Meet the Team
Krista Lombardo, M.S.
Director of Student Retention
Krista began her Molloy career in 2005, working at the Suffolk Center, as the coordinator for Off-Campus Programs. Holding a Master's Degree in School Counseling, Krista previously worked as a guidance counselor for the NYC Department of Education. As the "go-to" person for student issues, it was clear to Krista that Molloy needed a place where students could voice concerns, ask questions and receive guidance. She was on board with the Student Solution Center from its inception. Krista believes students should be focused on their education and not the process. "Students are at school for academics not to spend time figuring out how to navigate the internal processes of the college. The Student Solution Center uses a proactive approach; anticipating issues before they arise and making sure students have the right information to keep their college career on track."
In addition to working with Molloy's international student population, Krista spends much of her day resolving conflicts for students and is devoted to keeping them pleased with their experience at Molloy. Her extensive knowledge in higher education along with her cool, calm and collected temperament are just a few reasons why students rely so much on her advice and guidance. In her free time, Krista enjoys traveling. She recently visited Spain, Portugal and Morocco. She has also traveled with Molloy's International Education Department to exciting locales.
Krista, who is a twin, likes going to the beach, taking cooking classes and is a die-hard Yankee fan! She appreciates that the Student Solution Center provides a "one-stop-shop" for students with issues and really enjoys working with her "solution team."
Joseph Weinstein, B.A.
Assistant Director for the St. Thomas Aquinas Program
Joe joined Molloy College in 2010, jumping into his position as Albertus Magnus Counselor in late August - days before the start of a new academic year. It is no surprise that he quickly learned the responsibilities of the job and did it with the positivity and a whole-heartedness we've all come to expect from Joe. This kind of approach to his role as counselor is perfect for Molloy students who appreciate his open door policy and pay Joe regular visits whether it's for help to resolve an academic issue, or just to say hello. He truly enjoys the work he does.
Joe sums up what he appreciates most about working with the St. Thomas Aquinas Students, "I love being able to help students through their issues, big and small. I love seeing the little successes and the large ones. Perhaps the most enjoyable experience is watching the students grow from timid freshmen, to confident, mature adults who "own" their educational experience. The students I work with truly amaze me on a daily basis." Joe also works closely with the Student Solution Center and has observed the positive impact it's had on the Molloy population.
In his free time, Joe loves to cook, bake and eat! His guilty pleasures are sleeping in and getting lost in a good book. He also enjoys exercising, going to the beach - even in the wintertime - and spending time with his family, who he describes as, "the most warm, genuine, and supportive people in the world."
Now, as Assistant Director for the St. Thomas Aquinas Program, Joe continues to be a crucial member of the Enrollment Management team, working together to provide support, guidance and a clear path to success for all Molloy students.
Cathleen Ciullo, B.A.
Student Solution Center Counselor
In 2010, Cathleen began working for the International Education Department at Molloy College. Quick to adapt and armed with an arsenal of skills, Cathleen then worked for the Office of the Mission and the President's Office while completing freelance graphic design work for the Public Relations Department. Cathleen's diverse skill set and positive attitude made her transition to the position of Student Solution Center Counselor a seamless one. To prepare for her role, Cathleen trained with various departments on campus and acquired a vast pool of knowledge regarding all aspects of academic life.
Cathleen sees the positive impact the SSC has on students and views it as "the place where Molloy students come to find solid solutions to their difficulties within a friendly and supportive context." She views the SSC team as "Molloy community members who will simplify the process, minimize the confusion and optimize the results." Cathleen loves the camaraderie in the SSC and truly enjoys her role in helping students. She says "Aside from being so fortunate to have an incredible team to work with in the SSC, what I enjoy most is working with the students."
In her free time, Cathleen enjoys being with her two daughters, reading a good book and going out with friends. In the summer, all of her free time is spent on the beach and in the winter, you can find Cathleen watching a Ranger game. Cathleen also loves to have Sunday dinner with her family whom she describes as "extremely close, amazing and supportive." The SSC certainly is lucky to have such a dynamic individual on its team.
