Meet the Admission Center Staff

Though the USC admission counselor who covers your territory will be your primary contact, you may meet several people throughout the admission process, including our admission ambassadors and tour guides— all of whom were in your shoes not too long ago!

Grayson Abele

  • Tour Guide

  • Sophomore
  • Major: Computational Neuroscience
  • Minor: Cinematic Arts
  • City: Denver, CO
  • Random Fact:   I once memorized 540 digits of Pi to win a pie in a middle school competition.

Megan Angulo

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: Psychology
  • Minor: Management Consulting
  • City: Morris Plains, NJ
  • Random Fact:  My retirement plans include becoming a National Park Ranger... what park and in what country is still being decided

Katherine Berry

  • Tour Guide

  • Sophomore
  • Major: Business Administration
  • Minor: Spanish
  • City: Palo Alto, CA
  • Random Fact:  I pulled my first all-nighter at Disneyland.

KC Brunson

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Junior
  • Major: Mechanical Engineering
  • City: Agoura Hills, CA
  • Random Fact:  My great-grandmother named Hollywood.

Josue Campos

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Junior
  • Major: Computer Science and Business Administration
  • City: Pasadena, CA
  • Random Fact:  I extremely love to Keep up with the Kardashians!

Salim Chamoun

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Sophomore
  • Major: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Minor: Business Finance
  • City: Los Angeles, CA
  • Random Fact:  My family cares for chickens in our yard!

Alex Chen

  • Tour Guide

  • Freshman
  • Major: GeoDesign
  • Minor: Natural Science
  • City: Scottsdale, AZ
  • Random Fact: I didn't bike for the last ten years because I almost biked over a cliff. And then I came to USC and miraculously could bike again.

Kurt Clements

  • Tour Guide

  • Senior
  • Major: Communication
  • Minor: Cinematic Arts
  • City: Lake Elsinore, CA
  • Random Fact:  I once watched Fargo three times in one week and I now have a killer Minnesota accent. (Pun definitely intended.)

Jackson Dahl

  • Tour Guide

  • Senior
  • Major: Business Administration
  • City: Laguna Hills, CA
  • Random Fact:  I've counted how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop.

Elena Dole

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: Theatre
  • City: Sherman Oaks, CA
  • Random Fact:  My little brother is a breakdancer.

Jenny Gilbert

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: Philosophy
  • Minor: Natural Science
  • City: Granite Bay, CA
  • Random Fact:  I LOVE football and I even run my own fantasy league!

Kirsten Greenwood

  • Tour Guide

  • Sophomore
  • Major: English
  • Minor: Psychology and Law
  • City: London, England
  • Random Fact:  I drink at least five cups of tea every day - you can take the girl out of England but you can't take England out of the girl!

Emily Hunter

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Junior
  • Major: Theatre
  • Minor: Songwriting
  • City: Monterey, CA
  • Random Fact:  Before coming to USC I worked as a singing puppeteer at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Joelle Jacoby

  • Tour Guide

  • Sophomore
  • Major: Theatre
  • City: Newcastle, CA
  • Random Fact:  I am a devoted cat-lover and Sci-Fi nerd extraordinaire.

Madisen Keavy

  • Tour Guide

  • Senior
  • Major: Broadcast and Digital Journalism
  • Minor: Communcation and the Entertainment Industry
  • City: Visalia, CA
  • Random Fact:  In my youth, I won a national jump rope competition for "most consecutive jumps". A trophy was involved...

Maika Koehl

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Junior
  • Major: Business Administration
  • Minor: German
  • City: Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
  • Random Fact: I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro over the summer.

Adrian Lurie

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Sophomore
  • Major: Psychology
  • Minor:Theatre
  • Minor: History
  • City: Portland, OR
  • Random Fact:  Aside from working in the Admission Center, I like to sing, act, and dance.

Bobby Nahill

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: Broadcast and Digital Journalism
  • Minor: Theatre
  • City: Cohasset, MA
  • Random Fact:  I am a triplet, one of three brothers!

Marta Olson

  • Tour Guide

  • Senior
  • Major: Music
  • Minor: Narrative Studies
  • City: Denver, CO
  • Random Fact: I love sewing and thrift shopping.

