Contact an Admissions Counselor

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Yasdanee Valdes Ed.D.

Assistant Director of Admissions,
Coordinator of Transfer Student Enrollment

Email: yvaldes@stu.edu
Phone: (305)628-0769
Hometown: Miami, Florida

About me: Hello and thank you for your interest in St. Thomas University. I am a proud Miami native and I work closely with those college students interested in transferring to St. Thomas University. I hold a Bachelor and Master of Arts in History from Florida International University and a Doctor of Education from the University of Miami. I am passionate about higher education and in helping students reach their academic and career goals. As a first-generation college student, I understand how challenging the college selection process can be. Here at St. Thomas University, our small learning environment allows us to provide you with the individualize attention that you need. I look forward to meeting you.

Yates

Yeats Goodwin

In-House Recruiter and Liaison for the Nursing Department

Email: ygoodwin@stu.edu
Phone: (305)628-6617
Hometown: Miami, Florida

About me: I am the In-House Recruiter and Liaison for the Nursing Department. I studied Creative Writing at Eckerd College and graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Boston University’s Wheelock College of Education and Human Development. I am extremely passionate about education, arts, human rights, and engaging in the modern world with a global perspective, all of which are vital to the St. Thomas University's mission. It is my goal that every student that I speak to gains the tools and understanding they need to begin their college journey at St. Thomas, so that they may become the leaders and innovative thinkers that the world needs. I look forward to speaking with you about what our University has to offer.

Yates

Whitney Battoe

Admissions Counselor

Email: wbattoe@stu.edu
Phone: (305)628-6590
Hometown: Naperville, Illinois

About me: Hello and welcome from Whitney Battoe! I am originally from Naperville, Illinois, and a proud St. Thomas University alum with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. I was a four-year student-athlete serving as Captain of St. Thomas’s volleyball program all four years (2014-2018). During which I earned many accolades both academically and athletically, i.e. graduated Cum Laude, 3X NAIA Scholar Athlete, 3X Academic All-Conference Team, The Sun Conference (TSC), 3X First-Team All-Conference (TSC), 2X Player of the Year (TSC), and 3X NAIA All-American. My favorite aspect of St. Thomas University is its people; since it is a smaller university, everyone takes time to get to know you making the university truly feel like a second home. The family-like atmosphere encouraged me to grow academically and athletically as a student, and the university continues to help me grow professionally as an Academic Counselor. St. Thomas University is true to its mission developing ethical and confident Leaders for Life.

Devin

Devin Hill

Undergraduate Admissions Counselor

Email: dhill@stu.edu
Phone: (305) 628-6753
Hometown: Miami, Florida

About me: I am originally from Miami, FL. I attended Purdue University and Lincoln University where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. I am currently enrolled in the Masters of Science in Sports Administration here at St. Thomas University. Along with being an Admissions Counselor tending to undergraduate students, I also work with the admissions of student-athletes, and am currently the Assistant Track and Field Sprint Coach. St. Thomas University offers programs to help students prepare for their dream careers and beyond. As an Admissions Counselor, I take great pride in providing assistance to all students through the guidance of the admissions process and keeping students excited about their future careers. After all, St. Thomas is not just about equipping you with knowledge – it is also about giving you the confidence to succeed in your chosen field.

Jennifer

Jeniffer V Servellon-Lozano

Admissions Counselor

Email: jservellon@stu.edu
Phone: (305)628-6739
Hometown: El Salvador

About me: I am originally from El Salvador and graduated from St. Thomas University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. I was originally part of the Office of Admissions since 2014 as a Student Ambassador and the passion for education and love for my Alma Mater is what brought me back as an Admissions Counselor in 2018. I am also bilingual in Spanish and English, which expands my ability to help most students. My favorite part about St Thomas University is the personalized attention students get, not only in the classroom but also across campus. I invite you to visit us and experience firsthand what a tightly connected community we are at St. Thomas University.

Tony

Tony Guilarte, MS

International Admissions Counselor

Email: aguilarte@stu.edu
Phone: (305)628-6614
Hometown: Miami, Florida

About me: Hi! My name is Tony Guilarte, and I am the International Admissions Counselor at St. Thomas University (STU). I have a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Florida International University and a Master of Science in TESOL from St. Thomas University. I have over 16 years’ experience in academia working for higher education institutions. My goal is to ensure that international students receive my personal attention in order to provide a smooth transition into their academic life abroad. Although, I specialize in international admissions, I am always available to assist any student in need of my services. I have had the privilege to be a part of STU family for the last three years, and I love the diverse student-body on our campus! Go Bobcats!

Zane

Zane Mass

Admissions Counselor

Email: zmass@stu.edu
Phone: (305)628-0769
Hometown: Annapolis, Maryland

About me: Hello! My name is Zane Mass and I am from Annapolis, Maryland. Previously, I attended The Community College of Baltimore County Essex (CCBC) to pursue an AA in Business. While attending CCBC, I was fortunate to be Team Captain of the CCBC lacrosse team. Under my leadership, we received the NJCAA 2nd team All-American award, NJCAA 1st team All-Defense award, and became the first CCBC team to enter into the NJCAA Lacrosse Finals in 10 years. After only a short time at St. Thomas University, I can truly say that it is unlike any other place. It is close-knit family, where faculty and staff go over and beyond to make it an exceptional college experience for all students. My favorite part of being member of the St. Thomas family is its commitment to empower students by providing them the tools needed to succeed, not to mention our beautiful campus in sunny Miami.