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Cristina Montañez

  • Admissions Counselor
  • Coordinator of Multi-Ethnic Recruitment
  • B.A., University of Minnesota, Morris

Cristina Montañez

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Hometown/HighSchool

  • El Paso, TX
  • Horizon High School

Education/Interests

During my time at Morris I was able to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish and a minor in Gender, Women and Sexuality studies. I also worked at the Admissions Office where I discovered how much I enjoy working with students and my passion for higher education! Among all the madness of classes, work and student organizations, I was also able to somehow work sports into my schedule. I've run Cross Country and Track for about half of my life, so it was a great opportunity to be able to continue here. Some of my best friends to this day are those I met on the team or through sports in general. In my free time, I also love doing crafts, reading and especially cooking!

Why Morris?

Having grown up in the city, I always thought I would be a big city girl all my life. Little did I know my small town roots would get me where I needed to be! Before I even visited, I could tell Morris was a great fit for me. Everyone I had spoken to was very helpful and friendly. In my case, character and kindness truly went a long way! I had the best undergrad experience I could have ever asked for, and now, I am delighted to be a Morris staff member.


Robyn McBrady

  • Admissions Counselor
  • B.A., Bemidji State University

Robyn McBrady

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Hometown/HighSchool

  • Parkers Prairie, MN
  • Parkers Prairie High School

Education/Interests

I graduated with a double major in Marketing Communications and Business Administration emphasizing in Marketing from Bemidji State University. My interests include spending time outdoors whether it's walking, running or just being on the lakes I really enjoy the variety of activities that Minnesota has to offer. I also like to spend my free time reading, traveling, cooking, trying new foods and of course spending time with my family and friends.

Why Morris?

Because the University of Minnesota, Morris has such a diverse and engaged population, students have the opportunity to benefit from a great variety of experiences in a rural setting. It is the best of both worlds! Morris offers endless opportunity for students to be involved, while also providing small class sizes where discussion is encouraged and students get to know their professors and classmates. Come give us a visit and see yourself at Morris!


Kalee Nuest

  • Assistant Director of Admissions, Transfer Coordinator
  • B.A. Gustavus Adolphus College

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Hometown/HighSchool

  • Becker, MN
  • Becker High School

Education/Interests

I graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2006 with a Math major and earned a secondary ed teaching license.  During my four years, I was a trackster, orientation leader, and a PR person with alumni and friend of the college.  I also held down a few different jobs -- telecounselor, barista, movie theatre cashier, accompanist, and admissions student worker.  Today, I've just wrapped up my Master's in Education, and I love spending time with my husband and three kids.

Why Morris?

I've always loved working with students, and admissions provided me with the opportunity to do so in a way I hadn't considered. Morris is fantastic institution that opens doors to tons of opportunities while providing a personal, small-town atmosphere. I am in awe of our students... they do amazing things and I'm lucky enough to have a front row seat to their success!


Mike Vandenberg

  • Assistant Director of Admissions
  • B.A. University of Minnesota, Morris

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Hometown/HighSchool

  • Mound, MN
  • Mound Westonka High School

Education/Interests

I graduated from Morris with a music major along with a secondary education licensure. While a student here I was very active in the music ensembles which included, concert band, jazz ensembles and jazz combos. In addition to that, I enjoyed playing left bench on the intramural softball team. Currently, I'm what some might call a railfan. Yes, that means I like to watch trains. Don't be alarmed if you see me near the tracks with my camera, I know it's a bit weird.

Why Morris?

I really had never even heard about UMM, that is until my high school teachers all kept telling me about it, and how good of a school it was. So I decided to come up for a campus tour (my last one of the year) and really liked the campus. I couldn't have asked for a better college experience than the one I had here.


Danielle Schatschneider

  • Data and Operations Coordinator
  • M.Ed, University of Minnesota, Duluth
  • B.A., University of Minnesota, Morris

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Hometown/HighSchool

  • Mahtomedi, MN and Shoreview, MN
  • Mahtomedi High School (Go Zephyrs!)

Education/Interests

I graduated from Morris in 2010 with a double major in Math and Computer Science and a minor in Statistics. Sounds exciting, right? As a student, I really enjoyed spending time in lots of student activities and dominating intramural sports… Oh whoops. Did I say dominating? I meant clumsily tripping over my own feet... a lot. But that didn't stop me from having a great time. I loved all of the amazing opportunities that Morris gave to get involved inside and outside of the classroom and all of the people I met along the way.

Why Morris?

I went to another college for a year and found out it wasn't a great fit for me, but while visiting a friend at Morris, I discovered that my perfect school had been there all along-I just hadn't visited it yet. Morris hit me as the kind of unique place that everyone supports each other in whatever endeavor they take on. The people from the campus and the community are friendly and helpful and everyone is here to help you succeed. How could I turn it down? I came here the next year and haven't left since!


