Meet Our Admission Deans

  • Amin Abdul-Malik Gonzalez '96

    Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid

    REGIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Hawaii, Oceania, Latin America, Connecticut (select schools), NYC (select schools)

    ZOOM DROP IN HOURS: Monday 5:00 - 6:00PM EDT - Join Amin's drop in hours here

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    HOMETOWN and HIGH SCHOOL: Spanish Harlem, New York City, The Loomis Chaffee School

    WHAT SONG WOULD YOU SING AT KARAOKE NIGHT: Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat) by Digable Planets because they rocked Spring Fling my senior year on Foss Hill.

    FAVORITE BOOK: I’m an avid reader of non-fiction and autobiographies are my “jam”. The Autobiography of Malcolm X, The Other Wes Moore, and My Beloved World by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor top my list.

    FAVORITE MIDDLETOWN RESTAURANT: Puerto Vallarta is a long-time fave, but since Sultan’s Kebab Express opened up last spring it has quickly become a contender. For a city of Middletown’s size the range of terrific and authentic ethnic food is outstanding.

    WHY WESLEYAN? Few colleges afford the opportunity to take advantage of the breadth and depth of our academic programs in such a dynamically diverse community that promotes collaboration over competition. I was drawn to Wes as a student because it is exceptionally balanced in terms of size, location, educational philosophy, co-curricular opportunities, and more. The students are intellectually curious, socially and politically active, and invested in making positive impacts on the world regardless of what occupations they ultimately pursue.

    ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU'D GIVE TO ALL APPLICANTS: Remember that the college application process does not reward either the modest or the arrogant. Be your own best advocate and trust that it matters far less where you ultimately enroll than what you do while you are there. Your college outcomes are not accurate measures of either your self-worth or potential. Do your part and let the rest take care of itself.

  • Chandra Joos DeKoven

    Director of Admission

    REGIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES: New York (Manhattan), India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh

    ZOOM DROP IN HOURS: Please email or text Chandra to set up an individual appointment.

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    HOMETOWN and HIGH SCHOOL: Milton, NH; St. Thomas Aquinas 

    WHAT SONG WOULD YOU SING AT KARAOKE NIGHT: Uptown Funk, Bruno Mars  - I've been banned from Karaoke after an unfortunate debut at an undisclosed location in Upstate NY - As a act of Civil Disobedience I would quietly sing this as my  "walk out" song : )  

    FAVORITE BOOK: The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson 

    FAVORITE MIDDLETOWN RESTAURANT: Haveli's lunch buffet - everything is tasty and it will satiate you and friends' varying dietary needs.  

    WHY WESLEYAN? The Open Curriculum, advising system, and one-on-one engagement with the faculty will introduce you to new ideas and perspectives, push you outside of your academic comfort zone, and allow you to grow as an engaged scholar and socially conscious community member.  

    ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU'D GIVE TO ALL APPLICANTS: Applying to college is a process; your education leading up to this point should not.  In fact, your years leading up should be punctuated by curiosity, creativity, and challenge; a comfort in taking academic risks and the important lessons learned from mistakes; stretching personally; valuing authenticity; and investing in your personal relationships and community. High school should not be seen as a stepping stone to college; rather, an as a highly formative opportunity to fully develop as a caring and contributing human being.  

  • Kate Applegate

    Senior Assistant Dean of Admission

    REGIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Alaska, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Canada

    ZOOM DROP IN HOURS: Tuesday 4:00 - 5:00PM EDT - Join Kate's drop in hours here 

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    HOMETOWN AND HIGH SCHOOL: Granville, Ohio | Granville High School  

    WHAT SONG WOULD YOU SING AT KARAOKE NIGHT: Anything by Carly Rae Jepsen 

    FAVORITE MOVIE: The Princess Bride 

    FAVORITE BOOK: Whichever book I’m currently reading or have just finished, though generally I am drawn toward works of fiction. 

