Meet Your Admissions Counselors

Your Admission Counselor is part advisor, part encyclopedia, and part friend. They’re ready and waiting to help you navigate one of the biggest decisions of your life. Reach out to your counselor and ask a lot of questions. That’s why they’re here!

Director of Enrollment

Kyle Thoms

Director of Enrollment
734.995.7319 | Kyle.Thoms@cuaa.edu

What’s a question you often get asked on a campus tour?
Students like to ask, “Where’s the best place to eat in Ann Arbor?” We really have so many options as a top college town in the country, it’s hard to give just one suggestion.

Where did you attend college and what did you study?
I’m a two-time Concordia alum. I attended Concordia University Ann Arbor as an undergraduate student and earned my bachelor of arts in business in 2008. I also earned my MBA from Concordia in 2017.

What’s something everyone should know about Concordia?
Professors REALLY DO know your name!

What’s a movie you like to recommend to others?
Pistol Pete - Birth of a Legend

What’s something that can instantly make your day?
Monster bars!

Graduate Admissions Counselor

Shelly Venema

Graduate Admissions Counselor
734.995.7527 | Shelly.Venema@cuaa.edu

Which students do you work with?
I get to work with people who are earning their graduate degrees or obtaining certification to teach through the School of Education or in Digital Humanities.

What is your favorite spot on campus?
The Huron River, from where the crew team rows, is a beautiful, tranquil spot with vibrant colors, water, leaves, swan, geese, and breeze. It is a walk into nature when a reset is needed.

What’s something everyone should know about Concordia?
The professors are exceptional, and the school is like a family. People who work at Concordia University are deeply committed to the success of its students. And, if you are looking for a friendly environment, CUAA can provide that too!

What is your favorite food?
Fun fact: I am a pescatarian. And, my favorite foods are Middle Eastern (Falafel sandwich, Baba ghannouj, and veggies with hummus) and Indian (Aloo Gobi, Split Pea Yellow Dal, and Vegetable Curry).

When you’re not on campus, how do you like to spend your free time?
I really love to work in my yard. The results are so immediate. Inside, I love to decorate and to read. My book club has been together since 2008, and we read one book a month unless it is summer; then, we read two a month. Each of us suggests books to read, and we collectively choose them. And, I especially love to travel with my family. Every August, we take a vacation together. 

Undergraduate Admissions Counselors

Jowan Williams

Undergraduate Admissions Counselor
734.995.7487 | Jowan.Williams@cuaa.edu

Which students do you work with?
I work with students transferring to Concordia. I also work with undergraduate students (incoming freshmen) from Eastern states and the applicants from these Michigan counties: Bay, Saginaw, Huron, Tuscola, Genesee, Sanilac, Lapeer, and Shiawassee.

What is your favorite spot on campus?
Definitely Cardinal Stadium.

What’s something everyone should know about Concordia?
You'll be able to make a name for yourself here. And, people will know you by name here!

Do you play any musical instruments?
I played the Trombone from the 6th-11th grade. Not sure if I would still be any good today.

When you’re not on campus, how do you like to spend your free time?
I am a family man, so I most enjoy being with friends and family. I really like going to the movie theater, cooking, swimming, and traveling as well. Most Marvel related films are also a huge hit with me!

Byrant Hudson

Bryant Hudson

Undergraduate Admissions Counselor
734.995.7219 | Bryant.Hudson@cuaa.edu

Which students do you work with?
I work with undergraduate students (incoming freshmen) from southeast Michigan (specifically Ingham, Jackson, Wayne, and Hillsdale counties) as well as students from Ohio.

Where did you attend college and what did you study?
I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Sport and Entertainment Business from CUAA in 2018. I am currently in the Master of Science Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education program here at Concordia University Ann Arbor, and will graduate in 2021.

What’s something everyone should know about Concordia?
You should be prepared to grow in every aspect of life if you decide to make CUAA your home for the next four years. Take it from me—I went to college here!

What’s your favorite meal?
Grilled Ribeye steak, cooked medium, side of loaded mashed potatoes, and steamed broccoli.

What’s something that can instantly make your day?
A nice, hot meal (see above) and some good music.

Anna Shinn

Anne Shinn

Undergraduate Admissions Counselor
734.995.7475 | anne.shinn@cuaa.edu

Which students do you work with?
I work with undergraduate students (incoming freshmen) from southeast Michigan (specifically Livingston, Washtenaw, Lenawee, Monroe, Oakland, Macomb, and St. Clair counties) and students from Lutheran high schools.

Where did you attend college and what did you study?
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a bachelor’s in history in 2006. I later went on to earn my secondary social studies teaching degree from Edgewood College in 2008, and then a master’s degree in secondary education from Eastern Michigan University in 2010.

What is your favorite spot on campus?
Definitely Chapel Point. It’s so beautiful.

What’s your favorite meal?
Tacos!

