Meet the Team

As a prospective Rivier student, you have your own personal admissions counselor to help you through every step of the process! Just find the counselor who works with students from your area from the list below.

Feel free to call, email, or write your personal admissions counselor at any time. If you are not sure who your admissions counselor is, email our office at or call our receptionist, Denise, at 1-800-44-RIVIER (1-800-447-4843).


Valerie Leclair 

Director of Undergraduate Admissions 

  • Spring Starts
  • International Students
  • Transfer Students/Transfer Nursing Students

(603) 897-8515  


Brittany Capistran  

Brittany Capistran 

Admissions Counselor 

  • New England Territories: CT, MA (Middlesex & Worcester Counties), NY, NJ
  • Southwest US States: (MT, WY, UT, CO, TX,NM) 

(603) 897-8503 

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Hometown: Derry, NH

Education: B.A. Rivier University, 2013

Best thing about Rivier: The sense of community. Rivier is filled with great people who are friendly and here for one another.

Favorite movies: The Wizard of Oz and National Treasure 

Favorite book: Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Hobbies: Reading, traveling, baking, listening to music, and spending time with my friends and family.

Favorite part of the job: Meeting and connecting with students and families. It’s inspiring to help students make exciting and important decisions about their futures.

Hillary Christopher  

Hillary Christopher 

Admissions Counselor 

  • New England Territories: Eastern Massachusetts (Boston and Cambridge and suburbs, Plymouth, Essex, Norfolk, and Bristol Counties, and Cape Cod), and Rhode Island.
  • Western New York, PA, MD DC, DE, WV, VA, NC, SC, GA, FL, and AL.

(603) 897-8597 

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Hometown: York, Maine

Education: B.A. University of New Hampshire, 2013

Best thing about Rivier: The close knit campus, both physically and personally. There are many friendly faces that help each other grow and succeed with far reaching connections. 

Favorite movie: Everything is Illuminated, The Rear Window, The 10th Kingdom 

Favorite book: A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

Hobbies: Anything to do with food, cross stitching, exploring New England. 

Favorite part of the job: Being one of the first steps in the college experience. It is thrilling to see students excel in their desired paths and knowing that I have had a small part in it. 

Alison Nute 

Alison Nute 

Admissions Counselor 

  • New England Territories: ME, NH (Lakes/White Mtn. Regions & Merrimack Valley)
  • Western US States: (CA, WA, OR, ID, NV, AZ, HI, AK)

(603) 897-8493 

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Hometown: Bedford, NH

Education: B.S. University of New Hampshire, 2010

Best thing about Rivier: All of the opportunities and faculty support available to the students – it’s a great atmosphere for them to create their own unique story and grow during their education.

Favorite movie: The Breakfast Club 

Favorite book: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Hobbies: Yoga, playing with my dog Stella, traveling, cooking, and spending time with my friends and family.

Favorite part of the job: Getting to know students and their families, and supporting them through every step of the admissions process. It’s so rewarding to see students achieve their goals and look ahead to new experiences.


Timothy Scanlon 

Tim Scanlon 

Admissions Counselor 

  • NH (Seacoast Area)
  • New England Territories:
    VT, NY (Upstate & Capital Regions)
    MA (Springfield & Hampshire Counties, Berkshire)
    NH (Western, Seacoast)
  • Midwest US States: (AR, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MO, MN, MS, ND, NE, OH, OK, SD, TN, WI) 

(603) 897-8573 

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Hometown: Tewksbury, MA

Education: B.S. Fitchburg State University, 2011

Best thing about Rivier: Rivier is a small, friendly community that encourages you to build closer relationships with those around you, promoting a more enjoyable learning environment.

Favorite movie: Shawshank Redemption, The Natural, Remember the Titans, and The Rookie 

Favorite book: The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

Hobbies: Playing, coaching, and watching most sports (especially baseball and football). I am a loyal New England Patriots Season Ticket Holder and Fan. I also love helping people and spending time with my friends and family.

Favorite part of the job: Communicating and connecting with prospective students and families as well as guiding these future undergraduates to a bright and successful future within Higher Education.