    FAVORITE MIDDLETOWN RESTAURANT AND DISH: Steamed – love their shumai! 

    WHY WESLEYAN: While I did not attend Wesleyan as an undergraduate, I did attend a similar small liberal arts college. I believe strongly in the power of this type of academic and social community and want to make it an accessible opportunity for all those who are interested. This was also the place where I was asked the most interesting and thoughtful questions during my interview process – from that experience I knew that I was joining a community that would continue to push me both professionally and personally.  

    ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU'D GIVE TO ALL APPLICANTS: Focus on finding institutions whose admission policies align with the values they claim to hold. 

  • Amy Breitfeller '19

    Assistant Dean of Admission

    REGIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:  Georgia, Indiana, Rhode Island, New Jersey, New York (upstate)

    ZOOM DROP IN HOURS: Tuesday 10:00AM - 12:00PM EDT - Join Amy's drop in hours here 

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    HOMETOWN AND HIGH SCHOOL: East Northport, NY. Northport High School

    WHAT SONG WOULD YOU SING AT KARAOKE NIGHT: I Wanna Dance with Somebody by Whitney Houston

    FAVORITE TV SHOW/BOOK/MOVIE:  Favorite Book: Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte. Favorite TV show: The Office. Favorite Movie: Inglourious Basterds

    FAVORITE MIDDLETOWN RESTAURANT AND DISH:  Sarah’s on Main (In Portland, CT. A short drive across the bridge, AMAZING breakfast food!) The daily specials are always delicious, and I always recommend the Sarah Breakfast Sandwich or the Santa Fe Omelet.

    WHY WESLEYAN?  To explore the possibilities of the world that exists outside the ‘box’ is an adventure that is pursued by all students, in all imaginable formats, at Wes. Students are authentic to themselves, excited to learn both with and from each other, and the open, warm, engaged community is a space I am grateful to call my home.

    ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU'D GIVE TO ALL APPLICANTS:  Everyone’s path is unique. Embrace your individuality and find a space where you will thrive. Find a place that will challenge you to utilize and actualize your potential. Wesleyan challenged me in the best ways possible, taught me an extraordinary amount about myself, and gifted me with amazing opportunities, life-long memories, and incredible friends I am grateful to keep in my life. Find your place, and remember that the path there is rarely linear and always unique.
  • Taylor Brown

    Senior Assistant Dean of Admission

    REGIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES: New York (Bronx and Queens), Massachusetts, Illinois, Wisconsin

    ZOOM DROP IN HOURS: Wednesday 2:30 - 4:00PM EDT (except Nov. 11- Join Taylor's drop in hours here

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    HOMETOWN AND HIGH SCHOOL: Warren, NJ. Watchung Hills Regional High School 

    WHAT SONG WOULD YOU SING AT KARAOKE NIGHT: “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen 

    FAVORITE MOVIE: Shawshank Redemption, Back to the Future.

    FAVORITE TV SHOWS: TV Shows—Ozark, Breaking Bad, Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon.

    FAVORITE BOOK: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.  

    FAVORITE MIDDLETOWN RESTAURANT AND DISH: La Boca! I recommend the garlic, boneless wings! 

    WHY WESLEYAN? I could say many things: the freedom of the open curriculum, the strength and enthusiasm of our theater and film programs, the robust science research opportunities…but at the end of the day it’s the tight-knit community and the people that make Wesleyan great. The students have unparalleled enthusiasm, boldness, and creativity.  

    ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU'D GIVE TO ALL APPLICANTS: It is important to know that when it comes college search, the journey is just as important as the destination. You will learn a lot about yourself and your priorities in the process. And remember, while the college application process is important, don’t forget to enjoy being a high school senior too! 

