Meet the Team

We welcome anyone interested in NYUSPS to contact our admissions team so we can get you started on the next steps of your academic journey. We invite you to come in and meet with an Admissions Officer during our office hours, or you can contact us via phone  or email.


Phone: 212-998-7100


Graduate Admissions:


Undergraduate Admissions:


Cynthia Pérez

Director of Admissions

Linda Nicholas

Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid

Darlene Passarelle

Assistant Director of Admissions

Ashley Berman

Born and raised on Long Island, NY, Ashley's strong passion for cross-cultural education led her to obtain a Master's degree from NYU Steinhardt in International Education. After working several years in study abroad, her passion for working with diverse communities led her to the students at NYU SPS. Ashley loves the unique programs that NYU SPS offers, a well as helping students achieve their educational and professional goals. Outside of the office, she can be found exploring museums, playing board games and traveling!


Alicia Houser

An an NYU alumnae, Alicia is proud to help others in their journey to graduate studies. In her free time, she enjoys watching her favorite YouTube channels and doing yoga.

Austin Simon

Austin is a graduate of Ohio State University's Higher Education and Student Affairs Program with experience working in New Student Programs, Student Affairs Assessment, and on-campus Sustainability initiatives. He enjoys working with prospective SPS students to help them create their own path to academic success. When Austin is not at NYU, you can find him at Citi Field, Terminal 5, or Xi'an Famous Foods. 

David Querusio

David loves the work NYUSPS does for providing post-traditional undergraduate students the opportunity to complete their degrees and giving graduate students the chance to focus on industry-specific skills as they pursue their career goals. He is currently working towards a graduate degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs at NYU with a focus on education equity and access. When David is not in class at Washington Square or on the road meeting students, he can be found searching NYC for the best cup of coffee the city offers.


Sherril Walker-Ward

Sherril is as passionate about helping applicants through the admissions process as she is about knitting and spending time with her family.