Meet the Admissions Team


Recruitment

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Mary Reed

Associate Director of Admissions Recruitment

Office: Prince 158
Email: mary.reed@avemaria.edu
Office Phone: (239) 280-2487
Text: (239) 734-7420

Hometown: Sumter, SC
Area of expertise and service to you: Welcoming you to our campus and helping you plan your visit
Alma Mater/Major: Newberry College BA in Physical Education
Favorite Place on Campus: Adoration Chapel
Favorite Place in Ave Maria or Naples: The Secret Ingredient is a Womans Boutique
Favorite Beach: Tigertail Beach

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Jud Cavey

Visit Program Director

Email: jud.cavey@avemaria.edu
Office Phone: (239) 304-7965

Hometown: Denver, CO
Area of expertise and service to you: Come to visit you in your hometown to share how we can be the beacon of light and truth through our community’s faith, intellectual prowess and athletic talents
Alma Mater/Major: St. Mary of the Plains College BS Education, University of Northern Colorado Masters in Sports Management
Favorite Place on Campus: Admissions Office and Baseball Field
Favorite Place in Ave Maria or Naples: Water Park
Favorite Beach: Naples Pier

Admissions

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Adam Kinnick

Associate Director of Admissions

Email: adam.kinnick@avemaria.edu
Office Phone: (239) 304-7924

Hometown: Chippewa Falls, WI
Area of expertise and service to you: Connecting with students and families to assist in making college decisions while sharing the incredible mission of AMU.
Alma Mater/Major: Ave Maria University, BA Humanities and Liberal Studies
Favorite Place on Campus: Second floor of the library overlooking to town center
Favorite Place in Ave Maria or Naples: Poached restaurant for brunch
Favorite Beach: Lowdermilk Beach

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Page Kuenstle

Admissions Counselor

Email: page.kuenstle@avemaria.edu
Office Phone: (239) 304-7988

Hometown: Mobile, AL
Area of expertise and service to you: Assisting students in our Honors Program and counseling high schools students hoping to dual-enroll at AMU
Alma Mater/Major: Ole Miss – BA, English & French; Ave Maria University – MA, Theology
Favorite Place on Campus: Our Lady of Guadalupe statue and shrine
Favorite Place in Ave Maria or Naples: The Bevy, downtown Naples
Favorite Beach: Clam Pass Park

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Kelly Recke

Athletics Admissions Counselor

Email: kelly.recke@avemaria.edu
Office Phone: (239) 304-7952

Hometown: Pensacola, FL
Area of expertise and service to you: Athletics admissions counseling
Alma Mater/Major: Franciscan University of Steubenville – BS, Finance
Favorite Place on Campus: Gyrene Field
Favorite Place in Ave Maria or Naples: Oakes Farm Seed to Table Market
Favorite Beach: Pensacola Beach

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Paul Long

Admissions Counselor

Email: paul.long@avemaria.edu
Office Phone: (239) 304-7937

Hometown: Loudoun County, VA
Area of expertise and service to you: Working with homeschool students, transfer students, and members of the cross country team
Alma Mater/Major: Ave Maria University – BA, Environmental Science
Favorite Place on Campus: Gyrene Cafe
Favorite Place in Ave Maria or Naples: Brooks Burgers
Favorite Beach: Delnor Wiggins State Park

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Ariel Barker

Admissions Counselor

Email: ariel.barker@avemaria.edu
Office Phone: (239) 304-7986

Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Area of expertise and service to you: Diocesan and private Catholic and public high school student admissions counseling
Alma Mater/Major: Ave Maria University – BA, Business Administration
Favorite Place on Campus: Reading a book under the oak tree outside the Academic Building
Favorite Place in Ave Maria or Naples: The Village Shops on Venetian Bay
Favorite Beach: Delnor Wiggins State Park

Financial Aid

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Sandy Shimp

Director of Financial Aid

Email: sandy.shimp@avemaria.edu
Office Phone: (239) 280-2423

Hometown: Sheboygan, WI
Area of expertise and service to you: Assisting families in all areas of financial aid eligibility. This may include Federal, State and Institutional Aid. Please feel free to contact our office.
Alma Mater/Major: Milwaukee School of Engineering, BS Electrical Engineering
Favorite Place on Campus: The Mother Theresa Museum
Favorite Place in Ave Maria or Naples: Bike riding throughout the town and enjoying the peace and serenity
Favorite Beach: Bonita Beach Park

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Niurka Lopez

Assistant Director of Financial Aid

Email: niurka.lopez@avemaria.edu
Office Phone: (239) 280-1669

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Area of expertise and service to you: I like to think that my vocation is helping others finds theirs. I assist students on ways they can finance their college education and give their families much needed peace of mind.
Alma Mater/Major: Nova Southeastern University – MS, Administration of Educational Programs. Buffalo State College – BS, Theater Production
Favorite Place on Campus: The beautiful view of the Ave Maria Parish from our famous oak tree
Favorite Place in Ave Maria or Naples: My heart fills with joy every evening overlooking the lake at the sunset from my back yard, with my family. I feel blessed everyday to live in Ave Maria. That’s my favorite place.
Favorite Beach: We live in Florida, one beach is more beautiful than the last.

Enrollment

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Deanne (Dee) Gipson, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management

Email: dee.gipson@avemaria.edu
Office Phone: (239) 304-7977

Hometown: Detroit, MI
Area of expertise and service to you: Assisting families with final decisions of attendance at our comprehensive university that develops future Catholic leaders in their area of specialization, Catholic faith and family aspirations.
Alma Mater/Major: Bachelor @ USC, Masters @ Rollins, Ph.D @ OSU: Science/Business/Liberal Studies
Favorite Place on Campus: Canal along athletic fields and student union
Favorite Place in Ave Maria or Naples: Three lakes “track” to run around while praying the rosary
Favorite Beach: Naples Pier