Admissions & Financial Aid


Katy Everson, Director of Marketing and Events

KatyEverson2015Katy 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 Martin’s College in Lacey, Washington.  Before coming to DIT, Katy worked previously in higher education with Corinthian Colleges, Inc. as the Director of Admissions.

Miranda Sanchez, Admissions Specialist

MirandaSanchezMiranda 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.”

Relena McAuliff, Admissions Specialist

Relena grew up in Southern California and moved to Seattle, WA in 2016. She joined the Admissions Team at DIT March 2017 and comes with a background in sales and customer service. Growing up in a family of construction and aerospace workers, she has come to appreciate the success that the trades can bring.

Quote to Live By

“Never be afraid to try something new, because life gets boring when you stay within the limits of what you already know.” -Unknown

Jairlyn Volentine, Admissions Specialist

Jairlyn was born in Salt Lake City Utah and was raised in the State of WA. Jairlyn joined the Admissions team at DIT in June 2019 . She attended Eastern Washington University where she graduated with a B.A. in Communication Studies and a Minor in Marketing. She comes with 10+ years of experience and has worked for one of the largest post-secondary educational schools in the country, Jairlyn has held positions as an Admissions Representative, Community Outreach Coordinator, Admissions Manager and Director of Admissions.

Joey Rieg, Admissions Specialist

Joey Rieg was born in Honolulu, HI and raised in Gig Harbor, WA. She started at the Divers Institute in June 2019 as an Admissions Specialist.  Joey comes to us with more than 10 years of experience working in various positions in Post-Secondary Education.


Financial Aid

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

DIT0428_125Shannon 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

DIT0428_129Tammy 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.”