MaryAlice Peng

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Junior
  • Major: Business Administration and Accounting
  • Major: International Relations
  • City: Sammamish, WA
  • Random Fact:  I've never seen Star Wars but I'm a huge Lord of the Rings fan.

Peter Roberson

  • Tour Guide

  • Sophomore
  • Major: Chemical Engineering
  • Minor: Business Finance
  • City: Glenview, IL
  • Random Fact:  I am the only redhead in my family.

Ellie Rothrock

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Sophomore
  • Major: Global Studies
  • Minor: Music Industry
  • City: Seattle, WA
  • Random Fact: I have 28 aunts and uncles and 36 first cousins so our family reunions are loud to say the least.

Heaven Saunders

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Seniorr
  • Major: Public Relations
  • Minor: Marketing
  • City: San Pedro, CA
  • Random Fact: My name is a mix of my parents' names: Heather + Keven = Heaven.

Kelley Sheets

  • Tour Guide

  • Sophomore
  • Major: Public Relations
  • City: Tampa, FL
  • Random Fact: I used to be a tour guide at an aquarium!

Shreya Tanna

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Senior
  • Major: Psychology
  • Minor: Philosophy and Nonprofits, Philanthropy and Volunteerism
  • City: Yorba Linda, CA
  • Random Fact: I like to sew clothes and update thrift shop finds (cue Macklemore).

Caroline Vanstrom

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: Public Relations
  • Minor: Cinematic Arts and Spanish
  • City: Roswell, GA
  • Random Fact: I may be from the south, but I never say y'all and hardly have an accent. This may be due to the fact that while growing up I was convinced I was supposed to be British... and still do today.

Brian Walsh

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: Accounting
  • City: Florham Park, NJ
  • Random Fact: I've been scuba diving in a shark cage in Hawaii.

Ashima Agrawal

  • Tour Guide

  • Senior
  • Major: Communication
  • Minor: Spanish
  • City: Saratoga, CA
  • Random Fact:   My friends and I once binge watched an entire season of "Game of Thrones" in one day.

Katrina Bajorinas

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Sophomore
  • Major: Music Industry
  • City: Louisville, KY
  • Random Fact: I am almost done folding (and stringing) 1000 paper cranes for luck.

Sarah Borland

  • Tour Guide

  • Freshman
  • Major: Public Relations
  • Minor: Psychology
  • City: La Canada, CA
  • Random Fact:  I have been stung by a Portuguese Man of War...it was not pleasant.

Donielle Bunyard

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Sophomore
  • Major: Psychology
  • Minor: Spanish
  • City: Fullerton, CA
  • Random Fact:  My dad went to USC and I thought the USC Fight Song was the theme song of the NCAA until I got to USC. #fightonforever

Mary Cate Hickman

  • Ambassador

  • Sophomore
  • Major: Undeclared
  • City: Tulsa, OK
  • Random Fact:  When I went to Harry Potter World with my family, I was so in character that I was asked by 6 different people if I worked there.

Alison Chang

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: Theatre Film and Business
  • City: Toronto, Ontario
  • Random Fact:  I have a secret passion for ballroom dancing.

Harshini Chengareddy

  • Tour Guide

  • Sophomore
  • Major: Global Health
  • Minor: Computer Science
  • City: San Ramon, CA
  • Random Fact:  My dream is to one day learn how to do tricks on a half pipe while snowboarding.

Joey Cleveland

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: Business Administration and International Relations
  • City: Denver, CO
  • Random Fact:  As a baby I was photographed inside the Stanley Cup.

Nirali Dave

  • Tour Guide

  • Senior
  • Major: Neuroscience
  • Minor: Business Law and Communication and the Entertainment Industry
  • City: Glenview, IL
  • Random Fact:  I successfully avoided getting sunburned my whole life until this past summer.

Miranda Drolet

  • Tour Guide

  • Sophomore
  • Major: Law, History and Culture
  • Minor: Spanish and Dramatic Arts
  • City: Elk Grove, CA
  • Random Fact:  The most popular organization at my high school was Future Farmers of America. I was not a member.

