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 DiPietro, B.A.
Assistant Director of the Student Solution Center
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.
Valerie Kutcher, M.A.
Student Solution Center Counselor
Valerie joined the SSC Team in January 2020. She started her career in higher education in 2007 at St. John's University. While there, Valerie worked in the Office of Human Resources, the Office of Academic Service-Learning and most recently served as an adjunct instructor teaching freshmen. Valerie has a strong commitment to student success and she is excited to bring her higher education experience and knowledge to the department. She is most looking forward to getting to know and help the wonderful students at Molloy! In her spare time, Valerie enjoys spending time with her two children, her family, and friends. She enjoys attending concerts, Yankee games, and the beach.
Deborah Weber, M.S.
Student Solution Center Representative
Deborah started her career at Molloy College in 2016, 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!
Joseph Weinstein, M.S.
Director of 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 Dalfonso, M.F.A.
Senior STAP 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.