Meet the Admission Center Staff

Though the USC admission counselor who covers your territory will be your primary contact, you may meet several people throughout the admission process, including our admission ambassadors and tour guides— all of whom were in your shoes not too long ago!

Grayson Abele

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: Biophysics
  • Minor: Cinematic Arts
  • City: Denver, CO
  • Random Fact:   I once memorized 540 digits of Pi to win a pie in a middle school competition.

Megan Angulo

  • Tour Guide

  • Senior
  • Major: Psychology
  • Minor: Management Consulting
  • City: Morris Plains, NJ
  • Random Fact:  My retirement plans include becoming a National Park Ranger... what park and in what country is still being decided.

Katherine Berry

  • Tour Guide

  • Senior
  • Major: Business Administration
  • Minor: Spanish
  • City: Palo Alto, CA
  • Random Fact:  I pulled my first all-nighter at Disneyland.

Maya Bouchet

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: Policy, Planning, and Development
  • City: Los Angeles, CA
  • Random Fact:  I have dual citizenship in both the United States and France.

Austin Browning

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Junior
  • Major: Business Administration
  • Minor: Enterprise Information Systems
  • City: Sunnyvale, CA
  • Random Fact:  I got in a bobsled crash while riding down the Great Wall of China.

Noah Camarena

  • Tour Guide

  • Senior
  • Major: Print and Digital Journalism
  • Minor: Sports Media Studies and Cinematic Arts
  • City: Lemoore, CA
  • Random Fact:  One of my biggest fears in life is that I will go bald.

Alison Chang

  • Tour Guide

  • Senior
  • Major: Theatre
  • Minor: Cinenmatic Arts and Business
  • City: Toronto, Ontario
  • Random Fact:  I have a secret passion for ballroom dancing.

Harshini Chengareddy

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: Business Administration
  • Minor: Statistics
  • City: San Ramon, CA
  • Random Fact:  I'm a huge Olympics junkie--diving, gymnastics, swimming are some of my favorites but I've recently been hooked on archery.

Joey Cleveland

  • Tour Guide

  • Senior
  • Major: Business Administration and International Relations
  • City: Denver, CO
  • Random Fact:  As a baby I was photographed inside the Stanley Cup.

Kali DeCambra

  • Tour Guide

  • Sophomore
  • Major: Accounting
  • Minor: Computer Programming
  • City: Diamond Bar, CA
  • Random Fact:  I have had a Disneyland annual pass my whole life! 

Krystal Ene

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: Communication
  • Minor: Marketing
  • City: Cerritos, CA
  • Random Fact:  I sing opera.

Dez Gallegos

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: Film and TV Production
  • City: Petaluma, CA
  • Random Fact:  In senior year of high school I ran for vice president and I lost.

Shalaka Gole

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Senior
  • Major: Business Administration
  • City: Denver, CO
  • Random Fact: Shabaklava is my favorite rendition of my name, closely followed by Shalakaflockaflame.

Lauren Helmbrecht

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: Communication
  • Minor: Sports Media Studies
  • City: Spokane, WA
  • Random Fact:  I once physically bumped into Kanye West on purpose.

Kea Hudson

  • Tour Guide

  • Sophomore
  • Major: Psychology and Neuroscience
  • City: South Pasadena, CA
  • Random Fact:  My go-to dance moves are the worm and the grocery self-checkout.

Joelle Jacoby

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: Theatre
  • City: Newcastle, CA
  • Random Fact:  I am a devoted cat-lover and Sci-Fi nerd extraordinaire.

Carson Klasner

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Junior
  • Major: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Minor: Theatre
  • City: Webster, NY
  • Random Fact:  I'm the president of my a cappella group, Reverse Osmosis!

Rachel Krusenoski

  • Tour Guide

  • Sophomore
  • Major: International Relations & the Global Economy
  • Minor: Environmental Studies
  • City: Downers Grove (Chicago), IL
  • Random Fact:  I have been to 46 out of the 50 states.

