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

David Beltran

Peer Tutor Coordinator

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

Current Staff Tutors

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

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

Brenda Horetsky

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

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

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

Jorge Reyes

Senior 
Hometown:
North Bergen, NJ
Major: Education/Liberal Arts
Quote: "Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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