Meet the Tutors

Meet the STAFF

Allyson Vena

My name is Allyson Vena. I am a junior at Manhattan College and a student in the School of Education, majoring in Elementary and Special Education and concentrating in Mathematics and Psychology. I have been working at the Center for Academic Success since spring of 2014 as an Office Assistant. I am the Secretary for the Mu Sigma Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi and an active member of the Honors Enrichment Program and Council for Exceptional Students. Living in New Jersey, I adore the beach, running, and spending time with family and friends. However, Manhattan College has made me fall in love with New York and I hope to one day have my own classroom in the local public schools.

Melanie Gomez

Hello, my name is Melanie Gomez. I am a senior Secondary Education major with a concentration in English. This will be my second exciting year with the Center for Academic Success as an Office Assistant. I have had other multiple positions within the school considering the many opportunities Manhattan offers us! Such as Orientation Leader in 2013 and Conference Assistant. I love reading and jogging around Riverdale as much whenever the time allows it; I also love going to concerts and the theatre! I am very eager to help out in any way I can!

Kelly Donaldson

Hi! My name is Kelly Donaldson. I am a senior Psychology major with an education minor. I was born and raised in New Jersey and one of my favorite things to do is to watch hockey. I also participate in various intramural sports at Manhattan. I am excited to work as an office assistant and help others in any way I can to the best of my ability.

Jessica Risolo

Hi, I'm Jessica Risolo and a sophomore double English/Communications major from Rockland County, NY. I like long walks on the beach (or down Broadway) and spirited debates about feminism. My other passions include reading, writing, cheetah print anything and iced coffee. I'm very excited to begin work as a tutor in the Writing Center and look
forward to meeting anyone who wants to come in and help make their paper the best that it can be!

Abdulazeez Yusuf

Hi! I am Abdulazeez Yusuf, an international student from Nigeria. I’m currently a junior with a Civil Engineering major and peer tutor in all Calculus material. Coming to the United States has allowed me to broaden my horizon on culture therefore I love sharing and learning new ideas. I am also the vice president of International Student Association at MC which gives me ample opportunity to meet different people with rich backgrounds. Although I’m with the engineering side, I love to see the joy in the faces of people when they understand a theory and I will be most honored to be a part of that joyous moment so come to the tutoring center and help us help you grasp that beautiful A.

Emmett Rafferty

Hi, my name is Emmett Rafferty and I am a junior double major in Finance and Economics. My hometown is Watertown, CT and in my spare time I love to play golf and basketball whenever I have the chance. My favorite television shows include Game of Thrones, Burn Notice, and The Office. For any of your finance and economics questions I would be happy to help you out!

Marisa Budziszewski

Hello. My name is Marisa Budziszewski. I am from New Jersey, but don’t worry, I am not like anyone from the Jersey Shore! I am a sophomore Civil Engineering major, minoring in Mathematics. Being part of the Honors Program and SWE show how important my academics are to me. Come down to Leo and I can help all of you struggling in calculus, chemistry, or physics because everyone knows being an engineering major is not easy!

John Trieste

I am currently a junior studying economics in the School of Arts. I am from Monroe, New York. I play intramural soccer and enjoys art. I have been a SI Fellow for CIS 227, Math 153, and Math 154 and have worked as a tutor for CIS 227, Math 153, Math 154, and Intro to Mgmt 201.

Antonio Rosa

Hi, my name is Antonio Rosa but most people call me Tony. I am a senior Mechanical Engineering major here at Manhattan College. At the Center for Academic Success, I work as a Supplemental Instructor, or SI, for Physics 101 and 102. I also tutor Calculus, Statics, Calculus 2, Introduction to Thermodynamics, and other courses in the Leo Engineering building. I enjoy playing soccer, going to the movies, and taking pictures whenever I get the chance to. For those of you who enjoy movies too I suggest checking out the Film Society at the college.

Jacqueline Curran

Hi! My name is Jacqueline Curran and I'm a junior Economics and Business Analytics major from Manalapan, New Jersey. I've worked as a Supplemental Instructor since Spring 2014. This semester I am an SI for Math 153. I love to read and craft in my free time.

