Meet the Staff
Get to know the people who are here to help you through the financial aid process.
Vince Cuseo, Vice President for Admission and Financial Aid
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 degree at Columbia’s Teachers College.
Maureen McRae Goldberg, Director of Financial Aid
Maureen, a past president of the California Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (CASFAA), has been involved in leadership positions in many state, regional, and national financial aid associations. She brings more than 30 years of experience in the field of financial aid. She began at her alma mater, the University of Redlands, and served as Associate Dean of Financial Aid at Glendale Community College. In between she took a break to earn her master's degree at the University of Sheffield in England.
Craig Organek, Associate Director of Financial Aid
Craig joined the Oxy Financial Aid team in 2012. He earned his master's in educational administration from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2006. Originally from upstate New York, he earned his undergraduate degree from SUNY Albany and has been actively working in Financial Aid for over 13 years. Craig's responsibilities include providing technical support for the office, compiling survey data for national publications, counseling families, administering the Federal Pell Grant program, and serving as the liaison for student athletes and veterans.
Gina Becerril, Senior Assistant Director of Financial Aid
Gina earned her master's degree from Stanford and is a 1999 graduate of UCLA. She came to Oxy from the Fulfillment Fund, where she served as the scholarship program coordinator and worked with economically disadvantaged students, helping them with the transition from high school to college. Gina’s responsibilities include counseling families, administering federal student loan programs, and community outreach.
Nancy Medina '07, Senior Financial Aid Counselor
Nancy is a 2007 graduate of Occidental. As a student, she worked for both the Office of Admission and the Financial Aid Office. Nancy's responsibilities include counseling families, coordinating outside scholarships, Cal Grants, and work study programs.
Gracie Peralta, Administrative Assistant
Gracie is a Los Angeles native and graduated from UCLA with a degree in history. Gracie is dedicated to helping students succeed and enjoys being part of the Occidental community.
Jean Gaudern, Financial Aid Operations Assistant
Jean came to work at Occidental in October 2000, after working in tax preparation and medical billing. Jean ensures that paperwork finds its way to its proper place. She helps create a warm and friendly climate for Occidental students.
Sarah Shirley '14, Student Intern Sarah is a fourth-year student from Santa Clarita. She is majoring in English and Comparative Literary Studies (ECLS).
Teresa Mojarro ’15, Student Intern Tere is a third-year student from East Los Angeles. Tere is majoring in psychology.
Zitlaly Marin '16, Student Intern Zitlaly is a second-year student from Pomona. Zitlaly is considering a major in Urban Environmental Policy or Sociology.
Jamis Barcott '17, Student Intern Jamis is a first-year student from Everett, Washington. Jamis is considering a major in Diplomacy and World Affairs (DWA) or English and Comparative Literary Studies.
- Mailing Address:
Financial Aid Office
1600 Campus Road F-35
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Arthur G. Coons
- Phone: (323) 259-2548
- Fax: (323) 341-4961
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org