Meet the Admissions Staff

David Hoftiezer

David Hoftiezer

Director of Admissions


Joined Thomas Edison State College: 2001


Phone: (609) 984-1164, ext. 3025

Degrees:

  • MSM, Thomas Edison State College
  • BA, Thomas Edison State College

Biography:

Prior to joining Thomas Edison State College, David Hoftiezer worked in several upper level management positions with Target Stores, Wegmans Supermarkets and Red Lobster. He has more than 20 years of diversified management experience.

Favorite Thing About Working With Students:

Each student has a unique story. Be it a personal or professional goal, working with adult students is extremely gratifying. Making a difference in someone's life never gets old!

Application Tip:

Be proactive! Request that transcripts be forwarded to the College prior to applying. Ensure all supporting documentation has been forwarded ahead of time to ensure timely service.

TV Show That I Can't Miss:

NFL Prime Time

Favorite Band/Musician:

Pink Floyd

Places I Would Most Like To Visit:

Greece and Italy

Interests:

Ice hockey (my son plays on a travel hockey team that I also manage; my life outside of the College is usually spent at an ice rink).

Vanessa Meredith

Vanessa Meredith

Associate Director of Admissions


Joined Thomas Edison State College: 2011


Phone: (609) 984-1164, ext. 3022

Degrees:

  • MSHSV, Post University
  • BA, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Biography:

Prior to joining Thomas Edison State College, Vanessa Meredith worked for UMDNJ School of Public Health as Assistant Registrar and Program Coordinator. She has over 15 years of experience working in higher education.

Favorite Thing About Working With Students:

Assisting students who are brand new to college or coming back after time off (to raise families, start jobs, etc.) is very rewarding. I love sharing in their excitement, when students realize their goals of earning a degree.

Application Tip:

Read through application materials before filling them out. This will help you game-plan next steps, like applying for Financial Aid.

TV Show That I Can't Miss:

NCIS

Favorite Band/Musician:

U2 and Billy Joel

Places I Would Most Like To Visit:

Italy and England

Interests:

Reading true-crime novels, going to movies and performing constant renovations on my house.

Andrew Bugdal

Andrew Bugdal

Admissions Counselor


Joined Thomas Edison State College: 2013


Phone: (888) 442-8372

Degrees:

  • BA, Montclair State University

Biography:

Prior to joining Thomas Edison State College, Andrew worked as a Research Assistant and Substance Abuse Counselor for Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

Favorite Thing About Working With Students:

I enjoy helping people achieve things that they may not have thought possible. It's my pleasure to be of even a little service to those that need it.

TV Show That I Can't Miss:

South Park

Favorite Band/Musician:

J.S. Bach

Places I Would Most Like To Visit:

Space!

Interests:

Reading, writing, and hiking

Deborah Chianese

Deborah Chianese

Principal Clerk Typist


Joined Thomas Edison State College: 2011


Phone: (609) 984-1164, ext. 3015

Biography:

Prior to joining Thomas Edison State College, Deborah worked in several administrative positions with mailing, retail and technology companies. She has over 15 years of administrative experience.

Favorite Thing About Working With Students:

When processing student's applications, I am helping students move closer to achieving their educational, career, and personal goals in life. It is a very rewarding feeling.

Application Tip:

Have a time frame planned as to when you will start and complete the application process. Also, ensure you complete the entire application, so it can be processed in a timely manner. If you have any questions whatsoever, never hesitate to call us here in Admissions and ask!

TV Show That I Can't Miss:

E!News-have to know my entertainment gossip! I also love Ghost Hunters.

Favorite Band/Musician:

Duran Duran

Places I Would Most Like To Visit:

Australia and Egypt

Interests:

Running around after my 2 sons, music, movies, going to the beach/boardwalk, roller coasters!

Tanisha Cox

Tanisha Cox

Customer Service Information Specialist I


Joined Thomas Edison State College: 1996


Phone: (609) 984-1164, ext. 3060

Biography:

Prior to joining Thomas Edison State College, Tanisha worked at Educational Testing Services (ETS).

