Meet the Team
When connecting 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. Southern California and Colorado are separated by county.
Matt Bonser '98
Director of Admission – Systems, Operations, and International
From: Los Angeles, and Portland
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: ID, MT, WY, CA (Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, Los Angeles County: north of 10 & west of 605)
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
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.
Assistant Director — Marketing and Communications
From: Fulton, MO
Education: Grinnell College (B.A. in French and History), University of Wisconsin - Madison (Master of French Studies, specialization in International Ed.)
Admission programs/projects: Email Communications, Presentations, and Web Content
States: IA, KS, MN, MO, ND, NE, OK, SD
Colorado Counties: Cheyenne, Kit Carson, Lincoln, Adams, Larimer, Weld, Morgan, Washington,Yuma, Logan, Phillips, Sedgwick
Favorite Book: A Gentleman in Moscow
Favorite place on campus: Susie B's outdoor patio!
When I’m not working I’m: Hiking Palmer Park with my fiancé and pup, listening to French podcasts, baking delicious things, or napping.
Words of wisdom: “Some cause happiness wherever they go; otherwise whenever they go.” - Oscar Wilde
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Education: Trinity University (B.S. in Biology), Colorado State University (Master of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education)
Admission programs/projects: Scholarship Programs
States: TX, NJ, PA, DE
Colorado Counties: Lake, Fremont, Jefferson, Park, Teller
Favorite Book: Death Comes as the End by Agatha Christie
Favorite place on campus: Tava Quad
When I’m not working I’m: Spending time with my husband, kids, and dog outside. Running and swimming are some of our favorite activities!
Words of wisdom: “The vision of a champion is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion when no one else is looking" - Anson Dorrance
Assistant VP & Dean of Admission
From: Illinois and Massachusetts
Education: Smith College (Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Economics)
Admission programs/projects: Managing the admission office in partnership with an incredible group of colleagues. Working with college leadership on enrollment priorities.
States: CT, FL,OH, WV
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
Assistant Director of Admission
Education: University of Colorado Colorado Springs (B.A. in Organizational and Strategic Communication)
Admission programs/projects: Athletics, Colorado Scholars, Outreach and Access Team, and Admission Volunteer Program
States: AL, AR, DC, GA, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA
Colorado Counties: Arapahoe, El Paso
Favorite book: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Favorite place on campus: Susie B’s Outdoor Patio in Tutt Library
When I’m not working, I’m: Traveling, playing golf, reading a good book, walking my dog Braxton, or watching a movie with my family.
Words of wisdom: “We all have dreams and we got the right to chase them.” - J. Cole
Associate Director for Access & Outreach
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, Stroud Scholars Program, Community Based Organizations
States: CA (Northern)
Colorado Counties: Denver, Pitkin, Summit
Favorite book: The Devil’s Highway, Luis Alberto UrreaFavorite 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.
Associate Director, Coordinator of International Admission
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
International: Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, New Zealand
States: WA, OR, ME, NH, VT
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
Associate Director of Admission -
Campus Visit Operations
From: Maui, Hawaii
Education: Bachelor’s in English & World Literature with a Minor in Spanish (Pitzer College), M.B.A. (Colorado State University-Pueblo)
Admission programs/projects: Operations, database management, international recruitment
International: India, South America
States: NY, HI, AK, CA (Los Angeles County: south of 10 & east of 605)
Colorado Counties: Baca, Bent, Prowers, Las Animas, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero, Custer, Huerfano, Pueblo
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 (22 countries and counting!), & entertaining my husband with my angelic voice.
Words of wisdom: “As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little before you think." - Toni Morrison
Ali Springer '07
Associate Director of Admission
From: Tucson, AZ
Education: Bachelor’s in Sociology (Colorado College); Master’s in Higher Education (University of Denver)
Admission programs/projects: Staff training, group travel, admission volunteer program, application review
States: IL, WI, IN, MI
Colorado Counties: Douglas, Elbert, Eagle
Favorite book: Savage Inequalities by Jonathan Kozol
Favorite place on campus: Top of Washburn Field - you can’t beat that view!
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.
Senior Assistant Director of Admission
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: Transfer students, domestic Recruitment Initiatives, Counselor Relations, DIII Athletics Liaison
States: MA, RI, CA (Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Imperial counties)
Colorado Counties: Grand, Jackson, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Gilpin
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.
From: Lawrence, KS
Education: Bachelor's in Sociology with a Minor in Communications (University of Kansas)
Admission programs/projects: Communications and Native American Recruitment Specialist
States: AZ, NM, NV, UT
Colorado Counties: Archuleta, Delta, Dolores, Gunnison, Hindsdale, La Plata, Mesa, Mineral, Motezuma, Montrose, Ouray, San Juan, San Miguel, Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Rio Grande, Saguache, Chaffee, Garfield, Moffat, Rio Blanco, Routt
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
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
Executive Assistant to VP
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
From: Los Angeles, CA
Education: Colorado College (B.A. in Sociology)
Admission programs/projects: Operations team, Communications team, Data team
Favorite book: Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Favorite place on campus: Balcony off of Cornerstone
When I’m not working, I’m: Rock climbing, working out at Orange Theory, practicing yoga, facetiming with my parents' dog, Zoey.
Words of wisdom: "Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars" - Les Brown
Lead Coordinator, Operations & Events
From: Toledo, Ohio
Education: Bachelor's in English with a Minor in Dance (University of Akron), Master's in Education (University of North Florida)
Admission programs/projects: Operations team
Favorite book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Favorite place on campus: Shove Chapel
When I’m not working, I’m: Teaching dance; walking my dog, Lacy; spending time with my husband; going to see a musical or play; watching football; and exploring Colorado.
Words of wisdom: "Everything happens for a reason."
From: Kansas City, KS
Education: Colorado College (B.A. in Feminist and Gender Studies)
Admission programs/projects: Operations, Communications, Data, Admissions Volunteer Program, Student Ambassador Program, Outreach & Access
Favorite book: Brilliant Imperfection by Eli Clare
Favorite place on campus: The study space in the Interdisciplinary House
When I'm not working, I'm: Road Cycling, Reading, Baking
Words of wisdom: “When I dare to be powerful — to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid” Audre Lorde
From: Menomonee Falls, WI
Education: Bachelor of Arts in German (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
Admission programs/projects: Operations team, Transfer Team, Training Team
Favorite book: Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson
When I’m not working, I’m: Running, hiking, playing guitar, computer games, watching football, cooking, spending time with my wife and dogs
Words of wisdom: “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence” – Vince Lombardi