1600 Campus Road
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Phone: (323) 259-2700, (800) 825-5262
Fax: (323) 341-4875
Maricela L. Martinez (she/her)
Vice President of Enrollment
Students I work with: First-year applicants from MA (greater Boston area), MN, and parts of CA: Hollywood, San Fernando Valley, and Northeast Los Angeles
Bio: 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. Prior to her return to Oxy, she served as an associate director of admission at Scripps College. Maricela is responsible for Occidental's enrollment, including overseeing admission and financial aid. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the independent coffee shops in the surrounding neighborhoods and going on hikes with her family.
Charlie Leizear (he/him)
Assistant Vice President of Strategic Enrollment and Dean of Admission
Students I work with: First-year applicants from AL, DE, Washington, DC, FL, GA, MD, MS, NC, NJ (Princeton Area & Southern NJ), PA, SC, VA, and WV | International first-year applicants from Europe, Middle East, and North Africa
Bio: Charlie grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta, then headed to Washington, DC to attend The George Washington University (GW) with grand aspirations to become a jet-setting diplomat. Charlie quickly learned that he was ill-suited for a lifetime in politics (taking a sharp turn to pursue a degree in statistics), and instead was able to realize his jet-setting dreams by working in international admission at his alma mater. After completing his MBA in GW's School of Business, Charlie briefly worked for a small university in Switzerland and then managed international admission at Haverford College before arriving at Oxy in 2015. Oxy's commitment to social justice and global, experience-based education drew Charlie west to Los Angeles, and he was more than happy to trade in his snow-boots for sunglasses. At Oxy, Charlie directs evaluation, operations, and enrollment strategies. He also coordinates with cross-campus partners and leads our international admission team.
Robin Hamilton ’08 (she/her)
Senior Associate Dean of Admission, Director of Recruitment and Equity
Students I work with: First-year applicants from AK, AL, AR, KS, Northern NJ, NY, MO, WA, and in CA: West Los Angeles | International first-year applicants from Central Asia, Indian subcontinent, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean | Transfer applicants and veterans of the United States Armed Services
Bio: Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Robin first came to Occidental as a student in 2004, in search of a diverse and challenging learning environment and sunshine all year round. During her time at Oxy, Robin was a varsity athlete on the women's swim & dive team, a charter member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, and worked on campus as a Resident Advisor and Office of Student Life Programming Assistant. After graduating with a degree in Urban & Environmental Policy, Robin worked at Beloit College and University of California Los Angeles, ultimately finding her way back to Oxy in 2015. Now back on campus, Robin directs the recruitment process of our first-year and transfer students, leads our Equity Initiatives Team and serves as a resource for our veteran students.
Courtney Stricklin Burgan ’03 (she/her)
Senior Associate Dean of Admission, Director of Volunteer Relations and Campus Visit Experiences
Students I work with: First-year applicants from AZ, ID, and parts of CA: Central Valley, Inland Empire, and San Mateo County | International first-year applicants from Sub-Saharan Africa
Bio: Courtney is a SoCal native and has been a resident of North East Los Angeles since matriculating at Oxy. As an Oxy student, Courtney was an orientation leader, residence hall coordinator, and even had an eventful stint as the college mascot. She was an Art History and Visual Arts major at Oxy, received her MFA at Otis College of Art and Design, and maintains a practice in the performing and conceptual arts in addition to her work in higher education. Courtney is an active member of Oxy Folk & Historical Dance Troupe and can be found indulging on ice cream at the variety of artisanal dessert shops in Eagle Rock and Highland Park. Courtney manages all Admission programming on campus and around the country, partnering with both her fellow admission officers as well as alumni and parent volunteers for the College.
Jordan Brown ’13 (he/him)
Senior Assistant Dean of Admission, Coordinator of Student Athlete Recruitment
Students I work with: First-year applicants from KY, NM, OR, TN, and in CA: San Diego County | International first-year applicants from Canada | Transfer applicants and gap-year students
Bio: Jordan returns to Oxy from New York City, where he completed his M.A. in Higher and Postsecondary Education at Teachers College and worked in the undergraduate admissions office at Columbia University. Prior to that, he spent two years as an admissions counselor at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. It was during this time that he discovered his love for admissions, strong coffee, and the importance of a good rain jacket. While a student at Oxy, Jordan majored in philosophy, interviewed prospective students, and taught health workshops in 9th grade classrooms. As a former Tiger tennis player and coordinator of student athlete recruitment, Jordan works with prospective student athletes from all territories. When he is not in his office, you can find him in the pasta line at the Marketplace.
