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Meet Your Transfer Counselor

At DePaul, we have a full staff of admission counselors who specialize in serving transfer students. We can show you around, answer your questions and help you determine how your prior coursework will transfer to DePaul. Meet our transfer admission team and connect with your counselor today!

*Note: Active Military/Veteran should select the counselor assigned to their current, or last, institution attended. If you haven’t attended college previously, you can contact Cynthia Delgadillo for more information.

Ahtziri Alviso  

Ahtziri Alviso

Transfer Admission Counselor, Transfer Recruitment & Admission
Phone: (312) 362-7427, Text: (312) 667-2788
Counselor For:

  • CCC - Malcolm X
  • CCC - Wilbur Wright College
  • Elgin Community College
  • Morton College
  • McHenry County College
  • Oakton Community College
  • Rock Valley Community College
  • Triton Community College
  • Other Illinois Community Colleges
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My name is Ahtziri Alviso and I am from the northwest suburbs of Chicago and a DePaul University graduate! I graduated in the spring of 2022 with a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies/Global Affairs and Spanish. As a first-generation Latina college student from an immigrant family, I developed a strong passion for the advocacy of human rights, and diversity inclusion. Devoted to creating and fostering a vibrant community, I have held positions during my time at DePaul dedicated to serving students with similar backgrounds as mine, such as being a student assistant for the Latin American and Latino Studies Department, Center for Latino Research, Peer Leader, and Resident Advisor.

I chose to work in transfer admissions after graduation because I love working with students and want to help them take advantage of all the opportunities DePaul has to offer. As a transfer admissions counselor, it is my mission to serve as a resource for students, help them accomplish their goals, and realize their full social, interpersonal, intellectual, and cultural abilities. I am so excited to continue my mission of advocacy for diversity inclusion, and to create a human-centered supportive atmosphere for all students.

In my spare time I love to explore different coffee shops in the city and spend time with my family and friends. I am fluent in Spanish as well, and I am happy to help Spanish speaking students with the transfer process!

Nick DeFalco 

Nick DeFalco

Executive Director, Transfer Recruitment & Admission
Phone: (312) 362-5161
Counselor for:

  • Waubonsee Community College
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Cynthia Delgadillo  

Cynthia Delgadillo

Associate Director, Transfer Recruitment & Admission
Phone: (312) 362-6529, Text: (312) 820-8417
Counselor for:

  • College of Lake County/University Center of Lake County
  • Returning/Readmit Undergraduate Students
  • Visiting/Non-Degree Students
  • Post-Baccalaurete Students
  • Adults (24 years or older) with no college credit
  • Illinois 4-year Private College/University
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My name is Cynthia Delgadillo and I am a transfer admission counselor. I’m from Blue Island, a southwest suburb of Chicago. I fell in love with DePaul being a transfer student myself and began my career in the Office of Admission after graduation. I’ve been at DePaul University for over 15 years and am a proud Double Demon, having earned both my bachelor’s and master’s in education.

I chose to work in admission because I like helping students. Specifically, I like working with students that have transfer credit because I understand the excitement and frustrations that come in choosing an institution to complete their bachelor’s degree. I enjoy connecting with students and setting up a specific plan for them to ease the transfer process.

I enjoy finding new restaurants for brunch as well as watching movies and shows on Netflix. My kids and I love to go to the beach or pool in the summer months. I am fluent in Spanish as well and am here to help with the transfer process.

Melissa Fajardo headshot  

Melissa Fajardo

California Regional Representative, Transfer Recruitment & Admission
Phone: (213) 400-6799

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Hawaii
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
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Hi! I’m Melissa and I’m originally from Providence, Rhode Island. I currently live in San Diego, California with my 7-year-old American Bully. I have a Bachelor’s in Human Development and Family Studies and Spanish, a Master’s in Higher Education and a MBA. I have worked in Higher Education for the last 7 years. I started my career in Housing and made a smooth transition to Admissions, which I have loved. I enjoy working with students and supporting/ encouraging them to be the best version of themselves through their educational journey. I am excited to help prospectives students find a home at DePaul University!

In addition to my educational and professional background, during my free time you can find me working out, working with kids (I was a full time nanny for two years), traveling, at beach and spending time with my friends

Tara Miller  

Tara Miller

Texas Regional Representative, Transfer Recruitment & Admission
Phone: (512) 812-8480

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming
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For my entire career, my goal has been to create equity and access to higher education. I have over 23 years of working in education. I have worked as a public-school college counselor, a community college advisor, and as an admission counselor. I believe in helping all types of students gain access to their higher education goals! I was a transfer student myself, so I understand the challenges transfer students can face.

In addition to my education and professional career, my love of music, art, travel, photography, film, and storytelling influences everything I do. When I am not on one of my long walks or watching my teenage son rock out on his bass with his band in Austin, I can be found looking for new or used vinyl at one of the many record shops around town, listening to music, or planning my next trip to Chicago! I am currently the Texas Representative for Transfer Students at DePaul, and I couldn't be more excited!

Fun Fact: I have one of only two known photos of Phineas Gage (an actual relative of mine). It is published in the January 2018 National Geographic magazine, and it is also displayed at the Harvard Countway Library Medical Museum in Boston.

Madeline Walsh  

Madeline Walsh

Transfer Admission Counselor, Transfer Recruitment & Admission
Phone: (312) 362-7065, Text: (312) 872-4626
Counselor for:

  • CCC - Richard Daley
  • CCC - Harold Washington
  • CCC - Kennedy-King
  • CCC - Olive-Harvey
  • CCC - Truman College
  • Kishwaukee College
  • Illinois 4-year Public College/University
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My name is Madeline Walsh and I am a transfer admissions counselor. I am originally from Cannon Falls, Minnesota, and I completed my B.A. in Public Relations at Hofstra University.

I have spent the entirety of my career working with transfer students. Every student deserves the opportunity to achieve their educational goals and I am dedicated to helping my students accomplish theirs. I love working with students one-on-one to ensure they have a comprehensive, customized plan to transfer.

In my free time, I love exploring Chicago and finding new restaurants to frequent. But, in my opinion, there’s nothing better than curling up on the couch with my two cats at the end of a long day.

Heidi Wirth  

Heidi Wirth

Assistant Director, Transfer Recruitment & Admission
Phone: (312) 362-5860, Text: (312) 820-8520
Counselor for:

  • College of DuPage
  • Harper College/Harper University Center
  • Joliet Junior College
  • Moraine Valley Community College
  • Prairie State College
  • South Suburban College
  • Second Bachelor's degree Students
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Originally from Wrigleyville, Chicago (born and raised Cubs fan). Fun fact: I worked at Wrigley Field for four years while a student at DePaul University. I am a Double Demon. What does that mean? I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master of Education in Counseling at DePaul University.

I love working with Transfer students and helping you finish what you started. I believe in the mission, vision, purpose and values of DePaul University. Seeing them reflected throughout the curriculum and throughout the University as a whole is meaningful. Having loved my college experience, I find there is no better way to share that than to be an admission counselor. I am honored to represent DePaul University to prospective students.