Admissions Counselors

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      Iris Godes, 508-541-1508

      Iris has served as Dean of Admissions at Dean College since 2014, overseeing student recruitment, application review and the office operations. As an enrollment professional in higher education for 25 years, Iris has worked for community colleges, public state universities, and private institutions. However, she sees Dean as distinctly different.

      Iris Godes"Dean College is the ideal choice for those that want to invest in themselves. The amount of student support and attention is unmatched. The administration, faculty and staff know each student personally and are all committed to their achievement. Regardless of where you are both academically and personally when you begin at Dean, your options are unlimited to transform yourself by the time you graduate."

      Iris's biggest piece of advice to prospective students is to visit campus. "Whether you are new to the college process or considering transferring, I encourage you to come for a visit. Our campus is absolutely beautiful and you will feel welcome just walking around it. Once you start talking to people you will immediately understand the special place that this is and learn that there are people here who care about you from the minute we meet you."

      When not on campus, Iris enjoys spending time with her family including two daughters who are a great source of pride. One is a recent college graduate who is just starting out blazing her own trail and another who is just starting college. "For the parents reading this putting their first child through college, I can promise you, it gets easier very soon! Call me and I’ll talk you through it."

      Iris holds a M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Boston University and a B.S. in Psychology from Syracuse University. She has served on local, regional and national boards and is past-president of the Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (MASFAA). Additionally, she has presented at numerous conferences both locally and nationally and has served as a volunteer counselor at Framingham High School, assisting students and families with the college application and financial aid process. 

      Getting to Know Iris

      Favorite Course Ever Taken
      Social Psychology, if I have to pick just one.

      Who was your Academic Mentor?
      The greatest influence in my academic life was my father whoinstilled in me to always do the absolute best I could and never settle foranything but “excellent.”

      Favorite Pastime
      Seeing a great movie, Sudoku, Baking.

      What's on your bucket list?
      Tennis at Wimbledon to see the Championships in person.

      What does the Dean Difference mean to you?
      It is the reason I am here at Dean. It means that you will get a college experience like no other surroundedby people whose primary goal is your success, not just as a student, but also as aperson.

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      Edward Connor, 508-541-1508

      Territory: Massachusetts (Worcester County)

      Ed serves as the Director of Admissions at Dean College.

      Ed Connor
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      Thomas Blushi

      Territory: Massachusetts, New York (Downstate Counties) & Rhode Island

      Tom joins the Dean Admissions Team after recently graduating from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City with a double major in Theater Arts, Producing & Stage Management and Communication Arts.

      During his time as an undergrad he a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in the Disney College Program in Orlando, Florida.  Tom could be found making magic for thousands of guests each day as a bellhop at Disney’s famous Tower of Terror attraction.

      Tom 2016

      During his free time, Tom can be found attending local theater productions as well as seeing the latest shows on Broadway. Tom enjoys helping students during the college searching process and believes the best part about Dean is the opportunity for students to receive personal attention to achieve their goals, while enjoying small class sizes, a liberal arts foundation and a beautiful suburban campus!

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      Jaclyn Cowell

      Territory: Transfer Students & Massachusetts

      Jaclyn has worked in admissions at both large public and small private institutions, which makes her an ideal resource for transfer students.

                                                                                Jaclyn 2016

      "My advice to all prospective students is to visit campus! Whether you are a freshman student or a transfer student, visiting may be the most important part in the decision making process. Go on tour and ask questions! Talk with current students and faculty. Learn about all the things Dean has to offer. This will be a place you call 'home' for the next four years so you really want to make sure it's the right fit!"

      Jaclyn received her B.A. in business management and a double minor in management information systems and political science from a small liberal arts school in NH.  She and her husband are avid New England sports fans and try to catch a game whenever possible. Jaclyn's goal is to see a baseball game at every professional ball park in America. She's has been to five, only 25 more to go!


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      Alexis DeVogt

      Territory: Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina & South Carolina

      Alexis spent four years at Dean College, graduating in 2016.  While attending Dean, Alexis double majored in Dance and English and minored in Business.  She joined the Office of Admissions as an Admissions Counselor in August 2016.

                                                                  Alexis 2016

      During her time at Dean Alexis was involved with various clubs and organizations on campus including position as an Orientation Leader, Community Advisor, Work Study Student, Student Ambassador and an intern for the Office of Admissions for two consecutive summers.

      Alexis loves to help other students find their way during their college search process She believes the best part about the Dean community is the opportunity for students to succeed towards their own personal goals with endless amounts of support!


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      Arielle Morton

      Territory: Connecticut, Rhode Island & Massachusetts

      Arielle Spent four years at the University of Rhode Island and received her BA in Communications in 2013.

                                                                    Arielle Headshot 2016

      Arielle joins the Dean Admissions team after recently graduating with her Masters in School Counseling from Manhattan College.

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      Christy Parlon

      Territory: Dance Students & Massachusetts

      Christy spent four wonderful years at Dean before joining the staff after graduation. A talented dancer, she works with students interested in the College's performance-based programs.

      Christy HaynesAs a Dance major at Dean, Christy performed in several college productions, her favorites being Dance Company and Cabaret. She was also active in campus life, serving as president of the Residence Hall Association.

      "My time at Dean was fabulous and I never tire from showing off our beautiful campus and facilities," Christy says. She enjoys being a part of the admissions team and looks forward to student auditions, hoping to see the next star before they make it big.


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      Matt Schairer

      Territory:  Connecticut, Massachusetts, & New Hampshire

      Admissions Counselor


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      Larry Thode

      Territory: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts & New York (Upstate Counties)

      Larry came to Dean College in 1983 and is currently the Senior Assistant Director of Admissions. He also teaches history and has served as an advisor and tutor in the College's academic support program.

                                                                            Larry 2016

      "I feel that my teaching duties allow me to see the academic side of student life in ways that other administrators don't because of their positions and responsibilities. This allows me to gain other perspectives on what works and what needs to be enhanced as we look at ways to improve the student experience here at Dean." 

      Larry has seen a parade of associate degree alumni transfer on to four-year colleges, both inside and outside New England. These options were not available to them before earning their Dean degree, boosting their grades and finding an academic focus.

      "It has been very rewarding to see these students come back and visit campus and tell us of those positive experiences that Dean helped provide."

      Larry lives nearby with his wife Susan and often spends time on weekends visiting the grandchildren. He ran cross country and track in high school and college and still runs local road races. In 2009, he won his age group in the 1500 meter run in the Massachusetts Senior Olympics. 

      Larry holds a B.S. and an M.Ed. degree from Springfield College as well as M.Ed.'s in Special Education (UMass-Boston) and History (Framingham State University).


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      Myra Traylor

      Territory: Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Texas, Virginia, Washington DC & International Students 

      Myra serves as an Associate Director of Admissions at Dean College.

      Myra Traylor

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