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Welcome to the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at Ramapo College of New Jersey. In July 2015, the divisions of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs merged together to create the new EMSA division to focus on ensuring alignment between our institutional promises we make in marketing and recruitment and delivering those promises throughout the student experience. Throughout the fall 2015 semester, the leadership of EMSA worked together in creating a vision statement, a How We Work Statement and five overarching goals for the division in response to emerging trends, issues and priorities facing higher education nationally and specifically those facing Ramapo College. My colleague, Melissa VanDerWall, our Dean of Students, oversees Student Affairs which you can learn more about by clicking on the Student Affairs tab to the left.

Ultimately, the Enrollment Management aspect of our division focuses on our institutional Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) plan which guides Ramapo in recruiting, retaining and graduating an academically prepared, diverse student body of lifelong learners. Towards that goal, Enrollment Management will:

  • Develop and establish enrollment projections and goals that align with the mission, vision and goals established in the Ramapo College Strategic Plan;
  • Foster student learning and development by providing a recommended sequence of courses and engaging students in their own academic plans;
  • Work collaboratively with all offices on campus to ensure that policies, programs and procedures support enrollment goals;
  • Provide an environment that is supportive of student goals and responsive to students’ needs

I encourage you to explore our website, learn more about the offices that are part of the Enrollment Management and Student Affairs division and learn more about what Ramapo, the smallest state College in New Jersey, has to offer.


Enrollment Management and Student Affairs (EMSA) fosters an environment for highly engaged, inclusive and individualized student experiences which provide students opportunities to be empowered for academic achievement, connected to the campus, practice responsible citizenship and graduate prepared for success in their future endeavors.

Our leadership is proactive, collaborative, innovative and empowering. We recognize that leadership is most effective through action, not position.  We have high expectations for each other and value offering a high quality student experience which reinforces what we promise students when they enroll at Ramapo.  To deliver on our promise, we utilize best practices based on professional association competencies and standards in delivering our services.  EMSA enhances students’ experiences through partnerships with campus individuals and offices.

  1. Campus Climate:
    Facilitate a safe, supportive, inclusive and healthy living and learning environment for students.
  2. Student Engagement:
    Offer services and implement programs that provide students with the opportunity to be active academically, socially, personally and civically engaged members of the community.
  3. Diversity:
    Design strategies and implement activities to increase the recruitment, retention and graduation of under-represented students.
  4. Technology:
    Innovatively utilize technology to increase efficiency and effectiveness.
  5. Brand:
    Promote the Ramapo Brand to raise awareness, support strategic goals, and enhance overall student experience. Ramapo Brand Attributes include:

    • Faculty who teach and mentor
    • Hands on learning
    • Individualized attention and small class size
    • Career development and preparation for the future
    • Value

Proposed Student Learning Objectives for the Student Experience as Delivered by EMSA:

  • Student learning objective 1:  Students apply curricular and/or co-curricular knowledge and skills to real-world settings.  (Goal Connection:  Student Engagement)
  • Student learning objective 2:  Students reflect upon their interactions with individuals from other backgrounds to deepen understanding of diversity and inclusivity. (Goal Connection: Diversity)
  • Student learning objective 3:  Students interact meaningfully and establish faculty, staff and peer mentors. (Goal connection:  Student Engagement, Campus Climate)
  • Student learning objective 4:  Students demonstrate a strong connection to the Ramapo campus. (Goal connection:  Student Engagement, Campus Climate, Diversity)
  • Student learning objective 5:  Students demonstrate leadership skills (Goal connection:  Student Engagement)
  • Student learning objective 6:  Students actively engage as responsible citizens of the Ramapo campus (Goal connection:  Student Engagement, Campus Climate)
  • Student learning objective 7:  Students engage in local, national, and global issues (Goal Connection:  Student Engagement, Diversity)
  • Student learning objective 8:  Students demonstrate self-care, self-management and wellness skills. (Goal Connection: Campus Climate)


Christopher Romano
Vice President of Enrollment Management & Student Affairs
Phone: (201) 684-7309
Office: M221

Ellen Saranovic
Executive Secretarial Assistant
Phone: (201) 684-7309
Office: M220A

Heather Woodbridge
Enrollment Management Specialist
Phone: (201) 684-7395
Office: M220B

