Meet the Enrollment Management Team
Our team is 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.
Territories: Southern Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Puerto Rico
Alex grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, but moved to Columbia, Missouri, for school. In the last five years, Alex has volunteered with the True/False Film Festival, biked nearly all of Columbia’s vast trail system, and served on the leadership team of the OneMic Poetry Collective. Alex graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art with a minor in Education. Alex is an active artist, creating and showing her art around Columbia, and furthers her passion for education as an admissions counselor for Stephens College. Alex’s favorite parts of Stephens include the Costume Archive, performing arts events, Stephens Life magazine, and the annual student designer fashion show.
Madison Burke ’17
Territories: St. Louis Metro Area, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas
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.
Territories: Central Missouri, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington, D.C. and Wisconsin
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.
Recruits Transfer and International Students
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”!
Recruits for Health Information Administration and Health Information Management
Toya is originally from St. Louis, Missouri, and graduated from Lindenwood University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in communication. Toya has more than 13 years of experience in higher education and loves to see the success of the students from application to graduation. During her spare time, she enjoys creating custom art for her home and spending time with her grandchildren.
Financial Aid Team
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.
Financial Aid Administrative Assistant
Born and raised in Tennessee, Emily moved to Missouri and received her Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from the University of Missouri. After working for the government and being a stay-at-home mom, Emily has worked at Stephens in the Admissions and Financial Aid offices for 24 years. She is the proud parent of a Stephens graduate and believes that Stephens College provides its students the confidence and skills need to do what they dream. In her spare time, Emily volunteers with the Missouri Master Naturalists and spends the summers visiting National Parks with her family.
Alexandria (Alex) Miller, M.B.A.
Interim Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management
Alex received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting with a minor in business administration in 2014, and in 2016, graduated with her Master of Business Administration from William Woods University. Since 2013, she has been working in Financial Aid, starting her career as a work-study student. Higher education just feels right and it brings Alex great joy each day to come into the office. Alex has grown a deep passion for helping students navigate the difficulties of the financial aid world to help them pursue their dream degree here at Stephens. Alex loves to travel, spend time with family and friends, and always looks forward to her “dance-mom” experiences with her daughter.
Director of Admissions-Recruitment
Born and raised in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, Sally received her Bachelor of Arts in American Sign Language interpreting, American Sign Language studies, and communications with a concentration in broadcast journalism, and a Master of Business Administration from William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri. She passionately believes in providing an environment of knowledge and support to students and their families as they transition to life after high school, and is excited to be a part of the excellent opportunities Stephens provides for their students! Sally loves to read, run, craft and spend time with her nieces and nephew.
Marlena Thompson ’18
Admissions Office Coordinator
Born and raised in Columbia, Missouri, Marlena received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Communication from Stephens College in 2018. During her time at Stephens, Marlena held several leadership positions on campus, including resident director of Wood Hall, Class of 2018 president, and membership chair of Mortar Board. Marlena is excited to be able to share her Stephens experience with students while encouraging and supporting them to create their own.
Data Management Team
Director of Admissions- CRM Operations and Enrollment Management Analyst
Joe Enright is a Columbia native, but he has lived in five different states. He received both his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Master in Business Administration from Columbia College. Joe has worked in enrollment management for nearly ten years and believes education is a key component to a full and well-rounded life. His dad and both of his brothers work in higher education, as well. Joe is excited to join the Stephens’ community and he looks forward to sharing the legacy of the second-oldest women’s college in the country with students who are seeking to build a strong foundation for the future. Joe enjoys walking, learning about history, gaming, and spending time with his wife, Amber, and son, Cayden.
Manager of Admissions Data
Donna Baldwin is a mid-Missouri native. She has been a part of the Stephens College Admissions team for 20 years. Donna enjoys Mizzou football and basketball, spending time going antiquing, working on home improvement projects, going to concerts and spending time with her friends and family. She dreams of one day living on the beach; however, in the meantime, you will find her there on vacation!
Data Management Coordinator
Born in Kirksville, Missouri, Chelsee moved to Columbia in 2017 after receiving her Bachelor of Arts in English from Truman State University, and loves being a part of the Stephens College community. Chelsee enjoys watching movies (her favorite being Jurassic Park), following dogs on Instagram, traveling with her boyfriend, and trying out new recipes to cook. Though Chelsee is more behind-the-scenes in the Admissions office, she loves getting the chance to talk with those who stop by!
Document and Data Coordinator
Lacey is originally from mid-Missouri, and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Missouri with a concentration in Art History and Graphic Design. She is currently working on a Micro Masters in Design Thinking at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Always reading, learning, curious, she spends her time between books, podcasts, and research. You can find her working behind the scenes with electronic data, documentation, and a cup of coffee.