Two New York Locations

ROCKLAND: 845.358.1710
MANHATTAN: 212.625.0500





Student Development Staff

Vanesa Alcantara

Adminstrative Asst. to Assoc.Dean of Students
B.A. Nyack College

Tiffany Austin

Director of Career Counseling
Phone: 4581
B.S. State University of New York; M.A. Teachers College/Columbia University

Heather Butcher

Residence Director of Christie Hall
Phone: 4610
B.S. Nyack College

Heather Garcia

Administrative Assistant for Spiritual Formation
Phone: 4455
A.A. Arizona Western College

Amisadai Martinez

Resident Director for Simpson Hall, Bethany Hall, Harmony Hall
Phone: 4573
B.S. Nyack College; M.S. Nyack College

Drusila Nieves

Director of Student Wellness Services
Phone: 4564
B.A. Brooklyn College; M.S.W. Fordham University

Louis Sanchez

Residence Director of Moseley Hall
Phone: 4571
B.A. Nyack College

Wanda Velez

Associate Dean of Students
Phone: 4573
B.A. Nyack College; M.P.S. Alliance Theological Seminary

Wanda Walborn

Director/Spiritual Formation
Phone: 4457
B.A. Nyack College; M.A. Alliance Theological Seminary

Part-Time Staff

Marco Pazmino
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