Keane Tarrosa ’15 (he/him)
Senior Assistant Dean of Admission
Students I work with: First-year applicants from CO, HI, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY, and parts of CA: San Francisco, North Bay Area, and Central Coast | International first-year applicants from Southeast Asia | Transfer applicants
Bio: Born and raised in Southern California, Keane graduated from Oxy in 2015. After moving to New York for graduate school at Columbia’s Teachers College, he decided to stay on the East Coast for a few years and begin his career in college admissions. While he loved his time in NYC, he could only resist the call of food trucks, palm trees, and beach days in January for so long. Keane is thrilled to be back at Oxy where he oversees the office's student worker program. When not working with prospective students, Keane can often be found cheering on the Tigers at on campus sporting events or frequenting some of his favorite Northeast L.A. eateries.
Julius DiLorenzo ’16 (he/him)
Assistant Dean of Admission
Students I work with: First-year applicants from MA (excluding Boston), CT, IL, IA, ME, NH, RI, VT, WI, Guam, Puerto Rico, and in CA: East Bay of San Francisco | International first-year applicants from East Asia and American Samoa
Bio: Hailing from the City of Chicago, Julius's own college search for a liberal arts education in a major metropolis led him right to Oxy nearly a decade ago. After receiving his B.A. in Politics, Julius went on to work in immigration law before joining Occidental's Office of Admission in 2018. During his student tenure, Julius served as a resident advisor, summer researcher, and intern on the 2014 Louisiana senate race through Oxy's Campaign Semester. The continued tradition of political engagement and activism on campus serves as a constant source of pride for Julius as he recruits the next generation of campus leaders and change makers. During the semester he can frequently be found loitering at the Green Bean, Oxy's student-run coffee shop, which remains one of Julius's favorite campus spots to recharge and rehydrate.
Chelsea Santiago (she/her)
Assistant Dean of Admission, Coordinator of Access and Equity
Students I work with: First-year applicants from IN, LA, MI, OH, OK, TX, and in CA: East Los Angeles, and South/South Central Los Angeles | International first-year applicants from South America
Bio: Born and raised in Arizona, Chelsea set out to explore the world and found herself a home in upstate New York, where she lived for six years. She attended and graduated from Colgate University in 2019 with a Bachelor's in Political Science and Psychological Sciences. During her time as a student she worked as an intern for the Office of Admission and found a love for connecting with students, especially providing access for low-income first-generation students such as herself. After graduating, she decided to stay on the East Coast working in admission at Colgate before making the decision to return to the West Coast. At Oxy, Chelsea serves as the Coordinator of Access and Equity, working with her team to foster a diverse community at Oxy. In her spare time, you will find Chelsea and her miniature dachshund, Caramelo, out on walks across campus.
Jessie Fontana-Maisel ’16 (she/her)
Admission Counselor, Coordinator of Campus Experiences
Students I work with: First-year applicants from parts of CA: Santa Barbara, Hollywood/Wilshire, and Long Beach
Bio: Jessie was raised in the SF Bay Area and graduated from Oxy as an Art History Major in 2016. At Oxy, she was involved in all forms of dance, including choreographing for Dance Production. Jessie was fortunate enough to study abroad in Italy twice—during winter break and for a full semester. She took her love of Europe further by completing her Master’s Degree in London. Since finishing grad school, Jessie worked in Los Angeles area museums including the Norton Simon, Huntington, and ArtCenter College of Design. She recently transitioned to working in events and programming, and it felt only logical to take that skillset back to Oxy, where she is thrilled to be the Coordinator of Campus Experiences. Jessie loves taking walks around campus during her lunch breaks and sharing her infectious passion for Oxy with prospective students and families.
Ruby Ferehawk ’21 (she/her)
Students I work with: First-year applicants from NV and parts of CA: San Gabriel Valley, Inland Empire, Orange County, Sacramento County, and South Bay
Bio: Ruby is a born and raised Angeleno and '21 Oxy alum. She graduated with a degree in Mathematics and Urban and Environmental Policy. After transferring to Oxy her sophomore year, Ruby founded the Transfer Student Union and assisted in facilitating the New Student Orientation program. She also held various roles as a student worker in the Admission office where she found joy in engaging with prospective Tigers. After graduating, Oxy just could not get rid of her! She continued her commitment to Oxy’s community by taking up the role of Admission Counselor.