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Find Your Regional Dean

Finding a good fit is what our job is all about. We travel to schools throughout the year to find students for whom F&M is a good fit – and who are a good fit for F&M! See who is traveling in your area.

Please note that regional dean assignments are determined by the location of your high school.

Regional Dean Interviews

Each year Franklin & Marshall Admission Deans travel to locations throughout the country to conduct interviews with some of the nation’s top students interested in attending the College. Please note that these interview appointments are limited as the Dean's schedule can be slightly more restricted. 

Meet Our Deans!

Daniel joined the Franklin & Marshall Office of Admission in July of 2011. He is responsible for the College's enrollment management and financial aid operations. As an undergraduate, Daniel was an active member in several cultural groups, theater, orchestra and intramural sports. In a past life, he was an entertainment and sports attorney in New York City and continues to be an avid sports, music and film fan.

A "Dip" herself, Julie joined the Office of Admission in the fall of 2005. In her Fummer days, Julie was a member of the College's first women's rugby team. However, after breaking her nose during a game she reconsidered her dedication to athleticism. Julie's employment in the Office of Admission coincided with her children's own college searches. Struck by the sometimes impersonal or overwhelming feel of college visits and endeavors, Julie was eager to join the warm and accessible Office of Admission at her alma mater. In addition to serving as the Office's Director, Julie enjoys working with the Alumni and Development teams, and overseeing publications for Admissions.

Shortly after graduating from Franklin and Marshall College, Tommy joined the Office of Admission in August 2013. As a student, Tommy majored in government and completed a Hispanic Cultures minor. Outside of the classroom, he swam on the varsity swim team and served as co-captain his senior year. Tommy was also president of The Chessmen, F&M’s only all male a cappella group, and worked as a campus tour guide in the Office of Admission. Tommy’s unending passion for all things F&M has made him thrilled to rejoin this office and the Lancaster community.

  • Paul Dillon
  • Paul Dillon
  • Senior Assistant Dean of Admission & Regional Dean for transfer students. 
    Territory:  Manhattan (NY), MA, ME, NH, RI, VT, and transfer students. 
    B.A.: Brandeis University
    Ed.M.: Harvard University

Paul joined Franklin & Marshall's Office of Admission in August 2010. As an undergraduate student, Paul played club soccer, intramural softball and basketball and worked in the athletics department. In graduate school, Paul was chosen to be a HGSE Student Ambassador. After graduating, he knew he wanted to work at a small liberal arts college with a strong reputation for academics and a close-knit community. 

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  • Kate Jacobson
  • Senior Assistant Dean of Admission
    Territory: AK, HI, ID,  OR, WA, and NJ (North; Mercer and Middlesex).
    B.A.: Millersville University
    M.A.: Millersville University

Kate attended Millersville University where she changed her major three times before choosing and successfully graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English and a minor in Psychology. After graduation, Kate decided to continue her education at Millersville and earn her Masters of Arts in English. While earning her Masters, Kate worked as a graduate assistant in the office of Academic Advisement where she was responsible for assisting undergraduate students select majors, choose appropriate courses; in addition to assisting them with time management and study skills. After obtaining her Masters, Kate was selected to be a college adviser in the National College Advising Corps- Keystone Area. For her two year appointment she was assigned to a rural high school district where she laid the foundation for a successful program serving as a college advisor. She served her two year commitment helping high school students with every aspect of the college application process before joining the F&M Admission office in July 2010.

Having worked in the Office of Admission for 25 years, Penny is an important advisor to our entire staff as well as to prospective students. A true Renaissance woman, Penny played both lacrosse and field hockey in college, belonged to an art group, and enjoyed conducting research in biology. Penny has a lengthy travel season visiting countries all over the world as Director of International Admission.

  • Jonas Kennedy
  • Jonas Kennedy
  • Director of Enrollment Information Systems & Assistant Dean of Admission
    Territory: Upstate NY.
    B.S.: Ithaca College
    M. Ed: University of South Florida

Jonas began working at Franklin & Marshall College in 2008 in Information Technology Services. He joined the Office of Admission in 2009 as the Director of Enrollment Information Systems, working closely with the Operations and Information Technology teams. As an undergraduate, Jonas played soccer and spent a semester abroad in Perth Australia. After graduating, he had the opportunity to teach photography at Binghamton University and knew he wanted to work in higher education moving forward.

