Meet the Admissions Team

Meet the Admissions Team

Welcome to the Office of Admissions!  If you are interested in contacting one of our admissions representatives, please contact us at admissions@jjay.cuny.edu.  Click on the list below to learn more about our Undergraduate Admissions team:

Vincent M. Papandrea (Director)

Title: Director of Admissions

Emailvpapandrea@jjay.cuny.edu

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Degree(s) & Institution(s) Attended: M.S.Ed in Higher Education Administration, Baruch College (CUNY); B.A., SUNY Oneonta

Number of years working in Higher Education: 16+ years

Why do you enjoy working in Admissions: Helping students committed to justice, looking to make a difference in the world, gain access to higher education and become the leaders of tomorrow.

Jenise Reyes (Associate Director)

Title: Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Email: jreyes@jjay.cuny.edu

Hometown: New York

Degree(s) & Institution(s) Attended: BA in History and Political Science, SUNY Stony Brook; MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, SUNY Albany

Number of years working in Higher Education: Lots

Why do you enjoy working in Admissions: I love working with students and ensuring that everyone has access to higher education. Go Bloodhounds!

Anita DeVarie (NYPD/In-Service Recruiter)

Title: NYPD/In-Service Recruiter

Email: adevarie@jjay.cuny.edu

Hometown: Bronx, NY

Degree(s) & Institution(s) Attended: BS in Legal Studies, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY)

Number of years working in Higher Education: 11 years

Why do you enjoy working in Admissions: Having the opportunity of helping students achieve their goals.

Kevin Dougherty (Assistant Director of Admissions)

Title: Assistant Director of Admissions

Email: kdougherty@jjay.cuny.edu

Hometown: Suffolk County, NY

Degree(s) & Institution(s) Attended: BA in History, SUNY Stony Brook University; MSed, Dowling College

Number of years working in Higher Education: 10 years

Why do you enjoy working in Admissions: I love being able to help give students the opportunity to get a college education.

Sara Eletr (Admissions Counselor)

Title: Admissions Counselor

Email: seletr@jjay.cuny.edu

Travel Territory: New York City

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Degree(s) & Institution(s) Attended: B.A in Psychology, Brooklyn College (CUNY)

Number of years working in Higher Education: 9 years

Why do you enjoy working in Admissions: I have an opportunity to help empower students to look at a greater picture of what they can become here at John Jay College.

Edwin Luna (APPLE Corps Admissions Specialist)

Title: Apple Corps Admissions Specialist

Email: eluna@jjay.cuny.edu

Travel Territory: New York City

Hometown: New York City

Degree(s) & Institution(s) Attended: B.A in History, D’Youville College and MSED in Higher Education Administration, Baruch College (CUNY)

Number of years working in Higher Education: 13 years

Why do you enjoy working in Admissions: You have the opportunity to meet and interact with new people every day and I enjoy the traveling.

Kristal Singh (Admissions Counselor)

Title: Admissions Counselor

Email: ksingh@jjay.cuny.edu

Travel Territory: Long Island, NY

Hometown: Queens, NY

Degree(s) & Institution(s) Attended: B.S. in Airport Management, Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology

Number of Years Working in Higher Education: 14 years

Why do you enjoy working in Admissions: I'm an advocate of higher education and there's no better way to promote college!

Chris Valentino (Assistant Director of Recruitment)

Title: Assistant Director of Recruitment

Email: Cvalentino@jjay.cuny.edu

Travel Territory: CT, MA, FL, CA, and every NY county outside of the five boroughs.

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Degree(s) & Institution(s) Attended: BA in Communications, Mount Saint Mary College

Number of years working in Higher Education: 14 years

Why do you enjoy working in Admissions: I have the opportunity to change someone’s life for the better, every single day.