Brian Loh

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Sophomore
  • Major: Mechanical Engineering
  • Minor: Sculpture
  • City: Phoenix, AZ
  • Random Fact:  I like woodworking!

Amelia Montooth

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Junior
  • Major: International Relations Global Business
  • Minor: Consumer Behavior
  • City: Scottsdale, AZ
  • Random Fact:  I've broken the same wrist four times.

Mohini Narasimhan

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Junior
  • Major: International Relations
  • Minor: Business and French
  • City: San Jose, CA
  • Random Fact:  I am a yoga teacher and have backpacked in 5 countries!

MaryAlice Peng

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Senior
  • Major: Business Administration
  • Major: International Relations
  • City: Sammamish, WA
  • Random Fact:  I visited 13 countries in the 6 months I studied abroad! My cheapest flight was from London to Oslo, Norway--$1.45.

Leilah Rodriguez

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: International Relations
  • Minor: Communication Policy and Law
  • City: Mission Viejo, CA
  • Random Fact:  I've broken my nose 8 times!

Ellie Rothrock

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Junior
  • Major: Global Studies
  • Minor: Music Industry
  • City: Seattle, WA
  • Random Fact: I have 28 aunts and uncles and 36 first cousins so our family reunions are loud to say the least.

Mercy Sherman

  • Tour Guide

  • Senior
  • Major: Creative Writing and Psychology
  • City: Charlottesville, VA
  • Random Fact: I met my celebrity crush in the airport... and he's the one who initiated conversation.

Madison Tucky

  • Tour Guide

  • Senior
  • Major: English (Creative Writing) and Narrative Studies
  • Minor: Cinematic Arts
  • City: Las Vegas, NV
  • Random Fact: I once wrote an award winning play that has never been performed.

Caroline Vanstrom

  • Tour Guide

  • Senior
  • Major: Public Relations
  • Minor: Cinematic Arts
  • City: Roswell, GA
  • Random Fact: I may be from the south, but I never say y'all and hardly have an accent. This may be due to the fact that while growing up I was convinced I was supposed to be British... and still do today.

Brian Walsh

  • Tour Guide

  • Senior
  • Major: Accounting BS & MA
  • City: Florham Park, NJ
  • Random Fact: I've been scuba diving in a shark cage in Hawaii.

Marisa Alfaro

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Senior
  • Major: Art & Design
  • Minor:Business and Media Economics and Entreprenuership
  • City: Burbank, CA
  • Random Fact:  My two biggest fears are the ocean and celery.

Mary Katherine Bailey

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Junior
  • Major: Communication
  • Minor: Psychology
  • City: Nashville, TN
  • Random Fact:  I am the oldest of seven and six of us have red hair!

Lauren Bickford

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: Communication
  • Minor:Business
  • City: San Diego, CA
  • Random Fact:  I have five siblings, three of which were Trojans!

Paul Breslin

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Minor: Art History
  • City: Newport Beach, CA
  • Random Fact:  Each member of my family has their initials on the periodic table. Mine are Pb, which is lead!

KC Brunson

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Senior
  • Major: Mechanical Engineering
  • City: Agoura Hills, CA
  • Random Fact:  My great-grandmother named Hollywood.

Dru Chavez

  • Tour Guide

  • Senior
  • Major: Public Relations
  • Minor: Consumer Behavior and Psychology
  • City: San Pedro, CA
  • Random Fact:  I love Motown music.

Trevor Chong

  • Tour Guide

  • Sophomore
  • Major: Communication
  • Minor: Business Finance
  • City: San Francisco, CA
  • Random Fact:  When I was 9 years old, I went to the Pixar Studio in Emeryville to audition to voice the character "Russell" in the Pixar movie, "Up."

Brooke Collins

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: Public Relations
  • Minor: Culture, Media and Entertainment
  • City: San Diego, CA

Elena Dole

  • Tour Guide

  • Senior
  • Major: Theatre
  • Minor: Professional and Managerial Communicataion
  • City: Sherman Oaks, CA
  • Random Fact:  I've been to 8 countries in the past 12 months!

