Undergraduate & Graduate Degrees in Washington, DC

Meet The Admissions Staff

admissions group photo_122015The Office of Admissions is here to support and guide you through the admissions process at Trinity Washington University!
Please contact us at 202-884-9400 or admissions@trinitydc.edu to discuss your educational aspirations, schedule an appointment, or request assistance with your application.

Office of Admissions

Dr. Stephanie Krusemark
Vice President for Enrollment Development

Dr. Krusemark serves as the Vice President for Enrollment Development for Trinity Washington University. In this role, she oversees all marketing, recruitment, and admissions processes for the five schools of the institution. She brings over a decade of successful experience in undergraduate and graduate recruitment, marketing, admissions, and enrollment management,  strategies, policies, and practices for private liberal arts, research, and spiritually affiliated higher education institutions in California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington, D. C. She recently served as the Assistant Dean of Marketing and Enrollment Management for the School of Education and Psychology at Santa Clara University where she made a significant impact on the new student enrollment goals for the school including an increase to its diversity.

She holds a PhD in Higher Education Administration with an emphasis in Diversity and Higher Learning from the University of Denver, a master’s degree in Arts Administration from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in Art History from the University of St. Thomas. She has been affiliated with the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals, National Association of College Admissions Counselors, National Student Affairs Professionals Association, American Educational Research Association, Association for the Study of Higher Education and the Critical Race Studies in Education Association amongst many other national and regional associations focused on access, retention and inclusive excellence in higher education.

She was called to Trinity after watching the video interview titled, How an Elite Women’s College Lost Its Base and Found Its Mission, which featured President McGuire’s articulate description of institution’s mission; one that continues to remain committed to providing focused and intentional access and equity to higher education to those who have historically been undeserved and excluded. The institution’s approach to higher education is relevant to Dr. Krusemark’s admissions experience and doctoral-level research that focuses on the psychological impact of the physical campus environment on African American women’s sense of self and sense of safety.

She finds balance and inspiration through reading, urban hiking, trail walking, practicing yoga, Pilates and meditation, experiencing African American dance, listening to jazz and painting in acrylics.

Derrick Davis
Executive Director for Enrollment Development
Graduate and Professional Schools

Derrick serves as the Executive Director of Enrollment Development for the Office of Admissions. In this role, he oversees the recruitment and admissions processes for the four graduate and professional schools of Trinity Washington University. He brings over 15 years of higher education experience with a concentration in undergraduate admissions, diversity recruitment, student affairs, and pre-collegiate programs. He recently served the Director of Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions at Bowie State University.

He holds a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Western Michigan University.

He joined Trinity Washington University because of the institutional mission and rich history the institution has in the D. C. metropolitan area. More specifically, he values how the institutional vision manifests through its degree programs to assist adult students who have traditionally been discouraged and at times left behind in the education system.

During his free time, he is an avid sports enthusiast. He has completed two marathons, one half marathon and most recently his first Spartan Race. He also enjoys riding his motorcycle and spending time with his dog Bow. He describes his strengths as: genuineness, patience, and openness to all forms of diversity.

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Executive Director for Enrollment Development
College of Arts and Sciences

Germel serves as the Executive Director of Enrollment Development for the College of Arts and Sciences.  She oversees the recruitment and admissions processes which serve Trinity’s traditional undergraduate all women population.  Germel brings over 14 years of higher education experience, primarily consisting of experience in undergraduate, graduate, transfer, and international admissions.  She recently served as the Director of Graduate Advising at UMUC.

Germel holds a Master of Education in School Counseling from Wilmington University, and Master of Science in Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from The Lincoln University.  She is also currently pursing her Doctorate at Morgan State University.  Germel is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the Potomac Chesapeake Association of College Admission Counselors.  She is also affiliated with the National Association of College Admissions Counselors, and the National Academic Advising Association.

Shortly after starting her career Germel realized that working in higher education is her true passion.  Germel enjoys working with students throughout their educational journey, and helping them find the path that is the best fit for them.  Germel was drawn to Trinity because of its proven track record of helping students become leaders in their community.  She was also very impressed with Trinity’s ability to offer a variety of resources, and flexible options to students who may not be able to continue their education as a traditional day student.

In her free time, Germel loves to travel, participate in professional development experiences, volunteer in the community, and spend time with family and friends. Her strengths include her open-mindedness, her glass half full personality, and her genuineness.

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Ka’Lyn Banks
Marketing Communications Coordinator

Ka’Lyn serves as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the Office of Enrollment Development. She oversees the marketing, social media and communications needs for the department. Ka’Lyn brings 5 years of experience working in Digital Marketing and Social Media Management.

