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Seth Allen, Vice President & Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
California: Santa Barbara & West Ventura County
International: Europe, Hong Kong, India, Middle East, Turkey
Seth has served as Pomona’s Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid since 2011. Although he identifies Massachusetts as his childhood home, he’s quick to point out he lived all over the Northeast of the United States while growing up.
Seth arrived at Pomona by way of Grinnell College, where he was Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid. Prior to that he acted as the Dean of Admissions at Dickinson College and served in admissions at The Johns Hopkins University. A member of the Board of Directors of The Common Application for five years, Seth was President from 2008-2009. He has also served the admissions profession on national committees for both the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and The College Board and is currently on the Board of Directors of The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success.
During his time in admissions he has championed efforts to increase student diversity and is always on the lookout for new ways to evaluate student potential. In his spare time, Seth enjoys world travel, exploring California, and relaxing on a lake in Northern Maine. Seth holds a bachelor’s degree in economics as well as a Masters in Applied Behavioral Science from The Johns Hopkins University.
Follow Seth’s journeys around the world as Dean of Admissions on Instagram under the handle Dean About Town.
Adam Sapp, Senior Associate Dean & Director of Admissions
American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, North Mariana Islands, all other states not otherwise assigned
California: East San Fernando Valley, Long Beach, West Los Angeles, West Beach
International: Oceania, Southeast Asia, Pakistan
Adam grew up in central Ohio and attended Kenyon College as an undergraduate, receiving a bachelor’s degree in history in 2002. Shortly after graduation he joined the Claremont McKenna College admission office, where he worked for seven years before leaving to pursue graduate work. After receiving his master’s degree in education from Harvard University, Adam worked in the Princeton University admission office for five years, where he oversaw yield efforts and managed Princeton’s international admissions team.
Adam joined Pomona College in the summer of 2015. He is very happy to be back in Los Angeles where he enjoys “the opportunity to take advantage of sunshine, sunshine and more sunshine.” When he’s not at work he can be found exploring LA’s dynamic foodie scene or lounging in Palm Springs enjoying (what else) the desert sunshine! Adam’s professional interests include being an advocate for the value of a liberal arts education, increasing international student diversity, and promoting access to higher education for both first-generation and low-income students.
Joel Hart, Associate Dean of Admissions
Alaska, New York City and Westchester Co.
California: San Francisco County, Contra Costa County
Joel finds it easier just to tell people he grew up in “The South,” rather than listing out the four states he lived in there at one time or another (Texas, Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee, in case you're wondering). He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a double major in political science and religious studies and a minor in European history. After stints in the admissions offices of his alma mater and the University of Pennsylvania, Joel moved to beautiful Southern California to join Pomona College. At Pomona, Joel oversees admissions operations, managing the application, evaluation, and selection processes. In his spare time, Joel’s interests can be summed up with “good food, black coffee, and world travel.” He lives in Los Angeles with his husband and a retired racing greyhound. He has a master's degree in education from the University of Southern California and has season tickets for Trojan football games.
Ashley Pallie, Associate Dean of Admissions
Chicago, Delaware, District of Columbia, Pennsylvania
Ashley was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and, even though she left as a youngster, the fast pace of the big city makes her feel at home. She attended Pomona’s neighboring Scripps College, where she double majored in psychology and music. After graduation, Ashley was drawn to admission work because of the deep connection she established with the admission officer who recruited her. This experience has led to her passion for linking fantastic students with great opportunities and her dedication to promoting educational access for first-generation students, of which Ashley was one. She worked in Scripps’s Office of Admission for 6 years before moving down the street to Pomona, where she oversees diversity recruitment. She is currently pursuing an M.B.A. with concentrations in marketing and leadership at the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito School of Management.
In her spare time, Ashley volunteers extensively with World Relief Cambodia, a peace and justice non-governmental organization (NGO), reads 2-3 books a week, and listens to an eclectic mix of music. Ashley and her husband live in Pasadena and are budding foodies who are determined to eat their way through Los Angeles.
