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!
Associate Director, Graduate Enrollment Operations
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.
Assistant Director, Graduate Admission
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 Enrollment Operations Manager
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!
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 Enrollment Operations Assistant
Emily was born and raised in Massachusetts and completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts at Framingham State University. She is also currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology at Framingham State University. In her free time, she loves shopping and spending time with her boyfriend Sam and cat Bean.
Meet Our Recruiting Team
Amy Daly Gardner, MS ’05
Associate Dean, Director, Graduate Recruitment
Europe, Latin America, Central 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!
Yingying Chen, MS ’11
Senior Associate Director, Graduate Recruitment
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.
Assistant Director, International Recruitment
Middle East, North Africa, China
I use she/her pronouns and hail from the Worcester area and Bay Area California. I am a proud first-generation graduate and advocate for access to education for all. My lifelong interest in studying languages and translation has compelled me to study French, Arabic, and Swedish before deciding to study Mandarin as an undergraduate, which ultimately resulted in obtaining my bachelor’s and master’s degree in Mandarin Chinese. I have five years of experience as an admissions counselor within the Worcester Consortium and am thrilled to help prospective students as they navigate their graduate program search and application process here at Clark! Outside of work, you can usually find me working on my latest creative project (paper crafts, collage, crochet, and knitting), tending to my beloved house plants, and working on my own translations for fun.
Alex Gullotti ’21, MS ’22
Assistant Director, Domestic Recruitment
United States, Latin America
After growing up in Massachusetts, I studied here at Clark for my Undergraduate and Master’s degrees. During my years as a student, I was able to work within Worcester for a local basketball team and volunteer with several other organizations, before becoming a part of the Graduate Admissions Team. I have made some great connections during my time in Worcester and I hope to help students do the same. Outside of work, I play for several rec league sports teams, but spend my down time playing drums and singing.
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, Canada
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.
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
MS in Business Analytics
Hello! I am Jigyansha Dahal (Jiggy), and I belong to the beautiful land of lush green forests, vividly diverse plains, and the home of the tallest mountain in the world—Nepal. Currently pursuing my Master of Science in Business Analytics, I have had the best learning experience in the last two semesters at Clark. I completed my undergrad in BBA in Nepal and worked in the banking and finance industry for 3 years.
For me, I have always had an inquisitive mind driven by the desire to understand how data has distinct purposes in various arenas. This enthusiasm led me to pursue MS Business Analytics, which by far has been my most fulfilling academic decision, and Clark played a crucial role in making it big.
I love reading books and interacting with people, which is why I like Dana Commons and Academic Commons the most among the campus spaces. As a Graduate Assistant Ambassador, I am excited to share my experiences and help prospective students make their Clark transition a smooth and remarkable one.
MA in International Development
Hi! My name is Dzidzor (pronounced as ji-jor). I come from Ghana, West Africa and I grew up in the capital city of Accra. During my undergraduate education, I studied Economics, Geography and French at the University of Ghana, Legon in Accra, and I graduated as an Economics major. I am passionate about development work. Before coming to Clark, I had the opportunity to volunteer and do community work with youth in some areas in Eastern, Western and Northern Africa.
I am currently in the International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE) department pursuing an MA in International Development with a concentration in Monitoring and Evaluation. The multidisciplinary nature of the International Development program is what first drew me to Clark. The students and faculty at the department have a wealth of real-world experiences from different backgrounds that add a unique richness and practicality to the interactions that take place in the classrooms.
The most exciting thing about Clark for me has to be the community that I have forged here at the University and in Worcester. I am constantly surrounded by vibrant personalities from the most diverse backgrounds who share a common sense of collaboration and support. Coming to Clark as an international student, this characteristic of inclusivity has been extremely valuable to my experience.
I love to travel, and I like being outdoors although I am also the least athletic person that I know. I am excited about the opportunity to support prospective and incoming students as they make decisions about their graduate education. My hope is to be a resource and also to share the sense of community here at Clark with them.