EMSA Contacts

Melissa Van Der Wall
Dean of Students
Phone: (201) 684-7540
Office: M-201
Student Affairs Website

Richard Brown
Director of Center for Student Involvement
Phone: (201) 684-7785
Office: SC-208

Joseph Connell
Assistant Vice President of Student Success
EOF Contact
Phone: (201) 684-7462
Office: D-208

Harold Crocker
Director of Athletics
Phone: (201) 684-7091
Office: Q-234

Lisa Gonsisko
Associate Director Residence Life
Phone: (201) 684-7029
Office: C-213

Judith Green
Director of Center Health & Counseling
Phone: (201) 684-7523
Office: D-216C

Kathleen Hallissey
Director of Student Conduct
Phone: (201) 684-7869
Office: C-216

Melissa Horvath
Assistant Vice President Marketing and Communications
Phone: (201) 684-7081
Office: A-224

Trish Laprey
Director Degree Completion Program
Phone: (201) 684-7388
Office: ASB-435

David Nast
Director of Specialized Services
Phone: (201) 684-7513
Office: C-206

Shawn O’Neill
Director of Financial Aid
Phone: (201) 684-7550
Office: E-210A

Adam Shubsda
Director of Public Safety
Phone: (201) 684-7432
Office: C-102

Beth Ricca
Director of Cahill Center
Phone: (201) 684-7445
Office: C-209I

Anthony Dovi
Acting Director Admissions
Phone: (201) 684-7305
Office: 24 McBride House

Spring 2021 EMSA Contact information to Schedule Meetings


  • 1 on 1 appointments can be arranged by email at
  • There are several organized appointment portals for specific functions – interviews, tours, info sessions, etc. and these are promoted via
  • There will be admissions email communications now and throughout the Fall semester that advertise opportunities to come on campus.

Adult Degree Completion Program

  • Students and prospective students can make on-campus appointments with the director by emailing:


  • Students can visit the Athletics website:  To find a full listing of all contact names, phone numbers and emails for all coaches as well as the main numbers.  Please contact them with questions.

Cahill Center

  • Students must schedule appointments using Handshake for career advising, Pathways Program completion and student assistant program paperwork.

Center for Student Involvement

  • The CSI main office will be staffed Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm by professional staff and one student staff member (professional staff 8:30 to 4:30), and Thursday and Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm by two student staff.
  • Students/visitors may come to the CSI main door to purchase Coach bus tickets, obtain Safer Sex supplies/menstrual products (for students), and/or ask questions
  • Students can make appointments by email at or by contacting the main office at 201-684-7593.

Center for Student Success

  • Students can use Connect to schedule their appointments with academic advisers.

Center for Reading and Writing

  • Students can use Connect to schedule their appointments.

Counseling Services

  • Students need to call the main number at 201-684-7522 to make an appointment. In-take and drop-in appointments will be available via tele-health.

Enrollment Management

  • Appointments with the Vice President of Enrollment or about Scholarships can be requested by emailing or by calling 201-684-7309.


  • Students can use Connect to schedule their appointments.

Financial Aid

  • Financial aid appointments with counselors can be requested by emailing finaid@ramapo.eduor by calling 201-684-7549.

Health Services

  • Students need to call the main number at 201-684-7536 to make an appointment. Students will be assessed over the phone to determine if the appointments will be conducted through tele-health or in-person

Marketing & Communications:

  • Call the main number, 201-684-7602, or contact Christine Sterling ( to make an appointment.
  • Submit all job requests through the online job request form:

Office of Student Accounts

  • We are requesting an email be sent to studentaccts@ramapo.eduwith the subject line “Requesting Appointment”.

Office of Student Affairs

  • Appointments may be scheduled via telephone or email.
  • The contact information for Student Conduct is as follows: or 201-684-7869
  • The contact information for Student Affairs is as follows: or 201-684-7457

Office of Student Services

  • Students are able to set appointments with their counselors via Connect
  • Appoints with the Director are made through Barbara Stienstra via phone (201-684-7655) or email (


  • Students can schedule an appointment by emailing reg@ramapo.eduor on our chat

Residence Life

  • Students are able to request an appointment by calling 201-684-7461 or emailing