Full-Time MBA Program
Meet the MBA Recruiting & Admissions Staff


Jon Kaplan
Assistant Dean, Full-Time MBA Program

Jon was born and raised in Southern California. With over 25 years working in the world of higher education, he started his career with the UCLA Athletic Department, serving as an Operations Manager for the Bruin Football team. After 11 years in athletics, Jon parlayed his MBA degree into a Product Management role at Agron, Inc., a licensee of Adidas.  Later, Jon returned to UCLA, where he worked for both the MBA admissions and career management teams at the Anderson School of Management.  In 2005, Jon became Assistant Dean of the MBA Programs at Chapman University's Argyros School of Business in Orange, CA. And in 2012, he moved north to become Executive Director of the MBA Programs for Working Professionals at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. Jon ultimately returned to Orange County to join the Merage School in 2014.

Jon received a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and later returned to UCLA to get his MBA. You can follow Jon on Twitter at @jonkaplantweet


Courtney Elmes

Director of Recruitment and Admissions


Courtney was born and raised in Toronto, Canada where she began her career working for PricewaterhouseCoopers as part of the Advisory Services team. She then completed her MBA at the UCI Paul Merage School of Business. Upon graduation, Courtney secured a position with Mattel in their marketing department in El Segundo, and later relocated to London, UK to manage the Infant and Preschool business for the UK and Ireland.


She brings to our recruitment and admissions team a wealth of modern marketing knowledge and exemplary leadership skills. Courtney’s passion for The Merage School is contagious and will draw new students to join our program.




Ashley Ramirez
Associate Director of Recruitment and Admissions


Born and raised in Southern California, Ashley began her career at the MIT Sloan School of Management in the MBA Student Affairs and MBA Admissions offices. Ashley returned to California to join the MBA Admissions office at the Marshall School of Business at USC. Since then, Ashley has joined the Merage School Full-Time MBA Recruitment and Admissions team serving as Associate Director of Recruitment and Admissions.


Ashley completed her Bachelor’s degree in Criminology, Law, and Society at the University of California, Irvine and her Master’s degree in Education at Pepperdine University. You can follow Ashley on Twitter @merage_ashley.


Taylor Martini
Associate Director of Recruitment and Admissions

Taylor is a recent graduate of the UCI Paul Merage School of Business Full-Time MBA program. Prior to the Merage School, Taylor began his career at American Internet Mortgage, Inc. where he worked in a team lead role developing training materials, focusing on client retention, originating loans and streamlining the application process. After joining the Merage School as an MBA, he worked with Tilly’s and PacSun in human resources, recruiting and learning and development roles.


Taylor was born and raised in Southern California and completed his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Chapman University.






Christian Hansen
Associate Director of Recruitment and Admissions


A native of Southern California, Christian received a Bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies from Brigham Young University, and a Master’s degree in Management of Organizations and Governance at The London School of Economics. Utilizing his Korean language skills, he directed corporate internship programs in Changwon, South Korea as well as in Tianjin, China for LG Electronics.


Coming most recently from Brigham Young University, where he was a member of the Admission and Financial Aid committees, Christian is excited to join the Full-Time MBA admissions team at UC Irvine.






  Rachel Fumo
MBA Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator

Born and raised in Southern California, Rachel Fumo began her career in healthcare administration at Your Neighborhood Urgent Care as the Human Resources Administrator and Internship Coordinator. During her time with the company she implemented the company’s internship program. She acted as the sole coordinator for this program and recruited students from local Southern California universities who had a passion for working in the healthcare field.
Rachel completed her undergraduate education at California State University, Fullerton where she received her bachelor of science in Health Science.