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Vince Cuseo, vice president for admission and financial aid
Territories: New York City, UT, and parts of CA: Far Northern CA, Marin County, City of San Francisco
Vince joined Oxy in 1999. He previously served as director of admission at Grinnell College, with prior admission stints at Stanford University, Santa Clara University, and Boston College. A native New Yorker, he’s a philosophy graduate of Fordham University who earned his master's at Columbia’s Teachers College. Favorite spot at Oxy? Rush Gym: I was a Queens, NY, schoolyard hoops legend before a severe lack of talent jettisoned my athletic career. I now live vicariously through the Tiger men's and women's teams that call Rush their home.
Maricela Limas Martinez, associate dean of admission
Territories: AK, GU, ID, IA, KS, MA (greater Boston area), MN, MT, NE, RI, VT, and parts of CA: East Los Angeles, East San Fernando Valley, Pasadena
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Maricela originally joined Oxy Admission in 2001, having begun her career in admissions while completing her undergraduate degree in Art History and Latin American Studies at Wellesley College. Maricela has also worked for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Institutional Research department and holds a master's degree from Harvard University. Most recently she served as an associate director of admission at Scripps College. Maricela coordinates our transfer process and works closely with diversity initiatives. Favorite spot at Oxy? Gilman Fountain: Its sculptural forms are a beautiful and welcoming centerpiece to Oxy's main entrance. As a fan of science fiction, I love that it was used for the filming of Star Trek III.
Erika Yamasaki, associate dean of admission
Territories: AR, HI, ND, and parts of CA: Glendale, Sacramento, San Diego, West San Fernando Valley
Raised in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, Erika attended Boston University where she earned undergraduate degrees in economics and communication. She served her alma mater as the West Coast assistant director of admission before earning a Ph.D. in education from UCLA. At Oxy, Erika coordinates the Alumni-in-Admission program, chairs the Admission communications team, and coordinates the office’s work in the greater Los Angeles area. Favorite spot at Oxy? Thorne Hall: From annual traditions like Convocation and Dance Production to special performances like the Flying Karamozov Brothers, Thorne hosts events that bring the Oxy
Carter Delloro, assistant dean of admission
Territories: CT, NY (excluding NYC and Long Island), parts of CA: West Los Angeles, and all international applications
Carter has called five different states “home.” He received his BA from Pomona College, where he spent three years interning in the Admissions Office. He spent three years working as an Admissions Officer there, and then left for graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin, earning his MA in Media Studies. After a couple of years working at the intersection of digital media and the music industry, he has joined the Oxy team, overseeing our social media initiatives and contributing to our web presence. Favorite spot at Oxy? The Tiger Cooler: The wood-paneled interior makes this campus eatery feel almost rustic, and their menu is chock-full of goodies.
Robin Hamilton '08, assistant dean of admission
Territories: ME, MA (excluding the Boston area), MO, NH, VT,WA, and parts of CA: East Los Angeles
Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Robin first came to Occidental as a student in 2004. During her time at Oxy, Robin was a member of the women's swim team, a charter member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, and woked on campus as a Resident Advisor and Office of Student Life Programming Assistant. After graduation, Robin worked as an Admission Counselor at Beloit College in Wisconsin and as an Assistant Director of Admission at UCLA. She is currently working on her Ed.D. at UCLA. Favorite spot at Oxy? Taylor Pool! So many fun memories with teammates and beautiful afternoons lounging poolside with roommates.
Michelle Naito-Lo '14, admission counselor
Territories: CO, IN, MO, OH, TX, WI, and parts of CA: Central Coast, Orange County
A Los Angeles native, Michelle joined the Office of Admission staff after graduating from Oxy in 2014. During her time at Oxy, Michelle was involved with various groups on campus including the Orientation Team, women's basketball team, undergraduate research, and also worked as a Senior Fellow for the Office of Admission. Michelle coordinates the tour guide program. Favorite spot at Oxy? In my first year at Oxy, I lived in Stewart-Cleland Hall, affectionately called Stewie by its residents. After completing the trek up the hill, the concrete by the stairs is a fantastic spot to watch the sun set behind the city.
Everett Nelor, admission counselor
Territories: AL, FL, GA, IL, KY, LA, MS, NC, TN, and parts of CA: East Bay of San Francisco, South and Central Los Angeles
Everett grew up in Atlanta, GA and worked for a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer in Augusta, GA before attending Bowdoin College. While a student at Bowdoin, Everett spent considerable time in the Admissions office as a student intern and Senior Interviewer. Additionally he played bass in both the Jazz combo and Orchestra and played rugby. After graduating with a degree in psychology, Everett joined Oxy in 2014. He works closely with Senior Fellow Program and diversity initiatives, and serves as liaison to community-based organizations. Favorite spot at Oxy? The Foucault pendulum in Hameetman: No explanation necessary--it's an awesome sight to behold!
Vivien Reece '14, admission counselor
Territories: AZ, MI, NM, NJ, PA, and parts of CA: South Bay of San Franciso, east San Fernando Valley, and Riverside County
Vivien embarked upon an unusual path to a bachelor’s degree: she grew up in the Midwest, spent a gap year in Switzerland, attended community college on the West Coast, and finally transferred here to Oxy, where she graduated in May 2014 with a degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. At Oxy Vivien was involved in the Occidental Weekly, the Neighborhood Partnership Program and worked in both the Dean of the College's Office and the Office of Communications. She was also a dedicated fan of the Theater Department during her time as the theater Box Office manager. Favorite spot at Oxy? My favorite place on campus is the top of the steps steps in between Johnson Hall and Fowler Hall. At sunset on windy evenings, the view of the city, mountains, houses, trees, and sky from that relative height is dramatic and exhilarating.
Columbia Shafer '15, admission counselor
Columbia came to Occidental from a tiny town in Northern California. She began working at the Office of Admission after graduating from Oxy in 2015. During Columbia’s time at Oxy she participated in student research in the Cognitive Science and Psychology departments, founded the Murder Mystery Book Club, worked as a Senior Fellow for the admission office, and stage managed for the Theater Department. She now works with the Admission communications team. Favorite spot at Oxy? Branca Patio, looking out over the main quad on a sunny day with a cup of Greenbean coffee.
Our support staff team:
Back Row: Diane Hernandez, Olivia Martinez, Teri Perkins, Joan Brewer, Peggy Sadonis; Front Row: Yolanda Cisneros, Tiffani Bruno, Dorothy Fields, Tiffany Wright
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