Ellie Feinerman

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Sophomore
  • Major: Communication
  • Minor: Cinematic arts
  • City: Irvine, CA
  • Random Fact:  My real name isn't Ellie! Shocker! My kindergarten teacher gave me the nickname 14 years ago and it has stuck ever since!

Jenny Gilbert

  • Tour Guide

  • Senior
  • Major: Communication
  • City: Granite Bay, CA
  • Random Fact:  I LOVE football and I even run my own fantasy league!

Kirsten Greenwood

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: English (Creative Writing) and Narrative Studies
  • Minor: Psychology and Law
  • City: London, England
  • Random Fact:  When I came to USC, I was the only person from my high school in England to ever leave the country for university.

Mary Cate Hickman

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Junior
  • Major: Religion and Cinematic Arts Critical Studies
  • City: Tulsa, OK
  • Random Fact:  My family calls me Bubba and gifted me with a Bubba Gump license plate for my car when I graduated high school.

Emily Hunter

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Senior
  • Major: Theatre
  • Minor: Songwriting
  • City: Monterey, CA
  • Random Fact:  Before coming to USC I worked as a singing puppeteer at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Krista Jamgotchian

  • Tour Guide

  • Senior
  • Major: Business Administration
  • Minor: Web Development
  • City: Manhattan Beach, CA
  • Random Fact:  I have been to every single home USC football game since I was born!

Selene Klasner

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: Public Relations
  • Minor: Theatre
  • City: Rochester, NY
  • Random Fact: I have an identical twin sister who also goes to USC!

Jess Lesser

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: International Relations
  • Minor: Spanish and Organizational Management and Leadership
  • City: Sydney, Australia then Irvine, CA
  • Random Fact:  I was born & raised in Sydney, Australia! :D (crikey m8)

Adrian Lurie

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Junior
  • Major: Psychology
  • Minor: Theatre
  • Minor: History
  • City: Portland, OR
  • Random Fact:  I love to dance and manage a hip hop team!

Mackenzie Mott

  • Tour Guide

  • Sophomore
  • Major: International Relations Global Business
  • Minor:Business Finance and Managing Human Relations
  • City: Houston, TX
  • Random Fact:  When I was in elementary school, my parents entered me in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo to compete in the Junior and Adult Division to show llamas. I am now a three time Grand Champion and have trophies and ribbons to prove it!

Kaitlyn O'Connor

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: International Relations
  • Minor: French
  • City: Barrington, IL
  • Random Fact:  One day I want to own my own bakery!

Caitlin Plummer

  • Tour Guide

  • Senior
  • Major: Print and Digital Journalism
  • Minor: Cinematic Arts
  • City: Lynnwood, WA
  • Random Fact:  A story I worked on as a junior at USC was published on the front page of the Los Angeles Times!

Katrina Rosales

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Junior
  • Major: Gerontology
  • City: Temecula, CA
  • Random Fact:  I love Betty White!

Ashley Sacks

  • Tour Guide

  • Sophomore
  • Major: Psychology
  • City: Calabasas, CA

Ian Scott

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: Business Administration and Spanish
  • Minor: East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • City: Louisville, KY
  • Random Fact: I was my high school's mascot (the tiger).

Natalie Solis

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Junior
  • Major: Religion
  • City: Los Angeles, CA
  • Random Fact: I have a pet cockatiel named Sunshine!

Rachel Udabe

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: Policy, Planning, and Development and Political Science
  • Minor: Education and Society
  • City: Cerritos, CA
  • Random Fact: I volunteered at the Natural History Museum and my job was to excavate dinosaur bones from rocks. {Bonus fact: I am on the front of the USC Marshall School of Business brochure.}

Andrea Villegas

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Senior
  • Major: Psychology
  • Minor: Consumer Behavior
  • City: Los Alamitos, CA
  • Random Fact: I'm obsessed with French Bulldogs.

Willa Zhao

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Senior
  • Major: Computer Science and Business
  • Minor: Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • City: Seattle, WA
  • Random Fact: I love everything cherry flavored.

