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We understand that selecting the graduate school and program that are right for you can be challenging, and our dedicated team is here to assist you every step of the way.

Our enthusiastic admissions staff are happy to answer any of your questions throughout the process. We encourage you to schedule a virtual appointment so we can get to know you personally and understand your academic and professional goals. We look forward to meeting you!

Meet Our Admissions Team

Alyssa Orlando

Alyssa Orlando

Director, Graduate Admission

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Originally from Buffalo, NY, I studied journalism and legal studies at Ithaca College as an undergraduate student. After completing my bachelor’s degree, I moved to Massachusetts to pursue my master’s in higher education administration at Boston College. Since completing my master’s degree and before coming to Clark, I’ve worked at several New England universities supporting students from all backgrounds interested in pursuing their graduate degrees. I am also in the final stages of completing my Ph.D. in educational leadership from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. At Clark, my focus is on leading our admission team through the entire applicant lifecycle and supporting our incoming students through their onboarding process. When I am not at work or studying, you can find me hanging out with my husband, dog, and friends across the globe!


Andrea VanWormer

Associate Director, Graduate Enrollment Operations

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Born in Rhode Island and now residing in Connecticut, I have a full house of animals as I foster cats and my dog Nala.  I also enjoy true crime podcasts from my time as a criminal justice major and love reading books about the paranormal. When not working I can be found back in RI with family, reading a book or looking for a new coffee spot.

Mulku Bangura

Mulku Bangura, MS ’22

Senior Assistant Director, Graduate Admission

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Mulku Sulaiman Bangura, a native of Sierra Leone, is a 2020 Fulbright Scholar and a 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow who recently attained his master’s degree in International Development at Clark University in May 2022. In 2007, he acquired a Bachelor of Arts with Honors degree and subsequently CISCO Certificates in Networking from the University of Sierra Leone.

He has a wealth of experience working in the public and private sectors for over ten years. He has been working with customer relationship management (CRM) tools providing excellent customer service for over a decade. In 2017, he worked as a consultant for the government, supporting a DFID-funded project called The President’s Delivery Team (PDT).

Britt Axelson

Britt Axelson

Engagement Coordinator

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I was born in Worcester and grew up in the nearby town of Holden. All of my education has taken place right here in Worcester County! I attended Wachusett Regional High School and am a recent graduate of the College of the Holy Cross. At Holy Cross I majored in Theatre Design and minored in Environmental Studies. I was also involved in many campus activities including working as a tour guide for the Office of Admission, playing bass drum in the Goodtime Marching Band, serving as Co-Director of Sustainability for the Student Government Association, and I participated in department and student-run theatrical productions.

After graduating I worked for a non-profit organization that promotes and supports local food systems. What I enjoyed most from this position was working with people to help them reach their personal and professional goals. Now, as a member of the Clark Graduate Admissions team, I am excited for the opportunity to advise and guide prospective and accepted students as they pursue their academic and career goals. When I am not on campus you can find me enjoying coffee at one of Worcester’s many amazing cafés, reading a massive fantasy book, baking bread and desserts for myself and friends, or traveling to Amherst or Boston to visit friends and family.

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Sarah Provost

Graduate Admission Advisor

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Born in Beverly, Massachusetts, I completed my Bachelor’s in Global Studies in Worcester, during which I had the incredible opportunity to study at Temple University’s Japan Campus in Tokyo. After completing my Master’s in Theological Studies at Boston College, I began working at Clark University as the Graduate Admissions Advisor. I’m looking forward to helping students through the application process!

Tessa Borozny

Tessa Borozny

Graduate Admission Advisor

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Born and raised right here in central Massachusetts, I went on to attend Worcester State University where I received my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Sociology. After graduating, I moved down to the wonderful state of Rhode Island! I have spent the past few years as an ESL teacher, and I just earned my master’s degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from the University of Rhode Island. I have recently found my passion for working in higher education as a Graduate Admissions Advisor here at Clark University! A college campus has always felt like home to me and as I help students with the application process, I hope Clark will start to feel like home to them. When I am not at Clark, I love spending time outside with my husband and our two dogs!

Jessica Bailey

Jessica Bailey

Graduate Operations Assistant

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Hailing from New York, I am a longtime resident of Worcester. I hold my associate’s degree in business administration and have over 15 years of HR experience in planning, management, accounting, and payroll. I have worked for environmental protection as well as several banks and mortgage companies throughout Central Massachusetts. I have a love of sports and played basketball at South High School where I scored over 1,000 points during my tenure on the team.