Ka’Lyn holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Linguistics from Old Dominion University and is currently completing her Masters of Arts in Organizational Communications at Bowie State University. She also volunteers as the Media and Community Outreach Lead for the Black Girls Code chapter in Washington, D.C.

She is excited to work for an institution that pushes its students to be the very best version of themselves. Trinity’s mission and goals inspire Ka’Lyn to do her very best to build the brand of the Office of Admissions and the institution’s degree programs.

Ka’Lyn is dedicated to bringing innovative and new ways of “meeting prospective students where they are at” through social media. She has a knack for making others smile and in her spare time she enjoys recording her podcast, trying new restaurants with her fiance’ and researching how women of color use social media platforms such as Twitter to build their brand for her thesis.

College of Arts and Sciences

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Senior Associate Director for Enrollment Development
and Community Partnerships

Iris serves as the Senior Associate Director of Enrollment Development and Community Partnerships for the College of Arts and Sciences. In her role, she focuses on community partnerships, transfer students and the Dreamer Scholarship and Conway Nursing cohorts. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Trinity Washington University and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in counseling from Trinity. She enjoys encouraging young women to achieve their goals through higher education and seeks to empower and advocate for those in her community. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her dog Panda. She describes her strength as: an unwavering commitment to encouraging young women to achieve their goals through higher education.

JessicaJessica Stamp ’14
Enrollment Recruiter

Jessica serves as the Enrollment Recruiter for the College of Arts and Sciences. She holds a bachelor’s in Business Administration and a bachelor’s in Communications from Trinity Washington University. As an alumna, her experience in the College of Arts and Sciences prompted her to become staff at the institution. She enjoys the opportunity to interact with prospective students and serving as an instrumental asset to their exploration of Trinity.

She believes in the power of higher education and sees it as integral to a future student’s success. She asserts that the overall goal of a liberal arts women’s institution of higher learning is to foster the foundations of leadership to mold young women into inspirational leaders of society.

She is the first person in her family to attend college. Therefore, as a first generation student, she discovered her strength at Trinity through a wide variety of activities including playing on the Trinity tennis team where she won MVP for the 2012 playing session. She also served as the President of the Student Government Association, participated in the gospel choir and in a variety of other campus clubs. She describes her strengths as: ambition, courage, and leadership.

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Enrollment Recruiter

Yetanda serves as an Enrollment Recruiter for the College of Arts and Sciences. She holds a Master of Arts in Science Education from The Steinhart School of Education and Human Development at New York University and a Bachelors in Biology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She takes delight in working at Trinity Washington University because knows that she plays a vital part in empowering young women to set their course for becoming powerful global leaders in the 21 century. She believes higher education can open doors far beyond one’s imagination, and that a Trinity education creates women who are capable, fearless, and unapologetic as they walk through any door. She sees herself as a leader and a motivator committed to helping others discover their strength.

She is a nature lover and has been given the name “Doctor Doolittle” by her friends. She enjoys cooking, especially when it means bringing out the big tools, like her food processor! She also enjoys spending quality time spent with her family and friends. She describes her strengths as: ambition, courage, and leadership.

KenyaKenya Kirkland
Enrollment Recruiter

Kenya serves as an Enrollment Recruiter for the College of Arts and Sciences. She recently served as the Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for the women’s basketball team at Jacksonville University. She has also served as the Director of Operations for the women’s basketball team at Auburn University.

She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and a Master’s of Arts in Social and Public Policy from  Georgetown University. She feels honored to work for a university that values women and education and is committed to serving the community; this is the reason she chose to work at Trinity Washington University (in addition to the wonderful people). She finds the most rewarding part of her job is working with young women and helping them surpass their expectations. She also values her work because she personally experienced the impact of education and its transformative power.

She enjoys spending time with her loved ones, traveling, reading, and trying new foods. She describes her strengths as: loyalty, hard work, and a love for learning.

School of Business and Graduate Studies

Deborah Bandzerewicz
Enrollment Recruiter

Deborah serves as the Enrollment Recruiter for the School of Business and Graduate Studies. She brings many years of experience in business development and professional recruiting. In her current role, she works with prospective students interested in the M.A. in Strategic Communications and Public Relations, M. S. A. in Organizational Development and the M. B. A. degree programs.

School of Education

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Enrollment Recruiter

Kourtnay Abernathy serves as the Enrollment Recruiter for the School of Education. She has worked in the higher education field within the private, Christian-base, liberal arts sector for over nine years. In her current position, she meets the needs of our prospective students, as well as, rejuvenating the spirit of retention in our returning students.

