George Mason University

Meet Your Counselor

Whether you are just beginning your college search, are considering applying, or are an admitted student, we encourage you to contact your Admissions Counselor to learn more about the amazing opportunities that await you here at Mason.

Have general questions? Feel free to email the Office of Admissions at admissions@gmu.edu or call 703-993-2400.

Freshman Applicants

Just in Virginia
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Christina Badalis
Admissions Representative(s)

Email: cbadalis@gmu.edu

My name is Christina Badalis and I am an Admissions Counselor here at George Mason University. I came to Mason as a transfer student after two years at a community college. I graduated with honors and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs Read More...

Virginia Counties: Brunswick, Falls Church City, Hopewell City, Patrick, Powhatan, Prince George, Prince William, Pulaski, Radford, Rappahannock, Richmond City, Roanoke City, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Russell, Salem, Scott, Shenandoah, Smyth, Southampton

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Eva Bramesco
Assistant Director for Honors College Admissions


Email: ebramesc@gmu.edu

Eva Bramesco is the Assistant Director of Honors College Admissions here at Mason. Beginning with her involvement in the Admissions Office at her alma mater, Eva has spent nearly a decade working with students and families of all backgrounds to overcome the various hurdles of the college admissions process. Read More...

Virginia Counties: Accomack, Caroline, Dinwiddie, Essex, Franklin City, Frederick, Fredericksburg City, Gloucester, Lancaster, Madison, Middlesex, Nelson, Northumberland, Orange, Page, Pete Saenzrsburg City, Portsmouth City, Richmond, Warren, Westmoreland

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Danny Brosnan
Admissions Counselor


Email: dbrosna@gmu.edu

My name is Danny Brosnan, and I am an admissions counselor here at George Mason University. While I did not attend Mason as an undergraduate student, it is an institution that I have always admired from afar. As a native of Fairfax and a graduate of Paul VI Catholic High School, I can speak not only to the quality of education that George Mason offers to prospective students, but also to the advantages of its proximity to Washington, D.C., and surrounding areas. Read More..

Virginia Counties: Hanover, Henry, James City, Lee, Louisa, Mathews, Mecklenburg, Northampton, Norton City, Suffolk City, Surry, Susses, Tazewell, Wise, York

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Dylan Henry
Admissions Counselor


Email: dhenry4@gmu.edu

Hello! My name is Dylan Henry and I am the Admissions Counselor here at George Mason responsible for the New England region. During my collegiate experience, I quickly found my passion for higher education by getting involved in various organizations dedicated to increasing student access to a four year experience. Read More...

Virginia Counties: Alleghany, Amelia, Amherst, Appomattox, Bath, Bristol City, Buena Vista City, Charles City, Charlottesville City, Chesapeake City, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights City, Covington City, Danville City, Fauquier, Galax City, Harrisonburg City, Highland, King and Queen, King George, King William, Loudoun, Lunenburg, Lynchburg City, Montgomery, New Kent, Norfolk City, Nottoway, Pittsylvania, Prince Edward, Roanoke, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Washington, Wythe

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Patrick Money
Senior Assistant Director of Admissions

Email: fmoney@gmu.edu

My name is Patrick Money, and I am a Senior Assistant Director of Admissions for the Office of Admissions at George Mason University. I have lived in Northern Virginia my entire life and attended high school at Lake Braddock Secondary School. I had an amazing experience as an undergrad while earning my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology here at Mason. Read More...

Virginia Counties: Hampton City, Manassas City, Manassas Park City, Staunton City, Waynesboro City, Winchester City

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Pete Saenz
Admissions Counselor


Email: psaenz@gmu.edu

Aloha! My name is Pete Saenz and I am an Admissions Counselor here at George Mason University! I have grown up all over the country, from one island in Hilo, Hawaii to another in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, and have spent a year or two in pretty much every time zone in between. I eventually found my home at Mason, and graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, along with a Minor in Human Development and Family Science. Read More...

