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Ariana R. Bernardo

Senior — Business Administration with a concentration in Finance; Accounting

Ariana is a member of the Accounting Club, Outdoors Club, and the Italian Club.

Personal Bio:

“Hi, I’m Ariana! I’ve been commuting to Ramapo from Totowa, NJ for 3 years now. I’m a senior finance major, hoping to one day get the chance to work on Wall Street. Some of my favorite things include hiking, traveling, working out, and baking. I also love watching sports and am a huge fan of the New York Yankees. I’m super thrilled to be a part of the commuter student mentor program, and help ease the transition into college for incoming commuter students.”

Akira E. Burgos

Senior — Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing; International Business

Akira is a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha, the Marketing Club, Chi Alpha Epsilon, and EOF

Personal Bio:

“Hi, my name is Akira! I am going into my senior year and I’m majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and minoring in International Business. This will be my 2nd year commuting from Hackensack, NJ. Some of the things I love to do are spend time with my friends or family, work out, go shopping and travel. I live for spontaneous trips because of the excitement and just creating memories in general. I studied abroad this summer in Rome, Italy and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I learned so much from this experience and highly recommend to study abroad.”

Erica DiMeglio

Sophomore — Mathematics

Erica is a part of the math club.

Personal Bio:

“Hi, I’m Erica and I am a sophomore at Ramapo majoring in Math. I commute from Lyndhurst, which is about 40 minutes away. When I’m not at school I work, or when I’m not working I like listening to music and going on the internet. I am look forward to being a commuter student mentor this year.”


Meredith A. Farley

Senior – Psychology

Meredith is a member of the Psi Chi Honors Society and the National Student Exchange Program.

Personal Bio:

“Hi! My name is Meridith, I am a senior at Ramapo and this will be my second semester commuting. I am a psychology major looking to pursue a graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology. I was a resident at Ramapo for two years where I was involved with the Ramapo Housing Counsel. I recently came back from a semester exchange at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo. Football, pasta, cupcakes, adventure, running, music and dogs are a few of my favorite things.”

Zachary A. Finkelstein

Junior – Business Administration with a concentration in Finance

Zachary is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi and the Roadrunner Financial Group.

Personal Bio:

“Hello my name is Zachary Finkelstein and I’m from Allendale, NJ. I transferred from SUNY Buffalo after my freshman year. I’m a part of Alpha Kappa PSi along with Dana White and I’m a part of our Roadrunner Financial Group where members work as a team to grow our investment portfolio that started out as a $50,000 grant from the school. I’ve also done volunteer work through the CCEC (The Civic & Community Engagement Center) and I participate in intramural sports on a regular basis and play pool (billiards)at our commuters lounge J Lee’s. I also enjoy watching soccer and hockey. (I’m a huge Devils fan.) I can’t wait t help other commuter/transfer students like myself for the upcoming school year.”

 Christina J. Geiger

Senior — Psychology

Christina is a member of Active Minds, Outdoors Club, First Responders Club, Alpha Sigma Alpha, and Psi Chi National Honor Society.

Personal Bio:

“Hi, I’m Christina! This is my 4th year commuting to Ramapo from Hanover, NJ, and I am a senior psychology student. When not in class, I enjoy spending my free time in nature. I can often be found hiking, kayaking, or doing yoga.”

Alexandra Hochheim

Sophomore – Accounting

Alexandra is a part of MEVO.

Personal Bio:

“Hello! My name is Alexandra Hochheim, I’m a transfer student and am a senior as of Fall 2017. I enjoy books, listening to music and keeping busy with my time. I enjoy helping those and listening to anyone who needs a shoulder to lean on.”



 Thalia A. Holst

Junior — Law and Society; International Business

Thalia is a member of the Commuter Affairs Committee and the Disciplinary Review Board.

Personal Bio:

“I’m going into my sophomore year at Ramapo now, and I couldn’t be more excited! I’ll be the school Senator for the School of Social Science and Human Services during the coming term. I’m double majoring in International Business and Law and Society. When I was getting ready to come to Ramapo I didn’t know what to expect at all. As a commuter it was difficult for me to see where I could get involved, but through my classes and the Freshman Orientation program, I made some wonderful friends both who were in the same position as I was and others who had already survived it. I found my place here and I’m loving every moment of it. I cannot wait to meet you and help all of you find your own places here at Ramapo, whatever or wherever they may be!”

 Kaci D. Kopec

Sophomore – Biology; Chemistry

Kaci is a  member of the Ramapo Honors Program, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars honor society, Executive board member of the Biology Club serving as the Ramapo Green Alliance Liason, and a member of FeminStem.

Personal Bio:

“Hello, my name is Kaci! I am a sophomore here at Ramapo majoring in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. I commute to RCNJ from Northvale, NJ and besides being a Commuter Student Mentor I am a part of the college Honors Program, a NSCS honor society member, an executive board member of the Biology club, and a member of FeminStem. I also do research with one of my profesors here on campus learning more about probiotics. In my free time I ride horses and try to compete at as many shows as possible!”

