Contact an Admissions Counselor

We know you are comparing lots of different colleges. We’re here to make that process as easy as possible. Our admissions counselors are a great resource throughout your entire college search process. 

Contact us with any questions you may have about Lesley—our programs, the culture, or what makes us stand out. Talk to us about what you’re looking for, and we can help you decide if Lesley’s a good fit. Call, email, text, or set up a one-on-one meeting with us in Cambridge. Throughout the year, Admissions Counselors will be traveling around the country to offer opportunities for students to meet with them one-on-one or in small groups, as well.

Have questions about your application to Lesley? We can help with that, too. Ask us about deadlines or requirements, and get advice on how to make your application stand out.

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Deb Kocar, Director of Admissions

Deb Kocar oversees everything undergraduate admissions, and leads a dedicated team of counselors and staff.

“Lesley is an amazing place. I have the privilege of working with students who question the world as they know it, and faculty and staff who challenge them to seek new paths.”

Email Deb: dkocar@lesley.edu

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Nancy Brown Wentzell, Associate Director of Admissions

Area of focus at Lesley: Transfer students and applicants to adult degree completion programs.

“I enjoy helping students who have attended other colleges determine if Lesley is the best fit for them now.”

Email Nancy: wentzell@lesley.edu; Call or Text Nancy: 617.762.5284

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Shannon Carey, Assistant Director of Admissions, BFA Specialist

Area of Focus at Lesley: First-year students applying to the College of Art and Design and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

“Lesley ensures that anyone from any background can find a home here, and the opportunities provided cannot be outdone. We have the unique opportunity to call not only Cambridge, but Boston our home. (Plus, have you seen our killer art facilities?)”

Email Shannon: scarey12@lesley.edu; Call or Text Shannon: 617.934.2287

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Rocky Cotard, Assistant Director of Admissions & Urban Scholars Initiative Specialist

Area of Focus at Lesley: First-year students applying to the College of Art and Design and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

"I think Lesley is an opportune place for students seeking to engage with the world critically on a social level, artistic level and scholarly level."

Email Rocky: rcotard@lesley.edu; Call or Text Rocky: 617.553.9251

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Laura Davis, Assistant Director of Admissions

Area of focus at Lesley: First-year students applying to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

“Lesley students are doers, and they don’t take no for an answer. A ‘no’ here is a chance to try something new or explore a different path. The ability to turn a challenge into an opportunity is what makes Lesley students stand out from the crowd, and what gives me great joy in working with them.”

Email Laura: ldavis26@lesley.edu; Call or Text Laura: 617.934.4099

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Melissa Essman, Associate Director, New Jersey Recruitment

Area of focus at Lesley: First-year students applying to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

“What I love about Lesley students is their willingness to always want to do better. Be it pushing themselves to succeed in their area of study, tackling and mastering something new, or acting as a force for good in the world around them, each student I have encountered has seized the opportunity to leave a positive impact on the Lesley community and beyond, each in their own, unique way.”

Email Melissa: messman@lesley.edu; Call or Text Melissa: 781-777-8649

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Courtny Flint, Senior Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Area of focus at Lesley: First-year students applying to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

"What I love about Lesley is the fact that students can come here and truly be who they want to be! Our community does not try to fit into a cookie-cutter mold, but rather we embrace our creativity and carve our own paths. In my opinion, that is what makes Lesley so special!"

Email Courtny: cflint@lesley.edu; Call or Text Courtny: 617.340.6462

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Erik Gullard, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions and BFA Specialist

Area of focus at Lesley: First-year students applying to the College of Art and Design and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

“Lesley offers students the opportunity to explore and I love when students have their ‘aha’ moment and realize their passion.”

Email Erik: egullard@lesley.edu; Call or Text Erik: 617.326.5217

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Bradi Hajjar, Director of International Recruitment and Student Success

Area of focus at Lesley: International applicants, and students once they arrive in the U.S.

