Meet the Admissions + Aid Team
We're excited to get to know you!
We believe in the mission of Stephens College, and we can’t wait to share with you why Stephens is the best place for you to pursue your education. Tell us more about you, and we’ll help you plan the perfect visit, navigate programs and majors, connect with faculty and understand your financial aid options.
Madison Burke ’17
Madison graduated from Stephens College in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development. She currently is a graduate student at Stephens in the Master of Education in Counseling program. Her entire family is proudly associated with Stephens: both of Madison’s parents attended Stephens and graduated in 1986, and her younger sister recently graduated in 2019. Madison was the Class of 2017 President at Stephens and was involved in several other student organizations. Madison loves that she is able to share her own Stephens experiences with prospective students and show them why attending a women’s college is so great.
Sydney grew up in Libertyville, Illinois, before graduating with a degree in elementary education from the University of Missouri in 2017. In college, Sydney was involved in Greek Life, Residential Life and Mizzou Alternative Breaks. After graduating, she taught fifth grade for a year before returning to higher education. Sydney knew she wanted to work at Stephens because of its strong sense of community and excellent academic programs! When not talking to prospective students, you’ll find Sydney eating pizza at Shakespeare’s, attempting a DIY project, or watching Veronica Mars.
Senior Admissions Counselor
Transfer students, online programs and pipeline partnerships
Xander is a strong proponent of education, and specifically a Stephens College education. He received his bachelor’s degree from Truman State with a double major in English and theatre and a Spanish minor. His first master’s is in creative writing from the University of Southern California. He earned his Master of Education in Counseling from Stephens College in 2016. Xander is also an advocate of traveling as much and as often as you can (he’s been to Guatemala, Spain, South Africa, New Zealand, El Salvador, Ireland, South Korea, and The Gambia among many others) and will happily connect you with the Stephens Study Abroad office. Xander is a veteran of the admissions office, having started in 2008. He loves working with his transfer students and getting to know them personally. He has also stayed active on campus by spending time as the head soccer coach, teaching composition classes, and acting in students’ films and plays. He is proud to be one of the few honorary “Stephens Men."
Assistant Director of Financial Aid
Born and raised in Missouri, Jason spent time at several different institutions of higher education as an athlete before ultimately graduating from Columbia College with a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies. He almost immediately took the opportunity to enter higher education as a profession with Columbia College as a financial aid specialist, working five and a half years in various roles with his alma mater. Jason brings a passion for higher education and the role it can play in shaping students personal and professional life as they transition in the years beyond high school. In his spare time, Jason enjoys attending local sporting events; spending time with his wife and son; and assisting his wife, who is an equine veterinarian, on farm calls.
Financial Aid Counselor
Suzanne, a Northeast Missouri native, moved to Columbia to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Missouri. After graduating in 2015, she married her now husband and they decided to call Columbia home. At Stephens, Suzanne works closely with all student populations to ensure they have an understanding of their financial aid, and the funding they need to pursue their education. Being able to help students go after their Stephens dream brings her great joy! In her free time, you can find Suzanne at home with her fur-babies, working on her M.Ed. in Counseling degree at Stephens or spending time with her husband in their garage gym.