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Meet your Admission Representative

The Recruitment Team

Matt Bonser

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 international. I read transfers and work with non-degree seeking students.
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.
Spirit vegetable: Rutabaga. I just like the word and it's rarely eaten.

Roz Brokaw

Roz Brokaw ‘13
Admission Counselor
(719) 389- 7154

From: Brooksville, ME
Education: Bachelor’s in Environmental Science Major- International Affairs Concentration (Colorado College)
Admission programs/projects: Tour Guide program, Art Supplements, Summer Session Liaison, Transfer Team, Bridge Scholars Liaison, CCASE/Alumni Relations Team
States: ME, VT, NH, ID, WY, MT
Colorado counties: Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake, Pitkin, Summit
Why did you choose CC: CC offered me an adventure – a chance to explore a new geographic region, to challenge myself intellectually, the opportunity to be surrounded by the most inspiring, engaging, passionate people, and the opportunity to be part of a community that nurtures the whole person
Hobbies: Get outside, play music, paint, play frisbee, have potlucks, play 'fishbowl.'
Favorite meal in Rastall: Midnight Rastall! or Rastall Brunch.... the fruit selection is incredible, as is the monkey bread!
Advice for CC applicants Let your CC passion shine through in your supplemental essays. Be as specific as possible- show us why CC is the place for you and why you are the one for CC!
Spirit vegetable: Carrot

Natalie Daifotis

Natalie Daifotis
Admission Counselor

From: New Canaan, CT
Education: Bachelor’s in Classics (Pomona College)
Why CC: CC’s dedication to providing the most effective and immersive liberal arts education possible resonates strongly with me as a liberal arts college graduate. I value all that CC embodies (community, innovation, social responsibility, etc.) and it is a joy to work at an institution with such a buzzing and vibrant energy.
Hobbies: young adult fantasy fiction, knitting, baking, taking naps in beautiful places, my monster cat Fergus, live music, figuring out how to eat as many artichokes and avocados as humanly possible
Favorite place on campus: The steps of Palmer Hall
Favorite meal in Rastall: lemon cucumbers from the CC Garden, mashed cauliflower, the tomato salad with onions, and gluten free orange cookies. Garnish with tater tots.
Favorite restaurant in Colorado Springs: Shuga’s or The Skirted Heifer
Spirit Vegetable: Artichoke

Leah Fugere

Leah Fugere ‘12
Assistant Director

From: Grand Junction, CO
Education: Bachelor’s in Political Science with a minor in Resource Systems of the American West (Colorado College)
Admissions programs/projects: On-campus programming, Colorado recruitment manager, visit team lead, member of multicultural recruitment team
States: Southern California
Colorado counties: Delta, Garfield, Gilpin, Grand, Gunnison, Jackson, Mesa, Moffat, Montrose, Rio Blanco, Routt
Hobbies: Rock climbing, botany, throwing pottery on the wheel, exploring and traveling with my dog, and frequenting small-town music and food festivals
Favorite places on campus: I love the view of the Rockies from the McHugh Alumni Plaza, watching a snowstorm roll across campus from the quiet of the Olin Fishbowl, the train station-feel of Palmer Hall, and the weighty silence of Shove Chapel on a weekday morning.
Favorite meal in Rastall: A big salad with the WORKS and herb vinaigrette.
Advice for CC applicants: Be excited about what you love. Whether your passion is C4 photosynthesis, book binding techniques of the 14th century, or quantum mechanics, tell us! Let your passion become our passion. Bring your full self to CC, starting with your application.
Spirit vegetable: Oh, broccoli FOR SURE. I love botany, in addition to being a plant itself, broccoli looks like a little tree. It’s the perfect little microcosm.

