. 

What’s your favorite event or RWU tradition? Pride Week this past year was so much fun on the RWU campus!

What’s one restaurant you would recommend in Bristol? I must satisfy my caffeine cravings at Dunkin Donuts.

If you could give one piece of advice to a first year student, what would it be? Get involved. Meet people and take on new experiences.

Favorite music artist and TV show? The Rolling Stones and This Week Tonight with John Oliver. 

 

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COLTON BRIGHT
Associate Regional Director of Admission
cbright@rwu.edu

Colton Bright; B.A. Wittenberg University

Territory: New Jersey; Maryland; Pennsylvania; Washington, DC; Delaware; Virginia; West Virginia; Massachusetts - Lowell, Concord, and Wellesley County

Where are you from? Browns Mills, NJ

What’s your favorite event or RWU tradition? Earth Fest on campus. Local vendors gather on the lawn in front of the library with hand-made crafts and fantastic organic food options.

What’s one restaurant you would recommend in Bristol? Sakuratani & Izakaya

If you could give one piece of advice to a first year student, what would it be? Step out of your comfort zone. Whether that means starting a new club, studying abroad, or deciding to change your major, college is about exploration and discovery.

Favorite music artist and TV show?  Macklemore and Brooklyn Nine-Nine

 

Mary Bubar
MARY BUBAR
Assistant Director of Admission, Coordinator of Transfer Admission
mbubar@rwu.edu

Mary Bubar; B.A. Guilford College; M.A. University of North Carolina

Territory: All transfer students and spring admission

Where are you from?  Boston, MA

What’s your favorite event or RWU tradition?  I love the bagpipes at graduation. 

What’s one restaurant you would recommend in Bristol? There are so many great restaurants in Bristol, but my favorite place for lunch is the RWU Commons! 

If you could give one piece of advice to a first year student, what would it be? Don’t call your mum when you are stressed. Give her a break and seek alternative solutions 

Favorite music artist and TV show? I have many "favorites", but you can't go wrong with Tom Petty and right now I'm watching Mad Men...again. 

 

Shamika Cameron
SHAMIKA CAMERON
Director of Undergraduate Admission Recruitment
scameron@rwu.edu

Shamika Cameron; B.A. Boston College

Where are you from?  I’m originally from St. Ann, Jamaica but grew up in Revere, MA – Go Patriots (and Kelly’s Roast Beef)!

What’s your favorite event or RWU tradition? I like the involvement fair at the start of the year; it’s nice to see all the students out on the green representing the different organizations on campus.

What’s one restaurant you would recommend in Bristol? I love breakfast at The Beehive Café and the best part is that you can have it all day. My meal of choice is often a smoked salmon and mozzarella omelet with avocado on the side. And you can’t forget the fresh squeezed orange juice!

If you could give one piece of advice to a first year student, what would it be? University is not high school. You should absolutely go to class but you should also get hands on experiences working, problem solving and growing. There are few who will hire you for your perfect GPA; most will hire you because you’ve shown that you are prepared to do the job that they need someone to do

Favorite music artist and TV show? I’m a Christian music gal and love many of Chris Tomlin’s songs. I was recently introduced to Charity Gayle and I love what I’ve heard so far as well. I don’t have much time for TV but love to watch BBC classics on Prime and Netflix when I get a moment – old episodes of Hercule Poirot and Midsomer Murders are among my favorites.

 

Thomas Durigan
THOMAS DURIGAN
Admission Counselor
tdurigan@rwu.edu

Thomas Durigan; B.A. Duquesne University

*Hablo Español

Territory: California; Rhode Island - St. Raphael Academy; Connecticut - Fairfield County; New York - Westchester County; Central & South America; Puerto Rico; Virgin Islands

Where are you from?  Cranston, RI

What’s your favorite event or RWU tradition? Gathering a group of friends and making the trip to the polo grounds to watch the National Champion RWU Polo Team!

What’s one restaurant you would recommend in Bristol? Papa Joe’s Wrap Shack

If you could give one piece of advice to a first year student, what would it be? Let your guard down. The RWU community is incredibly unique and diverse and the only way to truly experience it, is to get rid of the hesitation and get involved!

Favorite music artist and TV show? Led Zeppelin and Game of Thrones

 

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FELICIA GRECO
Admission Counselor
fgreco@rwu.edu

Felicia Greco; B.S. Roger Williams University

Territory: Massachusetts - Norfolk and Bristol County; New York – Long Island, New York City

Where are you from? Tinton Falls, NJ

What’s your favorite event or RWU tradition? The fountain jump at graduation!