Brendan Caputo, M.S. Ed.
St. Thomas Aquinas Program Counselor
Brendan joined Molloy College as a counselor for the St. Thomas Aquinas Program in June of 2013. He has earned two master's degrees - one in College Student Development Counseling and one in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Brendan previously worked at Hofstra University in the offices of Academic Advisement and Student Leadership and Activities.
Brendan believes that students should own their academic career and have the ability to make their collegiate experience both meaningful and enjoyable. Brendan prides himself on being calm and approachable and wants to help students define their path in college and in life. Students are comfortable coming to Brendan and know that he will lend a listening ear and an objective point of view. When he isn't hard at work, Brendan enjoys playing tennis, going to the gym and watching Law and Order and the New York Mets on TV. Brendan has already added to the welcoming and helpful atmosphere in the Student Solution Center.
Patrice Clifford, B.A.
Student Solution Center Representative
Patrice Clifford has been employed by Molloy College for almost two years. She started her work here in the Registrar's Office and has contributed her Registrar expertise in the Student Solution Center since its opening this September 2012.
Patrice is the mother of six and believes in faith, family and friends. She is involved with the Catechism Program in her parish and is a Eucharistic Minister here on campus. Full of boundless energy with an upbeat personality, Patrice offers just the right greeting for distressed students coming into the SSC with a problem. Her smile and quit wit immediately put students at ease. She believes the SSC is successful in simplifying the problem-solving process for students and "makes life easier for the students by having the answers to many of their questions in one place..." Patrice is happy with her role in the Student Solution Center and enjoys "being involved in a new area and the friendly atmosphere we project to the student community."
Valentina Masiello, B.A.
Student Solution Center Representative
Tina began her Molloy career about two years ago working for the Bursar's Office. Since joining the SSC Team, Tina has become a great source of information when dealing with any billing-related issue. In her free time, Tina enjoys entertaining family and friends. She loves vacationing, shopping and taking an occasional jog. Tina also keeps very busy as an independent consultant with her crystal jewelry business. The mother of three children, her life is a juggling act of football games, preparing for travel abroad experiences or just simply enjoying their company. She sees "a positive influence being portrayed at Molloy College through the Solution Center. It's a place where the students can come with a problem or simple question and really feel confident that we will help them in every way possible. This is truly our goal in keeping with the Molloy Mission." Tina's calm demeanor and warm, friendly nature welcomes students who are overwhelmed, stressed and looking for guidance.
Aside from enjoying the camaraderie of her colleagues, she takes pride in seeing the smiles on student's faces when she has assisted in resolving a conflict or led them in the right direction. She believes the success of the SSC lies in the fact that several student-service departments have "come together as a one-stop-shop for the benefit of all our students."
Administrative Assistant, St. Thomas Aquinas Program
Ursula came to Molloy in 1983 with a wealth of international exposure and quickly became an invaluable asset to the St. Thomas Aquinas Program (STAP). She possesses a natural ability to relate to students from diverse cultural, ethnic, social and economic backgrounds and her highly organized and extremely self-disciplined character make her a crucial member of the STAP team. Ursula is diligent and deliberate in her efforts - qualities that are clearly reflected in her work ethic and product. Her refined and friendly nature along with her strong skill set make her a pleasure to work with. Ursula is not the only member of her family that belongs to the Molloy community. Her daughter, Martina, attended Molloy and is currently working as a Speech Language Pathologist.
Along with traveling, hiking and swimming, Ursula has a strong interest in the arts, and keeps herself culturally literate, as she and her husband, Ed, frequently attend many of the cultural events New York has to offer, including the ballet, opera and symphony. She also enjoys spending time with her pride and joy, grandson, Lucas.
Ursula's upbeat approach and positive attitude is apparent in every encounter she has with Molloy students. Ursula says that her interaction with Molloy students over the years has been "quite the education in itself, but always a positive and rewarding experience." The Enrollment Management Team is fortunate to work with such a remarkable woman.