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Meet the Staff

Find the counselor for your area

Whether you have general or specific questions, connecting with an Admissions representative is a great way to start the conversation. Find the counselor for your state or region.

International students and U.S. students living abroad, please reach out to the counselor representing the location of your secondary/high school.
U.S. Territories | Aisha Gonzalez
Canada and India | Catherine Collins
Southeast Asia, Japan, and South Korea | Ben Kaufman
All other countries | Sarah Paulsen

For general international inquiries please email International Admissions.

Meet the Staff

Admissions and Financial Aid staff are here to get to know you, answer your questions, and introduce you to Macalester. Find the full team below or view other ways to connect with Admissions.

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Admissions Counselors

We offer support to prospective students and applicants throughout the admissions process.

Ross Bronfenbrenner ’14
Catherine Collins, ’22
Aisha Gonzalez
  • Aisha Gonzalez
  • Senior Associate Director, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Lealtad-Suzuki Center for Social Justice Liaison
  • 651-696-6357
  • She, Her, Hers
Ben Kaufman ’16
Rebecca Kline ’18
Sarah Paulsen
  • Sarah Paulsen
  • Senior Associate Director, International Admissions
  • Works with all international and U.S. students living abroad
  • 651-696-6357
Jace Riggin
  • Jace Riggin
  • Assistant Director, Admissions
  • Liaison for the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life
  • 651-696-6357
  • He, Him, His | They, Them, Theirs
Jason Tran ’23
Elyan Paz
  • Elyan Paz
  • Assistant Vice President and Dean of Admissions
  • Performing and Visual Arts Liaison
  • 651-696-6357
  • She, Her, Hers

Admissions Office Staff

Jeff Allen
  • Jeff Allen
  • Vice President for Admissions and Financial Aid
  • Travel: Eight of the Best Fall and Spring Tours
  • 651-696-6357
  • He, Him, His
Brian Lindeman ’89
Lucy Bauer
Stuart Chmielewski ’06
  • Stuart Chmielewski ’06
  • Associate Director, Admissions Visits and Events
  • 651-696-6357
  • He, Him, His
Kristin Dech Stills
Jody DuBay
Claire Howland ’20
  • Claire Howland ’20
  • Manager of Visit Operations
  • 651-696-6357
  • She. Her, Hers
Laura Linn
Jill Peterson
Paul Raymond
Katie Reed
Jill Steele

Financial Aid Staff

Jenae Schmidt
Leurseng Chang
Donna King
Eli Matzner
Katrina Mellin ’16
Michael Steele ’22