Nicole C. Focareto
Executive Director of Admissions
Nicole provides oversight and leadership in the areas of recruitment, event management and scholarship administration for prospective first time college students and transfer students. She is a proud native of Cleveland, Ohio and grew up in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood. Nicole holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and Leadership Studies with a concentration in Language Arts, Reading, and Social Studies from Marietta College. She also has an M.A. in Education from Marietta College in southeast Ohio.
Throughout her career, Nicole has held several positions in enrollment management, educational administration and college access, including serving as the director of admissions at The Cleveland Institute of Art, director of admissions at Holy Name High School, manager of financial aid for Cleveland Scholarship Programs, and assistant director of admission at Marietta College.
Nicole’s love of travel provided opportunities to serve as a primary delegation leader with the People to People Student Ambassador Program, traveling with middle school students to bridge cultural gaps between the U.S. and other countries such as Australia, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Nicole has served as a faculty advisor for the Global Young Leaders Conference (GYLC) in 2001 and 2004 and GYLC-Europe in 2006 and 2011 in Vienna, Prague and Budapest.
Nicole genuinely enjoys working with students and providing opportunities for them to reach their potential. She is happy to lead the Belmont Abbey College Admissions staff and is looking forward to being a part of the positive changes at The Abbey. During her spare time, Nicole enjoys attending social events, traveling, reading, and volunteering.
Ellie grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and is a 2014 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University. She holds a B.A in Politics & Government and English with concentrations in Literature and Nonfiction Writing. During her time at Ohio Wesleyan University, Ellie interned in the Admissions Office where developed a passion to work with students throughout the college application process. Ellie is excited to join the Belmont Abbey College Admissions team as she embraces the opportunity to work with a variety of students from around the country. Ellie will work with prospective students from Mecklenburg County, along with the Midwestern and Western states.
Elizabeth graduated from Loyola University Maryland in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Throughout her time at Loyola, Elizabeth was involved with Campus Ministry and the Center for Community Service and Justice. After graduating, she spent one year volunteering with South Carolina Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA, a national service program with the aim of alleviating poverty in the United States. She completed her term of service at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina where she developed educational outreach volunteer programs, recruited student volunteers and planned large-scale service events to benefit the local community. Elizabeth currently serves as the Admissions Counselor for Gaston County, North Carolina and the South Carolina, Georgia and Florida territory. She is excited to live out the mission of Belmont Abbey College alongside students, faculty and staff. Elizabeth looks forward to welcoming new students with diverse backgrounds, interests and skills to Belmont Abbey College!Cameron Walsh
Cameron Walsh is a December 2014 graduate of Appalachian State University. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. During his time at Appalachian State, he volunteered to coach lacrosse at Watauga High School and helped lead them to their first ever back-to-back playoff appearances. Cameron is a native of Wilmington, North Carolina and was an involved parishioner of The Basilica Shrine of Saint Mary Catholic Church. Cameron is overjoyed to have the opportunity to be working at Belmont Abbey College (the only Catholic College in the Carolinas)! He’s eager to meet and assist all prospective students in his territory – western NC, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Missouri, and Texas.
Taylor West ’14
Taylor joined the admissions team in June2014 right after graduating from Belmont Abbey College with a B.A in Business Management and a concentration in Marketing. A native to the Charlotte area, he grew up in the suburb of Concord, NC. During his time at the Abbey, Taylor competed as a NCAA Division II baseball player and golfer. He also held office in student government his junior year, took part in many student activities, and worked as a senior interviewer in the admissions office. Taylor is extremely excited to be working at his alma mater and he looks forward to sharing his wonderful experience at Belmont Abbey College while assisting prospective students and future Crusaders! Taylor assists students from the Eastern Coast of North Carolina, the Northeastern and mid-Atlantic states.
Leslie grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland, OH and is a graduate of Denison University. She holds a B.A in Political Science with a minor in Spanish. She also has both a Paralegal Certificate as well as her Advanced Paralegal Certificate from Bentley University. Leslie has three children that attend Catholic School. Her children and all of their activities keep her busy, but she loves it! Leslie has a passion for travel and has lived in Florence, Italy. Her most interesting moment while spending time abroad was crossing through Check Point Charlie into East Berlin while the Wall separating Germany was still active. Leslie is a passionate advocate for Catholic education. She is excited to join the Belmont Abbey College Admissions team as she embraces the opportunity to work with a wonderful staff to help future students navigate the College Application process.