Our Staff

Kate Pandolpho, Ph.D, LPC, NCC

Director, Counseling & Student Development Services

Office: Instructional Computer Center, Bldg. #22

Phone: 732.255.0400 x2941

Email:

Education: BS, William Paterson University; MA, Montclair State University; PhD, Capella University

Interests: books, books, books...in addition, I treasure life-long friendships, movies, gardening, music and dancing!  Seriously, I am a life-long learner who loves to teach!   

Loves their work because: I have a passion for helping solve social issues such as inequities, addictions such as alcohol and drug abuse and stamping out stigma!

Susan Ebeling-Witte, MS.MHC, LPC, NCC

Student Intervention Specialist, Counseling & Student Development Services

Office: Instructional Computer Center, Bldg. #22

Phone: 732.255.0400 x2372

Email:

Education: AAS, Radiologic Technology, Mercer County Community College; BA, Psychology, Stockton University; MS Mental Health Counseling, Monmouth University

Interests: time with family, visiting our national parks, rowing/kayaking/hiking, reading, meditation, mindfulness & self-care.

Loves their work because: Students who struggle with depression, anxiety, self-doubt, suicide ideation, and other mental health issues, struggle to complete their degrees. I am passionate about education and counseling!

Barbara Mawer, M.S.W., L.S.W

Student Development Specialist, Counseling & Student Development Services

Office: Instructional Computer Center, Bldg. #22

Phone: 732.255.0400 x2362

Email:

Education: BA, Liberal Arts, Kean College; MSW, Rutgers University

Interests: The beach, family, hiking, kayaking, swimming, and gardening!

Loves their work because: Having worked for Hospice as a Social Worker for over 25 years, helping individuals and their families transition the end of life, my joy is helping our students at the beginning of life’s journey, assisting them with finding their place in the world.   

Kelly Petrolis, MS, LAC, NCC

Student Intervention Specialist, Counseling & Student Development Services

Office: Instructional Computer Center, Bldg. #22

Phone: 732-255-0400 ext. 2558

Email:

Education: AA, Liberal Arts, OCC; BS, Psychology, Stockton University; MS Mental Health Counseling, Monmouth University

Interests: Traveling, trying new food, weight lifting, concerts, running, yoga, and dogs (especially miniature dachshunds).

Loves their work because: No matter what the age of the student, entering college is a new and exciting experience that can bring a lot of self-reflection and challenges.  This is a time where not only the students grow academically, but also personally.  I enjoy being a part of that journey with them and assisting them in the best way possible, so they can become successful and independent.

Briana Ferlisi, BA

Technician, Student Support Services

Office: College Center , Bldg. #9

Phone: 732-255-0400 ext. 2102

Email:

Education: AA, Liberal Arts, OCC; BA Education K-12, Rowan University; BA, Mathematics, Rowan University

Interests: Going to the beach, Zumba, reading, traveling, string art crafts and spending time with my family.

Loves their work because: Guiding students through the community college and transfer process is a rewarding endeavor.  I want to help students feel prepared to move forward and reach their goals.

Kate Moreno, MA

Academic Coach, Student Support Services

Office: College Center, Bldg. #9

Phone: 732-255-0400 ext. 2228

Email:

Education: AA. Liberal Arts, Brookdale Community College; BS. Psychology, Georgian Court University; MA. Counseling, Monmouth University

Interests: My favorite things to do are spending time with my kids and husband, getting lost in a great book, jogging, and traveling.

Loves their work because: I love working with the SSS students and being a part of their navigation of college success at Ocean County College!

Diana Gatti, M.Ed., C.I.

Director, Student Support Services

Office: College Center, Bldg. #9

Phone: 732-255-0400 ext.2135

Email:

Education: BA Early Child Education, Sociology & Anthropology, College of Staten Island (CUNY); Master’s in Education with a specialization in Curriculum and Instructional Design, Phoenix University

Interests: I love to travel, spend time with my family and friends doing just about anything, Driving on an open road playing my music loud, and dancing.

Loves their work because: I am passionate about education and lifelong learning. I love helping people to attain their goals and to see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that light really is not that far away

Helen Konz, BA

Project Specialist, Student Support Services

Office: College Center, Bldg. #9

Phone: 732-255-0400 ext. 2373

Email:

Education: AA, Liberal Arts, Ocean County College; BA, History/Education, Georgian Court University; Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certification, Georgian Court University

Interests: Cooking, reading, spending time with my family and proud mother of 4!

Loves their work because: As an alumni I am able to give back to the OCC community and it is rewarding to help students attain their educational goals, gain life experience, and gain confidence.

Eileen Burdge, MS, LAC

Coordinator, Displaced Homemakers Program of Ocean County

Office: Instructional Computer Center, Bldg. #22

Phone: 732-255-0400 ext. 2297

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Education: AS, General Education (Business) Ocean County College, BA, Anthropology & Sociology Stockton University, MS Human Services, Concentration in Counseling Studies, Capella University

Interests: Spending time with my children & two dogs.  Reading (I am a Life Long Learner) & Music, I love to sing.

Loves their work because: As an OCC Alumni, I have the opportunity to give back to our community by serving Displaced Homemaker clients & OCC Students.

Tara VanHest, BA

Community Services Technician, Displaced Homemakers Program of Ocean County

Office: Instructional Computer Center, Bldg. #22

Phone: 732-255-0400 ext. 2549

Email:

Education: BA, Forensic Psychology, Stockton University

Interests: Teaching Zumba and dance classes. I love spending time with friends and family, cooking, playing the guitar, piano and singing. I love boating, kayaking, paddle boarding and doing anything adventurous!

Loves their work because: I have a passion for seeing people grow and achieve their dreams!

Juliana Dressner

Administrative Assistant, Counseling & Student Development Services

Office: Instructional Computer Center, Bldg. #22

Phone: 732-255-0400 ext. 2947

Email:

Education: Life Long Learner!

Interests: Family, church, people, entertaining, cooking, volunteering, reading, learning, traveling, summer, entrepreneur spirit and Christmas!

Loves their work because: I enjoy people and I am always ready to see how I can make everyone’s day better! Whether it’s providing candy, listening to personal stories, and/or helping our department’s visitors get answers, I enjoy treating every individual who visits our campus as a special person!

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