• Anthony Aurrichio

    Anthony is an Admissions Advisor who began working at the college shortly after receiving his BBA in Marketing from Iona College in 2016. He loves the opportunity to assist students in their attempts to reach their goals and succeed. In his spare time, Anthony enjoys “singing” along to music, writing, and going on adventures in NYC.

  • Qui Qui Balascio

    Qui Qui is the Associate Dean for Student Affairs.  She is an alum of Purchase College’s psychology program, and Fordham University’s School of Social Work.  Qui Qui has worked at Purchase College for 30 years, and is highly invested in students, particularly in the arena of outside the classroom education.  In her spare time, Qui Qui enjoys hiking, working with rescue dogs, laughter, music, and reading.

  • Patricia Bice

    Patty is the Dean of Student Affairs. She has worked at the college for 15 years. Originally from Kansas City, MO, Patty received her BFA in Dance from Purchase College. She loves meeting students and helping them attain their goal of a Purchase degree. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, sailing, dance and watching films. She holds a MA in Dance from UCLA and is currently completing her EdD from Northeastern University in Higher Education Administration. Her dissertation research is on organizational behaviors and student persistence.

  • Jessica Bullock

    Jessica is an Admissions Advisor in the Office of Admissions. She has been working in Admissions for about two years. Jessica graduated from Purchase College in 2014, with a BA in Liberal Studies and a minor in Psychology. As a student she was very active on campus. She played Varsity Women’s Basketball for all four years, and was team captain during her junior and senior year. She also interned at both the Wellness Center and The Children’s Center; and she worked in the Box Office at the Performing Arts Center. Her favorite part of her job is being able to counsel students as they start their college search! Jessica is very eager to assist students and help them stay on track to attaining their degrees.

  • Mary Kate Derienzo

    Mary Kate has served as the Events Coordinator in the Office of Admissions for the past two years. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Mary Kate received her BA in Visual Art from the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts and her MS in Arts Administration from Drexel University. In her role at Purchase, Mary Kate plans Open Houses, Accepted Student Days, and other events, as well as coordinates tours and visits to the College. Mary Kate is also involved in Orientation and Commencement. Her favorite part of her job is interacting with the team of Admissions Ambassadors, who she oversees.

  • Shaina Dymond

    Shaina is the Coordinator of Science Student Support Services. She has supported students as a Director of Residence Life, English teacher in South Korea, and as an AmeriCorpsVISTA member. Shaina loves guiding students at Purchase College as they embark on their academic, professional, and personal journeys. When she is not advising students or chatting with them over a puzzle in her office, you can find Shaina travelling, hiking, or adventuring with her rescue dog, Courage.



  • Elizabeth Elvira

    Lizz Elvira has been an administrator, educator and fight director for over 9 years. Born in the Hudson Valley, Lizz majored in Theatre Arts and English Literature at SUNY New Paltz. After graduation, she moved to Berkeley, California for an Education Administration Fellowship at Berkeley Repertory Theater. Following this life altering experience, Lizz stayed in California as an arts administrator, theater teacher, coach and fight director/stage combat instructor for organizations including Berkeley Repertory Theater, Berkeley Playhouse, Crowded Fire Theater and the American Conservatory Theater. When not at Purchase College, Lizz volunteers for the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, works at her family’s restaurant, hikes the many trails of Orange County and plays the guitar.

  • Masako Hashimoto

    Masako is a Career Counselor in the Career Development Center.  She is originally from Japan, and has been working at Purchase since 2011.  Outside of work, she is a foster parent of an orphan elephant in Kenya, and a big animal lover! (mind you she is not a vegetarian).  She is also a theater-enthusiast.  She has seen more than 700 shows since she arrived in New York!

  • Ryan Homsey

    Ryan is the director of the Advising Center and a lecturer in the Studio Composition program. He enjoys helping incoming students navigate all aspects of their academic journey. When not advising or teaching, he spends his time writing music for dance, theater, and concert settings, or biking along the Hudson River, baking, and reading!

