Meet the Admission Staff

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Thomas A. Gutto
Assistant Vice Provost, Undergraduate Admission
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In collaboration with the Vice Provost of Enrollment Management, Tom leads the creation and implementation of the undergraduate admission strategic recruitment and enrollment efforts. His primary focus is supporting students and their families through the admission process from aspiring college students to admitted LMU Lions.

Tom is an active member in the following professional associations: The National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (NISTS), The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), The Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC), and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers (AACRAO).He was honored with the Bonita C. Jacobs Transfer Champion Rising Star Award (2016) from the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students for his exceptional advocacy and leadership in the development and implementation of transfer-focused activities in support of transfer student access to and success in higher education.

Tom earned his Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Arts in Counseling from LMU.  

Radia Alouache
Senior Director, Undergraduate Admission
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Radia Alouache brings to her role as Senior Director a degree in Finance and International Business and a Master in Education with a focus in counseling. She combines this background with over 30 years of admission experience. Radia oversees the recruitment and decision process for first year applicants. She is a long-time member of NACAC and WACAC and is actively involved in these two admission professional organizations. In her spare time she likes to read, travel, and try new restaurants.

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Jenelle Abbattista
Assistant Director
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Jenelle Abbattista received her B.S. in Marketing from Fairfield University. As a New Jersey native, she is excited to cover the Mid-Atlantic territory and introduce prospective students Loyola Marymount University. She came out to California for a year of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and is excited to stay on the west coast at LMU as an Admission Counselor in order to recruit students and familiarize them to our Jesuit identity. In her free time, she enjoys running, reading, and exploring all that Los Angeles has to offer!

Territories: San Jose and Santa Clara County, New York, New Jersey

Ryan Mason

Ryan Mason
Assistant Director
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Ryan Mason received his B.A. in Sociology with a Minor in Pan African Studies as well as an M.A. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Cal State University, Northridge. In addition, he is working to complete his Ed.D in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California. Over the last 10 years, Ryan has focused on access and student success while promoting equitable strategies to enhance diverse student experiences. As a first-generation college graduate, he looks forward to devoting his efforts to support student diversity, as well as build strategic diversity recruitment for LMU. In his free time, he enjoys spending quality time with his family, youth sports with his son, and staying active with friends.

Territories:  South & South Central LA, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee

Christine Parra
Assistant Director
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Although Chris now considers herself an LMU Lion after 17 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 an 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.

Territories: West Los Angeles, The South Bay, North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio

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Darlene Zarazu
Senior Admission Counselor
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Darlene Zarazu is a first-generation student born and raised in Los Angeles. As a proud Loyola Marymount alumna receiving her B.A. in Sociology and International Relations in 2019, she returns to the bluff to oversee Texas, parts of Los Angeles and Latinx student recruitment. Earning a Master of Education in Educational Counseling from the University of Southern California in 2021, she has focused on equity, opportunity, and access work in education and looks forward to supporting students in any capacity she can. In her spare time you can find her walking one of her three bulldogs in trendy L.A. food spots.

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Beth Calkins
Admission Counselor
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Beth received her B.A. in Communication Studies with a minor in Philosophy at LMU. She went on to earn an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Boston College, but the Boston winters were too much for her, and she has happily spent most of her career back at LMU. Beth grew up in Sacramento and currently resides in San Diego. She feels incredibly fortunate to continue her work with the admission office by engaging with students from both of these "hometowns." In her spare time, Beth loves the beach, baking, reading, hiking with her family, and volunteering at her children's school.

Territories: Sacramento & San Diego

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Leticia Duenas
Admission Counselor
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Leticia “Letty” Duenas is a proud double LMU alumna with undergraduate degrees in business management and Spanish. She completed her MA in Higher Education Administration from LMU’s School of Education. She is passionate about Jesuit education and is responsible for recruiting students from New England and the Orange County. Letty is actively involved in the LMU Community as a member LMU Latino Ambassador Program and the School of Education Alumni Association Board. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, making ice cream, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Territories: Central Coast and Santa Barbara, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

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Nathan Faust
Admission Counselor
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Nathan Faust is a proud Loyola Marymount alum, earning his B.A. in English in 2019. Born and raised in Portland, OR, he came to Los Angeles looking for adventure, and found it the first moment he stepped onto the LMU campus. After short stints in finance and ghostwriting, he is back home as an Admissions Counselor, passionately introducing future Lions to the Bluff. Outside of work, Nathan sits on the board of an open adoption agency, loves to cook both in the kitchen and on the basketball court, and travels whenever he gets the chance.