MS in Marketing Analytics
Hey! I am Monisha Kannan, currently pursuing my master’s in Marketing Analytics at Clark University. I was born in the southern part of India but lived in various cities, moving every two years and experiencing the diverse and vibrant culture of the country. Before attending Clark, I worked for an experiential travel company and during that time, I realized the power marketing can hold on any product. It can either break it or make it and thus started my passion for building a career in marketing and to get into the depths of this so-called power.
Relocating to a new country or place can be daunting, especially for an international student like myself. However, being here and interacting with a diverse community makes me feel like I belong here. There are abundant opportunities for not only professional but also personal growth. Clark offers me a wonderful platform to showcase my talents and enhance my professional skills. The main thing that attracted me towards Clark was the how they had unique courses like Blockchain, Crypto and AI along with the basic marketing courses which I believe is the future of any industry. And to add to that, they have a really good sports center, Kneller which is my happy place and always will be.
I thoroughly enjoy meeting new people, and being a Graduate Assistant at Clark provides me with the opportunity to do so, while also assisting new students in gaining a better understanding of their course, the University, and Worcester.
MS in Project Management
Hello! I am Deepak Singh, from Bangalore India, a beautiful and vibrant city in southern India. I am pursuing my MS in Project management from Clark SPS. Have over 15 years of rich experience in the IT industry. I started my journey as a software developer for one of the best IT services companies. Excelled and moved up to the new roles of Technology Analyst, Team Leader, and Project Manager. I worked for industries like Food Retail – CPG, Electronics Manufacturing & distribution, Fashion Retail, Information management and Digital services, Publishing, electrical manufacturing, and industrial equipment manufacturing industries to name a few, and developed a deeper understanding of the everyday work life in any IT project.
I love everything about people, traveling, and food. Driving on the new roads and seeing places never seen before is the best as it gets. Trying new food and flavors is a blessing. Good friends, good food, and amazing places make it all worth it!!!
Since I was always working, I knew I was missing the core project management fundamentals, techniques, and new methodologies. Everything around us, including technology, is changing rapidly and it’s always a good idea to come back to any form of education to keep yourself updated and relevant. I feel this is a big stepping stone in my life where I would be able to not only pursue my long-standing MS degree but would be able to go back to work knowing all the latest tools and techniques to work better and reap the best benefits out of it in my future prospects.
Many ask me why this time. So let me summarize that: while it’s always the right time to go back to college, for me it was a personal decision to wait while giving more importance to family responsibilities, I feel this is the right time for me to be doing my MS. Things could not have worked out the best as they have for me, which confirmed my belief that this indeed is the right time to come back to the college.
While choosing the university, Clark was always a top contender on my list. I look for education as a history of evolution and building the future at the same time. When it comes to admitting students, Clark takes a very unique approach for each student who is applying for the programs. Clark gives a lot of importance to what a person is really looking for and would be needing for their better prospects and try to cater to that need. This individualistic approach is the core of my principles as well. Clark University has been established and standing long enough to prove all of these features. A good mix of people, cultures, food, and fun events is the cherry on top. Happy Learning!
MS in Data Analytics
Hi, I am Linda Pham from a lovely coastal city in Vietnam, and am currently pursuing a Master’s in Data Analytics (MSDA) at Clark. I completed my Bachelor’s in Business Systems Analytics and Finance at La Salle University in Philadelphia. Following that, I gained valuable experience as a Business Development Executive and Research Analyst at a Cryptocurrency Venture Capital Firm in Vietnam for a year before joining Clark. During this time, I discovered my passion for data analysis, prompting me to further my education by pursuing a Master’s degree in Data Analytics at Clark.
During my leisure time, I indulge in various activities such as writing, traveling, and dancing. I have been a dedicated K-Pop dancer for a decade! Recently, I have also developed an interest in gym workouts and swimming, making the Kneller Gym and Pool my ultimate favorite spot at Clark!
Becoming a Graduate Assistant has provided me with a captivating and challenging opportunity to work with students from diverse cultures and backgrounds. Additionally, it allows me to share my personal story and experience, assisting students in making the right decision.
Master of Business Administration
My name is Saif, and I am currently a student in the MBA program. 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 Assistant 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.
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