  • James Huerta

    Associate Dean of Admission

    REGIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Texas, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Caribbean, Asia

    ZOOM DROP IN HOURS: Wednesday 7:30AM – 12:00PM EDT - Join James' drop in hours here

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    HOMETOWN AND HIGH SCHOOL: Astoria,NY; Long Island City High School 

    FAVORITE TV SHOW: Big Brother

    FAVORITE MIDDLETOWN RESTAURANT AND DISH: Sweet Harmony Café, Chicken Pesto Wrap 

    WHY WESLEYAN? Wesleyan provides students with the freedom and flexibility to explore their creative interests and embrace their individuality. This allows for a more dynamic and engaging learning environment in and out of the classroom.

    ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’D GIVE TO ALL APPLICANTS: Don’t be afraid to show your authentic self. It can be very easy to lose yourself in the college admission process. Worry less about what admission offices are looking for and focus your time on presenting your true self honestly. 

  • Sebastian Ivory

    Assistant Dean of Admission

    REGIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Arkansas, Connecticut (New London, Windham, Middlesex, New Haven, Waterbury, Litchfield, Hartford & Tolland counties), Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi

    ZOOM DROP IN HOURS: Wednesday 3:00 - 4:00PM EDT Join Sebastian's drop in hours here

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    HOMETOWN AND HIGH SCHOOL: Boone, North Carolina (Watauga High) 

    WHAT SONG WOULD YOU SING AT KARAOKE NIGHT: Darius Rucker’s Wagon Wheel 

    FAVORITE TV SHOW/BOOK/MOVIE: Breaking Bad/1984 (Orwell)/Boyhood 

    FAVORITE MIDDLETOWN RESTAURANT AND DISH: Haveli, Chicken Vindaloo (extra spice) with Garlic Naan and a Mango Lassi.  

    WHY WESLEYAN? The open curriculum at Wes is the epitome of the liberal arts experience. Wesleyan students come to campus with a mind open to risk and exploration across the curriculum leading to extraordinary cross-curricular collaboration.  

    ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU'D GIVE TO ALL APPLICANTS: Ignore the rankings: look for a university where you’ll be challenged and grow. 

  • B. Noble Jones Ph.D

    Associate Dean of Admission

    REGIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Northern California, Connecticut (Fairfield Co.), New York (Westchester)

    ZOOM DROP IN HOURS:  Please email or text Noble to set up an individual appointment.

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    HOMETOWN AND HIGH SCHOOL: Brookfield HS, Brookfield, Ohio 

    WHAT SONG WOULD YOU SING AT KARAOKE NIGHT / WHAT'S YOUR WALK-UP SONG: Cannot imagine a worse singing voice than mine, so I’ll exercise the right to not sing. Walk-up song: Blinding Lights by The Weeknd 

    FAVORITE TV SHOW/BOOK/MOVIE: At the moment, I’m obsessed by Peaky Blinders and Ozark and have re-streamed them both a number of times. I like to reread books and regularly revisit Catch-22 and A Confederacy of Dunces. Showing my age, but I’ll always stop to watch Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Shawshank Redemption, and Napoleon Dynamite. 

    FAVORITE MIDDLETOWN RESTAURANT AND DISH: Celtic Cavern and their crispy Brussels sprouts 

    WHY WESLEYAN? Our students wear their hearts on their sleeves and pursue a healthy definition of success that includes the well-being of others, not just themselves. 

    ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU'D GIVE TO ALL APPLICANTS: Abandon the notion of a “perfect fit” or a “dream school.” Keep an open mind and realize there are so many colleges and universities out there, and they can all serve you well. Your college experience, wherever it may be, will largely be determined by how you personally engage your faculty, staff, and classmates, and leverage the resources that exist on that campus to make the most of your time there. 

