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Seth Allen, Vice President for Strategy & Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
California: Santa Barbara & Ventura County
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, Northern Mariana Islands
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 on my fourth passport–the first three are full!
Advice for college applicants: Read more autobiographies. Why? Because learning how to reflect on your life is a skill best learned early.
Joel A. Hart, Senior Associate Dean of Admissions & Director of Operations
States & Cities: New York City
California: San Francisco County
International: Canada, Europe, 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: 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), 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: Alaska, Washington
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
California: Long Beach
International: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Central Asia, China, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
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, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, 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.
Adriana B. Bustos, Assistant Dean of Admissions
States: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Tennessee, West Virginia
California: Oakland & Alameda County
Hometown: La Puente, CA
College major: Mathematics (Statistics emphasis)
Fun fact: I love thrifting. My goal this year is to shop almost 100% secondhand clothing for myself.
Advice for college applicants: The perfect college for you depends on ... YOU. Think about what's important to you, whether that's location, size, financial aid, or other factors. College will be a home away from home, so make sure you choose a college that is right for you, somewhere you feel you belong and where you can thrive over the next few years.
Paola Franco '17, Assistant Dean of Admissions
States: Delaware, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania
California: Covina & West Covina, East Los Angeles, South & South Central Los Angeles
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.
Cris Monroy '14, Assistant Dean of Admissions
California: Glendale, Pasadena, Santa Ana, West Beach, West Los Angeles
International: Latin America, the Middle East
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?
Phoebe Blaisdell, Admissions Officer
States: Idaho, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Vermont
California: Central Valley, Hollywood & Wilshire, Santa Ana, West San Fernando Valley
Hometown: South Hadley, MA
College major: Philosophy
Fun fact: My best skill is my ability to fall down without seriously injuring myself. I've gotten a lot of practice over the years.
Advice for college applicants: When trying to get a feel for a school's atmosphere, try to talk to as many students as you can. If you have the chance to take a tour and ask the guide questions, try to find at least one or two other students who might be willing to answer the same questions, and see what the answers have in common or where they differ.
Geraldine Castañeda '21, Admissions Officer
States: Illinois (outside Chicago), Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio
California: Napa/Sonoma, Sacramento County, San Jose
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
College major: Public Policy Analysis (PPA), Chicanx/Latinx concentration
Fun fact: I moonlight as a Zumba instructor.
Advice for college applicants: Focus more on making this an enjoyable process for yourself. Write about moments where you find real meaning, lean on people who hype you up, and write your future self a letter to read when you're done with the application process.
Saaron Gonzalez, Admissions Officer
States: Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia
California: Orange County, Whittier
Hometown: East Los Angeles (East L.A.), CA
College major: Politics
Fun fact: I was a violinist in my high school's orchestra and mariachi.
Advice for college applicants: Begin researching your prospective schools as early as possible. One way to organize your research is to create a spreadsheet with deadlines, programs/events for prospective students, academic programs, faculty, and any other qualities that are important to you in your research or college visit.