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Meet the Admissions Team

Leah Martin

Director of Undergraduate Admissions | 651.641.8300

Hometown: St. Cloud, MN
Major in College: Studio Art (Bachelor’s) and Organizational Management (Master’s)
About Me: My husband and I met at Concordia and have two sons and a dog. I love playing volleyball, painting and traveling. I feel so blessed to work for an institution that I value and hold so close to my heart.
Favorite Place in the Twin Cities:  One of my favorite places to spend time is on Grand Avenue in St. Paul. Blocks away from Concordia, it’s filled with charm, local history and beautiful architecture. There’s also events year-round, and tons of restaurants and unique boutiques!
What I Love about CSP: I love how the faculty and staff at Concordia go above and beyond for all of our students. Whether it’s greeting students on campus with a smile, writing a recommendation, or staying late to help with an assignment, the Concordia community strives to help every student achieve their goals!

Jackie Garcia

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions | 651.603.6288

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Hometown: Belle Plaine, MN
Majors in College: Community Psychology (Bachelor’s); College Counseling and Student Development (Master’s)
About Me: I was born in California but was raised in Minnesota.  I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, going on vacation, dancing and having relaxing nights at home with my dog!
Favorite Place in the Twin Cities: I am a big lover of trying different kinds of food and exploring new places to eat.  The Twin Cities is a great place to try something new and delicious!
What I Love about CSP: I love the enriching, diverse community and welcoming staff and faculty who demonstrate a strong passion to help our students succeed at CSP!  Coming from a small town and attending a big public university, I really appreciate the culture of a smaller university and the attention each student receives.

Tom Halligan

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions | 651.641.8820

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Hometown: Glencoe, MN
Major in College: Christian Ministry
About Me: My wife and I are both graduates of CSP and together we have two sons. I am an avid runner and I have a passion for cooking and trying new recipes. I also enjoy watching and cheering on all of the Minnesota sports teams!
Favorite Place in the Twin Cities: US Bank Stadium, I love going to Minnesota Vikings games. I was fortunate enough to go to the very first game ever played at US Bank Stadium, which was a Vikings vs. Packers game. The Vikings ended up winning the game and it was an experience I will never forget.
What I Love about CSP: I love that CSP is dedicated to serving students. CSP faculty and staff are passionate about helping students succeed in the classroom as well as nurturing students on the path to a successful career. The CSP community is a welcoming and supportive place for students to learn and grow into knowledgeable professionals and individuals with integrity.

Drew Deas

Drew Deas

Senior Admissions Counselor | 651.641.8759

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Hometown: Brownsburg, Indiana
Major in College: International Business
About Me: I was born in Virginia and grew up in Indiana, and watching/playing sports has always been a big part of my life. My current favorite activities include lifting weights, running on Summit Avenue, and shooting hoops at the Gangelhoff Center. I love seeing new movies, playing video games, and eating too many cookies.
Favorite Place in the Twin Cities: My favorite place is Minnehaha Park; the waterfall freezes solid in the winter! So cool.
What I Love about CSP: Our beautiful campus and friendly students make coming to work a blast. Plus, we’re right in the middle of the best neighborhoods in St. Paul, so there’s always plenty to see and do.

Victoria Thao

Undergraduate Admissions Counselor | 651.603.6275

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Hometown: Cottage Grove, MN
Major in College: Business Management
About Me: I was born in Saint Paul but was raised in Cottage Grove and attended East Ridge High School. I love to spend time with my family and friends. I enjoy traveling, dancing, and working out.
Favorite Place in the Twin Cities: I love to eat and some of my favorite restaurants are on University. University is such an enriching and diverse community to find many new places to explore and eat with your friends and family.
What I Love about CSP: I love the fact that CSP is such a small campus where everyone has a chance to build everlasting relationships. Whether those relationships are with staff, faculty, or even international students.

Benjamin Seifert

Undergraduate Admissions Counselor | 651.641.8718

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Hometown: Beldenville, WI
Major in College: Communications
About Me: I was born in Minnesota and grew up in Wisconsin. I graduated from Saint Agnes High School here in St. Paul. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy playing basketball, listening to podcasts, visiting museums, and traveling. I love to try new things and meet new people and that’s why I love working in higher education.
Favorite Place in the Twin Cities: I am always up to watch the Loons play at Allianz Field and would never turn down an opportunity to see a play at the Guthrie Theater.
What I Love about CSP: I like how CSP truly puts their students first and provides them with every opportunity to grow and learn in their faith, education, and career development. I find it a welcoming and diverse place focused on growing as a community.

Katie Jabri

International Admissions Counselor and Recruiter | 651.641.8835

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Hometown: Park Rapids, MN
Major in College: Psychology
About me: I was born and raised in Minnesota.  I love to cook, bake, watch movies, listen to music from around the world, and travel.  I enjoy all things international and food, so living in the Twin Cities is perfect.  I can enjoy food from around the world without having to travel too far or use my passport.
Favorite Place in the Twin Cities: The St. Paul Farmers Market is my favorite place in the summer.  My year round favorite is anywhere near water (like along the Mississippi River or one of the many lakes), as it reminds me of my home in northern Minnesota.
What I love about CSP: The small school environment in a metropolitan area.  It is the perfect combination for any student and allows for many international and cross cultural experiences to happen in a safe environment.

Breana Winnes

Campus Experience Coordinator | 651.641.8386

Hometown: Woodbury, Minnesota
Majors in College: Graphic Design & Communication
About Me: I was raised in Woodbury, Minnesota and currently live in St. Paul. I love spending time with my husband and friends as we share in conversation with one another, cook, and venture around the great outdoors. I also deeply enjoy all things involving photography and travel.
Favorite Place in the Twin Cities: My favorite place(s) are wherever those I hold dear happen to be – a home, a coffee shop, or at a park…you’ll find me where the people are.
What I Love about CSP: Concordia St. Paul provides the opportunity to be a part of an intimate and thoughtful community in the midst of a large city. This is a place where you can explore your faith, understand a wide variety of cultures and have the resources needed to succeed.