Meet The Admissions Team


Brent Johnson

Vice President of Enrollment

Email: brent.johnson@avemaria.edu
Office Phone: (239) 280-1598

Mary Reed

Associate Director of Admissions

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

Assistant Director of Admissions

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.

Clare Eckard

Admissions Counselor

Email: Clare.Eckard@avemaria.edu
Office Phone: (239) 304-7986

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 is a freshman here, 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!

Clare Lowrey

Admissions Counselor

Office: Third Floor Library
Email: Clare.Lowrey@avemaria.edu
Office Phone: (239) 280-7981

I graduated from Ave Maria in 2019 with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Theology. Southwest Florida definitely took some adjusting to for this mountain-loving Colorado native, but Ave Maria made it feel like a second home during my four years at the school, thanks to my friends, professors, and adventures. I loved my time as a student, and I am so excited to share my experiences with other young adults and help them to come have wonderful experiences of their own! Ave is an incredible place with some even more incredible people, and I am so blessed and excited to be part of such a wonderful mission.

Kelly Recke

Admissions Counselor

Office: Third Floor Library
Email: Kelly.Recke@avemaria.edu
Office Phone: (239) 304-7952

Breaking the trend of AMU alumni on our staff, I am a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Class of 2017. I am so glad I chose to attend a school on the Cardinal Newman Guide, and I am grateful that I am now able to work at another university that forms students spiritually and intellectually. I moved around a lot when I was younger, but I eventually attended high school in Florida panhandle. Wanting to return to the Sunshine State after I graduated, I began my work at AMU in the Spring of 2019. In my time here, I have seen that Jesus is very much at the core of this campus, and that the community here will challenge you to become the best version of yourself. As Pope Saint John Paul II put it, “Life with Christ is a wonderful adventure.” Your adventure awaits at Ave Maria University: the friendships and memories that you will form will last a lifetime!

Tom Gargano

Admissions Counselor

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

I studied Psychology at Ave Maria University and graduated in 2019! 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 as they begin their college careers. I look forward to the years ahead as I use my exceptional education to fulfill my role as an admissions counselor!