Penny Howrigan, Associate Dean of Enrollment Services
Penny heads up the Admissions Team. Her get-it-done attitude, her attention to detail, her sense of humor, her genuine care for students and families beyond just the admissions process, and her commitment to the College make her wonderful to work with and a terrific person to know. You’ll meet Penny when you visit campus, and she’ll be there to check in on your progress, help you resolve any problems and celebrate your successes throughout your college career.
Patrick Rogers, Director of Admissions
Patrick is a force of nature. He’s a passionate advocate for the college, a loyal alum, a highly effective recruiter whose ability to connect with prospective students from all walks of life has opened up the possibility of JSC for countless students — and he’s a heck of a rugby player! In fact, as Rugby Club advisor, Patrick spearheaded fundraising efforts on behalf of the club that have led to a recently renovated field for generations of JSC Ruggers and their fans to enjoy.
Patrick is the contact for prospective students from New Hampshire and Maine as well as the following Vermont counties: Essex, Orleans, Orange. He also reviews applications for the Massachusetts counties of Worcester, Middlesex, Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Bristol, Plymouth, Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket.
Joye Lyon, Assistant Director of Admissions & Early College/Jump Start Coordinator
Joye began her career in the Admissions Office at the reception desk, so she knows the office and its processes inside and out. She puts her knowledge, experience and genuine friendliness to work on behalf of prospective students and families and the college every day. Despite her gentle demeanor, Joye knows how to get things done — just ask any of the student Admissions workers she coordinates!
Joye is the contact for prospective students from New York and the Vermont counties of Lamoille, Chittenden, Franklin, Caledonia and Grand Isle. Joye also is the coordinator of our Jump Start and Early College programs for high school students.
Elga Gruner, Associate Director of Admissions & International Student Coordinator
Elga’s your woman when it comes to information about the international student’s experience at Johnson State College. Born and raised in Indonesia, Elga is a JSC alum, having received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from JSC. In addition to being our lead on international admissions, Elga is the point person for transfer students and students who are interested in JSC Online and our community-based External Degree Program.
Katrina Guaraldi, Admissions Counselor
Katrina graduated from JSC in December of 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a certificate in Small Business Management. As a first-year student, she joined the Women’s Rugby Team and helped the team win Nationals. At JSC, Katrina studied abroad in Manchester, England for a semester. Her hobbies and interests include: bicycling, hiking, camping, arts and crafts, rugby, reading and travel.
Katrina is the contact person for prospective students in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and the Vermont counties of Windham, Bennington and Windsor.
Tommy O’Connor, Admissions Counselor
Enthusiastic. Professional. A nice guy. That’s what you hear when you ask people about their impressions of Tommy. A JSC alum, Tommy is a great person to talk to about the advantages of going to college and living in rural Vermont. He knows the college and its programs inside and out, but is especially excited to talk to you about how the incredible natural splendor that surrounds us here at JSC provides great opportunities for academics, professional development, and, not least of all, fun.
Tommy is the contact for prospective students from Connecticut, New Jersey and all states outside of New England. Learn more about Tommy
Andrea Bourdeau, Admissions Specialist
Smart, funny and hardworking, Andrea is another behind-the-scenes team member whose work is essential to helping families navigate the admissions process. She ensures that we have all the information we need to smoothly progress from the “applicant pile” to the “new student pile”(metaphorically, of course; this is the digital age after all!). Andrea is always willing to go to great lengths to make sure that your questions or issues are resolved quickly and to the satisfaction of everyone involved.
Bethany Harrington, Admissions Specialist
As the longest-serving member of the Admissions team, Bethany always greets each day and each visitor with a smile. Her upbeat attitude and vast knowledge of Johnson State College’s programs, people, policies and procedures, as well as her willingness to pitch in and help until the job is done, make her an excellent resource for students and families and a wonderful person to know. Bethany’s office is “behind the scenes” in the Admissions suite, but chances are you’ll talk to her or exchange emails at some point during the application process.
Jacob Rogenski, Admissions Recruiter
Jacob is a 2016 graduate of Johnson State College with a degree in Political Science. He transferred to JSC from a larger, private college in Vermont and never looked back, pleasantly surprised by all he found at JSC. Jacob joined the Student Government Association as a senator in 2015 and worked with other members of the SGA to improve the Stearns Game Room. He is returning in 2016 as a traveling recruiter for the prospective students from Connecticut and Massachusetts.
During his time at JSC, Jacob got involved in a number of clubs and activities, including SGA, the Model U.N. Club and the Politics Club. Jacob likes hiking, computers, playing video games and spending time with family. Going for walks with his adorable puppy is one of Jacob’s favorite ways to spend a day in beautiful Vermont.
Marilyn Tagliavia, Admissions Recruiter
Marilyn is a 2016 graduate of JSC with a degree in Communications & Community Media concentrating in Public Relations. Marilyn joined the Admissions team in October 2013 as a student tour guide and junior admissions counselor. She returns in the fall of 2016 as a recruiter for the New York region.
During her time as a JSC student, Marilyn was an active member of the JSC Dance Club, WJSC 90.7 FM, Basement Medicine, Pamplemousse and Residence Life. She also made her mark as a a member of the JSC Women’s Rugby Club, serving as president for two years. She current serves as the division director for women’s colleges for the New England Rugby Football Union.