Jonathan Goode

Jonathan Goode
Associate Director

Where are you from: Waelder, TX
Education (Degrees and where you attended): Bachelor’s in History & Political Science (Rice University)
Admissions programs/projects: I coordinate our partnership with QuestBridge and the recruitment of QuestBridge applicants
States: AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, TX
Colorado counties: Denver
Hobbies: Netflix, YouTube, watching the news, learning new stuff through Khan Academy, Coursera, Duolingo and CodeAcademy, and board and card games.
Favorite meal in Rastall: Too many, way too many! Currently my favorite is chicken with yakisoba noodles and stir fry vegetables 
Favorite restaurant in Colorado Springs: Coquette’s Bistro and Bakery
Advice for CC applicants: Be your authentic self in your app! The college admission process can be quite daunting, but it offers you a great opportunity to think about who you truly are and what you are looking for in life.  Also, don’t worry too much. This is only the first step in your fantastic journey of adulthood.
Spirit vegetable: Having grown up on my grandparent’s farm, I think I have to go with corn. It’s down to earth, kind of sweet, can be grown in many places (in FFA they taught us that it could be grown in all 50 states), and can be adapted into a wide variety of cuisines.

Cari Hanrahan

Cari Hanrahan
Assistant Director

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: I coordinate our funded visit programs: Tigers on a Quest and Flyin' Tigers. I work with CBOs from around the country to ensure that we're reaching applicants from all backgrounds, and supervise our incredible student Group of Outreach and Access Liaisons (a.k.a. GOAL).
States: NJ, DE, PA, MN
Colorado Counties: Adams, Boulder, Broomfield
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.
Spirit vegetable: Eggplant. It's my favorite emoji, too. I use it instead of smilies.

Mark Hatch, Vice President for Enrollment

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 Colorado 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 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. 
Spirit vegetable: Carrot Cake -- does that count?

Carlos Jimenez

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: Overseeing Outreach and Recruitment Initiatives for First year and Transfer students
States: CT
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.
Spirit vegetable: A salad - I like variety and getting to experience a little portion of many things.

Holly Murdock

Holly Murdock
Associate Director

From: Utah
Education: Associate’s in Visual Arts (Ricks College), Bachelor’s in Communications with a Public Relations emphasis (Brigham Young University), Master’s in Mass Communication (BYU)
Admissions programs/projects: I oversee marketing and communications efforts, as well as participate in recruitment activities. Otherwise, I just provide a steady stream of chocolate in my office candy dish.
States: MO, OH, KS, OK
Colorado counties: Chaffee, Custer, El Paso, Fremont, Park, and Teller
Hobbies: I am a reluctant runner, but I have three half-marathons under my belt. I read voraciously, cook, draw, play word games, write, sleep, hang out with my sweetheart, and attempt to raise three children.
Favorite place on campus: The Pinetum. There's something about the solitude of the random plot of land at the edge of campus that features just trees.
Favorite meal in Rastall: I never know until I go that day, hence the joy of all those choices.
Advice for CC applicants: Take a deep breath. Sure, choosing a college is a big deal, but in ten years you'll be a completely different person and life will have moved on in great ways regardless of what institution you chose or how spit-polished your essays were or what outfit you wore to your college interview. Work hard, but keep perspective.
Spirit vegetable: I do not identify with vegetables — only fruits. The orange is the Reigning Goddess of All Things Delicious.

Skyler Paltell

Skyler Paltell
Admission Counselor

From: Baltimore, MD
Education: Bachelor’s in English (The College of William & Mary)
Admissions programs/projects: Assist with event planning and Fall Open House; communications
Why CC: I knew I wanted to work in college admission when I graduated, and I knew I was looking for a geographic change of pace. I knew CC was the perfect fit once I spent a day on campus meeting the counselors, the students, and eating the food at Rastall. Colorado Springs is such a cool city, and CC has so much to offer!
Hobbies: Hiking, Netflix, raiding the sales at ULTA, chillin’ with my cat, Roo.
Favorite meal in Rastall: The entire dessert bar, which should and does count as a meal. #adulting
Favorite restaurant in Colorado Springs: Panera Bread. Basic, I know, but nothing beats a great Strawberry Chicken & Poppy Seed salad.
Advice for CC applicants: Be yourself. Seriously. Don’t get overwhelmed with the college application rat race, or the idea that you *have* to be president of 12 clubs. Be yourself, be genuine, and breathe—there’s a college out there with your name on it.
Spirit vegetable: Tomatoes. They’re a little mysterious. Are they a fruit, or a vegetable? No one really knows.

