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  • Associate Director of Admissions
  • Multicultural Recruitment Coordinator


I grew up in the small town of Yellow Springs, Ohio, where I learned to appreciate all that a small but vibrant community has to offer. Oberlin has many of the same traits, and perhaps that's one of the reasons I have enjoyed my time here so much. Although not an Oberlin alum, as a music major and graduate of Baldwin Wallace University (outside of Cleveland), I had always held the school in high regard and often visited campus for concerts. After receiving my master's degree from Carnegie Mellon University, I was fortunate enough to be able to join the Oberlin community working for the Conservatory of Music. Now that I have transitioned to the College Admissions office, I have enjoyed helping students and their families learn more about all of the great things Oberlin has to offer.

In my spare time, I'm active as a musician, writing and performing music on my cello, guitar, bass, and sometimes piano. From time-to-time you can catch me performing with my band, Top Hat Black. I also love sports, especially basketball and soccer, and play on a couple of soccer teams.

I look forward to meeting more prospective Obies and helping them with their college searches! Please feel free to contact me if I can be of any help.


California (northern), Nevada, Ohio (Cincinnati/Dayton)