Meet the Dream Team

Mary Riccardi

Mary Riccardi

Title: Senior Undergraduate Advisor

About me: I handle complex advising matters and coordinate petition cases.  My passion is to explore all possible avenues and options to better assist and empower students. I am a YorkU graduate who continues to seek lifelong learning.  I also enjoy travelling and developing my understanding of the interplays of evolving cultures. Overall fitness always remains a constant habit in my daily regime.

Favourite Quote: “Change your thoughts and you change your world” – Norman Vincent Peale.

Sally George

Sally George

Title: Undergraduate Student Advisor

About me: I have been with the AMPD advising office (OAISS) since its inception, and I couldn’t ask for a more meaningful career than guiding students along their journey to academic success! When I’m not at work, I love hiking, exploring international cuisines, and planning activities for my church high school team.

Favourite Quote: “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” – C.S. Lewis

Jenny Cesario

Jenny Cesario

Title:  Undergraduate Student Advisor

About me: I am a YorkU alumni and I have worked at York for 22 years. As an academic advisor, I get to meet students as they start an exciting time in their lives and I am here to support them through their educational experience. From degree requirements and grade point averages to going on an International Exchange and Graduation, I am here to help you navigate all of your options and opportunities. I enjoy going on road trips and going to live music shows.

Favourite Quote:  “Life has no limitations, except the ones you make” – Les Brown

Ladonna Taylor

Ladonna Taylor

Title: Undergraduate Student Advisor

About me: I am a proud YorkU alumni who has worked to promote students’ success through service excellence for almost 20 years at York University! Being a mother, my tendency to care for my family transcends to each and every AMPD student I advise on a daily basis. Every student success matters to me.

Favourite Quote:  ”Our greatest power is our power to choose”

Tina Pietrangelo

Tina Pietrangelo

Title: Coordinator, Integrated Student Services

About Me: I love working in this artistic environment as I owned my own event planning business prior to my career at York University.

What I do: I oversee first-year and incoming student enrolment and have the pleasure of meeting our incoming class and welcoming our new students to AMPD.  I also coordinate the Awards, Scholarship & Bursaries process, including being the lucky person to inform the successful recipients!

Favourite Quote: “Nothing can dim the light that shines from within” –  Maya Angelou

Monique Zeni

Monique Zeni

Job title: Student Engagement Liaison

About me: I am energetic and active; a typical day for me includes reaching my step goals, being outdoors and connecting with colleagues and friends. I enjoy murder-mystery podcasts, the food network and being a plant mom!

Favourite Quote: “What you think, you create, what you feel, you attract, what you imagine, you become”

Emily Fiorini

Emily Fiorini

Title: College & Student Support Coordinator, Winters College Head Office

About me: I have been part of the Winters community since 2009.  I enjoy sewing crafts and walking in nature.

What I do: I support your Peer Mentors in delivering exciting and informative social engagement.  I am also the person you connect with at Winters College for using our student spaces for Winters College Council and Club social events.

Favourite quote: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!

Jason Merai

Jason Merai

Title: Director, Student & Community Engagement

About me: I am an avid Toronto Raptors fan and equally thinks the world begins with them. Outside, I enjoy learning so much from the magic moments of life – in conversation, in listening and witnessing.

What I do: I joined AMPD in 2019 and manage the Dream Team of academic advisors, a college coordinator and a team of incredible peer mentors to create a supportive AMPD community.

Favourite quote: “When there are miles to go before we sleep, altered traits are more important than altered states” – Rumi.