I graduated from Fairfield University with a degree in marketing in 2003 and am originally from Long Island, New York. During my junior year, I studied abroad in Florence, Italy where I developed an interest in the wine industry. Following my study abroad experience, I completed an internship at the second largest vineyard on Long Island, and after graduation, continued working at the vineyard as the tasting room manager. I soon returned to college to begin my MBA at Hofstra University and also took on a new position as an assistant dean of undergraduate admissions in 2004. I completed my MBA and began a new role as Hofstra’s director of recruitment, later becoming the executive director, of the Zarb School of Business. Following my experience at Hofstra, I relocated to Poultney, VT, and served as the dean of enrollment management and marketing at Green Mountain College. I thoroughly enjoy my career in higher education, which now brings me to a new role at the University of New Haven. Helping students achieve their educational goals is a very rewarding experience for me. Working in this field has also afforded me the ability to visit and recruit students all over the United States and also internationally, spanning 10 countries across four continents. The University of New Haven's commitment to experiential learning is one quality that attracted me to continue my career here. It is important to get hands-on experience in the field you are studying. A couple of on-campus examples of this include the coursework completed in the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Sciences or the Bloomberg-style trading room in our Bergami Learning Center for Finance and Technology.