Meet our staff

Shary Browne

Assistant Director of Admissions


Shary is a Pine Manor Alumna, class of 2010 and from Boston, MA. She studied Business and Management at PMC and continued her education receiving a Master’s of Science in Management from Emmanuel College. While perusing her Master’s degree, Shary worked for a telecommunications company that focuses on providing companies with communications, and upon receiving her diploma Shary decided to come back to Pine Manor to share her experiences with prospective and current students. Shary enjoys counseling students and advocating on their behalf, she notes: “Pine Manor is a special place with many people who are here to help you. I had the privilege to be a Pine Manor student and take pride and pleasure in ‘paying it forward’.” In her spare time Shary enjoys reading and listening to music.

Julia Gotay

Office Manager


Julia Costa Gotay, a South Shore native, is an operational leader bringing both administrative and retail management experience to her role as the Office Manager of Admissions. She is a graduate of Framingham State University and holds a liberal studies Bachelor’s degree with concentrations in English Literature and Sociology. She is a member of the Boston chapter of the “No Meat Athlete Running Club” and enjoys many outdoor activities with her husband Douglas, and their son, Benicio. Julia enjoys spending her free time with her family, especially her parents, sisters, and three nephews.

Evan O’Brien

Admissions Counselor


Evan O’Brien first arrived at Pine Manor in 2014 in the Athletics Department where he served as Assistant Men’s Basketball and Assistant Softball Coach, and soon after took on additional responsibilities as Admissions Counselor. Evan brings with him over ten years of experience working in a collegiate environment and helping match students with the right programs at which they can strive and be successful. He received his Master’s in Business Administration in 2005, and his undergraduate degree in Government in 2002, both from Suffolk University in Boston, Mass. As part of his graduate program, Evan spent the 2005 NBA season as an intern in the Boston Celtics Media Relations Department. Since then, he has held administrative positions at several local institutions and served as Head Men’s Basketball Coach as well. Evan also served as an Adjunct Professor at Newbury College’s Business Department.

John Johanson

Admissions Counselor


John is a 2007 graduate of Colby-Sawyer College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Sport Sciences and a Minor in Business. A four year member of the Colby-Sawyer baseball team, John started three years before having shoulder injury during his senior campaign. John found a passion for higher education after spending the first few years of his career in the business sector.  John comes from The National Aviation Academy, where he served as an Admissions Representative.  There  he credits the upper level management for helping him develop professionally in higher education. John spent one season as the Head Assistant Baseball Coach at Newbury College. John then made a life changing move to Arkansas.  He has very high praise for The University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, AR.  There he served as an Assistant Baseball Coach and remains close to what he refers to "his family away from home." John is an avid advocate for exercising and fitness, and is passionate about sports in general and the local Boston teams in particular, however, baseball remains his main passion. John serves as a Motivational Speaker at Massachusetts General Hospital and takes great pride in helping young men and woman achieve their life goals.