Meet the Freshman Admission Staff

Ashley Skidmore
Ashley Skidmore
Dean of Undergraduate Admission
skidmoas@lewisu.edu

Degrees:
B.S. in Marketing, Quincy University
M.A. in Organizational Leadership, Lewis University

As a child, what did you want to grow up to be?
I wanted to work for a professional sports team, but then fell in love with higher education in college when I worked as a student worker for the Office of Admission.

What is your favorite spot on campus?
The Welcome Center! It’s great to see so many smiling faces from prospective students and parents as they head out for campus tours.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be?
English Bulldog. I just love their smooshed faces!

If you could have any superpower for a day, what would it be?
I wish I could be a genie to blink my eyes and make things change instantly.

Ryan Cockerill
Ryan Cockerill
Director of Admission
cockerry@lewisu.edu

Degrees:
B.S. in Speech Communication, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
M.S. in Communication Studies, Northern Illinois University

What is your favorite food?
Donuts and cheesecake. Or, if available, donut-flavored cheesecake.

What is your favorite quote?
“Enjoy every sandwich.” – Warren Zevon

How would you spend your last day on earth?
Eating donuts and cheesecake!


Tyler King
Tyler King
Director of International Admission
kingty@lewisu.edu

Degree:
2010 M.A., Northern Illinois University
2006 B.A., Bradley University

What is/are your favorite hobby(ies)?   
I really enjoy being outdoors – kayaking, camping, rock climbing, skiing

What is your favorite food? 
A Korean dish called deolsot bibimbap, it’s a rice, veggie, and beef mix that is spicy and served in a hot stone bowl.

What was your first concert? 
Pearl Jam, at Alpine Valley.

If you could watch only one TV show for the rest of your life, which would it be?
LOST, but only seasons 1 through 4 without the “flash-sideways” mess.

What is the strangest pet you have ever owned?
When I was a kid, I had a small tortoise named Buster.

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

Degree:
B.S. in Aviation Administration, Lewis University

What is your favorite hobby?
Traveling around the world!

What is your favorite food?
Thai Food.

What is the next goal on your bucket list?
Learning how to speak Japanese.

If you could have any superpower for a day, what would it be?
Ability to fly.

How would you spend your last day on earth?
In a room with the ENTIRE family.


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

Degree:
B.S. Psychology, Loyola University Chicago

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Anywhere in nature with no cell reception.

What is your favorite quote?
“Do yourself a favor and work hard now.”

If you could watch only one TV show for the rest of your life, which would it be?
Frasier.

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

Degree:
B.A. in Psychology (minor in Neuroscience), North Central College

What is the next goal on your bucket list?
Explore Croatia.

What is your favorite holiday?
The 4th of July because who doesn’t like fireworks?

If you could have any superpower for a day, what would it be?
Super speed so I can travel the world in a day.


Jacob Parry
Jacob Parry
Freshman Admission Counselor
jparry@lewisu.edu

Degree:
B.A., Aurora University

What is your favorite quote?
Not all those who wander are lost – Gandalf

What is your favorite sports team?
Chicago Cubs til’ the day I die.

What is/are your favorite hobby(ies)?
Going to the gym, Playing baseball/softball, Fortnite, Fortnite, and more Fortnite.

As a child, what did you want to grow up to be?
Starting Shortstop for the Chicago Cubs.

Stephany Renovato
Stephany Renovato
Freshman Admission Counselor
srenovato@lewisu.edu

Degree:
B.A. in Human Resource Management and Psychology, Lewis University

What are your favorite hobbies?
Reading, eating, and napping.

What is your favorite place to eat in Romeoville/Southwest Suburbs? Chicago?
In Chicago: Ramen-San, Café Ba-Ba-Reeba, and Sapori Trattoria. In the Suburbs: My mom’s house.

If you could read only one book series for the rest of your life, which would it be?
Harry Potter.

Where is your favorite spot on campus?
The Courtyard Café!


Colleen Riordan
Colleen Riordan
Freshman Admission Counselor
criordan@lewisu.edu

Degree:
B.A., Lewis University

What is the next goal on your bucket list?
To vacation to Croatia.

What is your favorite quote?
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” –Neale Donald Walsch

What is your favorite sports team?
Cubbies!

What skill would you love to learn?
I would love to become better at skiing.

James Williams
James Williams
Freshman Admission Counselor
jwilliams36@lewisu.edu

Degree:
B.A. in Psychology, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

What is your favorite sports team?
Cleveland Cavaliers (as long as Lebron James is on the team).

What is your favorite quote?
“If you’re not first, you’re last.” – Reese Bobby

What is the one thing you cannot live without?
My family.