TV Show That I Can't Miss:

General Hospital, Law and Order SVU

Favorite Band/Musician:

R&B, Mary J. Blige

Places I Would Most Like To Visit:

Paris

Interests:

Dancing and Shopping

BonnieJean Gallagher

BonnieJean Gallagher

Admissions Counselor


Joined Thomas Edison State College: 2012


Phone: (609) 984-1164, ext. 3033

Degrees:

  • AA, Mercer County Community College

Biography:

Prior to joining Thomas Edison State College, BonnieJean worked as an administrative assistant for several companies in the reinsurance industry. She has over 25 years' experience supporting corporate business executives.

Favorite Thing About Working With Students:

I enjoy talking to potential applicants and helping them figure out which degree program might work best for them.

Application Tip:

Ask questions if you're not sure about how to apply to the College. All questions are good questions!

TV Show That I Can't Miss:

The Walking Dead

Favorite Band/Musician:

Jazz music

Places I Would Most Like To Visit:

Italy

Interests:

I enjoy cooking, exercising, reading, and spending time with my family.

Donna Higgins

Donna Higgins

Senior Admissions Representative


Joined Thomas Edison State College: 1991


Phone: (888) 442-8372

Degrees:

  • BA, Thomas Edison State College
  • AA, Rider College

Biography:

Prior to joining Thomas Edison State College, worked over 30 years in the corporate sector.

Favorite Thing About Working With Students:

Being a Thomas Edison State College graduate, I know how important it is to achieve a college degree. I want to help others to also achieve their goal of earning a college degree from Thomas Edison State College.

Application Tip:

When submitting the application to Thomas Edison State College, make sure official transcripts and other required documentation is submitted to ensure a timely evaluation of credits.

Favorite Band/Musician:

Country

Places I Would Most Like To Visit:

Greenland and Ireland

Jasmine Lynch

Jasmine Lynch

Senior Admissions Counselor


Joined Thomas Edison State College: 2012


Phone: (888) 442-8372

Degrees:

  • MS, Walden University
  • BS, Kean University

Biography:

Prior to joining Thomas Edison State College, Jasmine worked in higher education as an enrollment advisor. She assisted students in aligning their future goals with the right degree program and completing all necessary application materials to get them well on their way to graduation.

Favorite Thing About Working With Students:

I was the first to graduate college in my family and if I can help another individual achieve their educational goals than I feel like I made a difference.

TV Show That I Can't Miss:

Anything on Food Network or HGTV

Favorite Band/Musician:

Kirk Franklin

Places I Would Most Like To Visit:

Italy

Interests:

Dance, Stepping, Cooking and Community Service

Sarah Marshall

Sarah Marshall

Admissions Counselor


Joined Thomas Edison State College: 2013


Phone: (888) 442-8372

Degrees:

  • BSBA, Duquesne University

Biography:

Prior to joining Thomas Edison State College, Sarah began working in higher education as a senior enrollment recruiter and advisor. When she wasn't out and about recruiting in high schools and participating in community events, Sarah assisted students with aligning their current interests with the right degree program for them. She also has marketing and sales experience working with professional and minor league sports teams.

Favorite Thing About Working With Students:

I enjoy having the opportunity to be a part of a student's academic journey. From the moment a student nervously makes that first point of contact with me, often unsure of what to do or where to go to jumpstart their education, to the moment that same student walks confidently at their graduation- it's the most rewarding feeling, knowing that you had a little part in that student's magnificent journey.

Application Tip:

Be a part of the process! Be sure that you are aware of any deadlines and/or documents required in addition to your application so that we get you on your way to a degree faster.

TV Show That I Can't Miss:

The Walking Dead and New Girl

Favorite Band/Musician:

Jason Mraz and Miranda Lambert

Places I Would Most Like To Visit:

Fiji and Greece

Interests:

The beach, fishing, and Steelers football

Ratna Parasher

Ratna Parasher

Principal Clerk Transcriber


Joined Thomas Edison State College: 1997


Phone: (609) 984-1164, ext. 3047

Degrees:

  • BA, Thomas Edison State College

Biography:

Prior to joining the Admissions Team, Ratna worked in the Office of the Registrar. Prior to joining Thomas Edison State College Ratna Parasher worked at Department of Environmental Protection in ECRA.

