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    Staff

    Joan AdlerJoan Adler
    Assistant VP Regional Programs—Los Angeles
    818.561.7371
    jladler@syr.edu

    Since opening the Los Angeles office for Syracuse University in April, 2005, Joan has been instrumental in growing the office to include an Admissions director and the "SULA Semester" program. She has engaged hundreds of SU alumni throughout LA and across the West Coast, creating alumni events in the fields of entertainment, academics, athletics, and more.

    A native of Syracuse, Joan received a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College and master’s degree from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Immediately after graduating, Joan moved to LA to pursue a career in the entertainment industry, heading the leading post-production facility in the country, The Post Group. In 1990, she became a member of the Syracuse University Newhouse Advisory Board, and in 1992, the Chair of the Board, holding the position for nearly 10 years. Joan is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Women in Film, and CASE.


    Camille Crites

    Camille Crites
    Associate Director of Admissions, Southern California
    818-561-7375
    ccrites@syr.edu

    Camille graduated with a B.A. in International Relations and Economics from the University of California at Davis ('82) and completed her Master's Degree (MSSc) through the Maxwell School at Syracuse University ('14). She moved to Florence, Italy in 1985 and began a career in Import/Export with the Macy's buying office. Camille has been with Syracuse University in Florence since 1990, holding positions such as Summer Programs Coordinator, Field Trip Co-Coordinator, Partner School Liaison, Events Coordinator, Academic Advisor and Registrar. She was promoted to Assistant Director for Academics at SUF, which includes academic program development, in 2011. Camille has been representing Syracuse University at High School Fairs in Italy since 2010. Her current position began in October, 2014.


    Ann Spurgeon
    Ann Spurgeon
    Regional Director of Development, Southern California
    818.561.7372
    amspurge@syr.edu

    Ann's role is identifying, engaging, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gift prospects, as well as representing SU to the myriad base of alumni in Southern California and Arizona. Prior to joining SU, she was the senior director of major gifts at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts.


    Diana Phillips

    Diana Phillips
    Administrative & Communications Specialist
    818.561.7374
    diphilli@syr.edu

    Diana supports the day-to-day operations of the SULA office, assists in coordinating events, and manages the SULA website and Facebook pages with SU news targeted to the West Coast. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications with a bachelor’s degree in Television, Radio and Film, Diana has worked for television and media companies producing shows for the Food Network, Science Channel, and Discovery’s Planet Green network.


    Janet Recchia headshotJanet Recchia
    Regional Recruiter, Office of Admissions - Southern California
    661.263.9579
    jshustar@syr.edu

    Janet is a regional recruiter for Syracuse University/Southern California Admissions and a specialist for the College of Visual and Performing Art. A graduate of Syracuse University, Janet has a BFA in Illustration with an emphasis on fashion. Janet began her career as a fashion illustrator in New York City where she worked for over 17 years in the industry. Relocating to Los Angeles in 1997, Janet taught art in her studio for 15 years focusing on foundation skills, portfolio and Art and Design College planning. Janet is married to a “fellow Orange” alumnus of the College of Visual and Performing Art and has a son currently attending the Master’s program in Museum Studies at Syracuse University.


    SULA Semester Staff

    Robin HowardRobin Howard
    Director of Syracuse University Los Angeles Semester Program
    818.561.7376
    rshoward@syr.edu

    Robin Forman Howard is the director of Syracuse University’s Los Angeles Academic Semester Program, a career oriented program that gives students the opportunity to live, learn and work in Los Angeles. She joins the University after a 25 year career in the entertainment industry where she worked in almost every field of feature film and television production. Beginning her entertainment career in post-production, Robin produced feature films and television movies, served as Executive Vice-President for Sydney Pollack’s Mirage Productions, and then Mark Rosenberg & Paula Weinstein’s Spring Creek Productions, culminating her entertainment career as President of Spring Creek Television.

    Robin has been a faculty member of the Syracuse University Los Angeles Semester since its inception in 2009. She became the Director of the program in July 2013. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Robin received her bachelor’s degree in Television/Radio from Brooklyn College and a master’s degree from Syracuse University where she attended the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications on a teaching fellowship. Robin is a member of the Producers Guild of America, The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and The Paley Center for Media.


    LaurenLauren Palius
    Assistant Director of Syracuse University Los Angeles Semester Program
    818.561.7377
    lppalius@syr.edu 

    Lauren collaborates to execute the Los Angeles Semester Program, which offers students classes taught by industry professionals, real-world work experience through internships, and the opportunity to attend professional, social, and cultural events. Lauren is a native Angeleno and a graduate of the University of California, San Diego. Prior to joining the SULA team in January 2011, Lauren was the special events coordinator at the Petersen Automotive Museum.