“At Lesley, there’s a supportive and welcoming community that you’ll feel from your first step on campus.”

Email Bradi: bhajjar@lesley.edu

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Mike McCarthy, Associate Director of Admissions and BFA Specialist

Area of focus at Lesley: First-year students applying to the College of Art and Design and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

“My favorite aspect of working at Lesley is the students.”

Email Mike: mmccart1@lesley.edu; Call or Text Mike: 617.431.1284

Not sure who to reach? Have a general question? Ask our Admission Representatives Terry, Wendy and Brina, and they will get back to you! 

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Terry Starr-Klein, Admissions Representative

Area of focus at Lesley: Disseminating information about Lesley University and its admissions process to all prospective students and their families.  

"Working at the Undergraduate Admissions Office and speaking with prospective students and their families, has been one of the most positive experiences in my career as an educator."

Email Terry: tstarrkl@lesley.edu

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Wendy Carton, Admissions Representative

Area of focus at Lesley: Providing information about Lesley University and its admissions processes to prospective students and their families

"I love meeting perspective students, hearing about their passions and how they want to impact the world!"

Email Wendy: wcarton@lesley.edu

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Brina Einstein, Admissions Representative

Area of focus at Lesley: Providing information about Lesley University and its admissions processes to prospective students and their families

“I so enjoy meeting the prospective students and their families and sharing my passion for Lesley with them!”

Email Brina: Brina.Einstein@lesley.edu

Who's My Counselor?

Our undergraduate admissions counselors are assigned to geographical areas and academic programs. Find out which counselor to talk to, depending on where you live and the program you're interested in.

  • Northeast U.S.

    If you live in the northeast and are interested in an undergraduate program, these are your counselors.

    Connecticut

    Shannon Carey

    Maine

    Erik Gullard 

    Massachusetts

    • Metro Boston: Rocky Cotard
    • South Shore: Mike McCarthy (College of Art and Design); Laura Davis (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)
    • Central Massachusetts or Western Massachusetts: Mike McCarthy (College of Art and Design); Laura Davis (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)
    • North Shore: Erik Gullard (College of Art and Design); Shannon Carey (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

    New Hampshire

    Erik Gullard 

    New Jersey

    Melissa Essman

    New York

    • NYC Boroughs, Long Island and Westchester/Rockland Counties: Mike McCarthy
    • Central Hudson and Upstate New York: Mike McCarthy

    Pennsylvania

    Mike McCarthy

    Rhode Island

    Mike McCarthy (College of Art and Design); Courtny Flint (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

    Vermont

    Erik Gullard

  • East Coast & Mid-Atlantic U.S.

    Mike McCarthy is your counselor if you live in one of these areas or states:

    • Delaware
    • Florida
    • Georgia
    • Maryland
    • North Carolina
    • Puerto Rico
    • South Carolina
    • Virginia
    • Washington DC
    • West Virginia
  • Midwest & Southern U.S.

    Mike McCarthy is your counselor if you live in one of these Midwest or Southern states and you are interested in an undergraduate program in our College of Art & Design or our College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

    These are the states in our Midwest and Southern U.S. territories:

    • Alabama
    • Arkansas
    • Illinois
    • Indiana
    • Iowa
    • Kansas
    • Kentucky
    • Louisiana
    • Michigan
    • Minnesota
    • Mississippi
    • Missouri
    • Montana
    • Nebraska
    • North Dakota
    • Ohio
    • Oklahoma
    • South Dakota
    • Tennessee
    • Texas
    • Wisconsin
  • Western U.S.

    Mike McCarthy is your counselor if you live in one of these Western states:

    • Alaska
    • Arizona
    • California
    • Colorado
    • Hawaii
    • Idaho
    • Montana
    • Nevada
    • New Mexico
    • Oregon
    • Washington
    • Wyoming
  • International Students

    If you live outside of the United States or are applying as an international student, your counselor is Bradi Hajjar. bhajjar@lesley.edu

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