Meet Our Recruiting Team

Amy Daly Gardner

Amy Daly Gardner

Associate Dean, Director, Graduate Recruitment


Europe, Latin America

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Born and raised in central Massachusetts, I studied French, Spanish, Polish, and Russian throughout high school and college, and earned a bachelor’s degree in Russian and Eastern European studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. I also earned a master’s degree in professional communication from Clark. I began my career in international education working for the U.S. Department of State in St. Petersburg, Russia. When I returned to the United States, I joined Johns Hopkins Medical and later worked at the Harvard International Office. I came back home to Worcester in 2000 when I became the director of the International Students and Scholars Office at Clark. Since then, I have worked to recruit and support international students during their time on campus and enjoy sharing with them all that Clark and Worcester have to offer!

Yingying Chen

Yingying Chen, MS ’11

Senior Associate Director, Graduate Recruitment


Canada, China, South East Asia, Taiwan

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I’m from an ancient city in China called Jingzhou. I earned my bachelor’s degree from Renmin University of China and spent two years in Beijing, working in consulting for renewable energy projects, before coming to the U.S. After earning my master’s degree in environmental science and policy at Clark, I started working in higher education. I found my passion for international collaboration while working on a partnership program with Peking University for the Albright Institute at Wellesley College, and at Wellesley’s Slater International Center I provided immigration and on-campus support to international students. At Clark, my focus is also on international students, which I enjoy a lot. Out of work, I like cooking and exploring the world with my young daughter.

Tereza Lopez

Tereza Lopez ’21, MS ’22

Assistant Director, Graduate Recruitment


United States

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Born and raised in Springfield, MA, I completed my Bachelor’s in English and History with a minor in creative writing from Clark University. After a pleasant undergrad experience, I decided to stay at Clark for my Master’s degree in Communications through the School of Professional Studies. Since completing my degrees, I’ve been given the opportunity to continue my journey with Clark as I step into my professional career. I will be focusing on helping domestic students see if Clark graduate programs are the right fit for them! When I am not working, you can find me reading a good book (I’m always up to give and receive book recommendations) or playing with my cat Fantasma.

Brad Wall

Bradley Wall

Assistant Director, Graduate Recruitment


Africa, South Asia

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I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri which is located in the heart of the mid-western United States. Later on in life, I moved to a small town in New Hampshire and I have found that the East Coast is now my home. I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts at the University of New Hampshire. During my undergraduate program, I worked as a Lead Ambassador and an RA. I really started to learn more about international students in those roles and their stories. After finishing my degree, I began my professional career at Southern New Hampshire University where I worked as an International Recruiter. Following that, I transitioned to my current role at Clark University and have enjoyed every minute of it. I love to travel and have explored many places worldwide. My passion involves helping international students achieve their academic goals and supporting them throughout their journey. Outside of work I enjoy playing video games, listening to podcasts, and camping.

Jayantunaj Das

Jayantunaj Das



India (based in India)

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I love to travel and that’s what has driven me to work in the international education sector. In a career spanning more than a decade, I have worked with international education providers like The Princeton Review, IDP and Navitas. Massachusetts has a special place in my heart because it was the first place I visited in the U.S. I am fascinated with the educational quality and diversity of Clark University, and am excited to be part of the Graduate Admissions team.

IonNan Rouch

IouNan Rouh




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I was born in Taiwan but spent most of my life time in Miami FL where I worked with Johnson & Wales University for the first 10 years at the Academic office and then moved on to the Admission recruitment for another 10 years. I learned a lot from both departments and was able to continue working as a recruiter based in Taiwan. I was hired by Clark University to assist students from Taiwan and help them with admission process, so contact me if you need my help.

Meet Our Graduate Assistants


Jyotsana Basnet

Graduate Assistant

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Hi! I am Jyotsana and am currently pursuing my master’s degree in International Development here at Clark University. Born in a small-town tuck between the gorgeous Himalayas and the lush green Hills, I belong to a city with an old soul characterized by an amalgamation of religion, ethnicity, culture, and language into one small city, Kathmandu, Nepal. Before joining Clark for my master’s, I have worked in national and international organizations back home for the social and economic empowerment of youth. I joined Clark University with an aim to learn more about the economic, social, ethical, and cultural aspects and constraints of development whilst developing my knowledge, analytical skills, and conceptual frameworks required to understand and navigate the complexities of economic and social development.

