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    Admission Staff

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    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 travel for the 8 of the Best program in the spring. 
    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 

    Mark Hatch

    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 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 remarkablesmart, humble, and serious about education but they are collaborativenot competitiveand 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 Stationalways 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. 


    Jenna Holt
    Assistant Director — Marketing and Communications
    (719) 389-7158 

    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: MN, MO, NE, OK, IA, KS
    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


    Morgan Hybert
    Assistant Director
    (719) 389-7156

    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, DE, PA (Western)
    Colorado Counties: Chaffee, 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


    Karen Kristof
    Assistant VP & Dean of Admission
    (719) 389-6344

    From: Illinois and Massachusetts
    Education: Smith College (Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Economics)
    Admission programs/projectsManaging the admission office in partnership with an incredible group of colleagues.  Working with college leadership on enrollment priorities.
    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’mTraveling, 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


    Shawn Miller
    Assistant Director of Admission
    719) 389-6171

    From: Santa Clarita, CA
    Education: Bachelor’s in Politics (Hendrix College)
    Admission programs/projects: Admission Volunteer Program (AVP), Communications, Domestic Travel Team, Student Fellows Program
    Favorite book
    : The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
    Favorite place on campus: Rastall Dining Hall
    When I’m not working, I’m: Playing video games, watching way too many movies, reading sci-fi or Cormac McCarthy novels, researching where the best tacos are in my territories, hanging with my wife and our animals, and getting let down by the Los Angeles Dodgers every few months.
    Words of wisdom: “There has never been a sadness that can't be cured by breakfast food." - Ron Swanson 


    Darius Pardner
    Assistant Director of Admission
    (719) 389-7151

    From: Aurora, Colorado
    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:  GA, NC, VA, MD, TN, AR, DC, AL, LA, KY, SC, MS
    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


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

    From: Stockton, CA
    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 
    Favorite book: The Devil’s Highway, 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.

    Megan Rhodes

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

    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
    : Asia, Latin America, Canada, UAE, Africa
    States: WA, NH, ME, 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  


    Mattie Ross
    Associate Director of Admission -
    Campus Visit Operations
    (719) 389-6261

    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
    States: NY
    Colorado Counties: 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

    Marissa Salazar

    Marissa Salazar
    Assistant Director of Admission
    (719) 389-6054

    From: Orlando, FL
    Education: B.S. in Health Sciences with a minor in Criminology (University of South Florida), Master’s in Educational Leadership (University of Central Florida)
    Admission programs/projects: Student Ambassador Program, Overnight Host Coordinator, Outreach and Access Team, and Transfer Team.
    International: Europe
    States:  CT, FL 
    Colorado Counties: Eagle, Garfield, Grand, Jackson, Lake, Moffat, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Routt, Summit
    Favorite book: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
    Favorite place on campus: The stadium on Washburn field - it provides an incredible view of Pikes.
    When I’m not working, I’m: Hiking, biking, kayaking, Netflix watching, eating, and dog sitting.
    Words of wisdom: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” - Wayne Gretzky, Michael Scott, Marissa Salazar 

    Ali Springer

    Ali Springer '07
    Associate Director of Admission
    (719) 389-6342

    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, MI, IN
    Colorado Counties: Douglas, Elbert
    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.


    Kolby Stallings
    Assistant Director of Admission
    (719) 389-6448

    From: Long Beach, CA. and Colorado Springs, CO.
    Education: Bachelor of Arts in History and Master of Arts in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Student Affairs in Higher Education (University of Colorado Colorado Springs)
    Admission programs/projects: Outreach & Access, Student Ambassador Program, QuestBridge, and Experience Colorado College: Fall Visit Scholarship Program (Funded Campus Visit program).
    States: OR, HI, ID, AK, MT, SD, WY, ND
    Colorado Counties: Baca, Bent, Prowers, Las Animas, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero
    Favorite book: The Power by Naomi Alderman
    Favorite place on campus: Rec Center basketball courts for noon ball!
    When I’m not working, I’m: playing basketball, video games, hanging out with my family, and watching movies.
    Words of wisdom: “Set your goals high, and don't stop till you get there” - Bo Jackson

    Ryan Walsh

    Ryan Walsh
    Senior Assistant Director of Admission
    (719) 389-7159

    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:  CA (San Diego), MA, OH, RI, WV
    Colorado Counties: 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.

    Gray Warrior

    Gray Warrior
    Admission Counselor
    (719) 389-6795

    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:  NM, UT, AZ, NV
    Colorado Counties: Archuleta, Delta, Dolores, Gunnison, Hinsdale, La Plata, Mesa, Mineral, Montezuma, Montrose, Ouray, San Juan, San Miguel, Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Rio Grande, Saguache, Chaffee
    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

    Campus-based staff

    Patrick Hull

    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
    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, 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


    Eva Bombeck 
    Admission Coordinator
    (719) 389-7152

    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


    Meghan Gould
    Admission Coordinator
    (719) 389-6220

    From: Colorado Springs, CO
    Education: B.A. Global Studies, B.S. Math Education (Pacific Lutheran University)
    Admission programs/projects: Operations team, Student Development team, International team, Transfer team
    Favorite book:  Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson 
    Favorite place on campus: The view of Pikes Peak from the top of Washburn field
    When I’m not working, I’m: Cooking and baking, exploring breweries and coffee shops, reading, cheering on the Colorado Rockies, being outside in the Colorado sunshine, and working out at Orange Theory.
    Words of wisdom: "I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life - and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do." - Georgia O'Keefe


    Melissa Guffey
    Lead Coordinator, Operations & Events
    (719) 389-6347

    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."