Virginia Counties: Albemarle, Augusta, Bedford, Bedford, Bland, Botetourt, Buchanan, Buckingham, Campbell, Carroll, Charlotte, Clarke, Craig, Cumberland, Dickenson, Emporia City, Floyd, Fluvanna, Franklin, Giles, Goochland, Grayson, Greeve, Halifax, Henrico, Isle of Wight, Newport News City, Poquoson City, Virginia Beach City, Williamsburg City

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Lauren Wagner

Senior Assistant Director of Admissions

Email: lwagner4@gmu.edu

Hi! My name is Lauren Wagner, and I wear two hats in the Admissions Office. I am a Senior Assistant Director of Admissions, and I am also the advisor to our group of student tour guides – the Mason Ambassadors. I grew up in West Virginia and (like some of you) decided to go out of state for college. My bachelor’s degree is from Indiana University and my master’s degree is from Duke University. People joke that I chose my schools based on the competitiveness of their basketball teams, and, since I’m now at Mason, I guess there’s some truth to that. Read More...

Virginia Counties: Alexandria City, Arlington, Fairfax Fairfax City

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Kirsten Pugh Walker

Admissions Representative

Email: kwalke28@gmu.edu

Hello everyone! My name is Kirsten Pugh Walker and I am an Admissions Representative at George Mason University.

Over my tenure, I have encountered many students who are driven, committed to excellence, and possess a desire for making a difference, just like the students here at Mason. Read More...

Virginia Counties: Culpeper

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Western States
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Christina Badalis
Admissions Representative(s)

Email: cbadalis@gmu.edu

My name is Christina Badalis and I am an Admissions Counselor here at George Mason University. I came to Mason as a transfer student after two years at a community college. I graduated with honors and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs Read More...

States:

Area Responsible: California - All CA excluding San Diego only

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Lauren Wagner

Senior Assistant Director of Admissions

Email: lwagner4@gmu.edu

Hi! My name is Lauren Wagner, and I wear two hats in the Admissions Office. I am a Senior Assistant Director of Admissions, and I am also the advisor to our group of student tour guides – the Mason Ambassadors. I grew up in West Virginia and (like some of you) decided to go out of state for college. My bachelor’s degree is from Indiana University and my master’s degree is from Duke University. People joke that I chose my schools based on the competitiveness of their basketball teams, and, since I’m now at Mason, I guess there’s some truth to that. Read More...

States: Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Washington

Area Responsible: California - San Diego only

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Central States
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Carla Arellano

Texas Regional Recruiter

Email: carella2@gmu.edu

Hello, future patriots! My name is Carla Arellano and I am the Texas Regional Recruiter for George Mason University. I am a proud born and bred Texan. I have lived in Texas my entire life and understand how unique we are as a state. We have strong family ties and a thirst for knowledge that allows us to pursue new adventures as well as opportunities.Read More...

States: Texas

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Staff photo: Christina Badalis

Christina Badalis
Admissions Representative(s)

Email: cbadalis@gmu.edu

My name is Christina Badalis and I am an Admissions Counselor here at George Mason University. I came to Mason as a transfer student after two years at a community college. I graduated with honors and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs Read More...

States: Kentucky, Michigan

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Danny Brosnan
Admissions Counselor


Email: dbrosna@gmu.edu

My name is Danny Brosnan, and I am an admissions counselor here at George Mason University. While I did not attend Mason as an undergraduate student, it is an institution that I have always admired from afar. As a native of Fairfax and a graduate of Paul VI Catholic High School, I can speak not only to the quality of education that George Mason offers to prospective students, but also to the advantages of its proximity to Washington, D.C., and surrounding areas. Read More..

States: Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma

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Tesha Byrne

Southeastern Regional Recruiter

Email: tbyrne3@gmu.edu

Hey ya’ll! My name is Tesha Byrne, and I am the Southeast Regional Recruiter for the Office of Admissions at George Mason University. I was born, raised, and spent the majority of my life in Northern Virginia, right next to Mason, though now I live in Columbia, South Carolina. I attended Mason where I earned both my Bachelors in Communication and my Masters in Education. While working on my undergraduate degree, I had the opportunity to live on campus, participate in the Greek life, and work on the yearbook staff. Read More...