Aoife Mahood

Hi, my name is Aoife (eefa) Mahood and I am from Bayport, New York which is on Long Island. This is my first semester as an office assistant. I came out of high school a semester ahead, so I am currently a second semester sophomore and a Psychology major. I am the secretary of Players here on campus and am also heavily involved in Singers. I think the
Center for Academic Success is a great resource that everyone here at MC should take advantage of!

Kathryn Smolko

Hello! My name is Kathryn, but I usually go by Katie. I was born and raised in Pelham, New Hampshire, and I'm a Boston sports fan through and through (which I sometimes get grief for)! I am a junior electrical engineering major, with a minor in mechanical engineering. I tutor math, physics, and some electrical and mechanical engineering courses. On campus, I am a resident assistant in Chrysostom, a member of the Society of Women Engineers, and a member of the Manhattan Cheerleaders. Fun -- but pretty well known -- fact: I am a huge geek, and so proud of it! Example: I recently started parting my hair on the right side for the sole purpose that it will now be out of my way when I take notes! Feel free to come see me so I can share my geeky-ness with the world. Well, Manhattan College, at least!

Irene Entringer

Hola, I'm Irene Entringer. I’m from Madrid. I tutor all levels of Spanish, Macroeconomics, and Microeconomics. I’m a Senior and I’m majoring in international studies and economics. I enjoy traveling, learning about other cultures, reading and spending time with family and friends. I also have a passion for animals.

Alexandra Riccardi

Hello, my name is Alexandra Riccardi. I’m from Long Island and am currently a mechanical engineering graduate student. I just graduated MC with my BS in mechanical engineering with a minor in math. I have been tutoring math, physics and mechanical engineering at CAS for over two years now. I love reading, drawing and spending time with my friends.

John Fiore

Hi, I’m John Fiore from Long Island, N.Y. I am the youngest of three, and both of my older brothers are Manhattan alumni. I am a sophomore and currently studying accounting and finance. This semester I will be tutoring students taking Accounting 201 and 202. On campus I am also a member of Lasallian Collegians, a sacristan, member of Accounting Society, and I play intramural sports. In my free time, I like to play bass guitar, watch movies and TV shows, read, play sports/go to the gym, and follow my favorite sports teams (Yankees, Knicks, Packers, and of course, Jaspers).

Amanda Pereira

Hey There! My name is Amanda and I am from Yonkers, New York. I am an Office Assistant for the Center for Academic Success. I am currently a sophomore who is majoring in Accounting. My goal is to visit every country in Europe (so far I am up to fourteen) and my favorite show is Grey's Anatomy.

John Homler

Hello! My name is John Homler. I am a Senior Civil Engineering major from North Jersey who enjoys taking some time away from studying to work as an office assistant here at the Center for Academic Success. I also enjoy spending time with friends and most outdoor activities.

Dorian Persaud

Ciao! My name is Dorian Persaud and I’m currently a junior mathematics major. I am Guyanese, Indian, Portuguese, and African American. I am a Bronx native and I went to St. Raymond High School for Boys. I’ve been tutoring math for approximately six years and it’s one of my favorite things to do. I studied Electrical Engineering here at MC for about two years and soon realized that I’m more passionate about mathematics. After my time as an undergraduate, I plan on pursuing a PhD in Industrial Engineering or Mathematics and I’ve thought about becoming a professor of mathematics. I’ve been playing the piano for about two years now and my focus is mainly on classical pieces (Mozart, Bach, etc.). I’ve been very active on campus as a Class of 2018 Orientation Leader and Executive member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon International Fraternity and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). Here at the Center of Academic Success, I tutor most levels of Mathematics that students would take within their first two years. If you’re in need of help with that math assignment, don’t hesitate to come for help!

Sammy Moe

Hi! My name is Sammy Moe, and I am from Massachusetts. I am currently a senior majoring in English. I hope to graduate school and begin freelance editing while editing my fifth novel. In my spare time, I enjoy painting and drawing. My passion is reading, and my favorite author is Douglas Adams. I tutored for a few years at my old community college. If you ever need help studying or writing, feel free to swing by!

