Contact an Admissions Counselor


Otis Miller III

Director of Admissions

Phone: (305)628-6753
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

About me:  I am currently the Director of Admissions at St. Thomas University (STU). I earned my Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from STU and my Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Thomas More University (KY). I graduated from Thomas More University located in Northern Kentucky and immediately started working in the office of enrollment. Outside of work I like to go to STU student clubs and athletic 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.

Associate Director of Graduate and Online Admissions

Phone: (305)628-6709
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.


Whitney Battoe

Assistant Director

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 Admissions Counselor. St. Thomas University is true to its mission developing ethical and confident Leaders for Life.


Jeniffer V Servellon-Lozano

Senior International Admissions Counselor

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.


Zane Mass

Admissions Counselor

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.


Jamar Alexis

Admissions Counselor

Phone: (305)770-6686
Hometown: Miami, Florida

About me: Hello! My name is Jamar Alexis. I am currently an Admissions Counselor at St. Thomas University (STU). I am a product of STU; having been a Student-Athlete (Basketball), a Student Ambassador, a Resident Assistant, the President of STU’s Student Government Association, and involved in various clubs/organizations’ leadership groups/boards. I earned my Bachelor of Business Administration in Sports Administration from St. Thomas University in May 2019. I started working in this position in July. I am currently pursuing my MBA from St. Thomas University to enhance my education in the business world. I own a sports media production company called Modern Sports Media Group, whose vision is to become the most convenient medium for sports fans to get updated information, for all of their favorite sports. Outside of work I am still very involved with STU’s Student Life and enjoy helping with various events taking place on campus. I also like to work out and still play basketball all the time. I love watching several sports, including Basketball, Football, Tennis, Soccer, and more! While I had a couple of other job offers when I was graduating, ultimately my love for STU, my desire to see it grow and improve, and my connection to not only the school, but the people in it, are the primary reasons I decided to stay in this new professional capacity. I hope to be able to help YOU find a new home here at St. Thomas University in beautiful Miami, Florida.

Alliyah Sands

Admissions Counselor

Phone: (305)474-6073
Hometown: Clayton, North Carolina

About me: Hello and welcome! My name is Alliyah Sands. I am originally from Clayton, North Carolina and came to St. Thomas University in 2016 as a transfer student from King University (TN). I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Economics in May 2019. I’ve had the pleasure of being a student-athlete (softball) and engaged in various clubs/organizations that St. Thomas had to offer. I was a Resident Assistant, President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, a member of the Dining Improvement Committee, an officer for the Economics Club, and a work-study. St. Thomas gave me the opportunity to participate in our student-run sports network, orchestrate and host a Mental Health panel, and travel to places like Las Vegas, California, Orlando, and many more for various events. Our family and culturally enriched environment is unmatched across the nation. We have one main goal here at St. Thomas University, and that is to produce ethical, culturally-enriched leaders for life. I look forward to showing why STU is for YOU.

Jaime Spruill

Coordinator of Guest Relations

Phone: (305)628-6546
Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina

About me: Hello! My name is Jamie and I am from Columbia, South Carolina! I earned my Bachelors of Business Administration in Sports Administration from St. Thomas University and my Masters of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship from Lynn University. It was an honor to be involved in various clubs throughout the university as well as the Team Captain for our tennis team! The small community is what led me to become a part of the Bobcat family (and the year round perfect weather)! If you are looking for an institution that truly embodies their mission statement, this is the perfect school for you! The true commitment to student leadership and creating leaders for life shows from the moment that you step onto campus!

Danilly Zwachte

Graduate Assistant

Phone: (305)474-6872
Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela

About me: Hello, my name is Danilly Zwachte. After growing up in Caracas, Venezuela, I graduated from St. Thomas University, earning my bachelor’s degree in international business. During my time in our university, I was a proud member of the STU Spirit Team and became a member of this amazing community. Currently, I am pursuing my MBA with a specialization in Finance while working as a Graduate Assistant for the STU Admissions Department. As I have spent my youth swimming for my High School and State in Venezuela, I enjoy spending my free time in the water. Also, thanks to the amazing experience gained from my time in the STU Cheerleading Team, I have found great joy in dancing. My favorite thing about STU is how we all become a family. Now, I cannot wait to introduce you to our great campus community and welcome you as a part of our Bobcat Family!

Admissions Processing Staff

Contact Information:

Office Hours:

8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Monday-Thursday)

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Friday)


16401 NW 37th Ave

Miami Garden, FL  33054

Building: MIMI DOONER HALL Suite# 107



Camila Alcala
Associate Director of Processing
Phone:  305.474.6809


Dayra Ortega
Admissions Processor
Phone: 305.628.6710


Ely Dantin
CRM Coordinator
Phone: 305.628.6616

Elsa Alvarez
Admissions Processor
Phone: 305.474.6882