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!

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.

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

mboyce3@gmu.edu

Welcome! I'm Matthew Boyce, George Mason University's Senior Associate 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.

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

cdavis14@gmu.edu

Hi, my name is Caroline Davis, and I’m an 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 — Assistant Director of Admissions / Volunteer Coordinator
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 an Assistant Director of Admissions, and I am also the Coordinator for our Alumni Volunteer Program – the Alumni 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 managed volunteer programs for eight years and am lucky with this volunteer program that Mason alums remain as devoted to their alma mater as they were when they attended as students. They make my job so easy.

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 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 — Senior Admissions Counselor / Volunteer Coordinator
Staff Photo: Andrew Bunting (2011)

abunting@gmu.edu

Hello! My name is Andrew E. Bunting and I am a Senior Admissions Counselor 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!

Richard Malebranche — Senior Admissions Counselor
Staff Photo: Richard Malebranche (2012)

rmalebra@gmu.edu

Hello, friends! My name is Richard Malebranche, but you can just call me Ricky! I am an Admissions Counselor at George Mason University. Taking this position has been the second best decision of my life—the best decision hands down was choosing Mason for my undergrad!

Following in the footsteps of my brother and sister, I myself became a Mason Patriot, and let me tell you, I have absolutely loved my time here at Mason! I started in the Fall of 2006 and graduated in May of 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. As a student, I was a Mason Ambassador, a Resident Advisor for freshmen students, and a student leader with Catholic Campus Ministry. I was also heavily involved in intramural sports. One particularly fun memory from my time as an undergraduate was when I was crowned “Mr. Mason 2009”, Mason’s Homecoming King! Outside of Mason Admissions, I work with several youth groups in the area and I coach soccer.

If you need assistance with anything in the college process, or want to hear more about my Mason experience, please feel free to contact me!

Pat Money — Senior Admissions Counselor
Staff Photo: Pat Money (2012)

fmoney@gmu.edu

My name is Patrick Money, and I am a Senior Admissions Counselor 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!

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!

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!

 

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.