Jack Ryan

Hi, my name is Jack Ryan. I am a sophomore chemical engineering student and work as a Physics 101 Student Instructor. I hope to pursue a Master’s degree here at MC after graduation and possibly a M.B.A. later on in my career. I am still not sure what path I plan to take with my degree, but I am excited about all the possible careers within the field of science as well as in the fields of business and finance. I have been in New Jersey most of my life, but originally come from outside Seattle in Washington and enjoy visiting family there. In my spare time I enjoy hanging out with friends, listening to music, playing or watching soccer.

Fiona Dunn

Hi! My name is Fiona Dunn and I am a sophomore Civil Engineering major with a French Minor. I am from Bernardsville, NJ. I am the Underclassmen President of Lasallian Collegians and a Catholic Relief Services Campus Ambassador for Water and Sanitation. I am also a part of the L.O.V.E. Haiti Team and the Manhattan Rowing Team. I am an e-Portfolio Facilitator and I look forward to working with you!

Caelyn Mecca

Hi, I'm Caelyn, I'm in my final year of the mental health counseling grad program (hopefully). I'm from Florida, NY and work as the office manager in the writing center. I've been working here since 2012, and you will probably find me cross stitching in the writing center if you need any help!

Gavin Sass

I am a Senior English major, environmental studies minor. I have worked at the CAS since I was a sophomore. I am part of Manhattan College's improvisational comedy group, Scatterbomb, and part of Pen and Sword/Sigma Tau Delta honor societies. I love music, Will Ferrell movies, and the MC English Department.

Daniel Laguna

Hello, I’m Daniel Laguna a sophomore who is currently undecided in the business school. I am from Madrid and I am also part of our men's soccer team! This will be my first year tutoring at the Center for Academic Success where I’ll be tutoring Spanish and Business Math. I’m a huge soccer fan and love to enjoy time with my friends and family.

Andrew Fontaine

I am from Clifton Park in Upstate New York. My major is Psychology, with a minor in Digital Media Arts. I will be working as an ePortfolio facilitator this semester in the Center for Academic Success.

Delaney Oliveri

Name: Delaney Oliveri
Hometown: Massapequa, NY
Year & Major: Junior, English
CAS Role: Office Assistant
Interests: Hemingway, Mexican food, and Sporcle geography quizzes.

Marisa Kroger

My name is Marisa Kroger. I am from Carmel, NY. I am a Junior Chemistry major and Math minor. Here at CAS I tutor Chemistry and Calculus courses. I am currently the President of Sigma Delta Tau and the Co-President of the American Chemical Society on campus.

Peter Flannery

My name is Peter Flannery. I am a Psychology major entering my senior year at Manhattan College. I come from Mahwah, New Jersey just thirty minutes from New York City. As a Supplemental Instructor, I help out in Calculus for Business Decisions and hope to guide the students to understand the material at hand. As for my interests, I love to hike, watch sports and learn about various animals. As for after college, I do not know exactly what I want to do, but possibly something in clinical, forensic, or animal psychology, and possibly combining any of the three.

Linda Barr

My name is Linda Barr and I am one of the ePortfolio facilitators. I am a sophomore Elementary Education major with concentrations in Psychology in Spanish, and I am originally from Baltimore, Maryland. I play cello in the MC orchestra, am a member of the Psychology Club, and last year I was in the arches program.

Alison Duffey

Hi! My name is Alison Duffey, I am a senior and a psychology major. I currently hold a position as an office assistant in the Center for Academic Success. I am originally from Philadelphia but am enjoying my time as a "New Yorker!"


Krystal Diaz

Hi everyone! My name is Krystal Diaz and I’m from the boogie down Bronx. I’m a Junior majoring in Philosophy and minoring in Psychology and Spanish. I love learning about new cultures, wandering the streets of New York City, and food, I really love food. I’m very high energy and I’m excited to bring that energy back to the Writing Center for my second semester there.