What’s one restaurant you would recommend in Bristol? Quito's, it is right on the water in downtown Bristol, has tasty seafood, and for dessert: I'd recommend the Daily Scoop for ice cream.  Dessert is my favorite part of the day!

If you could give one piece of advice to a first year student, what would it be? GET INVOLVED. Whatever you are passionate about or something you've always wanted to try, but haven't yet...join that club, organization or sport and be a strong member of that community. You will learn so much about yourself and it's a great way to make friends that have similar interests!

Favorite music artist and TV show? Bon Jovi has my heart, but I am also a HUGE fan of Dan + Shay. TV: This is Us 

 

Zaryah Guyton
ZARYAH GUYTON
Admission Counselor
zguyton@rwu.edu

Zaryah Guyton; B.S. Bryant University

Territory: Rhode Island - La Salle Academy; Massachusetts – Berkshire and Franklin County, Springfield and Hampshire County, Fitchburg and North Worcester County; Connecticut - New Haven and Middlesex County; New York – Central & Upstate NY

Where are you from? East Providence, RI

What’s your favorite event or RWU tradition? My favorite tradition is definitely Weeks of Welcome. This week is filled with so many fun events for all students at the beginning of the school year, especially for first-year students, who have a great opportunity to meet other students, as well as find ways to get involved!

What’s one restaurant you would recommend in Bristol? I highly recommend the Sunset Café right on Hope St. It’s the best place for some delicious breakfast!

If you could give one piece of advice to a first year student, what would it be? Always stay motivated! Put your best foot forward and don’t be afraid to ask questions. 

Favorite music artist and TV show? Lauryn Hill and Suits

 

Tania Hurtado
TANIA HURTADO
Assistant Director of Admission
thurtado@rwu.edu

Tania Hurtado; B.A. Roger Williams University

*Hablo Español 

Territory: Florida; Massachusetts - Boston and Cambridge, Milton Lexington and Waltham; Rhode Island - Providence & Northern Rhode Island

Where are you from?  Bolivia

What’s your favorite event or RWU tradition? Late Night Breakfast is always a great time.

What’s one restaurant you would recommend in Bristol? Quito's!

If you could give one piece of advice to a first year student, what would it be? Take advantage of all opportunities and make the most of your college experience.

Favorite music artist and TV show? Justin Timberlake and Grey’s Anatomy.

 

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KYLER JESANIS
Senior Admission Counselor
kjesanis@rwu.edu

Kyler Jesanis; B.A. Roger Williams University

Territory: Illinois; Rhode Island - The MET School, Village Green Academy; Southern Rhode Island; Connecticut - Hartford and Tolland County, New London and Windham County, Waterbury and Litchfield County

Where are you from? Tolland, CT

What’s your favorite event or RWU tradition? The Poetry Slam. It’s always a ton of fun and the students talent, passion, and creativity is inspiring.

What’s one restaurant you would recommend in Bristol? Pomodoro Pizzeria! The food is incredible.

If you could give one piece of advice to a first year student, what would it be? Get involved in something outside of the classroom right away. It’s a great way to network, meet people, and build a community.

Favorite music artist and TV show? Ben Rector and The West Wing

 

Amanda Marsili
AMANDA MARSILI
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Admission 
amarsili@rwu.edu

Amanda Marsili; B.A. Notre Dame of Maryland University

Where are you from? Brodheadsville, PA

What’s your favorite event or RWU tradition? Late Night Breakfast

What’s one restaurant you would recommend in Bristol? Bristol House of Pizza

If you could give one piece of advice to a first year student, what would it be? Try something new!

Favorite music artist and TV show? Don’t have one – will listen to anything playing on top 40 radio; Favorite TV Show – Scandal

 

Bill McMurray
BILL McMURRAY
Admission Representative
bmcmurray@rwu.edu

Bill McMurray; B.A. Bates College, M.Ed. University of Vermont

Territory: Massachusetts – Essex County; Maine; New Hampshire; Vermont

Where are you from?  Brunswick, ME

What’s your favorite event or RWU tradition? I just love the dining hall with its wall of glass and ocean views. As a huge baseball fan, I also really enjoy taking in a Hawks game on a beautiful spring day.

