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Meet the Admissions Staff

When exploring colleges, it helps to talk to as many college counselors as possible.  Below, you can find each member of our admissions staff and find out who your own counselor is.  

Feel free to reach out to us with any questions you might have about the admissions process or the college in general.  We would love to introduce you to all Newbury has to offer!
Yavuz Kiremit
Director of Admissions

Yavuz was born and raised in Worcester, MA and holds the title for longest commute to Newbury. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Worcester State College and his MBA from Assumption College. He is passionate about higher education and has been in the admissions world for ten years. Yavuz loves running, rock climbing, autocross, and building race cars!

Shannon McCarthy
Associate Director of Admissions

Shannon grew up in Taunton, MA, and currently lives in Norwood. She graduated from Providence College with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Dance, and she earned her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Boston University. When not at Newbury, Shannon loves taking contemporary dance and ballet classes in the Boston area, hiking, practicing yoga, and spending time with her family.

Territories: Massachusetts (Suffolk/Norfolk/Bristol Counties)

Thyda Danh '12
Assistant Director of Admissions

Thyda’s name is pronounced Tee-da, and she is a North Shore native from Lynn, MA. She graduated from Newbury College in 2012, earning a Bachelor's degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Service Management, with a concentration in Hotel Administration. She loved it here so much, she couldn't stay away! Thyda came "home" to Newbury in March of 2014. Getting involved during her time at Newbury (Orientation, Campus Activities Board, volunteering for various Admissions events) helped Thyda realize that her heart lies within higher education, and she now serves as a member of our Alumni Committee! Some of Thyda’s favorite things in life include pugs, the color purple, Netflix, and her mom's eggrolls.

Territories: Massachusetts (Essex/Middlesex Counties), all states outside New England and New York

Cameron Owen '15
Assistant Director of Admissions

Originally from Concord, NH, Cam graduated from Newbury College in 2015, with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminal Justice. He was an Executive Admissions Ambassador and a four-year member of the Men’s Basketball Team (serving two years as Captain). An interesting fact about Cam: He and his family opened up their own maple syrup company about four years ago in their backyard in Goffstown, NH. They built their own “sugar shack” over the course of six months before officially opening for the first time. They are now up to 310 taps throughout their property, and they sell locally as well as to friends and family in different states.

Territories: Massachusetts (Worcester/Franklin/Hampshire/Hampden/Berkshire Counties), Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont

Emily Mangiaratti
Admissions Counselor

Emily is from Amherst, MA, but now resides on the North Shore. She went to college at Lesley University in Cambridge and loved the Boston area so much that when she graduated, she decided to stay out here! Emily’s favorite movie is Back to the Future, although she refuses to watch the third one mainly because she hates how Marty and Doc split up. Another interesting fact about Emily is that she pretty much knows every lyric to every popular song from the 80s, 90s, and today. She is practically a walking jukebox although she can't tell you what the artist or title of the song is, so she’s really not like a jukebox at all.

Territories: Massachusetts (Plymouth/Barnstable/Dukes/Nantucket Counties), Rhode Island, Transfer Students

Keino Purcell
Admissions Counselor

Keino was born in the warm tropical country of Trinidad & Tobago. He moved to Boston in 2002 and still resides in the city. He graduated from Utica College in central New York with a degree in International Studies.  While at Utica, Keino was involved with many aspects of campus life: a fraternity, the campus senate, various clubs, and intramural sports. He is an avid soccer fan and enjoys watching Arsenal F. C. (his favorite team) come in 4th place every season.  He also loves Sci-Fi reading...come find out what he's reading now!

Territories: Connecticut, New York (Rockland/Westchester Counties), International Students

Kristen Gallant
Admissions Counselor

Kristen is originally from Plaistow, New Hampshire. She graduated from Boston College in 2015 with a Bachelor's degree in History. She loves musical theater, reading, and listening to podcasts. An interesting fact about Kristen is that she is distantly related to Alexander Hamilton. And no, she has not seen the musical Hamilton (yet!).

Territories: New York (except Rockland/Westchester Counties)


Samantha Varao
Application Coordinator

Samantha is originally from Plymouth, MA. She graduated from Emmanuel College in 2015 with her Bachelors Degree in Psychology and minor in Sociology. She loves traveling, food of all kinds, practicing yoga, and watching Netflix. Another interesting fact is that Samantha is a twin!