Brittany Rose

  • Assistant Director of Admissions
  • Transfer Coordinator
  • B.A. University of Minnesota, Morris

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Hometown/HighSchool

  • Alberta, MN
  • Chokio-Alberta

Education/Interests

I graduated from Morris with a double major in Sociology and Liberal Arts for the Human Services and also minors in Psychology and Women's Studies. I was also a member of the Cougar volleyball team, UMM Violence Prevention Program, Big Friend Little Friend, and intramurals galore! Nowadays I spend my free time hanging out with my husband, Brady, and little one, Kyson, playing old lady leagues (volleyball & softball), hitting up the gym, and watching Jim Carrey movies. I've been known to belt out some Pat Benatar on occasion as well...

Why Morris?

I was continuously asking big questions in high school because I wanted to know more about why the world around me worked the way it did. Unfortunately, digging for those answers wasn't always encouraged. I knew that UMM would provide the avenue and backing for me to dive into those and even broader questions. I wanted to belong to a campus where I could feel like I was a large part of making a positive change to the community and world around me. At the same time, I was not looking for a place where I would feel overwhelmed by the masses. Morris offered the big world perspective in a small, safe atmosphere. And, the fact that it was in my own back yard was just icing on the cake.


Kelly Rudney

  • Admissions Counselor, Coordinator of International Recruitment
  • B.A., University of Minnesota, Morris

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Hometown/HighSchool

  • Paynesville, MN
  • Paynesville Area High School

Education/Interests

I graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2010. I entered college as a Liberal Arts for the Human Services major and added Sociology as a second major after being hooked by my first Sociology course! My best memories from college include being a member of Dance Ensemble, serving as a Community Adviser in Gay Hall, and of course enjoying a grilled cheese sandwich with friends at Don's Cafe. Currently, you can find me working out at the gym or baking up a sweet treat. :-)

Why Morris?

I chose UMM because I was looking for a public liberal arts school for a well rounded education, and this University clearly had so much to offer with an exceptional reputation. I knew Morris was a great fit for me with such friendly and truly helpful people. I love that when you walk down the sidewalk, you always receive a smile or "hello" whether you know that person or not.


Kaiya Spilde

  • Admissions Counselor
  • B.A., University of Minnesota, Morris

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Hometown/HighSchool

  • Bismarck, ND
  • Century High School

Education/Interests

I graduated from Morris with a double major in Psychology and Liberal Arts for the Human Services and a minor in Sociology. During my time as a student, I was a Campus Ambassador, an Orientation Group Leader, and a member of Dance Ensemble. In my free time I enjoy running, listening to music, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Why Morris?

My mom mentioned UMM to me during the beginning of my senior year in high school. I had never even heard of the school before, but my mom insisted that I visit (thanks mom!). After my first tour of UMM, I fell in love with the campus. Everyone here was so friendly and I could tell that the faculty I met with really cared about their students. I knew instantly that it was the place for me. Choosing UMM was one of the best decisions I have ever made.


Thomas Williams

  • Admissions Counselor
  • M.S., South Dakota State University
  • B.A., Southwest Minnesota State University
  • B.S., Southwest Minnesota State University

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Education/Interests

I am originally from Ft Myers, FL but came to Minnesota to further my education. I live in Marshall, MN with my wife, and 3 children. I studied at Minnesota West in Worthington, Southwest Minnesota in Marshall and received my masters at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. My college years definitely helped me build my character both personally and professionally. Everything from football to classes - and even the food service donuts - helped mold me into the person I am today. A degree from the University of Minnesota is a very high distinction. Students are valued here and are inspired to push their limits.

Why Morris?

I came to the University of Minnesota, Morris because I value the idea of a small liberal arts college. Students are valued here and are inspired to push their limits. Your college years help mold the person you will become and I am fortunate to be able to assist people with their future!


Andrew Sletten

  • Admissions Counselor
  • B.A., University of Minnesota, Morris

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Education/Interests

I graduated from Morris in 2014 with a major in History. While a student I stayed busy with student government, playing drums in the jazz ensembles and leading the campus improv group, Breakfast for Dinner. I still keep busy playing music and improvising but have also come to love slowing things down by going out on the lake or sitting by a bonfire.

Why Morris?

The first time I came to Morris was attending the annual Jazz Fest as a high school student. I, with a little prodding from my dad, recognized Morris as a place that I could pursue my passion for music while receiving a world class education in a friendly, engaged community. Morris is a campus that cares for its students and sets them up not just to be successful but to find their passion and live full, rich lives.



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