California State University, Los Angeles
Dr. Rebecca Joseph is an Associate Professor at California State University, Los Angeles, where she trains urban teachers and promotes college access and success. An expert on college readiness, especially college application and scholarships essays, she makes presentations around the city, state, and country, writes regular tips, and runs two websites: getmetocollege.org/hs and allcollegeessays.org. Find her on Twitter @getmetocollege.
Harvey Mudd College
Originally from Latin America, Maureen graduated from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif. After a few years teaching middle school science in Denver and working at a UCLA lab, she returned to Mudd to work in the Office of Admission. At HMC she manages campus tours and college fairs, serves as liaison to the Alumni Board of Governors, and assists in the office’s multicultural recruitment efforts. She enjoys learning about issues in higher education and hopes to continue to develop as an admission professional.
Harvey Mudd College
Jamilla is the Associate Director of Admission & Coordinator of Multicultural Recruitment at Harvey Mudd College where she has been for four years. With a passion for increasing access to higher education for all students, she earned her Master’s in Education from UCLA in 2008 and the next year was hired as an Admission Counselor at MIT where, for two years, she focused on the recruitment of students underrepresented in math and science. Jamilla currently serves as a WACAC Delegate and Diversity, Equity and Access Chair.
California State University, Fresno
Tony Losongco is a graduate student in the Student Affairs and College Counseling program at California State University, Fresno. He interns at the Fresno State Learning Center while pursuing his master’s degree and PPS credential. A former newspaper copy desk chief, Tony developed his passion for college counseling as director of his local Yale Alumni Schools Committee. As a member of the Communications Committee, Tony also tweets for WACAC … at @wacac, of course.
Chris Tokuhama has worked at the University of Southern California’s Office of Undergraduate Admission, serving as Scholarship Coordinator, and as an Associate Director of Admission for USC’s Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences where he coordinated the 8-year BA/MD program before taking a break from admission work to pursue a PhD in Communications at USC. Although Chris focuses on a study of the social construction of the body—body augmentation, transhumanism, and cyborgs—alongside media, religion, gender, horror, and biopolitics, he also examines popular culture, youth, and higher education, which is why you can find him, for example, discussing The Hunger Games as educational allegory. Chris currently works as an independent college counselor with Collegewise in West Los Angeles, helping students to navigate college admission while giving as many free speeches as he can.
Chris Helvajian works in the Chapman University Office of Admission as one of the Assistant Directors of Admission. He also graduated from Chapman University twice – once with a BA in Public Relations & Advertising and once more with his MBA. After a brief stint in advertising he transitioned back into the world of higher education and hasn’t looked back. He enjoys cooking, reading and comedy. He actually used to perform stand-up comedy regularly, but stopped because he wasn’t funny. He looks forward to growing in the admission profession!
Jenny Umhofer is the owner and founder of Colledge in Pasadena, CA. A graduate of UCLA, Ms. Umhofer has been in college admissions since 1996. She began her career in the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, where she reviewed thousands of college applications and recruited the nation’s top young artists. Ms. Umhofer also served as the assistant director of college admissions at Caltech, overseeing the review of highly selective math, science and engineering applications and she was the associate director of college admissions at Scripps College as well. Ms. Umhofer has been active in the National Association for College Admission Counseling, on the board of the Western Association of College Admissions Counseling and is an Associate Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association. She has made presentations on college admissions at numerous conferences and countless schools. Ms. Umhofer produces and hosts Access College, the KPFK 90.7 fm Los Angeles public radio show providing the public with better information on college admissions and better access to higher education.
University of California, Berkeley
Curtis Morisaki is an Assistant Director at the University of California, Berkeley Office of Undergraduate Admissions. He graduated from the University of Oregon with undergraduate degrees in History and Journalism and earned his MA in Higher Education from the University of Michigan. Before coming to UC Berkeley, he worked in Michigan’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions and at Kansas State University’s College of Business Administration. He likes to travel in his spare time and cheer on his alma maters during college football and basketball season. Curtis looks forward to contributing to the WACAC blog!
California Lutheran University
Amanda Wallin is an Admission Counselor at California Lutheran University where she attained her BA in Psychology and her MS in College Student Personnel. She thrives working on a college campus where she has made all of her fondest memories! She serves as both the Athletics and Church Relations Liaison at CLU, along with contributing her efforts in visit programs and event coordination. Beyond her work she enjoys reality TV, cooking, and all things relating to sports and exercise. She is really excited to start her new blog series with WACAC!
Marymount California University
Rosario Torres is an Admission Counselor at Marymount California University. Prior to working in the Admissions office, Rosario started her career in higher education in the office of financial aid—this is where she became passionate about diversity and access. On her spare time she enjoys beach reading, traveling and salsa dancing with friends. Outside of work Rosario also volunteers for an organization called Listen Feel Dance Collective, an organization dedicated to provide accessible dance classes to low income residents in the Greater Los Angeles area.
Independent Educational Consultant
David is an Independent Educational Consultant, based in Orange County, California. In addition to working exclusively with CBSAs (college-bound student-athletes) for the past 26 years he has authored the book, “Advising the College-Bound Student-Athlete – Counselor’s Manual”, now in its 5th edition. He also provides presentations to high schools, club athletic programs, and counselor groups. His current goal is to take the experience and expertise he has gained over the past two decades and devote his time to teaching and training academic counselors – high school and independent, who wish to develop and refine their expertise in counseling student-athletes. To achieve this he gives presentations for WACAC and HECA as well as one and two-day workshops for counselors, plus a one-on-one Counselor Mentoring program. If you should have any quick questions or comments please feel free to contact him at 949-306-3310 or david@PlayCollegeSprots.com.