Alayna Glasthal

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Junior
  • Major:Psychology
  • Minor: Communication and the Entertainment Industry
  • City: Frisco, TX
  • Random Fact:  I have never had Mexican food or green vegetables and I probably never will.

Madi Harris

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Senior
  • Major: Environmental Studies
  • Minor: Spanish
  • City: Seal Beach, CA
  • Random Fact:  I love diving with sharks!

Sarah Iranpour

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Junior
  • Major: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Minor: Business Law and Real Estate Development
  • City: Santa Monica, CA
  • Random Fact: I tried peanut butter for the first time in college. I loved it so much and ate so much of it (basically a whole Costco jar) in two weeks that I can't eat it anymore...

Krista Jamgotchian

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: Business and Cinematic Arts
  • City: Manhattan Beach, CA
  • Random Fact:  I have eaten a cucumber every day since I could chew!

Rachel Kim

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Sophomore
  • Major: Media Arts and Practice
  • Minor: Computer Programming and Mobile Application
  • City: Seoul, South Korea and Irvine, CA
  • Random Fact:  I can eat lemons/limes like they're apples!

Julia Loup

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Senior
  • Major: Psychology
  • Minor: Communication Design
  • City: Baltimore, MD
  • Random Fact: My dog, Sebastian, can sing and even won 1st place in a dog singing competition.

Arad Margalit

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Senior
  • Major: Business Administration
  • Minor: Computer Science
  • City: Castro Valley, CA
  • Random Fact: I have an identical twin brother who goes to USC. My little brother and sister are also twins!

Myles Nuzzi

  • Tour Guide

  • Senior
  • Major: Jazz Voice, Music Industry
  • City: Cumberland Center, ME
  • Random Fact: I used to be an LL Bean kayaking model!

Maria Osechinskaya

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Senior
  • Major: English
  • City: Irvine, CA
  • Random Fact:  I can make the BEST Nutella hot chocolate!

Caitlin Plummer

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: Print and Digital Journalism
  • City: Lynnwood, WA
  • Random Fact:  When I was five, I learned all of the words to Don McLean's eight-minute song "American Pie." If you play it, I can still sing every word.

Sara Robinson

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Senior
  • Major: Psychology
  • Minor: French and Occupational Science
  • CLass: Arroyo Grande, CA
  • Random Fact: I used to foster rabbits. I have a dog, a cat, and two horses.

Teddy Rounds

  • Tour Guide

  • Senior
  • Major: International Relations
  • Minor: Business Entrepreneurship
  • City: Boston, MA
  • Random Fact: I LOVE merging onto highways.

Sari Schwartz

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: Business Administration
  • City: Deerfield, IL
  • Random Fact: I have an impressive juggling routine to Kelly Clarkson's Since You've Been Gone!

Mercy Sherman

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: Creative Writing and Psychology
  • City: Charlottesville, VA
  • Random Fact: I met my celebrity crush at the airport and he was the one who initiated conversation! Chad Michael Murray for life!

Madison Tucky

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: English (Creative Writing) and Narrative Studies
  • Minor: Cinematic Arts
  • City: Las Vegas, NV
  • Random Fact: I have cried at the Harry Potter Studio Tour in England.

Alexander Vasconcellos

  • Tour Guide

  • Senior
  • Major: Human Biology
  • Minor: Global Health
  • City: San Diego, CA
  • Random Fact: Some might say I'm a Joey, but deep down I'm a Ross.

Jocelyn Zhao

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Junior
  • Major: International Relations
  • Minor: Economics
  • City: Shandong, CN
  • Random Fact: I went to boarding school when I was six.

Marisa Alfaro

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Junior
  • Major: Art
  • Minor: Business and Media Economics and Entreprenuership
  • City: Burbank, CA
  • Random Fact:  My two biggest fears are the ocean and celery.

Robert Baxter

  • Tour Guide

  • Senior
  • Major: Business Administration
  • Minor: Mathematics
  • City: Princeton Junction, NJ
  • Random Fact:  I have heterochromia iridis - one eye is blue and the other is green.

