Office of Admissions and Financial Aid

The Yale School of the Environment is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all students, staff, and faculty.

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    Yale School of the Environment
    300 Prospect Street
    New Haven, CT 06511 USA

    Tel.:  +1 (203) 432-5106
    or 1-800-825-0330
    Fax:  +1 (203) 432-5528


    Financial Aid

    Hours of Operation
    (Summer Hours)
    8:30 AM – 4:30 PM (ET)

    The YSE Office of Admissions and Financial Aid is operating virtually until further notice. We will respond to your inquiries within 24 to 48 hours. While the office is closed for on-campus visits, please register to set up a virtual visit or appointment.

    Dr. Wendi Hicks
    Director of Enrollment Management

    Pamela Welch
    Associate Director of Financial Aid

    Lori Lombardo
    Assistant Director of Admissions, Events & Recruitment

    Kelly Morrissey
    Assistant Director of Admissions, Communications & Marketing

    Quetcy Rivas Maldonado
    Masters Program Coordinator

    Rosalie Mutonji
    Senior Administrative Assistant/Admissions

    Staff Contacts and Bios

    As a team made up of individuals from a variety of backgrounds, please know the we are dedicated to engaging with and recruiting individuals with multi-faceted perspectives and experiences to aid in the cultivation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community who also strive to create a sustainable future for all people and the planet. We do hope to have the opportunity to connect with you as you begin your journey to learn more about the programs and community here at YSE.

    Greetings! I am so excited to be a part of the YSE community and the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid team. As an African American woman growing up in rural South Georgia—the agricultural Sunbelt—the importance of environmental health and awareness and the countless effects that people, policies, and many other factors have upon it have always been a passion for me. I possess a true passion for higher education and the academic empowerment of students across all backgrounds. I also have a Doctorate in Public Administration, with a dual concentration in Higher Education Leadership and Public Policy. While our team is dedicated to recruiting individuals with multi-faceted perspectives and experiences to aid in the cultivation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, we still have a lot of work to do to continue creating and increasing an inclusive environment. I am committed to that work. I enjoy dancing, eating pizza, and walking with my close friends and their dogs in my free time!  


    As a graduate of Lafayette College with a Bachelor's in Environmental Studies, I have been eager to unite my passion for the environment with my love for higher education; I am honored to further the mission I so value of YSE through this role. In a time of increasing environmental challenges, this was an opportunity I could not let pass me by. Outside of the professional world, I love spending time with my rescue pup, Bronson (an 11-month-old mutt), my family, and my friends. I am an amateur photographer (film especially!) and a lover of good coffee! I live to travel and am always daydreaming about where I will explore next…I am on a mission to visit each of the 62 National Parks and all 50 states! For me, exploring new places and being immersed in new and different cultures is invigorating.  


    Hola from New Haven!! The environmental challenge the world faces was one of the reasons why I came to YSE. Not the least important of which are the perils bearing down on Puerto Rico with the brief stints of relief between earthquakes and hurricanes that rocked the island in the not so distant past. One of my hopes is that students of YSE set their sights toward my beautiful isle of Puerto Rico and undertake the initiatives to reconstruct the affected areas and develop long term solutions. What does a Puerto Rican do to relax after replying to an inundated inbox? I am a DIY enthusiast which reinforces my efforts to reuse and recycle. I am helped by my loving family, of whom my only child is getting an M.F.A in writing and our energetic German Shepherd (Luna-nicknamed Lunatic) graciously volunteers to reduce the items that end up in the trash. To destress from a long workday, I turn to a good mystery whether on screen or in the comfort of a bedside book.  


    After graduating from Southern Connecticut State University and working at a higher education institution that served primarily a low-income, first-generation student population for over six years, I am thankful to have the opportunity to be a member of the YSE community. Having not come from an environmental background I knew I would be up for a challenge however have been inspired by both the personal and educational growth I have experienced thus far. When I’m not connecting with prospective students and collaborating with our Admissions & Financial Aid team, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, and being as close to the ocean as possible. Some of my favorite places I’ve traveled to include Japan, Scotland, Costa Rica, and Joshua Tree National Park in CA (ultimate stargazing)! I thoroughly enjoy conversing with new people—each one of us has a journey and I find it fascinating to learn about how our decisions in life have led us to where we are.  


