AdmissionsMeet Your Admissions Counselors

Leah Martin

Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Transfer Students from the following schools: Century College, Dakota County Technical College, Inver Hills Community College
Hometown: St. Cloud, MN
Major in College: Studio Art (Bachelor’s) and Organizational Management (Master’s)
About Me: My husband and I met at Concordia and have two sons and a dog. I love playing volleyball, painting and traveling. I feel so blessed to work for an institution that I value and hold so close to my heart.
Favorite Place in the Twin Cities:  One of my favorite places to spend time is on Grand Avenue in St. Paul. Blocks away from Concordia, it’s filled with charm, local history and beautiful architecture. There’s also events year-round, and tons of restaurants and unique boutiques!
What I Love about CSP: I love how the faculty and staff at Concordia go above and beyond for all of our students. Whether it’s greeting students on campus with a smile, writing a recommendation, or staying late to help with an assignment, the Concordia community strives to help every student achieve their goals!

Kelly Macik

Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Twin Cities High Schools; Northern Minnesota; Students from WI; All Post-Baccalaureate Students
Hometown: Victoria, MN
Major in College: Communication Studies
About Me: I was born and raised in Victoria, MN and attended Chaska High School. I love spending time with my husband and our two children. I enjoy yoga, traveling, going to the theater, and taking in the many events around the Twin Cities.
Favorite Place in the Twin Cities: Mill City Farmers Market in the summer – I love the fresh, delicious food and the gorgeous scenery along the Mississippi River.
What I Love about CSP: The diversity of our student body provides an amazingly rich experience for students, staff, and faculty to grow and interact with cultures and backgrounds of all kinds. We can all learn from those whose experiences, beliefs, and perspectives are different than our own.

Brenda Vue

Undergraduate Admissions Counselor – Southeast Asian Recruiter

Territory: Twin Cities High Schools; All PSEO Students
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Major in College: Psychology
About Me: Much of my time is spent surrounded by my family specifically with my mom, my sisters, nieces, and nephews. Whether it is cooking at my mom’s house on Sundays or playing at the park, we make the most of all the simple things we have. Other than family time I like to journal, read, and when I get the chance I like to play badminton.
Favorite Place in the Twin Cities: My favorite place in the Twin Cities would have to be Hmong Village in St. Paul. There is fresh produce, local food vendors, and hand sewn traditional wear. There are so many small shops rich with culture to share.
What I Love about CSP: Other than the level of academia here at Concordia our university is in a prime location for opportunities. The proximity from other universities allows for student connectivity and for community transparency and involvement which translates to a well-rounded student.

Carolina Mendez

Undergraduate Admissions Counselor

Territory: Twin Cities High Schools; Southern Minnesota; and students from the following states: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, KS, MT, ND, NE, NM, NV, OK, OR, SD, TX, UT, WA, WY
Hometown: Cuenca, Ecuador
Major in College: Marketing Major, Spanish Minor
About Me: I was born and raised in the center of the world, Ecuador. I love to bike around the Twin Cities, dance and play different sports such as soccer or volleyball. I was the first person in my family to graduate from college so working in higher education is very meaningful to me.
Favorite Place in the Twin Cities: One of my favorite places in the Twin Cities has to be Lyndale Park Rose Garden. I have very fond memories at the park from when I was a child. From watching strangers fly their kites around there, to biking with my family all around the park and even having my pictures taken there on the day of my Quinceañera.  Nothing but beautiful times there.
What I Love about CSP: What I love about CSP is the diversity within the student body and in the faculty/staff all of whom have different identities and stories which makes working here that much more meaningful!

Tom Halligan

Undergraduate Admissions Counselor

Territory: Twin Cities High Schools and students from the following states: AL, AR ,CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, NJ, NY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MS, NC, NH, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WV; Transfer Students from Normandale Community College and North Hennepin Community College
Hometown: Glencoe, MN
Major in College: Christian Ministry with an emphasis in Christian Outreach
About Me: I was born and raised in Minnesota, and I have a love for all the Minnesota sports teams, especially the Minnesota Vikings. My wife and I love to bike, hike, and run around the Twin Cities. I enjoy listening to all kinds of music and frequently attend the Turf Club to listen to live music.
Favorite Place in the Twin Cities: Summit Avenue. I love to walk down Summit Avenue and see all the beautiful homes.
What I Love about CSP: I love the diversity and the tight knit community of students, faculty and staff here at CSP. Together we all learn from each other and learn to see things from each other’s different perspectives. I also really love Homecoming; nothing is better than Comet’s Carnival, where you can get delicious food and cheer on our Golden Bear Athletics!

Jackie Garcia

Transfer Admissions Counselor

All Transfer Students*
Hometown: Belle Plaine, MN
Majors in College: Community Psychology (Bachelor’s) and College Counseling and Student Development (Master’s)
About Me: I was born in California but was raised in Minnesota.  I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, going on vacation, dancing and having relaxing nights at home with my dog!
Favorite Place in the Twin Cities: I am a big lover of trying different kinds of food and exploring new places to eat.  The Twin Cities is a great place to try something new and delicious!
What I Love about CSP: I love the enriching, diverse community and welcoming staff and faculty who demonstrate a strong passion to help our students succeed at CSP!  Coming from a small town and attending a big public university, I really appreciate the culture of a smaller university and the attention each student receives.

*Transfer students from Century College, Dakota Country Technical College and Inver Hills Community College should work with Leah Martin:, and those from Normandale Community College and North Hennepin Community College should work with Tom Halligan:

Katie Jabri

International Admissions Counselor and Recruiter

Territory: All International Students
Hometown: Park Rapids, MN
Major in College: Psychology
About me: I was born and raised in Minnesota.  I love to cook, bake, watch movies, listen to music from around the world, and travel.  I enjoy all things international and food, so living in the Twin Cities is perfect.  I can enjoy food from around the world without having to travel too far or use my passport.
Favorite Place in the Twin Cities: The St. Paul Farmers Market is my favorite place in the summer.  My year round favorite is anywhere near water (like along the Mississippi River or one of the many lakes), as it reminds me of my home in northern Minnesota.
What I love about CSP: The small school environment in a metropolitan area.  It is the perfect combination for any student and allows for many international and cross cultural experiences to happen in a safe environment.

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