Vice President for Student Development/Dean of Students
B.A. Nyack College; English
M.P.S. Alliance Theological Seminary
Wanda Velez has been employed by Nyack College since 2001, beginning her time as the Director of Alumni Relations and then transitioning in 2003 to work for Student Development. With the positions Wanda has held, her role at Nyack has ranged from fundraising, community engagement, and leadership development to crisis intervention, mentorship, and spiritual formation. As the Associate Dean of Students, her present role which began in 2010, Wanda leads Student Development– a branch of the college responsible for overseeing all aspects of a student’s life.
Wanda received her B.A. in English Studies from Nyack College after which she then received her Master of Professional Studies from Nyack’s Graduate Program. Prior to her employment at Nyack College, Wanda has gained experience working as a youth director, a staff developer, a trainer in the C.I.T. program for the Salvation Army Greater New York Youth Division, and as a mentor in the Metro Women’s EMPOWER Program.
Director of Residence Life
Louis Sanchez has been employed at Nyack College since 2009, when he was first hired as an Area Coordinator for Residence Life. While serving as an Area Coordinator Louis was simultaneously teaching as an adjunct professor in the areas of Academic Life Skills, Critical Thinking, and Introduction to Philosophy. In 2011 Louis was hired as the Resident Director for the male undergraduate residence halls. In his role as a Resident Director, Louis has been intentional to learn the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the male students on the campus. In 2016, Louis received the title change of Assistant Director of Residence Life, which is his current role.
During his time at Nyack, Louis has established programs designed to help the students mature, be held accountable and become successful students. Working with other departments such as Career Services, Counseling Services, and Spiritual Formation, Louis offers a wide variety of programming for his residents. Louis has also served as a Spiritual Director for one of our classes, a Pave Mentor, and can often be seen walking around interacting with our students along with his beautiful wife and daughter!
Louis received his B.A. in Philosophy from Nyack College, which included a semester of study at Oxford University. He also earned his Master’s in Philosophy and Education from Teachers College, at Columbia University.
Maggie Labocki, MA, LMHC
Director of Counseling Services
Maggie Labocki has been on staff at Nyack College since March 2010. She currently serves as Director of Counseling Services at the Rockland Campus. Maggie along with the Counseling Services Department shares a common desire to see our students thrive in their emotional well-being.
While working at Nyack College, Maggie has served on the Student of Concern Committee, New Students Orientation Team, Health Fairs, Internship Fairs for both Rockland and NYC campuses, and has been a speaker for graduate class in Domestic Violence.
Maggie earned her BA in Psychology at Kean University, 5/2001 and her MA in Counseling at Alliance Graduate School of Counseling, 5/2004. She became NY State Mental Health Licensed, 7/2010. Maggie also holds the designations of Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor and National Certified Counselor from the National Board of Certified Counselors, 11/2014.
Maggie enjoys being a wife and mom to Jason and Gabby and Josh. They are involved in serving the local church from being part of the worship team to children ministry.