Meet Our Student Success Advisors
Nilda Aragones is a Student Success Advisor in the School of Business and Professional Studies. She is also a Professor and Counselor, and has more than thirty years of experience working in public community and private four-year colleges. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from the College of New Rochelle, M.S. in Education, Counseling and Personnel Services from Fordham University, and M.S. in Religious Education from the Unification Theological Seminary. She has worked at RCC for over 27 years, and has extensive knowledge working with a wide range of students including underserved first-generation students, returning adults, traditional, at-risk, multicultural, and special populations. She takes a holistic approach to success by encouraging students to grow and develop in all aspects of their lives.
Ms. Aragones enjoys international cuisine, ballroom dancing, jewelry making, and interior decorating. She likes reading books that relate to psychology, philosophy, and history, and her favorite pastime is cooking with family.
Student Success Advisor, Chisamba Boma, is thrilled to be working in the School of STEM, and is always happy to meet with new and continuing students for advisement sessions. An alumna of RCC, she graduated with her Associate’s degree in Business Administration, and has never forgotten the immeasurable support and guidance she received from her faculty advisor. Chisamba transferred to SUNY Binghamton, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. She describes her experience at “Bing” as the best 3 years of her educational journey, and a place where she forged lifelong friendships as a “deltasig” in Delta Sigma Pi.
Chisamba previously worked as a counselor and advisor with local community agencies including Rockland Housing Action Coalition, Rockland County Career Center, and the Small Business Development Center at SUNY RCC. In her free time, she enjoys everything about interior design and décor, and is never too tired for a shopping trip. She loves ethnic food as a result of her rich cultural upbringing, and is excited to be planning her next trip back home to Zambia!
Jude Fleurismond is a Senior Advisor in the School of Business and Professional Studies. He has been working in higher education enrollment services for 19 years. The past 8 years at RCC have enabled him to work with many diverse student populations.
He holds an associate in business from RCC, a B.A. in Management, M.P.A., and M.B.A and is currently pursuing his doctoral studies. He assists students with internships to get them Real-World Ready. He enjoys being outside and most outdoor events.
Evelina Lopez-Elie has more than 7 years of experience in academic advising, and is a Student Success Advisor for the School of STEM. She would like all students to have the same positive experience she had when she was a student at RCC. As a result, Mrs. Lopez-Elie is committed to providing quality service to all of her students.
After graduating RCC, she earned her B.S. from Lehman College, and an M.S.Ed. in School Counseling from Long Island University. In addition to having experience in higher education, Ms. Lopez-Elie served as a school counselor in the Rockland County public-school system, as well as a certified U.S. Department of Justice Immigration representative.
Evelina was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and values life-long learning. She is an advocate for education and prefers to lead by example in serving as a role model, not only for first generation Latino students, but for all students. Mrs. Lopez-Elie loves her community and for many years volunteered as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in the North Rockland area. She enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures. She has been to fifteen different countries, and wishes to continue traveling the world.
Gina Lovitch is Senior Advisor in the School of Nursing, Health, and Wellness, and the School of STEM. Gina began her journey at RCC in 2012 as a counseling intern. In 2014, after graduating from Long Island University with an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling, she started in her role at RCC as an Academic Advisor. Gina previously worked as a Graduate Advisor at Rutgers University, where she earned a B.A. in Psychology and an M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology. Additionally, Gina has earned her School Counselor Certification for both New Jersey and New York, as well as a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Child Advocacy, awarded by the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services.
Gina wears many hats as a member of the Student Success Team, from co-facilitating the Adjunct Advisor Academy to supervising the Student Success Peer Mentors. She embraces the opportunity to guide students through their journey at RCC, and beyond, and continues to be inspired by the students every day.
Gina is involved with the NACADA Organization (National Academic Advising Association), and has most recently been appointed as an ATD (Advisor Training and Development) Mentor. When not at RCC, Gina can be found in her kitchen (making a mess), playing with kitchen gadgets, and “Ginafying” recipes with her personal twist.
