Admission Staff

To connect with your admission representative, please find the counselor who works with the state or county in which you attend school. International territories are assigned by global region and/or nation. You can also search by your school. We also have specific CC representatives who work with students from United World Colleges.

Traveling Staff

Matthew Bonser

Matt Bonser '98
Director of Admission
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 and projects: I work on systems, operations, international recruitment, athletic recruitment, and data/reporting.
Territories:
States: AK, OR, ID, MT, WA, and Overseas Military Addresses
International: Africa, Canada
Favorite book: Whatever I'm reading right now, "The Man Who Lived Underground" by Richard Wright, "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim" by David Sedaris, "Desert Solitaire" by Edward Abbey, and "All the Pretty Horses" by Cormac McCarthy.
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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Breanna Conwell '19
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Assistant Director of Admission for Outreach & Access
Email Breanna Conwell
(719) 389-6944

From: Gaffney, SC
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology (Colorado College)
Territories:
States: AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TX (southern)
Favorite book: A bit niche, but "Yes, Chef" by Marcus Samuelsson. His work really opened my eyes to the ideas of cultural and culinary anthropology, which have deeply impacted how I see the world (and CC let me do my thesis on it, which was super cool!)
Favorite place on campus: When I was a student, I all but lived at the Cossitt Amphitheater and on Worner Quad, but I am becoming quite partial to my office and its incredible view of Pikes Peak!
When I'm not working, I'm: perpetually exploring! I’m always working to find new places to eat (send me your best recs), places to decompress (love a good walk around Manitou), and places to feel alive (concerts, fairs, hanging with friends).
Words of wisdom: Picking a college can be a stressful experience, but it can also be an experience full of self-discovery, wonder, and beauty. I implore you to find those moments and to really chase them! What’s true to you and for you won’t lead you astray. Also, don’t be afraid to ask us questions!


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Hillary Dickman
she/her
Assistant Director of Admission
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: CO (Chaffee, Delta, Dolores, Eagle, Garfield, Gunnison, Lake, La Plata, Mesa, Montezuma, Montrose, Ouray, Pitkin, San Miguel, Summit), MA (central, eastern), ME, NH, VT
Favorite book: "Farewell, My Subaru" by Doug Fine and "The Omnivore’s Dilemma" by Michael Pollan.
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


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Alex Dominguez
he/him
Associate Director of Admission for Outreach & Access
Email Alex Dominguez
(719) 389-7156

From: Reading, PA and Toluca, Mexico
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Spanish (Ursinus College)
Territories:
States and Territories: CO (Alamosa, Archuleta, Baca, Bent, Cheyenne, Conejos, Costilla, Crowley, Custer, Douglas, Elbert, El Paso, Fremont, Hinsdale, Huerfano, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Las Animas, Lincoln, Mineral, Otero, Prowers, Pueblo, Rio Grande, Saguache, Teller), NJ, NY (outside NYC), PA, PR
International: Central America, Mexico, South America
Favorite book: Love/hate relationship with “El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha” by Miguel de Cervantes. Another top pick of mine would have to be “Cien años de soledad” by Gabriel García Márquez.
Favorite place on campus: Honestly, my office in Cutler Hall. Besides the fact that I work with some great folks, the view of Pikes Peak from my window is breathtaking.
When I'm not working, I'm: either catching up on all things Philadelphia sports (Go Birds!), spending time with my family, or planning my next awesome trip — I’m trying to see as much of this great big world as possible.
Words of wisdom: “¡Ponte las pilas! — my wonderful mother; “Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.” — James Baldwin


Michael Garcia

Michael Garcia
he/him
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 (northern), CO (Denver, Jefferson), TX (northern)
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.