David Pellett

David Pellett ‘12
Admission Counselor

From: St. Louis, MO
Education: Bachelor’s in International Political Economy with a minor in Environmental Issues (Colorado College)
Admissions programs/projects: Merit Scholarships (Boettcher, Barnes, Daniels, El Pomar, General Merit Review), Admission Volunteer Program (AVP)
States: AK, WA, OR, Northern CA
Colorado counties:
Alamosa, Baca, Bent, Conejos, Costilla, Crowley, Huerfano, Kiowa, Las Animas, Mineral, Otero, Rio Grande, Prowers, Pueblo, Saguache
International: Canada & Latin America
Why CC: I wanted a small liberal arts experience for undergrad. When I found one in Colorado with an intriguing system; the Block Plan, I decided to apply. After being admitted and staying for an overnight visit, I was boarding my return flight at DIA and I knew I would come back to Colorado College as a new student for the upcoming academic year.
Hobbies: Travel for pleasure, spending time with friends and family, reading, going to concerts at Red Rocks, hiking the Manitou Springs Incline and Colorado's 14ers!
Favorite meal in Rastall: the little croissants next to the soup station.
Favorite restaurant in Colorado Springs: Shuga's; the spicy Brazilian coconut shrimp soup is a must.
Advice for CC applicants: The transcript, test scores and numerical qualifications are important, but those who share their story well bring something extra special to the table. Put yourself into the application.
Spirit vegetable: Asparagus. Some love it and some do not, but it's good for you.

Nial V. Rele

Nial Rele
Assistant Director

From: Bombay, India
Education: Bachelor’s in Environmental Policy with a minor in Chinese (Middlebury College), Master’s in Education (Harvard Graduate School of Education)
Admissions programs/projects: Admission fellow coordinator, student worker coordinator, communications team (web, video and touchscreen coordinator), data management and analysis, international recruitment, waiting list assistant.
States: RI, NY
Colorado counties: Cheyenne, Kit Carson, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, Yuma
International: South Asia, Middle East
Why CC: CC's location and the natural beauty that surrounds us drew me. I was looking for a school that cares about community and draws students who are passionate about their interests, both inside and outside the classroom.
Hobbies: Cooking, watching “The West Wing,” reading, exploring Colorado
Favorite place on campus: Bemis quad
Favorite meal in Rastall: Making the perfect grilled cheese in the panini machines.
Advice for CC applicants: Reach out to us admission officers! Get to know us and make sure we get to know you. Think of us as pen pals who you are trying to impress.
Spirit vegetable: Chinese eggplant

Megan Rhodes

Megan Rhodes
Associate Director

From: New Hampshire
Education: Master of International Public Policy, Johns Hopkins University; Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies (Phi Beta Kappa), Skidmore College
Admissions programs/projects: International outreach and recruitment
Colorado counties: Arapahoe, Elbert
International: Asia
Why CC: I think the hands-on, immersive nature of the Block Plan--combined with the incredible mountains and atmosphere of Colorado--attracts a wonderful array of open minded, passionate, and adventurous learners. I love the energy here, and The Block affords special opportunities to focus and commit to courses in ways that are distinctively engaging and beneficial.
Hobbies: NPR zealot, frequent Tutt library visiter; nature seeker and appreciator; retired marathon runner (now more of a skipper in the sunshine); eating; hiking; traveling; and practicing my interesting version of speaking Chinese.
Favorite place on campus: The picnic bench by Washburn field
Favorite meal in Rastall: I am a big fan of their vegetarian options, and as a soup-oriented person, it's great to always have a few options for us soup people. And I always enjoy--perhaps too much--every item in the dessert station.
Favorite restaurant in Colorado Springs: Adams Mountain Cade
Advice for CC applicants: Consider the college interview as a two-way interview--interview your interviewer! This is a terrific opportunity to tailor design questions specific to your interests and their compatibility with a school's community and classrooms. Plus, it's an encouraging and empowering mindset to approach your interview:) At CC, off-campus interviews are weighed equally to on campus interviews, and we have additional interview options for our international students. Whichever option you choose, please register as early as possible to increase your chances of being interviewed.
Spirit vegetable: pumpkin pie and sweet potato fries!

