Meet your Admission Representative
The Office of Admission Team
Senior Assistant Director
From: Camden, Maine
Education: Bachelor's in Psychology (Bates College), Master's in Higher Education (Harvard University)
Admissions programs/projects: DIII Athletics Liaison, Mid-Atlantic Coordinator, and Admission Fellows
States: ME, NH, NY, VT
Colorado counties: Adams, Boulder, Broomfield
Why CC: CC is always pushing boundaries. To me, one of the coolest aspects of this tradition is how the block plan opens up a world of opportunities (literally!) for students to do field study and study abroad. This is not your generic middle-school field trip, either. (Think: studying renaissance art history in Florence and astronomy at CC’s Baca Campus in the Sangre de Cristo mountains.)
Hobbies: Perfecting the art of making guacamole; playing with other people’s dogs; listening to live music; adventuring in and around the mountains; and learning how to play the ukulele. You might also find me on the tennis court.
Favorite place on campus: Rastall patio = lunch with a view
Favorite meal in Rastall: Everything-but-the-kitchen-sink salad
Favorite restaurant in Colorado Springs: Little Nepal
Advice for CC applicants: Make an effort to talk to current students here at CC and at any other institutions you’re seriously considering. They’ll give you an authentic, real-time look into what it’s like to be a part of their college community. Pro tip: think of thoughtful questions to ask them that you wouldn’t find the answer to on the website or other college resources.
Matt Bonser '98
Director of Admission – Systems, Operations, and International
From: Los Angeles, CA and Portland, OR
Education: Bachelor’s in Political Science and Spanish (Colorado College)
Admission programs/projects: Systems, operations, and international. I travel for the 8 of the Best program in the spring.
States: Northern California
International: Southeastern Asia
Why CC: I was looking for a school where I could pay full attention to each of the classes I was taking rather than spread my attention across many.
Favorite place on campus: The labyrinth
Advice for CC applicants: Tell a great story, own your experience, and give us insight into who you are and who you want to become.
Senior Assistant Director of Admission for Operations
From: A lot of places! Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Minnesota, Milwaukee, and now Colorado Springs.
Education: Bachelor’s in Psychology (Carleton College)
Admissions programs/projects: Operations Team Supervisor, Daily Visitation, Group Visit
States: DE, NJ, PA
Colorado counties: Chaffee, Custer, Fremont, Park, Teller
Hobbies: I'm happiest when I'm moving — you can find me outside cycling, playing ultimate, running, hiking, or climbing. I also read (not just applications!), and always carry a book on me.
Favorite place on campus: On the second floor of Cutler, there's a balcony with a tiny table and two chairs. It's basically my second office.
Favorite restaurant in Colorado Springs: 2 South. So, so good.
Advice for CC applicants: BE YOURSELF. That’s not a joke. Are you weird? Quiet? Have 4 ½ toes? Perfect! Just be yourself, really.
From: Frederick, Maryland but Colorado is home
Education: BA in Studio Art from McDaniel College
Admission programs/projects: Visitation, Travel, Art Supplements
Hobbies: I do a lot of artsy things, including having written an unpublished children’s book. My husband and I love all things vintage. We have a cat, a dog, and countless vinyl records.
Favorite Place on Campus: Definitely Armstrong Quad. With 300 days of sunshine in Colorado Springs, the quad is the perfect place to hang with friends or be outside!
Favorite Restaurant in Colorado Springs: There are seriously so many local places to choose from, but Bingo Burger is a delicious treat!
Advice for CC Applicants: Go boldly, and be present. Enjoy your every moment – choosing your college is an exciting step on this journey!
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 remarkable—smart, humble, and serious about education but they are collaborative—not competitive—and 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 Station—always 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.
Enrollment Systems Administrator
From: Columbia, MO has my heart
Education: BS from University of Missouri, Columbia (Summa Cum Laude)
Admissions programs/projects: Data and Enrollment Systems administration
Why CC: Because CC has the same colors as my beloved alma mater. Also, CC gave me a wonderful chance.
Favorite place on campus: The balcony on Cutler Hall. The view is incredible!
Favorite meal in Rastall: I like their pizza—it is surprisingly good.
