Admission Staff

This team of professionals travels the world to meet prospective students and their parents, as well as high school guidance counselors. From January to April you can find them in South Hadley, reviewing applications. Our counselors work closely with an outstanding team of students who give campus tours and interviews, and/or answer questions online.

Vice President

Gail Berson

Vice President for Enrollment, Dean of Admission

Gail Berson oversees admission, enrollment management, and student financial services. She works collaboratively and directly with other vice-presidents on a number of special initiatives, including but not limited to Mount Holyoke’s participation in the Posse Foundation partnership, on integrated marketing communications, strategic planning, and convenes the Enrollment Management Group, a cross-divisional initiative to improve enrollment prediction. Gail serves as a member of the president’s cabinet.

Gail Berson


Emily Allyn

Associate Dean of Admission

As an alumna of a women's college and the mother of a recent Mount Holyoke graduate, I know firsthand the value of this very special educational experience. Mount Holyoke is truly a place of transformation, where students are empowered to explore, question and stretch. When combined with close mentorship by exceptional faculty and a deep institutional commitment to student success, there are simply no limits to the possibilities here.

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Catarina Costa

Associate Dean of Admission

I was impressed by the College's academic reputation and commitment to diversity and global issues. And … people here are passionate. From my very first visit, I just knew I had to be a part of this dynamic and thriving community.

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Carolyn Dietel

Director of the Frances Perkins Program and Transfer Affairs

Mount Holyoke is a college that changes lives, including my own. The community of students, faculty, and staff who spend their days on this campus is extraordinary, dynamic and diverse. I value the opportunity to support students who - like me - strive to make a difference in our ever-changing and complex world.

Alicia Lewkowicz

Assistant Director of Admission

What first captured my attention about Mount Holyoke College was the history behind its development as a highly academically rigorous institution for strong, intelligent women. After visiting campus, and seeing the ambition of its students firsthand, I knew without a doubt that Mount Holyoke was a special community.

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Amy E. Markham

Associate Dean of Admission, Director of International Admission

I am deeply committed to the liberal arts and have a strong appreciation for women's education, so Mount Holyoke is a great match. I love the boldness and confidence of our students and am excited to attract more outstanding young women to MHC.

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Heidi Merrill

Associate Director of Admission

Mount Holyoke provides the value of a women's college in a strong liberal arts setting. Our students are smart, curious and passionate. They're equally committed to their academics and social justice causes, and work every day to make the world a better place. I believe in Mount Holyoke and look forward to sharing everything it offers with you.

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Amanda Moore

Assistant Director of Admission

Mount Holyoke’s reputation for strong academic rigor, commitment to creating a diverse community, and dedication to tradition make our campus come alive in a truly unique way. Add to that the beauty of the campus and it's impossible not to be inspired.

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Leigh Pinkston

Assistant Director of Admission

I am so excited to work in the Office of Admission and look forward to meeting brilliant students who are eager to share experiences, and explore the myriad of academic possibilities offered at Mount Holyoke. I attended a women's college and know firsthand that the shared experiences and fierce friendships gained between women's college students cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world!

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Nichole Reynolds

Associate Director of Admission, Associate Director of the Frances Perkins Program

Mount Holyoke College is an institution where the next generation of women leaders is being shaped. Our student body is dynamic and diverse, our campus atmosphere is lively and inspired, and our faculty members are not only brilliant, but expert at balancing their investment in student success with their commitment to the pressing global conversations in which they all engage. As a proud alumna, it gives me great satisfaction to introduce others to so transformative a place.

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Annie Sullivan

Associate Director of Admission, Coordinator of International Recruitment

I chose Mount Holyoke primarily for its commitment to global learning, which is evident in the student body, the courses and majors offered, and the enormous study abroad opportunities. I also admire Mount Holyoke’s tradition of a liberal arts and sciences philosophy and curriculum. Finally, MHC has a unique and inspiring mission to empower women with courage, leadership, fearlessness, and the willingness to create change.

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Kristen Thayer

Assistant Director of Admission

What drew me to Mount Holyoke was the commitment to a liberal arts education that inspires students to go above and beyond, develop their passions, and become the leaders of tomorrow. Additionally, I am inspired by the supportive community of remarkable individuals that call Mount Holyoke home. That sense of community was palpable from the moment I stepped foot on campus and is what convinced me that Mount Holyoke was the place for me.

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