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Seth Allen, Vice President & Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
California: Santa Barbara & Ventura County
International: Europe, Hong Kong, India, Middle East
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.
Adam Sapp, Senior Associate Dean & Director of Admissions
States & Territories: American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, Seattle metro area
California: East San Fernando Valley, Hollywood & Wilshire, West Beach, West Los Angeles
International: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pacific Islands, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, and all other international areas not otherwise assigned
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
States & Cities: Alaska, Maryland, New York City
California: San Francisco County
International: Canada, Oceania (Australia/New Zealand)
Joel finds it easier just to tell people he grew up in “The South,” rather than listing out Texas, Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee, all of which he's lived in at one time or another. 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, with a master's degree in education from the University of Southern California, is a proud season ticket-holder for Trojan football games.
Ashley Pallie, Associate Dean of Admissions
States, Territories & Cities: Chicago, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Washington, D.C.
International: Africa, the Caribbean
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. As a first-generation college student, 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 a passion for linking fantastic students with great opportunities and a dedication to promoting educational access for first-generation students. She worked in Scripps’s Office of Admission for 6 years before moving down the street to Pomona, where she oversees diversity recruitment. She holds an M.B.A. with concentrations in marketing and leadership from 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 several 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
States: Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas (North and Central)
California: Contra Costa County
Chris moved to California in the summer of 2014 to join Pomona College, where he handles "all things data" for the Office of Admissions. Prior to this, he worked at Texas A&M University in the areas of Residence Life, Admissions, and Scholarships & Financial Aid. Although Chris mines a lot of data, he equally enjoys talking with students or watching an endless baseball game. He values the ability to divide his time between the micro (working with talented prospective students) and the macro (discovering and analyzing admissions trends). As a demographer, Chris is also interested in studying the effects of population shifts and legislative policy changes on higher education participation.
Chris grew up in southern Arizona and was the first in his family to attend college, earning a B.A. in sociology from Northern Arizona University. He enjoys the outdoors (thanks to the lovely California weather) and finds himself magnetically drawn to local coffee shops and small concert venues. In his spare time, Chris is a shade-tree auto mechanic, a (mediocre) weekend chef, and a resuscitator of vintage bicycles. Admissions keeps him balanced, although he's probably sustained more injuries on the recruitment trail than in his garage and kitchen combined.
Tina Brooks, Senior Assistant Dean of Admissions
States: Illinois (outside of Chicago), Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin
California: Far Northern California, Marin, Napa/Sonoma, West San Fernando
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.
Slade Burns '14, Assistant Dean of Admissions
States: Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, South Dakota
California: Central Coast, San Mateo & Santa Clara Counties
Slade joined the admissions team at Pomona as a 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 college basketball (Go Jayhawks!). 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.
Michelle Gonzalez, Assistant Dean of Admissions
States: Arizona, New Mexico, Texas (Southeast, West Texas & the Rio Grande Valley)
California: East Los Angeles, South & South Central Los Angeles
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 a proud born-and-raised Angeleno, she attended college out of state, receiving her B.A. in Spanish from Colorado College. Her future aspirations include pursuing a doctorate in education. Meanwhile, Michelle thrives in her work as part of Pomona's diversity team and as the contact person for undocumented and DACAmented students. Becoming part of the data team and joining international recruitment efforts are new directions Michelle is excited to pursue.
Outside of the office, she enjoys cooking, hosting friends and family with her husband (great reason to try a new recipe!), spending time with her family and dog Lou, and going on drives other than her 40-mile commute to campus.