Will Schiffelbein

William Schiffelbein
Admission Counselor

Where are you from: Colorado Springs, CO
Education: Bachelor’s in Political Science (University of Northern Colorado)
Admissions programs/projects: Data/Budget team, Overnight Hosting.
States: NM, AZ, NV, UT, SD, ND
International: Europe
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: Jack Quinn’s
Advice for CC applicants: Show passion in your essay, but don't neglect structure or grammar.
Spirit vegetable: Brussel Sprouts

Ali Springer

Ali Springer ‘07
Assistant Director

From: Tucson, AZ
Bachelor’s in Sociology and Education Studies (Colorado College), Master’s in Higher Education (University of Denver)
Admissions programs/projects: Alumni relations, counselor relations
States: IA, IL, IN, MI, WI
Colorado counties: Jefferson, Douglas

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, running, exploring Colorado, coffee, collecting giraffe items.
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:
Adam's Mountain Café
Advice for CC applicants:
Spend a lot of time, thought, and effort on the supplemental essays.
Spirit vegetable:
Snap pea

Ryan Walsh

Ryan Walsh
Assistant Director

From: Rochester, NY
Education: Bachelor’s of Arts in History with minors in Government and Educational Studies (St. Lawrence University)
Admissions programs/projects: I co-coordinate the Admission Fellows Program, coordinate digital media as a part of the Admission Communications Team, and I serve as the Student Development Coordinator for student employment in the office.
States: MA
Colorado counties: Archuleta, Dolores, Hinsdale, La Plata, Montezuma, Ouray, San Juan, and San Miguel
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 breath 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 paninis at the Wild Goose Meeting House are fantastic, but who could pass up Man Candy (fancy bacon) at the Ritz!
Advice for CC applicants: Do yourself justice and make sure that you make your college application your own. 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!"
Spirit vegetable: Corn on the cob!

Ashleigh Willis

Ashleigh Willis ‘11
Assistant Director (and Communications Coordinator)

From: Colorado Springs, CO (via Atlanta, GA and Johannesburg, South Africa)
Education: Bachelor’s in English (Colorado College)
Admissions programs/projects: Print publications and e-campaigns
States: DC, MD, VA, WV, HI
Colorado counties: Weld, Larimer
International: Africa
Why CC: I was drawn in by the faculty — they only teach one class at a time, we call them by their first names, we eat meals with them. I loved the idea that I could really get to know my professors, feeling valued as both an academic and a person. I'm still close with many of them now, four years after graduation.
Hobbies: “Mad Men,” wine tasting, yoga, traveling, hanging out with my cat Lindy, reading
Favorite place on campus: The German House garden
Favorite restaurant in Colorado Springs: Uchenna's — they have amazing Ethiopian food!
Advice for CC applicants: Edit your essays. Really. You'd be surprised at how many incorrect versions of "your" we see. The Common App essay and your supplemental essays are your chance to shine — make us laugh, make us cry, make us stop and think. Take the time to show us who you are, what makes you tick, and why you're a great fit for CC.
Spirit vegetable: Spaghetti squash

The Operations Team

Molly Cammell

Molly Cammell
Admission Coordinator

Where are you from: Crystal Lake, IL
Education: Bachelor’s in Communication with a concentration in Media Management (University of Colorado, Colorado Springs)
Hobbies: Watching Netflix, playing with my dog Georgia, hanging out with my husband, finding treasures at thrift stores, reading, specialty coffee.
Favorite meal in Rastall: Anything Italian! Also, Peach Day!!!
Favorite restaurant in Colorado Springs: The Principal’s Office - they have excellent coffee!
Advice for CC applicants: Read the admission pages on the website thoroughly- especially the FAQ pages! It’s likely your questions will be answered there before you call/email us. But feel free to call or email! We’d love to chat with you!
Spirit vegetable: Kumara (Sweet Potato)

