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
 

 
 
 
 

Sarah Gill
Director of Recruitment and Admissions

 

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Sarah moved to Orange County, CA in 2004 to work as a Planning and Research Analyst for W. B. Doner Advertising working on accounts such as Mazda, PacSun, Black and Decker and UnitedHealthCare. Sarah left Doner in 2006 to join the Paul Merage School of Business to pursue her passion for higher education.

 

Sarah completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Southern California where she received her bachelor of arts in Communications. She is also a graduate of the Fully Employed MBA program The Paul Merage School of Business . You can follow Sarah on Twitter @SarahRGill.

 
 
 
 

Elisa Lee
Associate Director of Recruitment and Admissions

 

Born and raised in Southern California, Elisa started her career in the corporate world at Takeda San Diego working in the Human Resources department. Before joining the Paul Merage School of Business, Elisa worked at Metagenics, Inc. specializing in Recruitment and Talent Acquisition.

 

Elisa earned her Bachelor's in Communications at the University of California, San Diego.  Also, Elisa just recently graduated from the Fully Employed MBA program at The Paul Merage School of Business.

 
 
 
 

Ashley Ramirez
Associate Director of Recruitment and Admissions

 
Born and raised in Southern California, Ashley began her business school 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 of arts in Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine and her master of arts in Education at Pepperdine University. Follow her on Twitter: merage_ashley

 
 
 
 

Juliet Valdez
Assistant Director of Recruitment and Admissions


Raised in Southern California, Juliet began her career in public affairs as an account coordinator for Schubert Flint Public Affairs. She provided assistance with media relations and a range of projects for accounts such as Ford and OCTA. Prior to joining UC Irvine's Paul Merage School of Business in 2011, Juliet worked at the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego, where she specialized in MBA Recruitment and Admissions, and Graduate Student Services.

Juliet completed her undergraduate education at California State University, Fullerton where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations.

 
 
 
 

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.