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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, HI, MD, OR, SC, TN, 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
Matthew Burris, senior assistant dean of admission
Territories: AL, AZ, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NM, NC, and parts of CA: Hollywood/Wilshire, San Gabriel Valley, South Los Angeles
Matt was born in New Jersey, raised in Tucson, and ultimately decided to attend college in Southern California. He graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a degree in government and psychology. Admission work has been a huge part of his life—serving as an intern for four years in college, and then six more years on the CMC admission staff before joining Oxy in 2013. At Oxy, Matt helps coordinate the behind-the-scenes aspects of the admission office in addition to his work in communications and diversity initiatives. Favorite spot at Oxy? Jack Kemp Stadium: There is nothing more exciting than watching the students gather for a football game while displaying their black and orange.
Lindsay Dold O’Sullivan, senior assistant dean of admission
Territories: IL, MI, TX (Austin, Houston, San Antonio), WA, WI, and parts of CA: Central Valley, Far Northern CA, Greater Imperial Valley
Lindsay hails from Houston and graduated from Southwestern University with a degree in American studies. Following editorial and marketing careers with CIEE and Rice University, she earned her master's from the University of Chicago. She then worked in admissions and communications with the University of Chicago Law School and Pomona College. Lindsay joined Oxy in 2010, and she coordinates print, Web, and social media communications, writes and edits for the Web and Admission publications, and co-directs the athletics liaison program. Favorite spot at Oxy? Taylor Pool: I swam competitively for my liberal arts college, and I love the opportunity to swim laps during some of my lunch breaks and weekends (year round, in an outdoor pool).
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.
Devon MacIver, assistant dean of admission
Territories: CO, IN, ME, MA (Western MA), NV, NJ, PA, RI, and parts of CA: Anaheim, Long Beach, Santa Ana, South Bay, South Orange County
Devon is originally from Massachusetts where he attended UMass Dartmouth earning a degree in political science before continuing on to earn master's degree from Northeastern University. Devon previously worked in the Office of Student Life (OSL) at Oxy coordinating the pre-orientation program and advising the fraternity and sorority community before joining the Oxy Admission team. Devon coordinates our campus visit events and co-directs the athletics liaison program. Favorite spot at Oxy? The Greek Bowl: My wedding reception was held here, but it also is the home of all-campus events that generate a great campus community feel.
Stephanie Osimiri ’08, assistant dean of admission
Territories: AK, AR, CT, MT, ND, NY (outside NYC), OH, TX (Amarillo, El Paso, Dallas, Fort Worth), WY, US territories (Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa), and parts of CA: Central Coast, East Bay of San Francisco, Santa Barbara and the Ojai Valley
Originally from Dallas, Stephanie graduated from Occidental with a degree in sociology. While a student at Oxy, she served as a senior interviewer for the Office of Admission. She also participated in Oxy’s Community, Arts, and Public Service Internship program spending a summer at the Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles. After graduating, she spent two years working in the legal field before returning to Oxy in 2010. Stephanie coordinates the senior fellow program and diversity initiatives, and she serves as the office’s liaison for community-based organizations. Favorite spot at Oxy? Collins House Patio: Whether spring, summer, or fall, I've always enjoyed enjoyed sitting and relaxing on this patio and appreciating the scenery.
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
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