My journey so far at Clark University as an international student has been a great opportunity to interact with young people from all over the world. As a student at a small university, I personally feel connected to more people-both classmates and the faculty at Clark. Walking through the Campus Greens and sipping coffee with friends at the Academic Commons are my favorite activities in the campus area. As the surroundings around me is getting warmer and greener, I enjoy walking around the parks or cycling around the city.

Desiring to play a small but meaningful role in youth-related programs, the position of Graduate Assistant at the Graduate Admissions Office has been a great learning opportunity for me. Being a part of a team that helps students make choices and decisions about their future, I enjoy interacting with young people and being a part of their journey.

Kartik Khanna

Kartik Khanna

Graduate Assistant

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I am a North Indian born and raised in Delhi. I completed my bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Delhi. Before coming to the U.S I worked as a Marketing and Sales Executive. My love for travel and passion to learn new technologies has driven me to choose MS in Business Analytics at Clark. Learning analytics has significantly changed my process of thinking of how to approach any business problems. The best part about being an analytics student is that you learn leveraging technology to your advantage. I am a Graduate Admissions Assistant at Clark where I help prospective students in their process of becoming a Clarkie. As a Graduate Admissions Assistant I like working with prospective students and listening to their stories. In my free time I travel and explore the cities and their food. My favorite place to be on campus is Academic Commons where I sit with friends and have conversations over coffee. One thing I like about Clark is that there is always some event going on. These events are fun and promote diversity and inclusivity. I like Reading books, Dancing, watching movies and working out.

Huiling Chen

Huiling Chen (Lynne)

Graduate Assistant

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I am from the city of Shenzhen in the southern part of China and completed my bachelor’s degree in Business English. I have always longed for opportunities to challenge and better myself. Before embarking on my journey at Clark, I lived in Australia for two years and studied Leadership and Management in Melbourne. I was fortunate enough to have met a variety of peers from all walks of life, who, in one way or another, reminded me that successful professionals need to constantly leverage their critical thinking, decision-making, as well as ethical awareness. To become a person of such caliber and competence, I decided to pursue my master’s degree in Marketing Analytics at Clark. Beyond the professional side, I am an outgoing and enthusiastic person in life. As an avid backpacker, I have traveled to different areas of the world. My experiences from traveling make me more appreciative of diverse cultures. As a current Graduate Admissions Assistant, I am genuinely excited to share my personal experiences and enthusiasm and deliver a professional service to future graduate students to help them make the right choice.


Rachel John

Graduate Assistant

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I come from a city named Bangalore which is located on the Deccan Plateau in India. We stand to be the busiest city in the country. One of its main features of beauty is the numerous parks and gardens present in almost every nook and corner of the city. This is also one of the reasons why I was drawn to New England, because of the kind of eye-capturing landscapes it possesses. I received my bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from Christ University. Right now, I am pursuing my master’s in business analytics at Clark. From the time I learned about Clark, I have never been able to look at anything else that would give me the same kind of inspiration to become the best version of myself. What I love the absolute most about my university is that we are very inclusive and dedicated to making everyone feel heard. I think that in a world where everyone desires to be acknowledged and yearns to make a difference, Clark ushers me in that very direction. It provides us with all the resources that are required to kickstart an idea. Every time I need to relax for a bit or need a little motivation, I head towards the area outside the Kneller athletic center, and I’m instantly transported to a happier state of mind. During my first semester I enjoyed attending my Statistics class because of what I learned from my professor. She taught me so much about how effort goes a long way as well as being efficient in whatever I do. She never failed at making her class interactive and moral-filled!  I love working as a Graduate Admissions Assistant as it gives me a chance to help people learn more about Clark and the kind of life we live here in Worcester. I think this is because of how I enjoy being informative. I love spending time in the university park and library where I can play my guitar, enjoy playing a game of basketball and write away to my heart’s content.


Sonu Chaudhary

Graduate Assistant

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Hi! My name is Sonu Chaudhary, and I am currently a graduate student in MS finance program. I am originally from the country of mountains well known as Nepal. I completed my undergraduate in BBA with marketing specialization by studying in Nepal and in Thailand. I came to Clark University, USA to gain knowledge and pursue my career aspiration of revolutionizing the fintech industry in my country. My future goal is to become a top finance personnel and improve the financial literacy in my country.

