Admissions Officers

Ulysses deArmas

(he/him/his)

Associate Director

dearmu@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: Maryland, New York City (Manhattan & Queens), Virginia, Washington D.C., West Virginia; Liaison for LGBTQ+ students

Favorite thing about Troy

I am a season ticket holder for the Tri-City ValleyCats, a local independent minor league baseball team. The Saturday morning Farmers' Market in downtown Troy is a great place to people watch, buy fresh produce, and sample delicious food from local restaurants.

Cathryn Desson

Assistant Director

dessoc@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: Colorado; New York (Long Island)

Kayleigh Galbraith '14

(she/her/hers)

Assistant Director

galbrk3@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: Delaware; Maine; New Hampshire; Pennsylvania; Vermont

Favorite thing about Troy

There is so much to love about Troy! As a Troy native and Rensselaer alumna, it truly feels like home here. My favorite places to eat include The Whistling Kettle, The Placid Baker, and Brown's. For shopping, I love The Broken Mold, Market Block Books, and Aquilonia Comics. There really is something for everyone!

Heather Hansen

(she/her/hers)

Associate Director, Undergraduate Operations

hoffah@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: Undergraduate Operations

Favorite thing about Troy

Ali Baba Mediterranean restaurant – it's a short walk from campus, and the fresh-baked lavash with yogurt sauce is amazing! Slidin' Dirty is my downtown favorite. They have the best, most unique sliders and tacos, and it's a very cool atmosphere. Also, La Capital Tacos is a newer addition to downtown if you are in the mood for some authentic Mexican food!

Nikki Hogan

(she/her/hers)

Admissions Associate

admissions@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: On-campus events & virtual information sessions

Leslie LaBrecque

(she/her/hers)

Assistant Director

labrel@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: Nebraska; New York (Northern/Western/Central); Oklahoma; Texas

Favorite thing about Troy

My favorite thing about Troy is the community. There is always something going on downtown, like live music, the farmers' market, and trivia nights. I also love the local restaurants and small businesses - it makes for a small-town feel in a city!

 

Arianna Livshits

(she/her/hers)

Senior Event Planner

paluma3@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: On and off-campus events

Favorite thing about Troy

If you are looking for a great place to grab coffee during your visit to Troy, look no further than Jacob Alejandro on River Street! They have all the caffeinated favorites, and a variety of seasonal drinks that not only taste great, but look great in pictures! They also have unique pastries to pair with your drink. There is something for everyone!

Karen S. Long

(she/her/hers)

Director, Undergraduate Admission

longks@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: Massachusetts (Greater Boston & Cape Cod)

Favorite thing about Troy

I love the variety of cultural activities and festivals offered throughout the year. From concerts in EMPAC and the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, to summer concerts along the Hudson River, the music scene in Troy is vibrant. Troy Night Out, Chowderfest, the Pig Out, and the Victorian Christmas Stroll are great annual events that bring the local community together.

Sarah Maliarik

(she/her/hers)

Assistant Director

malias@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: Alaska, California (Northern), Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington

Favorite thing about Troy

Troy is such a beautiful city with a wide variety of things to do! A personal favorite is Brown’s Brewing Company where you can spend warm evenings on the patio overlooking the river. There is also some great Thai and Mexican food in the area. What is great about Troy is there is always someplace new to discover! There are also ample options outside of Troy, such as apple picking at Indian Ladder Farms, attending live theater at Proctors, and shopping at Crossgates and Colonie Center.

Greg Marcoux

(he/him/his)

Assistant Director

marcog@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: Massachusetts (Western/Central); New York (Capital District); North Carolina, South Carolina

Favorite thing about Troy

I love Troy because there is always something to do. There are many great restaurants to visit in downtown – Brown’s, Dinosaur BBQ, or Slidin’ Dirty, just to name a few. There is also the Troy Farmers' Market, which is always great to get some local food and produce. Troy is in a great location as well, being 10 minutes from Albany and 3 hours from Boston, NYC, and Montreal. Whether it is one of the great restaurants, events downtown, or a quick trip to a larger city, there is always something to do!

