Alumni Association Board of Directors New Members 2021
We are excited to announce our new Alumni Association Board of Directors members, joining us in the new academic year, beginning in September.
Read their bios and statements of excitement for joining the board.
"Wagner has helped shape me into who I am today. Wagner gave me more than an education. It gave me friends, a home and a career. It is an honor to serve on the board, increase awareness, and help the College thrive for future generations of Seahawks around the world."
Sarah Braun ’14 M’18 M’20
Sarah currently serves as the Director of Admissions at University of Maine at Fort Kent. Prior to moving to Northern Maine in September 2020, Sarah worked in the Wagner College Office of Admissions for five years, starting as an Admissions Counselor and moving into a role as Assistant Director and International Recruiter. While working at Wagner, Sarah pursued two masters’ degrees in Childhood Education and Higher Education and Learning Organizations Leadership. And was inducted into the international education honor society: Kappa Delta Pi.
A native of Allendale, NJ, Wagner appealed to her as an undergraduate due to its notable Theatre program, the beautiful campus and proximity to home and Manhattan. As a Theatre Studies major with a minor in Spanish, Sarah was involved in Tau Kappa Sigma, the Student Ambassador Program, Intramural Soccer, Art Club, Treble Choir, Hildegard Ensemble, Espresso Ensemble, and College Choir. She worked at the IT HelpDesk for four years, completed two internships, studied abroad in London during the spring of 2013 and took an EYH trip to Cartagena, Colombia. She currently serves as the Tau Kappa Sigma Alumni Advisor.
“I’m so thankful for the opportunity to serve on the board. I'm very excited to continue collaborating with the Alumni Association!”
Aurora Brennan ’13
Aurora graduated from Wagner in 2013 with a B.S. in Business. During her time at Wagner, she was a member of the Women’s Tennis team, Alpha Delta Pi, SGA, President of Greek Senate and served on the Panhellenic council. After graduating, she went on to earn her Master’s in Strategic Marketing from the National University of Ireland in Galway. Upon returning back to New York, Aurora began her career in media and is currently serving as a Director of Business Solutions at Horizon Media. She works across several clients providing strategic leadership and oversight, while always bringing fresh ideas and thinking to some very successful full funnel brand to demand campaigns.
Outside of work, Aurora has stayed very involved with the Wagner community serving as Co-Chair of the Women’s Professional Network. Alongside the executive committee, she focuses on empowering Wagner’s female community across all professional disciplines at all stages of their career to achieve and realize their goals. Her work involves planning several events throughout the academic year to cultivate relationships and networking to foster ongoing conversations. Aurora is also very passionate about volunteering with Ronald McDonald House New York, located on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. Since she first began volunteering with them in college through Alpha Delta Pi, Aurora has always been passionate about their cause: providing a supportive and caring place that keeps families close when they need each other the most.
Outside of work and volunteering, Aurora currently resides in Manhattan. She loves to spend time with friends and family exploring new restaurants and bars on the weekends.
“It is an absolute honor and privilege to join the Alumni Board of Directors. As we reflect on our past to vision forward, I am most excited to connect with fellow alumni, students and faculty… to come together as one cohesive Wagner family.”
Nicole Giammarinaro ’07
Nicole graduated Wagner in 2007 with a B.S. in Nursing and minor in Biology and Dance. While attending Wagner, she held leadership roles within numerous honor societies, served as a Student Ambassador and Peer Leader, performed regularly in theater shows and on the Wagner College Dance Team, and participated in other various clubs and campus-based organizations. After a rewarding career as a registered nurse in telemetry, nurse manager and hospital-based Patient & Family Centered Care roles, Nicole currently serves as the Director, Education and Research within Northwell Health’s system Office of Patient and Customer Experience. As a certified patient experience professional, Nicole is passionate about empathetic healthcare delivery, patient-centeredness, cultural transformation efforts, and team engagement.
In 2018, she was presented the Wagner Alumni Fellow award for serving the community and in professional achievement. Nicole resides on Long Island, is celebrating 10 years of marriage to Matthew Giammarinaro, and is incredibly proud of her two daughters, Natalie and Audrey.