Meet The Admissions Team

Clare Eckard

Admissions Counselor

Office: Prince 160
Office Phone: (239) 304-7925

I love serving as an Admissions Counselor for Ave Maria University! I graduated from AMU with a Politics degree in May of 2017, and after traveling abroad on a few mission trips, I’m excited to be back home. I call AMU home not only because my 2 older sisters graduated from here and my younger sister will be attending here next fall, but also because of the deep love I’ve encountered here through peers, professors, faculty and staff, coaches, priests, those we have the opportunity to serve through the Mother Teresa project, and ultimately in our Lady and Lord. Mother Teresa said, “If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.” I’m thrilled to be back home to welcome new members to the AMU Family!

Aaron Estes

Admissions Counselor

Office: Prince 155
Office Phone: (239) 304-7946

I came to Ave Maria University from St. Louis as a freshman and a member of the men’s soccer team. My parents were so attracted to the Catholic community here that they moved with my eight younger siblings to Ave Maria two years ago. No more northern winters for me! My two younger sisters, Haley and Addison, now attend AMU, while the other Estes kids are students at Donahue Academy here in town. My fiancé, Emily, who I met as a student here, majored in elementary education and now works in Immokalee. I have a deep love for this University and I am thankful that my job as an admissions counselor helps bring students to this great place!

Caitlin Hanson

Admissions Counselor

Office: Prince 151
Office Phone: (239) 304-7933

I started in Admissions after graduating with my degree in Politics last May. My college journey didn’t begin at Ave; I transferred here my senior year after attending Arizona State and North Dakota State. I work for Admissions now to help students have four years of the same, incomparable experience that I only had for a year! In my off time, I’m a Sergeant in the ND National Guard and have spent time working Riot Control, running the Military Funeral Honors program in ND, training with forces around the world, teaching English to immigrants from Bahrain, as well as interning for the U.S. Senate and RBC Wealth Management. Despite all of these great opportunities, I’d trade them all to have spent four years at Ave! You will be enriched intellectually, spiritually, and mentally here and find fulfillment in our vibrant Catholic community. I can’t wait to hear your story and help Ave become the best part of it!

Mary Reed

Admissions Counselor

Office: Prince 158
Office Phone: (239) 280-2487
Text: (239) 734-7420

Hi, I’m Mary Reed! I joined the Ave Maria University family as the Women’s Volleyball Coach in 2009, served as the Assistant Coach for the Women’s Basketball team for four years, and the past 9 years, I’ve enjoyed working as an Admissions Counselor! When you attend Ave Maria, you become a part of a family. You’re supported by your peers, professors, administration and are united by faith. Students tell me that Ave Maria changes their life! I feel very blessed to be able to work in Admissions at Ave, and I look forward to getting to know you better!

Monique Rivers

Admissions Counselor

Office: Prince 159
Office Phone: (239) 304-7924
Text: (239) 734-7210

I graduated from Ave Maria in 2017 with a degree in Business Administration. I played volleyball all four years for the university. I was confirmed my senior year here so Ave will always be an incredibly special place to me. I love being an admissions counselor because it gives me an opportunity to meet so many wonderful people from all over the country and the world and I get to help them make the incredibly important decision about where they will attend college. As St. Thérèse of Lisieux said, “Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant, count as nothing.” The love you will encounter at AMU through our students, faculty and coaches is unbelievable. There is no doubt that if you attend Ave, you will graduate prepared to serve and love the rest of the world.

Bailey Timmis

Admissions Counselor

Office: Prince 154
Office Phone: (239) 304-7949

I’m currently the newest Admissions Counselor in the office. I graduated in May 2018 as a Humanities major because I loved all my classes so much I couldn’t decide what to major in! I am a townie, having lived in Ave since I was 13. As you can probably guess from the fact that I never left, I love both the town and the school. I did our Shakespeare in Performance program throughout college so if you have any questions on that, I’m your girl. I look forward to getting to know you all!

Sean Hanley


Office: Prince 153
Office Phone: (239) 304-7937