College of Undergraduate Studies

Meet Our Staff

Nicola DiFronzo-HeitzerNicola DiFronzo-Heitzer, Ed.D., Director of Admissions

Contact info: 484-323-3046 or

Hometown: Camden, NJ

Education: B.A. in psychology, Rutgers University; M.S. in clinical psychology, Loyola College; Ed.D. in higher education leadership, Widener University.

Fun Facts: I love reading, enjoying dinners out with friends and family, and spending time with my husband, Matthew, and our fun, fearless, five year-old son, Max.  We love the beach, watching movies, and vacationing to new places.

Quick Bio: I was born and raised in Southern New Jersey and I will always be a “Jersey Girl” at heart, even though I have happily called the Philadelphia area my home for the last 15 years.  I have had the pleasure of working in college admissions with families and students since 2001. When I first stepped onto Immaculata’s beautiful, sprawling campus I knew it was a special place unlike any other.  The students are friendly and involved, and the faculty, staff, and IHM Sisters are caring and truly student-centered.  Come visit us at Immaculata and see all that we have to offer!


Patti BarryPatti Barry, Admissions Specialist

Contact info: 484-323-3015 or


Dan BerardiDan Berardi, Senior Enrollment Counselor

Contact info: 484-323-3018 or

Hometown: Bel Air, MD

Education: B.S. in business management, minor in business geographic information systems

Fun Facts: My down time is spent enjoying sporting events (soccer, hockey, baseball), taking weekend trips with family/friends, and attempting to have a consistent golf game in the high 80s to low 90s.

Bio: After spending time in Delaware and Virginia, my family settled in Maryland.  I went to college in the Philadelphia area; I loved it enough to call the region my new home.  I encourage you to visit Immaculata to see first-hand how our suburban Philadelphia school can provide you with an excellent education and the tools for professional success.

Territory: Transfer students


Deb Clemetsen, Visit Center Coordinator

Contact info: 484-323-3060 or

Hometown: Springfield, PA

Education: West Chester University, B.S. in Education/Elementary Ed

Fun Facts: I was a DJ in college and I like to do Zumba and read for fun. I love my coffee!

Quick Bio: I have been married for 28 years and have two daughters, Corinne, 25 years old; and Casey, 13 years old. I was a math and reading teacher before I came to Immaculata in January 2007. I have been able to take a few classes here for fun, and I look forward to taking more soon.


Marge Coleman

Marge Coleman, Admission Data Specialist

Contact Info: 484-323-3023 or

Hometown: Norristown, PA

Education: B.A. in Elementary Education from Bloomsburg University

Fun Facts: I enjoy spending time with my grandson and boating on the Chesapeake Bay with family and friends.   

Quick Bio:  My husband and I have lived in Downingtown, PA for the past 33 years. We have three daughters, a son-in-law and one grandson. When we first moved to the area, I taught kindergarten in the Downingtown School District.  I also worked at the Lionville and Eagleview branches of the YMCA of the Upper Mail Line YMCA.  I began my career at Immaculata in the Undergraduate Admissions Office in September 2006. I enjoy the welcoming atmosphere and working with the great staff in the Admission Office. I also love meeting the prospective students and their parents at our Open House events.  Come see Immaculata’s beautiful campus and all the University has to offer by registering for one of our Weekday Campus Visits, Open House events or Admission Information Sessions.


Gwen Dreibelbis, admissions counselorGwen Engler, Admissions Counselor

Contact Info: 484-323-3013

Hometown: Mifflintown, PA

Education:  B.A. in international development and Latin American studies, University of Delaware.

Fun Facts: People and travel are two of my greatest passions. After college, I spent as much time as I could backpacking and volunteering in the USA and abroad. I also love writing, dancing, good food (especially ice cream), and good company, and every Fourth of July I help celebrate America as a pyrotechnician for a major fireworks show.

Quick Bio: I was born and raised in rural Juniata County, PA, and worked in the hospitality and tourism industries before finding my place here at Immaculata. IU truly embodies the idea of community: it’s a campus where you can feel valued, challenged, and encouraged as you prepare for professional success. Schedule a visit and come Be Mighty with us!

