Natacha Rivera-Ruiz

Assistant Director for Programming and Orientation

Filling a unique role in the Center for Leadership, Engagement & Orientation, Rivera-Ruiz will not only serve as the head overseer for the Orientation Team, but also the budget liaison for Class Council and Student Entertainment Board.

Maria Americo

Instructor, History

Receiving her Ph.D from the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at NYU, Americo is embarking on her first semester at Saint Peter’s. Her research focuses on the “history of science, the preservation and innovation of ancient science by the medieval Arabs and contacts between ancient and medieval cultures.” Americo is teaching Western Tradition and Medieval World for the fall semester.

Monise R. Valente Da Silva

Instructor, Political Science

Originally from Brazil, Da Silva has a background in International Relations and Policy Studies. Starting off as an adjunct in the political science department, she is teaching Introduction to Security Studies and U.S. Foreign Policy.

Katie Arcuri

Interim Athletic Director

It’s Arcuri’s sixth year in Saint Peter’s athletic department, but it will be her first as the university’s athletic director. Arcuri was tapped as interim athletic director in August when former head Bryan Felt left to return to his alma mater, Seton Hall University. Arcuri now oversees SPU’s athletic programs in addition to her other several administrative roles.

Chris Aliano

Associate Director of Athletics for Digital Media and Communications

Before landing in Jersey City, Aliano, who graduated from Boston University, spent some time as assistant athletic director for communications at Merrimack College, director of broadcasting and media relations for the North Adams SteepleCats -- a New England collegiate baseball team -- and assistant director of athletic communications at Bryant University. In a newly created role at SPU, Aliano will lead production and management for the Peacocks All Access Digital Network, which will be streamed to ESPN3 and ESPN+ platforms.

Jose Cardona

Assistant Men’s Golf Coach

Cardona graduated SPU just last year with an accounting degree and MAAC All-Academic Team awards under his belt, but he hasn’t left quite yet. Former Head Coach Nick Dilio left after manning men’s golf for three years; a role he took on right after graduation. Cardona is running this year’s golf team in addition to the athletic department’s internal operations and business and finance graduate assistant.

Alicia Jefferson

Athletics Academic Coordinator

Jefferson, whose role is similar to Rachel Dortch, former coordinator for student-athlete development and leadership, was brought aboard in June. She previously served as assistant academic coordinator at Syracuse University and City Year Columbus in Ohio. Jefferson will be providing support and guidance to student-athletes, especially seniors who will go on the job-hunt after graduation.

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