Admissions Team



Samantha Bazile, '07

Director of Admissions

Hometown: West Nyack, NY
College Major: Social Science

Samantha’s favorite movie is “The Wizard of Oz.” And although there’s no place like home, she vows there’s no place like STAC, either. As admissions director, Samantha oversees the college’s recruitment and admission operations. She says there’s nothing more rewarding than meeting a student at a college fair, watching them become a part of STAC, and seeing them walk across the stage at graduation. She also says she could live on chicken wings, gummy bears, and peanut M&Ms. That sounds pretty rewarding, too.


Tara Diviny

Associate Director Of Admissions

Hometown: Pearl River, NY
College Major: English/M.S.T. in Education 7-12

Life is full of ups and downs … especially if you’re Tara Diviny. She’s a roller coaster aficionado who once rode the Six Flags’ roller coaster, Nitro, five times in one day. She also likes to ride the waves and root for the New York Giants (talk about ups and downs). When she’s not seeking thrills, she’s seeking student recruitment opportunities for our admissions counselors and helping prospective students get to know and love STAC. We give her a thumbs up. 


Ashley Scales

Assistant Director, Transfer & Graduate Coordinator

Hometown: North Rockland, NY
College Major: Theater

Ashley is a trained vocalist who can sing in ten different languages. Talented and smart? That’s a winning combination. She’s also a veteran admissions professional with a special talent for giving guidance and insight to high school and transfer students during their college search process. When Ashley isn’t in the office, you might find her watching Netflix, Game of Thrones or the New York Yankees.


Dana Caponong, '09

Assistant Director, International Admissions Counselor

Bachelor's Degree in Math/Secondary Education and a Masters Degree in Counseling

Dana was once the bassist in a punk-rock band. These days, she’s into animé, role-playing games (RPGs) and spending time with her rescue pups, Cyrus, TenTen and Pocky. As STAC’s international recruiter, Dana also spends a lot of time traveling and recruiting top students from around the world. On weekends, you’ll find Dana barbequing with family and friends or heading to the dog park.


Gina Funaro, '15

Regional Admissions Coordinator

Hometown: Queens, NY
College Major: Business Administration/Management

Even though Gina graduated from STAC in 2015, it wasn't long before she found herself back on campus.  She spent two years as an RA during her time here and now serves as a Residence Life Professional, in addition to her role as Admissions Counselor. She says she loves STAC's community feel and being able to know everyone on campus – from students to professors to staff. When she’s not visiting and working with students from Rockland County and the Hudson Valley, you’ll find Gina working out at the gym or surfing Pinterest.