Meet the Team
At North Park University, we believe in the power of relationships: yours with your friends, your professors, and your fellow students will shape your college career in ways you can’t yet imagine. But to get there, it starts with you and your family’s relationship with the North Park admissions team. This group of individuals is committed to helping you find your place as a student, an athlete, an activist, a musician—as whatever your college dream holds. Get to know us, and don’t hesitate to call when you have questions or need a little advice in the college search process.
Jared ChristensenSenior Director of Undergraduate Enrollment
Every team needs a good leader, and North Park University is thrilled to have Jared at the helm in undergraduate admissions. As senior director, he works closely with the recruiters and visit and events team, helping provide students with a good experience throughout the admission process. A veteran of Christian higher education, Jared believes that what North Park offers is unique. "This is a school that reaches a wide range of students in ways that a lot of Christian schools don't," he says. Jared has lived in nine different states, and was an out-of-state student in college himself; he's very familiar with the transitions a lot of North Parkers will face. "I'm excited to be here and passionate about what we have to offer to students from across the country," he says.
Tracy ChurchillCampus Visit Coordinator
"I think the best thing about North Park it that it balances a supporting community with opportunities for growth," says Tracy. Tracy is excited to help you discover this school through a campus visit. Do you have questions about visiting us in Chicago? Want to know what class you should sit in on, or what activities you family can join? Not sure when you can schedule a personal visit? Tracy is here to help you. As campus visit coordinator, she'll help you set up your personalized visit and make sure it gives you the best possible introduction to North Park. Tracy is also a self-proclaimed nerd, and will happily challenge you to a battle of knowledge of all things Harry Potter.
Get in touch with Tracy by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or at (773) 244-4763.
Paul ComptonUndergraduate Recruiter
Having attended a Christian liberal arts college, Paul knows firsthand that a close-knit community with a diverse range of perspectives on life, faith, and culture is a great benefit as a college student. He believes North Park offers this, as a well as important connections to the networks and resources of a big city. Paul previously worked as a social worker in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood, speaks Spanish, and loves dinosaurs—all things that help him relate to students from around the country. Paul hopes that you can imagine yourself succeeding at North Park, and knows that we will provide the support that will help you reach your goals.
Get in touch with Paul at email@example.com or (773) 244-4537.
Allison CrinoUndergraduate Recruiter
Allison has this advice for all new North Park students: “Don't plan on leaving the same as you came. Your experience here will radically change the way you view yourself, your community, and your world.” Growing up as an American abroad, primarily in Mexico City, she knows a little bit about expanding worldviews and learning to adapt to new situations quickly. A North Park alum who is fluent in both English and Spanish, Allison works with students and their families from all over the country who are looking for a college experience that will change their lives and give them the foundation they need to reach for their dreams and achieve their goals.
Get in touch with Allison at firstname.lastname@example.org or (773) 244-4848.
Michael DrakeInternational Recruiter
Enrolling in any college as an international student can be complicated, but our international recruiter, Michael, is dedicated to helping you navigate the process as smoothly as possible at North Park. He is also our University’s golf coach, so he can provide unique firsthand knowledge about the important relationships our students are able to develop with their faculty, coaches, and peers. Whether you have questions about the application, our English proficiency requirements, or what life will be like in Chicago and at North Park, Michael will help you find the answers you need so you can get off to a great start at the University.
Get in touch with Michael by emailing email@example.com or at (773) 244-5268.
Brady MartinsonAssistant Director of Outreach and Recruitment
Transplanted to Chicago from Maple Grove, Minn., Brady has embraced the city with open arms. Follow him on Instagram @bkmartinson for his unique views of his new hometown, and then take his advice that experiencing campus is the best way to know if North Park is the right fit for you. Along with great information about our programs and advice about how you can get involved as a student, Brady’s recommendations for where to get the best Italian beef, gyros, and Chicago-style hot dogs will help you explore the city that is our extended classroom.
Get in touch with Brady at firstname.lastname@example.org email or (773) 244-6203.
Marcus MasonUndergraduate Recruiter
A true Midwesterner, Marcus grew up in Ohio and Minnesota and found his way to North Park through our seminary, where he’s pursuing a dual master’s degree in theology and business. He believes wholeheartedly that the University offers a unique opportunity for students to engage with the world in a way that more rural or suburban areas don’t have the chance to do. “Our location in Chicago is vital to the education we offer at North Park, and you’ve got to come see us to discover it for yourself,” he says. “Every school will give you the same information about GPA or how much money they’ll offer you, but you’ve got to visit the campus to know it will be a place where you feel connected.”