Favorite restaurant in Colorado Springs: Jake & Telly's
Advice for CC applicants: Avoid using nicknames on your application.
Admission Events Coordinator
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Education: Environmental Design with an emphasis in Architecture (CU Boulder)
Admissions programs/projects: All on-campus admission events
Hobbies: Reading, traveling, hiking with my red heeler, and playing tourist.
Favorite place on campus: McHugh Alumni Plaza
Favorite restaurant in Colorado Springs: Ted's Montana Grill
Advice for CC applicants: Visit campus! And don’t be afraid to ask questions while you're here.
Carlos Jimenez '04
Director of Admission - Outreach and Recruitment
From: Aurora, CO
Education: Bachelor’s in American Political Science and History (Colorado College)
Admissions programs/projects: Outreach & Recruitment Initiatives (first year and transfer), Southern States Regional Manager
Territories: CT, Southern CA
Why CC: A combination of the unique opportunities provided by the Block Plan for in depth discussion based learning and field study, strong political science and history departments as well as the close knit community environment.
Hobbies: Basketball, Biking (Colorado Springs has over 100 miles of bike trails), reading, and spending time with my wife and kids!
Favorite place on campus: Shove - It can be the center of community for the college with gatherings of faculty, staff and students to celebrate key moments in the school year like honors convocation as well as provide those same community members a moment of solitude and piece in a beautiful Gothic church setting.
Favorite restaurant in Colorado Springs: Paravicini's for Italian, Over Easy for Breakfast/Lunch.
Advice for CC applicants: Spend time thinking about and writing your Colorado College supplement, this allows us to gain insight into how you think and how your intellectual curiosity could play out on the Block Plan.
Executive Assistant to VP
Where are you from: Michigan but have lived in Colorado Springs for 18 years
Education: In progress - Bachelor's in Sociology. Previously earned: Paralegal Studies and Criminal Justice
Hobbies: Thrift store shopping, yard sales, road trips (there are so many wonderful thing to see and explore in Colorado), reading when I can, wine tasting, and family dinners with my kids.
Favorite place on campus: The big tree outside my window - laying in grass in the shade after my lunchtime jog.
Favorite meal in Rastall: The amazing salad bar...and French fries of course!!
Favorite restaurant in Colorado Springs: Xiangs...this hole in the wall Chinese place that is so delicious!
Advice for CC applicants: Have fun, be yourself, make as many friends as possible, enjoy your 4 years and call home often....this is the most important time of your life so make the best of it!
Ben Kieklak '18
Where are you from: Fayetteville, AR
Education: Bachelor’s in Asian Studies with an emphasis on Japan (Colorado College)
Admission programs/projects: Student Ambassador Program, Visitation, Alumni Volunteer Program
Hobbies: Playing video games, exercising, watching movies, road tripping, otherwise I'm a pretty lowkey guy.
Favorite place on campus: Susie B's (say hi to Steve if you visit!)
Favorite restaurant in Colorado Springs: Paravacini's
Advice for CC applicants: Do some research before you visit so you can focus your questions on the less obvious aspects of the college. When you write, remember there are no right answers; just reflect carefully and be your whole self.
From: Marietta, OH
Education: Bachelor's in Advertising & Public Relations (Marietta College)
Admissions programs/projects: Email campaigns
States: IN, KY, MI, MN, OH, WV
Colorado counties: Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake, Pitkin, Summit
Why CC: Above anything else, CC embodies a sense of adventure – both academically and socially – that transcends the mere four-year experience. I’m thrilled to be part of such a collaborative, intellectual, caring, supportive and exciting campus community. Also, MOUNTAINS!
Hobbies: Listening to and playing music, cooking and eating new foods, camping, daily walks/hikes with my wife and dog, and rooting for all things Cleveland!
Favorite place on campus: Packard Hall, I am a sucker for great music programs.
Favorite meal in Rastall: Rastall breakfast is fantastic, never underestimate breakfast.
Favorite restaurant in Colorado Springs: I have quickly been made a believer of Shuga’s and their Jalapeño-Bacon-Gouda Mac ‘n Cheese.
