Meet Our Admissions Team
Director, Graduate Admission
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!
Mulku Bangura, MS ’22
Senior Assistant Director, Graduate Admission
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).
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.
Graduate Admission Advisor
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!
Graduate Admission Advisor
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!
Graduate Operations Assistant
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.
Systems and Process Specialist
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.
Meet Our Recruiting Team
Amy Daly Gardner
Associate Dean, Director, Graduate Recruitment
Europe, Middle East
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, MS ’11
Senior Associate Director, Graduate Recruitment
Canada, China, South East Asia, Taiwan
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.
Amy C. Rasmussen
Assistant Director, Graduate Recruitment
Amy is an international educator who recently relocated to central Massachusetts. Prior to her arrival in Massachusetts she spent two years in Brooklyn, New York and six years in Madrid, Spain. She is an advocate for equal access to education and the development of intercultural competence. Her experience includes teaching English and Cultural Competence in a K-12 environment, event planning, program management in higher education, and lecturing on culture and travel to prospective university students. She has a BA in History and Secondary Education from Kean University and an MS in Global and International Education from Drexel University where she focused on peace education and community building. She hopes to further her research and continue to share knowledge and resources with her local community.
Tereza Lopez ’21, MS ’22
Assistant Director, Graduate Recruitment
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.
Assistant Director, Graduate Recruitment
Africa, South Asia
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.
Northern China (based in China)
I’m from Beijing, the capital of China. I received my bachelor’s degree in Instructional Technology and master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from the Capital Normal University. I started in the field of higher education as a teacher in both Middlebury College and in one of the largest study-abroad programs in the U.S. After returning to China, I realized my passion has always been in the field of international higher education. Here at Clark, I work with our amazing team and enjoy meeting with new Clarkies around China and being the bridge between them and Clark.
Central/Southern China (based in China)
I was born and raised in Fuzhou, Fujian. I received my bachelor’s degree in Accounting and an MBA from Emporia State University in the U.S. After graduating, I worked as China Initiatives Coordinator at my alma mater, where I started my career as an international recruiter in the higher education field. My work experience in both public and private universities allows me to have a strong understanding of the higher education system in the U.S. Here at Clark, my role is to help our Chinese students learn more about Clark University and walk them through the admission process. Outside of work I enjoy learning a new dialect or a new language.
India (based in India)
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.
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
Lead Graduate Assistant
I am Anjali, a third-semester graduate student pursuing my MBA in Information Management and Business Analytics from Clark University. Born and raised in India, I was always fascinated by different cultures and dreamed of experiencing life in a multi-cultural and diverse environment. After gaining some work experience, I realised I wanted to explore and learn more. Clark University – with its motto ‘Challenge Convention. Change Our World.’ – provided the perfect platform to fulfill my dreams by providing a rich curriculum and student body consisting of folks from all cultures across the globe. What I also love about Clark is there is a balance between learning and fun. There are several student clubs and events that one could attend to socialize or to have fun.
Of all places on the campus, I am most fond of the Greens and the Goddard Library building. There is an ideal spot for everyone at the library. I am also a big fan of Clark merchandise – the bright red t-shirts, water sippers, drawstring bags, caps, coffee mugs, and what not!!!
In my free time, I like to read, go on walks exploring Worcester, try different cuisines, and have long phone conversations with friends and family back home.
Being a Graduate Student Ambassador at Clark University has been one of the highlights of my first year at Clark. The experience is great. What’s also incredible is that just about a year ago, I was a prospective student looking for information, and one of my predecessors was guiding me every step of the way. Now is my time to take it forward!!
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.
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.
Hi, I’m Katie! I am in my final semester of Clark’s M.S. Environmental Science and Policy program. I grew up near Phoenix, Arizona, USA, and have lived in Delaware, Costa Rica, and Texas since completing my Bachelor’s at University of Delaware. After attending a medium-sized school, I have especially appreciated Clark’s small size and have enjoyed working with faculty one-on-one and in small classes. One of my favorite things about Clark is getting to know and work with students and faculty from all over the world and from all walks of life. After completing my degree, I hope to work with communities finding solutions to climate change impacts. Clark has been the perfect place to pursue this goal, as my academic department features interdisciplinary classes and a wide degree of flexibility in choosing the specifics of my course of study.
The Environmental Science and Policy program is in the International Development, Community, and Environment Department (IDCE), and IDCE students love to hang out and explore Worcester together. When I’m not at the library studying, I can often be found on one of Worcester’s many short hiking trails or walking through the park with classmates. I love to be outside as much as possible, but also enjoy cooking, baking, and repairing old furniture.
Huiling Chen (Lynne)
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.
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.
My name is Saif, and I am currently a student in the Business Analytics program, where I am on track to receive my masters. I am originally from Belgaum, India, and it is where I call home. Before arriving at Clark, I received my undergraduate degree in Business Administration from KLE’s CBALC in my home city. Though my time as a student in India was great, studying in the United States was always a dream because I enjoy researching, learning, and studying in diverse environments. I like being a student at Clark because it allows me to meet new people from other backgrounds and experience different cultures. Coming from a management background, I love learning about programming languages and engaging with my professors inside and outside the classroom. My academic experience so far at Clark has been outstanding as I have been able to learn in an environment that is inclusive. I enjoy working at the Office of Graduate Admissions as a Graduate Student Ambassador because I have a niche for communicating with students and helping them make choices and decisions about studying in another country. Working here allows me to interact and engage with students from all over the world. As the weather in Worcester gets warmer, one of my favorite places to spend time on campus is on the green, where students can come together and be Clarkies. If not on the green, you can find me in the academic commons, as I love socializing and doing academics in one place. In my leisure time, I like to paint, read books, take hikes, watch movies, and laugh at memes.
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!
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.
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.
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