Meet the Admissions Staff
Dean of University Admissions
Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL
My favorite thing about working at CUA: Meeting so many wonderful students, dedicated faculty and caring staff members. Each person I meet has his/her unique life story. Hearing parts of it make me feel connected to the campus community.
When in D.C. you must: Go see the Korean War Veterans Memorial near the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall. This memorial, dedicated on July 27, 1995, consists of 19 statues - 14 Army, 3 Marines, 1 Navy and 1 Air Force - that are approximately 7'3" tall in heroic scale.
Director of Graduate Admissions
Hometown: Mt. Airy, MD
My favorite thing about working at CUA:The excitement and convenience of being in our nation’s capitol, combined with an intellectually diverse and exciting academic atmosphere, provides the best of both worlds for students, faculty and staff.
When in D.C. you must: Going out to eat at some of best and most eclectic restaurants in the country. You’ll find everything from world-renowned fine dining to that great hometown burger joint, and it’s all delicious!
Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions
CUA Class of 2008
Hometown: Westbrook, Maine
Territory: Reviews applications from MA, ME, NH, RI and VT
My favorite thing about working at CUA: Being a part of the wonderful community here at my alma mater and showing potential new students what an amazing place CUA is.
When in D.C. you must: Have lunch at the Jefferson Monument during the Cherry Blossom Festival.
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions
CUA Class of 2008
Hometown: Hanover, PA
Territory: Western PA, North and Central NJ and Erie Co in NY
My favorite thing about working at CUA: This is my alma mater and I love being a part of shaping the future of the institution that helped to shape mine.
When in D.C. you must: Visit U Street, go see a concert at either the 9:30 club or the Black Cat and then go to Ben's Chili Bowl and enjoy some great chili cheese fries.
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Hometown: Easton, PA
Territory: Transfer & International
My favorite thing about working at CUA: The strong sense of community you see every day on campus. Not to mention the advantages of being located in our nation’s capital!
When in D.C. you must: Definitely visit the National Zoo. The exhibits are amazing and the giant pandas are a must see!
CUA Class of 2010
Hometown: Langhorne, Pennsylvania
Territory: DC, VA, NC, DE, LA, TX and GA
My favorite thing about working at CUA: Giving back to my alma mater is wonderful and I love to share with others what a great community Catholic University is.
When in D.C. you must: I especially enjoy going to the monuments at night! The Cherry Blossom festival is also a great time to explore D.C.!
Hometown: Concord, Massachusetts
My favorite thing about working at CUA: The pride that the students, faculty and staff alike have for the university and the tightknit community on campus.
When in D.C. you must: Visit the National Archives. It is one of the most unique places within the city!
CUA Class of 2012
Hometown: Rockland, MA
Territory:: AK, AL, AR, HI, IA, ID, KS, KY, MI, MO, MS, MT, ND, NE, NM, NV, OK, SC, SD, UT, WV, WY
My favorite thing about working at CUA: I love working for my Alma Mater where students come from all over the country and world. Here, students and staff alike are able to meet people from every direction and together can grow and learn in this busy city!
When in D.C. you must: Go to Eastern Market on Capital Hill. Here you can have brunch and walk around to the vendors and see what neat things they are selling along with some great food and produce! It is a wonderful way to spend a sunny Sunday morning!
Hometown: Orange, TX
Territory:: NY (Long Island & NYC), Tennessee & Colorado
My favorite thing about working at CUA: Working with such a great and professional team. A team that is focused on ensuring the success of all students.
When in D.C. you must: Ride the Metro you will get to your destination fast, as well as meet very interesting people along the way.
CUA Class of 2011
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Territory: CT, OH and NY (Rockland Co, Westchester, Hudson Valley and Upstate)
My favorite thing about working at CUA: Being able to remain a part of the great CUA community even after graduating. I also enjoy promoting the university to prospective students around the country.
When in D.C. you must: Get a unique view of Washington’s monuments and cityscape- by kayaking on the Potomac River. Then cross the bridge into Arlington and go to Ray’s Hell Burger for one of the best burgers you’ll ever have.
Hometown: Ellicott City, MD
Territory: Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
My favorite thing about working at CUA:My favorite thing about working at CUA is the sense of community that exists between everyone on campus. The students, faculty, and staff are all united in our effort to make CUA a special place to be.
When in D.C. you must: Explore beyond the monuments and museums. Each neighborhood has a distinct atmosphere and flavor whether you are in Dupont Circle, Eastern Market, H Street, or Georgetown.
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Territory:: CA, AZ, WA, OR (Also reviews applications from FL, PR, IL, IN, WI, MN)
My favorite thing about working at CUA: The genuinely friendly community. People at CUA from staff, faculty, and students strive to be the best they can be, and in the process make you a better person as well. It’s always a pleasure to meet visiting students and families to show and share CUA Pride!
When in D.C. you must: Watch one of the many professional sports teams at any time of the year. Catch a Washington Wizards or Mystics basketball game at the Verizon Center and then walk to the monuments at night, or grab a bite to eat in Chinatown with your friends or family. It makes for an exciting day!
Diense Selix Baniak
Midwest Regional Admissions Representative
Hometown: Des Plaines, Illinois
Territory: Travels to IL, MN, WI and IN
My favorite thing about working at CUA: I love working with the students and helping them make educated decisions about their future. The CUA campus is warm and inviting and the faculty and administrators truly care about their students.
Why I think students from the Midwest would like D.C.: D.C. is a bustling, world wind of activity. There is always something to do and most of the museums are free. The city is overflowing with opportunities for eager students to learn more about the field or major they have chosen.
New England Regional Admissions Representative
Hometown: Walpole, MA
Territory: Travels to MA, VT, NH, ME and RI.
My favorite thing about working at CUA: Meeting and working with students and parents promoting CUA.
Why I think students from New England would like D.C.: The atmosphere, the friendly student body and the helping faculty.
Florida Regional Admissions Representative
CUA Class of 1989
Hometown: Ponce, Puerto Rico
Territory: Travels within FL and Puerto Rico
My favorite thing about working at CUA: You can’t beat working for your alma mater! Its gives me great pride and satisfaction to work with such a great group of students and their families.
Why I think students from Florida and Puerto Rico would like D.C.: Florida and Puerto Rico students would love to be in D.C., because it is an exciting city to live in, especially during an election year. CUA has a beautiful campus with its own metro stop, which gives students access to all that D.C. has to offer.