States: Mississipi

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Patrick Money
Senior Assistant Director of Admissions

Email: fmoney@gmu.edu

My name is Patrick Money, and I am a Senior Assistant Director of Admissions for the Office of Admissions at George Mason University. I have lived in Northern Virginia my entire life and attended high school at Lake Braddock Secondary School. I had an amazing experience as an undergrad while earning my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology here at Mason. Read More...

States: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota

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Northeastern States
Staff photo: Christina Badalis

Christina Badalis
Admissions Representative(s)

Email: cbadalis@gmu.edu

My name is Christina Badalis and I am an Admissions Counselor here at George Mason University. I came to Mason as a transfer student after two years at a community college. I graduated with honors and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs Read More...

States:

Delaware, West Virginia,

Area Responsible: Washington DC - DC Private Schools

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Staff photo: Eva Bramesco (2015) (360px)

Eva Bramesco
Assistant Director for Honors College Admissions


Email: ebramesc@gmu.edu

Eva Bramesco is the Assistant Director of Honors College Admissions here at Mason. Beginning with her involvement in the Admissions Office at her alma mater, Eva has spent nearly a decade working with students and families of all backgrounds to overcome the various hurdles of the college admissions process. Read More...

States:

Area Responsible: Massachusetts- Greater Boston

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Staff photo: Danny Brosnan

Danny Brosnan
Admissions Counselor


Email: dbrosna@gmu.edu

My name is Danny Brosnan, and I am an admissions counselor here at George Mason University. While I did not attend Mason as an undergraduate student, it is an institution that I have always admired from afar. As a native of Fairfax and a graduate of Paul VI Catholic High School, I can speak not only to the quality of education that George Mason offers to prospective students, but also to the advantages of its proximity to Washington, D.C., and surrounding areas. Read More..

States:

New Jersey, New York

Area Responsible:

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Rachel Cleaver
Associate Director K12 Partnerships


Email: rcleave2@gmu.edu

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States:

Area Responsible: Washington, D.C.( DC Public and Charter Schools)

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Dylan Henry
Admissions Counselor


Email: dhenry4@gmu.edu

Hello! My name is Dylan Henry and I am the Admissions Counselor here at George Mason responsible for the New England region. During my collegiate experience, I quickly found my passion for higher education by getting involved in various organizations dedicated to increasing student access to a four year experience. Read More...

States:

Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

Area Responsible: Massachusetts- Massachusetts state

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Staff photo: Pat Money (2015) (360px)

Patrick Money
Senior Assistant Director of Admissions

Email: fmoney@gmu.edu

My name is Patrick Money, and I am a Senior Assistant Director of Admissions for the Office of Admissions at George Mason University. I have lived in Northern Virginia my entire life and attended high school at Lake Braddock Secondary School. I had an amazing experience as an undergrad while earning my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology here at Mason. Read More...

States:

Area Responsible: Pennsylvania - Pittsburgh area

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Staff photo: Pete Saenz (2015) (360px)

Pete Saenz
Admissions Counselor


Email: psaenz@gmu.edu

Aloha! My name is Pete Saenz and I am an Admissions Counselor here at George Mason University! I have grown up all over the country, from one island in Hilo, Hawaii to another in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, and have spent a year or two in pretty much every time zone in between. I eventually found my home at Mason, and graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, along with a Minor in Human Development and Family Science. Read More...

States:

Maryland, Ohio

Area Responsible:
Pennsylvania - statewide excluding Pittsburgh and Philadelphia

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Haarika Reddy
Admissions Counselor

Email: hreddy2@gmu.edu

Hello! My name is Haarika Reddy and I am the admissions counselor here at GMU responsible for the states of New York and New Jersey. I began my work in Admissions in Los Angeles at Occidental College as a Senior Fellow, helping students navigate the college application process. Read More...