  • Matt Latessa
  • Matt Latessa '12
  • Assistant Dean of Admission and Coordinator of Multicultural Recruiting
    Territory: FL, New York (Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island), and OH.
    B.A.: Franklin & Marshall

Matt, a  2012 graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, spent a year of service working as a tutor at Match Charter Public High School in Boston before returning home to work in the Admission Office in the summer of 2013. While at F&M, Matt was co-captain of the NCAA DI Wrestling Team and graduated as the recipient of J. Fred and Nancy B. Sener Prize in American Studies.  As an undergrad, Matt held a position working in the Athletics Department.   His affection for campus and new-found passion for working in education prompted Matt to join F&M’s warm and open admission team.  A huge fan of the local culture, Matt enjoys exploring Lancaster’s historic downtown at every opportunity.

Carly left behind sailing, ice climbing and skiing in Northern New England to come to F&M, where she lived in the Murray Arts House, worked at Ben's Underground, and won the Barbara Nelson Award for Distinction in Writing.

Since moving to Pennsylvania, Carly went native in true Lancaster County style--joining PASA in support of sustainable agriculture and farmer's markets and riding 25 mile fundraising bike rides. She learned the meaning of the term, "humidity" while working through graduate school on an Amish farm shearing sheep and caring for buggy horses. Carly also moved within urban school districts in Lancaster city doing graduate research and began working in college admissions in 2007, rejoining F&M as an Admission Counselor in 2010.

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  • Tom Mariano
  • Senior Assistant Dean of Admission
    Territory: IL, MI, MN, MT, ND, SD, WI, WY and Pennsylvania, (Delaware, Montgomery, & Philadelphia Counties).
    B.S.: Saint Michael's College

Tom joined the Office of Admission in July 2009, and acts as the liaison to our Athletic Department. During his college years, Tom was Captain of the NCAA DII/DIII Men's Ice Hockey Team and winner of the Kelleher Award for Best Male Student-Athlete. He was also a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, The Men Against Sexual Harassment House, and the Saint Michael's College GOALS Program.

  • Stephanie Palazzo
  • Stephanie Palazzo
  • Assistant Dean of Admission 
    Territory: CO, PA (Adams, Berks, Carbon, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lackawana, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, Perry, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming, and York Counties), NY (Westchester), and WY.
    B.A.: Franklin & Marshall

A few months after graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Franklin and Marshall College, Stephanie joined the Office of Admission in July 2014. While a student, she received the Edward Reed Prize her junior and senior year for work in her major, Scientific and Philosophical Studies of the Mind, and the Angela Jeannet Award in her minor, Women and Gender Studies. She also took advantage of F&M’s research opportunities, conducting several independent studies, writing and defending her honors thesis, and performing summer research funded by the Hackman Scholarship. While not in the classroom, she was involved in Greek life on campus and worked as a tour guide in the Office of Admission and a writing tutor in the Writing Center. Stephanie is excited to return to her alma mater and continue working on an intellectually engaging and community-driven campus.

  • Brian Rivera
  • Brian Rivera '13
  • Assistant Dean of Admission and Coordinator of IT Operations
    Territory: Southern CA, NJ (South and Monmouth Country), PA (Bucks County), and PR.
    B.A.: Franklin & Marshall

Brian joined the Franklin & Marshall Office of Admission in July of 2013. He is a recent F&M grad originally from Los Angeles, California. At F&M, he majored in Scientific and Philosophical Studies of the Mind (SPM).  He had the chance to study Cognitive Science abroad in Budapest, Hungary. Outside academics he was part of the Track and Field team throughout his 4 years of college, running hurdles and the relays along with long, triple, and high jump.

In his spare time Brian is a science blogger and general avid reader. He also enjoys practicing Martial Arts (Capoeira, Karate, and MMA).

Former member of the F&M football program, Domenick rejoined his alma mater in the summer of 2012. As an undergrad, Domenick (or Dom, as his closest friends refer to him) spent many hours on the hallowed grounds – studying in Shadek-Frankenthal Library, working out in Mayser Physical Education Center, running around Sponaugle-Williamson Field and lounging in Hartman Green. Prior to his new post, Dom spent twelve years as an IT professional and has extensive experience coaching and recruiting football student-athletes. Dom’s most prized memories are of the warm and caring people at F&M and is thrilled to be able to be a part of the school that has uncovered the world to him.

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