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Michele Diehl • Paul Rymal
Susan JaskelewiczMarissa Bowlby • Daniel Freed • Colin Tosti Jessica ThomsShannon ZellerMarybeth Lambert • Carol Elsing


Meet Michele

Michele Diehl '00, MBA
Director of Undergraduate Admissions
phone: 1-800-342-5462  email:

Michele holds a Master of Business Administration degree from La Salle University. Michele graduated from Gwynedd Mercy University with a Bachelor degree in English, Concentration Media and Honors in Liberal Studies. As a student, Michele was an active member of the University community and believes that students should take advantage of co-curricular activities throughout their collegiate life. And, at Gwynedd Mercy University, these opportunities are plentiful. In fact, Michele currently serves as the Advisor of the Gwynedd Mercy University Dance Team. Michele’s best piece of advice to prospective students, “during a campus visit, many students will get that ‘gut’ feeling that a certain college is where they are supposed to go. Follow this feeling.”



Meet PaulPaul Rymal

Paul Rymal, BA
Assistant Director of Admissions
phone: 215-641-5529 email:
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Recruits PA: Transfer Students from Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia
NJ: All Transfer Students
States: AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, OK, and SC
Military and International Students


Favorite Quote: “Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today” —James Dean

Favorite Thing About Gwynedd Mercy University: “I am amazed at the clinical and practical learning aspects of some of the majors. As a student you can get the real life perspective as you prepare for your future career and to me that is very important to employers.”

Favorite Admissions Tip: “Challenge yourself and don't take your senior year for granted. Of course you should have a great time and make it as fun as possible but don't slack off and get “Senioritis“ because it could affect your financial aid or even you're acceptance.”


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Susan Jaskelewicz, BA
Coordinator of Enrollment Support Services
phone: 215-542-4609 email:

Favorite Quote: “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” —John Wooden

Favorite Thing About Gwynedd Mercy University: “The welcoming nature of everyone around campus. There is always a smiling face and a helping hand! The faculty, staff, and students truly embody the Mercy tradition.”

Favorite Admissions Tip: “The admissions staff is here to help you! Do not be afraid to ask questions and find out as much information as you can. You want to make sure the University you attend is the perfect fit for you”







Meet Marissa

Marissa Bowlby, BA

Undergraduate Admissions Counselor

Phone: (215) 641-5511 email:

RECRUITS: PA: First-year Montgomery County residents
NJ: First-year Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem County residents
States: IA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MN, MO, NC, OH, TN, VA, WI, WV

Favorite Quote: “If you’ll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives.” -Vince Lombardi

Favorite Thing About Gwynedd Mercy University : "I would say the people all around campus. Whether it be students, faculty or staff, everyone seems to be happy to be here and that is always a wonderful thing to see."

Favorite Admissions Tip: "Visit your prospective colleges and sit in on a class. That way you know without a shadow of a doubt which school is for you."


Meet Dan

Daniel Freed ‘13, BA

Undergraduate Admissions Counselor

Phone: (215) 641-5541 email:        

RECRUITS: PA: First-year Northeastern and Western Pennsylvania residents, First-year students from Berks County, Transfer students from all counties excluding Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties
States: AK, DC, DE, HI, ID, KS, MT, ND, NE, NV, OR, SD, WA, WY

Favorite Quote:  "Tell me and I forget.  Teach me and I remember.  Involve me and I learn." -Benjamin Franklin

Favorite Thing About Gwynedd Mercy University:  "Being able to walk into any building on campus and recognizing a former classmate or professor."

Favorite Admissions Tip:  "Don't be afraid to ask questions...admissions counselors are here to help you.  We don't mind your questions, even if you think the question is dumb!"


Meet Colin

Colin Tosti '11, BS

Undergraduate Admissions Counselor

Phone: (215) 641- 5514 email:

Recruits PA: First-year Bucks, Chester and Delaware County residents
NJ: First-year Burlington, Camden, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Ocean County residents
States: AZ, CA, CO, NM, TX, and UT

Favorite Quote: "The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will." -Vince Lombardi

Favorite Thing About Gwynedd Mercy University: "The nurturing atmosphere.  At Gwynedd Mercy University you are able to become a family with everyone on campus; not just your friends, but your professors and faculty, too.  Gwynedd allows for you to meet new people constantly through the many different avenues that they offer to you."

Favorite Admissions Tip: "Don't just sit back and expect things to happen; make things happen!  Apply to colleges, go visit colleges, contact your admissions counselor, shadow a class, and ask questions.  Make sure everything is perfect before you make your decision.  Then, pick the school that is right for you."


Meet Jessica

Jessica Thoms, BS  

Undergraduate Admissions Counselor
Phone: (215) 641-5528 email:       

Recruits PA: First-year Philadelphia County residents
NJ: First-year students from counties north of Mercer and Monmouth counties 
States: CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, VT

Favorite Quote: "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."-Oscar Wilde

Favorite Thing About Gwynedd Mercy University: "The best part about Gwynedd Mercy is the awesome educational experience you will have here. Because of the small classroom sizes and the intimate classroom settings, you really get the ultimate learning experience as a result of the individualized attention that is provided to help you truly grow and reach your potential."

Favorite Admissions Tip: "Start the college search early and be sure to take the time to visit different college campuses before making your decision. It's the best way to help you discover that "gut feeling" to find which school is best for you."


Shannon Zeller

Meet Shannon

Shannon Zeller
Administrative Assistant
phone: 215-641-5530 email:

Favorite Quote: “Remember you are a braver than you think. You are stronger than you seem and you are smarter than you know.” —A.A Milne

Favorite Thing About Gwynedd Mercy University: “Gwynedd Mercy University is a smaller college that offers students a more personal and individualized educational experience. It's a community where students will receive ongoing guidance from the staff and never feel that they are overlooked. The students receive a quality education making them marketable for future employers.”

Favorite Admissions Tip: “Take a tour of your prospective college choices. Make sure that is the best fit for you, academically and personally.”




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Meet Marybeth

Marybeth Lambert
Administrative Assistant
phone: 215-646-7300 ext. 480 email:

Favorite Quote: “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you dream it, you can become it.” —William Arthur Ward

Favorite Thing About Gwynedd Mercy University: “The students! They are friendly and always willing to help.”

Favorite Admissions Tip: “Don't hesitate to connect your admissions counselor. We are here to answer any questions you may have. No question is insignificant.”



Meet Carol

Carol Elsing
Admissions Office Coordinator
phone: 215-641-5510 email: