During the Covid-19 crisis, Brookdale is offering all Advising and Counseling services in three convenient ways.



Phone: 732-224-2555

You can connect with a Student Success Coach/Academic Advisor/Counselor for your questions regarding your classes, your plan, and other academic advising needs. Email is available, as well as virtual appointments that can be conducted via email, phone, or Zoom.

Please choose the appropriate advising professional based on your Institute/Major. If you are unsure which Institute has your major, click here.

  • Send direct email to our staff (see below)
  • Call 732-224-2555 for assistance in making an appointment
  • Fill in our Advising Contact Form
  • Contact the Associate Directors in the regional locations (see below)

Please be ready by reviewing your plan in Student Planning and preparing specific questions.

We will contact you using Brookdale email at the scheduled appointment time. Be available and check your email at the appointed time.  You can discuss if you would like to switch to Zoom or phone contact.  Please come to the meeting time prepared with your questions and/or your courses planned in Student Planning.

To email directly: 

  • Be sure you use your Brookdale email and include your ID#
  • If you don’t know your Brookdale email click here

Advisors/Student Success Coaches: 

Torina Armstrong: Social Science
Joseph Caruso: Health Sciences
Stephanie Farnkopf: Auto and STEM
Amy Gingold: Psychology and Human Services
Carolyn Matassa: Health Sciences
Marie Jones
: Business, Architecture and Interior Design
Louis Marius: Humanities and Undecided
Jessica Mangold: Culinary and STEM

EOF Coaches
Kevin Nolan
Carla Vanzant

Academic Counselors (Available September through June)

Cathleen Goode: Health Sciences & STEM
Don Nigro: Social Science & Business
Eleanor Horgan: Humanities

Associate Directors

Jenna Moltisanti – based in Wall
Lynn Shaffery  – based in Hazlet
Paulette Simpson – based in Neptune
Jorge Terreros – based in Freehold (Culinary Specialist)
Candice Watts – based in Freehold

It is “normal” to be very upset and distressed by the Coronavirus crisis.  Advising and Counseling can help by providing a range of basic student support and information services.

However, if you are feeling overwhelmed by the Corona Virus Crisis or other issues, and need immediate Mental Health Counseling Services, professionals who are equipped to help you at the following four numbers:

  • Monmouth Medical Center Mental Health Emergency Services (If you are in an immediate personal/psychiatric crisis.) (732) 923-6999
  • Monmouth County Health Department Hotline (732) 845-2070
  • Community YMCA Family Services 166 Main St. Matawan, NJ 07747 (732) 290-9040
  • 2nd floor Youth Help Line of NJ (If you just need to talk to a professional about anything call or text.) (888) 222-2228