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


Jen WalkerJennifer Walker
Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid

>> 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.

Territories: New York (Manhattan)

Sara Brookshire

Sara Brookshire 
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: California (West Los Angeles & Hollywood), Maryland, Puerto Rico, Washington D.C., Hawaii
International Territories: Caribbean


Admissions Staff

Taylor BarnesTaylor Barnes
Senior Assistant Director

>> A proud Cantabrigian, born and raised in Cambridge, MA, I ventured to the South to attend college at a small liberal arts institution in Kentucky, Centre College, where I studied International Studies and Spanish as a Posse Scholar. Prior to joining the Brandeis University Admissions team, I served as a Senior Trainer at the Posse Foundation here in Boston, where I supported cohorts of Posses through the college process and prepared them to be leaders on their respective college campuses. I have a genuine interest in supporting students through the college process and finding an institution that is right for them. When I am not at work, you can find me spending time with friends and family or venturing to exotic new lands across the globe. I cannot wait to find out more about you and to help you through the Brandeis admissions process.

Territories: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New York (Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens & Staten Island), Tennessee


Jorge DelgadoJorge Delgado
Associate Director of International Admissions

>> I was born in Lima, Peru and grew up in Southern California before graduating from Wesleyan University with a degree in Political Science & International Affairs. I lived in Washington D.C. for five years before making the move to Boston and I’ve truly enjoyed being back in New England ever since. Having worked with international students and families from many different countries, I’ve been lucky enough to share the great benefits and advantages of US higher education with countless people. Helping to bring students into a dynamic community like Brandeis not only to share with, but also to learn from, their peers truly motivates me to continue working in this field. Outside of work you can find me traveling, cooking, and enjoying all the breathtaking beauty the Boston area has to offer. I love learning about food from around the world and bringing recipes and techniques back to my own kitchen.

Territories: Rhode Island
International Territories: Europe, Central & South America

Alex FayeAlex Faye '15
Assistant Director

>> A proud native of southern New Jersey, I look forward to meeting prospective students from my home state and our neighbors to the west and south. I graduated from Brandeis in 2015 with majors in American Studies and Politics, and minors in Legal Studies and Music. While at Brandeis I music directed and conducted several musicals with the Undergraduate Theatre Collective, I was a coordinator for the Waltham Group, our community service organization, and I studied abroad in the Netherlands with the Brandeis in The Hague Program. When I’m not at the admissions office you can most likely find me exploring Boston and its restaurants with my friends, geeking out about electoral politics, or rooting for the Philadelphia Phillies. I am so excited to be a part of the admissions team at Brandeis and look forward to getting to know you!

Territories: Delaware, Guam, Massachusetts (Waltham & Lexington), New Jersey

Sara LodgenSara Lodgen '14
Assistant Director

>> I grew up on the North Shore of Massachusetts, and graduated from Brandeis in 2014 with a B.A. in Business and American Studies and a minor in Film, Television, and Interactive Media. As an undergraduate, I was a dancer, choreographer, and board member for several dance groups on campus. I also served as an Undergraduate Department Representative for the American Studies department and as a Student Ambassador for Admissions. Following my passion for travel and international cultures, I spent the first semester of my junior year abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. I am so excited to have returned to Brandeis as part of the admissions team!

Territories: California (Central & Southern)
International Territories: Central Asia, Southeast Asia (excluding Singapore), Middle East


Julia MayhewJulia Mayhew
Associate Director, Marketing & Communications

>> A native of Lexington, Mass., I earned my undergraduate degree in Communication at the University of New Hampshire, and also hold a master's degree in Education in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies from Boston University. I'm thrilled to be a member of the Brandeis Office of Admissions and love meeting students and families on and off campus. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time outside, cooking, and reading. 


Shaquan McDowellShaquan McDowell '18
Admissions Counselor

>> I grew up in the City of South Fulton, just to the southwest of Atlanta, Georgia. I attended Brandeis as a Posse Scholar, graduating in 2018, with a double major in Politics & History. As a student, I did community service, sang in an a cappella group, and took a deep interest in community building and served on the Undergraduate Student Union, helping to start and build initiatives that were adopted into university policy. I studied abroad in London for a semester, working for a leading member of the United Kingdom House of Lords. (Fun fact: I once saw the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.) Outside of work, I am usually singing, writing articles and novellas, or doing genealogical research. I can not wait to introduce you to the world of Brandeis – it’s a place like no other. 

