Meet Our Admissions Counselors

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

Want to contact the Admissions Counselor who reads for your high school? Select your state from our Counselor Map to contact the representative who will be working with you as you consider Mason.

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

Click on any of our staff members below for more information.

Undergraduate Admissions Staff

Amy Takayama-Perez — Dean of Admissions
Staff Photo: Amy Takayama-Perez (2012)

Hello, future Patriots! My name is Amy Takayama-Perez, and I have the pleasure of serving as the Dean of Admissions at George Mason University, my alma mater. I look forward to sharing with you all that makes our university home to students from across the country and all over the world.

As a native New Englander, I originally came to Mason to pursue an undergraduate degree in Sociology. I was drawn to Mason for its dynamic and diverse student body, strong academic programs, and beautiful campus located just minutes from Washington, D.C. This is a truly one-of-a-kind university, and I loved it so much I decided to earn my Masters of Education from Mason as well. From that time to now, I have had the opportunity to watch Mason grow into the amazing global university that it is today.

As a prospective student, I hope you will get a chance to visit campus and spend some time in the greater Washington, D.C. area. It’s never been a more exciting time to be a Patriot and part of community of scholars making a difference every day. At Mason, we pride ourselves on preparing students for real world jobs and careers through competitive internships and research opportunities with impact. The best part of my job is working with students and families every day and telling them about the Mason story.

On behalf of the entire admissions team, we are thrilled that you are considering Mason, and I invite you to visit us and experience all we have to offer you. We want to make sure we can help make your college search and application process as stress-free as possible, and we are always here to answer any questions you may have about Mason and share our Patriot pride with you. Go Patriots!

Matthew Boyce — Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Staff Photo: Matthew Boyce (2012)

mboyce3@gmu.edu

Welcome! I'm Matthew Boyce, George Mason University's Director of Undergraduate Admissions.

A product of a Naval family, I spent my early life zig-zagging across the country with my parents and six (yes, six) siblings. After Charleston, Honolulu, Seattle, and even a few stints here in Fairfax, we finally settled in suburban Philadelphia which I consider home.

I hold bachelor's degrees in psychology and philosophy from Villanova University, a Master of Education degree with a concentration in school counseling from Boston University, and am currently working toward my PhD in education here at Mason.

Prior to my time at Mason, I served as Director of Programming for the college-access nonprofit Let’s Get Ready, in New England, helping students make their college dreams a reality. In this role, I built upon my earlier experiences as a school guidance counselor at Boston College High School and as a teacher and counselor for at-risk youth as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood.

My career and passion is helping students and families access higher education and unlock the door to their futures by helping them navigate the college application process. As we connect, I look forward to telling you about how much I love being a Patriot and the world of opportunities Mason offers.

Jennifer Tkacz — Director of International Admissions
Staff Photo: Jen Tkacz (2012)

jtkacz@gmu.edu

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.

Nathan Lockett — Associate Director of K12 Partnerships
Staff photo: Nathan Lockett (2014) (360px)

nlocket2@gmu.edu

Hello Future Patriots! My name is Nathan Lockett, and I am the Associate Director for K-12 Partnerships at George Mason University. In my role, I help lead the team’s college-access programming and work with school districts, non-profit organizations, and the Mason campus community to help students and their families understand the benefits of a college education and what steps are necessary to attain one. Prior to arriving at Mason, I directed K-12 outreach at Cornell University and taught 12th grade Economics at Ithaca High School. As an avid runner, I was the captain of the SUNY Geneseo track team, where I earned a B.A. in History and Education before later earning a M.S. in Instructional Technology from SUNY Albany. A lifelong New Yorker, I couldn’t be more excited to leave New York winters behind, and I am excited to work with schools and future Mason students as they take steps towards pursuing a meaningful college degree!

Caroline Davis — Senior Assistant Director of Admissions
Staff Photo: Caroline Davis (2012)

cdavis14@gmu.edu

Hi, my name is Caroline Davis, and I’m a Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at Mason. I grew up in northern Virginia and graduated from the University of Virginia with degrees in both English and Religious Studies. While in school, I studied abroad in London, tried my hand at several internships, and discovered my love for education, which led me to Mason's Office of Admissions.

Washington, D.C. is a great place to live, and in my free time, I enjoy taking advantage of all that the area has to offer, whether it’s playing golf, catching local shows, trying out new restaurants and coffee spots, or just exploring the city. One of my favorite things about Mason is hearing about all of the incredible internships students gain as early as sophomore year – it’s extraordinary what Mason students accomplish! Beyond the internship opportunities, Mason distinguishes itself for its innovative and entrepreneurial academic programs, undergraduate research, unique study abroad options, creativity (we have both an Underwater Hockey team and a Quidditch club – need I say more?), as well as a diverse and engaged student body. Mason has quickly become my home, and I hope to help prospective students discover all that Mason has to offer – it might just become your new home, too!

If you ever have any questions about life at Mason, just send me a note. See you on campus!