Mckenzie Amento

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: Communication
  • Minor: Music Industry
  • City: Seattle, WA
  • Random Fact:  In high school I made a YouTube video that currently has 91,000 hits!

Katrina Bajorinas

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Junior
  • Major: Music Industry
  • Minor: Entrepreneurship
  • City: Louisville, KY
  • Random Fact: I spent my summer working for a record label in London and was able to cross off going to Glastonbury Festival from my bucket list.

Sarah Borland

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: Public Relations
  • City: La Canada, CA
  • Random Fact: I hate milk chocolate and cake.

Kyra Brown

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Sophomore
  • Major: Narrative Studies and Cognitive Science
  • Minor: Screenwriting and Honors in Multimedia Scholarship
  • City: North Andover, MA
  • Random Fact: I was on CBS Evening News for digging up a giant boulder in 5th grade.

Donielle Bunyard

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Junior
  • Major: Psychology
  • Minor: Occupational Therapy
  • City: Fullerton, CA
  • Random Fact:  My great grandparents founded a branch of the Methodist church in my mom's home town.

Salim Chamoun

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Junior
  • Major: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • City: Los Angeles, CA
  • Random Fact:  My family cares for chickens in our yard!

Alex Chen

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: GeoDesign
  • Minor: Natural Science and Public Health
  • City: Scottsdale, AZ
  • Random Fact: I didn't bike for the last ten years because I almost biked over a cliff. And then I came to USC and miraculously could bike again.

Olivia Chui

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Senior
  • Major: Business Administration and Communication
  • Minor: Web Development Certificate
  • City: San Jose, CA
  • Random Fact:  I'm under 5'0 tall and haven't grown since 6th grade.

Jennifer Cox

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Senior
  • Major: Business Administration
  • Minor: Songwriting
  • City: Boston, MA
  • Random Fact:  I have walked across burning coals.

Miranda Drolet

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: Law, History and Culture
  • City: Elk Grove, CA
  • Random Fact:  Thanks to traveling with small children, I know where every bathroom is in Disneyland and California Adventure.

Cristina Gago

  • Tour Guide

  • Senior
  • Major: Human Biology
  • Minor: Public Health
  • City: Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
  • Random Fact:  I am a citizen of both the U.S. and Spain!

Alayna Glasthal

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Senior
  • Major: Psychology
  • Minor: Culture, Media, and Entertainment
  • City: Frisco, TX
  • Random Fact: I dropped out of high school for 2 months my senior year to pursue acting in LA and then went back to TX and graduated.

Jonathan Horwitz

  • Tour Guide

  • Sophomore
  • Major: Policy, Planning and Development
  • Minor: Statistics and Applied Analytics
  • City: Orange, CA
  • Random Fact:  I had four pet tortoises at different stages of my childhood. I swear one, Terry, responded to her name.

Sarah Iranpour

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Senior
  • Major: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Minor: Business Law
  • City: Santa Monica, CA
  • Random Fact: I can fly a small airplane.

Brianna Kaufman

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: Communication
  • Minor: Cinematic Arts
  • City: Irvine, CA
  • Random Fact:  I do not like to drink coffee, but coffee is my favorite ice cream flavor.

Maika Koehl

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Senior
  • Major: Business Administration
  • Minor: German
  • City: Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
  • Random Fact: I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro over the summer.

Eddie Licon

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Junior
  • Major: Psychology
  • Minor: Race, Ethnicity and Politics
  • City: East Los Angeles, CA
  • Random Fact:  I was an extra on a couple of episodes for show on Hulu called "East Los High."

Hannah Maluyao

  • Tour Guide

  • Senior
  • Major: Public Relations
  • City: Visalia, CA
  • Random Fact:  I;ve been to the lowest geographical point on Earth.

Bobby Nahill

  • Tour Guide

  • Senior
  • Major: Broadcast and Digital Journalism
  • Minor: Theatre
  • City: Cohasset, MA
  • Random Fact:  I am a triplet!