  • Christopher Kaczmarek

    Chris has been at Purchase College for thirteen years and currently serves as the Director of Instructional Support for the School of the Arts and General Manager of the Purchase College Center for Community and Culture in Yonkers.  As a Purchase College graduate himself, he has an intimate knowledge of the student experience here and enjoys using that special viewpoint to help current students on their path to success.

    When not teaching, staring at spreadsheets or fretting about budgets, he enjoys making art, bicycling, and spending time with his wife and cat while binging on Netflix.

  • Matthew Kraus

    Matt is the Director of the Wellness Center and started at Purchase in 2016, so he can relate to what it feels like to be new on campus! Matt has master’s degrees in public health and expressive arts therapy. He likes to help students make good decisions about their health, future and well-being.  When Matt is not working he enjoys his family, food and watching shows with his wife. Matt was a competitive cyclist for many years and still enjoys riding one of his bicycles as much as time will allow. 

  • Rich Nassisi

    Rich has worked at Purchase College for 39 years, first in the registrar’s office and then as assistant and then associate dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He is currently the Director of Student Outreach and Special Programs. He considers students his number one priority and has worked to help them succeed.

    Rich earned his AB in history at Herbert H. Lehman College and his MPA at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. Originally from the Bronx, he now resides in Nyack, N.Y. He has “sent off” three of his own kids to college.

  • Paul Nicholson

    Paul is the Director of the EOP/MAP programs at Purchase College and also serve as the college’s Ombudsman.   He is looking forward to helping his success mentees succeed, achieve and lead at Purchase.  Paul’s dog is named Dougal, a Guiding Eyes for the Blind Stud and loves to meet students as well!  

  • Adriana Pera

    Adriana Maria Pera is the Program Coordinator for the Conservatory of Dance and Arts Management. Originally from Niagara Falls, New York, she received her MM in cello performance from the University of Toronto. In her role at Purchase, Adriana spends her time interacting with students and ensuring they stay on track for graduation. Outside of work, she teaches cello and performs in the greater New York City area.

  • Peter Polinski

    Pete is an academic advisor in the Advising Center. He is a proud graduate of Purchase and has been studying and working here since 2000.  He is a drummer and enjoys playing and seeing live music on weekends.

  • Jennifer Shingelo

    Jennifer is the Assistant Dean of Students and Enrollment for the School  of the Arts.  Helping students succeed in college is the part of her job that she loves the  best.  Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her 2 year old daughter, making art and practicing yoga.

  • Liz Sibio

    I have been working in the Office of Admissions for almost ten years and absolutely love working in Higher Education and being part of the Purchase College Community.

    As an Admissions Counselor, my job is to help recruit students to Purchase for various programs in the liberal arts and sciences and also, the visual and performing arts. I enjoy working with students and parents during the application process.

     I love being a Success Mentor because it allows me to go beyond the admissions process and help students throughout their journey at Purchase College. College is an exciting and can also be a bit overwhelming at first, so my goal is to help students navigate the process.

    In my spare time I love being with my family, reading and finding new gems on Netflix. I am a big fan of animals – particularly dogs!

    I look forward to meeting my new success mentees this year! 

  • Els Van den Bosch

    Els van den Bosch is a Student Services Coordinator in the office of the School of Liberal Studies and Continuing Education. She is a go-to person in that office because she enjoys listening to students (as well as faculty and staff) and helping them solve their problems. In the weekends she volunteers at a community garden because food is one of her greatest passions: growing it, cooking it and eating it. She has two college age kids and was a first generation college student back in her home country of the Netherlands.

  • Barbara Washington

    Barbara has worked at Purchase College for over 23 years.  She came to the institution having spent several years in the Hospitality, Financial and Public Relations industries. Barbara served as Office Manager, Events Coordinator, Admissions Counselor, Assistant Director and Associate Director of Admissions before serving in her present position as Associate Director of Student Success.  When not working at the college, Barbara serves the community in her church’s food pantry on Saturdays.  She also serves along with her husband as Pastor of Christian Builders Deliverance Ministries, Inc.