ASAP Staff

Academic Advisors

Academic Peer Advisors

Support Staff


Hicania Gomez, Academic Advisor

B.S. Human Development, Binghamton University

M.S.W., Binghamton University


Geizel Castillo, English & Writing Tutor

B.A. Women's Literature, CUNY B.A. Program


Caroline Mendez 

Administrative Assistant

B.S Cultural Studies

SUNY Empire State


Steve Dauz, Academic Advisor

M.S. Counseling

Hunter College


Guillaume Koible, Math Tutor

A.S. Business Administration, LaGuardia CC


Lavie Margolin, Academic Advisor

Career & Employment Specialist

B.S. Marketing, Yeshiva University


Leslie Perez, Academic Advisor/SW Intern

B.S. Computer Management

Lehman College


Yves Jacques St Fort, Tutor

A.S. LaGuardia Community College


Leslie Camacho, Director

M.S.Ed. Forham University

Graduate School of Education


Jaclyn Krueger, Academic Advisor

M.S., Higher Education Administration

University of Kansas



Patricia Hicks, Seminar Facilitator

M.S., Higher Education Administration

University of Kansas


Matthew Eckhoff, Academic Advisor

LMSW, Social Work

State University of New York at Stony Brook





David Turcotte, Academic Advisor

Master of Science, Counseling

Gwynedd-Mercy College





Hicania Gomez is the first in her family to go to college and graduate. While in college she pursued a Bachelor of Science in Human Development ’05 and a Master’s in Social Work ’07 degree; both from Binghamton University. Hicania has a background in counseling, addictions and advising students. In the past she has studied abroad in Nicaragua where she worked with at risk communities providing social work services and interventions. In addition to studying abroad, she has also worked with hurricane Katrina survivors in a social work exchange program in New Orleans, LA. Most recently, Hicania worked with the Upward Bound program here at LaGuardia Community College helping low income and first generation students complete high school and move on towards obtaining a post secondary education. She has a strong desire to work with students and help them achieve their highest potential. Ultimately, she believes that life is about taking risk and believing in yourself.

“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try; so shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.” - Brian Littrell 

Geizel began her academic career at LaGuardia Community College, as an ASAP Cohort I student. Here at LaGuardia she majored in Business Administration and served as the Communications Officer of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

After two years, Geizel acquired her associates and continued her academic journey at Queens College. During her transition from LaGuardia to Queens, she was accepted into the CUNY Baccalaureate Program of Interdisciplinary Studies where she completed her Bachelors in Womens’ Literature. The CUNY B.A. program allowed Geizel to combine her love for literature and writing, as well as her interest in Womens Studies.

Mr. Steve Dauz has worked for LaGuardia Community College for the last 26 years. During that time, Mr. Dauz spent 19 years in the College Discovery (CD) Program as a Counselor, Counselor Coordinator, Chair of the Community College CD Programs , Community of Learning Resource Center Coordinator and Director. In addition , Mr. Dauz was the Director of the University Summer Immersion Program at LaGuardia, developed the Peer Mentoring Program and initiated 2nd Year Programs for the College. Mr Dauz is also an Adjunct Lecturer for the Social Science Department at LaGuardia.

Mr Dauz holds a BA in Psychology at Hunter College and a MS in Counseling at Hunter College. In addition, he has been trained at the Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy Institute, received Substance Abuse-Early Intervention training from the CUNY Student Assistance Program and received certification from the Institute on the College of the Community on Transforming Learning Systems. Mr. Dauz has Co-Author an article for The Learning Center Newsletter, “Being In The Classroom” and also Co-Author an article for the International Mentoring Association entitled, “Bridging Cultural Gaps to Support a Successful College Career.

Mr. Dauz has extensive training in Emergency Management. He was a certified EMT for a volunteer ambulance corps, worked for the American Red Cross as a shelter manager and more recent was the Deputy Coordinator for the Community Emergency Response Team for the Office of Emergency Management in Hicksville (OEM CERT).

Guillaume Koible joined the ASAP team as an office assistant in the fall of 2010. He recently became a math tutor for the program in the spring of 2011. He is expected to earn a combined Master and Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics along with a minor in Mathematics in May 2011 from Hunter College. He earned an Associate in science degree in Business Administration from LaGuardia Community College in 2007.

Guillaume worked as a Teaching-Assistant for the Economics department at Hunter College. He also worked as an API (Academic Peer Instruction) math tutor for LaGuardia Community College while interning at Amnesty International for the Human Right Education Program. Through his diverse experiences as a tutor, Guillaume enjoys contributing to society by providing students with the tools necessary to improve their academic performances in mathematics, statistics and economics. He aims to help students move forward and meet their career goals.

Guillaume is a dedicated and hard working person who likes to motivate, help and orient others. He strongly believes that all of us can achieve our goals if we receive the help we need. He is a very optimistic person who is convinced that success is for everyone: if one’s mind can conceive one can achieve. Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery; none but ourselves can free our mind~ Bob Marley


Lavie Margolin joined the ASAP Program as a Career & Employment Specialist in the summer of 2010. He earned his B.S. in Marketing from Yeshiva University. Lavie has worked in workforce development and education for 7 years and was an Employment Specialist for the State University of New York Brooklyn EOC prior to joining the ASAP team. Additionally, he has taught Career Development courses and served as a Senior Job Developer for FEGS Health and Human Services as well as Catholic Charities of Brooklyn & Queens. Lavie enjoys helping students to achieve their career goals. Lavie provides students with the tools necessary to explore their academic interests as well as direction on conducting an effective job search. Lavie believes that with a little bit of guidance, every student has the ability to achieve their full potential. He is excited to work in a collaborative environment helping students to achieve success.

