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Meet your Admission Representative

If you have any questions regarding Colorado College or the application process, please reach out to the general admission account before reaching out to any of our counselors. A team of Coordinators are ready and willing to answer any and all of your initial questions. They can be reached at or by calling (719) 389-6344. Let us know how we can help!

Erika Blauth

Erika Blauth
Senior Assistant Director of Admission
(719) 389-7151

From: Camden, ME
Bachelor's in Developmental Psychology (Bates College), Master's in Higher Education (Harvard University)
Admissions programs/projects: Open House Events Co-Coordinator, Admission Fellow Supervisor, D-III Athletics Liaison (tennis, track & field, and cross country), Visitation Team Member. On-Campus: JED Campus Committee Member, Staff Council Representative.
Cities: New York City, Long Island
Colorado counties: Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Custer, Fremont, Gilpin, Park, Teller

Favorite book: Americanah, Between the World and Me, To Kill a Mockingbird, American War, Salt Fat Acid Heat, The Three Body Problem… to name a few!
Favorite place on campus: The grassy slope facing west outside of The Preserve
When I’m not working, I’m:
Cuddling my dog, doing a downward-facing dog, hiking, playing tennis, cooking, or tackling a crossword puzzle. 
Favorite Quote:
“I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.” - Maya Angelou


Matt Bonser '98
Director of Admission – Systems, Operations, and International
(719) 389-6345

From: Los Angeles, CA and Portland, OR
Education: Bachelor’s in Political Science and Spanish (Colorado College)
Admission programs/projects: Systems, Operations, and travel for the 8 of the Best program in the spring. 
States: San Francisco and Marin Counties
Favorite Book: The one I’m reading right now; Looming Tower, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Desert Solitaire, All the Pretty Horses.
Favorite place on campus: The labyrinth next to Shove Chapel
Words of wisdom: “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” - Yoda

Amy Harrison

Amy Harrison
Admission Coordinator
(719) 389-6344

From: Frederick, Maryland
Education: BA in Studio Art, specialization in Art History, from McDaniel College
Admission programs/projects: Visitation, Group Travel, Art Supplements
Favorite book: To Kill a Mockingbird - A timeless tale, I read it every summer.
Favorite place on campus: Fourth Floor, Tutt Library: The views of Pikes Peak are incredible up there!
When I’m not working, I’m: Working on my own art, running, drinking local coffee (Blank and Good Neighbors especially!), hiking, exploring Colorado with my husband, hanging out with my fur children
Words of wisdom: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” Wayne Gretzky, Michael Scott, Marissa Salazar, Amy Harrison  

Mark Hatch

Mark Hatch
Vice President for Enrollment

Where are you from: Castine, ME
Education: Bachelor’s in Psychology (Bates College), Master's in Education (Harvard University)
Why did you choose CC: I arrived at CC in 2001 after having several previous jobs in education, including work in admission as Assistant Dean of Admission at Bates College and Director of Admission at Occidental College. I also served as a teacher and college counselor at Harvard-Westlake and Marlborough Schools in Los Angeles.  I kept hearing about the unique and dynamic curriculum at CC and I have been amazed at how authentic and deep the engagement is between students and professors.  The people at CC are truly remarkablesmart, humble, and serious about education but they are collaborativenot competitiveand fun to be around!
Hobbies:  I play ice hockey and enjoy mountain running.
Favorite place on campus: Cutler Hall, of course!
Favorite meal in Rastall: Global Stationalways delicious.
Advice for CC applicants: Take your own pulse and own the process. The school that was right for your father, sister, or close friend may not be the best place for you.  Enjoy the process and remember that college life can be amazing. 

