Meet the Team

SOC Graduate Academic Services staff are here to help you throughout the application process and your course of study. Schedule an admissions advising session.

Aja Goode Graduate Program Specialist SOC - School of Communication

Aja graduated from George Mason University with a bachelor’s degree in Integrative Studies (concentration in International Studies) and a minor in Dance and African American Studies. While a student a

  ajagoode@american.edu

  (202) 885-2006

Leila Hernandez Recruitment Coordinator SOC - School of Communication

Leila is a self-described "pop culture analyst and enthusiast." Her favorite TV show of all time is "Community" and her favorite movie of the past year is "The Greatest Showman." Her dream is to one d

  leila@american.edu

  (202) 885-2018

Jean Kinnahan McGee Senior Graduate Academic Advisor SOC - School of Communication

Jean McGee serves as the graduate advisor for all graduate students, full-time, part-time, and weekend, in the School of Communication. She has been working with the SOC graduate students since 2006.

  jmcgee@american.edu

  (202) 885-2078

Katerina Kulagina Assistant Dean for Graduate Academic Services SOC - School of Communication

Dr. Katerina Kulagina is assistant dean of graduate academic services at the School of Communication. She oversees graduate recruitment and retention; graduate curriculum; online partnership; graduate

  katerina@american.edu

Kendaliz Mata Administrative Assistant, Graduate Services SOC - School of Communication

Kendaliz, also known as Kendy, joined the Office of Graduate Academic Services in February of 2018. She graduated from George Mason University with her bachelor's degree in May of 2017. During her tim

  kmata@american.edu

  (202) 885-2040

Teresa Valais Instructional Designer SOC - School of Communication

Teresa Valais designs learning blueprints for asynchronous and hybrid learning. She brings expertise in learning theory, instructional design, online facilitation, and faculty development to her work

  tvalais@american.edu

  (202) 885-1036