Admissions Team


Samantha Bazile
Office: 845-398-4104 Cell: 845-244-5462

Samantha Bazile, '07

Director of Admissions & Chief Diversity Officer

Hometown: West Nyack, NY
College Major: Bachelor of Science in Social Science, Education '07

“There’s no place like home,” a line from her favorite movie “The Wizard of Oz,” sums up Samantha Bazile’s deep connection to St. Thomas Aquinas College. She brings the perspective of an alumna — having earned a BS in Social Science at STAC — and more than 12 years of experience in admissions counseling and recruitment. In her second role as Chief Diversity Officer, Samantha co-chairs the Center for Social Justice (CSJ) led by STAC President Ken Daly. A little-known fact about Samantha? She was named after Samantha Evans, a character on the daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives.

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headshot of Tommy Sapienza
Office: 845-398-4004 Cell: 845-244-5444

Thomas Sapienza

Associate Director Of Admissions Operations

Hometown: Ardsley, NY
College Major: Music Industry

Tommy says if Hollywood makes a movie about his life, Jonah Hill will get the starring role. A self-professed “pop-culture nerd,” Thomas loves all things Marvel, movies and comic books (which includes his cats, Boba Fett and Harley Quinn). Tommy’s favorite vacation spot is Disney World. It’s no wonder that he appreciates the close-knit, welcoming community at STAC, which we think is the second “happiest place on earth” next to Disney! 

Lorraine smiling
Office: 845-398-4149 Cell: 845-305-6348

Lorraine Derwin

Associate Director, Admissions for Recruitment
Hometown: Bergen County, NJ
College Major: Bachelor's Degree in Communications, MBA in Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership

Lorraine brings several years of admissions experience to her role as Associate Director of Admissions for Recruitment at St. Thomas Aquinas College. For her, helping students doesn’t end when the enrollment is complete, and she always encourages students to reach out any time they have questions or need assistance as they transition into college life.     

“I keep in contact with the student all the way through from the time that they’re inquiring about the school, to applying, to registering for classes, and through graduation,” she says. “It is so important for the Admissions Counselor to make the students feel welcome.”

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Office: 845-398-4101 Cell: 845-442-1599

Joy Gallagher, '20

Assistant Director, Transfer & Graduate Coordinator
Hometown: Nanuet, NY

College Major: English with Adolescence Education 7-12 - Graduation 2012; Masters in Public Administration - Graduation 2020

Joy serves all transfer and graduate students. A STAC alumna, Joy earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at STAC, and has been working at the College since 2014. Her many contributions as a staff member include serving as director of academic support and as associate director of academic services. Recently she returned to the admissions team, where her STAC career began. In her free time, Joy spends time with her family, and enjoys watching her two children play sports. She is an avid car enthusiast and self-proclaimed “foodie” who showcases local restaurants on Instagram.

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Kristen Domeischel, Assistant Director of Admissions
Office: 845-398-4102 Cell: 845-277-7023

Kristen N. Domeischel

Assistant Director of Admissions

Hometown: Manorville, NY
College Major: B.S, Psychology; M.S., School Counseling

Kristen Domeischel is STAC’s Regional Admissions Counselor for Long Island and Queens. Kristen has devoted her career in college admissions and career counseling and holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in school counseling from Long Island University. 

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