Each year, our Admission Deans 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. Please note that regional dean assignments are determined by the location of your high school.
In addition to high school visits, Admission Deans travel to locations throughout the country to conduct interviews with interested in attending the College. Please note that these interview appointments are limited as the Dean's schedule can be somewhat restricted.
US Territories (AA, AE, AP, AS, FM, GU, MH, MP, PW and VI)
Vice President & Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
Territories: AA, AE, AP, GU, PR and VI
Julie Kerich '81
Director of Admission
Territories: CT (Eastern), DC, KS, LA, MO and RI
B.A.: Franklin & Marshall
A "Dip" herself, Julie joined the Office of Admission in the fall of 2005 after a fulfilling career in advertising, running a calligraphy business, and leading a Hebrew School. 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.
Assistant Dean of Admission
Territories: AK, AZ, ID, MA(Eastern), ME, NH, NM, NV, OR, UT, VT and WAB.A.: Whitman CollegeHailing originally from Carson City, NV, Kevin graduated from Whitman College in 2013 with a BA in English and Honors in Major Study following the completion of his Creative Thesis. After graduation, Kevin began pursuing a career in college admission, after three years in the Whitman College Office of Admission, has jumped from the Pacific Northwest to Franklin & Marshall and the Mid-Atlantic. Kevin believes deeply in the value of a liberal arts education, and takes great pride in assisting students of all backgrounds through the college search.When not on the road or reading applications, you can find Kevin stretching his inner nerd by playing Magic: the Gathering, flexing his artistic muscle with creative writing, or just hanging out, enjoying a strong cup of black coffee, and devouring a good book.
Emily Herbert '10
Assistant Dean of Admission
Territories: CA (Northern), HI, NY (Bronx and Manhattan), PA (Montgomery) and Homeschool Students
B.A.: Franklin & Marshall College
Emily, a proud Diplomat, graduated from F&M in 2010. She is thrilled to be back as part of the Office of Admission F&Mily. Emily majored in Psychology, minored in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and conducted research in the Child Development lab. Outside of the classroom Emily lived in the Office of Admission as a tour guide, was a member of Chi Omega sorority, and participated in F&M Players (theater), Sweet Ophelia (a cappella), and the Dance Team. After graduation Emily worked in the Admissions Office at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for five years. While at UMass Amherst Emily earned her M.Ed. and Ed.S. in School Counseling with a focus on grades 9-12. As part of her master's, Emily worked in a high school counseling department in Texas for a year. Emily is thrilled to be back at her alma mater, helping future Diplomats learn about the amazing resources and supportive community F&M has to offer. Go dips!
Geovani Ibarra '17
Territories: IA, IN, MI, NE, NY (Staten Island and Queens), OK and PA (Northeastern, Northwestern, Southern and Western)B.A.: Franklin & Marshall CollegeGeo is originally from Los Angeles, California and graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in 2017. He is a first generation student and believes that Franklin and Marshall College provided a community that served as a support system fueling his success. While studying at F&M, Geo majored in Psychology, was a member of I.M.P.A.C.T., spun records as a campus DJ and played Rugby. He uncovered a passion working with the next group of potential F&M students as an overnight host to over 25 prospective students and is thrilled to continue in his new role. In his spare time, you will find Geo playing and watching basketball, pushing iron around in the gym, and discovering new music.
Associate Dean of Admission
Territories: CT (Northwestern), DE, IL, MD, MA (Western), NJ (Mercer and Somerset Co) and WI
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.
Theo Kelly '17
Territories: CO, CT (Hartford area), MN, MT, ND, NJ (Central and Southern), NY (Westchester), PA (Chester and Delaware Co), SD and WYB.A.: Franklin & Marshall College
Theo is originally from Brewster, NY and graduated from Franklin & Marshall in 2017. While at F&M, Theo majored in Government and was heavily involved on campus. He has held leadership positions in Greek life, student government, the House System, the Ware Institute, and the Government Department. In addition to this, Theo also worked for the Office of Admission as a Tour Guide and Diplomatic Corps member. Theo strongly believes in the liberal arts education and is excited to help prospective students see the benefits of higher education in his new role.
