Admissions & Financial Aid
Director of Admissions
Jairlyn was born in Salt Lake City Utah and was raised in the State of WA. Jairlyn joined the Admissions team at DIT in June 2019 . She attended Eastern Washington University where she graduated with a B.A. in Communication Studies and a Minor in Marketing. She comes with 10+ years of experience and has worked for one of the largest post-secondary educational schools in the country, Jairlyn has held positions as an Admissions Representative, Community Outreach Coordinator, Admissions Manager and Director of Admissions.
Admissions Specialist, PO3/E-4/USCG
Tabitha was born and raised in Lynwood, WA, and joined the Admissions team at DIT in 2021. She was a boatswain’s mate in the U.S. Coast Guard and spent most of her contract at a heavy weather station in New Jersey. She has also spent time as a commercial painter and glazier. Tabitha loves to educate people on other options outside of the traditional schooling route. One of Tabitha’s goals in life is to swim with sharks (cage or not). Tabitha’s father graduated from DIT in 1991.
Joey Rieg was born in Honolulu, HI and raised in Gig Harbor, WA. She started at the Divers Institute in June 2019 as an Admissions Specialist. Joey comes to us with more than 10 years of experience working in various positions in Post-Secondary Education.
Director of Marketing & Events
Katy joined the DIT Admissions team as a Washington state native from the Tacoma and Puyallup areas. She attended Central Washington University and graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration–Marketing and Management from Saint Martin’s College in Lacey, Washington. Before coming to DIT, Katy worked in higher education with Corinthian Colleges, Inc. as the Director of Admissions. Katy joined DIT in October 2013.
Director of Financial Aid
Caycee was born in Canoga Park, CA and raised in Simi Valley, CA. Although she doesn’t personally have military experience, she notes that she comes “from a long line of proud Marines.” She moved to Seattle in 1994 and achieved her Bachelors’ (B.A.) degree from the University of Washington in the field of Speech Communication.
Caycee’s experience comes with 15 years of working in the field of Student Financial Aid. She’s always worked at career colleges and has enjoyed the more guided focus and customer service that they bring to students, which are things that she thinks are often lacking from more traditional college environments. “I really enjoy the relationships that we get to build with students in this type of environment,” she mentions. Caycee also worked at the Art Institute of Seattle for 12 years and at Everest College Renton for nearly three years before arriving at DIT in June 2015. She volunteers as a phone worker and supervisor at the King County Crisis Clinic (Crisis Line/Teen Link programs), which she has done for more than 15 years.
Quote to live by:
“To be aware of a single shortcoming within oneself is more useful than to be aware of a thousand in somebody else.” -Dalai Lama
Assistant Director of Financial Aid
Shannon was born in Honolulu, Hawaii but grew up in University Place, Washington. Shannon earned her BA in Art History from the University of Washington, Seattle and has previous experience working with student financing. In her 4½ years at Everest College in Tacoma as a Student Finance Planner, Shannon found a passion for higher education. She enjoys watching students achieve their personal, educational, and career goals. DIT welcomed Shannon as a Financial Aid Administrator in September 2014.
Quote To Live By
“Do it with passion or not at all.” — Rosa Nouchette Carey
Financial Aid Specialist
Kristen was born in WA with her family extending back 6 generations in the Great Pacific Northwest. She started with DIT in November 2021 to enthusiastically help students meet their dreams for achieving a quality education that encompasses a passion not found in many other careers. Kristen studied business at Green River College in Auburn, WA. Her background has been generously seasoned with 25+ years in accounting and a little bit of bartending. Kristen loves being surrounded by water and by nature’s critters in many forms—especially dogs. If you ever found her stranded on a tropical desert island, she’d still want a warm blanket.