Advice for CC applicants: If you aren’t enjoying your college search, you are likely doing it wrong. Though the process can be stressful, remember to have fun, visit several different campuses, eat at a lot of different dining halls (you’ll find that, in particular, to be crucial), and embrace your curiosity!
From: Santa Clarita, CA
Education: Bachelor's in Politics (Hendrix College)
Admissions programs/projects: Alumni Volunteer Program, Communications & Video
States: IA, KS, MO, NE, OK, TX
Colorado counties:Alamosa, Baca, Bent, Cheyenne, Conejos, Costilla, Crowley, Huerfano, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Larimer, Las Animas, Lincoln, Logan, Mineral, Morgan, Otero, Phillips, Prowers, Pueblo, Rio Grande, Saguache, Sedgwick, Washington, Weld, Yuma
Why CC: I initially fell in love with the Block Plan and what it provides for the student body as well as the faculty. However, upon joining the CC team, the community as a whole has been extremely welcoming and supportive, and I’m really happy to join the Colorado College family.
Hobbies: Reading sci-fi and anything by Cormac McCarthy, writing short stories, playing video games, watching movies and television shows, bowling, and discovering the best donuts or ice cream in each state I visit.
Favorite place on campus: Shove Memorial Chapel
Favorite meal in Rastall: Honestly, I like the selections at the sandwich bar. I’m typically an on-the-go eater, and it’s fun to have so many options to mix-and-match.
Favorite Restaurant in Colorado Springs: Not a restaurant per se but Amy’s Donuts wins my vote so far. It’s a little out of the way but it’s worth it.
Advice for CC applicants: Do the research and ask as many questions as possible. This is your time and your moment to decide where you attend college for the next four years, and we’re here to help you learn as much as you can about CC. However, you as a student have to take the initial step to truly discover where you want to end up.
Associate Director for Access & Outreach
From: Stockton, CA
Education: B.A. University of California, Irvine - Psych & Social Behavior, Chicano Studies minor; M.Ed. University of Texas at Austin - Higher Education Administration & Student Personnel
Admissions programs/projects: Students of Color, 1st Gen Students, Questbridge, Outreach & Access
Hobbies: Playing guitar/sax, autobiographical novels, SF Giants baseball, cooking, camping/backpacking, music festival-ing
Favorite place on campus: 3rd floor balcony in Tutt Library, where you can take a selfie with Pike's Peak (if that's your thing)
Favorite Restaurant in Colorado Springs: Rudy's BBQ (brisket!) ***disclaimer*** I have yet to dine at Shuga's.
Advice for CC applicants: You learn as much outside of the classroom as you do inside; choose a place that will challenge your comfort zone.
Associate Director, Coordinator of International Admission
From: New Hampshire
Education: Master's in International Public Policy (Johns Hopkins University); Bachelor's in Asian Studies (Phi Beta Kappa, Skidmore College)
Admissions programs/projects: International outreach and recruitment
International: Asia, Latin America, Canada
Why CC: I love our distinctiveness—as our President says, we attract a special type of student here. A student who seeks an innovative approach to learning with the Block Plan, and appreciates our amazing location in the Rocky Mountain West.
Hobbies: NPR zealot; foodie; frequent Tutt library visitor; getting my vitamin D (sun-oriented soul); marathon running; hiking; traveling; and practicing my interesting version of Chinese.
Favorite place on campus: The picnic bench by Washburn field
Favorite meal in Rastall: Anything involving hummus, cheese, avocados and artichoke hearts.
Favorite restaurant in Colorado Springs: The Burrowing Owl
Advice for CC applicants: Consider the college interview as a two-way interview—interview your interviewer! This is a terrific opportunity to gage fit for a school. Do your homework first and ask questions not easily located on the website—make the most of the opportunity. Plus, this mindset is an empowering (and hopefully less intimidating) approach to the interview.
