Meet The Admissions Team


Maria Chase

Admissions Counselor

Office: Prince 151
Email: Maria.Chase@avemaria.edu
Office Phone: (239) 304-7925

I am a recent graduate of Ave Maria and one of the newest Admissions Counselors! I graduated May of 2019 with a B.A. in Business Administration and am so excited that I am able to still be in Ave Maria. This is such a wonderful place that’s I’ve been able to call home for the past four years. I am thrilled to be working in Admissions and meet people from all over the world. Making the decision about where to go to college is so important, and I am blessed that God called me here to help others make that choice. This community of faith, hope, and love is like no other. Ave is truly a hidden piece of Heaven that I am excited to share with the world.

Aaron Estes

Admissions Counselor

Office: Prince 155
Email: Aaron.Estes@avemaria.edu
Office Phone: (239) 304-7946

I graduated from Ave Maria in 2018 with an Exercise Physiology degree. 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 at a school in nearby 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!

Tom Gargano

Admissions Counselor

Office: Prince 153
Email: Thomas.Gargano@avemaria.edu
Office Phone: 239-304-7937

I am a new graduate of Ave Maria University and one of the newest Admissions Counselors! I graduated May of 2019 with a B.A. in Psychology. As a Catholic and native Floridian, I am certified in declaring Ave Maria as the best Catholic university in the South. Living in Ave Maria and being so close to Southwest Florida’s beautiful beaches, endless shopping malls, restaurants, golf courses––and of course, its proximity to my home in Fort Myers, FL has truly enriched my college career. The Ave Maria experience has profoundly impacted my life and I am excited to share this experience with current and incoming students. Nowhere other than Ave Maria may one find a more wholesome community of people and lifelong friends. I accepted the admissions counselor position to give back to this wonderful university and help others make the right decision for them as they begin their college careers. I look forward to the years ahead as I use my exceptional education and natural talent in fulfilling my role as an admissions counselor!

Mary Reed

Admissions Counselor

Office: Prince 158
Email: mary.reed@avemaria.edu
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
Email: monique.rivers@avemaria.edu
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
Email: Bailey.Timmis@avemaria.edu
Office Phone: (239) 304-7949

I graduated from Ave Maria in 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 university. I participated in 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!