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!
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 participating in department and student-run theatrical productions.
While completing my Environmental Studies minor, I became interested in how increasing access to locally grown and produced foods benefits both the environment and local communities. I began my postgraduate career working with the Worcester Regional Food Hub where I worked with local farmers, food producers, and local non-profits to strengthen and improve Central Massachusetts’ food systems. What I enjoyed most was working with people to help them reach their personal and professional goals. As a new 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 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.
Amy Daly Gardner
Associate Dean, Director, Graduate Recruitment
United States, Africa, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, South Asia
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!
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions
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.
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.
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