Meet the Counselors

Meet the Counselors

Welcome to the Office of Admissions!  If you are interested in contacting one of our admissions representatives, please contact us at admissions@jjay.cuny.edu.  Click on the list below to learn more about our Undergraduate Admissions team.

Jenise Reyes (Associate Director)

Title: Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Email: jreyes@jjay.cuny.edu

Hometown: New York

Degree(s) & Institution(s) Attended: BA in History and Political Science SUNY Stony Brook MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies SUNY Albany

Number of years working in Higher Education: Lots

Why do you enjoy working in Admissions: I love working with students and ensuring that everyone has access to higher education. Go Bloodhounds!

Anita DeVarie (Admissions Counselor)

Title: Admissions Counselor

Email: adevarie@jjay.cuny.edu

Travel Territory: New York City

Hometown: Bronx, NY

Degree(s) & Institution(s) Attended: BS in Legal Studies John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Number of years working in Higher Education: 11 years

Why do you enjoy working in Admissions: Having the opportunity of helping students achieve their goals.

Edwin Luna (APPLE Corps Admissions Specialist)

Title: Apple Corps Admissions Specialist

Email: eluna@jjay.cuny.edu

Travel Territory: New York City

Hometown: New York City

Degree(s) & Institution(s) Attended: B.A History (D’Youville College) MSED in Higher Education Administration (Baruch College) 

Number of years working in Higher Education: 12 years

Why do you enjoy working in Admission: You have the opportunity to meet and interact with new people every day and I enjoy the traveling.

Jeanette Tavarez (In-service Program Coordinator)

Title: NYPD/In-service Program Coordinator

Email: jtavarez@jjay.cuny.edu

Hometown: Woodside, NY

Degree(s) & Institution(s) Attended: Project Management Certificate, CUNY SPS; MPA, John Jay College; BA in Public Administration, John Jay College

Number of years working in Higher Education: 9

Why do you enjoy working in Admissions: One of the best learning experiences in working in Admissions is knowing that it is never too early or late for someone to pursue college. Although it is the student’s journey, I have the opportunity to welcome them to the College and see their progress throughout the years. It is absolutely a rewarding experience to be part of the journey.

Chris Valentino (Assistant Director of Recruitment)

Title: Assistant Director of Recruitment

Email: Cvalentino@jjay.cuny.edu

Travel Territory: CT, MA, FL, CA, and every NY county outside of the five boroughs.

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Degree(s) & Institution(s) Attended: BA in Communications from Mount Saint Mary College

Number of years working in Higher Education: 14

Why do you enjoy working in Admissions: I have the opportunity to change someone’s life for the better, every single day.

Bianca Simboli (Admissions Counselor)

Title: Admissions Counselor

Email: bsimboli@jjay.cuny.edu

Travel Territory: Pennsylvania, Maryland, & Washington, D.C.

Hometown: Londonderry, New Hampshire

Degree(s) & Institution(s) Attended: B.A. in Public Relations, Minor Business Management, Quinnipiac University, Currently pursuing M.S.Ed in Higher Education Administration at Baruch College (CUNY).

Number of Years Working in Higher Education: 5

Why do you enjoy working in Admissions: My favorite part about working in admissions is meeting amazing students in my travels and helping them navigate the college process to achieve their goals and dreams!

Kristal Singh (Admissions Counselor)

Title: Admissions Counselor

Email: ksingh@jjay.cuny.edu

Travel Territory: Long Island

Hometown: New York

Degree(s) & Institution(s) Attended: Bachelors of Science in Airport Management, Vaughn College

Number of Years Working in Higher Education: 7

Why do you enjoy working in Admissions: Meeting new people and traveling to new places.

Marijana Ljutic (Admissions Counselor)

Title: Admissions Counselor

Email: mljutic@jjay.cuny.edu

Travel Territory: New Jersey

Hometown(s): Yonkers & Bronx

Degree(s) & Institution(s) Attended: Bachelors of Arts, Fordham University, Masters of Science in Secondary Education Grades 7-12, Fordham University

Number of Years Working in Higher Education: 1.5

Why do you enjoy working in Admissions: Helping students achieve their goal of finding the right college