Meet the Admissions Staff

The admissions staff is eager to help you throughout the admissions process. Please feel free to contact any counselor below.


walker.jpgJennifer Walker
Executive Director of Admissions
ExecDirAdmissions@brandeis.edu

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.


andrewAndrew Flagel
Senior Vice President for Students and Enrollment
SVPFlagel@brandeis.edu

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.


jacquieJacquie Villa Evanko
Associate Director of International Admissions
jvevanko@brandeis.edu

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 one-year old son through books (in English, Spanish and French!), trips to Florida to visit family and friends, the outdoors, visits to the aquarium, food, art and music! He loves music! 

Territories: Latin America, International


marinaMarina Offner
Associate Director
moffner@brandeis.edu

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: Arkansas, Massachusetts (Boston/Cambridge), Missouri, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas; transfer students


beccaRebecca Simons
Associate Director
rsimons@brandeis.edu

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: Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, New York (Westchester county, Manhattan), North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee


alisonAlison Herget
Senior Assistant Director
aherget@brandeis.edu

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. 

Territories: Asia, Europe


jencJen Cotton
Assistant Director
jdcotton@brandeis.edu

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, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Northern California, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, Wyoming


nicoleNicole Kelman
Assistant Director
nkelman@brandeis.edu

As a native of Connecticut, I am excited to return to New England and Red Sox country! I attended undergraduate and graduate school in Pennsylvania. As an undergraduate, I studied psychology and business and later went on to pursue a master's in higher education administration. I love working with students and helping families through the college process. Working on a college campus is so rewarding because of the passion and enthusiasm students have for learning. Brandeis students are what make this unique campus full of life and excitement. When I am not reading applications, you can find me blogging, making jewelry, dancing, trying new restaurants and exploring Boston. I look forward to sharing passions with you! 

Territories: Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Southern California, Utah


annieAnnie Chiorazzi, '11
Admissions Counselor
chiorazz@brandeis.edu

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: New York (Long Island, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, the Bronx)


davidgirvan.jpgDavid Girvan
Admissions Counselor
dgirvan@brandeis.edu

I was born and raised south of Boston in Norwood, Massachusetts. I recently 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


emilyEmily Herman, '12
Admissions Counselor
emilyth@brandeis.edu

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, Georgia, Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C., West Virginia, Israel


jonJonathan Megerian, '12
Admissions Counselor
jmegerian@brandeis.edu

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: Maine, Massachusetts (Western, Central, Concord, Wellesley, Northshore), New Hampshire, New York (upstate), Rhode Island, Vermont


phoebePhoebe Chamberlain
Operations Manager

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.


Ralph

Ralph Martinez
Admissions Data Analyst

Having worked in higher education all my life, I find nothing more rewarding than contributing to a student’s overall college experience – starting with the recruitment process through graduation day. I am originally from Los Angeles but feel at home in Boston because of the wonderful people I have met.
My work history includes higher education institutions such as East Los Angeles College, Loyola Marymount University, and Harvard Medical School. I studied Art History/Graphic Design at Cal State Long Beach and obtained my Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University. Outside of work, I like to travel, cook, and discover the many hidden treasures in and around the Boston area.