Maya Bouchet

  • Tour Guide

  • Sophomore
  • Major: Policy, Planning, and Development and Sustainable Planning
  • Minor: Landscape Architecture
  • City: Los Angeles, CA
  • Random Fact:  I have dual citizenship in both the United States and France.

Noah Camarena

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: Print and Digital Journalism
  • Minor: Sports Media Studies and Cinematic Arts
  • City: Lemoore, CA
  • Random Fact:  One of my biggest fears in life is that I will go bald.

Burton Chaikin

  • Tour Guide

  • Senior
  • Major: Cinematic Arts Critical Studies
  • City: Highland Park, Il
  • Random Fact:  I have been performing magic tricks since I was three-years-old!

Dru Chavez

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: Public Relations
  • Minor: Consumer Behavior and Psychology
  • City: San Pedro, CA
  • Random Fact:  I'm a 4th generation San Pedro High School graduate.

Olivia Chui

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Junior
  • Major: Business Administration and Communication
  • Minor: Web Development Certificate
  • City: San Jose, CA
  • Random Fact:  I have been the same height since 5th grade...which means I can still fit into my elementary-school-aged shoes (light-up Heelys for life!)

Jennifer Cox

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Senior
  • Major: Business Administration
  • Minor: Songwriting
  • City: Boston, MA
  • Random Fact:  I have never eaten Chipotle.

Grant Derderian

  • Tour Guide

  • Senior
  • Major: Computer Science and Business Administration
  • Minor: Applied Computer Security
  • City: Pasadena, CA
  • Random Fact:  My high school graduating class only had 26 students!

Cristina Gago

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: Human Biology
  • Minor: Public Health
  • City: Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
  • Random Fact:  I am a citizen of both the U.S. and Spain!

Shalaka Gole

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Junior
  • Major: Business Administration
  • Minor: Digital Studies
  • City: San Ramon, CA
  • Random Fact: The most creative/original rendition of my name is Sha-baklava. There are many more.

Lauren Helmbrecht

  • Tour Guide

  • Freshman
  • Major: Business Administration
  • Minor: Sports Media Studies
  • City: Spokane, WA
  • Random Fact:  I own an impressive collection of animal shirts.

Kevin Ivie

  • Tour Guide

  • Senior
  • Major: Communication
  • Minor: Theatre and Entrepreneurship
  • City: San Clemente, CA
  • Random Fact:  My middle name is Akio, translating to my birth season (Autumn) in Japanese!

Brianna Kaufman

  • Tour Guide

  • Sophomore
  • Major: Communication
  • Minor: Cinematic Arts
  • City: Irvine, CA
  • Random Fact:  I like raspberry flavored foods, but not actual raspberries.

Selene Klasner

  • Tour Guide

  • Sophomore
  • Major: Biology
  • Minor: Theatre
  • City: Rochester, NY
  • Random Fact: I have an identical twin sister who also goes to USC!

Laura Lucchesi

  • Tour Guide

  • Senior
  • Major: Comparative Literature and Italian
  • City: San Francisco, CA
  • Random Fact:  I share a birthday with my dad and Beyonce.

Sean McCall

  • Tour Guide

  • Senior
  • Major: Business Administration, Cognitive Science
  • City: Andover, MA
  • Random Fact:  I enjoy long walks on the beach, fine dining, and calling my mother every 3-4 days to check in.

Kaitlyn O'Connor

  • Tour Guide

  • Sophomore
  • Major: Communication
  • Minor: French
  • City: Barrington, IL
  • Random Fact:  I've never eaten bacon before!

Kimberly Ostiller

  • Tour Guide

  • Senior
  • Major: Sociology
  • Minor: Spanish and Public Relations
  • City: Altadena, CA
  • Random Fact:  My personal pogo-sticking record is 4,144 consecutive jumps in the 4th grade.

Larissa Purnell

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Senior
  • Major: Business Administration
  • Minor: Health Policy and Management and Digital Studies
  • City: Chino Hills, CA
  • Random Fact: I swallowed a bee on my first roller coaster ride. However, that hasn't stopped me from riding!

