Brandeis University Admissions
Meet the Admissions Staff
We’re here to help you experience Brandeis — and however else we can.
Your admissions counselor is a key resource as you get to know Brandeis and make a choice to join our community. We know it's a complicated time for making big life decisions, and we're here to answer your questions and connect you with all the resources you need.
Dean of Admissions and 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.
Director of Admissions
Territories: New York (Manhattan)
International Territories: All countries
I was born and raised in Massachusetts and earned a BA in psychology from Smith College and an EdM in higher education from Harvard University. I started my career in admissions giving campus tours as an undergraduate and love getting to meet prospective students from around the world. I live in Cambridge and spend my free time exploring the Boston culinary scene, cheering for the Sox and traveling. I am excited about making the admissions process accessible to all students and look forward to helping you get to know our great campus.
Senior Associate Director
Territories: Colorado, Delaware, Louisiana, Massachusetts (Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire Counties), New York (Long Island, Westchester, Western, and Upstate), Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wyoming
I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and headed south to North Carolina for a BS in business and an MBA. After some time in New York City working with a nonprofit focused on civic engagement, I made my transition to the great work of undergraduate admissions, where I have spent the majority of my career.
If I am not at work, you'll find me biking/walking around Boston, attending symphony and theatre performances, or working on home renovation projects. I look forward to connecting with you to share the Brandeis story and community and to learn about you.
Territories: Alaska, California (Central and Southern), Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington
A native of Watertown, Massachusetts, I joined the Brandeis Admissions team in 2022. Prior to arriving at Brandeis, I worked in undergraduate admissions and digital marketing at Reed College and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, respectively. Outside of the office, I enjoy maintaining an active lifestyle and tirelessly cheering on Boston's professional sports teams. I graduated with a BA from Wheaton College (MA) and an M.Ed. from Northeastern University.
I look forward to welcoming you to campus, in person or virtually!
Territories: Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, New York (The Bronx, Queens, Staten Island), Puerto Rico, U.S. Territories
I was raised in Plymouth, MA and attended Davidson College in North Carolina where I earned my Bachelor’s degree in English. After completing a Fulbright in Medellin, Colombia I returned to my home state of Massachusetts to obtain my Master’s degree in higher education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
I am dedicated to increasing access to higher education, especially among low-income and first-generation students, and this passion has led me to the world of admission. Beyond work I enjoy practicing yoga, Latin dance, and watching Spanish TV series like Elite and La Casa de Papel.
I’m elated to be part of the Brandeis Admissions team, and I can’t wait to support you on your college discovery process!
Territories: Arizona, Hawaii, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, Utah
I grew up in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, and attended Mount Holyoke College, where I double majored in politics and philosophy. I spent my time there working on the student newspaper, singing in an a cappella group, and doing research in the library.
Serving as a touchpoint for prospective students led me to pursue work in admissions; I want to help students find a place where they can thrive as scholars and community members. Outside of work, I love visiting museums, watching horror movies, reading, and making lots of coffee!
I am honored to be a part of the Brandeis team and support you through the admissions process!
Territories: Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington D.C., West Virginia
I grew up in Boston, both in the city and in the suburbs, and it is safe to say I am a proud Bostonian. I attended Wheaton College where I majored in psychology with a double minor in general education and women’s and gender studies. In my undergraduate experience, I discovered my passion for supporting and advising students in the college process.
Outside of work, you will find me going to concerts, attempting to cook, playing board games and enjoying a picnic in the Boston Public Gardens. What drew me to Brandeis is the university’s commitment toward ensuring that all students feel welcomed and accepted. I am grateful to be a part of the Brandeis Admissions team and I look forward to meeting you.
Senior Assistant Director
Territories: Alabama, Kansas, Massachusetts (Boston, Cambridge, Essex County), Oklahoma, Texas
I am a Boston transplant originally from Pearland, Texas (a suburb south of Houston). I went to Colby College as a Posse Scholar where I majored in biology and sociology. My involvement with education non-profits and human rights organizations helped me to hone my passion for equity and access in the education space.
After graduating from college, I served for two years as a college advisor in two Boston public schools. Now I've decided to move to the other side of the admissions landscape and help find future Brandeis students from all over the world! In my free time, I watch shows on Netflix systematically. Some of my favorites are The Office, Schitts Creek and Shameless.
Territories: Kentucky, Massachusetts (Cape Cod & the Islands; Bristol, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth and Worcester Counties, County), Rhode Island
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 BA 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 an admissions fellow. I discovered a passion for higher education, and 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: California (Northern), Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin
I grew up in Syracuse, NY and attended Colgate University where I studied psychology. After college, I moved to Boston and worked as a recruiter for a nonprofit organization. My interest in undergraduate admissions began with my own college search and continued as I volunteered in my university’s office of admission as a tour guide. I am so excited to join the team and work with students as they explore all that Brandeis has to offer!
Outside of work I enjoy watching/listening to musical theater, trying out new restaurants, and taking walks around my neighborhood.
Senior Assistant Director
Territories: Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont
I grew up outside New Haven, CT with one dog, five cats, and two guinea pigs. We were a family of competitive swimmers, and my parents shuttled us all around New England to swim meets. I spent four years in Maine at Bowdoin College and then moved to the midwest to the University of Chicago, where I earned an MA in Public Policy. After years in admissions at independent schools in the Boston area, I realized my true passion was in higher education and pursued an EdM in Higher Education from Harvard University. I raised three children in Needham and now spend my free time going for long walks, trying out new recipes, and traveling. In the summer I spend some time with family up on Lake Champlain, hiking the Adirondack Mountains, kayaking, and playing board games (my new favorite is Code Names). I look forward to introducing you to the fantastic Brandeis community and helping you through the admissions process!
Associate Director, Marketing and Communications
A native of Lexington, Massachusetts, I earned my undergraduate degree in communication at the University of New Hampshire, and also hold a master's degree in educational leadership and 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 McDowell ’18
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 and history. As a student, I did community service, sang in an a cappella group and took a deep interest in community building. I served on the Undergraduate Student Union, helping to start and build initiatives that were later adopted as 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 cannot wait to introduce you to the world of Brandeis — it's a place like no other.