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Seth Allen, Vice President for Strategy & Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
California: Santa Barbara & Ventura County
International: Europe, the Middle East
Hometown: Boston, MA
College major: Economics (and lots of creative writing)
Fun fact: I have an identical twin.
Advice for college applicants: Searching for colleges is like experimenting with new foods. You never know what will excite your taste buds. Be open to potential colleges like you are open to new flavors, new spices, and uniquely regional cuisine. You don’t know what you don’t know until you’ve tried it.
Adam Sapp, Assistant Vice President & Director of Admissions
States & Territories: American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, Northern Mariana Islands, Vermont
California: East San Fernando Valley
International: Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, Taiwan and all other international areas not otherwise assigned
Hometown: Danville, OH
College major: History
Fun fact: I am a rural kid—I grew up in a very small farm town in the Midwest.
Advice for college applicants: Read more biographies. I believe that living a good life is easier when you truly understand the lives of others. Reading more biographies and memoirs will give you a window into your own life that can be truly powerful—history is a great teacher, but I think learning from the people who made it will provide you with the best lessons of all!
Joel A. Hart, Senior Associate Dean of Admissions & Director of Operations
States & Cities: Delaware, New York City, Virginia
California: San Francisco County
International: Canada, Oceania (Australia/New Zealand)
Hometown: Nashville, TN
College majors: Political Science and Religious Studies
Fun fact: I once (and only once) appeared on Jeopardy!
Advice for college applicants: Stay organized, and check your email.
Ashley Pallie, Senior Associate Dean of Admissions & Director of Recruitment
States, Territories & Cities: Alaska, Chicago, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
International: Africa, the Caribbean
Hometown: Southern California
College majors: Psychology and Music
Fun fact: I am obsessed with the Marvel Comics Universe, and Avengers: Endgame was the best cinematic experience of my life. I love you, 3000.
Advice for college applicants: You will get into many colleges. You will be denied from some colleges. Neither decision defines who you are as a person.
Tina Brooks, Associate Dean of Admissions
States & Cities: Connecticut, Minnesota, New York (outside NYC), Pennsylvania, Wisconsin
California: Far Northern California, Marin County
Other: Transfer applicants
Hometown: Oshkosh, WI
College major: English (emphasis on creative writing)
Fun fact: I was a scene photographer for a volunteer fire department in Ithaca, NY.
Advice for college applicants: If you have the chance to visit colleges, jot down a few notes on the brochure you pick up: What stood out? What were the students like? How much did you like the campus? After a bunch of campus visits, or the passage of time, they will either blur together or you might forget the details. Your notes will trigger memories of each campus.
Michelle Gonzalez, Associate Dean of Admissions
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
College major: Spanish
Fun fact: I had a Lego-themed wedding. Yes, I have pictures.
Advice for college applicants: Be yourself! Own your experiences.
Chris Teran, Associate Dean of Admissions
States: Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas
California: Contra Costa County
Hometown: Bisbee, AZ
College major: Sociology
Fun fact: I have been bitten by nearly every poisonous spider in the U.S.
Advice for college applicants: Keep a journal, and write down the most important things you want in a college.
Kolby Stallings, Senior Assistant Dean of Admissions
States: Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota
California: Central Coast, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, South Bay
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA/Colorado Springs, CO
College major: History
Fun fact: You can find me as an extra in Disney's The Lone Ranger alongside Johnny Depp!
Advice for college applicants: You may not have that "aha" moment visiting a campus–and that's ok. Through your college search, and campus visit experiences, you'll find that a lot of colleges have more similarities than differences. If this happens to you, choose the school where the people stood out and where you think you'll find your community!
Ryan Bouziane, Assistant Dean of Admissions
States: Arizona, Kansas and Missouri
California: Anaheim, Central Valley, Long Beach, Oakland and Alameda County, Orange County, Whittier
International: Bangladesh, Central Asia, China, Eastern Europe and PakistanAbout Ryan
Hometown: Santa Clarita, CA
College major: Journalism (minor in Cinematic Arts)
Fun fact: My dog, a mini Australian Shepherd, loves to howl at trains
Advice for college applicants: Take risks, embrace your individuality, and use semicolons.
Katrina Bruno, Assistant Dean of Admissions
States: Colorado, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming
California: Greater Imperial Valley, Riverside County, San Bernardino & San Diego Counties
Hometown: Miami, FL
College major: Journalism (Sociology minor)
Fun fact: My friends and family find humor in the fact that I have a major fear... of butterflies.
Advice for college applicants: Check out blogs/newspapers/social media sites to learn more about what students on campus are talking about or care about.
Cris Monroy '14, Assistant Dean of Admissions
States: Kentucky, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia
California: Glendale, Napa/Sonoma, Pasadena, Sacramento County, Santa Ana, West Beach, West Los Angeles
International: Latin America
Hometown: South Central Los Angeles
College majors: Psychology and Chicano Studies
Fun fact: I fell in love with hiking after making it to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park.
Advice for college applicants: Start drafting your essays as you finalize your college list. Give yourself ample time to process your thoughts and answer the “why.” Why did you choose your topic? Why is it important to you? What did you learn and/or how did you grow from a particular situation?
Paola Reyes Noriega '17, Assistant Dean of Admissions
States: Illinois (outside of Chicago), New Jersey, New Mexico
California: Covina & West Covina, East Los Angeles, Hollywood & Wilshire, South & South Central Los Angeles, West San Fernando Valley
Hometown: Hawthorne, CA
College major: Spanish
Fun fact: I'm a dedicated Dodgers fan, but they’ve managed to lose every single game I’ve attended. Maybe I should stop going to so many . . .
Advice for college applicants: Follow that gut feeling you're having! NOT liking an institution after visiting or doing research is just as valid as falling in love with one.
Carolyn Starks, Assistant Dean of Admissions
States: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Tennessee
California: San Jose
Hometown: Auburn, AL
College major: English
Fun fact: Both of my sisters and I won “Best Smile” in high school.
Advice for college applicants: Enjoy the process. Applying to college can seem daunting and overwhelming but imagining yourself at the different college campuses can be exciting; learning and exploring who you are, what you enjoy and what you might want to do with your life is even more exciting.