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Admission Staff

To connect with your admission representative, please find the counselor who works with the state or county in which you attend school, from the map above. Southern California and Colorado are separated by county. International territories are assigned by global region and/or nation. For specific details on our United World College CC representatives, click here.

Traveling Staff

Matthew Bonser

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

From: Los Angeles, CA, and Portland, OR
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish (Colorado College)
Programs & Projects: I work on systems, operations, international recruitment, athletic recruitment, and data/reporting.
Territories:
States and Territories: IA, MN, WI
Favorite Book: The one I'm reading right now,""Looming Tower," "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim," "Desert Solitaire," and "All the Pretty Horses."
Favorite place on campus: The labyrinth next to Shove Chapel
When I'm not working, I'm: I love books, podcasts, learning new things, staying fresh, and being outside.
Words of wisdom: "Do. Or do not. There is no try."  Yoda


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Hillary Dickman
Assistant Director
Email Hillary Dickman
(719) 389-7151

From: Lafayette, CA
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal Communication (Miami University) and Master of Arts in Intercultural Communication (Miami University)
Territories:
States: KS, MA (Central), NE, ID, MT, ND, SD, WY
Colorado Counties: Alamosa, Archuleta, Boulder, Chaffee, Clear Creek, Conejos, Costilla, Delta, Dolores, Eagle, Garfield, Gilpin, Grand, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Jackson, La Plata, Lake, Larimer, Mesa, Mineral, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, Ouray, Park, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Rio Grande, Routt, Saguache, San Juan, San Miguel, and Summit
Favorite Book: How about three? "Farewell, My Subaru" by Doug Fine, "The Omnivore’s Dilemma" by Michael Pollan, and "The Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein.
Favorite place on campus: The lawn west of Cutler. Such a great place to sit in the sun (or shade!) and have a quiet moment.
When I'm not working, I'm: Outside. Gardening, hiking, hammocking (almost always while listening to a podcast or a book.)
Words of wisdom: "Change is the only constant in life." — Heraclitus


Michael Garcia

Michael Garcia
Assistant Director of Admission
Email Michael Garcia
(719) 389-6061

From: Los Angeles, CA
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Latin American and Latinx Studies (Vassar College)
Territories: 
States: CA (Los Angeles) and TX (Dallas and West Texas)
CO Counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, Weld, and Yuma

Favorite Book: "Signs Preceding the End of the World" by Yuri Herrera
Favorite Place on Campus: Cutler Hall
When I'm not working, I'm: Cheering for the LA Galaxy, attending trivia nights, and exploring the outdoors
Words of Wisdom: "We keep on learning, we keep on teaching, and we'll measure our growth tomorrow."  Tree Arrington


Mark Hatch

Mark Hatch
Vice President for Enrollment
Email Mark Hatch

From: Castine, ME
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Bates College), Master 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.


Karen Kristof

Karen Kristof
Assistant Vice President and Dean of Admission
Email Karen Kristof
(719) 389-6344

From: Illinois and Massachusetts
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Economics (Smith College)
Programs & Projects: Oversee the staff, projects, and programs in the admission office. I spend a lot of time in meetings and in supporting new initiatives. I'm lucky to work with a creative and dynamic group of professionals – BEST.TEAM.EVER!
Territories:
States: CT, MA (Boston and Western)
Favorite book: Tracy Kidder's "Hometown" and Roxane Gay's "Hunger" are among my favorites. "Half the Sky" is an incredible book, too, even if I'm not related to co-author Nick Kristof!
Favorite place on campus:My office in Cutler Hall - at least for the moment. Still exploring the rest of the magnificent CC campus!
When I'm not working, I'm: Traveling, volunteering, listening to music, and watching movies.
Words of wisdom: "Instead of letting your hardships and failures discourage or exhaust you, let them inspire you." – Michelle Obama


Cody Leong

Cody Leong '20
Admission Counselor
Email Cody Leong
(719) 389-6795

From: Houston, TX
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Molecular Biology (Colorado College)
Programs & Projects: Student Ambassador Program, Events
Territories:
States: DE, NJ, PA, OR, WA (Eastern and Northwest), TX (Austin, Houston, and San Antonio)
Favorite Book: "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy
Favorite place on campus: The Preserve hill at sunset!
When I'm not working, I'm: Getting outside any way I can– hiking and backcountry skiing are my favorites, watching soccer and basketball
Words of wisdom: “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." – Andy Warhol


Pedro Ramirez

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

From: Stockton, CA
Education: Bachelor of Arts (University of California, Irvine), Master of Education (University of Texas at Austin)
Programs & Projects: Outreach & Access lead, Ambassador Program, QuestBridge, Funded Campus Visits (Fly-In Programs, Experience Colorado College), External Partnerships & Community Based Organizations, Stroud Scholars Program (College Access Initiative)
Territories:
InternationalCanada, Mexico, South America
States: CA (Northern)
Colorado Counties: Denver, Jefferson
Favorite book: "The Devil's Highway" by 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."


