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: Asia, Africa, Europe, North America 

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. 

 

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

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

Territory: Massachusetts - Norfolk & Bristol County; California

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 activities 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

*Fluent Spanish speaker 

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

Where are you from?  Cranston, Rhode Island

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

 

Felicia Greco
FELICIA GRECO
Admission Counselor
fgreco@rwu.edu

Felicia Greco; B.S. Roger Williams University

Territory: Massachusetts - Lowell, Concord, and Wellesley; New York – Long Island, New York City; Alabama; Arkansas; Georgia; Louisiana; Mississippi; North Carolina; Oklahoma; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas

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: New Jersey; Maryland; Pennsylvania; Washington, DC; Delaware; Virginia, West Virginia; Rhode Island - La Salle Academy

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 student, 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

*Fluent Spanish speaker 

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

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.

 

Kyler Jesanis
KYLER JESANIS
Admission Counselor
kjesanis@rwu.edu

Kyler Jesanis; B.A. Roger Williams University

Territory: Connecticut - Hartford, Tolland, New London, and Windham 

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

 

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

Jennifer Kendrigan; B.A. Providence College, M.Ed. Lesley University

Territory: Massachusetts - Cape Cod & Islands

Where are you from? Westford, MA

What’s your favorite event or RWU tradition? I love the annual Earth Fest on campus. Local vendors set up on the lawn outside of the library with handcrafted jewelry, hand-knit items, organic food treats, and the best part: a real, live cow to greet everybody!

What’s one restaurant you would recommend in Bristol? The Beehive Café in downtown Bristol is delicious. Fresh ingredients, outdoor seating, and walking distance from beautiful Independence Park!

If you could give one piece of advice to a first year student, what would it be? Get involved.  Clubs, Sports, Events –the more involved you are; the greater your college experience (and it will look so nice on your resume, too)!

Favorite music artist and TV show?  I love music. I am a fan of pretty much any genre except for heavy metal.  If I were to pick one band as my favorite, I would probably pick Coldplay.  However, I also love anything Country, most Pop, and also the oldies but goodies such as the Beatles and Jimmy Buffett! Speaking of my love for music, my favorite TV show is probably The Voice.  I love the blind auditions!

 

Eric Laboissonniere
ERIC LABOISSONNIERE
Assistant Director of Admission
elaboissonniere@rwu.edu

Eric Laboissonniere; B.A. Roger Williams University  

Territory: Connecticut - New Haven and Middlesex County, Fairfield County, Waterbury and Litchfield County

Where are you from? Cumberland, RI!

What’s your favorite event or RWU tradition? Steak and lobster dinner at RWU is such a wonderful tradition!

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? Get involved! RWU has so many wonderful clubs and organizations on campus to get involved with. You can find out more about each club and organization at our fall and spring campus involvement fairs!

Favorite music artist and TV show? Khalid and How I Met Your Mother

 

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

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

Territory: N/A

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; 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

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.

 

Kelly Smith
KELLY SMITH
Assistant Director of Admission, Coordinator of Visit Experience
kasmith@rwu.edu

Kelly Smith; B.S. Johnson & Wales University

Territory: N/A

Where are you from? Pepperell, MA

What’s your favorite event or RWU tradition? 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 restaurant you would recommend in Bristol? Bee Hive Cafe

If you could give one piece of advice to a first year student, 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. 

Favorite music artist and TV show? Taylor Swift and Grey’s Anatomy

 

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

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

Territory: N/A

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: Southern Rhode Island; Massachusetts - Quincy and Plymouth County, Boston College High School; New York - Westchester County; Colorado; 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.