Patrick Hull

Patrick Hull
Enrollment Systems Administrator

From: Grant City, MO
Education: Bachelor of Science in Music Education (University of Missouri-Columbia, Summa Cum Laude)
Admission programs/projects: Data, Reporting, Enrollment Systems administration
Favorite book: The Hound of the Baskervilles
Favorite place on campus: The west-facing balcony of Cutler Hall
When I’m not working, I’m: Reading, following Mizzou athletics, working out at the fitness center, avoiding infinite loops, defending Pluto’s status as a planet, and protecting the very fabric of the space time continuum (for data integrity purposes)
Words of wisdom: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law. - Hofstadter's Law

Carlos Jimenez

Carlos Jimenez '04
Director of Admission - Outreach and Recruitment
(719) 389-7153

From: Aurora, CO
Education: Bachelors in History and Political Science from Colorado College (2004), Masters in Student Affairs and Higher Education from UCCS (2008)
Admissions programs/projects: Outreach & Recruitment Initiatives (first year and transfer), Southern States Regional Manager
Admission programs/projects: Oversee domestic recruitment initiatives
States: CA (Los Angeles Area)
Colorado counties: El Paso (Widefield and Cheyenne Mountain School Districts)
Favorite book: The Count of Monte Cristo
Favorite place on campus: Shove Chapel
When I’m not working, I’m: spending time with my family, enjoying Colorado hiking and biking opportunities and The Springs life.
Words of wisdom: "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Heather Jones

Heather Jones
Executive Assistant to VP
(719) 389-6805

From: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Admission programs/projects: Training Team, Data Team
Favorite book: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Favorite place on campus: Shove Memorial Chapel
When I’m not working, I’m: Hiking with my family on the beautiful trails Colorado has to offer, working out in the fitness center, hosting family dinner/game nights once a week, binge watching new shows on Netflix, and visiting new brew pubs with my fiancé and friends!
Words of wisdom: “It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.” - Dalai Lama

Ben Kieklak

Ben Kieklak '18
Admission Coordinator
(719) 389-6347

From: Fayetteville, AR
Education: Bachelor’s in Asian Studies with an emphasis on Japan (Colorado College)
Admission programs/projects: Student Ambassador Program, Outreach & Access, Visitation, Alumni Volunteer Program
Favorite book: Ender’s Game
Favorite place on campus:  Susie B's (say hi to Steve if you visit!)
When I’m not working, I’m: playing video games with Shawn Miller, exercising at our fitness center, touring Colorado Springs cafes (shout out to Good Neighbors), road tripping, otherwise I’m a pretty low-key guy
Words of wisdom: “I see now that the circumstances of one's birth are irrelevant. It is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are.” ― Takeshi Shudo

Casey Knowlton

Casey Knowlton
Senior Assistant Director of Admission - Marketing & Communication
(719) 389-6061

From: Reno, Ohio
Education: Bachelor’s in Advertising & Public Relations (Marietta College)
Admission programs/projects: Communications, enrolling student process
States: Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, West Virginia
Colorado counties: El Paso (District 38)
Favorite book: The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck
Favorite place on campus: The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
When I’m not working, I’m: Spending quality time with my wife, son, and dog, cheering on Cleveland teams, both cooking and/or eating, and listening to an eclectic array of music
Words of wisdom: “Power of example, my mama said it and I heard. She says one ounce of action, beats a ton of words.” — Martin Sexton

Shawn Miller

Shawn Miller
Assistant Director of Admission

From: Santa Clarita, CA
Education: Bachelor’s in Politics (Hendrix College)
Admission programs/projects: Admission Volunteer Program (AVP), Communications, Domestic Travel Team
States: California (Los Angeles & Orange County), Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas
Colorado counties: Chaffee, Delta, Dolores, Gunnison, Hinsdale, La Plata, Mesa, Montezuma, Montrose, Ouray, San Juan, San Miguel
Favorite book: Rant: The Oral Biography of Buster Casey by Chuck Palahniuk or The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
Favorite place on campus: Rastall Dining Hall
When I’m not working, I’m: Playing video games with Ben Kieklak, watching way too many movies, reading sci-fi or Cormac McCarthy novels, researching where the best donuts are in my territories, hanging with my wife and our animals, and getting let down by the Los Angeles Dodgers every few months.
Words of wisdom: “There has never been a sadness that can’t be cured by breakfast food” - Ron Swanson 


Pedro Ramirez
Associate Director for Access & Outreach
(719) 389-6944

From: Stockton, CA\
Education: University of Texas at Austin, M.Ed., University of California, Irvine, B.A.
Admission programs/projects: Outreach & Access, Questbridge, First-Gen, Funded Campus Visits/Fly-ins
States: California (northern, except San Francisco & Marin)
Colorado counties: Denver Metro (Arapahoe, Adams, Denver, Jefferson)
Favorite book: The Devil’s Highway, Luis Alberto Urrea
Favorite place on campus: Susie B’s outdoor patio in Tutt Library
When I’m not working, I’m: Reading, camping, music festivaling, watching SF Giants baseball, learning a new recipe
Words of wisdom: As we walk, we learn.

