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Admissions Staff

Whether you have general or specific questions, connecting with the Admissions representatives for your region is a great way to start the conversation. Connect with us!

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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
Ross Bronfenbrenner ’14
Aisha Gonzalez
  • Aisha Gonzalez
  • Associate Director, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Territory: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Minnesota (Minneapolis), Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia
  • 651-696-6357
  • She, Her, Hers
Ben Kaufman ’16
  • Ben Kaufman ’16
  • Assistant Director
  • Territory: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota (Northern), Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming
  • 651-696-6357
  • He, Him, His
Brian Lindeman ’89
Elyan Paz
  • Elyan Paz
  • Director of Recruitment for Admissions
  • Territory: Hawaii, Missouri, New York, and U.S. Territories
  • 651-696-6357
  • She, Her, Hers
Makaya Kekoa Resner ’19
Jace Riggin
  • Jace Riggin
  • Admissions Officer
  • Territory: Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota (Southern), North Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Texas
  • 651-696-6357
  • He, Him, His | They, Them, Theirs
Sarah Schmidt
Adam Van der Sluis ’11
Niara Williams ’18
Anne Walsh ’80
Veronica Zapata ’19

Admissions Interns

Nahla Almbaid ’20
Jesse Crosby ’20
Ximena Silva-Avila ’20

On-Campus Admissions Office Staff

We have many staff members who manage our visit experience, communications, technology, and the application selection process.

Lucy Bauer
Kristin Dech Stills
Jody DuBay
Miriam Karraker
Marylynn Lendway
Laura Linn
Isabel Nelson ’04
Abraham Noel
Jill Peterson
Katie Reed
Will Sheffer
Jill Steele
Samuel Yu
Carla Zelada

Financial Aid Staff

Jenae Schmidt
Nancy Anderson
Angela Clem ’15
Donna King
Eli Matzner
Brenna Peterson