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Find Your Counselor

The Admissions and Financial Aid staff at PAFA are ready and available to help during all stages of the application and enrollment process. Students are assigned a personal Admissions Counselor from our team based on their geographic location.

Map of Admissions regions and the corresponding counselors

Domestic Applicants

Program Region Counselor
Undergraduate AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN,TX, VA, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico Greg Pease
Undergraduate AK, AZ, CA, CO, DE, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR,PA, UT, WA, WY Collin Cousart
Undergraduate CT, IA, IL, IN, KS, MA, ME, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, NH, NJ,NY, OH, RI, SD, VT, WI Melanie Delach
Post-Baccalaureate
Graduate
Sam Schetina

International Applicants

Program Counselor
Undergraduate Collin Cousart
Post-Baccalaureate
Graduate
Sam Schetina

Mailing Address

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
128 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Staff

Casey Turner
Dean of Enrollment
cturner@pafa.edu
(215) 972-2047

PhD, Brown University

Casey Turner comes to PAFA with 30 years of experience in higher education, having served at Brown University, The University of Chicago, and Drexel University and as a branding and marketing consultant. Her passion for PAFA’s mission and for its community was instantaneous, and she’s grateful for the opportunity to lead PAFA’s very talented and dedicated Admissions Team as they introduce serious, maturing fine artists to all that PAFA has to offer. Residing in Elkins Park with her wife, daughter, and six cats, Casey is an avid reader, gardener, and political junkie.


Peter Tran
Director of Admissions Operations
ptran@pafa.edu
(215) 391-4111

BA, University of Dallas

Peter is a native of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania (of Silver Linings Playbook fame) and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Dallas. He enjoys traveling, art, and, more recently, working on DIY restoration projects. He has worked in the Admissions Office for nearly ten years and currently oversees the department’s operations. But surprisingly, Peter’s connection to PAFA dates back even further. He visited PAFA’s museum galleries on a grade school field trip in the 1990s. Clearly, it left an impression.


Collin Cousart
Admissions Counselor
ccousart@pafa.edu
(215) 972-7635

BFA, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

US: PA, DE, MT, WY, CO, NM, AZ, UT, ID, WA, OR, NV, CA, AK, HI

Collin was born and raised in Montgomery County, PA and has been a practicing artist from an early age. Collin studied studio art at the Montgomery County Community College, then transferred to PAFA to continue his education in the arts. During his time at PAFA, he transitioned from a portrait painter to a surrealist artist, exploring themes of social justice, humor, and history. Additionally, he has years of experience as an educator in fine arts and dance. While he is not officially certified, Collin is well-versed in American Sign Language (ASL) and is eager to learn more.


Melanie Delach
Admissions Counselor
mdelach@pafa.edu
(215) 391-4377

MFA, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
BFA, Adelphi University

US: NY, NJ, CT, MA, VT, NH, RI, ME, OH, MI, IN, IL, WI, MN, IA, MO, KS, NE, SD, ND

Melanie Delach is a painter and mixed media artist from New York. Delach lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her BFA in Studio Art from Adelphi University in 2017 and an MFA at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2019. Her mixed media paintings push the boundaries and borders of what it means to look inside the self through intimate interiors.


Greg Pease
Admissions Counselor
gpease@pafa.edu
(215) 391-4377

BA, University of New Haven

US: TX, LA, AR, MS, AL, GA, FL, SC, NC, TN, KY, VA, MD, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico

Greg is from Camden, New Jersey and received his Bachelor of Arts in Theatrical Performance from the University of New Haven. His background in theatre allowed him to work alongside the arts department of his university, thus giving him a deep appreciation for visual arts. Greg enjoys visiting museums and learning the history of diverse artworks to further his understanding of the culture the art originated from.


Sam Schetina
Graduate Admissions Counselor
sschetina@pafa.edu
(215) 391-4398

MFA, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
BFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Originally from Glendale, California, Sam is a practicing artist in Philadelphia, primarily working as a painter, but also engaging in fibers and weaving. He is interested in the ways in which repetition, intervals, pattern, and texture can be investigated pictorially, as well as physically, in relation to real, remembered, and imagined landscape. He is the Graduate Programs Admissions Counselor (Master of Fine Arts, Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program).


Student Ambassador Program

Student Ambassadors are the student face of PAFA, sharing their commitment and passion for the arts and the School by assisting in recruiting prospective students, as well as meeting with prospective students during our on-campus events and tours to talk about the student experience.

Current or incoming students who wish to participate in PAFA's Student Ambassador program should contact the Admissions Office.