In his free time, Theo enjoys running, watching baseball/football, trying new restaurants in Lancaster, and reading. You might also catch Theo at one of the athletic events on campus, cheering on his fellow Diplomats. Go Dips!
Senior Assistant Dean of Admission & Coordinator of College Access and Inclusion
Territories: CT (New Haven area), NJ (Bergen, Hunterdon, Morris, Northern Passaic, Sussex, & Warren), PA (Bucks Co, Philadelphia Co and Pittsburgh area) and TX
B.S.: Millersville University, M.A.: Columbia University, Teacher's College
Brittany grew up in a suburb outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Brittany attended Millersville University of Pennsylvania where she received her B.S. in Elementary and Special Education. She was involved in many campus programs and organizations such as New Student Orientation, Millersville's Admission Office tour guide and administrative assistant, and served as president of a dance organization on campus. Brittany’s passion for higher education and college access was sparked when she had the opportunity to become the Academic Supervisor for a program called the Pre-Scholar’s Summer Institute.
After graduation, Brittany became a College Adviser in a rural public high school with the Pennsylvania College Advising Corps. She truly enjoyed helping students, especially those from low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented backgrounds as they transitioned from high school to postsecondary education and careers. Understanding that college access was an area that she was very interested in pursuing, Brittany attended Teachers College, Columbia University to receive her M.A. in Higher and Postsecondary Education. During her time at Teachers College, Brittany became the Graduate Assistant for Columbia University’s Financial Aid and Educational Financing Office. Brittany's professional goal is to advocate and provide support to students and their families to ensure that all students have access to postsecondary education.
In her free time, Brittany loves to express her creative side by doing many Do-It-Yourself projects or making various crafts using her new Cricut Explore Air Wireless machine. She enjoys finding recipes to make on Pinterest, dancing, singing, and hanging out with her friends and family. You can also be sure to find Brittany at any of the opening night showings of a Marvel Movie.
Carly Mankus '07
Senior Assistant Dean of International Admission
B.A.: Franklin & Marshall, M.Ed.: Millersville University
Carly left behind sailing, ice climbing and skiing in Northern New England to study at F&M in 2003, 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 has done graduate research in urban school districts in Lancaster city and began working in college admissions in 2007, rejoining F&M as an Admission Counselor in 2010 and becoming an Assistant Dean of International Admission in 2013. Often abroad, the best way to reach Carly during much of the year is via email, as she travels from East Asia to South America and everywhere in between.
Assistant Dean of Admission
Territories: AL, AR, GA, KY, MS, NC, NJ (Essex, Hudson, Southern Passaic & Union), NY (Brooklyn and Long Island,), SC, TN, VA and WVB.A.: Dickinson CollegePhilip is originally from Radnor, PA. He graduated from Dickinson College in 2017 with a B.A. in International Business & Management and minors in Political Science and Spanish. As a student at Dickinson, Philip was involved with many campus activities and organizations including student government, residence life, and new student orientation. He was also active in the admissions office, serving as a tour guide, student interviewer, and student volunteer program intern. This experience allowed him to realize his passion for connecting students to their educational goals. Philip is excited to be in a role where he can continue advocating for the liberal arts and work with future generations of student scholars.
Kaitlin Oliver '16
Assistant Dean of Admission & Coordinator of Multicultural Recruiting
Territories: So. Cal, CT (Fairfield), FL, NY (Rockland Co & Upstate NY) and OHB.A.: Franklin & MarshallKaitlin grew up in the small town of Norwalk, CT. She is a 2016 graduate from Franklin & Marshall College where she majored in the Scientific & Philosophical Studies of the Mind and minored in Religious Studies. She was heavily involved on campus where she was a leader in various clubs and organizations; such as SISTERS, Diversity Council, Squash ACES, and Greek Life. In her free time you could find her out on Hartman Green taking in the sun with her friends or studying in Shadeck-Fackenthal Library. She has worked in the Office of Admission as a student worker over the past 4 years and has enjoyed every moment of it. That experience helped her find her interest in Admission work. Kaitlin is extremely excited to be working at her alma mater, a place that has given her so many opportunities and provided her with a great support system. Now she is ready to give back and begin recruiting the next generations of Diplomats!
Transfer Admission Counselor