My name is Yves Jacques St Fort and I am studying Mathematics and Education at the City College of New York (CCNY). I was born and raised in Haiti. I moved to the United States about five years ago so I could finish my academic studies. I have been living with my aunt and uncle on Jamaica, Queens since I arrived. Upon my arrival here I went straight into college. I attend LaGuardia Community College (LaGCC) for 2 years which I graduate from and I am now a second year college student at CCNY.

Tutoring is one of the things I enjoy the most. Even back when I was in Haiti I had a passion for helping others reach their maximum potential in math. So, I'm excited to be working with ASAP doing what I've been doing for a while and also what I do best which is helping my peers who are having difficulties with mathematics. So, i'm looking forward to work with you all.


Leslie Camacho is a dedicated college administrator with the extraordinary talent for managing multiple projects, and building bridges between people across campus. She is currently the Interim Director of The Accelerated Studies in Associate Program (ASAP) at LaGuardia Community College CUNY, aka The World’s Community College.

Leslie, who grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens, has worked primarily within higher education since 1993 specifically within The City University of New York (CUNY), and encourages a multicultural, multigenerational, and multi-socioeconomic environment. Being multilingual (English and Spanish) and a first generation American in the U.S, she epitomizes the majority of CUNY students and acts a role model empowering them through the power and potential of education.

Leslie is a CUNY alumnus from Hunter College CUNY with a BA in Anthropology with honors. She has cultivated her interest in culture, and career exploration, by earning a Masters of Science in Education, also with honors, from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education, and earning a 12 credit extension in Bilingual and Multicultural Counseling.

She has used this degree to work as a Career Counselor for over 12 years within CUNY and has earned a number of specialized credentials: Master Career Development Professional (MCDP) and Career Development Facilitator Instructor (CDFI) via National Career Development Association (NCDA) and the Global Career Development Facilitator Instructor via The Center for Credentialing and Education.

As an active member of the NCDA, she is a committee member of their National Mentoring Program, and the current Vice-President of the New York State Career Development Association, Inc.

Leslie lives in the lower Westchester valley and enjoys spending leisure time with family, listening to jazz, exploring good eats, and, on occasion, playing video games. Feel free to follow Leslie on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Jaclyn Krueger is an experienced higher education professional, with a particular passion for Academic Advising. She graduated in 2005 from Nebraska Wesleyan University, where she pursued a degree in Communications, and Minors in Music as well as Gender Studies. In 2012 she completed her Masters of Science in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas. She holds memberships in both the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). Jaclyn has over five years of experience working in higher education and has worked as both an Academic Advisor and Admissions Counselor. She believes that a student's academic success must be aided by intentional, capable academic advising and advocation for students.

Patricia Hicks is a passionate educator with a deep belief in educational access for all. Her twenty years of classroom experience have strengthened her purpose to enrich the world through literacy and the transformative power of experiential learning. After ten years full-time in the elementary classroom, she transitioned to the dynamic and creative field of teaching arts in New York City. In this capacity, Patricia has taught with and developed literacy curricula for numerous organizations, independent and public schools, at every grade level, including: The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Summer Bridge, Harlem RBI, Liberty LEADS at Bank Street College, College Now CUNY, Good Shepherd Services, CUNY ASAP, the Graduation Success Initiative at CUNY and El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice. Patricia's philosophy is deeply informed by the National SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) Project on Inclusive Curriculum where Dr. Peggy McIntosh trained her as a SEED seminar leader. Her facilitation work includes mentoring developing teachers, grassroots community building and integrating varied arts media with literature and writing. She currently works for Urban Word NYC, Reel Works Teen Documentary Filmmaking, and The Cooper Union Saturday Outreach Program and with ESL students at the Manhattan Comprehensive Night and Day High School. Patricia is a Master Teaching Artist for the Literature to Life Program at the American Place Theater and a member of the performing and teaching company of Young Audiences New York.


Matthew Eckhoff is a higher education professional with over 9 years experience in a community college setting. Matthew’s career has included providing Academic Advising services to students in the Educational Opportunity Program, as well as assisting in the development and implementation of a Faculty Advising and Mentoring Center to increase student/faculty engagement both inside and outside the classroom.

Matthew has developed expertise in Academic Advising, program development, and research and analysis. He is a Licensed Social Worker who is well versed regarding issues facing students and is passionate about college completion initiatives and equal college access for under-represented student populations.


David Turcotte is an educational specialist with nearly 10 years of high school counseling and college admissions experience. David has also worked closely with underserved and at-risk populations providing career and educational guidance. Mr. Turcotte comes from the CUNY CareerPATH program at LaGuardia Community College, where he worked as both a Case Manager and Employment Specialist for unemployed and underemployed adults. David has a Master of Science Degree in Education, and is a certified School Counselor.