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Meet the Education Center Admissions Team

    Meet the Team

    As a student at Saint Leo University, you have the support of our entire staff. Even though many of us work behind the scenes, we all want to see you succeed and reach your academic and career goals. You belong here!

    Maribeth Stevens

    Assistant Vice President, University Campus Enrollment & Center Enrollment

    Maribeth Stevens

    Assistant Vice President, University Campus Enrollment & Center Enrollment


    Territory: Domestic & International

    Phone: (352) 588-8284

    Email: maribeth.stevens@saintleo.edu


    Biography

    Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

    Alma Mater: Bowling Green State University - Bowling Green, OH

    Degree(s): Bachelor of Political Science; Master of Public Administration

    Major(s): Political Science; International Development

    Favorite Place at Center/Campus: Benedict’s Coffeehouse

    Best Part About Saint Leo: Regardless of where you come from, you will be welcomed as a member of the Saint Leo Community from the moment you arrive. Students truly become global citizens at Saint Leo.

    Favorite Core Value: Excellence

    Advice for Prospective Students: Say hi to everybody that you meet on campus – a simple wave or a smile could make the difference in somebody’s day, week, or month. It is this same community that will be here for you during challenging times.

    Zulie Mendoza, MSID

    Director for Education Center Enrollment

    Zulie Mendoza, MSID

    Director for Education Center Enrollment


    Territory: Domestic - Education Centers

    Phone: (352) 588-8007

    Email: erzulie.mendoza@saintleo.edu


    Biography

    Hometown: New York, NY

    Alma Mater: New Jersey City University - Jersey City, NJ; Saint Leo University - Saint Leo, FL

    Degree(s) Bachelor of Arts; Master of Science

    Major(s) English with specialization in Performing Arts; Instructional Design

    Favorite Place at Center/Campus: Views/areas near Lake Jovita . The lake is often part of the backdrop for student and community activities, including graduation pictures and thus, a part of students’ memories and their achievements.

    Best Part About Saint Leo: The commitment to our student-centered mission and student success as well as the university’s focus on fostering global fluency for our diverse student population

    Favorite Core Value: Integrity & Community

    Advice for Prospective Students: Communicate and collaborate with staff, faculty, and fellow classmates. Build your support network, cultivate community, and be open to sharing and hearing ideas and thoughts with others.

    Amantha Terwilliger

    Enrollment Counselor

    Amantha Terwilliger

    Enrollment Counselor


    Territory: Domestic - Education Centers

    Phone: (813) 226-4857

    Email: amantha.terwilliger@saintleo.edu


    Biography

    Hometown: Cortland, NY

    Alma Mater: SUNY Canton, Tompkins Cortland Community College, Everest University, Ashford University, Saint Leo University

    Degree(s): AAS, AS, 2 BA degrees, MA, an MS in progress

    Major(s): Early Childhood Education, Medical Billing and Coding, Higher Education Management, Psychology, Education with a dual concentration (mathematics instruction and distant learning), Criminal Justice with a Forensic Science concentration

    Favorite Place at Center/Campus: My favorite place on campus is the library because I love learning and also because it overlooks beautiful Lake Jovita!

    Best Part About Saint Leo: The Saint Leo community. Not only do the staff and instructors support the students, but the students support each other as well!

    Favorite Core Value: Personal Development, because I am constantly trying to learn more!

    Advice for Prospective Students: The best advice I can give prospective students is to use the many resources we offer here at Saint Leo University as often as you can because they are very helpful in helping you to be successful! This includes your people resources such as your Enrollment Counselor and Advisor also because we are here to help!

    Elizabeth Castro

    Enrollment Counselor

    Elizabeth Castro

    Enrollment Counselor


    Territory: Domestic - Education Centers

    Phone: (352) 588-7086

    Email: elizabeth.castro02@saintleo.edu


    Biography

    Hometown: Chicago, IL

    Alma Mater: DeVry University - Chicago, IL

    Degree(s): MBA

    Major(s): Business

    Favorite Place at Center/Campus: I love the library with the view to the lake, definitely my favorite.

    Best Part About Saint Leo: I've only been working here for 4 months, thus far the best part has been seeing SLU has a well known reputation with the community and really cares for students.

    Favorite Core Value: I believe all core values are important, my favorite is community. I like feeling welcomed and hope my students feel the same way.

    Advice for Prospective Students: Always picture yourself graduating from your program. Don't let anything get in your way. If you need help, always ask there are a lot of resources available to you if you ask.

    Theresa Stopha

    Enrollment Counselor

    Theresa Stopha

    Enrollment Counselor


    Territory: Domestic - Education Centers

    Phone: (813) 226-4851

    Email: theresa.stopha@saintleo.edu


    Biography

    Hometown: Brooker, FL

    Alma Mater: Saint Leo University - Saint Leo, FL

    Degree(s): Bachelor's; Master's

    Major(s): Psychology; MBA - Human Resource Management

    Favorite Place at Center/Campus: The view of the lake.

    Best Part About Saint Leo: Student-focused.

    Favorite Core Value: Personal Development

    Advice for Prospective Students: College is just a stepping stone to the future you, so make sure to maintain a healthy balance along the way.

    Marc Shapiro

    Enrollment Counselor

    Marc Shapiro

    Enrollment Counselor


    Territory: Domestic - Education Centers

    Phone: (813) 226-4817

    Email: marc.shapiro@saintleo.edu


    Biography

    Hometown: San Antonio, TX

    Alma Mater: Frostburg State University - Frostburg, MD

    Degree(s): Bachelor's

    Major(s): History, minor in Social Geography

    Favorite Place at Center/Campus: Outside by Lake Jovita on Main Campus

    Best Part About Saint Leo: History and Traditions of Saint Leo University

    Favorite Core Value: All of our Core Values are very important. The one I stress the most is RESPECT. It is important to RESPECT all Individuals and hope you have the same RESPECT in return.

