Meet the Admission Staff

Meet the Admission Staff

High School Students
Transfer
International

Matthew X. Fissinger
Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Admission
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Matt Fissinger has led the Office of Undergraduate Admission at LMU since 1990. Prior to coming to LMU, he worked for 14 years in various capacities on the Admission staff at his alma mater, Boston College.

His responsibilities include managing the recruitment of prospective students and evaluation and admission decisions for undergraduate applicants. Additionally, he is a member of LMU’s Enrollment Management Leadership team, involved with the development and implementation of strategic financial aid packaging, new student Orientation, and in efforts to optimize retention. (Read More)

Radia Alouache
Senior Associate Director
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Radia Alouache brings to her role as Senior Associate Director a degree in Finance & International Business and a Master in Education with a focus in counseling. She combines this background with 25 years in admission experience. Radia oversees the recruitment and  decision process for freshman applicants. She is a long-time member of NACAC and WACAC and actively involved in these two admission professional organizations. In her spare time she likes to read, travel, and try new restaurants.

Viktor T. Kerney
Assistant Director
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Viktor T. Kerney serves as an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission. He received his B.A. in Communications and M.S. in Organizational Communication from Murray State University at Murray, Kentucky. A unique part of his position is being the Co-Director of Orientation, collaborating with many faculty and staff to welcome and orient the freshman class to LMU. In his spare time, Viktor enjoys writing, advocating for social justice, and pop culture.

Charles Mason
Assistant Director
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Charles Mason serves as an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission. He received his B.A. of Ethnic Studies and Political Science from California State University, Los Angeles. Charles has shown demonstrated commitment to advocacy for social justice and the mentorship of young people throughout his career. He enjoys his work in the Office of Admission because it is the perfect blend of challenge, change, and helping others.

Christine Parra
Assistant Director
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Although Chris now considers herself a LMU Lion after 14 years in Admission, she attended St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas where she obtained both a B.A. in English Communication Arts, as well as a M.A. in Community Counseling.  Being an out-of-state college student from Omaha, Nebraska, Chris has had a special interest in both introducing and recruiting prospective students from the Midwest. In her free time she enjoys time with her children and supporting causes of those with special needs.


Johanna Czarnecki
Admission Counselor
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Johanna Czarnecki serves as an Admission Counselor who recruits in California’s Bay Area and Arizona. As a proud graduate of Loyola Marymount University with a Bachelor’s in Studio Arts, she hopes to educate students and their families about LMU’s Mission Statement, and what makes this university unique. Originally from Sacramento, she is glad to have found another home in the vibrant city of Los Angeles, as well as at LMU.


Christopher Kwan
Admission Counselor
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Christopher Kwan is an Admissions Counselor that works with Loyola Marymount University’s Tour Guides. He received his B.A in History from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. As a recent transplant to Los Angeles from Maui, Hawaii he is happy to have found an outstanding Admissions family to work with. In his free time he enjoys cooking for his family, playing with his two dachshunds, and exploring all that California has to offer.

Admission Counselor Brittany Melvin crop for Enrollment Management
Brittany Melvin
Admission Counselor
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Brittany Melvin received her B.A. in Strategic Communication and Spanish from High Point University in North Carolina. She is currently pursuing her M.A. in Educational Studies at Loyola Marymount University. Brittany is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with prospective students from the Northeast and assist in their transition from the East to West coast. She enjoys sharing with students LMU’s focus on a holistic education and opportunities for experiential learning. Outside of counseling and recruiting, Brittany also collaborates on the orchestration of LMU’s Preview Day and Open House. She is happy to answer any questions and looks forward to meeting students on campus and throughout her travels in the Northeast.        


Alicia Paniagua

Admission Counselor
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Alicia Paniagua is an Admission Counselor that serves as LMU’s Local Outreach Specialist. Her undergraduate studies include Spanish and Liberal Studies followed by earning a Master’s in Secondary Education from LMU. Alicia travels locally, recruits, and provides admissions counseling to underrepresented students in the Southern California region. She conducts on- and off-campus information sessions both in English and Spanish, aids with workshops throughout the greater L.A. area, and is always happy to help and answer any questions.

Jessica Peña
Admission Counselor
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Jessica Peña counsels students and families and conducts application review and recruitment travel throughout Texas. She is the host of LMU’s Latina/o recruitment programs, hosted for prospective freshman Latina/o students and their families. In college, Jessica studied Business Administration and received Master’s of Arts in Guidance and Counseling at LMU. On campus, she also serves as a First To Go mentor. In her free time, Jessica enjoys picnics and cooking for her friends and family.

 Transfer

Thomas A. Gutto
Director of Transfer Enrollment Services
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Thomas (Tom) Gutto serves as Director of Transfer Enrollment Services at Loyola Marymount University. He is responsible for leading programs and initiatives within Enrollment Management, and collaborating across the institution, to create partnerships and systems that best support transfer students as both incoming and existing students.

Tom is proud to be a double alumnus of the University, earning his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Master of Arts in Guidance and Counseling from LMU. (Read More)

Vanessa Miranda
Assistant Director
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Vanessa Miranda serves as Loyola Marymount University’s transfer coordinator. She is dedicated to counseling students throughout the enrollment process and supporting Transfer Enrollment Services’ mission of providing a clear path to transfer student success at LMU. Vanessa earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology in 2009 and a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration in 2011. She loves reading, hiking, and exploring Los Angeles.

Alison Potoczak
Senior Administrative Coordinator
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Alison Potoczak serves as the Senior Administrative Coordinator for International Admission and Transfer Enrollment Services. She received her Bachelor’s in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Marketing from Loyola Marymount University. Alison is from Temecula, California, but has lived in Los Angeles for the past ten years. In her free time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, and watching movies.

 International

 

Dan Marschner
Director of International Admission
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Dan Marschner has been making his mark in international admission since 2012 and has worked in Enrollment Management for seven years. He recently received his doctoral degree from the University of Cincinnati, with a focus on the cultural acclimation process for international students to the U.S.

Originally from Cincinnati, Dan has studied in Australia, Italy, and Nicaragua, and lived in Chile for two and a half years where he worked as a Jesuit Volunteer after completing an undergraduate degree in psychology.  Most recently, Dan successfully co-coordinated the International Admission and Recruitment stream of the Pre-Conference Institute as part of the International ACAC Professional Development Committee.

Christie Culp
Assistant Director
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Christie Culp earned her bachelor’s degree in Intercultural Communication at Pepperdine University and studied abroad as an international student. She went on to complete a master’s degree in Italian Literature at UCLA, where she discovered a love for working with students. Christie has enjoyed working with international students since 2012 and currently serves as the Assistant Director of International Admission and Outreach at Loyola Marymount. In her free time, she enjoys playing fetch with her Italian greyhound, learning languages and traveling to obscure locations.

Caroline Blasco
Admission Counselor
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Caroline Blasco assists international students from all corners of the globe through the admissions process. Her recruiting territories this upcoming cycle include India, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, as well as boarding schools throughout the United States. Caroline is a proud graduate of Loyola Marymount University, where she studied Political Science. In her free time, she loves to explore all the beauty that California has to offer.

Alison Potoczak
Senior Administrative Coordinator
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Alison Potoczak serves as the Senior Administrative Coordinator for International Admission and Transfer Enrollment Services. She received her Bachelor’s in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Marketing from Loyola Marymount University. Alison is from Temecula, California, but has lived in Los Angeles for the past ten years. In her free time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, and watching movies.