Meet the Admissions Staff

The Office of Admissions staff is here to help you start your journey at WSU Tri-Cities.  The admissions counselors will guide you through the admissions application, applying for scholarships and financial aid and getting you connected to other resources on campus to learn what student life is like on campus. Get in touch with an admissions counselor and have your specific questions answered.

Gaby Corona

Transfer Admissions Counselor
509-372-7221
West 201
gabriella.corona@tricity.wsu.edu

Bio

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 Bachelor of Science 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.

A little more about me ...

What is your hometown?

I was raised in Toppenish, WA.

What is your degree in?

I graduated from WSU Tri-Cities with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology.

What is your favorite Tri-Cities restaurant?

Nothing ever beats homemade cooking, but if I have to choose one I would say Red Lobster, especially during endless shrimp.

What is your favorite book?

I have two books that I love to read over and over again. First is Heaven is for Real by Lynn Vincent and Todd Burpo and second is titled A Child Called “It” by Dave Pelzer.

What is your favorite movie?

My childhood favorite is Titanic. A very long movie that never bores me.

What is your favorite thing about WSU Tri-Cities?

My favorite thing has to be the research and hands-on experience WSU Tri-Cities provides. It is a great way to get connected and graduate with experience in the areas that interest you.

What advice do you have for future WSU Tri-Cities students?

Get connected and make the best out of your college years. You will make some of the greatest friends and memories during college. Once you are able to break out of your comfort zone a world of opportunities are available to you.

What do you recommend to do while visiting the Tri-Cities?

I would definitely recommend spending the day at any of the parks on the Columbia River. There are many outdoor activities to do, such as jet skiing, having a picnic, or a barbeque with family and friends. It is both a relaxing and fun way to spend your time here in the Tri-Cities.

Kristy Gilmartin

Graduate Admissions Counselor
509-372-7245
West 201
kristy.gilmartin@tricity.wsu.edu

Bio

Kristy Gilmartin 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 her Bachelor of Arts in Communications 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 her Master of Arts in Communications at the 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 currently a volunteer leader for the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority and works with collegiate chapters and their advisory boards.

A little more about me ...

What is your hometown?

I was raised in Bakersfield, California.

What is your degree in?

I graduated from California State University Bakersfield with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, with a minor in Marketing. I moved to the lone star state and earned a Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Texas at Arlington. Currently I am pursuing a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Washington State University.

What is your favorite Tri-Cities restaurant?

I enjoy dining out at Atomic Ale Brew Pub & Eatery. Their pizzas are the best!

What is your favorite book?

After being a graduate student, I’ve learned to enjoy keeping up on communication theories and media studies.

What is your favorite movie?

I certainly enjoy a good romantic comedy, so it is hard to narrow it down to just one. I also enjoy thriller and crime movies that are based on true stories.

What is your favorite thing about WSU Tri-Cities?

My favorite thing about WSU Tri-Cities is the small class sizes and the private school-like environment. Growing up I went to private school, which allowed me the opportunity to make close friends and know my instructors, which is something I enjoy seeing here at WSU Tri-Cities.

What advice do you have for future WSU Tri-Cities students?

Enjoy your college years! It truly is a wonderful time that allows you to grow not only academically but individually and professionally. Getting to know your professors is key! I’m lucky to call several of my professors mentors, which is something I think is priceless. My mentors have helped guide me on my career path well after I graduated from college.

What do you recommend to do while visiting the Tri-Cities?

Enjoy life by the river! There are many walking trails along the river, with one right in WSU Tri-Cities’ backyard. Go to a sporting event! Watching the Tri-City Dust Devils is one of my favorite summertime activities.

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Taylor Gregg

Admissions Counselor
509-372-7317
West 201
taylor.gregg@tricity.wsu.edu

Bio

Taylor began working as an admissions counselor at WSU Tri-Cities in July 2016. Taylor transferred from WSU Pullman to WSU Tri-Cities in the fall of 2011, where he became involved in ASWSUTC while pursuing his Bachelor of Arts in History. After earning his degree in 2014, his experience of working with student affairs professionals at WSU Tri-Cities inspired him to pursue a career in higher education.  Taylor earned his Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance in 2016. In his free time Taylor pursues his hobby as rodeo cowboy by traveling to various rodeos around the northwest.

