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Meet the Counselors & Staff

Do you have questions about MassArt or the application process? Are you interested in a portfolio review or informational chat? Connect with our Admissions staff and discover how they can help you on your MassArt journey. 

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Undergraduate Admissions Counselors & Staff

If you are a first-time college student, whether domestic or international, you will be assigned an admissions counselor based on the first letter of your last name (family name). Please refer to the following breakdown to identify your counselor:

Student Last Names (Family Names) beginning with the letter: Admissions Counselor:
A-F Ryan Carroccino
G-N Jon Bolles
O-Z Marcus Payzant
All transfer students Shannon Gallagher

For contact information, please see below:

Jon Bolles (he/him/his)
Admissions Counselor (for last names beginning with G-N) • 617.879.7680

Jon is an admissions counselor and practicing painter. He represents MassArt in Middlesex County in Massachusetts as well as Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and California. He is excited to introduce students to the art school experience and brings his enthusiasm for art into each classroom visit and portfolio review.  

Ryan Carroccino (he/him/his)
Admissions Counselor (for last names beginning with A-F) • 617.879.7227

Ryan is an admissions counselor representing MassArt in Essex County in Massachusetts as well as New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Pennsylvania, and the Washington, D.C. area. Prior to joining the admissions team, Ryan was on the other side of the admissions process as a proud alumnus of MassArt, where he studied Illustration. Ryan keeps an active multi-media studio practice with a focus on painting, and he loves connecting over art, film, and all things creative. 

Corey Corcoran (he/him/his)
Associate Director of Admissions • 617.879.7239

Corey is the in-office admissions counselor at MassArt. He conducts portfolio reviews and information sessions with prospective students and assists with various marketing and recruitment efforts for the College. He is also a proud MassArt alumnus with an active artistic practice that includes drawing, illustration, and animation. 

Carl Decoteau (he/him/his)
Admissions Assistant • 617.879.7233

Carl is the front desk administrative assistant at MassArt's Admissions Office. As the face of the office, he is the first point of contact for many prospective students. Carl enjoys working in an artistic environment and finds inspiration in assisting passionate applicants on their journey to achieve creative aspirations.

Shannon Gallagher (she/hers)
Transfer Admissions Counselor

Shannon’s primary focus on the Admissions team is supporting transfer students. As an enthusiastic alumna of MassArt (Photo and SIM), she’s thrilled to be returning to this creative community to help students find their path to accomplishing their education goals. Shannon is always excited to connect with students about their passions and loves to write, photograph, cook, and play outside.

Bryana S. Gonzalez (she/they)
Assistant Director of Visitor Experience • 617.879.7205

Bryana is passionate about MassArt’s mission to change the world through art education. Currently she manages the campus tour program, admissions events, and visitor experience. She loves meeting students and families from all walks of life, and enjoys creating opportunities for folks to learn more about the MassArt community both on and off campus. 

Gina Grenier (she/her/hers)
Director of Admissions • 617.879.7279

Gina has worked in the MassArt Admissions Office for 10 years and is also a proud alumna (‘04 Sculpture). She loves being a source of support and guidance for students as they navigate through the art school admissions world. She is a member of the Pottery Mill studio in Lowell, MA, where you can usually find her throwing clay and getting messy in her free time. She also has a slight obsession with cats.

Marcus Payzant (he/him/his)
Associate Director of Admissions (counselor for last names beginning with O-Z) • 617.879.7204

Marcus has worked in the MassArt admissions office for over five years. He travels frequently on behalf of the College and enjoys connecting with students and teachers in Southern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands, as well as Rhode Island, Florida, and Texas. He earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin and maintains a consistent studio practice that focuses on drawing and painting.

Lauren Wilshusen

Lauren Wilshusen (she/her/hers)
Dean of Admissions and Enrollment Management • 617.879.7226

Lauren Wilshusen has been at MassArt for over 19 years. She was drawn to MassArt because of its public mission, dedication to students, and her own love of the arts. Lauren's favorite part of her job is helping students and families navigate the admissions process.

Office of Admissions
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
621 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115 USA • T: 617.879.7222 • F: 617.879.7250

Graduate Admissions

Stacy Petersen Domurat (she/her/hers)
Associate Director, Graduate Admissions and Operations • 617.879.7238 • T: 617.879.7222 • F: 617 879 7250

Office of Financial Assistance 

Derek Lewis
Financial Aid Counselor • 617.879.7850

Jocelyn Gomes
Associate Director of Student Financial Assistance • 617.879.7853

Aurelio Ramirez
Director of Student Financial Assistance •  617.879.7847

Office of Student Financial Assistance
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
621 Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02115 USA

Tower Building, 8th floor • T: 617.879.7849 • F: 617.879.7880