Territories: Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York (Upstate), Georgia

Meghan NapierMeghan Napier
Assistant Director

>> After growing up in Western Massachusetts, traveling up to Maine for college, and working in Washington D.C for several years, I am excited to be back in my home state.  I earned my B.A in English from Bates College, then transitioned into Admissions work in D.C. I really enjoy working with students and I look forward to seeing the unique qualities each of you bring to our incoming class. In my free time I enjoy getting outside, reading, and creating or viewing artwork. I am looking forward to exploring the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and taking advantage of all the fantastic events going on in this area. I love to hear people’s stories, so I am excited to meet you all and help make the admissions process as easy as possible!

Territories: Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts (Western MA & Worcester), Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming


Mesa RobinovMesa Robinov '17
Assistant Director

>> A proud Mainer, I was born and raised in the beautiful coastal city of Portland before heading off to college at Brandeis. I graduated in 2017 with a B.A. in Health: Science, Society, and Policy and a triple minor in Legal Studies, Philosophy, and Social Justice, Social Policy. As an undergraduate, I devoted much of my time outside of the classroom to the Admissions Office - an opportunity that inspired an interest in the field of higher education and ignited a passion for helping and supporting students through the daunting college process. I am so thrilled to continue my time at Brandeis as a member of the admissions team and to have the opportunity to meet the next generation of Brandeisians!

Territories: Connecticut, Maine, Oklahoma, Texas

Jessica SchulmanJessica Schulman '12
Senior Assistant Director

>> Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California, I graduated from Brandeis in 2012 with a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Education Studies. I then obtained my M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration. While at Brandeis, I was a four-year member of the Women's Soccer team, captaining the team during my senior year.  I was also fortunate to spend a semester studying abroad in Istanbul, Turkey. In my free time, I like to run, rock climb, ski, and travel. I am excited to be part of the admissions team and can't wait to meet future Brandeisians!

Territories: California (Northern), Colorado, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota
International Territory: South Asia


Lexi SchniederLexi Schneider
Admissions Counselor

>> Originally from Dedham, Massachusetts, I graduated from Boston College where I studied history and theology. I recently completed my masters at the University of Vermont and am excited to be back in the Greater Boston area working with prospective students! While at BC, I was very involved with the student admissions program and became very passionate about the visitor experience; I’m looking forward to bringing that energy to Brandeis. Outside of admissions, I enjoy baking, hiking, running, and learning about public health and ethics.

Haley ShoreHaley Shore
Senior Assistant Director

>> Hello and welcome! I spent my childhood molded by the sweet smells of corn and soybeans and the (small) hills of northwestern Illinois. I moved to Boston to explore urban life and spend time in America’s college town as I completed my master’s degree in Higher Education from Boston College in 2010.  What I discovered was a passion for education and helping students explore their college options. Now I am lucky enough to help you. My professional interests include transfer and first generation students, but when I am not working, I love traveling, reading, baking, hiking, and spending time with my family, which includes my sleepy dog Delta. I hope you will ask me any questions and I am looking forward to learning more about you.

Territories: Massachusetts (Cambridge, Essex County, Lowell & Concord), New Hampshire, Vermont
International Territory: Singapore

Rebecca SimonsRebecca Simons
Senior Associate Director

>> 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: Arizona, Illinois, Nevada, New Mexico, New York (Manhattan), Utah, Wisconsin
International Territories: Australia, Canada and New Zealand

Stephanie SquireStephanie Squire
Assistant Director

>> Born in Boston, I was raised on (not in) Long Island, New York in a small town called Centerport. I graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a B.A. in English and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. During my undergraduate career, I was extremely involved in the Admissions Department, working both as a campus tour guide and also as an admissions fellow. I discovered not only a passion for higher education, but a strong desire to help students navigate the ever-changing landscape of college admissions. When I'm not in the office, you can find me exploring the streets of Boston, baking cookies, and cheering on the New York Islanders. I am thrilled to be a part of the Brandeis Admissions team and look forward to meeting you.

Territories: Massachusetts (Cape Cod, Norfolk & Bristol), New York (Rockland County, Westchester & Long Island)

Suji YiSuji Yi
Assistant Director

>> Born and raised in Central Massachusetts, I graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a B.A. in Economics and Chinese with a minor in Asian Studies. I have the unpopular opinion of loving (for the most part) the New England winters because it gives me a chance to go snowboarding! I am also a very big foodie and picked up photography as a hobby. Working in admissions and having the opportunity to meet prospective students and families is what I love most about this job and what I always look forward to!

Territories: Alaska, Massachusetts (Quincy & Plymouth), Oregon, Washington
International Territories: 
Africa, East Asia (including China)