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 for the past twenty-one years. Ryan is passionate about environmental causes, traveling, cheesecake, punk rock, and making sure his son, a college sophomore, is on track to graduate!


Kaitlyn Sullivan
Kaitlyn Weber
Associate Director Freshman Admissions
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 family and friends, shopping, working out, and recently started entering 5k’s to raise money for special causes.

Jay Bolanos
Jay Bolanos
Freshman Admission Counselor
jbolanos1@lewisu.edu

I graduated from Lewis University with a major in Aviation Administration. During my time at Lewis I was heavily involved and I absolutely encourage students to do the same because you really get to immerse yourself in the college experience. I volunteered, played intermural sports, joined the greek life & clubs, lead a ministry retreat and even studied abroad in Rome, Italy. I chose to become a freshman counselor because I had many positive figures and resources at Lewis University guide me in the right direction and whole heartedly believe that I can do the same with future Lewis students.

Travel, travel and TRAVEL! If you knew me, you’d know that I love to travel with friends and especially my family! Meeting new faces and stepping foot in different parts of the world is what I enjoy the most. Studying abroad changed my life immensely and since then I have no desire to lose the travel bug. I am a firm believer that ignorance can be eliminated if people were to visit new places and step outside of their comfort zone. I am a huge family person that enjoys adventures and anything that gets the adrenaline going. I am extremely excited to work at a university that has helped me grow as a respectable individual and can’t wait to see what my future students are capable of.

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!

Tyler Olsen
Tyler Olsen
Freshman Admission Counselor
tolsen2@lewisu.edu

Tyler graduated from North Central College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Neuroscience. During his four years at North Central College he played for the men's soccer team. His passion for guiding people pointed him in the direction of being an admission counselor. Tyler's ultimate goal is to work as a children's therapist.

In his free time, Tyler enjoys playing soccer with his friends, listening to music, spending time with his big family and playing with his dog.

Julia Murphy
Julia Murphy
Regional Admission Representative (Wisconsin)
jmurphy9@lewisu.edu

Julie graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a B.S. in Psychology. As a student at Loyola, Julie was involved in campus event planning and introducing new students to Loyola as a Welcome Week Leader. The experiences of helping integrate students to campus life made her interested in recruiting prospective freshman. Julie loves to be a friendly, helpful resource for students and their families as they navigate the college admissions world.

In her free time, Julie enjoys completing jigsaw puzzles, going to the drive-in movie theater and hanging out with her cats (Mo, Tuna and Moose). She is thrilled to join the Lewis University community!

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.

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!