Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University - Undergraduate Admission

Admission Counselors

Mike Sexton
Mike Sexton
Vice President for Enrollment Management

Most people in California cannot understand how Mike survived growing up in Buffalo, New York. After teaching high school math and coaching soccer in New Hampshire, Mike went to graduate school and began his admission career in 1979. Since then, he has worked at Juniata, Rhodes and Lewis & Clark Colleges before arriving at Santa Clara in 2009. As VP for Enrollment Management, he serves on the president's cabinet and oversees the operations of undergraduate admission, university financial aid and enrollment services. Read more »

Eva Blanco
Eva Blanco
Dean of Undergraduate Admission

Eva has been with the Undergraduate Admission Office since 2003, formerly serving as Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Admission. She is responsible for leading admission and recruitment efforts of first-year and transfer students, including oversight of all marketing and technology associated with enrolling each incoming class. Eva worked for ten years in Latin American and Hispanic media and has served on several boards and committees of local and national non-profit organizations. Eva who hails from Venice Beach, has also lived in New Haven, Miami, and now resides in San Jose with her husband and daughter. Read more »

Sandra Hayes
Sandra Hayes
Special Assistant to Vice President for Enrollment Management

Sandra is a native of Memphis, Tennessee and a 30 year resident of San Jose, California. Her SCU enrollment management career includes 11 years in the Financial Aid Office and 15 years in the Undergraduate Admission Office. Sandra currently serves as Special Assistant to the Vice President for Enrollment Management, assembly delegate to the Western Association for College Admission Counseling and admission liaison to the Cristo Rey Network. Read more »

Undergraduate Admission

Please feel free to contact any of our admission counselors and they will be happy to answer any questions you may have. You can also contact our office at 408-554-4700. Read more »

Detwarn Buntun
Senior Associate Director

Detwarn is originally from Stockton California who started out as a high school teacher in the field of Education. He was introduced to college admissions by his former academic advisor and spent several years within the office of admission at the University of the Pacific. As a seasoned veteran in the admissions profession, his goal is to relieve the stress that may come with researching and applying to college. As Senior Associate Director, he oversees diversity outreach and recruitment, and is always looking for innovative ways to champion diversity. Read more »

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Denise Castillo Chavez
Assistant Director

Denise hails from the town of Windsor, California. During her time as an undergraduate at SCU, she worked in the Undergraduate Admission Office as a Student Ambassador, served in leadership roles with the Multicultural Center, and studied abroad through Casa de la Solidaridad in El Salvador. These experiences further fueled her passion for transformative learning, education, and advocacy. As an Assistant Director, she supports students to achieve their goals of pursuing higher education at Santa Clara University, with a focus on supporting first-generation and historically underrepresented students. Read more »

Lorenzo Gamboa
Senior Associate Director

Lorenzo is originally from a very small town with eight graduating seniors in his public high school class. Coming from a close-knit community, he is familiar with the assumptions and fears one may have when considering leaving town for college. Reflecting on his own journey of college he aspires to clarify the daunting experience for other first generation students that he once faced as a first generation scholar himself. Lorenzo has over ten years of experience in college advising and currently oversees new initiatives for the office of admission. Read more »

Paola Garcia-Vega
Assistant Director

Paola grew up in the Bay Area prior to attending SCU for her undergraduate studies. She is now an Assistant Director in the Undergraduate Admission Office. She has always been interested in supporting students and families through the process of higher education. In her current role in admissions, she works closely with the Alumni Office as the alumni liaison. She is also committed to working with first generation college students and undocumented students. Read more »

Grace Hartman
Senior Associate Director

Grace is originally from East Contra Costa County in Northern California. Prior to coming Santa Clara University in 2012, she worked at her alma mater, Notre Dame de Namur University, in the Undergraduate Admission Office. At Santa Clara, she currently oversees all aspects of the visit experience, the ShadowSCU program and spends most of her time working with the Student Ambassadors who sit on panels and lead campus tours. Read more »

Becky Konowicz
Director of International Admission

Having lived abroad and traveled to over 50 countries, Becky's enjoyment in working with international students at the secondary and university levels is natural, energizing and a part of her life's work. Working with international students in admissions since 2004, she has worked at DePauw, Chapman and Salve Regina before arriving at Santa Clara in 2013. As Director of International Admissions, she serves in a leadership capacity in the admission office as the University moves forward in its strategic goal to enhance global engagement. Becky is the liaison to the Global Engagement Office at Santa Clara and currently serves as the Vice President for Professional Development for the Overseas Association for College Admission Counseling. Read more »

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Megan Red Shirt-Shaw
Assistant Director

Despite a passion for Jesuit education, Megan graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where she began her admissions career at her alma mater. She moved back to California and enjoys working with incredible students and colleagues at Santa Clara University. She currently assists with marketing and communication efforts with a special focus on social media, is the liaison for the Markkula Center and one of SCU's Illuminate Blog Thought Leaders. She is committed to underserved student populations with a special focus on Native American, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian recruitment. Read more »

Kevin Russell
Assistant Director

Kevin is originally from sunny Orange County in Southern California. With over 4 years of experience in higher education, he has worked in public affairs, visitor & parent services, and admissions offices at undergraduate and graduate institutions across the country. Through his role in the Undergraduate Admission Office at Santa Clara University, Kevin coordinates the ShadowSCU program and visitor services, ensuring that prospective students and their families leave campus with a solid understanding of student life, campus culture, and the admissions process. Read more »

Rosalie Saladzius
Assistant Director

Rosalie is originally from Syracuse, New York. After working in a K-12 school counseling environment, she transitioned into higher education. Rosalie has spent the last 4 years working with bachelors, masters and doctoral degree seeking students. She currently coordinates our annual spring Preview Days and serves as a liaison for the Leavey School of Business. Read more »

Danielle Wenzel
Senior Associate Director

Danielle is originally from the Napa Valley area of Northern California. While completing her undergraduate studies, she worked in the Financial Aid Office where she was introduced to the Admissions world. She has over 11 years of experience in higher education and has been with the Undergraduate Admission Office at Santa Clara University since 2006. She currently oversees all marketing and communication efforts for the office, serves as a liaison for several departments on campus and is passionate about technology in higher education. Read more »

AJ Williams
Senior Associate Director

A.J. is a native of San Jose, CA, but has spent time in each of the four corners of the country. A former transfer student and athlete, A.J. oversees the Transfer process and is the Admission liaison for Athletics recruitment. An admissions veteran, A.J. has worked in higher education for over a decade, and is currently attending the Santa Clara University School of Law. Read more »