As an online student financial planning counselor, Stacy Bateni ‘05 spends her time helping students choose how to fund their education, but before working for Johnson & Wales University, she worked in mortgages. “I guess I really just like numbers,” she mentioned with a laugh.
In her job, Stacy helps students review tuition information, understand the different types of financial aid packages, and discuss payment plan options and the verification process. Although understanding the financials of school can be one of the most overwhelming parts for students, she says she does her best to make it as simple as possible.
A Rhode Island native and alumni of JWU, Stacy is a true wildcat. After graduating from the university with her degree in sports entertainment management, she worked in mortgages for a few years. She then came back to work for the university as a financial advisor at the Providence campus and has been with the university for 12 years total (the last two with the College of Professional Studies).
When asked what she loves most about working for the College of Professional Studies, Stacy said she likes being “one college under one roof,” meaning she enjoys being able to have every department either next door or downstairs — she said that this way, student issues are quickly troubleshot and she can watch everything come full circle.
In her free time she said she enjoys spending time with her two little boys and keeping fit. She is currently training to part take in the Spartan Race. Spartan Race is a series of obstacle races of varying difficulty and distance, ranging from three miles to marathon distances. “Completing each obstacle race gives me a rush of adrenaline that pushes me to do the next one bigger and better,” she said.
Luckily for JWU, Stacy brings that same energy and winner’s attitude to the online students she works with every day.