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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 Sarah Paulsen.

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. We may be coming to your school soon, or you can find us at a variety of online events. Search for your school or see virtual events on our Mac in Your Area page.

Elyan Paz
  • Elyan Paz
  • Assistant Vice President and Dean of Admissions
  • Counselor and Performing and Fine Arts Liaison
  • 651-696-6357
  • She, Her, Hers
Ross Bronfenbrenner ’14
Catherine Collins, ’22
Aisha Gonzalez
  • Aisha Gonzalez
  • Senior Associate Director, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Counselor and Department of Multicultural Life Liaison
  • 651-696-6357
  • She, Her, Hers
Ben Kaufman ’16
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
  • Counselor and Liaison for the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life
  • 651-696-6357
  • He, Him, His | They, Them, Theirs
Jason Tran ’23

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
Jody DuBay
Claire Howland ’20
  • Claire Howland ’20
  • Manager of Visit Operations
  • 651-696-6357
  • She. Her, Hers
Laura Linn
Jill Peterson
Tucker Peterson
Paul Raymond
Katie Reed
Jill Steele
Kristin Dech Stills

Financial Aid Staff

Jenae Schmidt
Leurseng Chang
Donna King
Eli Matzner
Katrina Mellin ’16
Michael Steele ’22
  • Michael Steele ’22
  • Financial Aid Counselor
  • 651-696-6214
  • He, Him, His