Vanesa graduated from Nyack College in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She and her husband, Ernesto, also a Nyack College graduate, have been married since 2010 and welcomed their first child, Sarai, in 2012. Among her many interests, Vanesa is passionate about mental health, counseling, mentoring, and cosmetology. She finds great joy in coming alongside young women and helping them discover health in order to see their true beauty and potential. She plans to further her education in Mental Health and Cosmetology while continuing to be a nurturing force and a positive influence in the lives of young women. Vanesa and Ernesto serve together at Fervent Church in Hoboken, New Jersey where they mentor, disciple, and lead in Creative Arts Ministry.
Director of Career Counseling
B.S. State University of New York; M.A. Teachers College/Columbia University
Tiffany joined the Nyack staff as the Director of Career Counseling and Services in 2009. She has a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from SUNY Old Westbury and a Master of Arts in Higher and Adult Education with a specialization in Student Personnel Administration from Teachers College/Columbia University. Tiffany has over 10 years of experience in higher education. At Nyack, Tiffany provides individual career counseling, workshops, classroom presentations, and career related events. She oversees graduate school and internship resources, job postings, and resume/cover letter assistance for students in the Rockland undergraduate, Rockland ATS/AGSC, and NYC degree programs. Tiffany and her family are members of St. Charles A.M.E. Zion church in Sparkill, NY.
Heather earned a Bachelor of Science in Intercultural Studies with concentrations in Pastoral Ministry and Sociology at Nyack in 2011. Previously, she served as a missionary for over 10 years with a parachurch organization that focused on bringing the gospel to youth in NYC. She has a passion for discipling and mentoring young adult women on their journey of spiritual growth and development. Heather also worked for three years in the substance abuse field and has obtained her CASAC-T. She was named the Resident Director of Christie Hall in 2011.
Heather has been on staff at Nyack since 2002. Today she serves as the Administrative Assistant for the Office of Spiritual Formation. She attended Nyack College as a Pastoral Ministry major. Heather is passionate about prayer, mentoring, preaching, and personal spiritual formation. She and her husband, Paul, have four sons: Isaac, Rylan, Jude, and Liam and are actively involved in their church in Pearl River, NY.
Jacqueline is the Student Health Service Coordinator for Nyack College. With more than 20 years experience in the healthcare field, she is a Certified Nurses Aide (CNA) and certified phlebotomist. She graduated from the Spanish Eastern District Bible Institute of the Assemblies of God in 1988. She is passionate about prayer and serving others. Jacqueline has been married for 29 years. She and her husband, Jose Lopez, have two children and one grandson.
Resident Director for Simpson Hall, Bethany Hall, Harmony Hall
Ami serves as the Resident Director for Simpson, Bethany, and Harmony Hall. She earned both bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education and a masters degree in Special Education at Nyack College. Ami previously served as an Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Students at Nyack College Rockland Campus. She and her husband, Nyack College alumnus Carlos Martinez, are the parents of one son, Caleb Joshua. Ami finds great pleasure in serving the Nyack community. She loves the Lord and is a great role model for young women who are emerging leaders.
A 1991 Master of Social Work graduate from Fordham University with a LCSW, Drusila established a part-time private practice as a psychotherapist. She worked for the foster care system for many years. In 1998, she joined the Nyack College staff. For the past 15 years, she has served as Nyacks Director of Student Wellness Services and for ten years she has been an adjunct professor in the Social Work Department. Drusila has a very supportive husband, Mr. Nieves, two wonderful grown children (son and daughter), a beautiful daughter-in-law, and the most amazing grandson.
Sarah obtained her Bachelor Science in Early Childhood with a concentration in Music from SUNY Fredonia. After completing her degree, she was an educator and subsequently became a principal of a small Christian school in upstate New York. For four and half years, Sarah served as a missionary with a focus on drama and music. Sarah also earned a Master of Divinity in church development at Nyacks Alliance Theological Seminary in 2011. She has worn many hats at Nyack. Working with the assessment team, the Office of Spiritual Formation, as an area coordinator for Simpson Hall. Today as Student Activities Coordinator, she enjoys her work in the development and training of student leaders, as well as in student clubs and activities.
Louis Sanchez is a graduate from Nyack College where he earned his B.A in Philosophy. He serves as the Resident Director of Mosley Hall, Dunabr, & Jafary male dormitories. He is currently pursuing his Masters from Columbia University in Philosophy and Education.
Dean of Students/Residence Life, Wanda is a 1996 graduate of Nyack College and a 2001 graduate of Alliance Theological Seminary. In addition to her relationship with the institution as student and alumna, she has worn several hats as an employee. In the Office of Advancement, she served as Director of Alumni Relations and Special Events for Nyack/ATS and has also been on the Student Development staff, first as a Residence Director before taking on the role of Director of Residence Life. In addition, for the past three summers she has served as a consultant for The Salvation Army's Star Lake Camp, providing leadership development and staff training.
