Meet the Admission Staff

Ryan Cockerill

Ryan Cockerill
Director of Admission
cockerry@lewisu.edu

Ryan graduated with a B.S. in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and also earned an M.S. in Communication Studies from Northern Illinois University. He has been involved in college/university admission for the past eighteen years; he has been with Lewis for the past twelve years.

Ryan is originally from the Quad-Cities (go Rock Island Rocks!). In his free time, he enjoys watching science fiction films, listening to “80’s” music, rooting for the Bears, Bulls and White Sox, and “hanging out" with his son, Quin.

Ashley Skidmore

Ashley Skidmore
Director of Transfer Admission
skidmoas@lewisu.edu

Ashley graduated from Quincy University with a B.S. in Marketing and will soon complete the M.A. in Organizational Leadership at Lewis.  Upon graduation, she immediately started working in college admissions for her alma mater, and then eventually came to Lewis University in October 2003.  Her favorite aspect of Lewis is the community focus on students and helping them achieve their goals.

Ashley lives with her husband and two children in Plainfield.  In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her kids, watching sports with her husband, and traveling across the country to see her family and friends.

Sean Whitten


Sean Whitten

Associate Director of Admission
whittese@lewisu.edu

Sean graduated with a B.A. in History from St. Ambrose University. He also earned an M.A. in Education with a specialization in Higher Education from Ashford University. He has worked within the college/university admissions and enrollment management world for the past three years. His favorite aspect of working at Lewis is building relationships with future Flyers and their families and helping them navigate the admission process.

Sean was born in Germany (Army brat) but raised a Hoosier. He is a history buff, comic book nerd, and a sports fan; following everything from his beloved New York Yankees to another passion in Track & Field. In his free time, Sean enjoys spending time with his wife and baby, Lucy.  

Julie Branchaw

Julie Branchaw
Assistant Director, Transfer Admission
branchju@lewisu.edu

Julie is a graduate of Illinois State University, where she earned a B.S. in Communications and Public Relations. She has her M.S. in School Counseling and an M.S. in Clinical Psychology both from Lewis University.

She has worked in higher education for more than 10 years. Her favorite part of working with students is helping them transition into being a part of the Lewis community and eventually reaching their personal and educational goals.

Brenna Bosma-Krass

Brenna Bosma-Krass

Transfer Admission Counselor
bosmakbr@lewisu.edu

Brenna is a 2012 graduate from Northern Illinois University where she earned a M.S. Ed in Adult and Higher Education.  She completed her undergraduate degree in 2003 from Hope College in which she earned a dual degree in theatre and communications.   Brenna has spent the last seven years working in higher education primarily in academic advising and articulation.  She appreciates working with transfer students and helping them achieve their academic and career goals.

In her spare time, Brenna enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs.  She also loves to travel and has been to many countries across Europe. 

 

Natalie Castro

Natalie Castro
Freshman Admission Counselor
castrona@lewisu.edu

Natalie is a 2009 alumna who will soon complete the M.A. in Counseling Psychology at Lewis. Natalie has worked on campus her entire academic career, which has helped establish and foster her love for all things Lewis.  She is excited to be back in the Lewis community as a Freshman Admissions Counselor.  Her favorite aspect of Lewis is the sincere sense of community and comradery among the faculty, staff and students.  She believes that the Lewis mission is genuinely embodied by its community.

Natalie lives in Shorewood with her family, two dogs and cat.  In her free time, Natalie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, ice skating, traveling whenever she can and reading as much as possible. She looks forward to working with students and helping them achieve their dreams at Lewis.

Emily Grimm

Emily Grimm
Freshman Admission Counselor
grimmem@lewisu.edu

Emily is a 2013 Lewis University alumna and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. During her undergraduate years, she worked as a Navigator (student ambassador), a student worker for the Office of Admission, and as an Orientation Group Leader. It was through these positions that she found her passion for Lewis, and returned to help students explore the many different opportunities that a higher education holds for them.

In her free time, Emily enjoys running, listening to music, and spending time with friends and family. On game days, you can always catch her in a jersey for the Blackhawks or the Bears. She is extremely excited to return to Lewis and is looking forward to assisting students as they begin their college search.

Janelle Kolosh

Janelle Kolosh

Transfer Admission Counselor 
koloshja@lewisu.edu

Janelle is a graduate of Lewis University where she earned her B.A in Theatre.  She currently resides in Plainfield and enjoys crocheting, being outdoors, theatre and spending time with her family and friends. 

Kerry Meunier

Kerry Meunier

Transfer Counselor - Nursing
meunieke@lewisu.edu

Kerry is a graduate of Quincy University earning a BA in Communications. This is her seventh year with the Lewis University Office of Admission, but has 20 years of admission experience. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her family.

Caleigh O'Connell

Caleigh O'Connell

Freshman Admission Counselor
oconneca@lewisu.edu

Caleigh graduated from Elmhurst College with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. While attending Elmhurst, she worked as a student ambassador, Orientation Student Leader, and Peer advisor.  It was through her experiences in each of these positions that she found a passion for helping students begin their college journey and be a friendly face on campus.

In her free time Caleigh enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as her dog, Charlie. She is very excited to begin working with incoming students and families to help make their Lewis experience a positive one.

Chris Stevens

Chris Stevens

Freshman Admission Counselor / Student Ambassador Coordinator
stevench@lewisu.edu

Chris is a 2012 alumnus of Lewis University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal/Social Justice and a minor in Finance. He developed his passion for college admission counseling while he served as a student worker in the Office of Admission, a Student Ambassador (Navigator), an Orientation Group Leader and as a Student Representative for the University Policy & Budgetary Review Advisory Council. Chris has returned to Lewis to help prospective students explore the opportunities Lewis has to offer them.

In his free time, Chris enjoys listening to Country music (specifically Eric Church), working out, camping and fishing. He is an avid Chicago Cubs and Blackhawks fan. Chris is very excited to rejoin the Lewis Community and is looking forward to working with students. He currently resides in Chicago.

 

Kaitlyn Sullivan

Kaitlyn Weber
Freshman Admission Counselor
weberkh@lewisu.edu

Kaitlyn graduated from Rockford College with a Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management and minor in Business Administration. It is her passion for helping people that led her to pursue a position as an admission counselor. She enjoys interacting with families and helping students to make their admission experience a positive and successful one.

Kaitlyn played basketball at Rockford College and still enjoys playing when the opportunity is given. She also enjoys spending time with her fiancé, family, and friends, shopping, working out, and recently started entering 5k’s to raise money for special causes.

Graduate Assistants

Ashley Peck

Megan Marcello
marcelme@lewisu.edu

Megan graduated from Illinois State University with a B.S. in Psychology. She then worked at W.W. Grainger, Inc. for 7 years in the Learning and Development department. Megan recently left her job to pursue a Master's Degree in School Counseling at Lewis University. She is very excited to help future Lewis students and families navigate their way through the admission process.

Megan currently lives in Lombard. In her free time, Megan's favorite thing to do is spend time with her niece and nephew. She also enjoys working out, cooking, and spending time in Chicago.

Ashley Peck

Ashley Peck
peckas@lewisu.edu

Ashley graduated from the University of Iowa in 2014 with a Bachelor’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Psychology.  She recently began to pursue her Master’s Degree in School Counseling at Lewis University.  She is very excited to work with future Flyers and their families as they work their way through the admission process.

Ashley currently lives in Oswego.  During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, as well as running, reading and spending time outside.