Starkle Dream Up. Stephens College

Meet Our Admissions Team 

Our team can't wait 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. Get to know us:


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  • Tiffany Goalder '06, '12 M.S.L.

  • Director of Undergraduate Admissions
  • Born and raised in mid-Missouri, Tiffany graduated from Stephens in 2006 with a B.S. in Marketing: Public Relations & Advertising. She rejoined the Stephens community in 2007 and earned her Masters in Strategic Leadership in 2012. Tiffany is passionate about Stephens and loves that she gets the opportunity to share that with current and future Stephens’ women each day. In her spare time she loves a great DIY project, shopping and spending time with her high-school-sweetheart-husband and their two children.

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  • Maggie Gonzales 

  • Admissions Counselor
  • Territories: St. Louis Metro Area and Eastern Missouri, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington, D.C.

  • Maggie graduated from the University of Missouri in 2014 with a degree in Psychology and minors in Social Justice, French, and multicultural awareness. She is currently working on her Masters of Education in Counseling at Stephens College. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, keeping active outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and traveling! Maggie is pleased to have the opportunity to introduce young women to Stephens College.

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  • Xander Kennedy

  • Transfer Admissions Coordinator

  • 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 Masters 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 nine year veteran of the admissions office and loves working with transfer students. 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!”

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  • Carrie McKee

  • Admissions Counselor
  • Territories: Mid-Missouri and Northern Missouri, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

  • Carrie is a 2012 graduate of Culver-Stockton College where she received her B.S. in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology. She is currently attending Stephens College to obtain her Masters of Education in Counseling. In her spare time Carrie enjoys spending time with her husband, Jimmy, and their three fur babies, Bruce, Dale and Nash. Carrie also loves to visit local hot spots with her friends and enjoying any type of sporting event. Carrie loves Stephens College for the positive atmosphere it provides for not only the students, but also the community.  

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  • Donna Baldwin

  • Admissions Manager
  • Donna Baldwin is a mid-Missouri native. She has been a part of the Stephens College Admissions team for twenty 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!

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  • Sara Covert

  • Campus Visit & Welcome Center Coordinator
  • Sara is a graduate of Graceland University receiving her B.A. in Psychology.  Sara became a member of the Stephens community in August of 2015. She is currently working toward her Masters of Education in Counseling at Stephens College. A busy mother of four, Sara enjoys attending her high school sons’ sporting events, visiting with her college son on the weekends, and binge watching Harry Potter with her youngest daughter. In her free time, she spends her time running, shopping and working in her garden.


Katie Barthel

Admissions Counselor

Territories: Kansas City Metro Area and Western Missouri, Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Idaho, Nebraska, Montana and Washington.

Katie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Truman State University in 2015. She is currently a student at Stephens in the Masters of Education in Counseling program. When she isn’t busy with work or school, Katie enjoys exploring Columbia’s hiking trails, playing flute in the Columbia Community Band, and trying out local coffee shops downtown. Katie loves sharing with prospective students the fun things to do in Columbia, but most importantly how a Stephens education can truly help them achieve their dreams. 


Madison Burke '17

Admissions Counselor 

Territories: Southern Missouri, Arizona, Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Madison graduated from Stephens College in 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development. Her entire family is proudly associated with Stephens: both of Madison’s parents attended Stephens and graduated in 1986, and her younger sister is currently a senior. Madison was the Senior Class President at Stephens and was involved in several other student organizations. Madison loves that she is able to share her own Stephens experiences with perspective students and show them why attending a women’s college is so great.



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