Meet the Admissions Staff
The admissions staff is eager to help you throughout the admissions process. Please feel free to contact any counselor below.
Dean of Admissions
I was born in Boston and raised just south of the city. I spent my undergraduate and graduate years in New York, earning a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in organizational and industrial psychology. I truly enjoy getting to know more about you through your personal statements or chatting with you during a campus visit.. I have been an athlete all my life and swam competitively throughout college. When I am not at work, I like to spend as much time as I can outdoors. I try to take one adventure trip a year in addition to leading a wilderness service trip. I look forward to helping you through the admission process.
Senior Vice President for Students and Enrollment
In my position, I oversee the offices of admissions, community living (housing), athletics, financial aid, student accounts, the Hiatt Career Center, the Health Center, the Inter-Faith Chaplaincy, the Inter-Cultural Center, Student Activities, and others serving the Brandeis community. I also teach periodic courses, most recently in the theater department. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, I now live in Needham, Massachusetts, with my wife and son, Joshua (Brandeis class of 2024!) and our dog, Penguin. Reach me on Twitter @deanflagel, or check out my blog at MyCollegeOptions.org.
Sara Brookshire Cummings
Senior Associate Director of Admissions
I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland before making my way to the Boston area almost fifteen years ago for college. As an undergraduate student, I studied marketing communications and then later earned my Master’s Degree in counseling and psychology. I love the rich history and culture that make Boston such a vibrant city; in my opinion, there’s no better place to study! I feel so fortunate to have a career that allows me to travel the world and meet people from so many different backgrounds through the application process. Please feel free to reach out with any questions you might have.
Territories: Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C., West Virginia
Born and raised on Long Island, I have also spent parts of my life in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and now reside in the Boston area. I'm a journalist-turned-admissions professional and I sincerely enjoy working with high school students, traveling and exploring new places. When I'm not on the road recruiting students or reading applications, you can find me reading the newspaper, dancing, spending time outside, or writing.
My northern trajectory: from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Texas, then North Carolina and now Massachusetts. I am now happy to call the Boston area my new home. I have worked in undergraduate admission since 2005 and have loved every minute. I am passionate about assisting high school and transfer students on their transition to a four-year university. When I am not at work, I enjoy spending quality time with my family while we explore the Boston area and New England. I love experiencing all the history that has taken place in this area!
Territories: Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Massachusetts (Boston/Cambridge area), New Mexico, Texas
I was born in Boston and grew up just west of the city. I spent my undergraduate years studying psychology and economics, and recently received a master's in higher education. I've lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for the past four years. When I'm not at work I enjoy traveling, exploring the Boston culinary scene, cheering on the Red Sox and spending time with my family, friends and dogs.
Territories: Arkansas, Kentucky, New York (Manhattan), North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
Jacquie Villa Evanko
Associate Director of International Admissions
Originally from California, I attended High School in Guadalajara, Mexico, college in upstate New York and I studied abroad in both Spain and France. Coupled with my Mexican-American background, this sparked a love and passion for all things international. I have now been in international admissions for almost ten years and my life has been enriched by the students and families that I am able to meet from all corners of the world. As a first generation college graduate and first generation American I enjoy working with students from all walks of life, helping them navigate the paths to reaching their academic and professional goals. In my spare time, you'll find my husband and I introducing the world to our son through books (in English, Spanish and French!), trips to Florida to visit family and friends, the outdoors, and visits to the aquarium.
Territories: International, India
Born and raised in Concord, New Hampshire, I attended college in Massachusetts, where I studied anthropology and Chinese. After college, I moved to Beijing and have since worked with high school students both internationally and domestically as a teacher, mentor, coach, and now as an admissions professional. I have lived in the Boston area for five years and spend most of my free time playing rugby, skiing, and seeking out new outdoor adventures. I look forward to getting to know you and speaking with you about Brandeis!
Territories: Alaska, California (Northern), Idaho, Massachusetts (09 and 07), Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, Wyoming
Born and raised in the foothills of Western Massachusetts, I recently left the Bay State to complete my MA in Higher Education Administration in beautiful Ann Arbor. I’ve worked in the field of admissions for the past few years, and truly enjoy guiding students and their families through the college admissions process--I know it’s an exciting but sometimes daunting experience! In my free time, I enjoy experimenting in the kitchen, traveling, and discovering the natural world by cross country skiing, hiking, canoeing, and camping. I’m new to both Brandeis and the greater Boston area, and look forward to exploring the area and community more deeply.
