Meet the Admissions Staff

The 鶹 Admissions team is here to help you make great choices when it comes to your college search! Let them explain why becoming a Saint will be the best decision you’ll ever make, and how our welcoming community of learners has been just the right fit for 54,000 alumni who were once students just like you!

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Admissions Leadership

Community Outreach

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Eric Ruiz
Vice President of Admissions & Enrollment Services
Vicepresidente de Admisiones

Eric oversees all work being done by the offices of Admissions, Enrollment Services, Financial Aid and Marketing Services.

Eric graduated from 鶹 in 2007 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance and joined the admissions team in the same year. During college, Eric had fun being the man in the mascot suit, Bernie! He also was the vice president of finance for the Student Business Association, a Ministry Staffer and Saints Ambassador. Eric also earned his Masters of Business Administration from 鶹. He really enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and staying active. He grew up in Evergreen Park, and now resides in Joliet.

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Michael Gavic
Director of Admissions
Director de Admisiones

Mike oversees undergraduate and graduate admissions, while assisting undergraduate and graduate applicants with last names starting with Z.

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Alondra Ordaz
Community Outreach & Relations Coordinator
Coordinadora de Relaciones Comunitarias

Alondra provides outreach and community relations assistance to both the admissions team and the university, with special emphasis on Hispanic Serving Institution initiatives.

Alondra graduated from 鶹 in 2023 with her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology. She joined the admissions team that same year. She was born and raised in Joliet and attended Joliet Central High School. She is a first-generation college graduate and was a member of the San Alberto Hurtado Latino Honor Society at 鶹. She really enjoys cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Undergraduate Admissions Staff

Alex Campos

Alejandro Campos
Associate Director of Undergraduate
& Transfer Admissions
Director Asociado de Admisiones de Pregrado y Transferencia

Alex assists undergraduate first year student applicants with last names starting with Q-Y and transfer applicants with last names starting with S-Y.

Alejandro was born in Wisconsin, but raised in Joliet. He attended Joliet West High School, and after graduating from Joliet West he went into the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Alejandro served with Echo Company 2ndBattalion 24thMarines 3rdPlatoon out of Chicago. He served as the 2ndsquad leader and achieved the rank of Sergeant. Alejandro is a proud alum of the University of St. Francis, where he graduated in December 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Alejandro has a strong connection with the school due to his mother (’92 & ’17), father (‘06), and grandmother (‘85) all receiving their Bachelors and/or Masters degrees from 鶹. In his free time, you can find him watching or working with the Chicago White Sox and being with family & friends.

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Kevin Czarnecki
Admissions Counselor
Consejero de Admisiones

Kevin assists first year student applicants with last names starting with H-P.

Coming soon!

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Crystal Macias-Nazario
Admissions Counselor
Consejera de Admisiones

Crystal assists first year students with last names starting with A-G. Crystal is also the admission liaison for 鶹’s Certified Recovery Support Specialist program.

Crystal grew up in the area and graduated from Governors State University in 2018 with a Bachelor in Arts in Psychology. She is a first generation college graduate.Crystal has a background in Criminal Justice, with a combination of both psychology and criminal justice. “Working with children in any capacity and being able to assist in aiding in their future is a high interest of mine.” She enjoys reading, arts, and crafts as well as spending time with friends and family.

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Nicolina Perkins
Admissions Counselor
Consejera de Admisiones

Nicolina works with transfer students with last names starting with A-I.

Nikki graduated from 鶹 in May 2018 with a Bachelor in History. She held a leadership role in the 鶹 History Club and was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society. After graduating with her BA, she completed an internship at the National Archives in Chicago.Her hobbies and interests include working out and reading historical memoirs.

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UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE
INTERNATIONAL ADMISSIONS

Melissa Hill
Associate Director of International Admissions
Directora Asociada de Admisiones Internacionales

Melissa assists all international student applicants.

  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Governors State University
  • Master of Public Administration, Governors State University
  • Experience in admissions management and international student services.
  • Melissa has worked in higher education for many years and she is passionate about helping international students reach their educational goals. She enjoys meeting the student where they are on their journey and assisting in getting them to where they want to be.

Graduate Admissions Staff

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Maggie Stevenson
Associate Director of Graduate
& Adult Degree Admissions
Directora Asociada de Posgrado y Finalización de Títulos para Adultos

Maggie assists graduate education student applicants.

  • Bachelor of Business Administration, University of St. Francis
  • MBA, University of St. Francis
  • Experience in education, graduate and degree-completion admission
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Rock Allen
Admissions Counselor
Consejero de Admisiones

Rock assists adult degree completion and graduate program applicants.

Rock has an extensive background working in sports and has recently transitioned into the field of admissions. He is currently an assistant coach for 鶹’sMen’s Basketball team. Heis originally from Grand Rapids, MI and is a double alum of Central Michigan University. He received his M.A. in Sport Administration.His hobbies include hanging out with friends, watching live sports, and playing pickleball.

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Gino Vaccarella
Admissions Counselor
Consejero de Admisiones

Gino assists adult degree completion and graduate program applicants.

  • M.B.A., University of St. Francis
  • B.S. Applied Psychology, Loyola University Chicago
  • Experience in financial aid and graduate recruitment

Gino works with all programs/populations of adult students and is the liaison to the MSW program. He has worked in higher education
since 1990.

Gino’s personal hobbies and areas of interest include cooking, sports and social media.

Welcome Center Staff

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Annette Jelinek
Welcome Center Coordinator

Annette has been with 鶹 since March of 1988. She began in the Health Arts Program and joined the Undergraduate Admissions area in 2001. She is a mom to 35 kids– the Saints Ambassadors, who are her greatest enjoyment at 鶹! Annette was born and raised in Joliet and is very proud of and active in her Croatian heritage.

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Emily Ellis
Welcome Center Assistant Coordinator

Emily has lived in Joliet for most of her life and graduated from Beloit College in 2008 with a degree in Studio Art and Museum Studies. Emily enjoys baking, reading and spending time with family and friends. She is excited to be a part of the Welcome Center.