Where are you from: Orlando, Florida
Education: Bachelor's in Health Sciences, Minor in Criminology (University of South Florida)
Admissions programs/projects: Student Ambassador Program, Outreach & Access, and Overnight Hosting Program
States: AL, AR, AZ, FL, LA, MS, NV, UT
Colorado counties: Archuleta, Delta, Dolores, Garfield, Gilpin, Grand, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Jackson, La Plata, Mesa, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, Ouray, Rio Blanco, Routt, San Juan, San Miguel
Hobbies: Hiking, biking, kayaking, Netflix watching, dancing (not very well), eating, dog sitting, and reading.
Favorite place on campus: The stadium on Washburn field- it provides an incredible view of Pikes!
Favorite meal in Rastall: Fajitas
Advice for CC applicants: Do your research and find your fit. You will likely visit, tour, and apply to several schools you could easily see yourself being a part of. The trick is (and this is going to sound cliché) but listen to your gut, when you step onto a campus and see a student on a unicycle wearing a top hat or a student on a razor scooter in a tiger onesie, you'll know in your heart if that's the place you will call home for the next four years.
Senior Assistant Director
Where are you from: Colorado Springs, CO
Education: Bachelor’s in Political Science (University of Northern Colorado)
Admissions programs/projects: Transfer Students, Data, Internal Research
Colorado counties: Arapahoe
International: Europe, Russia
Hobbies: Reading with a side of Netflix binge
Favorite place on campus: The cardio gym's great view of Pikes Peak
Favorite meal in Rastall: Pulled pork sandwiches
Favorite restaurant in Colorado Springs: Sonterra Grill
Advice for CC applicants: Show passion in your essay, but don't neglect structure or grammar.
Ali Springer '07
From: Tucson, AZ
Education: Bachelor’s in Sociology and Education Studies (Colorado College), Master’s in Higher Education (University of Denver)
Admissions programs/projects: Training, Group Travel, Admission Volunteer Program.
States: IL, WI
Colorado counties: Douglas (and Colorado Academy & Kent Denver School)
Why CC: I visited several times and had never been surrounded by so many happy and intelligent people. It seemed like a great campus community to join for four years.
Hobbies: Playing with my nephew and niece, drinking coffee, CrossFit, exploring Colorado, yoga, collecting giraffe items, and Instagramming pictures of Pikes Peak.
Favorite place on campus: Top of Washburn Field — you can't beat that view!
Favorite meal in Rastall: Coconut curry
Favorite restaurant in Colorado Springs: Over Easy... I love weekend brunch.
Advice for CC applicants: Do an interview! It allows you time to have a one-on-one conversation with someone who knows a lot about CC, gives you a chance to ask questions, and puts a personal touch on your application.
Carly Stafford '16
From: Littleton, Colorado
Education: Bachelor's in Neuroscience and Bachelor's in Classics (Colorado College)
Admissions programs/projects: Merit Scholarships, Events, and Open House
States: Washington, D.C., GA, MD, NC, SC, TN, VA
Colorado counties: Elbert, Jefferson
Why CC: Colorado College is one of the most meaningful places to me. I love the energy of the campus, the ambitious and innovative attitudes of the students, the caring and compassionate mindsets of the professors, and the general spirit of being surrounded by so many phenomenal and unique individuals. The view of Pikes Peak isn’t so bad either. After four incredible years here as a student, I wanted nothing more than to share the love and enthusiasm I have for CC, and to help high school students discover this beautiful place that has changed my life immeasurably.
Hobbies: Skiing, swing dancing, hiking, exploring, getting lost, laughing, biking, napping, translating Ancient Greek texts, Gouda cheese
Favorite place on campus: Cossitt Amphitheater
Favorite meal in Rastall: MIDNIGHT BREAKFAST
Favorite restaurant in Colorado Springs: Spice Island Grill
Advice for CC applicants: At the age of 17 or 18, you are likely an expert on only one thing: yourself. You know more about yourself than anyone in the whole world, and it’s YOU we want to get to know and understand—not some preconceived notion about what kind of student you think we are looking for. Be yourself. Show us how your presence will benefit CC and how CC will benefit you. Take risks, push the envelope, get to know CC, and express why you want to be part of this unique, vivacious community.