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

From: New Hampshire
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies (Phi Beta Kappa, Skidmore College), Master in International Public Policy (Johns Hopkins University)
Programs & Projects: Coordinator for International Admission, Alumni Volunteer Program, professional development, and new staff training.
Territories: 
States and Territories: AS, GU, PR, WA (Seattle and the South Sound)
International: Africa, Asia, Australia
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 Colorado sunshine; running (ever-contemplating going for another Boston Marathon); 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


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Courtney Salazar
Senior Assistant Director of Admission
Email Courtney Salazar
(719) 389-6054

From: Burlington, VT, and Albuquerque, NM
Education: Bachelor of Arts in English: Creative Writing and Master of Arts in Secondary Education (University of New Mexico)
Territories:
States: AK, AZ, ME, NH, NY (outside New York City), RI, UT, VT
Favorite Book: “The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing” by Mira Jacob
Favorite place on campus: Fine Arts Center
When I’m not working, I’m: Walking around my neighborhood, traveling, reading, scheming about my next meal, and sending snail mail to loved ones
Words of wisdom: “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Dr. Maya Angelou


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Marissa Salazar
Senior Assistant Director of Admission
Email Marissa Salazar
(719) 389-7994

From: Orlando, FL
Education: Bachelor of Science (University of South Florida), Master of Education (University of Central Florida)
Territories:
States: AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN
International: Europe
Favorite Book: "And Then There Were None" by Agatha Christie
Favorite place on campus: Cossitt Amphitheater - hidden gem on campus
When I'm not working, I'm: hiking, backpacking, cuddling with my pup Gus, traveling, kayaking with friends, enjoying boba with my partner, and soaking up the 300+ days of sunshine!
Words of wisdom: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” – Wayne Gretzky, Michael Scott, Marissa Salazar


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Dylan Sanchez
Assistant Director of Admission
Email Dylan Sanchez
(719) 389-6448

From: Castle Rock, CO
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Journalism: News and Multimedia (University of Northern Colorado), Master of Science in Sport and Exercise Science: Sport Administration (University of Northern Colorado)
Territories:
States: IL, IN, MI, MO, OH, OK, WV
Favorite Book: "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand
Favorite place on campus: Cutler Hall. There is so much history in the walls and it's a beautiful building to get to work in.
When I'm not working, I'm: hiking my all-time favorite nature trails up in Estes Park, but more commonly I spend my time watching hockey.
Words of wisdom: "Kids should be allowed to break stuff more often. That's the consequence of exploration. Exploration is what you do when you don't know what you're doing."  Neil deGrasse Tyson.


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Edward Truong
Senior Associate Director of Admission
Email Edward Truong
(719) 389-6342

From: San Diego, CA
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (University of California, Los Angeles), Master of Science in Education in Higher Education (University of Pennsylvania)
Territories:
States: CA (San Diego and Orange County), HI, NY (Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island, and Queens)
Favorite Book: "If on a Winter's Night a Traveler" by Italo Calvino
Favorite place on campus: Tava Quad
When I'm not working, I'm: Wandering aimlessly around malls, watching movies, and trying to finish the New York Times Mini Crossword in under a minute.
Words of wisdom: “Live every week like it's Shark Week." – Tracy Jordan


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Mateen Zafer
Senior Assistant Director of Admission
Email Mateen Zafer
(719) 389-7156

From: Bombay, India, and Chicago, IL
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Western Illinois University), Master of Social Work (New York University)
Territories: 
States: DC, MD, NM, NV, VA
Colorado Counties: Baca, Bent, Cheyenne, Crowley, Custer, Douglas, El Paso, Elbert, Fremont, Huerfano, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Las Animas, Lincoln, Otero, Prowers, Pueblo, and Teller
Favorite Book: The Broken Earth trilogy by N.K. Jemisin
Favorite place on campus: The Butler Center, located on the 2nd floor of the Worner Center
When I'm not working, I'm: Hiking, Stand Up Paddleboarding, and rooting for my Chicago sports teams: Bulls, Bears, & Cubs! 
Words of wisdom:  “Hope doesn’t preclude feeling sadness or frustration or anger or any other emotion that makes total sense. Hope isn’t an emotion, you know? Hope is not optimism. Hope is a discipline… we have to practice it every single day.” — Black American abolitionist Mariame Kaba

Campus-Based Staff

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Stephanie Hatch
Admission Coordinator
Email Stephanie Hatch
(719) 389-6071

From: North Carolina
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies, Minor in Spanish (Appalachian State University), semester abroad at Universidad de las Américas Puebla in Mexico
Favorite book  My all-time favorite book is "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien. My current favorite is "Becoming" by Michelle Obama.
Favorite place on campus: Tava Quad in the fall.
When I'm not working, I'm: Spending time with my family, exploring Colorado, and gardening!
Words of wisdom: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi


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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" by Arthur Conan Doyle
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


Heather Jones

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

From: Ann Arbor, MI
Admission programs/projects: Training Team, Data Team
Favorite book: "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" by John Berendt
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


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Saúl Maravilla '19
Admission Coordinator
Email Saúl Maravilla
(719) 389-6220

From: Tecolotlan, Mexico and Phoenix, AZ
Education: Bachelor of Art in Molecular Biology (Colorado College)
Favorite book: I don't have a favorite book, but my favorite genres are sci-fi and magical realism.
Favorite place on campus: Sacred Grounds
When I'm not working, I'm: Gardening (specifically veggies to make delicious salsas), cooking, painting, hiking.
Words of wisdom: "The hardest thing in this world is to live in it. Be brave. Live." - Buffy Summers


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Amanda Trostad
Admission Coordinator
Email Amanda Trostad
(719) 389-7152

From: Disputanta, VA
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Favorite book:" Redeeming Love" by Francine Rivers
Favorite place on campus: Shove Memorial Chapel
When I'm not working, I'm: Reading or hanging out with friends and dreaming about the next great adventure.
Words of wisdom: “Being polite and grateful will make people more inclined to help you. And if people are willing to help you, you may accidentally get what you want.” - Jason Sudeikis

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