Meet the Admission Staff

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
Director, First-Year Admission
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Radia Alouache brings to her role as Director of First-Year Admission 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.

Territories: Hawaii

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.

Territories: California (East Bay Area), Nevada

Christine Parra
Assistant Director
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Although Chris now considers herself a 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 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.

Territories: South Bay, Beach Cities, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio 

Christopher Kwan
Assistant Director
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Christopher earned his B.A. in US History with a focus in Native North American & Hawaiian political activism from Kenyon College. As the Campus Tour Program Manager, Christopher works to improve the campus visit experience for all. In addition, he recruits throughout the Pacific Northwest, the Rocky Mountains and Los Angeles. He is an actively involved member of NACAC, WACAC and CIVSA. He spends his spare time exploring all that Southern California has to offer with his wife and three dachshunds.

Territories: Pasadena, San Gabriel Valley, West San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Utah, Hawaii

Jenelle Abbattista
Admission Counselor
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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: Malibu, Central CA, Ventura County, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York

Admission counselor Joselyn standing in front of a building and a tree.
Joselyn Barrios-Villagran
Admission Counselor
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Joselyn Barrios-Villagran is a proud alumna of Loyola Marymount University, earning a B.A. in English in 2016. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Higher Education Administration at LMU and will be graduating in May 2020, making her a double Lion! She is a first-generation college graduate and LA native who is excited to introduce prospective students to LMU. She loves LMU for its strong mission, commitment to diversity and tight-knit community. When she’s not on campus, she enjoys being at the beach, practicing yoga and spending time with her friends and family, including her dog Rocco.

Territories: LA County, Oklahoma, Texas

Admission counselor Leticia Duenas standing in front of plants.
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: Orange County, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

Evelyn Fajardo
Admission Counselor
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Evelyn Fajardo is a proud alumna of Loyola Marymount University, earning a B.A. in both Psychology and Music in 2016. Hailing from a mid-sized Catholic high school in Berkeley, CA, she fell in love with LMU for its similarly strong sense of on-campus community and its commitment to off-campus service. As an Admission Counselor, Evelyn specializes in local outreach to the greater Los Angeles area. When she isn’t eagerly recruiting new Lions, she enjoys spending time with her loved ones and singing along to anything from Beyoncé to Mozart.

Territories: LA County, Indio, San Francisco, Marin County

Brian Felix ’04
Admission Counselor
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Brian is a 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 the 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: LA County, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virgina, Washington D.C., West Virgina

Charles Gaylord
Admission Counselor
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Charles received his B.A. in Political Science and African American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and his M.A. in African American Studies from UCLA. In addition to his recruiting responsibilities, Charles also serves as our liaison to Community Based Organizations (CBO’s). As a lifelong Los Angeles resident, Charles is very passionate about making higher education accessible to first-generation college students. In his spare time he enjoys reading, attending live sporting events and exploring the outdoors with his young daughter.

Territories: Inland Empire, North L.A. County, Arizona, New Mexico


Thomas A. Gutto
Director of Transfer Admission and Enrollment Services
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Thomas (Tom) Gutto serves as Director of Transfer Admission and 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
Associate Director
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As Loyola Marymount University’s Associate Director for Transfer and Admission Enrollment Services, Vanessa Miranda serves as the retention specialist for Enrollment Management. She assists students who are navigating enrollment barriers during their time at the University by providing support and working with University partners on their behalf. She is committed to serving students holistically, and providing the utmost customer service. Vanessa earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology in 2009 and a Master of Education in Higher Education in 2011. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading and trying out new recipes.


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.