Julia A. LaCava

Junior – Psychology

Julia is a member of Active Minds and volunteers at the Mental Health Association of Rockland.

Personal Bio:

“Hello everyone, I’m Julia LaCava and majoring in psychology. I’m going into my junior year at Ramapo and transferred from Rockland Community College last year. I commute from Nanuet, N.Y! Off campus, I volunteer at the Mental Health Association of Rockland, and am a waitress at Chilis! I really enjoy meeting new people and am super excited to mentor incoming commuters!!”

GinaMarie Lagomarsino

Senior — Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing

Ginamarie is a member of Phi Alpha Delta, the Student Government Association, the Academic Affairs Committee, and the Golden Key Honour Society.

Personal Bio:

“Hello everyone, my name is Gina! I am a senior at Ramapo, majoring in Business Administration with a Concentration in Marketing. I just transferred to Ramapo last fall and I love it here! I really enjoy meeting new people, hanging out with friends, and watching documentaries. I am super excited to mentor incoming commuters!”

Liana D. Lintes

Senior- Computer Science; Spanish and Mathematics

Liana is a member of Omicron Kappa Delta.

Personal Bio:

“Hi! My name is Liana, but I go by Daria, and I will be a senior at Ramapo College. I am from Paramus, NJ . My favorite thing to do is to travel. My favorite places I have been to are France, Spain, and Japan. Other things I enjoy are working out, studying languages, and watching soccer (Go Liverpool and Bayern Munich!). When I transferred to Ramapo I was super nervous because not only was I going to be a commuter, but I was also coming in at a time when most people had settled into their routine at Ramapo. With the help of the staff and organizations I quickly found my way and hope to help other commuters love Ramapo as much as I do!”

Caitlin Mark

Sophomore – Accounting

 Caitlin is a member of Dumbledore’s Army and Sonny’s Gym.

Personal Bio:

“Hi I’m Caitlin Mark and majoring in Accounting. I’m going in for my sophomore year here at Ramapo and I’m super excited for the year to begin. I belong to the DA club and hang out in the Women’s Center. I have a younger autisic brother and love to go to the movies or read.”

 Amanda M. Ruggiero

Sophomore — Business Marketing; Neuroscience

Amanda is a a part of two of campus groups called Have a Hart Day and Operation LA

Personal Bio:

“Hi, my name is Amanda Ruggiero and am a Sophomore at Ramapo! I am a major in Business Marketing with a minor in Neuroscience. My commute to school is about 45 minutes to an hour. When I am not at school, I love to go hiking at the reservation or go out with friends. I also love to take pictures, read, write, and binge watch TV shows on netflix. I am a very friendly person and cannot wait to be able to mentor this year and meet a bunch of new people!”

Hana Selimovic

Junior — Biology; Food Studies & Psychology

Hana is a Ramapo Admissions Student Ambassador and President of the Nutrition and Fitness

Personal Bio:

“My life basically consists of school and working my 2 jobs as a rehab exercise specialist and gymnastics/cheerleading coach. On my free time, my favorite thing to do is go to the gym, go shopping, go to the beach, and hang out with friends. I am certified in personal training and hoping to get certified in CSCS, and become a registered dietitian. I also hope to go into physical therapy after I finish school, as I am very passionate about fitness, spots, safety, and health!”

Stefan L. Strauch

Sophomore- Computer Science

Stefan works part time as a Technology Sales Associate at Staples

Personal Bio:

“Hey, I’m Stefan! I’m a Sophomore here at Ramapo, and a Computer Science major. I commute from Mahwah, and have lived here my whole life. I enjoy a number of things ranging from listening to music, hiking, video games and hanging out with friends. I am looking forward to a busy fall semester and meeting new people!”

Dana N. White

Senior — Business Administration; Economics

Dana is a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity and the Peer Facilitation Program

Personal Bio:

“At Ramapo, I am a part of the Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Fraternity as well as the peer facilitation program. I have studied abroad twice through two short-term programs. I studied in Peru for two weeks last summer and studied in China this past Spring Break. Both were such rewarding experiences that I would highly recommend. Traveling is one of my favorite things to do. My family and I have been to 40 US States and hope to visit all 50 someday. Outside of school, I volunteer in my town with a program for adults and children with disabilities to play football and be cheerleaders. I specifically volunteer with the cheerleaders and guide them through cheers. I also really enjoy music, hiking, art (like drawing and sewing), and sports. I’m always open to trying new things!”

Ryan M. Woods

Junior – Communications; International Business

Michael works off campus at Acadia Antlers in Ramsey.

Personal Bio:

“Hello! My name is Ryan and I am a second semester Junior at Ramapo College, I transferred here from Western New England University last year. In my spare time I really enjoy working on cars with my friends. This summer I am traveling to Europe for 5 weeks and I could not be more excited for this new journey!”