Leilah Rodriguez

  • Tour Guide

  • Sophomore
  • Major: International Relations
  • Minor: Middle East Studies and Communication Law and Media Policy
  • City: Mission Viejo, CA
  • Random Fact:  I've broken my nose 8 times!

Tyreece Santana

  • Tour Guide

  • Sophomore
  • Major: Communication
  • Minor: Innovation: The Digital Entrepreneur
  • City: Bronx, NY
  • Random Fact: Growing up I wanted to major in Electrical Engineering so I could be Ironman. I'm not an engineer, but I still want to be Ironman, so that's why I want to be an actor!

Ian Scott

  • Tour Guide

  • Sophomore
  • Major: Business Administration and Spanish
  • Minor: East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • City: Louisville, KY
  • Random Fact: I dressed up as a giant tiger every football game as my high school's mascot.

Brad Streicher

  • Tour Guide

  • Junior
  • Major: Broadcast and Digital Journalism
  • City: Carlsbad, CA
  • Random Fact: I worked at Legoland for 3 years, where I mastered the art of park map origami.

Rachel Udabe

  • Tour Guide

  • Sophomore
  • Major: Policy, Planning, and Development and Political Science
  • Minor: Education and Society
  • City: Cerritos, CA
  • Random Fact: I play the ukulele and can sing in Hawaiian.

Andrea Villegas

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Junior
  • Major: Psychology
  • Minor: Consumer Behavior
  • City: Los Alamitos, CA
  • Random Fact: I'm obsessed with French Bulldogs.

Willa Zhao

  • Admission Ambassador

  • Junior
  • Major: Computer Science and Business
  • Minor: Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • City: Seattle, WA
  • Random Fact: I love everything cherry flavored.

Admission Staff

Joy Oaks

  • Director

  • B.A. Liberal Studies/English
    Cal Poly Pomona
    M.Ed. Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs
    Ed.D. Educational Leadership
    University of Southern California
  • I am a third-generation Angeleno and have worked at USC for 18 years in a variety of capacities. I enjoy spending my free time reading as many books as possible, attending USC football games, and taking advantage of all that Los Angeles has to offer, especially live music. I love having the opportunity to show off my amazing hometown to all types of guests to the university.

    Favorite spot on campus: Widney Alumni House

    Admission Advice: Try not to get too hung up on rankings and be sure to focus more on which schools will be a good fit for you and which ones will provide you with the kinds of opportunities you are seeking. The “best” college is the one where you will be happiest, not always the one with the highest ranking.

Joe Beltran

  • Associate Director

  • B.S. Music Industry
    M.Ed. Educational Counseling
    University of Southern California
  • A transplant from the Gulf Coast of Texas, Los Angeles and especially USC have been my home away from home since 2002. As a USC admission counselor, I have visited students across the state of California, Seattle, Houston, New Jersey, South Carolina, the state of New York and Vermont. When I am not engulfed in the world of college admission, I enjoy reading, physical fitness, exploring LA and helping others.

    Favorite Place on Campus: The Queen’s Courtyard

    Admission Advice: Congratulations! I know it may seem daunting at times, but the college search and application process can be an exciting and exploratory time in your young lives. Take a deep breath, dive in and let us know how we can help.

Jeri Schuessler-Loynachan

  • Student Services Assistant

  • B.A. Anthropology
    Paralegal Certificate
    M.L.S. Master of Liberal Studies
    University of Southern California
  • I am a native of Los Angeles and my professional experience has been varied as an educator, paralegal, librarian, property manager, and artist/photographer. It is rewarding to be immersed in the Admission Center’s dynamic environment. I have navigated the college admissions process with my two daughters and recently returned to academia completing my Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies.

    Favorite Place on Campus: Cinematic Arts Library located in the Doheny Memorial Library Ground Floor.

    Admission Advice: Please visit our beautiful University Park Campus! This is your opportunity to learn about student life, degree programs, and research possibilities from an undergraduate perspective and discover if USC is the best match for you. Our tour guides and ambassadors are enthusiastic advocates eager to share their experiences with you.

Admitted Student Open House at USC (2014)


Admission Center Team Retreat in Santa Monica (2014)