Meet the Graduate Admission Staff

The Suffolk University Graduate Admission staff is here to assist future students. With a wide range of skill sets and experience, our Graduate Admission Office is here to answer questions and provide information.

Heather O'Leary, Director of Graduate Admission

Heather started at Suffolk in October 2017 as the Director of Graduate Admission. Prior to coming to Suffolk, Heather has worked in admission and higher education consulting for over 17 years with Northeastern University, Eduventures, and the University of California - Davis. She holds a BS in Psychology from Roger Williams University and an MBA from UC Davis. Heather is responsible for oversight, recruitment, admission and enrollment management for the Office of Graduate Admission at Suffolk University, working with graduate programs from the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and Sawyer Business School (SBS). Email Heather

Mara Marzocchi, Associate Director - Operations

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Mara came to Suffolk in 2005 as the latest step in a varied career. Originally from Pennsylvania, Mara completed her Bachelor of Science in Archaeology at Boston University, MBA from University of Phoenix, and graduated from the Master of Science in International Economics program from Suffolk University. She wears a lot of hats, jumping from meeting with prospective or incoming students in the office or on the road to managing operations within the admission office. Email Mara

Ariana Balayan, Associate Director - Recruitment

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Ariana came to the Office of Graduate Admission in February 2016 with over seven years of graduate admissions experience at private institutions. She has worked with traditional and non-traditional students in a variety of master’s and doctoral degree programs. Ariana earned her Doctorate of Higher Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, is published in the Strategic Enrollment Management Quarterly and The Journal of College Student Retention, Research, Theory & Practice, and has presented at national and regional conferences. She also has a Master of Education from Lesley University and Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College (MA). Her responsibilities in the Office include assisting prospective students, strategic recruitment plan development, travel coordination, and managing the Alumni Admission Network. Email Ariana 

Emily Kormann, Assistant Director of Graduate Admission

A native Floridian, Emily has lived and worked in Boston since 2012. After earning her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and French Language, she worked in Graduate Admission at Simmons College with prospective students for Behavior Analysis, Education, Public Policy, and Liberal Arts programs. She joined the Office of Graduate Admission at Suffolk in March 2018. In addition to her programmatic responsibilities, Emily coordinates on-campus events. Email Emily

Jessica Soto, Admission Coordinator

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Jessica has been working for the Office of Graduate Admission since October 2009. As an Admission Assistant, she works closely with prospective and enrolled students as they navigate the application process. She assists applicants in understanding their degree options and admission requirements while also completing administrative and operational duties within the office. Email Jessica

Leah Vargas, Admission Assistant

After completing her Associate in Arts in Communication, Leah began her time at Suffolk in mid-2017. She has previously worked in the admissions offices at Mass Bay Community College and Wheelock College, and particularly enjoys the challenge of working with the 'non-traditional' student. Leah’s role as an Admission Assistant in the Office of Graduate Admission consists of helping prospective students with any questions they have about the application process, required materials, or their program of interest, and, from an operational standpoint, ensuring those applications and materials have been received and processed as necessary. She is currently pursuing her B.A. in Global & Cultural Communication at Suffolk. Email Leah