States:

Area Responsible: Southern New Jersey
New York ( excluding NYC and Long Island)

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Southeastern States
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Tesha Byrne

Southeastern Regional Recruiter

Email: tbyrne3@gmu.edu

Hey ya’ll! My name is Tesha Byrne, and I am the Southeast Regional Recruiter for the Office of Admissions at George Mason University. I was born, raised, and spent the majority of my life in Northern Virginia, right next to Mason, though now I live in Columbia, South Carolina. I attended Mason where I earned both my Bachelors in Communication and my Masters in Education. While working on my undergraduate degree, I had the opportunity to live on campus, participate in the Greek life, and work on the yearbook staff. Read More...

States: Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee,

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United States Territories
Staff photo: Christina Badalis

Christina Badalis
Admissions Representative(s)

Email: cbadalis@gmu.edu

My name is Christina Badalis and I am an Admissions Counselor here at George Mason University. I came to Mason as a transfer student after two years at a community college. I graduated with honors and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs Read More...

States: Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

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Staff photo: Pat Money (2015) (360px)

Patrick Money
Senior Assistant Director of Admissions

Email: fmoney@gmu.edu

My name is Patrick Money, and I am a Senior Assistant Director of Admissions for the Office of Admissions at George Mason University. I have lived in Northern Virginia my entire life and attended high school at Lake Braddock Secondary School. I had an amazing experience as an undergrad while earning my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology here at Mason. Read More...

States: American Samoa

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International Applicants

Have general questions? Feel free to email the Office of Admissions International Admissions staff at world@gmu.edu.

Counselors

Jennifer Tkacz, Director of International Admissions

Hello! My name is Jennifer Tkacz and I am Director of International Admissions here at George Mason University.

I grew up in Windsor, Connecticut and came to Washington, DC back in 1997 to attend American University where I received a Bachelors degree in International Studies and a Masters degree in International Affairs. After finishing my graduate degree, I spent a few years living and working in the New York City area but I missed DC so much and the chance to work for Mason was so enticing, I had to come back!

I started working with international students as an undergraduate student admissions assistant at AU over 10 years ago and have since dedicated my career to promoting U.S. higher education and international understanding. I thoroughly enjoy sharing with international students all of the exciting opportunities a U.S. education (and specifically an education at Mason!) has to offer.

When I’m not helping international students, I enjoy traveling, reading, cooking, going to the movies, practicing my Spanish, and learning about new cultures.

Julie Huffman, Assistant Director of International Admissions

Hello! My name is Julie Huffman and I am the Assistant Director of International Admissions at George Mason University. Originally from the beautiful Shenandoah Valley; I am a born and raised Virginia girl that left my small hometown to study at Mason. I completed my undergraduate studies here in 2011 with majors in Global Affairs and Conflict Analysis and Resolution. My time in college included a study abroad trip to the Philippines, an internship on Capitol Hill, a part-time job here in the Office of Admissions, and many fun activities with friends and classmates.

After graduating, I worked several years in admissions at another university but missed Mason and the DC area and was glad to come back to work here in 2013. I enjoy meeting with prospective students to tell them about my alma mater but especially love that my job allows me to work with international students. Unlike some other Mason counselors, I do not have a specific “territory” of students I work with, I get the world! Any student who has foreign education credentials or is a citizen of a foreign country could come to me with questions. I spend time in the fall and spring visiting high schools abroad so you may see me or a colleague in Asia, South America, Europe or the Middle East! You can check the Global Recruitment Schedule to see where you can find us next! It is very fulfilling to merge my career with my passion for international culture and global understanding to help international students navigate US higher education and all that an American degree and a university like Mason has to offer!

When I am not traveling for work, I like traveling for pleasure, cooking, reading and going to concerts. I hope that if I meet you in your home country you can tell me the best food to eat and any must-see places I should visit! In turn, I hope to show you how Mason can be your future, “home away from home!”

International Events

International/Non-U.S. Events