Chris Hoey

My name is Chris Hoey and I'm a sophomore Electrical Engineering major with a double minor in Mathematics and General Business. I'm part of the brand new pilot e-portfolio program as a facilitator in the Arches courses. I'm excited to work in a center that helps out so much around campus!

Siobhan Connor

Hi! My name is Siobhan Connor. I'm an office assistant here at the CAS! I am from Long Island and I will be a sophomore at MC this year. I'm a business management major and a theater minor. I am currently treasurer of MC Singers, Manhattones, and Music Ministry; I am also social chair of MC Players. This past summer I went to Barcelona for the Lasallian Leadership Program.

Marissa Piazza

Hi! My name is Marissa Piazza. I am from northern New Jersey, and I am a junior Chemical Engineering major. On campus, I work as a Writing Center Consultant, enjoy writing for The Quadrangle, and am actively involved in the Slice of New York City club as the Vice President. In my free time, I enjoy hiking in the Adirondacks, running outside, fishing, yoga, and reading.

Nimra Shabbir

My name is Nimra Shabbir and I am currently a junior at MC, studying English and Philosophy as a double major. I am a commuter from Queens, traveling a lengthy distance everyday, for the wide selection of liberal arts courses that can be found at MC. I am loving the college education, and I like to believe that I am also a well rounded student who enjoys dabbling in every kind of subject. There's so much to love about a liberal arts education, and if I had the opportunity, I would experience all of the courses offered at MC. I will be at the writing center starting from the fall of 2014, to offer my knowledge of the English language to students who come in for advice on their school work. If I am scheduled to work with you on a paper, know that this feels less of a job and more of a hobby for me; I find it a fulfilling activity to strike up intellectual conversation about any and every subject.

Jiacheng Lin

Hello, my name is Jia cheng Lin. I’m currently a senior majoring in Civil Engineering. I would love to share my knowledge with anyone here, we could be friends, teams. If you need help, you are welcome to join my group. Believe it or not, Physics is very fun, so don’t be scared. We will work it out!!!

Loren Rodgers

My name is Loren Rodgers and I am an office assistant in the Center of Academic Success. I am a junior and my major is dual childhood education with a concentration in math and English. I am from Long Island, New York.


MD Azim

My name is MD Azim. I am a sophomore, Chemical Engineering major. I am from Brooklyn. My hobbies are playing soccer, listening to music and traveling.


Corine Laplanche

Hi! My name is Corine Laplanche. I am from Brooklyn and, I am a commuter. I am a sophomore in Chemical Engineering and part of the HEOP program at Manhattan College. I was not really involved on campus last year but this year, I to be more involve on campus. It is my second semester as an Office Assistant which I am very excited about and to work for Marissa. Hope this school year has a great outcome to CAS!!

Rebecca Bertuccio

Hi! My name is Rebecca Bertuccio and I'm a Senior at Manhattan College studying Psychology, Spanish and English. I tutor all of the aforementioned subjects in the Center for Academic Success, as well as a few other topics. I'm from Oceanside, but when I'm not spending time with my family and friends on Long Island, I love to travel and experience new cultures and places!

Jon Vanegas

Hello! My name is Jon Vanegas. I'm a chemical engineer and this is my third year at Manhattan College and second year as a Supplemental Instructor (SI) for Physics 101. I commute from Jamaica, Queens, but I would say that 95% of my time is spent on campus. I love spending time with my friends and participating in our theatre group, Players. After my life as an engineer, I want to become a high school teacher, either for math or science, which is why I love being an SI. Not only am I helping others, but I'm also learning about various teaching methods from the professors and I can't wait to apply them to my students!

Matt Packowski

Hey MC, I'm Matt Packowski, a senior Electrical Engineering major. If you're looking for writing help, I'm your man. Come on by to Miguel Hall 203 and I'd be more than happy to assist.

