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Collins House
1600 Campus Road
Los Angeles, CA 90041

Phone: (323) 259-2700, (800) 825-5262
Fax: (323) 341-4875

Vince Cuseo

Vince Cuseo

Vice President of Enrollment and Dean of Admission

Territories: New York City, Long Island, UT, and parts of CA: San Francisco County 

Vince is a grizzled (but approachable) veteran of the admission profession, joining the Oxy staff in 1999 after serving as director of admission at Grinnell College. He cut his teeth at Boston College, Santa Clara University and Stanford University during his formative admission years. A proud native New Yorker, he did his undergraduate and graduate work at Fordham (in philosophy) and Columbia's Teachers College (higher education), respectively; this accounts for his penchant for analysis, swift gait and passion for “real" pizza. Predictably, he has affinity for the colors black and orange, even - surprise! - when worn by a team with “SF" on its cap.

Chris Ferguson

Chris Ferguson

Associate Vice President of Enrollment
Territories: Parts of CA: Far Northern CA, Marin County, Sonoma County and Napa County, South Bay of San Francisco, San Mateo County, San Jose, Santa Clara County, Central Coast, Santa Barbara, West Ventura

Chris is a city and coastal adventurer at heart. Born in Pomona, CA and raised throughout southern CA, Chris joined Oxy in 2016. Chris often rides his skateboards, his bike, or just simply enjoys the beach life of the California coast. He previously served as dean of admission at Drexel University in Philadelphia and oversaw the enrollment functions at The New School in New York City. After spending many years on the east coast, he is thrilled to be back in the west connecting students and families to Oxy. Chris earned his EdD in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania, his MSW from University of Denver, and his BA in behavioral sciences from Wilmington College.

Charlie Leizear

Charlie Leizear

Senior Associate Dean and Director of First-Year Admission

Territories: DE, District of Columbia, FL, GA, MD, South NJ and Princeton Area, PA, VA, WV, parts of CA: Central Valley, West LA, and international applicants from Europe and the Middle East

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 the recruitment and evaluation process for all first-year applicants.

Maricela Martinez

Maricela L. Martinez

Senior Associate Dean and Director of Transfer Admission and Inclusion

Territories: MA (greater Boston area), MN, and parts of CA: Glendale/Pasadena, San Fernando Valley

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 oversees transfer admission and our inclusion initiatives. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the independent coffee shops in the surrounding neighborhoods. 

Robin Hamilton

Robin Hamilton '08

Associate Dean of Admission

Territories: AK, KS, LA, MO, TX (except Dallas/Fort Worth metro), OK, and WA

Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Robin first came to Occidental as a student in 2004, in search of a diverse learning environment and an outdoor pool. During her time at Oxy, Robin was a member of the women's swim 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 some great universities, but ultimately found her way back to Oxy in 2015. Now back on campus Robin enjoys working with our prospective student-athletes (although her own abilities have diminished), indulging at local taco trucks and convincing more PNW-ers to trade in the rain for the delights of a southern California winter.

Courtney Stricklin Burgan

Courtney Stricklin Burgan '03

Associate Dean of Admission, Manager of Volunteer Relations and Campus Visit Experiences 

Territories: AZ, NV, and parts of CA: Covina/West Covina, Central Valley, Inland Empire, Greater Imperial Valley

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.

Michelle Naito-Lo

Michelle Naito-Lo '14

Senior Assistant Dean of Admission, Coordinator of International Admission
Territories: HI, parts of CA: Sacramento U.S. Territories, and international applicants (apart from Europe and the Middle East)

Michelle spent the important years of her life in the city directly east of Los Angeles, but calls herself a L.A. native to all who ask. She joined the Office of Admission after graduating from Oxy in 2014 with a degree in Biology. During the 2016-2017 cycle, Michelle traded in her sunglasses and two season year (hot or not hot) for a mask and wool socks to live in China as the InitialView fellow. When not leading international recruitment, she enjoys exploring the food scene in Los Angeles.

Jordan Brown

Jordan Brown '13 

Assistant Dean of Admission, Coordinator of Student Athlete Recruitment 

Territories: ID, San Diego County, TX (Dallas/Fort Worth metro)

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.

Cris CambianicaCris Cambianica

Assistant Dean of Admission
Territories: AL, AR, MS, NC, NM, OR, SC, TN and parts of CA: South and South Central Los Angeles, East Los Angeles

Cris was born and raised in San Fernando Valley and attended Reed College. Cris studied Sociology and worked in Reed's Multicultural Resource Center, Office for Institutional Diversity, and Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program. Cris returned to Los Angeles, joining Oxy in 2016 and now serves as liaison to community-based organizations.

Marcel Hite

Marcel Hite

Assistant Dean of Admission
Territories: IL, IN, IA, KY, MI, OH, WI, and parts of CA: East Bay of San Francisco

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Marcel made his way out to California for college in 2010, looking for warm weather and a fresh start. Following graduation in 2014, he stumbled into the world of admission after being a tour guide, intern, and senior interviewer during his undergraduate career. Prior to joining Oxy in 2018, Marcel served as an assistant director of admission at the University of Southern California, where he is completing a M.Ed in Enrollment Management and Policy. He oversees the Senior Fellows Program and supports diversity initiatives. When not in the office, Marcel is a self-proclaimed movie buff and foodie.

Keane TarrosaKeane Tarrosa '15

Assistant Dean of Admission
Territories: CO, CT, MA (except Boston), ME, MT, NE, NH, Northern NJ, Westchester/Rockland/Upstate NY, ND, RI, SD, VT, WY, and parts of CA: Orange County

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 campus tour guides. 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 DiLorenzoJulius DiLorenzo '16

Admission Coordinator of Campus Experiences

Territories: Parts of CA: East/Northeast Los Angeles, Hollywood, Long Beach, South Bay of Los Angeles

A native Chicagoan, Julius was drawn to Southern California after an early misreading of The Graduate. Though a Politics major by trade, Julius could often be found dabbling in the English department (which, fortunately for him, happened to border the tennis courts he would frequent between classes). After graduating from Occidental in 2016, Julius put his Politics degree to good use as a legal assistant at an immigration law firm before switching gears to join a sustainable fair-trade food justice collective. Julius is thrilled to be returning to the admission team as the campus experience coordinator where he manages our on-campus admission events and group tour program, as well as individual day and overnight visits, ensuring that our guests have as much fun on campus as he did (and still does!).


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