Kourtnay received her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Miles Law School and a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology/ Pre-Med, with a minor in Chemistry from Miles College. She has taught middle and high school science for 4 years. She is a proud member of the Miles College Sports Hall of Fame: Basketball and Softball, National Science Teacher Association and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.

She has a personal interest to be an advocate for prospective students to receive a holistic style of education through active student involvement. Kourtnay encourages students to build resourceful relationships with professors, staff members, and administration that will become the foundation to their educational and professional success. This philosophy has groomed her tenacity and dedication to provide meaningful advisement to the potential and current student body.  Trinity Washington University encompasses all those incredible characteristics, in which Kourtnay is drawn to.

She enjoys spending time with her daughter, swimming, horseback riding, and travelling. Kourtnay draws her strength from one word: perseverance.

School of Nursing and Health Professions

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Deidre Hughes
Director of Enrollment Development
School of Nursing & Health Professions

Deirdre Hughes serves as the Director of Enrollment Development for the School of Nursing and Health Sciences and has extensive experience working in higher education and admissions. Deirdre started her career in admissions as a student assistant at her undergraduate alma mater and then went on to work for Georgetown University’s Law Center, Saint Louis University School Law, and Texas A& M University School of Law (formerly Texas Wesleyan School of Law). After moving back to the Washington, DC area she transitioned from law school admissions to nursing admissions and served as the Associate Director of Admissions for the George Washington University School of Nursing. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at William Smith College in Geneva, NY and a Master of Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz School in Pittsburgh, PA.

Deirdre is an avid tennis player and currently competes in the US Tennis Association Northern Virginia league.

School of Professional Studies

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Enrollment Recruiter

Russell serve as the Enrollment Recruiter for the School of Professional Studies.  He recently served as an Admissions Representative for the Fortis Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition, he brings experience as an Assistant Director of Admissions for Miller Motte Technical College, an institution dedicated to provide quality career and educational options in business, health care, legal services, and skilled trade programs for adult learners.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications with a concentration in Media Studies from the College of Charleston. He brings over five years of higher education experience.
He realizes the impact a prospective student’s experience during the admissions process has on their decision of where they will ultimately chose to attend. He understands that he gets one time to make a positive first impression with a prospective student and he always wants to get it right the first time.

He came to Trinity Washington University because he believes in the values of the institution, and the institution’s location in the nation’s capital provides him with a larger arena to make an impact. A few fun facts about him include: he won prom king in high school, has been a fitness model, and has have his own website.  One of Russell’s favorite quotes is “Education is the key to success in life,” by Solomon Ortiz. When he’s not working, he enjoys working out, spending time with family, and traveling.

Data and Operations Staff

Tyler Martin
Data and Operations Manager

Tyler serves as the manager of data operations for Enrollment Development in the Office of Admissions.  In his role, Tyler manages all admissions data and the operational processes, procedures, and policies that govern the institutional admissions standards. In addition, he provides advanced analysis and reporting to support senior enrollment development leaders with strategic decision-making.

Tyler’s previous university work was as a project manager for a homelessness-awareness newspaper published by the Center for Community Action and Service-Learning at Gonzaga University, Tyler’s alma mater, where he double-majored in biology and political science.  More recently, Tyler served as an analyst and advisor for an accounting and consulting firm in D.C. whose clientele is composed of nonprofit entities.  Tyler also worked for nonprofits in Albania and Mexico.

Tyler joined Trinity Washington University because of the institution’s commitment to an accessible education that is rooted in equity and justice.  He is continually inspired by his co-workers and Trinity’s students, who are loyal, mission-oriented, and confident leaders.

Tyler’s hobbies include reading long-form journalism and systems and statistical analysis in ice hockey.

Ashley Horton ’14
Enrollment Support Specialist

Ashley serves as the Enrollment Support Specialist for the Office of Admissions. In her role, she is the first point of contact for all visitors and guests. She brings a wealth of experience including: media coordination, production assistance, event coordination, social media and web marketing. Recently, she served as the Media Coordinator for BET in its national headquarters in Washington, D. C. She has also served as a Production Assistant for Fox 45 in Baltimore, Maryland and as a Master Control Operator for WTVZ in Norfolk, Virginia. Her experience in commercial television media brings a consummate level of professionalism, creativity, and a world-class smile to the Admissions team. She holds a Master of Arts in Communications degree from Trinity Washington University.

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Data Entry Specialist

Exer serves as the Data Entry Specialist for the Office of Admissions. She is responsible for processing applications and inquiries, maintain file management, process and update student credentials, and runs daily reports. She brings over 15 years of experience in higher education. She enjoys knowing that she is helping someone further their education and pursuing their dreams.  She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, movies, trying new foods, and serving the community through her church.  She describers her strength as: strong work ethic.

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