Meet the team that will help you reach your academic success.


Iris GodesIris 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. 

Edward Connor Ed Connor, 508-541-1508

After serving in various Admissions roles at Dean in the 1990s, Ed returned to Dean in 2015 and currently serves as the Executive Director of Admissions. 

Kathy Ryan Kathy Ryan

Office Phone: (508) 541-1515

Kathy Ryan joined Dean College in December of 2003 as the Director of Enrollment Operations after a successful 20-year career in the software industry. 

Admissions Counselors


Allison Dawes Allison Dawes

Territory: Connecticut (New London, New Haven and Hartford areas), Florida, Massachusetts (Metrowest and South Coast), North Carolina and South Carolina.

Allison serves as an Admissions Counselor in the Office of Admissions.

Arielle DelFino Arielle Delfino

Territory: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, New York (Downstate Counties, NYC and Long Island), Rhode Island and Utah.

Arielle joined the Dean Admissions team after graduating with her Masters in School Counseling from Manhattan College. In addition to first-year students from her territories, Arielle also works with transfer students and students applying to the Arch Learning Community. She now serves as the Assistant Director of the Office of Admissions. 

Isabelle Elsasser Isabelle Elsasser

Territory: Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Massachusetts (Boston Metro Area, Cape Code and North Shore), Mississippi, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont and Washington.

Isabelle serves as an Admissions Counselor in the Office of Admissions.

Ashley Reed '17Ashley Reed

Territory: Dance Students and Massachusetts (South Shore).

An alumna of Dean, Ashley graduated with her B.A. in Arts and Entertainment Management and now serves as an Assistant Director of Admissions and Recruitment Coordinator for the School of Dance. 

Larry Thode Larry Thode

Territory: Arkansas, Connecticut (Litchfield County), Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts (Western and Lowell area), Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York (Upstate Counties), North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Larry came to Dean College in 1983 and is currently a Senior Assistant Director of Admissions and Assistant Cross-Country Coach. In addition to first-year students from his territories, Larry also works with students applying to the Arch Learning Community.

Myra Traylor Myra Traylor

Territory: All US Territories, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts (City of Worcester), Texas, Virginia, Washington DC and All International Areas.

Myra serves as an Associate Director of Admissions at Dean College. In addition to first-year students from her territories, Myra also works with transfer students.

Joe Zumbo '14Joe Zumbo

Territory: Theatre Students; Connecticut (Fairfield County), Louisiana and New Jersey.

An Alumnus of Dean, Joe graduated with his B.A. in Theatre and now serves as Assistant Director of the Office of Admissions.  

Marketing, Operations, and Systems

Barbara DutkoBarbara Dutko

Office Phone: 508-541-1514

Barbara joined Dean College in July 2021 having spent many years working at an area high school in the Guidance Office. Barbara serves the Admissions Record Coordinator.

Janet Hanson Janet Hanson

Office Phone: (508) 541-1517

Janet has been in the Admissions Office at Dean College for the past 18 years. An alumna of Dean College, she received her associate degree in 2003. 


Tracy PalanaTracy Palana

Office Phone: 508-541-1508

Tracy joined the admissions team at Dean in 2021.  A New England native with 10 years of higher education experience, she serves as the Admissions Services Administrator.

Christy Parlon '12Christy Parlon

Christy spent four wonderful years at Dean before joining the admissions staff after graduation. She now serves as the Coordinator of Admissions Information Systems.