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Vince Cuseo, vice president for admission and financial aid
Territories: NY (NYC), UT, and parts of CA: San Francisco, Marin County, Sonoma County
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.
Sally Stone Richmond, dean of admission
Territories: DE, DC, MD, NC, OR, VA, and WV
Sally is a 1994 graduate of Davidson College, where she earned a degree in political science. After serving as an admission counselor at her alma mater, she earned a master's degree at Harvard University. Following graduate school Sally served on the faculty at the Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va. Prior to joining Oxy’s staff, Sally was associate dean of admission and financial aid at Davidson. At Oxy, Sally supervises the admission officers and helps manage the admission process. Favorite spot at Oxy? Oxy's Children's Theater Stage (The Greek Bowl): Children's Theater was a surprising, fabulously impressive experience. Now it is a must for our family every summer.
Maricela Limas Martinez, associate dean of admission
Territories: ID, IA, KS, MA (greater Boston area), MN, MO, NE, NH, OK, SD, 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: Parts of CA: Downtown Los Angeles, 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
Laura Tokuza Arenstein ’05, assistant dean of admission
Territories: International and parts of CA: South Bay of San Francisco, West Los Angeles
Born and raised in West Los Angeles, Laura graduated from Occidental with a degree in history. While a student at Oxy, Laura interned in the Office of Admission and was active in the residence halls, serving as both a resident advisor and hall coordinator. After graduating, she worked for a popular Internet company before returning to Occidental in 2007. Laura coordinates the international student outreach and application process as well as local high school outreach initiatives. Favorite spot at Oxy? Booth Courtyard: My wedding ceremony took place in Booth Courtyard, and it was also the filming location for one of my favorite movies, Clueless.
Michelle Naito-Lo '14, admission counselor
Territories: CO, TX, CA Central Coast, North Orange County of California
A Los Angeles native, Michelle joined the Office of Admission staff after graduating from Oxy with a degree in Biology 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? 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: IL, East Bay of San Francisco, GA, FL, AL, TN, 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!
Our support staff team:
Back Row: Tiffany Wright, Diane Hernandez, Tiffani Bruno, Margot Clifford, Yolanda Cisneros, Joan Brewer; Front Row: Peggy Sadonis, Margo Demessie, Olivia Martinez, Teri Perkins
email@example.com | phone: (800) 825-5262 | fax: (323) 341-4875