Meet The Staff


Kathryn Bethea
Director

Kathryn has worked for over ten years in higher education as Chair of the College Success 101 program and an Assistant Director of Admissions/Ethnic Minority Recruitment Coordinator at Carnegie Mellon University. College Success 101 is a collaborative among higher education professionals to improve college access for low income and first generation students in the Pittsburgh metro area. In this capacity, Kathryn engaged in strategic planning, budget management, partnership development, and coordination of workshops and presentations on behalf of the program. In addition, she has also served as an adjunct psychology instructor at various colleges in the Pittsburgh and Boston areas. 

Kathryn holds a BA in Psychology and Africana Studies from the University of Notre Dame, an Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology at Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a PhD in Higher Education Management from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education. Her research focuses on college access and transition for underserved and underrepresented students of color. She has presented her work at various professional conferences such as the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA) as well as published multiple articles. 

When Kathryn is not working, she helps with the youth at her church, enjoys spending quality time with her partner and their cat, likes to travel, and loves to watch Bollywood movies while eating her favorite dessert, rice kheer!

Lily Pineiro
Senior Department Coordinator

Lily Pineiro joined the Academic Services team in 2016 as a Senior Department Coordinator. Originally from Colombia, she holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in marketing from the UNAB — Colombia. Prior to working at Brandeis, Lily's work experience includes supporting International Students as an admission officer for Approach International Student Center. She also has more than eight years of experience working as a Commercial Developer and Sales Coordinator in Colombia for Nutresa Food Conglomerate. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and friends, working out at the gym, going for walks at night and trying international cuisines.