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Otis Miller III
Assistant Director of Admissions
About me: I am currently the Assistant Director of Admissions at St. Thomas University (STU). I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Associate of Arts in Business Administration. I graduated from Thomas More College located in Northern Kentucky and immediately started working in the office of enrollment. I am pursuing my MBA from St. Thomas University to enhance my education in the business world. Outside of work I like to go to STU student clubs and sporting events, work out, play basketball, watch football, and I love trying new foods. My focus is to help students achieve their goals! I am from Cincinnati, Ohio and because of the community and family based atmosphere at STU I can say I have found my home away from! I hope to meet you soon.
Yasdanee Valdes Ed.D.
Assistant Director of Admissions,
Coordinator of Transfer Student Enrollment
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.
In-House Recruiter and Liaison for the Nursing Department
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.
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 Admissions Counselor. St. Thomas University is true to its mission developing ethical and confident Leaders for Life.
Jeniffer V Servellon-Lozano
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 Guilarte, MS
International Admissions Counselor
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!
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.