  • Chris Lanser

    Associate Dean of Admission

    REGIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES: California (Greater Los Angeles), New York (Long Island)

    ZOOM DROP IN HOURS: Wednesday 6:00 - 7:00PM EDT - Join Chris' drop in hours here

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    HOMETOWN:  Greenwich Village in NYC 

    WHAT SONG WOULD YOU SING AT KARAOKE NIGHT: I would not subject friends or strangers to this voice, but would stride confidently to Neil Young’s Rockin’ in the Free World 

    FAVORITE TV SHOW/BOOK/MOVIE: The Last Waltz 

    FAVORITE MIDDLETOWN RESTAURANT AND DISH: Udupi Bhavan, Middletown’s all-vegetarian Indian restaurant; Masala Dosas  

    WHY WESLEYAN? Because the students create an incomparable culture of commitment, creativity collaboration and caring. 

    ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU'D GIVE TO ALL APPLICANTS: Embrace the process rather than stress it.  Seize the opportunity for personal reflection, think about who you are and who you want to be, and identify colleges that will nurture and propel the personal and intellectual growth you want to see in yourself. 

  • A. Lawrie

    Senior Assistant Dean of Admission

    REGIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota

    ZOOM DROP IN HOURS: Monday 2:00 - 4:00PM EDT - Join A. Lawrie's drop in hours here

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    HOMETOWN AND HIGH SCHOOL: Georgetown, Guyana - The Bishops' High School and Queen's College. 

    WHAT SONG WOULD YOU SING AT KARAOKE NIGHT: 'How Far I'll Go,' from Disney's Moana.  

    FAVORITE TV SHOW: Too many, but let's go with 'Restaurants on the Edge,' a Netflix Original.  

    FAVORITE MIDDLETOWN RESTAURANT AND DISH: Caribbean Flavaz for the Jamaican Chicken Patties or Jerk Chicken (both with pepper sauce) or Tandoor Indian Restaurant for anything 

    WHY WESLEYAN? It probably sounds cliché, but the community. Students find their niche here, from the Science lab to the stage devotees. You have the space, support and resources to keep discovering and re-defining who you are and what you want your life journey to be, making some lifelong friendships along the way.  

    ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU'D GIVE TO ALL APPLICANTS: This process is about you and we all want you to be empowered in making, and happy with your choice. Do your research - whether on our website in really getting to know us, or talking to an alum or current student - and let us know how we can help you. This is a big decision, so we're here to support you and remind you to have fun too. Years from now, you should be able to look back and have some laughs.  

  • Tara Lindros

    Associate Dean of Admission

    REGIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Massachusetts (Western/Boston select schools), United Kingdom/Europe, Africa, Middle East, Guam

    ZOOM DROP IN HOURS: Tuesday 2:00-3:30PM EDT - Join Tara's drop in hours here

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    HOMETOWN AND HIGH SCHOOL: Middletown, NY, Middletown High School 

    WHAT SONG WOULD YOU SING AT KARAOKE NIGHT:  So What by Pink 

    FAVORITE BOOK: My current favorite books (I try to read 50+ per year) are Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips and Circe by Madeline Miller.  

    FAVORITE MIDDLETOWN RESTAURANT AND DISH: Nardelli’s, Italian Combo Sub with Everything (yes, including the hot sauce!) 

    WHY WESLEYAN? I am a graduate of a small liberal arts college and when I entered the admission profession after graduate school, I wanted to represent an institution that embodied the values that were so central to my own college experience and life beyond. Wesleyan’s commitment to access, equity, and inclusion work, as well as deep pedagogical commitment to the liberal arts educational experience, made it a great fit for me and my personal values. As to why I stay at Wesleyan? I am consistently impressed by the commitment to making change among our students, and way Wesleyan as an institution uses its resources to support that work.   

    ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU'D GIVE TO ALL APPLICANTS: Your time in college should be a transformative experience, not simply a credentialing one. Find a school that makes you at least a little uncomfortable, but where you can see evidence that it facilitates growth and change in its students, and sets them up to find meaningful work in the world after they graduate.  