Barbara Murphy is a Student Success Advisor for the School of STEM.
She attended RCC for 3 semesters in the Honors Business Program before transferring to Siena College, where she earned a B.S. in Marketing/Management.
Barbara began her career with a marketing research company, where she advanced to the position of National Director, before taking time to raise a family. Upon returning to work, she transitioned to providing instruction and support for children in Pre-K through 3rd grade.
At RCC, prior to her advising role, she was the Assistant to the Dean of Student Development, where she supported the daily operations for counselors, advisors, Judicial Affairs and Veteran Affairs, with planning, scheduling and coordinating events and meetings. She is a member of the Health & Wellness Committee and CASARV.
Outside of her work at RCC, Barbara enjoys reading, going to the beach and spending time with her family and dog.
“I’ve got to be where my spirit can run free, I have to find my corner of the Sky.” Laurie Perl often echoes the sentiments of Stephen Schwartz and other amazing Broadway composers when advising students. As a Student Success Advisor in the School of Arts and Humanities, she enjoys helping students follow their passion and find success in their chosen field. Prior to her role at Student Success, Laurie spent four years at RCC as a career specialist, where she helped students choose their majors, explore experiential learning activities, develop their career action plan, craft resumes and prepare for interviews.
Laurie is a staunch supporter of the arts, and is known to spend her weekends at art exhibits and theatrical productions. She believes that students who pursue the arts become both critical and creative thinkers. Laurie earned a B.A. in English from SUNY Buffalo, a M.S. in Publishing from Pace University, and a M.A. in Counseling and Higher Education from Montclair State University.
Early in her career, Laurie worked for Viking Children’s books. She loved when artists delivered their original art to the office and the creative team would hover around pondering fonts and colors. Her favorite children’s book is Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback because it teaches us all that we can always make something out of nothing.
Joe Planck is a Senior Advisor for the School of Arts and Humanities. He graduated RCC in 1995 with a degree in Liberal Arts: Humanities and Social Sciences. Joe was a student worker in the Advisement office and in 1996, joined the office as a professional.
Joe went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from Nyack College in 1998, and a M.S.Ed. in School Counseling from Long Island University in 2005. Joe also teaches Psychology as an adjunct professor, and in his more than 25 years at RCC, has worked in many departments, but has always been an Academic Advisor at heart.
When not at RCC he can be found playing his guitar and singing (sometimes in public!), hanging out with his dogs, reading everything from non-fiction to comics and graphic novels, and watching too much TV.
Jeanette Rooney is a Student Success Advisor for the School of Education and Social Sciences, and as a former teacher, is passionate about her role! She was born and raised in New York, then traveled out west where she earned a B.S. in Education from Montana State University, and an M.A. in Educational Counseling from University of Phoenix. She has experience as a 4th grade teacher in the Bronx, and served as Academic Advisor for Military Veterans at Mercy College, and first-generation students at Hostos Community College.
Jeanette is dedicated to guiding and helping students succeed academically, and retaining them until they graduate. She loves the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Christina Schaudel is a Student Success Advisor for the School of Arts and Humanities, and a proud alumna of RCC! She received her Associate’s degree in Performing Arts with a concentration in Theater, and transferred to Ramapo College of New Jersey where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theater with a concentration in Acting. She continued her studies at the Actor’s Studio Drama School at Pace University, and completed her M.F.A. in Acting. She is currently in a doctoral studies program at Capella University, with a focus in Educational Leadership. She is an actor combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors, and is finalizing her status as a Union actor with the Actors’ Equity Association.
In addition to being an avid theater practitioner, Christina enjoys all things Disney, sci-fi/fantasy movies, and British television. She loves History, and is filled with random information and facts! In her spare time, she enjoys developing her skills in special effects work, and film editing in Final Cut Pro.