Territories: Michigan, Indiana, Massachusetts (1-2, 4), Cape Cod, Ohio, New York (Upstate), Vermont, Rhode Island
Douglas Nevins '11
A native Bay Stater, I graduated from Brandeis University in 2011 with a B.A. in English and Creative Writing. I love the arts community at Brandeis, and as a student I played in the Jazz Ensemble and Saxophone Quartet and helped to organize poetry slams and readings. My experiences as a tour guide inspired me to continue working with prospective students, with a particular interest in college access and international education. Outside of work, I enjoy travelling, exploring Greater Boston’s many eclectic neighborhoods, and seeing movies and live music. I am so happy to be back in the admissions office and look forward to helping you learn more about Brandeis!
Territories: Canada, UK, Vietnam, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Ghana, Australia, Kazakhstan, Rwanda, Serbia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Massachusetts (10 and 11)
Annie Chiorazzi, '11
I hail from Old West, specifically Tucson, Arizona. I graduated from Brandeis in 2011 with a B.A. in Politics and American Studies and after graduation I went on to earn my M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs. I am excited to have the opportunity to help shape future classes of Brandeisians! During my time at Brandeis I found myself involved in many clubs including the Undergraduate Theater Collective and Students for Environmental Action (the largest activist club on campus). I was also active in the Department of Community Living where I served as a Community Advisor for two years. I am ecstatic to be part of this admissions team and to share my experiences and love of Brandeis with prospective students and their families!
Territories: Arizona, California (Southern), Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah
Beth Cohen '14
Having grown up just outside of Philadelphia, I was enthusiastic about going to Brandeis and embracing all things New England. The emphasis on interdisciplinary studies at Brandeis initially attracted me to the school, and I ultimately graduated with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Environmental Studies. During my undergraduate years, I was a member of the sailing team, an orientation leader, and had numerous jobs and internships in the Boston area. I also gave tours as an Admissions ambassador and host, and I am so happy to be back in the office as an Admissions Counselor. In my free time, I enjoy anything that allows me to be outdoors or on the water, cooking, and finding new adventures. I look forward to sharing my stories and love of Brandeis with you!
Territories: Connecticut, New York (Westchester, Long Island, Queens)
I was born and raised south of Boston in Norwood, Massachusetts. I earned my B.A. in Graphic Design with a minor in Interdisciplinary Marketing Relations from Stonehill College. I was highly involved in both Admissions and Student Affairs during my undergraduate experience and have found a true dedication for helping students discover, develop, and expand upon various passions or interests. In my spare time I am an avid runner, who happens to run on coffee. Also, I love to travel to new locations, yoga, hiking, typography, staying informed about America and the world, and anything that leads to me using my vast knowledge of pop culture. I am very excited to be a part of the Brandeis Admissions team and look forward to meeting you!
Territories: Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania
Emily Herman, '12
Born and raised just outside of Washington, D.C. in Silver Spring, Maryland, I grew up passionate about social justice and politics. I was fortunate enough to receive my undergraduate degree from Brandeis where I double-majored in Politics and Education Studies with a focus on urban education reform. During my time at the university, I was captain of the women's crew team, campaign coordinator of a campus political group, peer counselor at Brandeis’ safer-sex clinic, and an active member of the Brandeis Cheese Club. When I’m not at work, I love cooking, following politics, riding my bike, practicing yoga, and spending as much time outdoors as possible. I am thrilled to be a part of the admissions team and look forward to sharing my love of Brandeis with prospective students and families.
Territories: Florida, New York (Staten Island, Brooklyn, the Bronx), Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia
Jonathan Megerian, '12
Having spent most of my childhood in eastern Massachusetts, I was fortunate enough to attend Brandeis after graduating high school. As a history major, I was able to take advantage of all the great resources a liberal arts education affords at Brandeis. I worked as a research assistant, and I served as the undergraduate representative for the history department. I was also a member of STAND, Deis Dems, and was the senior editor of the Brandeis Law Journal. I am so excited to be back at Brandeis.
Territories: Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Missouri, Wisconsin, Massachusetts (03 and 08)
In my many years in higher education, I've had the opportunity to work on creating new ways of getting the job done.The operations work I do in undergraduate admissions at Brandeis opened a whole new world of systems to develop.
I am originally from a large family in a small town in Iowa and now a resident of Waltham, Massachusetts. For fun, I like to travel, garden and do large and small jobs around the house.