When you’re not on campus, how do you like to spend your free time?
I like to spend my free time with my husband, Aaron, and our three boys (ages 10, 8 and 7).

Anna Barger

Anna Barger

Undergraduate Admissions Counselor
734.995.7344 | Anna.Barger@cuaa.edu

What's your favorite place on campus?
The Chapel of the Holy Trinity.

What's one thing you think every applicant should know about CUAA?
This is a community that cares about you and wants you to feel at home.

What college did you attend, graduation year, and major?
I graduated from Truman State University in 2018 with a B.S. in Linguistics and Folklore and graduated with my M.A. in Deaconess Studies from Concordia Theological Seminary in 2021.

When you're not on campus, how do you like to spend your free time?
I love to read and go on hikes with my husband, Caleb and our dog, Ooty. I also love to cook.

What instruments do you play, if any?
I play the violin and I love to sing.

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Zachary Yoder

Undergraduate Admissions Counselor
Zachary.Yoder@cuaa.edu 

Which students do you work with?
I work with juniors and seniors in high school and aim to bring them to experience the difference of Concordia.

What's one thing you think every applicant should know about CUAA?
Many colleges promote a family atmosphere, but few actually live up to it. Concordia is the best of its kind when it comes to having the best family-feel at a college. Not only are you growing as a student, but Concordia will also absolutely grow you and your peers as people.

What's your favorite place on campus?
The Cafe. I love food- especially buffet style food. So, naturally, I love being there.

What college did you attend, graduation year, and major?
I attended all four years of college right here at Concordia University Ann Arbor! I received my bachelor's degree in Sports and Entertainment Business.

When you're not on campus, how do you like to spend your free time?
I'm a huge family guy. So, when I'm not on campus, I enjoy spending time with family and friends.

 

Office of Enrollment Staff

Corinne Kuclo

Corinne Kuclo

Visit Coordinator
Phone: 734-995-7255 | Email: Corinne.Kuclo@cuaa.edu

Which students do you work with?
I work with all students and families that set up a visit to campus, arranging the different things you hope to see and do during your time on campus. If you haven’t visited campus yet, register for a visit at cuaa.edu/visit!

What’s something everyone should know about Concordia?
The people you meet and interact with here genuinely care about you as a whole person. They take the time to get to know you and your goals and will challenge you and help you grow.

What’s your favorite spot on campus?
Athletic Training Clinic at the North Building

When you’re not on campus, how do you like to spend your free time?
Going on Disney vacations and running races at Disney World. Also running not at Disney, doing puzzles, baking bread, playing board games, learning to golf, hanging with friends and family.

Kassy Koehler

Kassy Koehler

Data Specialist
Phone: 734.995.7313 | Email: Kassandra.Koehler@cuaa.edu

Where did you attend college and what did you study?
I studied Exercise Science at Concordia University Chicago and graduated in 2015. I earned my master’s from CUAA in Student Personnel and Administration in Higher Education in 2017.

What’s something everyone should know about Concordia?
CUAA really cares about you as an individual and your success in the future!

What’s your favorite spot on campus?
Chapel Point

When you’re not on campus, how do you like to spend your free time?
I’m usually exploring new coffee shops in the area, traveling with friends, or visiting with my siblings and parents.

Accelerated Admission Staff


Amber Schiessl

Linda Szczerbinski

Director of Accelerated Enrollment
Location: L108C
Phone: 262.243.4366
Email: linda.szczerbinski@cuw.edu


Jon Cain

Jon Cain

Admission Counselor
Location: L108D
Phone: 262.243.2128
Email: jonathan.cain@cuw.edu

Programs:

  • Business Management
  • General Non-Degree Accelerated
  • Director of Church Ministry
  • Parish Nursing
  • Theological Studies

Nicholas DeLeon

Nicholas DeLeon

Regional Admission Counselor
Phone: 262.243.1803
Email: nicholas.deleon@cuw.edu

Programs:

  • Applied Computer Science
  • BSRS OT Bridge
  • BSRT PT Bridge
  • Communication and Leadership
  • Diagnostic Sonography Completion
  • Healthcare Management
  • Public Service – Concentration in Leadership
  • Public Service – Concentration in Management of Criminal Justice
  • Radiologic Technology Completion
  • Social Work
  • Certificate in Paralegal Studies

Kathy Charles

Kathy Charles

Regional Admission Counselor
Phone: 262.243.1876
Email: kathy.charles@cuw.edu

Programs: 

  • Accelerated Second Degree Nursing

Kathleen Siedenburg

Kathleen Siedenburg

Regional Admission Counselor
Location: Madison
Phone: 262.243.1866 | Email: kathleen.siedenburg@cuw.edu

Programs:

  • Accounting
  • Applied Psychology
  • BS in Nursing Completion (BSN)
  • Business Analytics and Change Management
  • Construction and Trade Management
  • Human Resource Management