NYIT Admissions Advisory Board

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The NYIT Admissions Advisory Board is a dynamic group of high school guidance counselors that collaborate with the Office of Admissions on topics related to the college admissions process, transition to college, and student retention. The purpose of the board is to encourage open forums on current educational trends and to better address students’ needs when transitioning to college.

The founding members of the NYIT Admissions Advisory Board represent high schools in Long Island, Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan. If you are interested in joining the advisory board, please email advisory@nyit.edu and an admissions counselor will connect with you.

NYIT Admissions Advisory Board

Spanish Information Sessions at Your School

Did you know? Latinos now make up 16.5% of the nation's 18-24 year-old college students, according to the Pew Research Center. We would like to help you guide your Latino students and families through the college admissions process by connecting you with our Spanish-speaking admissions counselors. They would be able to speak to students and families in Spanish about college admissions, financial aid, and more. If you are interested in hosting a Spanish information session at your school, please contact Melissa Carhuayo-Esposito, assistant director of transfer admissions, by emailing mcarhuay@nyit.eduor calling 212.261.1510.

Members Include:

Jonneigh Briody Freeport High School
GerriLyn Cookler New Hyde Park Memorial High School
Christine V. Cralidis Advisor
Paula Curci Sewanhaka High School
Joy-Anne D'Anca Holy Trinity Diocesan High School
Ana Loposky Xaverian High School
Melissa Marr Lynbrook High School
Jason Miller Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School
Elizabeth Ramirez H. Frank Carey High School
Greg Wasserman The Wheatley School
Barbara Wilcox Sewanhaka High School

Member Bios:

GerriLyn Cookler

New Hyde Park Memorial High School, New Hyde Park, NY
GerriLyn Cookler, chairperson of Pupil Personnel Services at New Hyde Park Memorial High School, brings 24 years of experience as a teacher, guidance counselor, and chairperson to the advisory board. Her experience spans elementary, middle, and alternative school education in Long Island and Manhattan. As part of the District Office of Alternative Schools, Cookler oversaw K-12 schools in Manhattan as a guidance counselor content expert. As a member of the advisory board, Cookler enjoys collaborating and creating new ideas with colleagues in her field. She is interested in learning more about how colleges find their brand.


Christine V. Cralidis

Christine V. Cralidis, former principal of the Vincent Smith School, has more than 25 years of experience in parochial, nonprofit, and public schools. As guidance counselor, she has provided academic advisement to high school seniors and their families and guided them through the college search and admissions process. Cralidis joined the advisory board to learn new ways to perform at maximum success at her school, and hopes to continue to implement new ideas while advising students.

Paula Curci

Sewanhaka High School, Floral Park, NY
With 25 years of experience as a New York state school counselor, Paula Curci joined the advisory board to share innovative ideas and techniques with other professional counselors. She looks forward to discovering new initiatives and pathways that will aide today's high school students in their transition from high school to higher education, and toward their eventual career. Curci was named Nassau Counselor Association's Nassau Counselor of the Year in 2010-2011 and is the host and producer of Calliope's Corner- The Place Where Poets and Songwriters Meet on WRHU 88.7 FM. She served as host and producer of What's The Buzz Show for young adults at WBAU.


Joy-Anne D'Anca

School Counselor, Holy Trinity Diocesan High School
Joy-Anne D'Anca has experience in college planning, personal counseling, special education, and personal parent counseling. D'Anca enjoys brainstorming with colleagues for new ideas about advising students and families.

Melissa Marr

Lynbrook High School, Lynbrook, NY
Melissa Marr brings 10 years of experience as a school counselor to the advisory board. According to Marr, working relationships between secondary and post-secondary school counselors are extremely beneficial. As part of the advisory board, she enjoys providing insight to NYIT based on her own experiences in working with students and their families.

Greg Wasserman

The Wheatley School, Old Westbury, NY
Greg Wasserman has a great amount of experience as a school counselor, with expertise in college counseling, social and emotional counseling, scheduling, career exploration, bullying awareness, and technology. Wasserman enjoys the collaborative nature of higher education, and participates in a variety of collegiate groups to advance his professional career. Wasserman actively contributes to the advisory board by sharing his experiences in order to help other counselors who may face similar challenges.


Barbara Wilcox

Sewanhaka Junior Senior High School, Floral Park, NY
Barbara Wilcox has more than 25 years of experience as an educator, teacher, school counselor, and administrator in the New York metropolitan area. She is a school counselor at Sewanhaka Junior- Senior High School. Wilcox has held several positions at Sewanhaka, including ESL Academy Counselor, Student Counsel Advisor, and Evening High School Counselor. Currently, she is the director of the Starting Gate After School Program at Belmont Racetrack’s Anna House. Wilcox has facilitated several school-based and conference workshops on cultural brokering and awareness. She speaks several languages, including Creole, Spanish, and French. In addition to the NYIT Admissions Advisory Board, Wilcox is an active member of many professional associations, including the Alumni Woman’s Counsel at Clemson University.

Please contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@nyit.edu or 800.345.NYIT or visitnnyit.edu/admissions for information about NYIT's academic programs, admissions process, and student resources.

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