Meet the Freshman Admission Staff

Ashley Skidmore
Ashley Skidmore
Dean of Undergraduate 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.

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 twenty-one years and will soon celebrate his fifteenth year anniversary at Lewis.

Sean Whitten
Sean Whitten
Associate Director of Admission
whittese@lewisu.edu

Sean is committed to helping educate students and their families on the admission and financial aid process, create access to higher education, and aspires to enrich the lives of others by sharing the opportunity and experiences that come with attending a University. He earned a B.A. in History in 2009 and an M.A. in Education, specializing in Higher Education in 2012.

Sean was born in Germany, an Army brat, but raised across the United States—living in California,  Alabama, Oklahoma, and Indiana. He is a liberal arts advocate, music enthusiast, sports fan, and father to two toddlers.

Cody Fuerst
Cody Fuerst
Freshman Admission Counselor
cfuerst@lewisu.edu

Cody graduated from Aurora University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. As a student at Aurora, he became involved in leadership opportunities including Student Government, Residence Life, Orientation, Student Activities, and volunteering. His experiences as an involved student on campus lead him to the desire to work in admissions. Cody greatly enjoys the opportunity to meet students and their families and be a resource for them during the admission process and finding their fit.

In his free time, Cody enjoys catching up on his favorite TV shows, spending time with his friends and family, and practicing self-care. He is also working on his Master’s Degree in Psychology. He is thrilled to join the Flyer Family, and get to know everyone at Lewis University.

Jessica Labombarbe
Jessica Labombarbe
Freshman Admission Counselor
jlabombarbe@lewisu.edu

Jessica graduated from Aurora University with her Bachelor of Social Work as well as a minor in Psychology. During her time at Aurora, Jessica immersed herself in campus activities such as the Social Work Association, Residence Life, and a research assistant position. As a first generation college student, Jessica is passionate about promoting higher education and empowering students to achieve their goals. She loves contributing to the diversity and supportive environment that Lewis University offers.

In her free time, Jessica enjoys spending time with friends and family, enjoying as much good food as possible. She is very passionate about animals, and loves to horseback ride. Jessica also loves a good TV show – ask her what she is currently watching!

Haleigh Rajnic

Haleigh Rajnic
Freshman Admission Counselor
rajnicha@lewisu.edu

Haleigh graduated from North Central College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing. As a student at North Central, she became involved in a variety of areas of campus life including: Admissions, Orientation, and Student Activities. The great experiences that she had working and being involved as a student, led her to pursue a position as an admission counselor. Haleigh really enjoys getting to know the students/families she works with and discovering what they hope to get out of their college experience.

In her free time, Haleigh enjoys reading a good book, spending time with family and friends, and catching up on her favorite TV shows/movies. She is also learning to play the ukulele! Haleigh is excited to be a part of the Lewis community and to assist students through the college search process to find their best fit.

Stephany Renovato

Stephany Renovato
Freshman Admission Counselor
srenovato@lewisu.edu

Stephany graduated from Lewis University with a B.A. in Human Resource Management & Psychology. As a first generation college graduate, she understands the vital role counselors play in the college search process. She decided to join the admissions team to guide students and their families through the admission process and provide resources needed to ensure they reach their goal of higher education.

In her free time, Stephany enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading books, trying news foods, and playing with her puppies. She is thrilled to return to the Lewis community and assist students and families through the admission process.

Francesca Romo

Francesca Romo
Freshman Admission Counselor
romofr@lewisu.edu

Francesca graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Human Services along with a minor in Mass Communications. As a student at Iowa, she became involved in various areas of campus life such as: Greek Life, Dance Marathon and volunteering. She then went on to earn her Master's degree in School Counseling from Lewis University. While obtaining her Master's degree she also worked as a Graduate Assistant at Lewis University in the College of Education.

In her free time, Francesca enjoys spending time with family and friends, working out, catching up on her favorite TV shows/movies and rooting for the Blackhawks and Bears. She is very excited to return to the Lewis Community to help students navigate through the admission process!

James Williams

James Williams
Freshman Admission Counselor
jwilliams36@lewisu.edu

James graduated from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. As a student at Southern Illinois, he immediately started to display his leadership skills among his peers and also becoming involved on campus by joining several student organizations such as Liberal Arts Leaders, Student Life, Black Male Round table, and serving as President of Association of Black Psychologist. He has a passion for mentoring, coaching, and motivating students to reach their educational and career goals.

In his free time, James enjoys playing sports both team and individual, loves listening to music, spending time with his huge family, and also enjoys encouraging everyone that he encounters to Dream Big!