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March 13, 2023

AHA Welcomes New Admissions Team with Alumna at the Helm

There is a brand new admissions team at the Academy of the Holy Angels, and an enthusiastic alumna is at the helm. This March, veteran AHA educator Stephanie Dowling (AHA ’08) and new Holy Angels staff member Melani Salibian stepped into the roles of director and assistant director, respectively.


Stephanie Dowling holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Loyola University Maryland, and a master’s in Catholic school educational leadership, management, and policy from Seton Hall University. After her graduation from Loyola, Dowling realized her childhood dream of becoming a teacher by joining the faculty at Immaculate Conception High School. Dowling taught English and coached track. After investing two years at Immaculate Conception, she returned to AHA in 2014; this time as an English teacher. Most recently, Dowling served as chair of the Holy Angels English Department.


When the admissions director’s post became available, Dowling decided to apply. Her new role fulfills a career goal she set for herself. She succeeds Michèle McGovern, who taught English at AHA (and had Dowling as a student) before taking on the directorship in 2010.


Melani Salibian received her bachelor’s degree in communication arts from the State University of New York College at Cortland. Her undergraduate work included concentrations in public relations and advertising with a minor in peace and conflict resolution. She subsequently earned a master’s in communication studies from Arizona State University.


Prior to joining the staff at Holy Angels, she spent five years as assistant director of admissions at Dominican University. Her responsibilities included representing Dominican at college fairs and recruiting prospective students. Salibian reviewed students’ applications and recommended candidates for academic scholarships. In her role as student ambassador supervisor, Salibian managed 20 students. She has also handled social media.


During her college years, Salibian (who speaks English, Spanish, and Armenian) participated in Abroad in Armenia, an internship that allowed her to immerse herself in local culture, assist area residents, and visit historical sites. She was also involved at the Center of Gender and Intercultural Studies in Cortland, New York, where she promoted events, designed posters and social media posts, and edited an online journal.


Salibian succeeds Jennifer Bullis, who logged over 16 years in college admissions before she joined the AHA staff in 2018.