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About: Meet the admissions officers

MIT admissions officers are involved with all aspects of the recruitment process, from conducting information sessions for high school students and their families, to reading applications and making admissions decisions. The admissions officers have a wide variety of backgrounds and interests and they look forward to reading and learning more about you during the admissions process.

Please note that MIT’s Office of Admissions is not regionalized and we don’t consider demonstrated interest—so there is no reason to get in touch with a particular representative. If you do have a question or need to get in touch, just email us.

 

Lauren Avalos
Lauren Avalos
Associate Director of Admissions and Director of Staff Training and Development

Favorite Spot on Campus: The steps of Walker Memorial, overlooking the Charles River
Favorite Invention: Soft contact lenses
Favorite Quote: If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” – Dolly Parton
Trinidad Carney
Trinidad Carney
Assistant Director of Admissions

Favorite Vacation Spot: South-East Asia island hopping
Favorite Spot on Campus: Killian Court—specifically, watching the hawks who live on Killian Court
Favorite Invention: Google (or Cat Snake)
Jessica Ch'ng
Jessica Ch’ng
Senior Assistant Director of Admissions

Favorite Spot on Campus: Lobby 10, especially when there are bake sales!
Favorite Hack: Fourth of July VU meter on the Green Building
Favorite Book: All the Harry Potter books
Kayon Ellis
Kayon Ellis
Admissions Counselor

Favorite Vacation Spot: Anywhere in the Southwest, USA
Favorite Book: Master of the Game – Sidney Sheldon
Favorite Quote: “Greatness inspires envy, envy engenders spite, and spite spawns lies.” He who must not be named (HBP)
Crissy Gaffney
Crissy Gaffney
Admissions Counselor

Favorite Quote: “So often in life, things that you regard as an impediment turn out to be great good fortune.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Favorite TV Show: Friday Night Lights
Kris Guay
Kris Guay
Director of Communications, Admissions and Student Financial Services

Favorite Book: Written on the Body by Jeannete Winterson
Favorite Vacation Spot: Scotland
Favorite Quote: Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver
Ariel Leitao
Ariel Leitao
Senior Admissions Counselor

Favorite Quote: “Of course it’s happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” – Albus Dumbledore
Favorite vacation spot: Anywhere in Maine
Favorite Musical Artist: Celine Dion
Leah McDermott
Leah McDermott
Assistant Director of Admissions

Favorite Drink: Polar Ruby Red Grapefruit Seltzer
Favorite TV Show: Mad Men
Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice
Chris Peterson
Chris Peterson
Senior Assistant Director of Admissions

Favorite Drink: Fruit Smoothies
Favorite Spot on Campus: Other people’s offices (when they’re not there)
Favorite Musical Genre: Babymetal
Suzanne Driscoll Plump
Suzanne Driscoll Plump
Director of the Educational Council

Favorite Drink: Iced chai tea
Favorite Quote: “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw
Favorite Hack: The great snow hack
DJ Rock
DJ Rock
Admissions Counselor

Favorite TV Show: RuPaul’s Drag Race
Favorite Book: No Ashes in the Fire by Darnell Moore
Favorite Quote: …only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking.” – Audre Lorde
Stu Schmill
Stu Schmill
Dean of Admissions and Student Financial Services

Favorite Musical Artist: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Favorite Book: The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Favorite Spot on Campus: The Boathouse balcony in the summer
Emily Sheldon
Emily Sheldon
Associate Director of Admissions and Director of Selection

Favorite Book: Persuasion by Jane Austen
Favorite Quote: “Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.” —Oscar Wilde
Philana Tenhoff
Associate Director of Admissions and Director of Multicultural Recruitment

Favorite Spot on Campus: Steps of 77 Mass Ave, people watching
Favorite Vacation Spot: South Florida
Favorite Drink: Passion fruit juice
Maura Tierney
Maura Tierney
Senior Assistant Director of Admissions

Favorite Musical Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Favorite Book: Persuasion by Jane Austen
Favorite Quote: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” – E. E. Cummings
Tiffany Velez
Tiffany Velez
Assistant Director of Admissions

Favorite Musical Artist: The Police
Favorite Spot on Campus: Killian Court
Favorite Vacation Spot: Panama
Jeremy Weprich
Jeremy Weprich
Assistant Director of Admissions

Favorite Invention: Modern musical notation
Favorite Spot on Campus: MIT’s subterranean tunnel network
Favorite Quote: “The best way to start anew is to fail miserably.” – Björk
Michael Yang
Michael Yang
Interim Director of Admissions

Favorite Food: Tater Tots
Favorite Book: Ender’s Game