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Hometown: Hawthorne, NJ
College Major: B.S., Psychology, M.S., Business Administration/Management
Casey Ramos is the newest member of St. Thomas Aquinas College’s Admissions team. She loves country music so much that she travels as frequently as twice a month to places like Red Rocks, Colorado, and Charleston, South Carolina to see her favorite performers live in concert. Six-time Grammy Award-winner Kacey Musgraves is her favorite, and others include Caitlyn Smith and Eric Church whose song “Talladega” inspired the name for her rescue pup, a mutt Casey calls “Tally” for short.
Music and performing have always been a big part of Casey’s life—she’s played piano since she was seven and also acted on the children’s show “Sesame Street”—and she’s been surrounded by music in her family. Her brother was a top 30 contestant on the first American Idol and her uncle is the famous salsa artist Marc Anthony.
As the Regional Admissions Counselor, she travels to college fairs around Westchester County to introduce high school students to STAC, answer questions, and facilitate the admissions process.
“I love that I’m able to help students take the next step in their educational journeys,” she says. “It’s such a pivotal point in their lives. I want to be accessible and to find those students who will do well at STAC. I want to be the person who sets them up in their new home.”
Higher education has always been important to the New Jersey native who earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Ramapo College and a master’s in business administration and management at Stevens Institute of Technology. She pursued the advanced degree as a step toward a longer-term goal of teaching at the college level as an adjunct professor someday.
During her own college years, Casey wrote a research paper that was published in the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research and also served as a graduate teaching assistant, working with first-year, transfer, adult, and international students. Before she joined STAC, she was an academic advisor at Bergen Community College and a social skills group facilitator for children with autism. “I have experience working with diverse populations, Casey says. “These experiences give me a unique perspective that I think could be valuable to the students and families I work with now.”
When she’s not chasing her favorite country artists around the country, Casey enjoys spending time with family, being outdoors, and watching true crime movies.
Brittney Toro, '18
Hometown: Bronx, NY
College Major: Communication Arts
Brittney has tiny feet. To be more specific, she wears a kids’ size 3 shoe. But there’s nothing small about her passion for STAC. As a STAC alum and admissions counselor, Brittney is well qualified to sing the praises of the college’s supportive, friendly “home away from home” environment, and she takes great pride in sharing it with prospective students in her hometown. When she’s not working, you’ll find her baking, hiking or catching upon reruns of “Friends.”
Vincent Vazquez, '18
Hometown: Stony Point, NY
College Major: Sport Management
Vincent has a thing for superheroes. His favorite movie? The Avengers: Infinity War. His favorite superhero? The Flash. The actor who would play him in a movie? Michael B. Jordan of Black Panther fame. Around here, we think of him as a bit of a superhero when it comes to student recruitment upstate and in parts of NYC. His enthusiasm and love for STAC are positively infectious (but not in a help-save-the-universe kind of way).
Hometown: Demarest, NJ
College Major: Psychology
Lisa Carlos is a child of the 80s. Give her a little Duran Duran, Bon Jovi, Wham! or Michael Jackson…maybe a John Hughes movie or two…and she’s a happy camper. Know what else makes her happy? Working with incoming students and helping them make a successful transition from high school to college. In her free time, Lisa enjoys exercising, spending time with her family and hitting the beach.