Admissions Counselors

Freshman Counselors

Amanda Beal

Hometown: Champion, PA
Joined RMU: August 2014
Education

  • B.S.B.A with a concentration in Marketing from Robert Morris University (2014)
  • M.S. in Higher Education from Robert Morris University (2016)
  • M.A. in Executive Leadership and Management from Liberty University (2018)

My co-workers describe me as: Dedicated, reliable and organized
Hobbies: Reading, attempting new recipes and shopping at HomeGoods
What I like most about RMU: The fact that so many people on campus believe in you and your abilities. I would not be where I am today without the faculty and staff that I encountered on campus as a student.
Advice for prospective students: Find the best fit for YOU. Look for schools that have characteristics that are important to you and not just the name.

Counselor for:

  • States: Michigan and Ohio
  • Pittsburgh Area Schools: Deer Lakes, Hampton, Highlands, North Allegheny, Pine Richland and Sto-Rox
Amanda Beal

Caitlin Engel

  • Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions
  • engel@rmu.edu
  • 412-397-5218

Hometown: New Brighton, PA
Joined RMU: June 2014
Education:

  • B.S. in Public Relations from Slippery Rock University
  • M.A. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of PA

My co-workers describe me as: Reliable, understanding and charismatic 
Hobbies: As mom to two young daughters, I don't have many hobbies these days. When do I get a moment, I enjoy reading, watching movies and shopping. 
What I like most about RMU: The people! There is nothing like the students, faculty and staff at RMU. 
Advice for prospective students: Visit campus! The campus visit experience is a huge part of finding the right college or university. Websites, social media and items mailed to your home are helpful tools in helping you to identify fit but don't come close to a campus visit. 

Counselor for:

  • States: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
  • Pittsburgh Area Schools: Aquinas Academy, Central Catholic, Fox Chapel, Mount Lebanon, Oakland Catholic, Plum, Riverview, Seton LaSalle, Shady Side Academy, Upper St. Clair, Vincentian Academy and Winchester Thurston
Caitlin Engel

Tal Gordon

Hometown: Long Island, NY
Joined RMU: June 2017
Education: 2017 Bachelors of Science in Marketing and Finance 
My co-workers describe me as: Determined, considerate and jovial 
Hobbies: I enjoy exercising, playing and watching sports (huge New York Giants fan), being active outside and traveling.
What I like most about RMU: The hospitable environment! Whether you are a student, faculty or staff, you always feel like you are home!  
Advice for prospective students: Apply now, chill later  

Counselor for:

  • States: New York
  • Pennsylvania Counties: Beaver, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Montgomery and Philadelphia
Tal Gordon

Terrell Jackson

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Joined RMU: October 2016
Education: Management, RMU School of Business, 2015
My co-workers describe me as: Joyful, Dynamic & Passionate
Hobbies: Playing the Drums, Basketball, traveling, running, hiking and a lot of active things
What I like most about RMU: RMU is a community of one and a family- knit environment that makes RMU feel like home. That goes for being staff and an RMU graduate.
Advice for prospective students: Ask a lot of questions, enjoy the journey of deciding what's best for you and take it one step, one day at a time. Utilize the support alongside you and this "search" journey gives you a chance to learn incredible things about yourself. And then, reach another and teach another. You got this!

Counselor for:

  • States: New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania Counties: Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming
  • Pittsburgh Area Schools: Clairton, Gateway, Hillel Academy, Imani Christian, McKeesport, Neighborhood Academy, Penn Hills, Pittsburgh Public Schools, Propel Andrew, Propel Braddock, South Allegheny, Steel Valley, Thomas Jefferson, Wesley Academy, West Mifflin, Wilkinsburg and Woodland Hills
Terrell Jackson

Carly Phillips

Hometown: Harrison City, PA
Joined RMU: October 2019
Education: B.A. with a concentration in Advertising from Robert Morris University 2019
My co-workers describe me as: Dependable, Innovative, and Energetic
Hobbies: Singing, dancing, shopping (a lot), writing, drinking Dunkin’ iced coffee, and traveling
What I Like most about RMU: There truly is something for everyone here. RMU provides students with endless opportunities to get involved on and off campus. As a former student, I am so thankful that I took advantage of getting involved because it lead me to meeting my best friends and created some of my most cherished memories.
Advice for prospective students: Be open-minded about the colleges you look at. Even if you know nothing about a school, take the time to learn something about it either by doing research or taking a tour. You’d be surprised how knowing nothing about a school could easily turn into spending four amazing years there, and then loving it so much that you want to work there. (Yes, that’s about me.)

