We are excited to get to know you! Your Admission Representative will work with you throughout the admission process, reading your application, advocating you to the Admission Committee, and addressing your questions and concerns. Admission Reps manage specific territories based on where you attend school. To get in touch with your personal Admission Representative, select the option below that best represents you.
Janine Bissic '08
Director of Admission
New Mexico, Transfer Students
California: Long Beach, South Orange County (Brea, Yorba Linda, Orange, Irvine, Tustin, Laguna Beach, San Clemente), Northern California and Sacramento (Napa, Petaluma, Davis, Santa Rosa, Vacaville, Mendocino, Sonoma, Vallejo), West Los Angeles (Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Culver City, Malibu), Central and San Joaquin Valleys (Bakersfield, Fresno, Stockton, Clovis, Lancaster, Palmdale, Tulare, Visalia)
Before joining the team, Janine traveled the world wearing a giant curly wig and never using her arms. That's right - she was a competitive Irish Step Dancer (yes...think Riverdance). Janine has since left her dancing shoes behind and is happily married to a super famous musician with whom she has two hilarious children. She is a passionate Lakers fan, even going so far as to plan the birth of her son to land on the birthday of Kobe Bryant. This fact is a good example of her planning expertise as well as her love for the purple and gold, which just so happen to be Whittier College's colors too!
Meghan Couch-Edwards '14
California: San Francisco Bay Area (Marin, San Francisco, Contra Costa, Oakland, Alameda, San Mateo, San Jose, Santa Clara), Covina, West Covina, La Puente, Hacienda Heights, Pomona, Azusa, Claremont, Diamond Bar
Meghan, or Megatron, as she likes to be known, is our office resident Transformer. Mega is a massive fan of people dressed as mascots, cartoon characters, and other funny costumes. You will find her on most weekends at Disneyland (only 16 miles away) hunting down Mickey, Minnie and the gang... just to hug their massive heads. Originally hailing from Maine, Mega has a love for lobsters and is famous in her hometown of Northport for her renowned lobster Shakespearian puppet show—A Midsummer Night's Lobster (or as they are known in Italy—The Lobsters of Venice). Mega spent a semester in Argentina where she became known as the pied piper of stray dogs... she saved many lives and is now an excellent flutist.
Associate Director of Admission
California: San Diego, Orange County (Anaheim, Santa Ana, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach), Cerritos
Hailing from Middlesbrough and Manchester England, Darryl came to the states fifteen years ago to study at Whittier. A 2004 graduate, he is a "devoted and loyal Manchester United" football fan (that's soccer here in the states). Darryl's resemblance to Harry Potter is uncanny, so it is a good thing that he enjoys the books and movies (though he would prefer to be James Bond). Darryl's life is controlled by his two boys, Jack & Max, and Scottish Terrier, Indy. Darryl would also like to add that English food is great.
David Laine '07
Assistant Director of Admission
Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Texas, Washington D.C.
California: Central Coast (Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Watsonville, Pebble Beach, Morro Bay, Salinas), Santa Barbara County, West Ventura County, East and West San Fernando Valley, Hollywood, Wilshire, South Bay (Torrance, Palos Verdes, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Gardena, Hawthorne, El Segundo)
David graduated with a B.A. in English and Music from Whittier College in 2007, and received his M.S. in Environmental Studies from Green Mountain College in 2015. He can often be found singing in the style of Ben Folds or David Bowie, depending on how his day is going, but his signature song is Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now." David is rarely without a book, unless he's traveling with his Nook. David loves A Game of Thrones; he pores over Gaiman's tomes. He loves to read Lovecraft and Poe, but Bradbury is best, you know. When not reading weird fantasy and horror, David writes grants for environmental organizations and plays board games that most people have never heard of.
Assistant Director of Admission/Campus Visit Coordinator
California: Inland Empire (Chino, Chino Hills, Upland, Corona, Ontario, Redlands, Riverside, Lake Elsinore), Imperial Valley (Palm Springs, Desert Springs, Hemet, Hesperia, Victorville, Apple Valley, El Centro)
Megan is our most recent addition to the office/Poet Family. Megan is obsessed with all things Taylor Swift. On weekends she can be found "Shaking off" the work week by spending time with her two dogs, Max and Blue. Outside of the company of her dogs, she can be found doing homework or researching for her master's program in Organizational Leadership and Management. Megan's favorite hobby is organization, thus making her event planning second nature to her. She enjoys being the admission event coordinator at Whittier and seeing the prospective students discover the Poet pride.
Adrianna Prejna '07
Assistant Director of Admission
Arizona, Illinois, Nevada
California: Whittier, La Mirada, La Habra, Santa Fe Springs, Fullerton, Pico Rivera, Montebello, Rosemead, Alhambra, El Monte, Temple City, South and Southeastern Los Angeles (Bell, Bell Gardens, Downey, Huntington Park, Compton, South Gate)
The wheels on the bus go round and round…" Adri can often be heard singing this earworm throughout the day thanks to the eclectic musical tastes of her children. You're welcome. This choir nerd certainly feels at home with the Admission's own hip-hop group, Kieron and the Funky Bunch. Besides her penchant for the existential nursery rhyme, Adri wastes a lot of her time meowing back to cats when they meow at her. This book worm can proudly boast that she has read 50 out of the 100 most popular books (thanks in no small part to her Audible account), and loves Pride and Prejudice with or without Zombies... NO SPOILERS!
Richard Scaffidi '76
Associate Director of Admission
New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Colorado
California: Glendale, Pasadena, San Marino, Arcadia, San Gabriel, Burbank, La Cañada, Altadena
This "Dramalum" directed or acted in dozens of plays at Whittier either as a student or faculty member. In Hollywood he gained renown as an entertainment journalist; notably 13 years on the select L.A. Drama Critics Circle. Yet Richard's zeal for theatre is matched by his love for dogs, and for baseball ("Go Dodgers!"), including 30-plus years as the wheeler-dealer "owner" of a championship Rotisserie League team named "Richard's Poor Almanacs." Besides that, he was a winner on TV's "Wheel of Fortune"; his older brother Roy also graduated Whittier; and he's worked in Admission for colleges founded by Quakers, Taoists, Jews, and Catholics – but not simultaneously.