Admissions Staff

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      Iris Godes

      igodes@dean.edu, 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

      econnor@dean.edu, 508-541-1508

      Territory: Massachusetts (Worcester County)


      Ed serves as the Director of Admissions at Dean College.


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      James ‘Doc’ Behrer

      jbehrer@dean.edu, 508-541-1511
      Territory
      : Connecticut (Fairfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, and Windham Counties), Florida, Georgia, New York (Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland and Westchester Counties), North Carolina, South Carolina

      James is both a Senior Admissions Counselor and the Head Men's Lacrosse Coach. He is an advocate for student-athletes and believes that the academic environment at Dean can help students thrive.

      James Behrer

      “Once I started in my position at Dean and began to get involved in the community, I was amazed to see how proactive Dean is with its students. We go to great lengths to see them succeed. I especially see this through athletics where, amongst many other departments, the Dean Difference takes place. As the Men’s Lacrosse Coach, it is important that all my student-athletes are successful on the field and in the classroom, so more doors will open for their future." 

      If you’re looking for a supportive community that will push you to succeed, Dean is the school for you. “I believe in the ‘Dean Difference’ because we have a tremendous record of preparing students for future success and helping them grow academically, personally, and socially. Our atmosphere is different from most other colleges and universities because of our small size and diversity of students.”

      James holds a B.A. in European Studies from Hobart College in Geneva, New York. He is active in the lacrosse community in New England and is always looking to grow the sport while being a strong advocate for Dean College. 

      Getting to Know James

      Favorite Course Ever Taken
      Star Trek Physics with Prof Spector…

      Who was your Academic Mentor?
      My father. 

      Favorite Pastime
      Lacrosse.

      What’s on your bucket list?
      West Coast road trip.

      What does The Dean Difference mean to you?
      Unmatched personalized attention.

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      Jaclyn Cowell

      jcowell@dean.edu, 508-541-1508
      Territory
      : Transfer students; Massachusetts (North Shore and Metrowest, Essex, Middlesex and Suffolk Counties)

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

      Jaclyn Cowell"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!

      Getting to Know Jaclyn


      Favorite Course Ever Taken
      My favorite class taken at the undergraduate level was Organizational Behavior.

      Who was your Academic Mentor?
      My thesis professor senior year. Seeing the last 4 years of your undergraduate degree come together in one paper was pretty amazing!

      Favorite Pastime
      Going to the video store, browsing the isles by genres, and renting a movie! Now you do everything with a click of a button and your movie is instantly streamed. It takes the fun out of renting a good flick! Plus, now you have to make a separate trip for popcorn and/or candy!

      What’s on your bucket list?
      I have a pretty long list but number 1 is to see Garth Brooks in concert! I am hoping the rumors are true and he’ll be back on tour in a few years! 

      What does The Dean Difference mean to you?
      Access. Providing students who come from various backgrounds with an opportunity to explore and discover what their true passion is. Whether that is in the classroom, around campus, throughout the community or studying abroad, the Dean Difference provides student with the necessary tools to be successful.

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      Christy Parlon

      cparlon@dean.edu, 508-541-1508
      Territory
      : Dance students; Massachusetts (Boston and Cambridge, Cape Cod, Bristol, Plymouth and Norfolk Counties)

      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.

      Getting to Know Christy

      Favorite Course Ever Taken
      Dance Pedagogy.

      Who was your Academic Mentor?
      Dean College Professor Skillings.

      Favorite Pastime
      Dancing.

      What’s on your bucket list?
      Go swimming with the dolphins!

      What does The Dean Difference mean to you?
      The Dean Difference means that everyone on campus is a family and will be there when you need help.

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      Tenley Sodeur

      tsodeur@dean.edu, 508-541-1516

      Territory: Alaska, California, Hawaii, New Hampshire, New York (Long Island, Staten Island and NYC), Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington


      Tenley is a native New Englander and joined the staff as an Admissions Counselor just before the start of the 2015-2016 academic school year.

       

      “From the moment I stepped foot on this campus, I noticed the difference. The community here, students, faculty, and staff are all so welcoming and motivated. It’s hard not to feel the same way when everyone is working hard to succeed!”

      Tenley received her B.S. in Meteorology and has a passion for helping students figure out what they want to do in this world. Being a part of the Dean community allows her to do just that!

      When off campus, Tenley enjoys hanging out by the ocean. Having grown up in Rhode Island, it’s become her favorite pastime. She can also be found trying out new recipes and crafts found on pinterest!

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      Larry Thode

      lthode@dean.edu, 508-541-1510
      Territory
      : Connecticut (Hartford, Litchfield and Tolland Counties), Maine, Massachusetts (Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire Counties), 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 Thode"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).

      Getting to Know Larry

      Favorite Course Ever Taken
      Colonial American History in graduate school for my Master’s degree at Framingham State University.

      Who was your Academic Mentor?
      Dr. Herb Zettl, History teacher for my B.S. degree at Springfield College.

      Favorite Pastime
      I ran cross country and track in high school and college and still run a few road races each year.

      What’s on your bucket list?
      To see a baseball game at Camden Yards--the home park of the Baltimore Orioles. To visit the city of Quebec in Canada.

      What does The Dean Difference mean to you?
      It's helping students reach their full potential by providing a supportive, caring environment to learn and grow.

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      Myra Traylor

      mtraylor@dean.edu, 508-541-1512

      Territory: Washington DC, Delaware, Maryland, Texas, Virginia, International


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

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      Joe Zumbo

      jzumbo@dean.edu, 508-541-1541
      Territory
      : Theatre students; Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

      Joe joined the Admissions staff just after the start of 2014-2015 academic school year. He is a recent graduate of Dean with a B.A. in Theatre and serves as one of the admissions counselors.

      Getting to Know Joe

      Favorite Course Ever Taken
      Directing.

      Favorite Pastime

      Going to see a Broadway show.

      What’s on your bucket list?
      To travel to Italy.

      What does The Dean Difference mean to you?
      A friendly and heartwarming community where students can learn, explore, and grow inside and outside the classroom. 

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      Janet Hanson

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      Office Phone: (508) 541-1517

      Janet has been in the Admissions Office at Dean College for the past 16 years. An alumna of Dean College, she received her associate degree in 2003. Janet grew up in Franklin and is amazed at how much the town has grown and all the changes Dean College is undergoing. It's all very exciting. Franklin is a great town. While having all the amenities of a big city it still offers the closeness of a small New England town. 

      Janet HansonJanet has experienced firsthand what a great school Dean College is. Both Janet's children attended Dean College. Her daughter transferred on to Emerson as a Communications major and her son went to UMASS/Amherst and then on to Suffolk Law School. Her daughter works for WBRU radio station at Brown University and her son is a Lawyer in Boston. Dean College gave them the confidence they needed to succeed. 

      Janet resides in Blackstone, MA with her husband. 

      Getting to Know Janet

      Favorite Course Ever Taken
      “Abnormal Psychology” -- found it interesting.

      Who was your Academic Mentor?
      High school English teacher.

      Favorite Pastime
      Probably cooking and baking…I like trying new recipes.

      What’s on your bucket list?
      To visit BORA BORA,Tahiti. 

      What does The Dean Difference mean to you?
      Individualized support for students that caters to their own needs to make them successful in the workplace.
       

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