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.
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.