Meet the Admission Team

To reach any member of our admission team, call 831.655.9356 or email

Jamie Buffington
Browne '85

Director of Admission

Favorite spot on campus: Yellow Parlor

Favorite Catalina tradition: Father-Daughter Weekend


Jamie first came to Santa Catalina as a Lower and Middle School student, and she graduated from the Upper School in 1985. After working at Beautiful! food company and Levi Strauss, she returned to her alma mater in 2009 as the Director of Admission. She met her husband, Chris, through a classmate in her senior year, and the couple have been married for 27 years. They have an adult son and a daughter who is a Catalina alumna. Jamie enjoys getting outdoors—paddle boarding, skiing, hiking—and loves to sing and dance. She lives on campus with a 23-pound cat named Shadow.

Stephanie Hill
Associate Director of Admission

Favorite spot on campus: Alumnae Garden

Favorite Catalina tradition: Big Sister/Little Sister

Regions covered: All boarding west of the Mississippi


Stephanie joined Santa Catalina’s admissions team in 2019. She is no stranger to boarding and all-girls environments: She grew up on a boarding school campus in Wisconsin, and worked at all-girls schools in Ohio and Maryland before coming to Monterey. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, gardening, and spending time with her dog Payton. She is a resident faculty member in Thompson Dorm.

Sarah Kline
Associate Director of Admission

Favorite spot on campus: The Alumnae Garden (and organic garden)

Favorite Catalina tradition: B. R.E.A.L. performance clubs show

Regions covered: Local/day, Central California, Midwest, East, and Mid-Atlantic states


Sarah joined Catalina in 2018 following a professional journey that has included working in the admission industry at several boarding schools and in higher education. She most recently worked for The Enrollment Management Association, well known for the SSAT. As a resident faculty member, she lives on campus with her husband, Matt, a retired U.S. Navy senior chief, and their youngest daughter, Madison, who attends Santa Catalina Lower and Middle School; Sarah's step-daughter, Megan, attends college in Maryland. The Klines lived in England; Turkey; Whidbey Island, Washington; and Annapolis, Maryland, before returning to Monterey, the city where they met. Sarah, an Indiana native, loves spending time in nature and loves to be in, on, or near the water. As a family, the Klines enjoy hiking, camping, crafts, puzzles, and movie nights.


Ala Milani '87
Associate Director of Admission

Favorite spot on campus: St. Francis of Assisi garden

Favorite Catalina tradition: Ring Week

Regions covered: International markets, local/day


Ala gets to work with all students who are joining the Santa Catalina community. Born in France of Italian parents, she attended a bilingual school until third grade, when her family moved to the U.S. After living in Michigan and San Diego, they settled in Monterey, and Ala began her own relationship with Catalina, starting in eighth grade and graduating in 1987. She returned to work at her alma mater in 2008, having previously worked in Seattle and at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Not surprisingly, she loves the ocean, and on weekends you’ll find her and her daughter, Catalina student Sofia, at Carmel Beach. They have two rescue dogs, Myla and Zooey; two rescue Lionhead bunnies, RuRu and Dora; and an aquarium with two giant Oscar fish, a parrot fish, and a suckermouth catfish that does all the cleaning.

Helen Young
Admission Office Coordinator

Favorite spot on campus: The Hacienda Courtyard

Favorite Catalina tradition: Father-Daughter Weekend


Helen joined Santa Catalina’s admission office in 2019. The Monterey native enjoys hiking, running, horseback riding, going to the beach, crafting, and spending time with her two children, Sofia and Lucas. As the office coordinator, she loves interacting with prospective students and their families.