From: Long Beach, California and Colorado Springs, Colorado
Education: Bachelor's in History and Master's in Student Affairs in Higher Education (University of Colorado Colorado Springs)
Admissions programs/projects: Outreach & Access, Funded Campus Visits, and Student Ambassador Program
States: AK, HI, ID, MT, ND, OR, SD, WY
Colorado counties: Denver
Hobbies: Basketball, bowling, ultimate frisbee, working out, binging whatever is good on Netflix, and spending time with my dogs and family!
Favorite place on campus: On top of Shove, it has the best view of campus, and you can see Garden of the Gods from up there.
Favorite meal in Rastall: Anything during weekend brunch! Ugh, now I am hungry!
Favorite restaurant in Colorado Springs: I can’t choose just one, so here are my top three: L&L Hawaiian Barbecue, Pho-nomenal, and You-Ka Café (All equally amazing!)
Advice for CC applicants: Make sure you are visiting different college campuses to get a sense of the actual campus and the community. Interview as a senior/ transfer student if you are able to on campus or if we are in your area.
Senior Assistant Director
From: Rochester, NY
Education: Bachelor of Arts in History with minors in Government and Educational Studies (St. Lawrence University)
Admissions programs/projects: Domestic Recruitment Initiatives, Counselor Relations, DIII Athletics Liaison, Student Search.
States: MA, RI, CA (San Diego area), CO (Colorado Springs School & Fountain Valley School)
Why CC: I chose CC because the people on a college campus can make or break the sense of community a school has. I was glad to find out that CC has the perfect mix of energetic, outgoing, hard-working, and kind people that make up the type of place I want to work!
Hobbies: Music is a major passion of mine, and often surprise others with the drastic breadth of my palate when it comes to enjoying different types of music! I am a reluctant runner, and mostly enjoy it as an opportunity to get outside. Having lived adjacent to the Adirondack Mountains for seven years, I'm excited to expand my outdoors experience, and to take advantage of the Rockies!
Favorite restaurant in Colorado Springs: The Skirted Heifer which was featured on the Food Network!
Advice for CC applicants: You are the only one who can tell yourself what you want out of your college experience. Do yourself justice and make sure that you make your college application your own, and don’t stress about what others are doing. Follow the tips and advice others give you, but don't go so far as to misrepresent yourself in your application. In the end, you should look at everything you are submitting for admission and be able to say, "yup, that's me!"
From: Lawrence, KS
Education: Bachelor's in Sociology with a Minor in Communications (University of Kansas)
Admission programs/projects: Communication, Fellows Program, Training Team
Hobbies: Hiking, Running, Cycling, Swimming, Lifting, Playing Guitar, and Photography
Favorite place on campus: Adam F. Press Fitness Center
Favorite restaurant in Colorado Springs: Odyssey Gastropub
Advice for CC applicants: Explore CC's campus, ask questions, and above all--stay whelmed.
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Education: B.A in Anthropology (UCCS); M.A. Educational Leadership - Student Affairs in Higher Education (UCCS)
Hobbies: I love to read A LOT, and I'm a huge baker.
Favorite place on campus: Rastall... I love food and all things food.
Favorite Restaurant in Colorado Springs: Fargos! It's a unique pizza dining experience. I would have to say it's "Colorado Springs" style pizza.
Advice for CC applicants: Spend time on your application. Your application gives us insight into who you are, so take the time to tell your story.
Senior Assistant Director of Admission
From: Maui, Hawaii
Education: Bachelor’s in English & World Literature: Creative Writing, Minor in Spanish (Pitzer College)
Admission programs/projects: Data, Communications, Internal Research
States: AZ, ME, NH, NV, UT, VT
Colorado counties: Alamosa, Archuleta, Baca, Bent, Conejos, Costilla, Crowley, Huerfano, Kiowa, Las Animas, Mineral, Otero, Prowers, Pueblo, Rio Grande, Saguache
Hobbies: Interrogating my 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!).
Favorite place on campus: Shove Memorial Chapel
Favorite restaurant in Colorado Springs: Lanshing Café – only place to get jajangmyeon in town.
Advice for CC applicants: If you can’t visit campus, find other ways to engage with us during the admissions process to determine if we are a fit for you. Contact your admission counselor or sign up for an off-campus/online interview!