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Freshmen Counselors

Sarah K. Lavra (
(570) 422-3184
Senior Associate Director of Admission
Territories: (PA) Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming
Hometown: Elizabeth, New Jersey
Studied: Journalism & Mass Communications, concentration in Public Relations
Favorite thing about ESU: The students. I love their enthusiasm, excitement to learn (in and out of the classroom), and the diversity they bring to our campus.
Quote: "There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live". - Dalai Lama

Mary Amador (
(570) 422-3856
Assistant Director of Admission, BRM Coordinator
Hometown: Bronx, New York
Studied: MS Management & Leadership in Public Administration
Favorite thing about ESU: At ESU you are able to become family with everyone on campus; not just your friends, but your professors and faculty, too.
Favorite Quote: "Be yourself, everyone else is already taken."-Oscar Wilde

Agnieszka A Brannan (
(570) 422-3577
Assistant Director of Admission, Coordinator of Publications
Territories: (NJ) Bergen, Hunterdon, Warren, Sussex, Morris, Somerset, and Burlington
Hometown: Forest Hills, New York (originally from Poland)
Studied: Political Science at ESU
Favorite thing about ESU: I love the friendly atmosphere at ESU. As an alum, I am especially happy to observe the growth within our current students as they move through their ESU journey.

Jennifer Castro (
(570) 422-3922
Interim Sr Associate Director of Admission, Coordinator of Multicultural Recruitment/Campus Tours
Territories: (PA) Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Montgomery, Bucks, Chester
Hometown: Whitehall, Pennsylvania
Studied: BS Criminal Justice and M.Ed. Student Affairs Administration in Higher Ed
Favorite thing about ESU: The students are my favorite thing about ESU. As a recruiter and supervisor of student workers/graduate assistants, and advisor of a student organization, I am in constant communication with our students. Seeing our students achieve their academic goals is the best feeling and reminds me why I do what I do.
Quote: “Set out each day believing in your dreams. Know without a doubt, that you were made for amazing things.” - Josh Hinds

Gianna Morris (
(570) 422-3930
Admission Counselor
Territories: (NJ) Essex, Passaic, Mercer, Union, Middlesex, and Monmouth
Hometown: Queens, New York
Studied: Business and Management at ESU
Favorite thing about ESU: I love the pride of the Warrior spirit amongst the student body, the positive energy from the staff/faculty, and the warm atmosphere as you walk around the campus. It’s a home away from home. It’s a family!
Quote: “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” – Bill Cosby

Timothy Hahn (
(570) 422-3806
Admission Counselor
Territories: New York, (PA) Luzerne, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Dauphin, York, Delaware, and Schuylkill
Hometown: Pittston, Pennsylvania (Luzerne County)
Studied: Elementary and Special Education with a Minor in Theatre at ESU
Strengths: Public Speaking, Personable
Favorite Thing About ESU: The personality, energy, and passion of the students.
Quotes: “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible.” - Vic Aguirre; “Create your own destiny. If you don’t, someone else will.” - Chris Leber
If your county is not listed, or if your school will be hosting an event that you would like us to attend, please contact Sarah Lavra at

Baron Vanderburg (
(570) 422-3493
Admission Counselor
Territories: Burlington, Ocean, Hudson NJ and Westchester, Orange, and Rockland NY
Hometown: Hempstead, NY/Easton, PA
Studied: B.A. in Public Admin from ESU, and M.A. in Higher Ed Student Affairs (In Progress) at Messiah College
Favorite Thing About ESU: ESU is a comfortably sized campus, in a great location between 2 major cities which provide a lot of great opportunities.
Quote: "Do or do not do, there is no try" - Yoda

Transfer Counselors

Walt Lukow (
(570) 422-3110
Associate Director for Transfer Admission, Coordinator of Transfer Recruitment
Admission contact for transfer students with last name initial of L-Z
Territories: County and Community Colleges
Hometown: Allentown, Pennsylvania
Studied: History, World Cultures, Secondary Education Certification

Nina Atanesian (
(570) 422-3149
Assistant Director for Transfer Admission
Admission contact for transfer students with last name initial of A-K
Territories: County and Community Colleges
Hometown: Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Studied: Business Management with Minor in Economics (at ESU!)
Favorite thing about ESU: Everything! The aesthetics of the campus, and the energy of our students and faculty.
Quote: "Believe you can and you’re halfway there” - Theodore Roosevelt

Please Note: If your community college will be hosting an event for transfer students that you would like us to attend, please contact Walt Lukow at