Territory: Chester County and northeast, central, and western Pennsylvania; international application management


Christine Esbensen, Admissions Counselor

Contact info: 484-323-3044 or

Hometown: Royersford, PA

College Education: B.A. in Digital Communications from Immaculata University

Fun Facts: I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I love the beach, concerts, movies, road trips and zumba. I also enjoy playing basketball and drawing.

Quick Bio: I am a graduate of Immaculata University and was a member of the women’s basketball team. During my four years at IU, I had the opportunity to intern for the Athletic Department and for University Communications. I am very excited to now be a part of the Office of Admissions where I can share my wonderful experiences and love for the University with prospective students.

Territory: Bucks County, PA; Northern New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut; All U.S. states and counties outside of those listed among Admissions’ staff territories


Denise HammekeDenise Hammeke, Data Entry Coordinator

Contact info: 484-323-3024

Hometown: Swarthmore, PA

Fun Facts: I enjoy spending time with my husband and two daughters.  We love going to the Jersey Shore, Raystown Lake and the mountains.  I like to travel, read, and spend time with family and friends.

Education: Cardinal O’Hara High School

Quick Bio: I was born and raised in Delaware County and moved to West Chester, Pennsylvania in 1998.  I am relatively new here at Immaculata and enjoy working in the Office of Admissions. The staff, faculty, and students have made me feel right at home and I am happy to be here.  My daughter also attends Immaculata and it has been a great fit for her.  I hope you will come and visit Immaculata University, tour our campus, and meet our Admissions Counselors.  You will be challenged and inspired to realize your goals and ambitions.


Dara Himes, admissions counselorDara Himes, Admissions Counselor

Contact info: 484-323-3938 or

Hometown: Reading, PA

Education: B.A. in Music Performance from Immaculata University

Fun Facts: I began participating in community theatre at the age of six and have developed a great passion for the stage. When I am not performing, I enjoy crafting, baking, being an awesome aunt, and watching cult classic films.

Bio: I am a 2013 graduate of Immaculata University and was involved in many different activities here on campus.  I was the first person in my family to attend college and could not be happier with the choice I made. My four years at IU provided me with many opportunities to grow as an individual and also as a leader. After graduation, I spent a year working with our adult students in the College of LifeLong Learning. I am thrilled to now be a part of the College of Undergraduate Studies admissions team where I can share all that Immaculata has to offer!

Territory: Bucks County, PA; Northern New Jersey, and New York; All U.S. states and counties outside of those listed among other admissions staff territories



Brian O'DohertyBrian T. O'Doherty, Assistant Director of Operations and E-Recruitment

Contact info: 484-323-3188 or

Hometown: Drexel Hill, PA

Education: B.S./B.A. in Business Administration and Communications, Albright College; Master’s in Business Administration, Rosemont College.

Fun Facts: I enjoy spending time with my beautiful wife, Jennifer, and our son Declan Joseph. We enjoy campfires in our back yard with friends, and traveling to new and fun places. My favorite trip was to Ireland where I met my distant relatives in Carndonagh in County Donegal.  I am an avid sports fan, especially lacrosse.

Quick Bio: I was born and raised in Delaware County and currently reside in the lower Delaware County area. I have had the pleasure of working in college admissions since 2008. When I stepped onto the beautiful campus here at Immaculata University, I felt right at home. Everyone I met was incredibly friendly and helpful! Immaculata is not just a university but a community of dedicated students, faculty, and administrators who want you to be successful! I invite you to please come visit us and find your place at Immaculata.

Territory: Delaware County, PA


Jennifer YostJennifer Yost, M.S., Assistant Director of Marketing and Events

Contact info: 484-323-3017 or

Hometown: West Chester, PA

College Education: B.S. in hotel and restaurant management, Penn State University; M.S. in higher education and student affairs, West Chester University

Fun Facts: My wonderful husband and I welcomed our first son, Daniel, in June 2014, and we enjoy spending family time together. We also like the beach, music, traveling and funny movies. My favorite trip was to New Zealand where I went skydiving!

Quick Bio: Immaculata has been part of my background scenery since my elementary school days. Growing up in historic Chester County, I remember coming to this beautiful campus for theatre shows, dance recitals and community service events. Now it’s even more fun to come to work here, with amazing faculty, staff, and of course, students. Our tight-knit community of learners is grounded in faith, service, caring, learning, integrity and teamwork.  Come and see what we’re all about!


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