Favorite Thing About Working With Students:

Noticing the energy and ambition in adult students in achieving their academic goals. Smile on their faces on commencement day for their achievements.

TV Show That I Can't Miss:

The Evening News with Diane Sawyer

Favorite Band/Musician:

Songs of 80s

Places I Would Most Like To Visit:

Rome, Hong Kong

Interests:

Spend time with family, traveling. I also volunteer for some organizations that work for social causes.

Loretta K. Perkins

Loretta K. Perkins

Senior Graduate Admissions Specialist


Joined Thomas Edison State College: 2004


Phone: (888) 442-8372

Degrees:

  • BA, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Biography:

Prior to joining Thomas Edison State College, Loretta Perkins was a senior financial aid counselor at Temple University.

Favorite Thing About Working With Students:

I enjoy opportunities to speak with students. Students are working to complete lifelong goals; it’s a pleasure to be a part of that process.

Application Tip:

With regard to applying to the graduate program: be mindful of the application deadline for the semester you want to start and take time to prepare your supporting documents. Your application is reviewed by an Admissions Committee. All the documents you submit should be a thoughtful reflection of you and your abilities.

TV Show That I Can't Miss:

Person of Interest

Favorite Band/Musician:

Maxwell

Places I Would Most Like To Visit:

Greece

Interests:

Artisan crafts, travel

Joan Pollack

Joan Pollack

Clerk Typist


Joined Thomas Edison State College: 2013


Phone: (609) 984-1164, ext. 3052

Degrees:

  • BA, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Biography:

Prior to joining Thomas Edison State College, Joan Pollack worked in customer service for an online baby store and a Northern NJ newspaper.

TV Show That I Can't Miss:

All of the Real Housewives reality shows

Favorite Band/Musician:

All R&B 80's, 90's and present.

Places I Would Most Like To Visit:

Hawaii, Fuji, Japan, Egypt, Alaska

Interests:

Catching up on my sleep when I can. Having a girls' night out.

Janelle Smith

Janelle Smith

Senior Graduate Admissions Specialist


Joined Thomas Edison State College: 2011


Phone: (888) 442-8372

Degrees:

  • BA, Criminal Justice, Rutgers College, New Brunswick
  • JD, Regent University School of Law
  • Post-Graduate Studies, Columbia University

Biography:

Before joining Thomas Edison State College, Janelle held various legal internships and positions at the Foreign Service Institute, School of Professional and Area Studies and Jefferson College of Graduate Studies at Thomas Jefferson University.

Favorite Thing About Working With Students:

I love feeling the joy that students get when I tell them that they are much closer to realizing their dreams of getting their degree than they expected.

Application Tip:

We're always a phone call or an email away if you have any questions during the application process.

TV Show That I Can't Miss:

House Hunters

Favorite Band/Musician:

Madonna

Places I Would Most Like To Visit:

Vancouver, BC

Interests:

Traveling, cooking, museums and theatre.

Denise A. Weber

Denise A. Weber

Secretarial Assistant II


Joined Thomas Edison State College: 1982


Phone: (609) 984-1164, ext. 3050

Biography:

Prior to joining Thomas Edison State College, Denise worked for the Department of Higher Education (State College Office) fresh out of high school. Ironically, she was typing a proposal for the inception of Thomas Edison State College. Not quite grasping the definition or purpose of Thomas Edison State College at that time, it has become a much clearer picture since she has been working with the College for over 31 years.

Favorite Thing About Working With Students:

My personal and professional goal is to make all students happy. Let each student know that you are listening to them and are there to help them. It never hurts to go that extra mile.

TV Show That I Can't Miss:

Trauma: Life in the E.R.

Favorite Band/Musician:

Rascal Flatts and Alan Jackson

Places I Would Most Like To Visit:

Italy and Hawaii

Interests:

My life outside of the College is usually spent doing volunteer work. I have been a member of the Colonial Volunteer Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary for the past 17 years. During those 17 years, I have served as the Assistant Treasurer for one year then becoming President the following year. I have served two four-year terms as President. I started my third term as President in January 2013. I also run the Colonial Volunteer Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary bingos.