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
Julie Kerich '81
Director of Admission
Territories: District of Columbia
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. Julie enjoys traveling around the country, connecting with students and counselors in their hometowns. When visiting a new city, Julie looks forward to trying out any new and highly recommended vegetarian-friendly lunch or dinner spots, and will always try to find a local independent bookstore. Ask Julie about all of her recommendations in Lancaster!
In her earlier F&Mer days, Julie was a member of the College's first women's rugby team. After breaking her nose during a game, she reconsidered her dedication to athleticism, but you would still find her on the sidelines cheering for the men's and women's teams. Decades later, this remains Julie's favorite thing about F&M: the supportive community.
Favorite Places in Lancaster - Walking to the dozens of small cafes and restaurants near F&M and trying new flavors, cuisines, and vegetable combinations. Try Callalou Trinidadian Kitchen, Gypsy Kitchen, and Sukothai!
Next "Bucket List" Travel Destination - Iceland, to see the stars and Northern Lights.
Favorite Classes at F&M - Moral Philosophy, Symbolic Logic, and Business Law.
Assistant Dean of Admission
Territories: MA, ME, NH, NV, OR, RI, VT and WAB.A.: Whitman CollegeHailing originally from Carson City, NV, Kevin graduated from Whitman College in 2013 with a B.A. in English, earning Honors in Major Study following the completion of his Creative Writing Thesis. After three years working as an Admission Officer at his alma mater, Kevin joined the Franklin & Marshall College Office of Admission in 2016, where he continues helping students from all backgrounds find their best college fit. When not on the road or reading applications, you can find Kevin stretching his inner nerd at a board game night, diving into some creative writing, walking his adorable dog, Luna, or just hanging out, enjoying a strong cup of black coffee, and devouring a good book.Favorite Travel Season Food - Coffee might not be a food, but I sure treat it like it is. While traveling I really enjoy exploring local coffee shops between high school visits and college fairs. I'm firmly of the mind that nothing beats the coffee in the Pacific Northwest, at least so far.Favorite Places in Lancaster - Prince St. Cafe/Chestnut Hill Cafe/Copper Cup Coffee. Basically, the coffee shops are pretty great, and most of them have really fantastic food as well.Most Impactful Book I Read as a Young Adult - If age 23 counts as a young adult, House of Leaves by Mark. Z. Danielewski. Otherwise, it's Harry Potter books all the way down, my favorite being the Deathly Hallows. I grew up with Harry, and the Deathly Hallows came out the same year I graduated from high school.
Emily Herbert '10
Assistant Dean of Admission
Territories: CA (Northern), HI, NY (Bronx, Manhattan and Queens) and Homeschool Students
B.A.: Franklin & Marshall College
M.Ed. and Ed.S.: University of Massachusetts Amherst
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!
Favorite Travel Season Food - Deep dish pizza in Chicago! I ate it every night for a week the last time I visited.
Favorite Place in Lancaster - Hands down Central Market! I love being part of a community that supports one another and our local farmers. Make sure to visit the pretzel stand for a breakfast sandwich and eat all the desserts you can find!
Best Class at F&M - Many of my favorite courses, including the class Bad Love, were through the Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies (WGSS) department. Bad Love blended WGSS, English, Sociology, and Anthropology perspectives. We examined different kinds of love and relationships that are considered taboo in our society by reading books like Lolita and watching the HBO show Bad Love. This course allowed me to think more deeply about how love and societal norms are socially constructed, while pushing me out of my comfort zone to consider what truly defines "bad" love.
Geovani Ibarra '17
Assistant Dean of Admission
Territories: CA (Southern), OK, PA (Southern), TX, PRB.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 which ultimately fueled 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 sharing his experiences through his current role. In his spare time you will find Geo playing and watching basketball, pushing iron around in the gym, and discovering new music.Favorite Class at F&M - The best liberal arts course I took at F&M was titled Race Films, and looked at various representaitons of race in film and media, and how Hollywood shaped current racial perspectives.Favorite Place in Lancaster - My favorite part of Lancaster is the Horse Inn Restaurant. You cannot go wrong with hole-in-the-wall restaurants in Lancaster.Next "Bucket List" Travel Destination - Being a die-hard Lakers Fan, I'll say that my "Bucket List" place to visit is the TD Garden. I hope to catch a Lakers and Celtics game in Boston.
Associate Dean of Admission
Territories: DE, MD and NJ (Mercer & Somerset Co)
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 Master's, 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.
Favorite Travel Season Food - Vanilla Lattes. I love finding small, locally owned coffee shops to grab a quick cup, check my email, and catch my breath!
Favorite Place in Lancaster - Prince Street! From the Galleries, to the Pop-up Park, to Penny's Ice Cream Shop, to the Fulton for a theater show, to Prince St. Cafe for an amazing cup of coffee: you can spend the entire afternoon walking (and eating) your way from one block to the next!
Most Impactful Book I Read As a Young Adult - The Crucible, by Arthur Miller.
Theo Kelly '17
Assistant Dean of Admission
Territories: AK, AL, AP, AR, AZ, CO, GA, ID, KY, LA, MS, MT, ND, NM, NY (Westchester), PA (Northeastern), SC, SD, TN, UT, VA, WV, WY, and AA, AE, GU, and VIB.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!
