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

Territory: All international students and students studying outside of the U.S.

What’s your favorite event or thing to do on campus? Spending time at our radio station WQRI

What’s one thing you would recommend in Bristol? Admire the view from the Mount Hope Bridge as it is spectacular!

If you could give one piece of advice to the incoming freshman class, what would it be? Take advantage of all the unique opportunities this campus has to offer.

Any favorite quotes? “You can observe a lot by just watching.” – Yogi Berra

 

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

Mary Bubar

Territory: All transfer students

What’s your favorite event or thing to do on campus?  Take a walk and enjoy the scenery!

What’s one thing you would recommend in Bristol? Colt State Park! There are spectacular views, ocean breezes and great walking paths.

If you could give one piece of advice to the incoming freshman class, what would it be? Don’t worry if you don’t know which major you want to study; Roger Williams has plenty to choose from.  Give yourself the time it takes to make that decision.

Any favorite quotes? “Be the person you needed when you were younger.” – Ayesha Siddiqi

 

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

Shamika Cameron

Territory: n/a

What’s your favorite event or thing to do on campus? I love walking around campus; it is so beautiful!

What’s one thing you would recommend in Bristol? Have a wrap at Wrap Shack; their menu offerings are not only interesting, they’re delicious!

If you could give one piece of advice to the incoming freshman class, what would it be? Be comfortable being uncomfortable!

Any favorite quotes? “Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Kelly Dalton
KELLY DALTON
Assistant Director of Admission, Coordinator of Visit Experience
kdalton@rwu.edu

Kelly Dalton

Territory: n/a

What’s your favorite event or thing to do on campus? I love watching the ’Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event where men from the RWU community suit up in a pair of red high heels to raise money and awareness on the serious causes, effects and remediation to men’s sexualized violence against women.  All funds raised are donated to the Rhode Island Crisis Assistance Center.

What’s one thing you would recommend in Bristol? I love walking my dog in Colt State Park.

If you could give one piece of advice to the incoming freshman class, what would it be? Be active in your community, use all of the resources afforded to you from your institution and get as much practical experience as possible in your field of study. Say yes to every opportunity. 

Any favorite quotes? “Life isn't how to survive the storm, it's about how to dance in the rain.” – Taylor Swift

 

Thomas Durigan
THOMAS DURIGAN
Admission Counselor
tdurigan@rwu.edu

Thomas Durigan

Territory: Massachusetts – Berkshire & Franklin Counties, Springfield & Hampshire County, Fitchburg & North Worcester County, Milton, Lexington & Waltham; New York – Central & Upstate NY; Puerto Rico; Virgin Islands

What’s your favorite event or thing to do on campus? My favorite event on campus is breakfast at midnight, which flips the norm where your professors serve you breakfast during a much-needed break from studying for finals.

What’s one thing you would recommend in Bristol? Whenever I have free time in Bristol, I always make sure to stop by Colt State Park and spend some time by the water or playing games with a group of friends.

If you could give one piece of advice to the incoming freshman class, 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!

Any favorite quotes? "Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today."

 

Zaryah Guyton
ZARYAH GUYTON
Admission Counselor
zguyton@rwu.edu

Zaryah Guyton

Territory: New Jersey - Northern NJ; Massachusetts – Quincy & Plymouth County

What’s your favorite event or thing to do on campus?
I love taking a stroll around campus. RWU has the best view of the Mount Hope Bay!

What’s one thing 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 the incoming freshman class, what would it be?
Always stay motivated! Put your best foot forward and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Any favorite quotes?
“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it” -Maya Angelou

 

Kyler Jesanis
KYLER JESANIS
Admission Counselor
kjesanis@rwu.edu

Kyler Jesanis

Territory: Massachusetts – Lowell, Concord & Wellesley, Norfolk & Bristol County; Illinois

What’s your favorite event or thing to do on campus? My favorite thing to do on campus is walk around Shell Path and relax by the water.

What’s one thing you would recommend in Bristol? If you haven’t been to the Beehive Café, you should stop what you are doing and go there immediately.

If you could give one piece of advice to the incoming freshman class, what would it be? Be comfortable feeling uncomfortable. Freshmen year is hard, get as involved as you can and put yourself out there.

Any favorite quotes? “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self” - Ernest Hemingway

 

Jennifer Kendrigan
JENNIFER KENDRIGAN
Assistant Director of Admission
jkendrigan@rwu.edu

Jennifer Kendrigan

Territory:  Massachusetts – Cape & Islands, Worcester

What’s your favorite event or thing to do on campus? Take a walk down to the Sailing Center and look out over the beautiful waterfront while observing the goings-on at the dock.

What’s one thing you would recommend in Bristol? You must check out beautiful Colt State Park and eat at Beehive Café.  Oh, and walk along the boardwalk at Independence Park.