Kathy Coffey

Kathy Coffey
Admission Coordinator

From: Aurora, CO
Major: Family and Consumer Sciences – Dietetics (University of Wyoming)
Hobbies: Cycling, hiking with our dogs
Favorite place on campus: Walkway from Cutler to Shove
Favorite meal in Rastall: Anything at the international cuisine station and tater tots
Favorite restaurant in Colorado Springs: Il Vicino
Advice for CC applicants: Discover something new every day — a new food, a new club or activity, a new friend.
Spirit vegetable: Golden beet

Jason Gabriel

Jason Gabriel
Admission Coordinator

Where are you from: Oak Lawn, IL
Education: Bachelor's in English, and minored in Secondary Education and Psychology (Illinois State University)
Hobbies: Sports, hiking, movies, reading, and one TV show at a time.
Favorite place on campus: Anywhere with a great view of Pikes Peak, which is pretty much everywhere!
Favorite meal in Rastall: Pizza!
Favorite restaurant in Colorado Springs: Coquette’s.  I think that restaurant is hands-down one of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to.
Advice for CC applicants: Be honest, be yourself, and tell us something interesting!  We want to know who you are, not just what you love about Colorado or CC.  Try to fall outside of the typical applicant.
Spirit vegetable: Carrots. What a great snack!

Patrick Hull

Patrick Hull
Database and Systems Specialist

Admissions programs/projects:
Why CC:
Favorite place on campus:
Favorite meal in Rastall:
Favorite restaurant in Colorado Springs:
Advice for CC applicants:
Spirit vegetable:

Brittany Jackson

Brittany Jackson
Admission Coordinator

From: Colorado Springs, CO
Major: Environmental Design with an emphasis in Architecture (CU Boulder)
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.
Spirit vegetable: An onion, because a Buzzfeed quiz told me so.

Heather Jones

Heather Jones
Executive Assistant to VP

Where are you from: Michigan but have lived in Colorado Springs for 18 years
Education: 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), Walking Dead, reading when I can, wine tasting.
Favorite place on campus: The big tree outside my window. Laying in grass in the shade after my lunchtime wog (a cross between a walk and a jog because I hate running).
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 and possible, enjoy your 4 years and call home often....this is the most important time of your life so make the best of it!
Spirit vegetable: jalapeño...If you are not sweating it is not hot enough!

Ellen Rennels, Operations

Ellen Rennels
Operations Assistant

From: Colorado Springs, CO
Major: Bachelor’s in English with an education minor (University of Colorado, Colorado Springs)
Hobbies: I enjoy gardening, hiking, dancing, reading, and Iyengar yoga.
Favorite place on campus: All the flower beds
Favorite meal in Rastall: Soup and salad — there are always great soups available.
Favorite restaurant in Colorado Springs: Amanda's Fonda on the west side. They have good food and an awesome patio.
Advice for CC applicants: Think long and hard about your affinity with the Block Plan. Are you prepared for the intensity and rigor? Are you interested in being totally involved every day in your intellectual pursuits? Do you understand and identify with the concept of a liberal arts education? After all this thinking, just be yourself.
Spirit vegetable: I would be a tomato because tomatoes make me think of sunshine. (I realize that botanically speaking, the tomato is a fruit, but since the general population views it as a veggie, I'll do the same).

Jessica Russ

Jessica Russ
Admission Coordinator

From: Phoenix, AZ
Education: Associate’s of Arts with an emphasis in dance (Pikes Peak Community College)
Hobbies: Dance/teaching dance, photography, hiking, reading
Favorite place on campus: Shove Chapel
Favorite restaurant in Colorado Springs: Over Easy
Advice for CC applicants: When writing your essays, allow your true self and personality to shine through.
Spirit vegetable: Corn because I’m pretty corny!