Andy Osterling

  • Tour Guide

  • Sophomore
  • Major: Political Science and Public Relations
  • City: Chicago, IL
  • Random Fact: I keep a small notebook of my favorite John Kennedy and Robert Kennedy facts and quotes in my backpack.

Peter Roberson

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: Chemical Engineering
  • Minor: Business Finance
  • City: Glenview, IL
  • Random Fact:  I am the only redhead in my family.

Gabrielle Rosser

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Sophomore
  • Major: Theatre
  • Minor: Psychology and Law
  • City: Mission Viegjo, CA
  • Random Fact: I was a competitive cheerleader for five years.

Tyreece Santana

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: Communication
  • Minor: Cinematic Arts
  • City: Bronx, NY
  • Random Fact: I was featured on a show called Brain Games once.

Kelley Sheets

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: Public Relations
  • Minor: Culture, Media and Entertainment
  • City: Tampa, FL
  • Random Fact: The only time I've ever broken a bone was when I broke my rib from coughing too hard.

Brad Streicher

  • Tour Guide

  • Senior
  • Major: Broadcast and Digital Journalism
  • Minor: Cinematic Arts
  • City: Carlsbad, CA
  • Random Fact: I worked at Legoland for 3 years, where I mastered the art of park map origami.

Ailish Ullmann

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: Environmental Science and Health
  • Minor: Photography and Social Change and French
  • City: Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
  • Random Fact: When I was seven, I genuinely thought I was turning into a dolphin. Since USC doesn’t offer “Pre-Dolphin” as a major, though, I’m studying to be a wildlife veterinarian instead.

Courtney Vu

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: Computer Science/Business Administration
  • City: Issaquah, WA
  • Random Fact: I've performed for the Seahawks two times!

Admission Staff

Joy Oaks

  • Director

  • B.A. Liberal Studies/English
    Cal Poly Pomona
    M.Ed. Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs
    Ed.D. Educational Leadership
    University of Southern California
  • I am a third-generation Angeleno and have worked at USC for 20 years in a variety of capacities. I enjoy spending my free time reading as many books as possible, attending USC football games, and taking advantage of all that Los Angeles has to offer, especially live music. I love having the opportunity to show off my amazing hometown to all types of guests to the university.

    Favorite spot on campus: Widney Alumni House

    Admission Advice: Ask lots of questions but don’t feel like you have to learn everything about a university on your very first visit.

Joe Beltran

  • Associate Director

  • B.S. Music Industry
    M.Ed. Educational Counseling
    University of Southern California
  • A transplant from the Gulf Coast of Texas, Los Angeles and especially USC have been my home away from home since 2002. As a USC admission counselor, I have visited students across the state of California, Seattle, Houston, New Jersey, South Carolina, the state of New York and Vermont. When I am not engulfed in the world of college admission, I enjoy reading, physical fitness, exploring LA and helping others.

    Favorite Place on Campus: The Queen’s Courtyard

    Admission Advice: Congratulations! I know it may seem daunting at times, but the college search and application process can be an exciting and exploratory time in your young lives. Take a deep breath, dive in and let us know how we can help.

Jeri Schuessler-Loynachan

  • Student Services Assistant

  • B.A. Anthropology
    Paralegal Certificate
    M.L.S. Master of Liberal Studies
    University of Southern California
  • I’m a native of Los Angeles and my professional experience has been varied as an educator, paralegal, librarian, property manager, and artist/photographer. In my spare time, I enjoy attending film screenings on campus, and live music and arts events around the city with my family. I have navigated the college admissions process with my two daughters and recently returned to academia completing my Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies. It’s rewarding to be a part of the Admission Center’s dynamic environment helping students discover if USC is the right fit for them.

    Favorite Place on Campus: Cinematic Arts Library

    Admission Advice: Come visit our beautiful University Park Campus - there is so much positive energy and activity, new construction and amenities! The amazing USC Village complex will be opening soon in fall of 2017 and it is fascinating to watch it take shape. Best of luck with the admissions process – I’m happy to help answer your questions along the way!

USC Discover (2015)


Admission Center Team Retreat (2015)