Current Staff Advisory Team – 2015

Trish AportelaTrish Aportela, Senior Counselor, Student Financial Services

Trish recently started working in the office of Student Financial Services and spends her time working to package students with federal financial aid. Trish works directly with students to provide Financial Aid information.   Trish is a Salinas native and returned to the area after graduating from CSU, Sacramento in 2012. In her off time she enjoys going to the beach, spending time with her family and eating out with friends.


Alisyn GruenerAssistant Director, Admissions

Alisyn is happy to be a member of the energetic and collaborative Admissions team at MIIS. She works with admitted graduate students as they prepare to make their way to Monterey, often serving as a liaison between students and various departments on campus. Alisyn received her M.A. in International Education Management from MIIS in 2013 and her B.A. in International Relations, Diplomacy and Law from the University of Oregon in 2009. Originally from  Corvallis, Oregon, she enjoys hiking, biking and getting outside to enjoy the beauty of the Monterey Bay…. and spending time with her husband and their three cats, of course. 🙂


Naomi Braswell – Operations Coordinator, Facilities

Naomi was overjoyed to join the MIIS Staff in September 2013 in her role as an Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director of Finance, Business Services & Administration. Recently, she has transitioned to a new role as an Operations Coordinator.   Some of her key responsibilities include supporting MIIS Operations, in administration, and operational duties, supporting Facilities in their work order coordination and assignment, as well as supervisory responsibilities at Office Services.

She is a native Californian and has resided in Monterey for over 20 years. Prior to coming to MIIS, Naomi was a trial paralegal. Away from the office, her true joy comes in spending time with her partner, Michael, their dog Benny, her three children and six grandchildren. She is always looking for ways to be of service and give back to her community. Ask Naomi and she will tell you that she has the best job on campus and wholeheartedly believes that she is blessed beyond measure!


Molly Laughlin, Stewardship Officer, Office of Advancement

Molly was delighted to join the wonderful  Advancement  team as the Stewardship Officer in September 2013 after working in local government for 13 years.  She is a proud to say that she’s a native San Franciscan (very unusual) but has lived in Pacific Grove for more than 20 years.  She graduated from St. Mary’s College of California with a BA in Political Science, then headed off to the University of Michigan for an MA in Journalism, with a focus on medical writing.   In her free time,  she loves to be out and about, walking her Lab/Pointer mix, Bochy, and following most of the Bay Area sports teams, as well as Xavier University basketball and St. Louis University men’s soccer.


Pamela Ventura, Associate Registrar, Office of Records and Research

In 2001 Pam began work at MIIS as a temporary employee in the Graduate School of Translation & Interpretation, she then moved on to the Records Office. Pam attained full-time status in January 2002, and has worked for three Registrars, attaining the position of Assistant Registrar.  Pam oversees daily operations of the Records Office and maintains communication with current students, alumni, staff, and faculty regarding academic records, policies and related issues. Although a native of the Monterey Peninsula Pam lived away for a number of years; graduating from CSU Fresno and working for the state and federal governments. Pam returned in 2000, and is happy to be back enjoying time with family, gardening, reconnecting with the Portuguese community, and spoiling her dog.


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