Diana Honasan Luzuriaga

Hi, I am Diana Honasan Luzuriaga. I am a Filipino, born in Michigan, raised in Singapore. I moved to the United States for college and now I live in Overlook Manor. I am a senior biology major with a minor in chemistry and mathematics. I am part of the Beta Beta Beta biology honor society and I was part of Phi Delta Epsilon, the international medical honor society. I love helping others so please don’t be shy to visit the Learning Center. I can help you with biology, chemistry and mathematics.

Jonathan Caciola

Hello! My name is Jonathan Caciola, I'm a Junior Civil/Environmental Engineer, and I'm the Office Manager in the Leo Learning Center! My hometown is Bayside, New York, a quiet town in Queens. Some of my favorite activities are basketball, wood working, and binge watching Netflix. If you see me, feel free to ask me anything about the CAS, and I hope to see you down in Leo!

Andrew Baumgartner

Hello I'm Andrew Baumgartner. I am a senior with a double major in physics and math and I am a supplemental instructor for physics 101 or 102. I am from Connecticut aka tha Cut and have some hobbies. I love to help people with their physics and math homework and am planning to go to graduate school to study theoretical high energy physics. Say hi to me or something and we can chat about things. Do it to it.

Kelly Paulemon

Hi! My name is Kelly and I'm from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I'm a Marketing major/Communications minor with a concentration in Advertising. This is my third year at Manhattan College. My passions include music, running, and anything I can do to bring out the best in my beautiful home country. I try as best as I can to apply that philosophy in my tutoring
sessions by understanding the students I work with, what works best for them and motivating them to do their best in their academic work. This will be my fourth semester working at the Writing Center!

Alexandra Tornato

My name is Alexandra Tornato. I am a junior chemistry student here at Manhattan College. I'm originally from Abington, Massachusetts; a small town a few minutes south of Boston. I enjoy reading and spending time in the city walking around with my friends. I am now an office assistant in the Learning and Writing centers.

Cara Ledwidge

My name is Cara Ledwidge and I am a senior English major with a Business minor. I currently live in Connecticut, but I grew up right here in the Bronx. I've been involved in everything from Student Government to writing for The Quadrangle, and I can't wait to be a writing consultant here at the CAS. I enjoy reading, writing, and baking and would love to incorporate all three things into my future after Manhattan College.

Brian Manning

My name is Brian Manning and I'm a Senior Civil Engineering major from Long Island. I tutor calculus, physics, and engineering courses for the CAS. I'm President of the ASCE Student Chapter at MC and I love seeing new things in the city and love the city life!


Andres Rodriguez

Hello, my name is Andres Rodriguez. My hometown is New Rochelle. I'm currently a junior with a marketing major and a communication minor. I love sports, in particular soccer. I'm a math student instructor at the learning center. Why did i divide SIN by TAN, just COS. Come in to the Learning Center to know why 6 was afraid of 7.

Aleysha Taveras

Hey! My name is Aleysha Taveras and I am a junior commuter born and raised in the Bronx. I am a double major in History and Adolescent Education. I love Spanish food, dancing salsa, going to the batting cages, and POKER! After graduation, I plan to teach at a high school or middle school in NYC and at some point, continue my career in the National Park Service as a Park Ranger. My dream goal is to become a superintendent of a National Park site. For me, history is more than just the textbook; the national park service keeps it alive. History isn't just about memorization either. It's about learning from the past to use in the present and refine in the future. As George Santayana said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

Herminia Tapia

Hey! My name is Herminia Tapia. I am a commuter from the Bronx in my sophomore year at MC. I am an office assistant in the CAS. I am currently undecided but thinking of majoring in sociology. I love to shop, spend time with friends, and help others.


Carol Magalhaes

Hello, my name is Carol, I’m a junior in the Business School, double majoring in Economics & Finance, and minoring in International Studies. I am President of the Finance and Economics Society, and an active member in The Thomas Moore Law Society and Beta Alpha Psi on campus. I am an office assistant and tutor mostly business subjects and languages. Although home outside of MC is Miami, I was born in Brazil and studied abroad in Paris last semester. Different cultures fascinate me, thus I’ve spent quite some time learning languages. I love traveling, running, doing yoga and exploring what NYC has to offer!