Megan Rhodes

Megan Rhodes
Associate Director, Coordinator of International Admission
(719) 389-6062

From: New Hampshire
Education: Bachelor’s in Asian Studies (Phi Beta Kappa, Skidmore College), Master’s in International Public Policy (Johns Hopkins University)
Admission programs/projects: Global Initiatives Coordinator, and on campus: C0-Chair, Diversity Equity Advisory Board (and Staff Council Liaison), Title IX Investigator
Asia, Latin America, Canada, UAE
States: WA
Favorite book: Nothing to Envy, by Barbara Demick and Born A Crime, by Trevor Noah
Favorite place on campus: Washburn Field and Tutt Library
When I’m not working, I’m: enjoying CO sunshine; running (ever-contemplating going for another Boston Marathon, last year’s was unforgettable!); playing with our large dogs, Chuck and Calvin; and discovering life at the bottom of the ocean (recently scuba certified, I’m hooked!)   
Words of wisdom: “Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space at the same time. Invite one to stay.”  Maya Angelou  

Mattie Ross

Mattie Ross
Senior Assistant Director of Admission
(719) 389-6261

From: Maui, Hawaii
Education: Bachelor’s in English & World Literature with a Minor in Spanish (Pitzer College)
Admission programs/projects: Communications, database management, international recruitment
States: AZ, ME, NH, NV, UT, VT, PA, NJ
International: India
Colorado counties: Alamosa, Archuleta, Baca, Bent, Conejos, Costilla,
Crowley, Huerfano, Kiowa, Las Animas, Mineral, Otero, Prowers,
Pueblo, Rio Grande, Saguache
Favorite book: The Legend of Fire Horse Woman by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
Favorite place on campus: Shove Memorial Chapel
When I’m not working, I’m: Interrogating cats, analyzing episodes of The Walking Dead, attending the Colorado Springs Switchback’s games (professional soccer team in town), traveling internationally (15 countries and counting!), & entertaining my fiancé with my angelic voice.
Words of wisdom: “Never be ordinary.” - Mark Ross

Marissa Salazar

Marissa Salazar
Assistant Director of Admission
(719) 389-6054

From: Orlando, FL
Education: B.S. in Health Sciences with a minor in Criminology (University of South Florida)
Admission programs/projects: Student Ambassador Program, Overnight Host Coordinator, Outreach and Access Team, and Transfer Team.
States: AL, AR, CT, FL, LA, MS, NY
Colorado counties: El Paso (Fountain/Fort Carson)
Favorite book: Understanding White Privilege by Frances E. Kendall
Favorite place on campus: The stadium on Washburn field - it provides an incredible view of Pikes!
When I’m not working, I’m: Hiking, biking, kayaking, Netflix watching, eating, and dog sitting.
Words of wisdom: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” -Wayne Gretzky, Michael Scott, Marissa Salazar 

Will Schiffelbein

William Schiffelbein
Senior Assistant Director of Admission - Admission Systems
(719) 389-7994

From: Colorado Springs, CO
Education: Bachelor’s Degree (Political Science, University of Northern Colorado) and Master’s Degree (Leadership, University of Colorado)
Admission programs/projects: Database management, research and analytics, transfer students, special status students, waiting list, and enrolling student processes.
Territories: Europe, Africa.
States: NM
Favorite book: Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace and The Last Good Kiss by James Crumley
Favorite place on campus: Shove Chapel
When I’m not working, I’m: Binging a new tv show, reading a new book, or playing golf.
Words of wisdom: “You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” - Marcus Aurelius

Ali Springer

Ali Springer '07
Associate Director of Admission
(719) 389-6342

From: Tucson, AZ
Admission programs/projects
States: Illinois, Wisconsin 
Favorite book: Savage Inequalities by Jonathan Kozol
Favorite place on campus:
When I’m not working, I’m: Exploring Colorado, drinking coffee, Instagramming photos of my adorable niece and nephew, staring at Pikes Peak, hiking, or (attempting to) snowboard
Words of wisdom: Take a course that will get you completely outside your comfort zone, definitely study abroad at least once, and try a new hobby or activity - these are opportunities and experiences that are incredibly hard to come by (or nonexistent!) after college.