Territories: Riverside, San Bernardino, Ontario, Imperial Valley, San Fernando East and West, Arizona, and Oregon

Brian Felix
Admission Counselor
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Brian is an LMU graduate with his degree in Business Administration. He has a variety of experiences in the fields of fire administration, fitness, and business. He spent two years in Japan with his family teaching English at public elementary schools. In his spare time he loves to be outside swimming, biking and running. Brian loves to read, listen to music and spend time with his family.

Territories: Glendale, Pasadena, Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Maryland, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington D.C., Wyoming

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Caeli Koizumi
Admission Counselor
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Caeli Koizumi is an alumna of Loyola Marymount University, earning her B.A. in Dance in 2017. LMU is where Caeli first fell in love with higher education and she is passionate about empowering students to celebrate and live into their authentic identities. As a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, she is thrilled to return to LMU to serve as an Admission Counselor and support prospective students as they explore all that the university has to offer. Caeli is a proud auntie and in her free time, she enjoys knitting, staying active, and trying new recipes.

Territories: Northern California (North of San Jose and Santa Clara County)

Reilly Wilson
Reilly Wilson
Admission Counselor
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Reilly Wilson is an alum of Loyola Marymount University from Orange County, CA, earning his degree in History in 2012. After graduating, Reilly worked in tourism as a publicist as well as education as an English teacher, earning his Masters in Education. In his free time, he enjoys traveling the world and spending time with his many nieces and nephews. Coming from a family of proud alums, Reilly has always considered LMU his home, and he is excited to share his passion for LMU with students.

Territories: Whittier, North and South Orange County, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Washington


Vanessa Miranda
Director of Transfer Admission and Enrollment Services
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As Loyola Marymount University’s Director for Transfer Admission and Enrollment Services, Vanessa Miranda is responsible for collaborating with community college partners and across the institution to create partnerships, programs, and initiatives that best support prospective and current transfer students. She is a strong advocate for transfer students in all stages of their academic journey and ensures their success from the application process through enrollment. In addition to serving transfer students, she assists continuing students who are navigating enrollment barriers during their time at the University by providing support and working with University partners on their behalf. Vanessa and the Transfer Admission and Enrollment Services team are committed to creating and refining clear pathways for transfer student success at LMU, as well as serving students holistically and providing the utmost customer service throughout the enrollment process.

Vanessa earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology from Augustana College and a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from Loyola University Chicago. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and trying out new recipes.

Charles Mason
Associate Director
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Charles Mason serves as an Associate Director of Transfer 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 Transfer Admission because it is the perfect blend of challenge, change, and helping others.

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Ruben Nuñez
Assistant Director
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Ruben Nuñez serves as the Assistant Director for Transfer Admission and Enrollment Services. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2014 and Master of Arts in Educational Leadership in 2016 both from San Diego State University. As a first-generation graduate, he is passionate about being an advocate for education and supporting students through the admission and enrollment process. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, taking walks with his dog Cooper, and trying out new vegan recipes/restaurants.


Chelsea Passamano
Senior Administrative Coordinator
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Chelsea Passamano serves as the Senior Administrative Coordinator for Transfer Admission and Enrollment Services. She received her Bachelor’s in Business Administration and 200 hour Teacher Training Certificate within the Yoga and Healing Sciences Program at Loyola Marymount University. In her free time she enjoys teaching yoga at a farmer’s market, spending time in nature and traveling. 



Dan Marschner
Director of International Admission
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Dan Marschner has worked at LMU since 2016 and received his Ph. D. from the University of Cincinnati with a focus on the cultural acclimation process for international students to the U.S. As a student, Dan participated in classes in Australia, Italy, and Nicaragua, and lived in Chile for two and a half years where he worked as a Jesuit Volunteer after completing a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Xavier University. He also holds a Master’s Degree in International Political Economy and Development from Fordham University. He enjoys meeting with students from around the world who want to learn more about LMU. 

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.

Paul Kim
International Admission Counselor
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Paul Kim serves as an International Admission Counselor at Loyola Marymount University. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and worked abroad in education for three years in Shanghai. He completed his master's degree in education policy at Teachers College, Columbia University focusing on K-12 and higher education. Paul is now back in his hometown of Los Angeles and after working extensively with international students in China and New York, Paul continues to work with this vibrant community at LMU.

Veronica Marinez

Veronica Marinez
International Admission Counselor
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Veronica “Ronni” Mariñez serves as an International Admission Counselor at Loyola Marymount University. She received her B.A. in Communication Studies from California State University, Long Beach where she studied abroad as an international student. She completed her M.A. in Higher Education Administration from LMU’s School of Education where she furthered her passion of working with international students. As an LMU alumna, she is excited to introduce prospective students to LMU. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her loved ones, exploring new places, and playing her ukulele.