Meet Your Admissions Team

We are here to help you determine which graduate program is right for you, as well as to help walk you through the application process. Feel free to contact us via phone or email or attend one of our on-campus events. The Office of Graduate Admissions is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Walk-ins are always welcome, but appointments are preferred so that we can better serve you.

If you are a prospective international student, please contact the Office of International Admissions at (203) 576-4552 or international@bridgeport.edu.

Jeffrey Mon

Jeffrey Mon

Dean of Admissions

Allison Garris

Allison Garris

Assistant Dean of Admissions


Zeina Riachy

Zeina Riachy

Graduate Admissions Manager


I graduated from Université Saint-Joseph de Beyrouth (USJ) with a bachelor’s degree in translation and a master’s in translation, with a focus on banking and business translation. I also earned a teaching diploma in living languages. I’m passionate about working in Graduate Admissions since I get to play a role in helping students take a step towards their future.

In my free time, I enjoy socializing, spending time with family and friends and swimming.

Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Movie: Can’t decide on one. The list is long!
Favorite Book: Oscar et la dame rose
Favorite Food: Tabbouleh
Best Part About My Job: Helping the students achieve their academic and career goals
Something You Don’t Know About Me: I speak 6 languages
Three Words to Describe Me: Hardworking, friendly, helpful


Rebecca Ciullo

Rebecca Ciullo

Enrollment Communications Officer


I graduated from University of Bridgeport with my Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing (2015) and MBA in Analytics Intelligence & Marketing (2017). I’m currently pursuing my doctorate in Educational Leadership at UB as well. I’m passionate about my job because I love helping students achieve their goals and dreams. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family, my dog, and traveling.

Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Movie: The Notebook
Favorite Book: 1984 by George Orwell
Favorite Food: Chicken/Eggplant Parm
Best Part About My Job: Helping students achieve their goals and dreams
Something You Don’t Know About Me: I’m a huge dog lover!
Three Words to Describe Me: Funny, helpful, caring


Jacob Knox

Jacob Knox

Graduate Admissions Officer


Through my education, I have background in politics, French, and teaching. I truly believe that education empowers people, and I enjoy helping students obtain their professional goals.

In my free time, I like to cook, go on hikes, and root for the Patriots.

Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Movie: Braveheart
Favorite Book: The Plague by Albert Camus
Favorite Food: Steak
Best Part About My Job: Meeting new people and helping them achieve their goals
Something You Don’t Know About Me: I have owned 2 English mastiffs
Three Words to Describe Me: Kind, loyal, diligent


Krista DeVellis

Krista DeVellis

Graduate Admissions Officer


I believe that through expanding our knowledge, we can all improve our lives. I graduated from Skidmore College with a Bachelors of Science in Theater, which brought me to work in theatre education with Hartford Stage. As their Apprentice Coordinator, I found that I loved helping young professionals bridge the gap between academia and the working world and decided to dedicate my career to just that with the University of Bridgeport. In my free time I love hiking, cooking, yoga, and listening to podcasts.

Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Book: The Tao of Pooh
Favorite Food: Homemade pasta
Something You Don’t Know About Me: I once won a free pasta dinner by having the best puns.
Three Words to Describe Me: Positive, sincere, witty


Trizy Garcia

Trizy Garcia

Graduate Admissions Officer


I graduated from CCSU with my Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a minor in Journalism. I enjoy learning more about people and what inspires them to pursue their goals. I believe education plays a role in their journey, and helps them get to where they want to be. In my free time I like to read, spend time with my family, and watch true crime documentaries.

Favorite Color: Pink
Favorite Movie: Clueless
Favorite Book: There’s too many for me to choose!
Favorite Food: Tacos
Something You Don’t Know About Me: I love Harry Potter! I’ve watched the movies too many times to count.
Three Words to Describe Me: Friendly, Curious, Funny


Sarah Doran

Sarah Doran

Graduate Admissions Officer


I graduated from Arcadia University with a Bachelor’s in English. I have a background in customer service and administrative work. I love interacting with people and learning more about them. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, writing, and finding new music.

Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Movie: Tie between Serendipity and Always Be My Maybe
Favorite Book: Women Who Run With The Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Favorite Food: Ice cream
Something You Don’t Know About Me: I spent three semesters abroad in college; one in Scotland, Ireland, and Italy
Three Words to Describe Me: empathetic, observant, resilient


Kevin Bruestle

Kevin Bruestle

International Admissions Officer


I graduated with a Bachelors from the University of California: San Diego and a Masters from Stanford University. I have been involved in education for a long time. I previously worked at an international education organization focusing on international high school students and was most recently a lecturer at a university in China. These experiences have made me passionate about working with international students and helping them to succeed. During my free time, I enjoy studying Chinese language and literature.

Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Movie: haven’t really seen any good movies in a long time
Favorite Book: a wide array of classical and modern Chinese literature
Favorite Food: Chinese food
Something You Don’t Know About Me: I speak Chinese and German.
Three Words to Describe Me: honest, understanding, detail-oriented


Dorothy Classen

Dorothy Classen

International Admissions Officer


I graduated from the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford in 2012 with a BFA in Photography. In 2013, my art connections brought me to St. Thomas More School, a small boarding school in eastern CT where I started as a yearbook advisor and tutor among several other responsibilities. I found a new passion working with the international students at STM and was promoted to Director of International Students in 2017. I love to travel and learn about other cultures, customs and languages and I am SO excited to link all of my passions together here with the rest of my awesome New UB Admissions crew!

In my free time, I teach (virtual) dance fitness classes: MixxedFit® and Zumba®! I like to read, but tend to watch a lot of movies. And I am close with my friends and family; we hike, love the beach or any body of water really, and just being together. ❤

Favorite Color: Yellow
Favorite Movie: Bridesmaids
Favorite Book: “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi and also George RR Martin’s series “A Song of Ice and Fire”
Favorite Food: Almost any unhealthy carb… I will never say no especially to chips or fries!
Something You Don’t Know About Me: I am simultaneously a travel addict and “homebody.” I have been very fortunate with many travel opportunities across almost every continent, but find it extremely important to balance my travels with time at home in the company of my friends, family and cat!
Three Words to Describe Me: Friendly, caring, open

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