Lauren Wagner — Senior Assistant Director of Admissions
Staff Photo: Lauren Wagner (2012)

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.

A good part of my working life has centered around higher education, mainly teaching, and I truly enjoy working with students, the vibrant life on campus and the unique opportunity that college presents for different perspectives, opinions and opportunities for learning.

I have been with the Admissions office since the summer of 2010, and I can tell you that the love for this university and pride that our students feel for Mason is contagious. I can’t imagine being anywhere else and am so thankful to have the opportunity to help students, parents (and even alumni) find a home here with our Mason family.

Choosing a university and crossing this threshold is so exciting, yet I know it can be overwhelming at times. We counselors are here to assist in any way we can, so don’t be shy about reaching out for help. Please feel free to contact me anytime with questions about Mason, the application process in general, or (for you alums out there) how to reconnect with Mason in a volunteer capacity. My email is lwagner4@gmu.edu and I can be reached by phone at 703-993-2400.

Good luck on your college search and career, and I hope to see you around campus!

Andrew Bunting — Assistant Director of Admissions / Volunteer Coordinator
Staff Photo: Andrew Bunting (2011)

abunting@gmu.edu

Hello! My name is Andrew E. Bunting and I am an Assistant Director of Admissions at George Mason University, where I also work closely with our student tour guides (the Mason Ambassadors), as well as coordinate our Mason Admissions Volunteer Network. I am originally from Sewell, New Jersey and graduated with Honors from the University of Delaware with majors in International Relations, French Language, and History. My time in college included a semester long study-abroad trip to Paris, participation in a wide array of intramural sports and clubs, and meeting some of my best friends. After having such an amazing time in college I decided to pursue a career in college admissions so that I could help future students have the same type of rewarding experience that I did.

As part of the Mason Admissions team it is my job to help prospective students and their families navigate the college search and application process. Mason offers such a unique set of educational and social opportunities, from first rate professors and study-abroad opportunities, to over 300 student organizations and Division I athletics. Mason really does have it all, and I am thrilled to be able to share our campus with you. My travel territory includes Northern New Jersey and New York, including New York City, Westchester County, and Long Island - expect to see me around if you are from these areas! If you have any questions along the way please do not hesitate to contact me at abunting@gmu.edu.

I look forward to seeing you all on campus as Patriots!

Pat Money — Assistant Director of Admissions
Staff Photo: Pat Money (2012)

fmoney@gmu.edu

My name is Patrick Money, and I am an 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. This area is an incredible place for young people to explore options both professionally and socially - an opportunity I took in full, which ultimately led to a college career I thoroughly enjoyed and would not trade for anything.

One of my favorite memories was when I made my initial decision to come to Mason back in 2006 after I saw the Men’s basketball team reach the final four live at the Verizon Center!

I first started working with the Admissions Office in the Spring of 2007 as a student, but now, I am very excited to join the Mason community as a professional. I have a passion for higher education and even more so for George Mason University, and I hope to share it with all those who are interested.

Have a great school year, and please feel free to contact me if you need any help with the college admissions process! GO PATRIOTS!

Amanda Guerin — Admissions Counselor
Staff Photo: Amanda Guerin (2013) (360px)

aguerin@gmu.edu

Hello! My name is Amanda Ray Guerin and I am an Admissions Counselor here at George Mason University. I grew up in Mechanicsville, Virginia and graduated from Mason with a degree in Criminology, Law and Society. As a student, I was involved in Greek Life, worked for Mason Recreation, and of course cheered my heart out at our NCAA Division I basketball games!

Going to school just outside of the nation’s capital is an amazing experience due to all the opportunities you get in and outside of the classroom. One of my favorite things about Mason is that students get to work with prestigious professors with real-world experience. You gain incredible connections with faculty members who are experts in their fields, including Assistant Attorneys General, novelists, scientists, policy makers, and even Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winners. Choosing to attend Mason is hands down the best decision I ever made.

I love being a part of the Mason Nation and working for the Office of Admissions. Please feel free to contact me with any questions about the admissions process or if you want to learn more about Mason. Go Patriots!

Tierney Keller — Admissions Counselor

tkeller7@gmu.edu

Hello! My name is Tierney Keller and I am an Admissions Counselor here at George Mason University. Originally from southern New Jersey, I completed my undergraduate studies in International Relations, International Business, and Spanish at the University of Delaware and am currently working towards my Masters in Higher Education at Mason. As an undergraduate, I was able to work as a Student Admissions Officer and tour guide before starting my career as an Admissions Representative at Mason and have loved my time so far!

As the main Admissions Counselor for all students in the Southeast, I am excited to bring a little southern charm to Mason’s campus through the talented students I meet daily while recruiting throughout the region and here on campus!

In addition to a vibrant residential campus just minutes from Washington, D.C., Mason offers a strong balance between student life and academics with top-rated faculty guiding our students and more than 300 student organizations from which to choose. This balance allows students to capitalize on countless opportunities, both on campus and across the globe. I cannot wait to work with you to bring you one step closer to finding your home at Mason!

