Vice President for Admission & Financial Aid
Yvonne grew up in Pico Rivera, California where she attended El Rancho High School. A Pitzer alumna from the Class of 1997, Yvonne received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology. In 2005, she earned her Master’s in Higher Education with an emphasis in Quantitative Analysis. Yvonne has over 19 years of experience in higher education and college counseling. Prior to returning to Pitzer, she was the Vice President of Scholarships and Academic Support for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund where she managed HSF’s strategic outreach to students, parents and educational constituents, which included developing content that promoted college attainment and academic success. She was co-architect of a $417 million grant to establish The Gates Scholarship, a next generation scholarship that would recruit, retain and support the best and brightest underrepresented students through their bachelor’s degree. In her spare time, Yvonne enjoys staying active through dance and hikes with her dogs.
Recruitment and application reading territories: LA County Private Schools, Arizona, New Mexico, and International (Asia – all but China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam)
Mattie Ross ’12
Assistant Director of Admission
Mattie grew up in Maui, Hawaii and attended King Kekaulike High School. She is a Pitzer alumna of the Class of 2012 and earned her degree in English and World Literature with an emphasis on creative writing, and minored in Spanish. While studying at Pitzer, she worked as a student tour guide and was a Resident Assistant for three years. She also studied abroad in León, Spain where she taught English to children. One of her most memorable accomplishments at Pitzer was educating low-income preschoolers as a Jumpstart Corps Member. In her spare time, Mattie enjoys watching Korean dramas, discussing The Walking Dead, cuddling cats, and eating sushi. She is currently pursuing her MA in Higher Education at Claremont Graduate University.
Recruitment and application reading territories: Alaska, New York (Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island), California (Counties: Fresno, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, Mono, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Stanislaus, Tulare, Tuolumne) and International (Africa, East Asia, Europe)
Hailing from Rancho Cucamonga, California, Katie graduated from Harvey Mudd College (Pitzer’s next door neighbor!) with a degree in Engineering. While at HMC she became an Admissions Senior Intern and tour guide, led her dorm as a Resident Assistant, entertained students as a student activities coordinator, and played percussion in the orchestra. Some of Katie’s favorite memories from studying abroad in Australia were performing in a Battle of the Bands competition and making friends with the kangaroos. In her spare time, Katie enjoys taking photos, learning songs on the guitar, watching movies with her sister, and laughing. She is enthusiastic to continue her journey in Claremont with the amazing Pitzer Admissions team.
Recruitment and application reading territories: Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin, California (Counties: San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara) and International (Oceania)
Associate Director of Admission
Owen grew up in Claremont, California. After graduating from Claremont High School, Owen attended Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where he majored in English and minored in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. After serving as an admissions counselor at Pitzer for one year, Owen spent six years at the California Institute of Technology, where he worked as an event planner, athletics liaison and marketing coordinator for the Undergraduate Admissions Office. A huge film buff, Owen has a particular fondness for documentaries. A minor league baseball and hockey fan, Owen enjoys racquetball, hiking on the Claremont Wilderness Trail, hanging out in Los Angeles and going to the movies with his wife.
Recruitment and application reading territories: Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Washington, Wyoming, California (Counties: Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Ventura) and International (Canada, China)
Director of Admission
Santiago was raised in California’s central coast. After graduating from Watsonville High School he attended Pomona College, earned a degree in psychology and found himself drawn to college admissions. While in college he interned for the Minority Student Action Program and worked as a Senior Interviewer. He was also involved in the 5-College ballroom dance team and volunteered at a local elementary school. He enjoys road trips to national parks, camping, biking and spending time with his dogs. Since joining Pitzer’s internationally-minded community in 2010, Santiago has been inspired to visit a greater variety of international locales.
Recruitment and application reading territories: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York (all but Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island), Rhode Island, Vermont, U.S. Territories (Guam, Puerto Rico, America Samoa), California (Counties: Marin, Orange, Sonoma) and International (Latin America and the Caribbean)