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Meet the Staff


Office of Admission

2 E. South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401




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The admission staff is here to help. Email or call with any questions or to request information. 

Vice President for Enrollment & Dean of Admission Paul Steenis

309-341-7145 (Office)

309-351-9128 (Cell)

Paul Steenis '85

Vice President for Enrollment & Dean of Admission

B.A., Knox College, Philosophy, Economics & Business Administration

"Opening minds, fulfilling dreams, changing lives—Knox provides a world class education to a great group of students. The admission staff and I want to share with you all that Knox has to offer. Think you might be right for Knox? Talk with us!"

Director of Recruitment and Outreach Kimberly Zimmernam

309-341-7129 (Office)

309-335-8469 (Cell)

309-250-2769 (Text)

Kimberly Zimmerman

Director of Recruitment and Outreach

B.A. Illinois Wesleyan University, English-Writing, Minor American Studies

M.A. North Central College, Leadership Studies

"Knox College is a true living and learning community, where every member is valued, appreciated, and necessary to the greater human-powered Knox experience. Students here have the support they need, the opportunities they desire, and the freedom they require to develop into well-educated global citizens, ready for the next phase of their lives."

Associate Director of Admission Toni Mudd

309-341-7127 (Office)

309-371-9872 (Cell)

309-243-4004 (Text)

Toni Mudd

Director of Admission

B.A., Southern Illinois University, Workforce Education and Development

Recruitment Area


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"The thing I love most about the Knox community is that every member has a story, and every story matters to the Knox community."

Jodi Hasekamp

309-335-7136 (Office)

309-509-5501 (Cell)

309-250-1115 (Text)

Jodi Hasekamp

Associate Director of International Admission

B.S., University of Missouri-Columbia, Agribusiness Management

M.P.A., University of Missouri-Columbia, Public Affairs

Recruitment Area

New England: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island—International: East Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia, Americas, Caribbean

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"Knox empowers students to explore the world around them and make a positive impact. Their passions drive their education and careers. You can't help but to be inspired!"

Anip Uppal

309-341-7133 (Office)

309-335-4077 (Cell)

309-250-1077 (Text)

Anip Uppal

Associate Director of International Admission

B.A., Political Science & Economics, University of Mumbai (Bombay)

M.A., Political Science, Central Michigan University

Recruitment Area

Europe, Middle East, South and Central Asia, Africa, International Transfer Students

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"At Knox College, the flow of ideas, knowledge, and cultural traits are exemplified by the diversity of our student bodyrepresenting an array of states and international destinations. A concoction displaying such levels of diversity, in turn, enables us to serve well and meet the requirements of bothaspiring international students as well as domestic students. Such a unique platform for education and exchange provides space to foment a multitude of perspectiveswhich is built upon person-to-person interaction and is truly global in nature."

Senior Assistant Director of Admission Sarah Colangelo

309-341-7144 (Office)

309-335-8357 (Cell)

309-250-2776 (Text)

Sarah Colangelo '10

Associate Director of Admission

B.A., Knox College, English Literature, Journalism

Recruitment Area

Missouri, Northern Illinois, Northern and Western Suburbs of Chicago

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"Knox brings together a group of independent, gutsy, and passionate people. This combination creates an atmosphere in which students are constantly learning. Knox will match your enthusiasm in backing your unique aspirations."

Jennifer Granillo

309-341-7125 (Office)

309-335-6934 (Cell)

309-250-2141 (Text)

Jennifer Granillo

Assistant Director of Admission

B.S., Western Illinois University, Fashion Merchandising

Recruitment Area

Domestic Transfer Students

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"The passion for learning and dedication to diversity and inclusion is apparent the minute you arrive on the Knox campus. Here, you'll find a supportive community conducive to achieving any academic goal."

Kyran Blisset

309-341-7148 (Office)

309-335-8260 (Cell)

309-250-2031 (Text)

Kyran Blissett '20

Admission Counselor

B.A., Knox College, Asian Studies

Recruitment Area

Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Michigan, Ohio, Southern Illinois, Western Illinois, Minnesota

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"Knox is a community built around seeking knowledge and supporting your peers and your community. Every member of the community has a voice and has talents, skills, or ideas that are invaluable to the community and to those living here. You and your ideas are important."

Hunter Smith

309-341-7673 (Office)

309-509-4044 (Cell)

309-250-1130 (Text)

Hunter Smith '20

Admission Counselor

B.A., Knox College, Psychology, Film Studies

Recruitment Area

Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Nebraska

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"Knox empowers you to reach beyond the walls of the classroom by fostering an environment of academic adventure. Offering an inclusive, holistic experience fueled by passion, collaboration, and empathy, Knox is an educational oasis."

Alyx Farris, Knox College Admission Counselor

309-341-7174 (Office)

309-335-4074 (Cell)

309-250-2118 (Text)

Alyx Farris '21

Admission Counselor

B.A., Knox College, Art History

I also speak: Spanish

Recruitment Area

City of Chicago, Indiana

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"Knox students turn every moment into a learning experience. You'll find that when they leave the boundaries of campus, they are still finding ways to learn, be dynamic, and change the world."

Laine Vestal

309-341-7124 (Office)

309-351-5084 (Cell)

309-250-1122 (Text)

Laine Vestal

Admission Counselor

B.A., North Central College, English and Theatre

Recruitment Area

City of Chicago

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"Knox College is a special place where people from all backgrounds come together with one similarity: brilliant minds. The Knox experience is all about acquiring knowledge in our own unique ways. Here, you will receive not only a great education, but also a great experience that is unique to you."

Student Financial Services Staff

Director of Financial Aid Leigh Brinson

800-678-KNOX (Toll-free)


Leigh Brinson

Director of Student Financial Services

B.A., Northern Illinois University, Corporate Communications

M.B.A., Robert Morris University Illinois, Management

"I have two favorite days at Knox College… the first is watching a new student visit campus and the second is watching the same student cross the stage at graduation. Each time the student is excited and nervous about the possibilities of what the future may hold. It is an honor to help students and parents navigate through the financial aid process."

Leigh is the Student Financial Services Advisor for international students.

Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid Mary Wright

800-678-KNOX (Toll-free)


Mary Wright

Senior Associate Director of Student Financial Services

B.A., Northeastern Illinois University, Psychology, Business

M.S., Marian College, Organizational Leadership and Quality

"The best part of my job is being able to help students and families see that they can afford a Knox education."

Mary is the Student Financial Services Advisor for U.S. students with last names beginning with A through G and T through Z.

Assistant Director of Student Financial Services

800-678-KNOX (Toll-free)


Cindy Bankes

Assistant Director of Student Financial Services

B.B.A., Midstate College, Business Administration

" I love the warm and inviting feeling you have the moment you step foot on the Knox campus.  The Knox community is very supportive and the students have the opportunity to grow and become incredible leaders.  I am very excited and honored to have the opportunity to help guide students and families through their financial aid process."

Cindy is the Student Financial Services Advisor for U.S. students with last names beginning with H through S.

Campus Visit Staff

Senior Administrative Assistant Norma Rodriguez

800-678-KNOX (Toll-free)


Norma Rodriguez

Senior Administrative Assistant and Campus Visit Coordinator

A.A., Patricia Stevens Career College in St. Louis, MO, Fashion Merchandising

I also speak: Spanish

"I enjoy meeting and connecting prospective students to the excitement and possibilities of a Knox education."

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