Wanda is wife to Nyack College alumnus, Luis Velez, and mother to four beautiful children, the blessed fruit of her womb. But the womb of her heart is the home to dozens more young men and women at Nyack College. She is a warrior woman who lovingly nurtures each one God sends across her path.
"Miss Wanda," as she is known to many, is one of the youngest spiritual mothers who has walked the Nyack campus. She especially speaks life into the sometimes shattered worlds of young women. It is because of her authentic, down-to-earth personality that she has been endeared to students and her colleagues. She is loved--not just for the pancake breakfasts or spaghetti dinners she has personally cooked for the young ladies in her dorm or for her Gideon's army of workers who would dare prepare a dorm for new studentsbut because of her transparency and even for her "tough love" when necessary. Many of them have benefited from her mentoring as a spiritual director and small group leader in Nyack's Personal Spiritual Formation class.
B.A. Nyack College; M.A. Alliance Theological Seminary
Wanda Walborn is currently in her eleventh year as the Director of Spiritual Formation at the Rockland County campus of Nyack College. The 1984 Nyack alumna is also an adjunct professor in Nyacks College of Bible and Christian Ministry where she teaches courses such as Introduction to Women in Ministry, Introduction to Spiritual Formation, and Developing a Womans Gifts and Calling. She had earned a master's degree in intercultural studies at Alliance Theological Seminary and is currently working on her doctorate from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. Whether she is inside or outside of the classroom, Wanda lives out her passion, which is to train and mentor emerging leaders. As she pours into the lives of young men and women, her desire is that they grasp the depth and breath of Gods love for them and that they live lives without compromise for the Lord Jesus Christ.
With her husband, Dr. Ronald Walborn, dean of Alliance Theological Seminary, she planted and pastored Risen King Community Church in Redding, California from 1989-1999. In addition to her experience in church leadership, she also draws from her roles as pastors wife, homemaker, mother, and educator, as she speaks at venues around the globe to audiences that include both laypeople and leaders.
The Walborns are the parents of four children, Kelly, Brice, Karis, and Karly. In her free time, she enjoys sports, reading, the outdoors and-above all, spending time with her family.
Residence Life Area Coordinator
Bokkun Chang Residence Life Area Coordinator
After moving from South Korea to the States, Bokkun started attending Nyack College. He has been working in residence life at Nyack College since his second year at Nyack. He started out as a resident assistant then moved into the position of Graduate Resident Assistant. After graduating in May 2013 with a degree in TESOL and English, he started working as an Area Coordinator in Moseley Hall. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Alliance Theological Seminary. Much of his free time is spent serving at his church and with his wife, Talicia-Lane, and baby boy, Dimodae.
Luis Velez P.A.V.E. Mentor Coordinator
Luis graduated from Nyack College in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. As the PAVE mentor Coordinator Luis is passionate about mentoring, counseling, and encouraging new students toward accountability to their academic success, community engagement and to a deeper personal journey with God. Prior to serving with Nyack, Luis has served in the field of youth development for over 15 years, serving youth ages (8 to 21) co-founding and directing initiatives like Generation X-cel a youth center in the middle of one of the worst neighborhoods in Manhattan’s Lower East Side where he was raised and the X-cel Service Corps a para-military style boot camp for youth with behavioral and academic challenges.
In 2008, Luis agreed to share his testimony in the “My City, My God”, NIRV, New Testament Bible published by the International Bible Society which was distributed nationwide among major urban cities with Luis’s hope that his story would provoke the desire for personal change in others. Luis is currently the chaplain for our men’s basketball team and is currently pursuing his Masters from the Alliance Theological Seminary. Luis and his wife Wanda who have four children love Nyack and enjoy working with the students.
Heather Wakeley Graduate Resident Assistant
Heather graduated from Nyack College in 2013 after earning her Bachelors in Science in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She is now pursuing her masters at the Alliance Graduate School of Counseling in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has a passion for counseling, serving, and teaching along with traveling internationally and being with her family. Previously as an undergrad at Nyack, Heather served as co-leader of a small group, captain of the soccer team, and volunteer ESL teacher, and so she is excited to serve the Nyack community in a different context this coming year. Ellen Youssif Residence Life Area Coordinator
Ellen is a recent Nyack College graduate who earned her Bachelors in Psychology. While an undergrad student, Ellen was a Resident Assistant for three years. She enjoyed the position so much that she decided to join the Residence Life staff as an Area Coordinator. She plans to take some time off before pursuing her Masters in Social Work. More than anything Ellen loves connecting with other people and building relationships. Alison Birch Residence Life Area Coordinator
A recent graduate of Nyack College, Alison earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications in May of 2013. After serving as a Resident Assistant for two years in Christie Hall, Alison looks forward to serving in her new role as Area Coordinator of Nyack College. Apart from Residence Life, Alison is passionate about encouraging others through prayer and discipleship, and the Arts, especially Theatre. Alison hopes to one day merge her passions for both the Lord and Theatre by serving in a full-time Creative Arts ministry. Ajin Kuruvilla
Graduate Resident Assistant