  • Janet Ortiz

    Assistant Dean of Admission

    REGIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES: New York City (Staten Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan), California (Central Coast North to South Bay Area)

    ZOOM DROP IN HOURS: Thursday 6:00 - 7:00PM EDT - Join Janet's drop in hours here

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    HOMETOWN AND HIGH SCHOOL: New York City, The Packer Collegiate Institute

    FAVORITE TV SHOW: I slowly watch every season of Gilmore Girls throughout the year, and when it is over, I just start it again from the beginning!

    FAVORITE MIDDLETOWN RESTAURANT AND DISH: Typhoon, my go-to order is the Tofu Green Curry Fried Rice

    WHY WESLEYAN? As someone who graduated from a college that also had an Open Curriculum, I know how truly powerful and transformative it can be. As students navigate the Open Curriculum, they will learn just as much about themselves as they will about new and interesting course material. At Wesleyan, you will have the freedom and flexibility to be the true driver of your own education. 

    ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU'D GIVE TO ALL APPLICANTS: The application process is just the start of your college journey, and do not worry, it will soon be over! And once it is, I push you to challenge yourself to choose a place that excites you and scares you at the same time, it will be in this place where you will experience the most growth.   

  • Jane N. Tran

    Senior Assistant Dean of Admission

    REGIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES: California (Long Beach, Orange County, San Diego, Central Valley), Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, Vermont

    ZOOM DROP IN HOURS:  Monday 2:00 - 4:00PM EDT - Join Jane's drop in hours here

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    HOMETOWN AND HIGH SCHOOL: Ontario, CA, Ontario High School

    WHAT SONG WOULD YOU SING AT KARAOKE NIGHT: “Oops!...I Did It Again” by the one and only legendary pop princess, Ms. Britney Spears

    FAVORITE BOOK: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

    FAVORITE MIDDLETOWN RESTAURANT AND DISH: Brew Baker, you must get the Brew Boilermaker (guinness marinated steak, roasted potato, caramelized onions, cheddar cheese and horseradish sauce) with hot sauce on the side.

    WHY WESLEYAN? As a low income, Vietnamese immigrant, and a first-generation college student, I am a strong fighter for educational equality. I believe that every student deserves the same opportunities as anyone else regardless of socioeconomic status and family background. During my job search, what attracted me to Wesleyan was its continuous commitment to college access through various institutional partnerships such as QuestBridge, College Horizons, Freeman Asian Scholars Program, and Posse Veterans. Therefore, I’m thrilled to be a part of an institution that prioritizes my fight.

    ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU'D GIVE TO ALL APPLICANTS: Listen and consider others' advice - parents, guidance counselors, admission counselors, college students, etc. - but ultimately do your research and trust your own intuition. You know more than you think. And don’t forget, be your authentic self because there is only ONE YOU.
  • Aidan Winn '18

    Assistant Dean of Admission

    REGIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey (Somerset & Mercer Co.), New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah, Wyoming

    ZOOM DROP IN HOURS: Wednesday 3:00 – 4:00 PM EDT - Join Aidan's drop in hours here

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    HOMETOWN AND HIGH SCHOOL: Northampton, MA / Northampton High School

    WHAT'S YOUR WALK-UP SONG: "Wrote My Way Out" by Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Aloe Blacc

    FAVORITE BOOK: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

    FAVORITE MIDDLETOWN RESTAURANT AND DISH: Tibetan Kitchen 

    WHY WESLEYAN? Wesleyan was a place for me as a student where I could thrive athletically while growing academically. I could balance the best aspects of a tight-knit community with my desire to be swim collegiately, take part in a robust artistic scene, and find my academic passion. For these reasons - and many others - I chose to stick around and work in admissions, where I could speak authentically and honestly about my experience and encourage others to call Wesleyan their home as well.

    ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU'D GIVE TO ALL APPLICANTS: Be honest. Honesty is not just important on your college application, it is paramount for students at places like Wesleyan to be honest about their life experiences and passions. I encourage every applicant to choose Wesleyan if they want to have open, thoughtful, and honest conversations with their peers and faculty.