Admissions Staff

Grant Keener
was appointed Interim Assistant Dean for Enrollment Management in 2017. Dean Keener comes to Syracuse from the University of Florida Levin College of Law where he served as Interim Assistant Dean for Admissions from 2015-2017. He has nearly 20 years of experience in law school admissions and prelaw advising, having previously held positions at Penn State, Drexel, Illinois, Touro and Ohio Northern. Dean Keener received his bachelors degree from Penn State and his law degree from Ohio Northern. He is a member of the Pennsylvania bar. He can be reached at

Nolana McKinstry is the Associate Director of Admissions and joined the College of Law in May of 2016.  Ms. McKinstry received her Bachelor's in political science and Africana studies from Colgate University, and a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from North Carolina Central University School of Law. Before entering higher education, Ms. McKinstry practiced commercial litigation at K&L Gates LLP.  Ms. McKinstry has also held academic support and/or bar passage positions at both Charlotte School of Law and Phoenix School of Law.  Prior to joining the College of Law, she worked as a pre-law advisor at SUNY Binghamton University.  Ms. McKinstry is involved with all aspects of the recruitment, evaluation, and enrollment of prospective students.  Ms. McKinstry can be reached at

Kelly Brant is the Assistant Director of Admissions and joined the College of Law in January of 2017.  Ms. Brant received her Bachelor's in sociology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science in Student Affairs Administration from SUNY Binghamton. Before joining Syracuse University, Ms. Brant worked at 2U Inc. where she managed the Student Support team for the @NYU (Steinhardt) partnership. Ms. Brant has also held career and pre-law advising roles at both Colgate University and SUNY Binghamton. Ms. Brant is involved with all aspects of  the recruitment, evaluation, and enrollment of prospective students.  Ms. Brant can be reached at


Danielle Burgo is the Admissions Operations Coordinator, joining the team in 2016.  Ms. Burgo earned her Bachelor's degree in criminal justice and psychology from Roger Williams University.  Prior to joining the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, Ms. Burgo worked in Faculty Support at the College of Law and is a certified title examiner in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Ms. Burgo manages and processes admissions applications and communications and assists in recruitment and marketing efforts.  She can be reached at

Matthew Maloney
Missy Vetrano is the Recruitment Coordinator and started at the College of Law in June of 2016.  Ms. Vetrano earned her Bachelor's in psychology from SUNY Geneseo, and her Ed.M and C.A.S. in school counseling from the University at Buffalo. She has worked in various aspects of higher education, including admissions, career services, and orientation and first-year programs. Ms. Vetrano helps process applications and assists with appointments and events.  She can be reached at