DCSIMG

Meet the Collaboratory Staff

Erin Durkin

Tutor Training Coordinator

Hometown: Hackettstown, NJ
Major: Secondary Ed, English, History, Special Ed
Quote: "Substitute "damn" every time you're inclined to write "very"; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” -Mark Twain

Brenda Horetsky

Peer Tutor Coordinator

Sophomore
Hometown
: Jefferson, NJ
Major: Liberal Arts/Elementary Education  
Quote: “We lose ourselves in the things we love.  We find ourselves there, too.” – Kristin Martz

Current Staff Tutors

Katherine Abreu

 

Sophomore
Hometown:
Newark, NJ
Major: Criminal Justice
Quote: “Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.” - Oprah Winfrey

David Beltran

 

Senior
Hometown:
Newton, NJ
Major: Criminal Justice
Quote: “The difference between a successful person is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.”- Vince Lombardi

Alex Bunting

Sophomore
Hometown:
 Hackettstown, NJ
Major: Biology
Quote: "The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything." –Theodore Roosevelt

Desirae Craigle

Senior
Hometown:
Belvidere, NJ
Major: Business Administration, Minor English
Quote: "Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all which have the potential to turn a life around." -Leo Buscaglia

Bethany Fruncillo

 

Junior
Hometown:
 Belvidere, NJ
Major: Biology and Secondary Education
Quote: "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” –Albert Einstein

Marcus Garcia

Freshman
Hometown:
 Allamuchy, NJ
Major: Criminal Justice
Quote: “Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry.  Writers are like dancers, like athletes, Without that exercise, the muschles seize up." -Jane Yolen

Amy Halfinger

Sophomore
Hometown
: Trenton, NJ
Major: Secondary Education, English 
Quote: “Let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences." -Sylvia Plath

Shales Hall

Senior
Hometown
: Bridgeton, NJ
Major: Fashion Merchandising
Quote: “The Bible is a life compass pointing you in the right direction.” – Author Unknown

Shakora Jackson

Junior
Hometown:
 Irvington, NJ
Major: Sociology
Quote: “Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears." --Arthur Koestler

Michelle LaCamera

Senior
Hometown:
 Lebanon, NJ
Major: English
Quote: “I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." -Jimmy Dean

Kim Moncada

Senior 
Hometown:
Secaucus, New Jersey
Major: Fashion Design/Merchandising
Quote: “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”-Albus Dumbledore

Jonathen Muñoz

Sophomore
Hometown:
 Newton, NJ
Major: English: Creative Writing
Quote: "Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.” –George R. R. Martin

 

Caleigh Ostrom

Senior
Hometown:
Tinton Falls, NJ
Major: Fashion Merchandising
Quote: "If I had a chance for another try, I wouldn't change a thing, It's made me all of who I am inside." -Angels & Airwaves

Roberto Romero

Sophomore
Hometown:
 Newark, NJ
Major: Political and Governmental Affairs
Quote: "It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” –Confucius

Taylor Ruszczyk

Junior
Hometown:
 Rockaway, NJ
Major: English
Quote: "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” -Aristotle

Keith Salkind

Junior
Hometown:
 Dumont, NJ
Major: Business Administration / Sports Management
Quote: "The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." --Walt Disney

Kiersten Toye

Junior
Hometown:
Hackettstown, NJ
Major: English: Creative Writing
Quote: "Sometimes the dustiest book on the shelf holds the greatest story."

Quilvio Ventura

Junior
Hometown:
Jersey City, NJ
Major: Business Management
Quote: "Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many; the intelligence of a few perceives what has been carefully hidden." -Phaedrus

Richard Severe, Ph.D

Director

 

 

Assistant Professor of English
Director, Writing Collaboratory
Quote: "My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to make them better." -Steve Jobs