Meet the EOF Staff
Liz O’Brien, M.S.Ed. – Director
Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Studies – State University of New York College at Oneonta 2003
M.S.Ed. in Education Counseling – Monmouth University 2011
Certificate in Professional Counseling – Monmouth University January 2018
I am originally from New York where I lived in various parts of the state and even lived in Rhode Island for a short time before I moved to New Jersey. I joined Monmouth University in August 2006 working in Residential Life, Student Employment and now the Educational Opportunity Fund program. I have a strong passion for working with college students and helping them grow to follow their dreams. As a first generation college student my goal is to help ease the transition into college and assist others in navigating campus life. In my free time I can usually be found hanging out with my 3 children, husband and golden retriever at the park or on the boardwalk. My hobbies include watching the NY Rangers, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.
Cassandra Figueroa, MA – Counselor
Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Journalism/Public Relations cluster – Monmouth University 2014
Master of Arts Public Policy – Monmouth University 2016
I was raised in south Jersey and I moved to West Long Branch in 2010 after being selected for the EOF program at Monmouth University. I am a two-time MU graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Communication concentrated in Journalism/Public Relations, and a master’s degree in Public Policy focused in welfare policy. After graduation, I worked at a transitional housing program for homeless families in Monmouth County as the Assistant Program Coordinator, before rejoining the MU EOF program in February 2020 as a Counselor. In my free time I enjoy hiking, horticulture and reading. I understand the unique barriers our students face, and I plan to create an environment that will allow them to overcome their challenges and become successful MU graduates.
David M. Brown, M.S. – Counselor
Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies – The College of New Jersey, 2016
Master’s of Science in Counseling – Shippensburg University, 2020
David M. Brown is a native of Jersey City, New Jersey, and a graduate of The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies. While at TCNJ, David served in several leadership roles that he believes are the catalyst for his passion for working with college students and as a result, decided to bring his talents to Shippensburg University.
During his time in graduate school at Shippensburg University, David served as a residence director, interned in several offices across campus including the Office of the President, is a member of Chi Sigma Iota, International Counseling Honor Society, and is the immediate past president of the Graduate Student Association Board at Ship. In May of 2020, David received his Master of Counseling and College Student Personnel.