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June 18, 2007

St. Francis Announces Slate of New Promotions

Many St. Francis Grads Working for Next Generation of Students

The end of the college school year is a new beginning for many of the people who work at St. Francis College. The College is pleased to announce a slate of new promotions taking effect July 1.

"The fact that we're promoting so many people from within in a variety of fields shows the strong core of people we have working here," said St. Francis alumnus and current President Frank Macchiarola '62. "That several of them graduated from St. Francis and wanted to come back to help our current and future students makes me even more proud."

  • Monica Michalski, who graduated from St. Francis College in 2001 with a BA in Psychology, will be the new Assistant Dean for Freshman Studies and Academic Advisement. Michalski designed and implemented the curriculum for SFC 2001: Managing Your Future, a life lessons course that gives students practical advice on things like how to search for a job or graduate school, how to prepare for an interview, and how to make and keep connections with successful graduates of St. Francis. She is also the co-chair of the College's Retention Working Group. The Assistant Dean reports directly to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Ms. Michalski earned a Master's Degree in Social-Organizational Psychology in 2003 from Teacher's College, Columbia University. She returned to St. Francis in 2002 to serve as a part-time advisement counselor. She was later promoted to Senior Academic Advisor, and to Director of Freshman Studies and Academic Advisement. In addition to her administrative duties, Ms. Michalski serves as an adjunct professor in the Psychology Department.

  • Jaime Chauca has been promoted from Network Analyst to Director of Network Operations in the IT Department. In this role Chauca is responsible for the College's network and associated infrastructure. He has worked at the College in various capacities for the last five years and has amply demonstrated his many talents as an integral part of the IT team. Chauca has a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from St. John's and is currently pursuing an MBA in Information Systems at Pace University.
  • Danny Plaza, who has been with St. Francis for 12 years and graduated from the college with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting in 2005, will be promoted to Senior Accounting Systems Analyst in the Financial Affairs Department. In his new role Plaza will be assuming more responsibilities through working with IT and the Controller to streamline and automate operations within Financial Affairs. He is currently pursuing his MBA at LIU.
  • Also in Financial Affairs, Melissa Softy will be promoted to Senior Accountant. In her new role Softy will assuming additional accounting responsibilities. She has been working with the College for three years, after graduating from St. Francis College with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting in May 2003. Softy is currently pursuing her CMA certification.
  • Lisa Esposito, who began working at the College after graduating from St. Francis in 2004, has been promoted to Assistant Director of Admissions. After serving as a student aid in Admissions during her undergraduate years, Espositio was hired as an Admissions Specialist and later promoted to Admissions Counselor. In addition to coordinating the recruitment activities for St. Francis College, she will be responsible for coordinating the admission and enrollment process for all new students.
  • Yadira Moran, who holds a Bachelor's degree from St. Francis from 2002, will become the new Assistant Director of Human Resources. Moran worked in the office of the Registrar as a student and after graduation. She then left to pursue her Master's degree at Polytechnic University, returning to St. Francis College in 2005 as Assistant Registrar. She then earned her Master's Degree in Organizational Behavior with a Concentration in Human Resources.
  • Vanessa Rivera, a 2006 graduate of St. Francis College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, is being promoted to Registrar Services Advisor. While attending St. Francis, she was a student assistant in the Registrar's office and first became a Registrar Specialist upon graduating.
  • After two years as a financial counselor, Maria Caramico has been promoted to Student Loan & Systems Administrator in Student Financial Services. In her new role, she will be responsible for overseeing the federal and private student loan programs which help so many students finance their education at St. Francis College.

St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, is located in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. Since its founding, the College has pursued its Franciscan mission to provide an affordable, high-quality education to students from New York City's five boroughs and beyond.
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