Meet the Admissions Team
We are a group of individuals with a passion for Haas and business management education. Whether you are applying now or in the future, we look forward to getting to know you. Meet us on the
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Morgan Bernstein Executive Director of Admissions
MBA, Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley
BA, Williams College
Essay #1 Song Choice: “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack
Favorite Quote: “Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly. But the bumble bee doesn't know it, so it goes on flying anyway.” -Mary Kay Ash
What is one surprising fact about you: I'm a Berkeley-Haas grad of 2009 and I met my husband, Matt, in the program. We were actually on a project team together in Negotiations class and that set the wheels in motion. Two winter treks to South America and one spring break to Hawaii later, and the rest is history!
Why Admissions: My Haas experience was truly transformational. Haas empowered me to pursue meaningful work, not just chase the next job that delivered a prestigious title or salary. My experiences at Haas - namely my role in student government (MBAA), soft skills courses like Lead Comm, Power & Politics, and Negotiations, plus the tight relationships I developed with classmates - equipped me with the confidence to take the path less traveled and truly explore my passions and purpose. Through trial and error, I discovered that what fuels me most is helping others succeed and working in a mission driven organization. I am so grateful for this opportunity to help students get one step closer to their dreams through the Berkeley MBA. This place profoundly changed me, both personally and professionally, and I hope to give that opportunity to each new class.
Erin Kellerhals Director of Diversity Admissions
MA, Stanford University
BA, Scripps College
Essay #1 Song Choice: “ ” by Ace and Bomi YOHO
Favorite Food: Falafel.
Favorite Quote: Anything said by Pablo Neruda.
Which trend do you wish would come back: Salon gatherings.
Why Admissions: YOHO--You Only Haas Once. It is a very special place and admissions is a big part of that.
Cindy Jennings Millette Senior Associate Director of Admissions
MA, Saint Mary's College of California
BA, UC Berkeley
Essay #1 Song Choice: “Little Buddha” by Toad the Wet Sprocket
What's one surprising fact about you: I am a Cal alum.....along with my mom, dad, uncle and grandfather. Go Bears!
Favorite thing to do in the Bay Area: Dining out - Amazing cuisine is everywhere!
Why Admissions: To have an impact and see each student's transformation through the Berkeley MBA experience.
Angela Fleekop Associate Director of Admissions
MA, University of San Francisco
BA, University of California, Irvine
Essay #1 Song Choice: “My Way” by Frank Sinatra
Favorite thing to do in the Bay Area: Wine and cheese tasting in Sonoma.
Which trend do you wish would come back: Swing dancing.
What's one surprising fact about you: I grew up in Las Vegas and I hate gambling!
Favorite Quote: “Everything will be ok in the end. If it's not ok, it's not the end.” - John Lennon
Why Admissions: I love telling our story and helping prospective students find the perfect place to achieve their career goals in the process!
Talin Abrahamian Assistant Director of Admissions
JD, Gonzaga University School of Law
BA, UC Los Angeles
Essay #1 Song Choice: “Happy” by Pharrell
What's one surprising fact about you: I am a huge UFC fan!
Which trend do you wish would come back: Roller skating.
Favorite thing to do in the Bay Area: I love biking from San Francisco to Sausalito across the Golden Gate Bridge! I also love to go backpacking in Big Sur.
Why Admissions: I love meeting new people, hearing their stories, and helping them achieve their goals. There's nothing else quite like it!
Brooke Baranzano Assistant Director of Admissions
MA, Teachers College, Columbia University
BA, Boston College
Essay #1 Song Choice: “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles
Favorite thing to do in the Bay Area: Hiking on Angel Island and then rewarding myself at the Cantina at the bottom of the mountain. I also enjoy shopping for used books and practicing yoga.
Which trend do you wish would come back: Fanny packs for sure. They're ridiculously convenient.
Why Admissions: Admissions is a line of work where we can make dreams come true for deserving individuals with a passion to make the world a better place.
Candace Gonzales Tumey Assistant Director of Admissions
PhD, University of Southern California
BA, UC Los Angeles
Essay #1 Song Choice: “Pure Imagination” as sung by Gene Wilder
Favorite thing to do in the Bay Area: Visiting museums, eating out, and soaking up the fabulous culture - the Bay is like no place else in the world!
Which trend do you wish would come back: Cloche hats from the 1920's.
Favorite Quote: “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou
Why Admissions: I love helping others reach for their dreams. Applicants inspire me to be a better person.