The thing I most like about the Clark University is its small size. The small size of the University gives me a better opportunity to connect and form a strong bond with many people and gives me the opportunity to stand out. I love helping people and therefore, as the Graduate Student Ambassador, I am loving my role of helping the prospective students to transition their way into our university.

My favorite place at the University is Academic Commons where I get to hang out with my friends and have coffee. I like to explore new places and keep myself open to new challenges and experiences. In free time, I love to watch and play the game of football!

Sushma Boge

Sushma Boge

Graduate Assistant

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I am Sushma Boge, studying MS in Data Analytics at School of Professional Studies, Clark University. I am citizen of India and hail from a beautiful city of Hyderabad which is a lovely place for the food lovers and a hub to plethora of Software companies. I received my Undergraduate degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Thermal Power Technology. I have an overall experience of 9+ years and Senior Electrical Engineer and Project Coordinator in two different organizations. It is my family’s dream that I should pursue my master’s degree from USA. So far Clark University has given opportunities to interact with varied people of different countries and cultures, it has been a learning place for me in various aspects. Inclusive policy of Clark is the thing which is worth appreciated.

In terms of academics, Clark has a very experienced and hardworking faculty who have taught in World’s most prestigious universities. During my first semester I got to learn many things from them. They are always available to help students out at any point of time. I love spending time in library which is huge at Clark. Apart from these I have keen interest in travelling, cooking and sometimes painting.

I am a very social person and this position as Graduate Assistant give me chance to work with the new students who have lots of queries with them like I had before joining Clark. I will be always there for the new students who will be going to join Clark University in future.

Yanjing Wang

Yanjing Wang

Graduate Assistant

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Hi, my name is Yanjing from Henan, China, and I am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Business Analytics at Clark. My undergraduate university is at Shanghai Maritime University, majoring in Economics. I am interested in data analysis, and this interest leads me to learn more about programming, building models, etc. It is very exciting to continue my education, “Wasting time is robbing oneself.” is my life motto. Before I came to the U.S., I did international volunteer work in China and held a position as a wealth advisor in a securities firm, which gave me a different set of skills. I love sports, cooking and traveling. If you are interested, I would like to invite you to join me to taste Chinese food and discuss the cooking techniques of different cuisines. Being a graduate assistant has been very rewarding for me. Talking to people from different backgrounds has helped me learn more about different cultures, and the university has given me a great platform to share our stories, which embrace diversity and inclusion. My favorite place is the university’s Great Lawn, where I can feel the whole world breathing as I sit there with the bright sun pouring down.

Michelle Xie

Michelle Xie

Graduate Assistant

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My name is Michelle, and I am continuing my education at Clark University as part of their 5th year Accelerated Degree Program. From Clark, I have a bachelor’s in Management with a Marketing concentration. During my undergraduate years, I have experienced working in several Marketing roles through internships and have gained great insight into various industries. Currently, I am pursuing my MBA with a concentration in Information Management and Data Analytics.

One of the reasons that I decided to apply for this program was because it offered the ability to work towards my MBA with just one additional year. The Accelerated Degree Program is an amazing opportunity for all current Clark Students to earn both their bachelor’s and master’s within 5 years. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue my academic experience and to expand my knowledge of the business world within a higher level of study.

One of my favorite spots on Clark’s campus is ASEC (Alumni Student and Engagement Center). This building is one of Clark’s newer additions and is a great spot to go to if you are looking for an open space to do work as an alternative to the library. As a Graduate Assistant, I am looking forward to sharing my experiences and providing any guidance or advice I can, while I continue to learn as well.

Rajee Poudyal

Rajee Poudyal

Graduate Assistant

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I am Rajee Poudyal from Nepal, and I am studying master’s in Information Technology (MSIT), at Clark. I completed my bachelor’s in Information Management in 2016 and worked as a software and database administrator for 5 years. I always loved programming and working with data so, I came to Clark looking for a new challenge and experience for my master’s degree. I have been enjoying and learning from students’ multinational and multicultural perspectives. Clark has been a wonderful place for me to prepare for the next steps in my career. In my free time, I play computer games, prepare, eat tasty food, travel, and read books. At Clark, I love hanging around with my friends at the library or dining halls. Working as a Graduate Assistant at the Graduate Admission Office has been an exciting opportunity for me to learn more, communicate with prospective students, and help them start their own journey at Clark.

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