Get in touch with Marcus at email@example.com or (773) 244-5521.
Joe MillerStudent Athlete Recruiter
As a collegiate two-sport athlete (baseball and football), Joe knows what it is like to balance a class load and team responsibilities. As a life-long Chicagoan, he also knows how many opportunities the city holds for students. Joe is excited to work with young men and their families who are looking for a well-rounded student-athlete experience where they can experience success on the field, individual growth through the team and in the classroom, and be prepared for a life and career of significance and service.
Get in touch with Joe by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or at (773) 244-6232.
Keisha NewellStudent Athlete Recruiter
The name of the game for Keisha is balance: college students have to find the sweet spot between the fun experiences they have during school and getting ready for life after graduation. As a college basketball player herself, Keisha also understands the challenges of succeeding as a student athlete. She hopes to show prospective students and their families that North Park is an ideal place to find the balance they need: our urban campus utilizes the city as much as possible while also providing a safe, close-knit community to explore a variety of interests and develop deep relationships.
Get in touch with Keisha by emailing email@example.com or at (773) 244-4583.
Shari NordstromDirector of Admission Services
With a background in financial planning, Shari works with families to explain our commitment to affordability and will walk you through the planning tools and options for scholarships, grants, loans, and payment plans. She wears many hats within the Admissions office, and you may run into her at events or on your campus visit; she might even be your recruiter if you're a student from a Covenant church. A graduate of North Park herself, Shari believes wholeheartedly that coming to North Park is a great choice for people from all backgrounds.
Get in touch with Shari at firstname.lastname@example.org or (773) 244-5503.
Hannah Prevost-SchultzUndergraduate Recruiter
Hannah brings important firsthand knowledge to the table when talking to prospective students and their families: she’s a North Park alum (she studied biblical and theological studies and psychology, and conflict transformation) and continues to appreciate the unique opportunities our university experience offers. Hannah is excited to show others that being a North Parker means investing in the city to learn about new cultures and career opportunities, developing deep and lasting relationships with new friends and faculty mentors, and living in a community in which there are people from all different walks of life.
Get in touch with Hannah by emailing email@example.com or at (773) 244-5516.
Rebecca RyanMusic Recruiter
You’ll find Rebecca closely involved in music activities all over our campus: teaching music appreciation, ensuring the School of Music is operating smoothly, and connecting student musicians with the resources and programs that will help them achieve their career goals. Rebecca works with all prospective music students, setting up auditions, answering questions about majors and ensembles, and dreaming with you and your family about the many possibilities a music degree holds. But she’ll also remind you that you don’t have to major in music to participate in ensembles or even get a music scholarship.
Get in touch with Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org or (773) 244-5623.
Kara SextonRecruitment Associate
As a North Park student, Kara majored in biblical and theological studies, and invested a lot of time singing in the Gospel Choir and on student worship teams. She has firsthand experience with the urban, intercultural, and Christian community that North Park provides, and is excited to help prospective students and families discover it as well. Whether you drop in or call the Admissions Office, she is often the first person you'll talk to and will make sure you connect with the right individual, whether you're looking for help with your application, setting up a visit, getting directions to campus, or just wanting to find out more about the University. Though she now loves Chicago, Kara is a Pacific Northwest girl at heart, and is a lover of mountains, evergreen trees, and outdoor adventures.
Get in touch with Kara at email@example.com or (773) 244-5500.
Emily WarnygoraVisit and Events Manager
As a young alum and neighborhood resident, Emily loves to introduce students and families to the neighborhood she calls home. Along with the visit team, she’ll help you make sure you get the experience that’s right for you, whether you come to North Park University for an individual visit, as part of a group, or for a special admissions event. As with the rest of the admissions team, you can ask Emily any question you have, and she’ll make sure you get the best answer, whether it’s about campus life, the neighborhood culture, or majors you’re thinking about.
Get in touch with Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org or (773) 244-5511.
Who knows more about the North Park experience than our current students? These student ambassadors will answer your questions honestly and share their own stories about deciding to attend the University. You might talk with them on the phone or see them at special events, and they’ll be your tour guides when you visit campus.