Clare Nee

(she/her/hers)

Assistant Director

neec2@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: Arizona, Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, New York (Westchester & Staten Island); North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Favorite thing about Troy

I love Troy because it has an intimate feel, despite being a city with a plethora of coffee shops and restaurants that have yet to disappoint! I love to go through all of the small businesses and learn their stories. I'm looking forward to the Troy Farmers' Market to find some locally grown food!

Nicholas Rosato

(he/him/his)

Associate Director; Director of Transfer Admission

rosatn@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: New York (Central Hudson Valley & Catskills; Rockland County), International (excluding China & India); U.S. Citizens Living Abroad; Homeschooled Students; Transfer

Favorite thing about Troy

Troy Night Out – a monthly arts and cultural event held the last Friday of every month in downtown Troy. It’s a great opportunity to check out the local, unique shops, art galleries, musicians, and restaurants.

Matt Stabler

(he/him/his)

Assistant Director

stablm@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: Connecticut; Rhode Island

Favorite thing about Troy

I love the eclectic mix of downtown Troy, with Bacchus Wood-Fired pizza, Brown’s and the famous Dinosaur BBQ. There is something for every taste at any moment. If you are into games and puzzles, then check out Bard & Baker café, with its selection of over 750 games. Finally, the best way to unwind at the end of the day is to enjoy some baseball at the Tri-City Valley Cats, a wonderful venue to relax in the company of friends, and experience the stunning sunset over left-field.

Jeanine Thompson '04

(she/her/hers)

Assistant Director

thompj19@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: California (Southern); Florida; U.S Territories (including Puerto Rico, Guam, and USVI)

Favorite thing about Troy

Troy is a great city with pubs, eclectic events, and boutique shops all within walking distance of campus. Be sure to visit the Arts Center, Farmers' Market, and don't forget to check out one of the many clubs right here on campus.

Megan Whalen

(she/her/hers)

Associate Director; Director of International Recruitment

doppm@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: Alabama; Arkansas; Georgia; Kentucky; Louisiana; Mississippi; Tennessee, International (China & India); Liaison for Military Veterans

Favorite thing about Troy

Troy offers a wide variety of unique activities, experiences, restaurants, and shops. Concerts at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market are two of my favorites. My new favorite lunch spot downtown is K-Plate Korean BBQ- always fast and delicious!

Jennifer Yager

(she/her/hers)

Assistant Director

yagerj2@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: New Jersey; Transfer

Favorite thing about Troy

There are so many things I love about Troy! The Hudson River waterfront views and sunsets are beautiful. I am also a big fan of the coffeehouses downtown, including the Copper Pot in the River Street Market. There is plenty of boutique shopping, like the Troy-themed t-shirts at Troy Cloth & Paper. Troy is a city with lots of great energy and personality!

Support Staff

Davide Abate Operations Associate abated@rpi.edu 518-276-6172
Mary Jo Baker Clerk bakerm2@rpi.edu 518-276-3033
Nicholas Bedore Operations Specialist bedorn@rpi.edu 518-276-6216
Amanda Case Senior Communications Specialist casea2@rpi.edu 518-276-2538
Debora Jackson Business Manager jacksd3@rpi.edu 518-276-2086
Joseph Jackson Business Support Analyst jacksj8@rpi.edu 518-276-4142
Sami Ouellette Clerk    
Jude Poland Operations Specialist polanj@rpi.edu 518-276-6216
Jennifer Topetro Operations Associate topetj@rpi.edu 518-276-6159
Jeanne Waugh Administrative Coordinator waughj@rpi.edu 518-276-2762
Lisa Woychik Administrative Coordinator woychl@rpi.edu 518-276-2716