If you could give one piece of advice to the incoming freshman class, what would it be? Get involved.  Clubs, Sports, Events –the more involved you are; the greater your college experience (and it looks superb on your resume, too)!

Any favorite quotes? “A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.” – William G.T. Shedd

 

Eric Laboissonniere
ERIC LABOISSONNIERE
Admission Counselor
elaboissonniere@rwu.edu

Eric Laboissonniere

Territory: Rhode Island – Providence & Northern RI; Connecticut – New London & Windham County, New Haven & Middlesex County, Waterbury & Litchfield County, Hartford & Tolland County

What’s your favorite event or thing to do on campus? I loved and still love to take strolls around campus on a beautiful day, nothing better than a nice day here at RWU.

What’s one thing you would recommend in Bristol? Get a bagel from Bristol Bagel, you will not be disappointed.

If you could give one piece of advice to the incoming freshman class, what would it be? Be spontaneous!

Any favorite quotes? “You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.” – Joyce Meyer

 

Amanda Marsili
AMANDA MARSILI
Director of Admission Outreach & Events
amarsili@rwu.edu

Amanda Marsili

Territory: n/a

What’s your favorite event or thing to do on campus? Attend Family Weekend and Mr. RWU

What’s one thing you would recommend in Bristol? A picnic at Independence Park

If you could give one piece of advice to the incoming freshman class, what would it be? Try something new each semester!

Any favorite quotes? “Be yourself because everyone else is taken.”

 

Bill McMurray
BILL McMURRAY
Admission Representative
bmcmurray@rwu.edu

Bill McMurray

Territory: Massachusetts – Essex County; Maine; New Hampshire; Vermont; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Michigan; Minnesota; Missouri; Nebraska; Nevada; North Dakota; Ohio; South Dakota; Wisconsin; Alaska; Arizona; California; Hawaii; Idaho; Montana; New Mexico; Oregon; Utah; Washington; Wyoming

What’s your favorite event or thing to do on campus? 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 thing 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 the incoming freshman class, what would it be? Immerse yourself in opportunities, try new things, take intellectual risks. but don’t forget to keep in touch with home.

Any favorite quotes? “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” – John Mellencamp

 

Theresa Polly
THERESA POLLY
Admission Counselor
tpolly@rwu.edu

Theresa Polly

Territory: Massachusetts - Boston & Cambridge; New York – Long Island, New York City; New Jersey – Southern NJ, Bergen County; Maryland; Pennsylvania; Virginia; Washington, D.C.; Delaware; West Virginia; Alabama; Arkansas; Florida; Georgia; Louisiana; Mississippi; North Carolina; Oklahoma; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas

What’s your favorite event or thing to do on campus? As an avid music lover, I think any event where music is involved is a wonderful experience. In particular, the Fall Concert is a place where students can leave their stresses behind, hang out with their friends, and appreciate live music on this gorgeous campus. It really doesn’t get much better than that.  

What’s one thing you would recommend in Bristol? Take advantage of where you are. Walk around and explore. I may order the same thing every time I go, but Wrap Shack is the place to go to for some yummy food.

If you could give one piece of advice to the incoming freshman class, what would it be? Stay true to who you are, but give yourself space to explore your personality. It’s easy to be influenced by a new environment and it’s important to use those influencers as stepping stones.

Any favorite quotes? “Everyone has their own story and that’s something I hope for everyone to learn at a young enough age. Just because something is right for someone else doesn’t make it right for you. It’s cooler to be yourself.” – Hayley Williams

 

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

Amy Tiberio

Territory: n/a

What’s your favorite event or thing to do on campus? My favorite thing to do on campus is to eat lunch (the Cape Cod wrap from Lower Commons) outside at a table overlooking the bay.

What’s one thing you would recommend in Bristol? I recommend going for a walk along the water and through the historic downtown district.

If you could give one piece of advice to the incoming freshman class, what would it be? Embrace your independence – make your own (smart) decisions, take risks, put yourself out there. 

Any favorite quotes? “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.”  – James Dean

 

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

Joe Varao

Territory: All homeschooled students; Rhode Island – Southern RI; Connecticut – Fairfield County; New York – Westchester County; Colorado

What’s your favorite event or thing to do on campus? The Farmers’ Market on the quad. It’s great place to see our community’s commitment to local agriculture and healthy living.

What’s one thing you would recommend in Bristol? Golf at Montaup Country Club, overlooking campus from across Mount Hope Bay.

If you could give one piece of advice to the incoming freshman class, what would it be? Bookmark PDQ@RWU for the most up-to-date news, stories and events happening at Roger Williams.

Any favorite quotes? “There’s a great, big, beautiful tomorrow, shining at the end of every day.” –Richard M. & Robert B. Sherman

 

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.