Michael Walden, Assistant Dean of Admissions
States: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio
California: Anaheim, Long Beach, South Bay
International: Latin America
Michael grew up in Oak Park, IL and graduated from Colgate University with a B.A. in English. He stayed on as an admissions counselor at Colgate for one year before making the move out to Southern California in pursuit of sunshine. While working at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, he realized that higher education—and, in particular, empowerment of and access for underrepresented students—was his true passion. He worked in the admissions office at Loyola Marymount University, where he managed on-campus events and the tour guide program and entered an M.B.A. program with a concentration in Management and Organizational Behavior. Michael joined Pomona College in the summer of 2016 and is part of the diversity recruitment team. In his spare time, you can find Michael trying to recapture his youth through fitness, ruining that fitness with bacon cheeseburgers, or discovering new fiction at a local bookstore. Although he misses four seasons, he counts every year that he doesn’t have to shovel snow as a win.
Jazzmin Estebane, Admissions Officer
States: Colorado, North Dakota, Wyoming
California: Covina/West Covina, Imperial Valley, Riverside & San Bernardino Counties, 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 joined the admissions team in 2015, following a year-long fellowship at 12+, a Philadelphia college access non-profit. She is excited to return to Southern California and 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.
Erica Huerta, Admissions Officer
States: Delaware, North Carolina, New York (upstate), Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia
California: Central Valley, Orange County, Whittier
Erica grew up in Compton, California and graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a bachelor of arts degree in history. As an undergraduate, Erica had a formative experience serving as a peer academic advisor for the Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP). In this role, she assisted high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds to become competitively eligible for college admission by providing ongoing academic advising and admissions and financial aid information. After graduating, she served as a College Advisor with the UCLA BruinCorps Program at City Honors College Preparatory High School in Inglewood, California, where she implemented programs designed to increase the academic competitiveness of first-generation and underrepresented students.
As a graduate student at New York University, where she earned an M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs in 2016, her research focused on closing the achievement gap among underrepresented groups in higher education. At Pomona, Erica continues to strive to be a change agent by bridging the opportunity gap in higher education among historically underrepresented students while increasing student diversity and success. Away from the office, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring new cities.
Cris Monroy '14, Admissions Officer
States: Connecticut, Idaho, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, New York (Westchester/Long Island), Utah, Vermont, Washington (outside of Seattle)
California: Glendale, Pasadena, Santa Ana
Cris grew up in the metropolitan city of Los Angeles and was more than ready to leave his hometown when he fell in love with Pomona College. Since he could not choose just one major, he graduated as a psychology and Chicanx/Latinx studies double major. Cris returned to Pomona in 2016 after spending two years exploring his interests in teaching and business and beginning studies toward a master’s degree in student affairs. His passion for student affairs brings him back to the admissions team, where he spent three years as a student, working as a senior interviewer and volunteering as a tour guide. As an alumnus, Cris is particularly excited to oversee the Alumni Interviewer program.
When Cris is not watching basketball, he can be found either playing soccer or continuing his journey as an amateur food critic and enthusiast, seeking authentic Mexican delicacies tucked away in hidden pockets of Southern California.
Tieisha Tift, Admissions Officer
States: Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, Tennessee, West Virginia
California: Alameda County, Sacramento County
Tieisha joined the admissions team at Pomona College in 2015 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, New Jersey, 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. (Very coincidentally, her dorm address was 47 Claremont Avenue!) After graduating, she spent two years in Providence, Rhode Island 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.
Marilyn White, Interim International Student Advisor
Marilyn came to Pomona College in 2016 as an international student advisor for students who enter the United States to study on student visas. In 2014, Marilyn retired from the University of Dallas where she had spent nearly 30 years as the assistant director of graduate business admissions and then as director of a Pre-MBA prep program for international students. During her last 18 years there she was the Director of International Student Services. As a member of her professional association’s Trainer Corp for ten years, she taught several hundred international student advisors across the country.
Marilyn has a B.A. in history from St. Olaf College and an M.B.A. from the University of Dallas. After growing up in Minnesota, she has lived in Vermont, Michigan, New York City, Virginia and Texas. Her move to Southern California brings her closer to her grandchildren who live in Claremont. In her spare time, when not playing with those grandkids, Marilyn is active in several choral groups and enjoys reading and watching crime dramas.