Favorite Travel Season Food - A "Cluckin' Russian" sandwich in Westchester, NY.
Favorite Places in Lancaster - Prince Street and the Fulton Theater.
Favorite Class at F&M - Public Health 303: Problem-Solving in Drug Courts.
Senior Assistant Dean of Admission & Coordinator of College Access and Inclusion
Territories: NJ (Bergen, Morris, Sussex, Warren, Northern Passaic, Hunterdon Co, Central & Southern NJ) and PA (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery & Philadelphia Co)
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. After graduating, Brittany became a College Adviser with the College Advising Corps in a rural public high school which sparked her passion for college access. With her two-year commitment with the College Advising Corps coming to an end, Brittany enrolled in Teachers College, Columbia University, where she received her M.A. in Higher and Postsecondary Education. Brittany enjoys helping students, especially those from underrepresented backgrounds in higher education. Her professional goal is to advocate for 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 DIY projects or making various crafts. You can also find Brittany at any opening night showings of a Marvel Movie.Next "Bucket List" Travel Destination - Visiting the Niagara Falls has always been on the Bucket Travel List. Hopefully this year I will be able to go on the Maid of the Mist and experience the beautiful waterfalls firsthand.Favorite Places in Lancaster - Visiting Lancaster's very own minor league baseball team called the Barnstormers. There is nothing like watching a game with friends and eating a hot dog. Even though I do not get to go as often as I would like, I also love to experience the theater at the Fulton Theater in downtown Lancaster. It feels amazing sitting in the seats of the oldest continuously operating theater in the United States.
Carly Mankus '07
Senior Assistant Dean of International Admission
B.A.: Franklin & Marshall, M.Ed.: Millersville University
Carly is a native of snowy New Hampshire. She came to F&M as a first-year student in 2003 to pursue a degree in Creative Writing while living in the Murray Arts House, and was awarded the Barbara Nelson Prize for Distinction in Writing in 2007.
Carly has done graduate research in urban school districts in Lancaster city and began working in college admissions in 2007. Shortly after joining F&M's Office of Admission in 2011, Carly took on international recruiting and application-reading, and has been out of the country about 100 days each year in 50 countries ever since. Toting an international wifi device and mailing home postcards from Thailand and India to her two cats, Mr. Socks and Makizushi, Carly's time spent abroad allows F&M to meet students at their high schools, conduct regional interviews, and offer information sessions about attending college in the USA.
As you can imagine with this travel schedule, Carly is most easily reached via email rather than by phone, but is always in contact with the Office of Admission.
Favorite Travel Season Food (From Around the World) - Vietnamese Canh chua - all kinds!
Favorite Class at F&M - HIS400: Seminar, Plague, Famine, and Death; Life in the Middle Ages.
Next "Bucket List" Travel Destination: Pompei, Italy
Assistant Dean of Admission
Territories: CT (Eastern Connecticut, Hartford area, New Haven area & Northwestern Connecticut), NJ (Union, Essex, Hudson & Southern Passaic Co), NY (Brooklyn, Long Island & Staten Island)B.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.Favorite Travel Season Food - A fresh bagel from New York City.Next "Bucket List" Travel Destination - I'd love to scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.Favorite Places In Lancaster - Downtown Lancaster is a vibrant place throughout the year, but I love exploring local businesses on First Friday, food trucks that set up shop around town, and live music and theater events that happen during the summer.
Kaitlin Oliver '16
Assistant Dean of Admission & Coordinator of Multicultural Recruiting
Territories: CT (Fairfield Co), FL, IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MO, MN, NE, NY (Rockland Co & Upstate NY), OH, PA (Northwestern, Pittsburgh area & Western PA), and WIB.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. She worked in the Office of Admission as a student worker, which helped her find her interest and passion in Admission work. Kaitlin loves working at her alma mater; a place that has given her so many opportunities and provided her with a great support system. She loves recruiting the next generations of Diplomats!Favorite Travel Season Food - TropiChop Bowl from Pollo Tropical in Miami, FL.Favorite Places on Campus - Hartman Green and Shadek-Fackenthal Library.Favorite Class at F&M - PHL 362: Love and Friendship really opened my eyes to what it means to be a liberal arts student and talk about real life experiences in an academic setting. This course taught me the broader scope of the value of the concept of love and the concept of friendship in how they are (or are not) justified, and how they contribute to the identity of an individual.
Transfer Admission CounselorCathy grew up in suburban Philadelphia but has lived in Lancaster for most of her life. She graduated from Elizabethtown College with a degree in Business and also has a Master's degree in Counseling from Millersville University. Her graduate experience there enabled her to co-author a chapter in the textbook "Career Development in Higher Education." Joining F&M in 2010 as an Admissions Counselor, Cathy added transfer students to her list of responsibilities in 2017.A strong advocate for students all across the spectrum, Cathy was a teacher, mentor, and advisor for students with disabilities in school to work programs and in a local high school prior to arriving at F&M. She also created the student volunteer program at a local museum, and is one of the founding members of TeenHope, a screening tool that helps Lancaster County school districts identify and assist students suffering from anxiety and depression. Helping students find the place where they can find fulfillments and success is both her personal and her professional passion. In her free time, you can find Cathy restoring her antique dollhouse, taking a motorcycle trip with friends, or relaxing on her back porch with a good book.