Carly Stafford

Carly Stafford '16
Admission Marketing and Communications Specialist
works remotely 

From: Littleton, Colorado
Education: Bachelor’s in Neuroscience (Colorado College), Bachelor’s in Classics (Colorado College), Master’s in Human Development Counseling (in progress, Vanderbilt University)
Admission programs/projects: Email and Print Communications, Social Media
States: DC, MD, VA, NC, SC, TN, GA
Colorado counties: Cheyenne, Elbert, Jefferson, Kit Carson, Larimer, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, Weld, Yuma
Favorite book: The Odyssey, Timequake, The Human Organization of Time, Head Cases, Slaughterhouse Five, The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains
Favorite place on campus: Cossitt Amphitheater
When I’m not working, I’m: reading articles on linguistics, learning a new language, listening to U2, hiking, skiing, napping
Words of wisdom: “Science is magic that works.” - Kurt Vonnegut

Kolby Stallings

Kolby Stallings
Assistant Director of Admission
(719) 389-6448

From: Long Beach, CA. and Colorado Springs, CO.
Education: Bachelor of Arts in History and Master of Arts in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Student Affairs in Higher Education (University of Colorado Colorado Springs)
Admission programs/projects: Outreach & Access, Student Ambassador Program, QuestBridge, and Experience Colorado College: Fall Visit Scholarship Program (flyin program).
States: AK, HI, ID, MT, ND, OR, SD, WY
Colorado counties: D11 (Colorado Springs)
Favorite book: The Power by Naomi Alderman
Favorite place on campus: Rec Center basketball courts for noon ball!
When I’m not working, I’m: playing basketball, video games, hanging out with my family, and watching movies.
Words of wisdom: “Set your goals high, and don't stop till you get there” - Bo Jackson

Ryan Walsh

Ryan Walsh
Senior Assistant Director of Admission
(719) 389-7159

From: Rochester, NY
Education: St. Lawrence University (B.A. in History, minors in Government and Education), University of Colorado – Colorado Springs (M.A. Educational Leadership in Higher Education)
Admission programs/projects: Domestic Recruitment Initiatives, Counselor Relations, DIII Athletics Liaison, Student Search.
States: MA, RI, CA (San Diego)
Colorado counties: Colorado Springs School & Fountain Valley School
Favorite book: The Count of Monte Cristo (abridged version, obviously)
Favorite place on campus: “Old Town” - The group of buildings on the western side of campus which represent our oldest footprint of campus and a number of National Historic Registry buildings!
When I’m not working, I’m: Enjoying my porch (and mountain views) in either an Adirondack chair or my hammock. Other hobbies include hiking, biking, climbing, music, and movies.
Words of wisdom: “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Gray Warrior

Gray Warrior
Admission Coordinator
(719) 389-6344

From: Lawrence, KS
Education: Bachelor's in Sociology with a Minor in Communications (University of Kansas)
Admission programs/projects: Operations team, Communication team, Training team, and Fellows team
Favorite book: The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
Favorite place on campus: Adam F. Press Fitness Center / Tiger Trail
When I’m not working, I’m: Managing my photography business, Hanging out/working at the Wild Goose Meeting House, Hiking/running the Incline, Riding my bike around town, Climbing at CityRock, cheering on the Jayhawks during basketball season, or Exploring the rest of Colorado
Words of wisdom: “Trust the process.” - Bill Self 

Jessica Whelehan-Throw

Jessica Whelehan-Throw
Administrative Assistant
(719) 389-7156

From: Colorado Springs, CO
Education: B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in Criminal Justice, M.A. in Educational Leadership
Admission programs/projects:Operations Team, Communications Team, Data Team
Favorite book: Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Favorite place on campus: Rastall
When I’m not working, I’m: Reading endlessly, binge watching the Food Network, cooking and baking for my husband, spending time with the cutest 7-year old nephew and my dog
Words of wisdom: “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” - J.R.R. Tolkien