Kersten Smith — Admissions Counselor
Staff Photo: Kersten Smith (2014) (360px)

ksmith16@gmu.edu

Hi! My name is Kersten Smith and I am an Admissions Representative here at George Mason University. I’m originally from Lincoln, Nebraska (go Cornhuskers!) and graduated from Mason in 2013 with a degree in Government and International Politics. As a student I was involved in Fraternity and Sorority Life, played club volleyball, and was a co-founder of a student-led consulting group. I chose George Mason University because of its proximity to Washington, D.C. The opportunities are endless here both inside and outside of the classroom; I was able to study abroad, work for a law firm, and volunteer in the community all while graduating early. The professors challenge you but also encourage you to gain real-life experience and always pursue the things you love.

The diversity at Mason is unlike anything I had ever experienced before. I loved learning first-hand from students and professors who had traveled and lived abroad; I learned so much about different cultures, religions, and political beliefs that I wouldn’t have been exposed to back home. I hope that you take the time to visit campus and check out all that Mason has to offer – that’s when you’ll really fall in love. Please let me know if you have any questions – I’d be happy to help.

Daniel Zimmet — Admissions Counselor
Staff Photo: Daniel Zimmet (2013) (360px)

dzimmet@gmu.edu

Hello! My name is Daniel Zimmet and I'm an Admissions Counselor here at Mason. Growing up in Northern Virginia, I had visited Mason many times for various events and concerts. However, once I toured campus with a current student I knew it was the school for me, and I could not have made a better decision. My time as a student here was absolutely incredible. As a Sports Management major, I was fortunate enough to study abroad twice – I went to South Africa during the World Cup, as well as to Finland to study sports marketing. I also held two internships with major sports organizations in the area while completing my degree. The access to professors and connections that I made with other students, faculty and staff is something I will always cherish.

The love and passion that students have to be Patriots is something that truly makes Mason home. I hope you get an opportunity to come visit this unique institution and see first-hand what it means to be a part of the Mason Nation.

I look forward to assisting you with the college admissions process, and please feel free to contact me with any questions that you may have along the way! Go Green, Go Gold - Fight, Fight, Fight!

Gregory George — Admissions Representative

ggeorge2@gmu.edu

Hello! My name is Gregory George and I am an Admissions Representative here at George Mason University. I grew up in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts and graduated from Mason with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (14’), as well as a minor in Business. As an alumnus, I can proudly say that my time spent at Mason is something I truly enjoyed and value. My experience as a student provided me multiple opportunities, both inside and outside of the classroom. I was fortunate enough to study abroad during my time at Mason, traveling to Galway, Ireland, where I spent a semester. It provided me the chance to live in a new country, learn from a different perspective, understand a new culture, and most importantly – have some fun! My interest in the field of higher education has lead me to my current position, and I hope to help as many students as possible realize their potential as they embark on their college search.

Mason provides its students with so many great things to take advantage of. Whether it is an internship with the government, research, or work study, there is something here for you. From a social stand point, Mason offers a wide variety of things to do - such as concerts from popular acts, basketball games, and club and intramural sports, just to name a few. Our proximity to Washington D.C. provides our students with quick access to the nation’s capital, with the world at your fingertips.

I am excited to be a part of the Office of Admissions and hope to share some of my experiences as an undergraduate with you. The choice of which college to attend is a big one, and I am here to help you every step of the way. At Mason, I received a world-class education while meeting some of my best friends. I hope to see you on campus in the future. Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding the admissions process or to learn more about Mason and what the university has to offer. Go Patriots!

Grace Knight — Admissions Representative

gknight2@gmu.edu

Hey there! My name is Grace Knight and I am an Admissions Representative here at George Mason University. I was born and raised in Southern Rhode Island right by the bay. I decided to venture outside the beautiful New England region to pursue my undergraduate degree at Mason. I graduated in 2014 with a BA in Global Affairs and American Government. Throughout my time as a student at Mason I was a Mason Admissions Ambassador, a Resident Advisor, a writer for the school newspaper, a member of various school organizations, and a teacher assistant at George Masons Child Development center.

One of the things I love most about Mason is the countless internship opportunities available to its students. I had the pleasure of interning on President Obama’s campaign as well as spending eight months in the House of Representatives as a Legislative Assistant intern. The close proximity to the nation’s capital generates limitless possibilities for the wide array of Mason students’ interests.

I decided to join the Admissions team here at Mason as a way to give back to the university that has given me so much, as well as share my passion and love for an amazing institution! I am very much looking forward to working in the Admissions Office and assisting you all throughout the application process!

 

Throughout the year, our Admissions representatives travel across the country and around the world to meet with and talk to prospective Mason students at high school visits, college fairs, and events – be sure to see whether we’ll be in your area in the upcoming weeks!

If you are an international student, please take a look at the global recruitment schedule.