Counselor for:

  • States: Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C.
  • Pittsburgh Area Schools: Avonworth, Carlynton, Chartiers Valley, Cornell, North Catholic, North Hills, Northgate, Shaler, South Fayette, South Park, and West Allegheny
Phillips, Carly

Kennedy Richey

Hometown: Petersburg, Ohio
Joined RMU: November 2018
Education: BSBA with concentrations in Marketing and Management, Robert Morris University 2018
My co-workers describe me as: Enthusiastic, Passionate, Outgoing
Hobbies: Playing sports, golfing, spending time outdoors, attending concerts, going to the movies, and spending time with family.
What I like most about RMU: It is a place where you can make your experience anything you want it to be. You can have your own individual impact and have support every step of the way. It provides a unique balance between smaller school attention and guidance and larger school opportunities and program standards of excellence. 
Advice for prospective students: Think long and hard about what you want to major in. Don't just pick something because you feel pressure to have a plan. Do your research and make sure it's something you're passionate about, will challenge you, and you could really see yourself being happy doing every day. It's okay to come in as undecided and test the waters until you find a path that you're excited about! Get involved in as much as possible and push yourself out of your comfort zone. And most importantly, always be appreciative of the ones who helped you become the person you are today.

Counselor for:

  • Pennsylvania Counties: Adams, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Juniata, Lebanon, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Union, Westmoreland and York
  • Pittsburgh Area Schools: Baldwin, Bethel Park, Brentwood, Ellis School, Montour and OLSH
Kennedy Richey

Melissa "Missy" White

Hometown: Allison Park, PA
Joined RMU: January 2017
Education: 2016 Bachelors in Business Administration from Robert Morris University. Currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Robert Morris University.
My co-workers describe me as: Adventurous, Sincere, and Diligent
Hobbies: I love to travel and enjoy visiting the beach as much as I can. I love outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, and biking. I enjoy country music and attending concerts during the summer. I also love amusement parks and I’m always looking for a crazy new roller coaster to try out!
What I like most about RMU: I love the community here. There are very few universities that I have been to that have the same feel as RMU. From the faculty, staff, and students, everyone here truly makes you feel like family and I love getting to be a part of what makes this university so great!
Advice for prospective students: Take the time to visit the universities that you are interested in! The best way to know what school is a good fit for you is to come to the campus, meet the people, and see what it’s all about!

Counselor for:

  • States: Illinois, Indiana and Iowa
  • Pennsylvania Counties: Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Lycoming, Somerset and Tioga
  • Pittsburgh Area Schools: Bishop Canevin, Eden Christian Academy, Keystone Oaks, Moon, Quaker Valley and Sewickley Academy
Missy White

Transfer & Online Counselors

Michelle Gapsky

  • Admission Counselor, Transfer & Online Programs

Hometown: Allison Park, PA
Joined RMU: January 2013
Education: 2012 Master of Education in Higher and Post Secondary Education from Argosy University
2009 Bachelor of Applied Science in Communication and Media Studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Hobbies: Shopping and social media
On the weekends: I can be found hanging out with friends, going to concerts, movies and relaxing.
E-mail: gapsky@rmu.edu

Counselor for:

  • Transfer & Online Programs
Michelle Gapsky

Nicole Mazine

  • Admission Counselor, Transfer & Online Programs

Hometown: Center Township, PA
Joined RMU: September 2015
Education: Bachelors of Science in Psychology, Business Option from Penn State University
Hobbies: baking, reading, and traveling
On the weekends: I can be found hanging out with friends and family, and baking cupcakes.
Email: mazine@rmu.edu

Counselor for:

  • Transfer & Online Programs
Nicole Mazine

Graduate Counselors

Jessica Dunckel

  • Sr. Graduate Enrollment Manager

Email: dunckel@rmu.edu
Phone: 412-397-5228
1-800-762-0097 ext. 5228

Jessica Dunckel

Michelle Federer

  • Senior Admissions Counselor for International Programs

Hometown: Coal Center, PA
Joined RMU: March 2014
Education: 2012 Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Language and Literature with a Minor and Religious Studies, and a Certificate in Asian Studies from the University of Pittsburgh
Hobbies: Reading Comic Books, Collecting Vinyl Records, Watching Movies, Playing Video Games
On the weekends: You can find me enjoying music shows with family and friends, or having a relaxing time at home watching Netflix.
E-mail: federer@rmu.edu
Phone: 412-397-5284

  • Counselor for: International Students - Freshman, Transfer, and Graduate
Michelle Federer

Samantha "Sam" Thauvette

  • Graduate Enrollment Manager

Email: thauvette@rmu.edu
Phone: 412-397-5204
1-800-762-0097 ext. 5204

Sam Thauvette