    Bonjour! I was born and raised in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), formerly known as Zaire. I moved to the United States and have lived in New Haven since the early 2000s. Coming from a developing country, I know the importance of the environment. I have experienced at first hand the negative impact of a lack of environmental stewardship. I believe in education as the basis for creating a more sustainable planet for us and for generations to come. That is why I am proud to be part of the YSE Admissions Team. As someone who speaks five languages, I am a strong supporter of cultural diversity. Outside of my professional work here at YSE, I have a particular interest in Refugee Resettlement, Immigrants’ Rights and Affordable Housing. I volunteer with many organizations whose missions are near and dear to my heart. I enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends, especially sharing a good meal at one of New Haven’s many restaurants. I am a lover of life and all things fun. I never pass up the opportunity to dance!

    Liz Plascencia

    Liz Plascencia

    ’22 MEM Candidate

    As a Queer, Latinx, First-Generation student, I (she/they) am driven by the intersectionality of environmental issues. I’m originally from Los Angeles, California and enjoy surfing, free diving, and backpacking. As a Posse Foundation and NSF-STEP scholar, I hold a B.S. in Geology/ Earth Sciences from Dickinson College. Currently, I am a Master of Environmental Management (MEM) candidate specializing in Water Resource Science and Management. My interests include coastal management, blue carbon, environmental justice, and nature-based solutions.

    Prior to YSE, I worked on coastal stewardship throughout the South Pacific. In Fiji and Tonga, I joined a research sailing expedition and worked on sustainable development projects. In Hawai’i, I supported cross-island large-scale beach clean-ups, community and local stakeholder engagement, and plastic pollution education and outreach workshops.

    Justine Phillips-Gallucci

    Justine Phillips-Gallucci

    ’23 MEM Candidate

    Ever since I was young, I have always loved observing and learning about the wonderful and complex lives of wildlife, from the smallest hummingbirds in my backyard to the biggest whales in the ocean. While studying for my Bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Studies and Political Science at the University of Connecticut, I became really struck by the challenges we face due to the biodiversity crisis and the unprecedented loss of plant and animal species across the planet, and the need for creative approaches to solve these problems, particularly in human-dominated landscapes like cities. I decided to come to YSE to pursue my Master of Environmental Management because I wanted to continue to develop and strengthen my knowledge so that I could become a more effective environmental leader. In my free time, I enjoy birdwatching, hiking with my dog, Melina, drawing, and cooking!

    Ines Ayostina

    Ines Ayostina

    ’22 MEM Candidate

    Salam kenal! I'm Ines Ayostina, a second-year Master of Environmental Management student specializing in Industrial Ecology and Energy. I am originally from Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago! After having gone through the majority of my time here at YSE during the pandemic –did the first semester with 12-hour time differences– I am pleased to be part of the team that connects with prospective students that are working to make our planet a better place through their unique ways.

    Prior to Yale, I worked at World Resources Institute where I researched, designed programs, and conducted fundraising to advance climate-ocean agenda in Indonesia. I also had worked as an environmental engineer at a natural resources extraction company and design sustainable infrastructure at an engineering consulting firm. In my spare time, you may find me writing under the sun or catching my breath on top of a mountain, in the midst of the ocean, or near a remote waterfall.

    Chiara Agnello

    Chiara Agnello

    ’23 MEM Candidate

    Hello! I’m super excited to be able to provide support to people who, just like me a year ago, are looking forward to pursuing a degree at YSE and have lots of questions about the experience! I’m a first-year MEM international student following the Climate Change Science & Solutions concentration. I’m from Buenos Aires, Argentina, but have lived for many years in Peru, where I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola. At YSE, I’m pursuing my interests in climate change and its implications on food security and public health in Latin America & the Caribbean. I’m also very passionate about gender equity and environmental justice. During my free time, I enjoy reading fiction (mainly fantasy and sci-fi novels!), going to music concerts with friends and family, and walking around New Haven to learn more about all the great things the city has to offer!


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