Chris Teran, Associate Dean of Admissions
Massachusetts, Northern & Central Texas, Rhode Island
California: Alameda County, City of Oakland
Chris joined Pomona College in the summer of 2014 from Texas A&M University, where he worked as a Hall Director in Residence Life, then as a Senior Management Analyst for Scholarships & Financial Aid. At Texas A&M, Chris focused on the integration of technology in the evaluation of scholarship merit and recruitment. He also worked extensively to widen the education pipeline for first-generation college students and other traditionally underrepresented groups. He continues to conduct research on the effects of population shifts and legislative policy changes on higher education participation. Chris handles “all things data” for the Office of Admissions, which ranges from report writing to data mining to assessment analyses.
Chris grew up in southern Arizona and graduated with a B.A. in sociology from Northern Arizona University, where he was also a Resident Assistant. He enjoys outdoor escapes, local coffee shops, and small concert venues. Chris is a demographer, mountain bike rider, auto mechanic, and weekend chef (with levels of proficiency in that order).
Tina Brooks, Senior Assistant Dean of Admissions
Georgia, Idaho, Illinois (outside of Chicago), Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin
California: Marin County, Sacramento
Born in Canada, and raised in Wisconsin, Tina grew up with a love of nature and a passion for girl detectives. She received her B.A. in English, with an emphasis in creative writing, from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and, after graduation, moved to the Big Apple to attend New York University’s Summer Publishing Institute. Following stints in magazine publishing, freelance writing and editing, and non-profit development work, Tina entered graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley. After earning her Ph.D. in English, Tina taught college English in Atlanta and in Pennsylvania before moving to Claremont, California.
She came to college admissions by accident but managed to spend 17 years in the admissions office of Scripps College, learning the ropes. Moving 6 blocks south, she joined Pomona’s admissions team in 2015 and spearheads communications for the office. A Southern California convert, Tina enjoys hiking the local foothills trails, avidly reading the sports section and the daily obituaries, and watching British television mysteries.
Conor O'Rourke '03, Senior Assistant Dean of Admissions
Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands
California: Pasadena, Glendale
International: Latin America, all other international areas not otherwise assigned
Originally from Oregon by way of Alaska, Conor is a 2003 Pomona alumnus. After graduation, Conor headed to New England, where he worked for an educational enrichment program based out of Boston before enrolling in the University of Connecticut for a master’s degree in higher education student affairs. Upon completion, he opted for a temporary hiatus from higher education to pursue his interest in gourmet coffee roasting by moving to an out-of-the way town in Western Australia and working at a small coffee shop located just steps from the aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean. After perfecting his roasting skills, he headed back to the U.S., where he landed a job as a middle school history teacher at an all-girls school in Los Angeles. Conor finally made his way back home to Pomona College and joined the Admissions staff in 2010.
In his spare time, Conor continues to search for the perfect L.A. coffee shop, where he keeps the U.S. Postal Service in business by hand-writing letters to friends, family, and noteworthy figures (over 1,000 in the last 5 years).
Michelle Gonzalez, Assistant Dean of Admissions
Arizona, New Mexico, West Texas & the Rio Grande Valley
California: Anaheim, Covina & West Covina, East Los Angeles, South and South Central Los Angeles, Santa Ana, Valley of the Moon
Michelle joined Pomona College in the summer of 2013, shortly after completing her Masters in Higher Education at California State University, Fullerton. During her time in this program, Michelle was able to conduct research with her peers to discover factors that motivate first-generation Latino males to go to college. Although Michelle is a proud born-and-raised Angeleno, she attended college out of state, receiving her B.A. in Spanish from Colorado College. She aspires to further her education in the near future by pursuing a doctorate in education. Michelle is committed to increasing the number of underrepresented, first-generation students going to college and thrives in her work at Pomona as part of the diversity recruitment team’s efforts to increase diversity on campus.
Frances Nan '12, Assistant Dean of Admissions
Southeast Texas, Washington
California: South Bay
International: China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan
In the office, Frances helps with the Diversity Program, organizing fly-out weekends during the school year and promoting high-touch contact with students, families, and community-based organizations (CBOs). Additionally, she assists with the senior interviewer and intern programs, so that she can stay connected with current Pomona students.
