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.
Rob BerkiSenior Undergraduate Recruiter
Hailing from Omaha, Neb., Rob started college elsewhere but transferred to North Park as an undergraduate student to complete a bachelor’s degree in business and to play basketball. He’s since become a “lifer” and draws on his own experience to share with new students and their families how this is a welcoming community that will make you feel like part of a family. He’s the resident “transfer expert” in admissions and enjoys helping students make positive choices and find out if North Park is a perfect fit for them.
Get in touch with Rob at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (773) 244-5516.
TJ CaffertyStudent Athlete Recruiter
Whether you’re interested in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, rowing, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, or volleyball, TJ is the recruiter you want to know. Working closely with all our coaches and athletics staff, he helps students and their families find their fit as NCAA Division III athletes on one our Viking teams. As a former college baseball player himself, TJ knows the ropes of balancing classwork, community, and team practice, and wants to help North Park student athletes get off to a great start in each of these areas.
Get in touch with TJ at email@example.com or (773) 244-6232.
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 ChurchillRecruitment Associate
A veritable encyclopedia of knowledge about North Park University, Tracy is the perfect person to help you find your way. 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. 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) 244-5500.
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (773) 244-5521.
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 email@example.com or (773) 244-5503.
Mark OlsonSenior Director of Church Relations and International Recruitment
Whether you’re coming from Africa, Asia, South America, or Europe—if you’re not a U.S. citizen and you’d like to attend North Park, Mark is the person you want to know. He and the admissions team will work closely with you to make sure that you complete all the necessary steps and get off to a good start at the University. Get in touch with Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org or (773) 244-5574.
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 email@example.com or (773) 244-5623.
Tami TrederRegional Undergraduate Recruiter
Tami came to North Park as a student from Marquette, Michigan, on the north edge of the Upper Peninsula, and she now helps students with similar rural and Midwestern roots find out if North Park is the place for them. Tami lives on the east side of St. Paul, working closely with students in Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula as they discover the advantage of a “small school in a big city:” tight-knit community, a Christian college that’s not a homogeneous bubble, and students with similar interests from all walks of life. And even though she works regionally, Tami still encourages all prospective students to visit North Park’s campus in Chicago if they can: it’s the best way to get to know if a school is right for you.
Get in touch with Tami via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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.