Interim Manager of Admissions
Mariella Lora started as an Admissions Counselor in 2013. She started working at WSU Tri-Cities in 2010 with the GEAR UP and Early Outreach Program. She previously worked as Assistant Director of Admissions at Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, GA, from 2008 to 2010. Mariella earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Emmanuel College and earned her Master’s in Educational Leadership from WSU Tri-Cities. While pursuing her undergraduate studies, Mariella participated in the Latin American Studies Program in Costa Rica and was an International Marketing Consultant for the Chamber of Commerce in Los Santos region of Costa Rica. She was also participated in SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) and is a member of Sigma Beta Delta honor society. Mariella is also part of the Coalition for HB 1079 students at WSU Tri-Cities.
Transfer Admissions Counselor
Gaby Corona started as an Admission/Transfer Counselor in fall of 2015. Gaby started working at WSU Tri-Cities in 2012 with the GEAR UP and Early Outreach Program, first at Pasco High School then at the Administration Building on WSU Tri-Cities campus. She attended Columbia Basin College earning her direct transfer degree (DTA) and also earned her bachelors of science degree in psychology from WSU Tri-Cities. Throughout her undergraduate degree Gaby was an active member in the Latino/a Culture Club at CBC and vice president of the Hispanic Culture Club at WSU Tri-Cities. She is the author of The Pregnancy Project, a memoir detailing how she was able to fake her own pregnancy and revealing all she learned changing her life forever – and making international headlines in the process.
Román Lara began working for WSU Tri-Cities as an Admissions Counselor/Recruiter in the fall of 2015. He attended WSU Tri-Cities where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Digital Technology and Culture, and as a student, he worked for the Office of Admissions as a student ambassador. Additionally, Román was an active student leader on campus, volunteering for the activities committee of the student government, leading the Hispanic Culture Club at WSU Tri-Cities, and participating in the Diversity Council as a student member; he was selected for the Student Leader of the Year Award in 2012 and 2013. In December 2014, Román was accepted to the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program, in which he got to work and network with leading professionals in the Student Affairs field. NASPA, which is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession, also holds their annual Dungy Leadership Institute in which only thirty-two students from the whole country get selected to participate; Román Lara was one of these students, and got to go to New York during the summer of 2015 for the institute. Currently he is pursuing a master’s degree in Educational Leadership at WSU Tri-Cities, and continues to be an active member of the campus.
Kristy Phillips began working for WSU Tri-Cities in fall of 2013. Prior to working for WSU Tri-Cities, Kristy worked at the University of Texas at Arlington as the Graduate Recruiting Assistant for The Office of Graduate Studies. Kristy earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication at California State University, Bakersfield and was awarded the National Gold Key from Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) in 2010. She continued her studies by earning a master’s degree in Communication at University of Texas at Arlington. Her thesis was “Identifying Media Literacy Skills in College Students.” She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Washington State University. Kristy is a volunteer leader for the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority and works with collegiate chapters and their advisory boards.
Amanda Sperry began working for WSU Tri-Cities as an Admissions Counselor/e-Recruitment Coordinator in the Winter of 2014. Prior to working for WSU Tri-Cities, she was employed as a Materials and Copyright Specialist for the WSU Global Campus located in Pullman, WA. She also worked as an Intern for the Yamhill County District Attorney’s Office and Yamhill County CASA (Guardian Ad Litem). Amanda received her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. While attending Linfield, Amanda acted as a member of the Linfield Student Alumni committee, participated in service trips including a trip to Tegucigalpa, Honduras to build houses for Habitat for Humanity and was an active member of Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority.
Ask A StudentHave questions about what it’s like to be a student at WSU Tri-Cities? Ask an Ambassador!
WSU Tri-Cities has two groups of outstanding students who work in the Office of Admissions. These students are selected to represent the University to prospective students, their families and the community at large. Admissions Ambassadors and Tour Guides are the face of WSU Tri-Cities.
Admissions Ambassadors are students who support the work of the Admissions staff by communicating with prospective students, answering the general admission phone line, responding to email inquiries and participating in recruitment events. Chances are if you have contacted our office you have had the joy of speaking to one of our admissions ambassadors!
Tour Guides lead individual and group tours of campus and share their experiences with Future Cougs and their families. Have a specific question of what life is like as a student on campus? There is no better time than to ask your question during your student-led tour. Don’t delay, schedule your visit today!
Washington State University Tri‑Cities Office of Admissions, West 201 2710 Crimson Way Richland, WA 99354