    Advice for Prospective Students: Prospective Students who are serious about their education have no reason not to succeed at the Enrollment stage and continue that success in their Academics. As an Enrollment Counselor, I tell many Prospective students that if they are Serious about their Education, we are Serious to be a part of their success. Stay focused and the next surroundings will be with your Degree in hand.

    Brian Bailey

    Assistant Director, Admissions for Savannah

    Brian Bailey

    Assistant Director, Admissions for Savannah


    Territory: Domestic - Savannah, GA

    Phone: (912) 352-8331 x3024

    Email: brian.bailey@saintleo.edu


    Biography

    Hometown: Oglethorpe, GA

    Alma Mater: Savannah State University - Savannah, GA

    Degree(s) Bachelor's; Master's

    Major's: Mass Communications (Journalism); MBM - Business Management (Project Management)

    Favorite Place at Center/Campus: Student Lounge, always great and unexpected conversations happening in there

    Best Part About Saint Leo: My awesome colleagues

    Favorite Core Value: Community. Without this, there is no Center; there is no Us.

    Advice for Perspective Student: If you have a dream or a goal, go for it. Like the lottery, you can’t win if you don’t play. You won’t become a better you, if you don’t start that journey.

    Yvonne Montell

    Senior Assistant Director of Admissions for East Pasco & Ocala

    Undergraduate Admissions

    Yvonne Montell

    Senior Assistant Director of Admissions for East Pasco & Ocala

    Undergraduate Admissions

    Territory: Domestic - East Pasco & Ocala

    Phone: (352) 588-8919

    Email: yvonne.montell@saintleo.edu


    Biography

    Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

    Alma Mater: National-Louis University, Argosy University, Saint Leo University

    Degrees: Ed.D., MBA, MS, MA

    Favorite Place at Center/Campus: St. Leo Abbey – Benedictine Monks

    Favorite Core Value: Community – inclusion of the Community your serve, work in, learn from, and teach. This Core Value allows you to incorporate the other Core Values of Integrity and Excellence.

    Advice for Prospective Students: Students should embrace lifelong learning. You can only provide to others what you learn; whether in the classroom, in the community, at work, or from family.

    Kristin Graves

    Assistant Director, Admissions for Tampa

    Kristin Graves

    Assistant Director, Admissions for Tampa


    Territory: Domestic - Tampa Education Center

    Phone: (813) 226-4826

    Email: kristin.graves@saintleo.edu


    Biography

    Hometown: Tampa, FL

    Alma Mater: Welch College – Nashville, TN

    Degree(s): Bachelor's; Master's

    Major(s): Psychology; Instructional Leadership

    Favorite Place at Center/Campus: My favorite space at the Tampa Education Center is actually the classrooms because I love the view of downtown Tampa some of them offer.

    Best Part About Saint Leo: The flexibility! We have extended hours, various locations, online and on ground options, and lots of online resources such as our library, tutoring, and career services.

    Favorite Core Value: Community – As a student, I am grateful for the support that my advisor, peers, and professors provide on a daily basis. We are more successful when we work together.

    Advice for Prospective Students: Let your purpose be your guiding force! Classes may get hard and there will be times that it is difficult to juggle family, career, and school. It’s important to remember why you started this journey and know that it will all be worth it when you are holding your degree.

    Patrisha "Trisha" Stalnaker

    Assistant Director, Admissions for Jacksonville

    Patrisha "Trisha" Stalnaker

    Assistant Director, Admissions for Jacksonville


    Territory: Domestic - Jacksonville, FL

    Phone: (904) 834-1563

    Email: patrisha.stalnaker@saintleo.edu


    Biography

    Hometown: Merritt Island, FL

    Alma Mater: University of North Florida - Jacksonville, FL; Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, IL

    Degree(s) Bachelor of Science (BS); Master of Education (MEd) and Master of Business Administration (MBA)

    Major(s): BS Psychology; MEd - Education Leadership (Higher Education Administration), & MBA - Business Administration

    Favorite Place at Center/Campus: The lobby, we will all gather around and talk. Staff, students, and faculty will all stand around our front desk and just enjoy each other. It creates such a welcoming environment and it makes for a great place to work and learn.

    Best Part About Saint Leo: The center staff, everyone is so helpful and loving. We work together to create such a great place to be for each staff and students alike.

    Favorite Core Value: Community, as the position most involved with community engagement at the center it is always amazing to me how big of an impact we can have by being open to opportunities outside of the normal scope. Getting to live that value every week is all I could ask for in a job.

    Advice for Prospective Students: Ask questions! I would rather tell you something 10 times in 10 different ways than for you to not be confident before starting classes. School is what you put into it, so take advantage of this opportunity and the knowledge of others throughout your journey.

    Richard Grile

    Assistant Director, Admissions for Charleston

    Richard Grile

    Assistant Director, Admissions for Charleston


    Territory: Domestic - Charleston, SC

    Phone: (843) 544-3151

    Email: richard.grile@saintleo.edu


    Biography

    Hometown: Anderson, IN

    Alma Mater: Harding University; Southern Wesleyan University

    Degree(s) Bachelor's; Master's

    Major(s): Business Administration; Management

    Favorite Place at Center/Campus: I am thoroughly impressed with Saint Leo's Charleston campus in the Nexton office park and village. It is a stunning campus and has great common areas for students.

    Best Part About Saint Leo: The people I work with! Everyone has been wonderful!

    Favorite Core Value: Community - You can't have real success in life without looking out for the success of the others.

    Advice for Prospective Students: Dare to dream and don't be afraid! Partner with a university like Saint Leo whose mission it is to help you achieve those dreams!


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