A little more about me ...

What is your hometown?

I was born in Walla Walla, WA, and grew up in a small town not far away called Touchet, WA. Most people do not know where that is so most of the time I just say I am from Walla Walla.

What is your degree in?

I received my Bachelor’s Degree in History from WSU Tri-Cities, and my Master’s degree in Education specializing in Counseling and Guidance from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

 What is your favorite Tri-Cities restaurant?

Depending on my mood I like Texas Roadhouse or Sushi Ya in Kennewick.

What is your favorite book?

My favorite books are a tie between Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and A Champions Mind: How great athletes think, train, and thrive, which is a great book if you are looking for a lot of great mental advice applicable to all facets of life.  

What is your favorite movie?

I have a lot of favorite movies, but “A Knights Tale”, “Batman: The Dark Knight” (Heath Ledger is the man) “Silverado,” and “Dances with Wolves” are definitely at the top of the list.

What is your favorite thing about WSU Tri-Cities?

I come from a very small town and high school (25 people in my graduating class), so my favorite thing about WSU Tri-Cities are the small class sizes and the wonderful sense of community and support that I feel as soon as I step on campus. I also really like being right next to the river!

What advice do you have for future WSU Tri-Cities students?

I would highly suggest taking advantage of all the great resources and extra-curricular activities that our campus offers. DO NOT just go to class and leave; stick around and become engaged with your fellow students and connect with the faculty and staff who are here to help make your WSU Tri-Cities an amazing one! Trust me, it will be worth it!

What do you recommend to do while visiting the Tri-Cities?

I am still exploring the Tri-Cities myself, but things on my list to do include going to an Americans game, a Dust Devils game, a Fever game, and to go Wake surfing/boarding on the river.

Amanda Sperry

Admissions Counselor
509-372-7155
West 201
amanda.sperry@tricity.wsu.edu

Bio

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 Bachelor 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.

A little more about me ...

What is your hometown?

I was raised in Ferndale, Washington which is about 10 min south of the Canadian Border on Interstate 5. But I have called many places home in the last several years including Bellingham, WA, McMinnville, OR, Pullman, WA and now, Richland!

What is your degree in?

I graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.

What is your favorite Tri-Cities Restaurant?

I have tried so many fantastic restaurants in the Tri-Cities area, it’s hard to pick just one! But if I had to, I would choose Thai Elephant in Kennewick, WA. I also love exploring the local wineries, farmers markets and food trucks including the Strom Espresso ‘truck’ and Hedges Family Estates Winery.

What is your favorite book?

I love to read and have had the opportunity to read so many fantastic books! To Kill a Mockingbird is always a favorite and I love the original Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass stories by Lewis Carroll.

What is your favorite movie?

V for Vendetta is my all-time favorite. I tend to really enjoy high energy movies that prompt you to consider the realities (and exaggerations) in your own world. The Harry Potter series is a very, very close second. Especially ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’. If I could live in the world J.K Rowling creates, I would choose that in a heartbeat!

What is your favorite thing about WSU Tri-Cities?

I love the fact that WSU Tri-Cities is like attending a school that has a small school personality with state school options. It’s such a tight knit campus with so many local opportunities for internships, jobs and ways to get involved in the community.

What advice do you have for future WSU Tri-Cities students?

I would encourage them to really consider everything this campus has to offer. It’s so unique and such a good fit for so many unique people. There really is something that appeals to everyone.

What do you recommend to do while visiting the Tri-Cities?

When visiting the Tri-Cities I would encourage people to check out as many of the local restaurants and stores as possible. Also, each season has unique things to be excited about from the farmers markets in the Spring and Summer, to harvest at the wineries and orchards in the Fall, and holiday themed events such as the lighted boat parade in the winter – there is always something (free!) to do.