What’s one restaurant you would recommend in Bristol? I have never had a better hamburger than the one served at the Judge Roy Bean Saloon.

If you could give one piece of advice to a first year student, what would it be? Immerse yourself in opportunities, try new things, take intellectual risks. but don’t forget to keep in touch with home.

Favorite music artist and TV show? These days, I’m partial to the PBS crime/detective shows such as Endeavor, Unforgotten, Doctor Blake, and Death in Paradise.

 

Heather Schramm
HEATHER SCHRAMM
Associate Director Admission Visit Experience and Events
hschramm@rwu.edu

Heather Schramm; M.Ed University of Maine, B.S. University of Maine

Territory: Massachusetts – Worcester County

Where are you from? Griswold, CT

What’s your favorite event or RWU tradition? The Weeks of Welcome! They are an amazing opportunity for students, returning and new, to get integrated with the campus and the community and feel at home.

What’s one restaurant you would recommend in Bristol? Tong Phoon, I know when I was a student a solid pad thai was imperative to a productive study session. 

If you could give one piece of advice to a first year student, what would it be? Get involved. There are so many wonderful opportunities for students to get involved on campus. Students who are involved not only build a wonderful network of friends, it also improves your academics!

Favorite music artist and TV show? For music I am all over the place. Currently I am really into folk music and Lizzo …intersectionality at its finest. For show(s), my top two of all time: Scrubs and Parks and Recreation.

 

Meggin Smith
MEGGIN SMITH
Assistant Director of Admission Campus Visit Experience
msmith@rwu.edu

Meggin Smith; B.A. Salve Regina University, M.A. and Elementary Education Teacher’s Certification Roger Williams University

Territory: Massachusetts – Cape Cod & Islands

Where are you from? Waterbury, CT

What’s your favorite event or RWU tradition? I am excited to answer that when I experience one. I have only attended Open House so far and it was fantastic! 

What’s one restaurant you would recommend in Bristol? Aidan’s Pub 

If you could give one piece of advice to a first year student, what would it be? Everything works out the way it should so relax and follow your journey.

Favorite music artist and TV show? Thanks to my children, it changes frequently. This week it’s Lizzo & The Office

 

Amy Tiberio
AMY TIBERIO
Dean of Admission
atiberio@rwu.edu

Amy Tiberio; B.S. & M.S. Bentley University

Where are you from? Framingham, MA

What’s your favorite event or RWU tradition? My favorite RWU tradition is the Annual Theme.  It’s really interesting for the enrolling class and the RWU community to read the same book, and then attend programs and lectures throughout the year that build on the theme and allow us to look at it through different lenses.  It’s a great prompt for conversations and discussions across campus.

What’s one restaurant you would recommend in Bristol?  I recommend Beehive Café – it’s quirky and very delicious. 

If you could give one piece of advice to a first year student, what would it be? Think of this opportunity as a fresh start.  You get to explore and embrace who you really are.  College is your journey to learn about yourself, try new things, and take risks.  Don’t talk yourself out of challenges and opportunities.

Favorite music artist and TV show? My favorite music artist is Ani DiFranco and favorite TV show is vintage Law & Order

 

Joe Varao
JOE VARAO
Associate Director of Admission
jvarao@rwu.edu

Joe Varao; B.B.A. George Washington University

Territory: Massachusetts - Quincy and Plymouth County, Boston College High School; Colorado; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Michigan; Minnesota; Missouri; Nebraska; Nevada; North Dakota; Ohio; South Dakota; Wisconsin; Alaska; Arizona; Hawaii; Idaho; Montana; New Mexico; Oregon; Utah; Washington; Wyoming; Alabama; Arkansas; Georgia; Louisiana; Mississippi; North Carolina; Oklahoma; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; all home-schooled students

Where are you from? Plymouth, MA

What’s your favorite event or RWU tradition? Move-In Weekend

What’s one restaurant you would recommend in Bristol? Quito’s offers great seafood in a casual setting, right on Bristol Harbor. 

If you could give one piece of advice to a first year student, what would it be? Take advantage of every opportunity to connect with your professors and advisors.  Your relationships with them will be invaluable resources to you in your search for internships, research opportunities and jobs after graduation.

Favorite music artist and TV show? Jukebox the Ghost; Impractical Jokers

If your counselor is not listed or you are inquiring from a territory not listed please contact us via email at admit@rwu.edu and one of our Admission Counselors will contact you with the information you have requested.