Meet our staff

Paige Manning

Director of Admissions

Paige is the Director of Admissions at Pine Manor College. Prior to Pine Manor, Paige was the Assistant Director of Admissions at the Boston Architectural College, an independent design college. She began her career in higher education as the Assistant Director of the Audubon Expedition Institute at Lesley University, an outdoor experiential education program for undergraduate and graduate students. Paige holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Lesley University. She is a senior fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program. Paige is proud of her work in engaging people in educational programming for a just and sustainable world.

 

Karla Lopes '12

Assistant Director

Karla Lopes is a happily married Pine Manor College class of 2012 graduate. A Brazilian native, her heart resides in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where she has lived since 2001. Language barriers, new cultural values and different school systems were challenges that she had to adapt to in America on her way to becoming a successful college graduate.
Karla’s priority has always been her education, which she believes is the key to success in life. Upon her arrival at Pine Manor College, she took advantage of the numerous opportunities on campus. While a student, she was inducted into Alpha Chi Honor Society and awarded with the Dean’s Award and for Achievement in Social and Political Systems. Karla is intent on using her experience and knowledge to counsel and mentor students interested in attending Pine Manor College as a way to give back. She has become an active agent of change at Pine Manor College and within the Greater Boston Community, advocating for students and new Americans.
“Pine Manor College has given me ample chances to discover many hidden skills and assets that helped to shape me into the unique, confident woman that I have become today. I hope to provide similar opportunities to women as an Admissions Counselor at the College.”

 

Shary Browne '10

Admissions Counselor

Shary is a Pine Manor Alumna of the class of 2010 and from Mattapan in Boston, MA. She studied Management and Organizational Change at PMC and continued her education receiving a Masters of Science in Management from Emmanuel College. Shary worked for Granite Telecommunications, a technology company that focuses on providing companies with communications solutions – there, Shary continued to develop her professional skill set. In her career, she developed a specific focus on relationship building, effective communication and critical thinking. Upon receiving her master’s degree Shary decided to come back to Pine Manor to share her experiences with other prospective students while assisting with the student development process. Shary enjoys counseling students and advocating on their behalf and in her spare time she enjoys reading.

 

Elise Yafet

Admissions Counselor

Elise is passionate about the power of higher education and helping others receive a positive college experience. Prior to coming to PMC, Elise worked as a College Coach at College Possible in her hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In that role, she worked with low-income students throughout their college education, facilitating whatever barriers they faced and connecting them to resources available to them. While at College Possible, she saw firsthand the benefit of additional guidance that her students received while attending small, private colleges. She began her career abroad in Netanya, Israel, where she volunteered as an English Teaching Fellow and taught English as a second language to third through sixth grade students. Elise received her BA in Journalism-Strategic Communication, with a certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She enjoys attending theatre productions and is spending more time experimenting with cooking.

 

Vanessa Gomes '14

Admissions Department Office Manager

Vanessa Gomes is a proud and devoted 2014 Pine Manor Alumna. She graduated from PMC with a BA in Communication and a minor in International Relations. During her time as a commuter student, Vanessa immediately became an active member in the community as a participant, student advocate and leader. She participated in an array of extracurricular and academic committees such as the College’s Mission and Purpose Taskforce, Student Community Council, Teacher Assistantship, Model United Nations Club, Summer Bridge Mentorship Program, Student Ambassador and was inducted to the Alpha Chi Honors Society.
Pine Manor offered her an array of opportunities to grow, discover her talents and find her inner voice. As an Admissions Office Manager, she aims to use that her knowledge and unique college experience to encourage and guide Pine Manor students to use all of the resources PMC has to offer; so they can become successful in all their personal and educational endeavors.