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    Joan Adler photoJoan Adler
    Assistant VP Regional Programs—Los Angeles

    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.

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    Camille Crites
    Associate Director of Admissions, Southern California

    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’s career with Syracuse University in Florence ran from 1990 until 2014 where she held the position of Assistant Director for Academics at SUF, which included academic program development. She began representing Syracuse University at high school fairs in Italy in 2010, and moved to her current position in October 2014.

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    Rachel Chapman
    Administrative & Communications Specialist

    Rachel 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 Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree in Media Studies, Rachel has worked for several Entertainment Marketing companies specializing in theatrical trailers and television promos. 

    Janet Recchia headshotJanet Recchia
    Assistant Director of Admissions - Southern California

    Janet the Assistant Director 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 Howard photoRobin Howard
    Director of Syracuse University Los Angeles Semester Program

    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.

    Lauren photoLauren Palius
    Assistant Director of Syracuse University Los Angeles Semester Program

    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.