Michael-Hellman

Michael Hellman
Assistant Director of Admission
Email Michael Hellman
(719) 389-7159

From: Woodbridge, CT
Education:  Bachelor of Arts in English (Carleton College), Master’s in Education (Harvard University)
Territories:
States: CO (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Douglas, Gilpin, Grand, Jackson, Larimer, Logan, Moffat, Morgan, Park, Phillips, Rio Blanco, Routt, Sedgwick, Washington, Weld, Yuma), DC, DE, MD, VA, WV
Favorite book: It’s hard to pick just one! I’ll stick with the book I’m reading right now, because it’s incredible:"Bridge Squeezes Complete: Winning Endgame Strategy" by Clyde E. Love. Other candidates would be"The Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien, "Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoevsky, and "The Sun Also Rises" by Ernest Hemingway.
Favorite place on campus: Cutler Hall, but Josh and John’s ice cream on Tejon Street is a very close second.
When I'm not working, I'm: Probably playing bridge, hiking, or learning more about one of the two. I am trying to complete all of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks, and it’s an adventure that keeps on giving in so many ways. Except for sleep quality… it doesn’t always give much of that.
Words of wisdom: "We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behavior." – Stephen Covey


Karen Kristof

Karen Kristof
she/her
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 and 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 (western), RI
International: Oceania
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


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Saúl Maravilla '19
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Assistant Director of Admission for Outreach & Access
Email Saúl Maravilla
(719) 389-6220

From: Tecolotlan, Mexico and Phoenix, AZ
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Molecular Biology (Colorado College)
Territories:
States: AZ, ND, NM, NV, SD, UT, WY
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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Ashley Mohrenweiser
she/her
Associate Director of Admission – Systems & Analytics
Email Ashley Mohrenweiser
(719) 389-6261

From: Bullhead City, AZ originally, but I’ve lived in Colorado nearly my whole life, so this is “home.”
Education:  Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Western Colorado University) and Master of Arts in Leadership (University of Colorado Colorado Springs)
Territories:
States and Territories: AR, AS, GU, IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, OK
International: Europe
Favorite books: “The Da Vinci Code” by Dan Brown and “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte
Favorite place on campus: The top of Tiger Trail for a beautiful view of the mountains overlooking the CC sports fields.
When I'm not working, I'm: Spending time with my son and my dogs or trying new restaurants in Colorado Springs.
Words of wisdom: ”I told myself: Maybe in a different life. Isn’t that interesting? As if I had more than one.” – Glennon Doyle


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Courtney Salazar
she/her
Associate Director of Admission & Coordinator of International Recruitment
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:
International: Asia, Middle East
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: "All that you touch you change. All that you change changes you." — Octavia Butler


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Dylan Sanchez
Senior 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, KY, MI, OH, TN, WI
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
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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 (southern), HI, NY (NYC)
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

Campus-Based Staff

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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)
Programs and 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


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Emily Miller
she/her
Admission Coordinator
Email Emily Miller
(719) 389-7157

From: Colorado Springs, CO
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Classics (University of Colorado at Boulder)
Favorite books: “The Lies of Locke Lamora” by Scott Lynch, “Dune” by Frank Herbert, and “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern
Favorite place on campus: The Fine Arts Center
When I'm not working, I'm: Enjoying the outdoors, gardening, reading, skiing, drawing, hosting game nights, baking, and throwing tea parties.
Words of wisdom: “There’s nothing that we can’t do if we work hard, never sleep, and shirk all other responsibilities in our lives.” -Leslie Knope


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Eva Sipic
she/her
Admission Coordinator - Campus Visit Specialist
Email Eva Sipic
(719) 389-6118

From: Long Island, NY
Education: Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy (Belmont University)
Favorite books: “Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now” by Maya Angelou, “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls, and “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman
Favorite place on campus: Tava Quad
When I'm not working, I'm: Watering my plants, posting up at a local coffee shop, reading, spending time with friends and family, and doing yoga.
Words of wisdom: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou


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Amanda Trostad
she/her
Lead Admission Coordinator - Operations & Events
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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Rosalinda Van Dyke
she/her
Admission Coordinator
Email Rosalinda Van Dyke
(719) 389-6795

From: Colorado Springs, CO
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts (Western Colorado University)
Favorite book: “A Court of Thorns and Roses” (series) Sarah J. Maas
Favorite place on campus: Cutler Hall
When I'm not working, I'm: Spending time with family/friends, reading, exploring the outdoors, or hanging out with my cat.
Words of wisdom: “Be happy, not because everything is good, but because you can see the good side of everything” - Unknown

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