Michelle Paulino, Director of Admissions and Veteran Affairs
Michelle, born on the Island of Guam and raised in the State of WA. Michelle joined the Admissions team at DIT in April 2017 and comes with 15 years of experience. Working for one of the largest post-secondary educational schools in the country, Michelle has held positions as an Admissions Representative and working her way to Admissions Manager for the Everest College, Bremerton Campus
Quote to live by: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow, Learn as if you were to live forever.“ -Mahatma Gandhi
Katy Everson, Director of Marketing and Events
Katy joined the DIT Admissions team as a Washington state native from the Tacoma and Puyallup areas. She attended Central Washington University and graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration–Marketing and Management from Saint Marin’s College in Lacey, Washington. Before coming to DIT, Katy worked previously in higher education with Corinthian Colleges, Inc. as the Admissions Director of Admissions.
James Sylvester, Admissions Specialist
James is a Washington state native, born in Tacoma, but grew up in a military family that moved around. He joined the Admissions team at DIT in January 2015 with 7 years of previous experience as an admissions specialist working for two of the largest post-secondary educational schools in the country. James also has been a VA Certifying official and built the VA department from the ground up at a previous school.
Words of Wisdom for DIT Students: “Education is always very important to me. It’s a great investment in yourself and something no one can ever take from you.”
Miranda Sanchez, Admissions Specialist
Miranda came to DIT in June 2015. She was born and raised in Long Beach, California, moved to Washington State in high school and has moved back and forth between the two several times. Miranda has an associates degrees in Arts and Science and is currently working on attaining her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education through Western Governors University. Before joining the DIT admissions team, Miranda’s prior work experience included 15 years as a stylist doing hair and working in a wide variety Administrative capacities for Everest College at both the Portland and Renton Campuses. She has been the Director of First Impressions, run the campus bookstore, worked with students in Student Financial Aid, and coordinated payments and billing in Student Accounts.
Thoughts for new divers
“I would just like to say how I am impressed everyday by all of those involved in the diving world. It takes a special person to become a Diver. Every diver should be proud to say that they have what it takes to make it because not everyone can make it.”
Katy O’Neal, Admissions Specialist
Katy was born and raised on Mt. Hull (outside Tonasket ,WA). She next relocated to Western Washington and has lived all over Washington state. Katy joined the administrative team at DIT in September 2016 to bring her enthusiasm and organization to the Front Desk and the Admissions Department.
Katy earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Science from Washington State University (WSU) in 2012. Her previous professional experience includes stellar customer service expertise in various restaurants and most recently as a cheerful go-getter at Cosmos Ristorante. Katy also serves as a volunteer court appointed special advocate (CASA) for foster children with the Kitsap County Juvenile Department. In another notable area of expertise, Katy also competes regularly in Roller Derby as she co-captains the Northwest Derby Company out of Kitsap County.
Caycee Clark, Director of Financial Aid
Caycee was born in Canoga Park, CA and raised in Simi Valley, CA. Although she doesn’t personally have military experience, she notes that she comes “from a long line of proud Marines.” She moved to Seattle in 1994 and achieved her Bachelors’ (B.A.) degree from the University of Washington in the field of Speech Communication.
Caycee’s experience comes with 15 years of working in the field of Student Financial Aid. She’s always worked at career colleges and has enjoyed the more guided focus and customer service that they bring to students, which are things that she thinks are often lacking from more traditional college environments. “I really enjoy the relationships that we get to build with students in this type of environment,” she mentions. Caycee also worked at the Art Institute of Seattle for 12 years and at Everest College Renton for nearly three years before arriving at DIT in June 2015. She volunteers as a phone worker and supervisor at the King County Crisis Clinic (Crisis Line/Teen Link programs), which she has done for more than 15 years.
Quote to live by:
“To be aware of a single shortcoming within oneself is more useful than to be aware of a thousand in somebody else.” -Dalai Lama
Shannon Faleafine, Financial Aid Administrator
Shannon was born in Honolulu, Hawaii but grew up in University Place, Washington. Shannon earned her BA in Art History from the University of Washington, Seattle and has previous experience working with student financing. In her 4½ years at Everest College in Tacoma as a Student Finance Planner, Shannon found a passion for higher education. She enjoys watching students achieve their personal, educational, and career goals. DIT welcomed Shannon as a Financial Aid Administrator in September 2014.
Quote To Live By
“Do it with passion or not at all.” — Rosa Nouchette Carey
Tammy Quichocho, Financial Aid Administrator
Tammy was born in Guam, and moved to Washington State in 2003. She earned a degree from Bryman College in Medical Office Administration in 2007. She has over a decade of experience in education administration and was previously at Everest College in Renton, WA. Tammy joined DIT’s team in spring 2015.
Freddie Perez— Accounting Specialist
Freddie was born in Puerto Rico, and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He earned his B.A. in Marketing Communications from Columbia College. Freddie had worked for T-Mobile, Atom Films, and Headbone Interactive prior to joining DIT in March 2011. Freddie is the Accounting Specialist and manages student accounts and payments.
Advice to New Divers
“Pay your bills.”