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
Text (401) 240-1071
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Bill Abbate; B.S. Boston University

Territory: International (Except: Central and South America); US citizens living outside the country; Massachusetts – Essex County, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Lowell MA, Concord MA, and Wellesley MA. 

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
Text (401) 240-1066
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Colton Bright; B.A. Wittenberg University

Territory: New Jersey; Maryland; Pennsylvania; Washington, DC; Delaware; Virginia; West Virginia; Ohio

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

 

Audra Crowell
Audra Crowell
Senior Admission Counselor, Campus Visit Experience
acrowell@rwu.edu
Text (401) 240-1026
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Audra Crowell; B.A. Stonehill College

Territory: Massachusetts – Barnstable County & Western MA

Where are you from? Barnstable, MA

What's your favorite event or RWU Tradition? Homecoming & Family Weekend – it’s a great time for the entire community to come together, enjoy the campus, and take part in fun fall activities!

What’s one restaurant you would recommend in Bristol? Thames Waterside Bar & Grille … what’s better than enjoying some lobster with a view?

If you could give one piece of advice to a first year student, what would it be? Take it one step at a time. Your first year, and especially your first semester, can be overwhelming. For many students, it’s the first time on your own and away from home. Develop a routine, get a feel for your major and classes, take it all in. Once you truly feel settled and comfortable, that’s when you can take on new things!

Favorite music artist and TV show? Taylor Swift and Gilmore Girls

 

Thomas Durigan
THOMAS DURIGAN
Assistant Director of Admission, Transfer Coordinator
​​​​​tdurigan@rwu.edu
Text (401) 240-1004
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Thomas Durigan; B.A. Duquesne University

*Hablo Español

Territory: Alaska; California; Hawaii; Oregon; Washington; Rhode Island - St. Raphael Academy; Connecticut - New Haven and Middlesex County, Fairfield County; Central & South America; Puerto Rico; New York (excluding Long Island); Virgin Islands.  All Transfer Students.

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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MARIA-CRISTINA GAVILAN
Associate Director of Admission, Diversity & Access
mgavilan@rwu.edu
Text (401) 240-1028
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Maria-Cristina Gavilan; B.A., Virginia Commonwealth University

Territory: Providence, and Northern Rhode Island, Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts and Florida

Where are you from? Richmond, VA

What's your favorite event or RWU Tradition? I would say BBQ by the bay because we get to see student fall in love with our beautiful campus and connect with faculty and deans from each of our colleges. 

What’s one restaurant you would recommend in Bristol? Nacho Mamma's is one of my favorites. 

If you could give one piece of advice to a first year student, what would it be? Don’t be afraid to talk to your professors. Whether it’s asking for help, seeking insight into a field/career or just because you enjoyed their class, you never know what connections they may have and opportunities they can help lead you to.

Favorite music artist and TV show? I would say Aventura and the Bachelor Series, unfortunately I don’t watch much tv so it’s my mindless tv show to watch at the end of a hectic day.

 

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KYLER JESANIS
Associate Director of Admission
kjesanis@rwu.edu
Text (401) 240-1052
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Kyler Jesanis; B.A. Roger Williams University

Territory: Rhode Island - Southern RI; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Michigan; Minnesota; Missouri; Nebraska; North Dakota; South Dakota; Wisconsin

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
Dean of 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

 

 

Heather Schramm
HEATHER SCHRAMM
Associate Director Admission Transfer Experience
hschramm@rwu.edu
Text (401) 240-1074
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Heather Schramm; B.S. University of Maine, M.Ed University of Maine

Territory: Massachusetts – Worcester County & Transfer Students

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.

 

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JESSICA THIBEAULT
Admission Counselor
jthibeault@rwu.edu
Text (401) 240-1030
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Jessica Thibeault; B.S. University of Rhode Island, M.S. University of Rhode Island

Territory: Connecticut – Hartford and Tolland County, New London and Windham County, Waterbury and Litchfield County; Massachusetts - Quincy and Plymouth County

Where are you from? Wethersfield, CT

Favorite event or Tradition: I love move-in weekend! There’s always so much buzz and excitement to start the new school year!

Restaurant: Thames Waterside Bar & Grill

Piece of Advice: Get involved! Getting involved on campus is a great way to meet people and feel connected to RWU!

Favorite music and TV show: Music- I am really not picky! I’ll listen to anything! TV Show- New Girl

 

Amy Tiberio
AMY TIBERIO
Vice President for Enrollment Management
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

 

Jacquelyn Tremblay
JACQUELYN TREMBLAY
Senior Associate Director  - Visit Experience and Events
jtremblay@rwu.edu

Jacquelyn Tremblay; B.A. & M.S. Southern New Hampshire University

Where are you from? North Easton, MA

What's your favorite event or RWU Tradition? The annual 1, 2, 3 Weekend. This multiday event includes great food and different activities to check out prior to the start of classes.

What’s one restaurant you would recommend in Bristol? Thames Waterside Bar & Grill

If you could give one piece of advice to a first year student, what would it be? Take advantage of all the resources available to you. Whether it be faculty, your resident assistant, etc. we are all here to help you transition and make the most of your college experience!

Favorite music artist and TV show? Ruston Kelly and Parks & Recreation

 

Joseph Varao
JOSEPH VARAO
Director of Undergraduate Admission Recruitment
jvarao@rwu.edu

Joseph Varao; BBA George Washington University

Where are you from? Plymouth, MA

What's your favorite event or RWU Tradition? Feeling the breeze off Mount Hope Bay from the deck at the Bready Sailing Center

What’s one restaurant you would recommend in Bristol? Quito's! Their Seafood Mediterranean is one of my favorite dishes anywhere in RI, and their views of the harbor are the best in town.

If you could give one piece of advice to a first year student, what would it be? Many people will tell you what they think you should study - whatever they think is practical, lucrative, exciting - but choose a major that interests you. Immersed in something you're passionate about, you're much more likely to find a path to success.

Favorite music artist and TV show? If I'm watching TV, it's probably a live sporting event. I like lots of different music, but Jukebox the Ghost has been a longtime favorite.

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.