Amalia montes


Born and raised in Chile, Marita came to USA to pursue a career in Art and Design. She studied Interior Design and Art History in the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and later on worked in residential and commercial design projects all along the East Coast. After working at Bayridge Residence for a brief training period, she moved to Westfield, where she oversees residence life and promotes a variety of cultural programs and events for high school, college and professional women. A true New Yorker at heart, Marita loves design, speed walking, and meeting new people.

Maria elena De bellard

assistant director

Debbie studied Biology at University Simon Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela and then obtained a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at City University of New York. From there she moved to California to work as an Embryologist at Caltech and later on at California State University Northridge. In 2013 she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Indonesia where she researched the nervous system of jellyfish. Currently she conducts research in the joined field of evolution/development, while mentoring a large number of undergraduates. She is an avid biker, climber and hiker; no distance or rock is too hard for her to tackle!

lucY iglesias

director of hospitality

Lucy received her degree in Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University and her early training at Murray Hill Place, in New York City. She has since coached and mentored various groups attending the Art of Living Conference, an internationally renowned culinary competition for high school girls that meets yearly at Arnold Hall Conference center, in Massachusetts. Her baking skills and her knack for home-making has made Lucy an essential part of our staff. Lucy currently lives at Aster Study Center, where she continues to train and mentor high school girls in the areas of culinary arts and hospitality.