Meet the Staff


Meet the Staff

The guidance department consists of a full-time staff of five counselors, ensuring that each student receives a great deal of individualized attention. Two school counselors, two college counselors and a director of guidance ensure that each student is personally known by the guidance staff as he navigates high school and prepares to choose a college.  Our college counselors, Nikki Buchanan and Abby Kallin, have both previously worked, “on the other side of the desk” in college admissions, giving them targeted insight into what colleges are looking for in prospective students.

Deneen Brown
Director, Guidance

Please join us in welcoming our new Director of Guidance, Deneen Brown. Ms. Brown, a Delaware native, comes to us from Villanova University’s Undergraduate Admission Office. With over a decade of admission experience, Ms. Brown’s goal is to continue to counsel, support and advocate for students of the Salesianum School. She is a graduate of Howard University and eaned her M. Ed from Villanova University. During her down time, Ms. Brown enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

Molly Ontiveros
Assistant Director, Guidance

Education: B.S. University of Chicago, M.S. University of Pennsylvania
Professional Affiliations: Potomac & Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling (PCACAC)

Ms. Ontiveros comes to us from her alma mater – the University of Chicago – where she worked in the admissions office of her alma mater. As a student, she majored in Environmental Studies, where she indulged her passion for urban farming and gardening. She hopes to eventually start a garden at Sallies. Outside of school, Ms. Ontiveros is an avid runner and has ran in the Chicago, Philly, and Raleigh marathons.


Nikki Buchanan 
College Counselor

Education: B.A. Lock Haven University; M.A. Temple University
Professional Affiliations: Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling

Ms. Buchanan spent the last few years as an Admissions Counselor at Temple University after serving as a Volunteer In Service To America (VISTA) with AmeriCorps. She hopes to utilize her Bachelor's Degree in International Studies and Masters Degree in Education to help students at Salesianum gain a better global perspective. Ms. Buchanan loves trying new things and finding new restaurants in her free time.

Abby Kallin
College Counselor

Education: B.A. Gettysburg College
Professional Affiliations: Potomac & Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling (PCACAC)

Ms. Kallin comes to us from the office of admissions at Gettysburg College, her alma mater.  Ms. Kallin loves to cook, bake, and travel.  She enjoys going to the movies, reading memoirs and poetry, and being active.

Ralph Heiss
School Counselor

Education: B.S. Drexel University, M. Ed. West Chester University

Guidance counselor, Ralph Heiss, has more than 40 years of service to Salesianum. He coached the cross country team for 18 years and track and field for 30 years. Both team have won numerous state championships. Mr. Heiss has four sons who are Salesianum grads.

Justin Romano
School Counselor

Education: B.A. University of Delaware, M.A. Wilmington University

A graduate of the Salesianum Class of 2003, Mr. Romano has worked at Salesianum for more than five years.  Mr. Romano has been an assistant soccer coach at Salesianum for the last seven years, winning seven state championships. In his free time, Mr. Romano enjoys golf, coahing youth soccer teams with Delaware Rush, and playing with his dog, Ollie.

Robyn Correale
Office Manager

Education: B.A. University of Delaware, M.S.W. Bryn Mawr College
Mrs. Correale enjoys cooking, baking, spending time with her family, and participating in community service.