Nicole C. Focareto
Dean 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.
Conor is a May 2015 graduate of Belmont Abbey College and he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting with a minor in Math and Physics. Conor grew up in Maryland and is looking forward to traveling to high schools in the mid-Atlantic region.
During his college years, Conor worked for the Admissions Department as a student ambassador and is happy to return as an Admissions Counselor. Conor is excited to work for the college that he believes in wholeheartedly. He loves the mission of Belmont Abbey College and everything that the college represents. Conor will be working with prospective students and parents from the eastern counties of North Carolina as well as Virginia, Washington D.C., and Maryland.
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!
Kwame Seymour graduated from Belmont Abbey College in December 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management. Kwame grew up in the outskirts of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, specifically in the village of Clemmons. While growing up, Kwame spent his time helping on his family’s farm and competing in multiple sports. Kwame found his way to the Abbey through the sport of wrestling, where he competed as a Division II athlete for his entire college career. While attending the Abbey, Kwame served as an Orientation leader, and assisted during Admissions campus events. He loved getting involved with campus activities and continues to enjoy being a part of the BAC community. In his current role, Kwame will be working with prospective students and parents in the Northeast region of the United States, counties in North Carolina surrounding his hometown, and our International student population. Kwame will also assist transfer students throughout the application process.
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.
Admissions Operations Manager
Rianna is a May 2015 graduate of Belmont Abbey College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History. She is originally from Hampstead, Maryland.
While she attended the Abbey, she was involved in many clubs and organizations, most prominently the Abbey Players Theatre Program. She served as an Abbey Ambassador for the Admissions Office during her junior and senior years, and is excited to continue playing a role in the Admissions process for future Belmont Abbey students. She couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the staff at her alma mater, and to help share Belmont Abbey with those looking to create a college experience of their own.
Admissions Operations Specialist
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.