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Deb Kocar, Director of AdmissionsHometown: Cleveland, OH -- home to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!Graduated from: Miami University/The Western College Program of Interdisciplinary StudiesCurrently playing on iPod: I'm the only one in my household who does not own an iPod. Not practical for yoga, and when I run, I'd rather listen to what's going on around me - bits of conversation, the birds, dogs. That said, what music do I like? Bruce Springsteen, U2, Dave Matthews, Adele, The FrayFavorite book: Under the Tuscan Sun, The Girl with the Pearl Earring, Harry Potter series, Sherlock Holmes seriesFavorite movie: Okay I'll say it...Legally Blonde - I love that she bucks every stereotype! We're right next to Harvard Law School.Territory:I review the files of all freshman and transfer students, and I work with applicants to the Degree Completion Programs at Bunker Hill.Favorite aspect of working at Lesley: Lesley is an amazing place - I have the privilege of working with students who question the world as they know it and faculty and staff who challenge them to seek new paths to discover more about who they are in the context of the world whose future they will shape. They are determined to have their voices, their art, and their actions make a difference.
Kate Guertin, Senior Associate Director of AdmissionsHometown: Sturbridge, MAGraduated from: Boston UniversityCurrently playing on iPod: Zac Brown Band and Anything 90sFavorite movie: National Lampoon’s Christmas VacationAll-time favorite TV show: Though I enjoy reality tv, Full House and Lost are my favorite shows of all time.Fun fact about me: I love singing karaoke.Territory: I work with all first year students applying to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from MA (Central and Western), NY (Long Island, Westchester County, New York City) and RI. I also work with any first year student applying to Lesley University for Spring.Favorite aspect of working at Lesley: The vibe I get walking around campus. The Lesley community is accepting and encouraging; it is full of individuals who support positive change and have a passion to make a difference.
Erik Gullard, Assistant Director of Admissions, BFA SpecialistHometown: Menlo Park, CAGraduated from: Lesley University College of Art and DesignDream Vacation: Ireland; for an entire year.Favorite work of art or artist: Andreas GurskyAll-time favorite TV show: SuitsIf I could domesticate a wild animal it would be: A phoenix. No one said it had to be a real animal. Territory: I work with all first year students applying to the College of Art and Design from MA (Metro Boston and North Shore), ME, NH, NY (Long Island, Boroughs, and Westchester/Rockland Counties), VT. I also work with all first year students applying to both undergraduate colleges from AL, AR, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MN, MO, MS, ND, NE, NY (Upstate), OH, OK, SD, TN, TX and WI. Favorite aspect of working at Lesley: I really enjoy meeting new students who are interested in pursuing a career in one of our majors. They are always so excited to learn and have great ideas of where they want to be after they graduate college.
Mike McCarthy, Ph.D., Associate Director of Admissions, BFA SpecialistHometown: Fort Collins, COGraduated from: Colorado State UniversityFavorite book: Just one? I find it hard to pick just one, but I do enjoy non-fiction memoirs and essays.Favorite movie: I am not a big fan of movies and do not go to movies very often. I prefer live theater.Where would you go on a dream vacation? I have always wanted to go on an African Photo SafariWhat is your all-time favorite TV show? Almost anything on the Food NetworkTerritory: I work with all first year students applying to the College of Art and Design from CT, NJ and RI. I also work with all first year students applying to both undergraduate colleges from AK, AZ CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID,MD, MT, NC, NM, NV, OR, PA, Puerto Rico, SC, VA, Washington DC, WA, WY and WV.Favorite aspect of working at Lesley: I have been a part of the Lesley community for many years, and it’s the people and the sense of community that I believe make the place so special. I’ve always appreciated that Lesley is a place where creativity is valued and differences are honored.
Lauren O'Neill, Assistant Director of Admissions, BFA SpecialistHometown: Holyoke, MAGraduated from: Massachusetts College of Art and DesignCurrently playing on iPod: A rotation of Gregory Alan Isakov, Arcade Fire and The OlmsFavorite book:What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt Favorite movie: Vanilla SkyFavorite work of art or artist: If only I could choose one! Rebecca Hutchinson, Kiki Smith, Eva Hesse, Sally Mann Territory:I work with all first year students applying to the College of Art and Design from MA (Central and Western). I also work with all first year students applying to both undergraduate colleges from MA (South Shore) and any student who attends high school outside of the United States.
Larry Richards, Assistant Director of AdmissionsHometown: Barre, VTGraduated from: Lesley UniversityCurrently playing on iPod: Churchill's "Gone Too Long"Favorite book: Aldous Huxley's "The Island"What is your favorite work of art or artist? Caravaggio's "David with the Head of Goliath"Who would you want to play you in a movie about your life? Bill HaderTerritory: I work with all first year students applying to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from CT, ME, NH, NJ, VT.Favorite aspect of working at Lesley: The culture of acceptance and openness that exists in our offices and in our classrooms.
Viviana Suavita, Assistant Director of AdmissionsHometown: Ayer, MAGraduated from: Marist College Currently playing on iPod: JT, JZ, 90s boy bands, Spanish music and a touch of countryDream vacation: Bora Bora or GreeceCelebrity I would want to play me in a movie about my life: America FerreraFun fact about me: I’m missing a bottom tooth! It never grew in.Territory: I work with all first year students applying to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from MA (North Shore and Metro Boston).Favorite aspect of working at Lesley: Getting to meet students on the road in the fall, communicating throughout the year and finally seeing them on-campus as students!
Nancy Brown Wentzell, Associate Director of AdmissionsHometown: South Windsor, CTGraduated from: Clark UniversityCurrently playing on iPod: Adele, Coldplay, U2Favorite book: The Glass Castle by Jeannette WallsFavorite movie: Annie HallAll-time favorite TV show:SeinfeldTerritory: I work with transfer students and applicants to the Bachelor’s Degree Completion Programs.Favorite aspect of working at Lesley: Helping students who have attended other colleges determine if Lesley is the best fit for them now.
Kyle Wilson, Assistant Director of AdmissionsHometown: Branford, CTCollege you graduated from: The University of ConnecticutFavorite book: I can never seem to read a book more than once. I do really enjoy anything non-fiction – especially biographiesWhere would you go on a dream vacation? A month-long cruise all over the MediterraneanWhat is your all-time favorite TV show? It’s a tie between Seinfeld and Modern FamilyWho would you want to play you in a movie about your life? Larry DavidTerritory: I work with transfer students and applicants to the Bachelor’s Degree Completion Programs.Favorite aspect of working at Lesley: How welcoming and involved the entire campus is. Whether it is students, staff, or faculty, everyone has been very passionate and engaged within the Lesley community. You definitely get a sense of this within days of arrival and even just walking around the beautiful, residential campus.
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