After living 15 years in Sunnyvale, California, Frances moved to Beijing, China, where she attended an international high school. Her favorite memories from college involve her sponsor groups (including transfers!), shifts at the Writing Center, and backpacking trips with the outdoors club. Frances received her B.A. in English and philosophy-politics-economics (PPE) from Pomona College. After graduating, she spent a brief summer in the southwest of Houston, TX, teaching 4th grade, learning to fix bicycles, and trying new ethnic cuisines every Friday night. Outside of exploring the mountains, valleys, beaches, forests, and deserts near Los Angeles, Frances loves bursts of laughter, avocados, and book-learnin'.
Slade Burns '14, Admissions Officer
Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, Utah
California: Central Coast, San Jose, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County
Slade joins the admissions team at Pomona as a recent graduate of the college and former Senior Interviewer in Pomona's Office of Admissions. During his time as a Sagehen, Slade earned his B.A in environmental geology and headed a number of sustainability programs through the College's Sustainability Integrations Office (SIO). As he continues in his career, Slade has developed areas of interest in the role of college athletics in the admissions process and the impact of education policy on higher education.
As a Kansas City native, Slade's great loves include barbecue and underperforming professional sports teams (Go Chiefs!). Food is a general passion for Slade and, upon graduating from Pomona, he set out on a tour of California in search of the state's best fish tacos (Marcy's in Mission Beach, San Diego, receives top marks). In his free time, Slade can be found wandering one of Southern California's many museums, attending a play at the Rubicon Theatre, or gardening with his grandpa.
Jazzmin Estebane, Admissions Officer
Colorado, Maryland, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Virginia, Wyoming
California: Imperial Valley, San Diego County
Jazzmin grew up in Pomona, California, less than three miles from Pomona College’s campus. She attended Yale University where she discovered that, while she can appreciate the four seasons, she will always prefer the eternal sunshine of Southern California. At Yale, Jazzmin received a B.A. in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies with a concentration in race and gender in the United States and was heavily involved in student mentorship and outreach. She served as a Peer Liaison for first-year Latino students, an advisor for first-generation, low-income students, and outreach coordinator for the Yale Women’s Center.
Jazzmin joins the admissions team following a year-long fellowship at 12+, a Philadelphia college access non-profit. She is excited to not only be returning home, but also to be a part of the diversity recruitment team at Pomona. When she’s not working or spending time with her large and close-knit family, you can find Jazzmin daydreaming about her two current life goals: to own a Corgi and to travel cross-country by train.
Sarah Thompson '11, Admissions Officer
Connecticut, Indiana, Maine, New Hampshire, North Carolina, New York (outside of New York City), South Carolina, Vermont
California: Central Valley, North & South Orange County, Whittier
A politics major at Pomona, Sarah focused her studies on African politics and conducted research in Burkina Faso. Outside of the classroom, Sarah was an enthusiastic Sponsor (Mudd 2 Front!) and played on an occasionally winning intramural soccer team. Sarah moved to Washington, D.C after graduating from Pomona to pursue her interest in international development. After three great years, she decided to return to her Sagehen roots and join the admissions team, where she had worked previously as a Senior Interviewer. Her favorite part of her job is talking to prospective students and families about the values of a liberal arts education and anything that makes Pomona more accessible to low-income and first generation college students.
Originally from North Carolina, Sarah loves bad country music, excruciatingly sweet tea, and Carolina Panther football. She spends her free time enjoying the outdoors and planning the next adventure, even though she believes any good adventure doesn't go according to plan.
Tieisha Tift, Admissions Officer
Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, Tennessee, West Virginia
California: Ontario, Riverside, San Bernardino, West San Fernando Valley
Tieisha joins the admissions team at Pomona College as part of her lifelong commitment to increasing access to quality post-secondary opportunities for all students, especially those from low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented minority backgrounds. Tieisha was born and raised in Trenton, NJ, a community that is close to her heart. She was the first in her family to earn a bachelor's degree when she graduated from Columbia University in 2013 with a B.A. in urban studies, with specialization in education. After graduating, she spent two years in Providence, RI serving as a college adviser and AmeriCorps fellow through the College Advising Corps at Brown University.
An east coast girl at heart, Tieisha is excited to be living in Southern California, though she's still skeptical about the joy of a 70-degree winter. She looks forward to exploring the mountains looming over her backyard, as well as all of the little communities surrounding her.