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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.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.
Maritsa Barros, Urban Scholars Initiative CoordinatorHometown: Brockton, MAGraduated from: BA, UMass Dartmouth (College NOW-2005); MS, Northeastern UniversityCurrently playing on iPod: Ariana GrandeFavorite movie: The Great DebatersCelebrity I would want to play me in a movie about my life: BeyoncéIf I could domesticate a wild animal it would be: LionTerritory: I work with all first year students applying to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from MA (Metro Boston).
Favorite aspect of working at Lesley: My favorite aspect of working at Lesley University is being in the city and still being part of a tight-knit community. There is a real sense of family and community on-campus.
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, Western and South Shore).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, CACollege you graduated 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 (North Shore) and NY (Long Island, Boroughs, and Westchester/Rockland Counties). I also work with all first year students applying to both undergraduate colleges from AK, AZ CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, WA, and WY .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.
Zachary O'Brien, Assistant Director of Admissions, BFA SpecialistHometown: Rockport, MA
Graduated from: BA, Salve Regina University; MA, Corcoran College of Art & Design
Currently playing on iPod: Bastille, Kool & Kabul, Wankelmut, Kygo, Pawws…and anything electronic/dubstep
Favorite movie: A League of Their OwnFavorite work of art or artist: Paul Rand, Pepon Osario, Doris Salcedo, and Alexey Brodovitch, to name a few.All-time favorite TV show: Bones
Territory: I work with all first year students applying to the College of Art and Design from CT and MA (Metro Boston). 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, NJ, NY (Upstate), OH, OK, SD, TN, TX and WI. Favorite aspect of working at Lesley: My favorite aspect of Lesley is the overall sense of community. Everyone is truly welcome at Lesley which allows for a positive environment for both personal development and community collaboration.
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, Western and South Shore). I also work with all first year students applying to both undergraduate colleges from DE, FL, GA, MD, NC, PA, Puerto Rico, RI, SC, VA, Washington DC, and WV.
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), NY (Long Island, Boroughs, and Westchester/Rockland Counties). 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!
Alan H. Van Reed, Associate Director of Admissions, BFA SpecialistHometown: Spring House, PAGraduated From: Skidmore CollegeFavorite Book: Shackelton by Roland HuntsfordDream Vacation: AntarcticaAll-time favorite TV Show: Connections with James BurkeFavorite Artist: It would be difficult to select just one artist – currently I have been very intrigued by the life and work of the following: Wayne Thiebaud, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Edward Hopper and Richard Diebenkorn.Territory: I work with all transfer students applying to the College of Art and Design.
Favorite aspect of working at Lesley University: All of the arts are held in high regard here at Lesley University – In particular, the visual arts are well supported and play not only a central role with our Bachelor of Fine Art Offerings (BFA) but can also be a significant direction for a student wishing to minor (15 credits) in studio art. Lesley University has also made a commitment to the visual arts with the building of a new arts center that will be constructed with the latest "green technologies" and will house "state of the art" facilities.
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 all transfer students applying to the College of Liberal Arts and SciencesFavorite aspect of working at Lesley: Helping students who have attended other colleges determine if Lesley is the best fit for them now.
Heather Zeman, Assistant Director of Admissions and International Student CoordinatorHometown: Fairfield, CT Graduated from: Providence CollegeCurrently playing on iPod: Justin TimberlakeFavorite movie: GreaseAll-time favorite TV show:I Love Lucy is a classic favorite, but Will & Grace always makes me laugh! Fun Fact about me: I work with all first year students applying to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from CT, NH, ME, VT and any student who attends high school outside of the United States. Favorite aspect of working at Lesley:There is a perfect balance between Lesley's tight-knit community and its location here in Cambridge. I look forward to being on campus every morning, but I also look forward to the end of the day when the entire city of Boston is at my fingertips. It truly is the best of both worlds.
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