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. She believes, "Students are in 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."
Krista, who is a twin, loves to travel the world and when not jetting around the globe can be found at the beach. Also, a big supporter of the arts, Krista enjoys concerts and the theatre and is a die-hard New York Yankee fan.
Cathleen Ciullo, B.A.
Student Solution Center Counselor
In 2010, Cathleen began working for the International Education Department at Molloy College. Cathleen also worked for the Office of Mission and the President's Office before becoming part of the newly-formed Student Solution Center. Quick to adapt and armed with an arsenal of skills, Cathleen's diverse skill set and positive attitude made her transition to the position of Student Solution Center Counselor a seamless one. Cathleen has a vast knowledge regarding all aspects of academic life and is always available and eager to help Molloy's students.
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." Cathleen guarantees that the SSC team "can simplify the process, minimize the confusion and optimize the results."
In her free time, Cathleen enjoys being with her two daughters, reading a good book, going out with friends and the traditional Sunday dinner with family. 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.
Corinne O'Donnell, B.A.
Student Solution Center Representative
Corinne joined the SSC team in February 2016. She recently graduated from Hunter College with a degree in English Literature. While obtaining her degree, Corinne worked as a customer service representative for an insurance agency, where she learned how to handle many different aspects of the industry, including servicing and billing. She also learned the importance of being warm and how a little friendliness goes a long way. Being involved in various departments simultaneously at the agency has prepared her for the Student Solution Center. Corinne knows the satisfaction that comes from being able to help solve problems and answer questions - big or small.
In her free time Corinne enjoys spending time with her family, her three dogs, camping and attending rock concerts. She believes that the Student Solution Center works to take the stress of navigating through college off the students shoulders and allows them to focus on what's most important - their studies.
Deborah Weber, M.S.
Student Solution Center Representative
Deborah recently started her career at Molloy College, bringing with her years of experience in leading the Offices of Financial Aid, Bursar and Student Affairs at several prestigious colleges and universities. Coming to us directly from New York University, she is ready for her next role - delivering world class customer service to the Molloy community.
Deborah has a wealth of inter-collegial expertise. She especially loves helping students overcome obstacles that may be in the way of achieving their goals. Deborah began her career in the Bursar's Office at NYIT, then continued her professional growth at Nassau Community College, overseeing Bursar and Billing and moved to Dowling College as a leader in the Student Affairs Office and Resident Life, continuing on to Hofstra University and finally New York University, as Associate Director of Financial Aid.
Deborah has enjoyed a grand career with years of compassion and dedication and joy as a higher education professional. She loves traveling with her husband, children, grandchildren, sisters and friends. One final thought - LET'S GO JETS!
Student Solution Center Representative
Wendy joined the SSC team in November 2016. She is currently finishing her Bachelor's Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Spanish and is set to graduate Molloy in May 2017.
Wendy, who is fluent in Spanish, has been part of Molloy's Mentoring Latinas Program since she was a junior in high school. Mentoring Latinas is a service learning program that mentors local Latina high school girls and encourages their participation in college-bound activities. She has also been part of Molloy's "Alternate Spring Break" trip to New Orleans, where Molloy students work with Habitat for Humanity to rebuild homes in NOLA destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Wendy has also gone to South Dakota where she worked with the Boys & Girls Club in the Lower Brule Sioux Reservation.
As a student, Wendy knows how confusing college can be. She looks forward to helping students answer questions related to registration, billing, financial aid and navigating Lion's Den. In her spare time, Wendy enjoys going on food adventures and she loves to take long walks with her two Chihuahuas, Coco and Sushi.
Joseph Weinstein, M.S.
Associate Director for the St. Thomas Aquinas Program
Joe joined Molloy College as the Albertus Magnus Counselor in late August 2010 - just days before the start of a new academic year. In 2016, he was promoted to Associate Director for the St. Thomas Aquinas Program, working both HEOP and Albertus Magnus cohorts under the St. Thomas Aquinas Program umbrella.
His students appreciate his accessible style and friendliness and pay Joe regular visits with academic issues they need to discuss or a simple drop-in to check-in. Joe truly enjoys the work he does and it shows. Joe sums up what he appreciates most about working with students by saying, "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."
When he's not on campus, Joe has a variety of interests and hobbies including reading, attending cultural events and making cheese. However, his favorite thing to do outside of work, is tend to his awesome veggie garden.
Lisa B. Zanders, M.S. Ed.
TRIO Program Coordinator
Lisa began her career at Molloy College in the Fall of 2017, taking on the TRiO Coordinator position for the federally funded Student Support Service (SSS) Project. Lisa brings with her a wealth of experience and has over 25 years of experience working with students in a support setting, under a number of different federally and state funded programs. Lisa has worked as a HEOP counselor, an EOP counselor, a level III advisor at Georgia State University and most recently, as the Upward Bound Coordinator at Atlanta Metropolitan State College. Lisa's warm demeanor, strong work ethic and passion for working with students quickly made her an asset to the TRiO SSS Program at Molloy.
Lisa's love for her work shows in her daily interactions with students. Quick with a word of encouragement or a smile, she is able to provide confidence and comfort to the individuals with whom she works. For Lisa, the most rewarding part of her job is watching her students walk across the stage at graduation. In her spare time, Lisa loves to sew.
Courtney Pulver, M.F.A.
St. Thomas Aquinas Program Counselor
Courtney joined the St. Thomas Aquinas Program as a counselor in October of 2016. Courtney earned a Master's of Fine Arts in Creative Non-fiction Writing from The New School University in New York, New York. Her love of the arts, along with her creativity is present in all she does.
Courtney has been a tutor, mentor, instructor of English and writing, advisor and liaison for years. She takes pride in helping students achieve their greatest potentials. Courtney has an "Open Door Policy," with students and is ready and willing to help them with any anticipated hardship, both large and small. She loves to challenge students to become their best, to dive whole-heartedly into what intrigues them and most of all to be at the finish line when they look back and say "I can't believe I did it."
A huge Harry Potter fan, Courtney enjoys writing - a lot - and hanging out with her pug, Oliver
Administrative Assistant, St. Thomas Aquinas Program
Ursula came to Molloy in 1983 and quickly became an asset to the College. She developed a wonderful rapport with students from diverse cultural, ethnic, social and economic backgrounds. Her highly organized and extremely self-disciplined nature make her a crucial member of the STAP team and a valuable member of the Molloy community.
Ursula's daughter, Martina, is a Molloy alum who now works as a Speech-Language Pathologist. Along with traveling, hiking and swimming, Ursula is interested in the arts and frequently attends New York cultural events. Her favorite pastime is her grandson, Lucas, who is her pride and joy. Ursula's positive attitude is apparent in every encounter she has with Molloy students. She has remarked that her interaction with Molloy students over the years have been "quite the education in itself, but always a positive and rewarding experience."
Diane Plaia, A.A.S.
Diane came to Molloy in 1992 as a temp and decided to stay. She initially worked in the Tutoring Office and then in 2001, she began a dual role working in both Support Services and with the TRiO Program - the very first year the Grant was approved.
She loves working with Molloy's students and the other members of the TRIO Office and the Student Solution Center. Diane's husband, Roger, is an Army veteran and Diane spent two years in Germany working for the U.S. government when he was stationed there. The mother of three adult children, Diane is the proud grandmother of three - with a fourth due in March.
Always an active part of the Molloy community, Diane has served on both the Middle States Accreditation Committee and the Health and Welfare Committee for Molloy. Diane is a recipient of the Molloy President's Distinguished Service Award presented to honor her service and commitment to the College.