Admissions Representatives

Mizzou admissions representatives are excited to answer your questions. Each rep is assigned a geographic territory, but feel free to contact anyone below. You might meet our representatives at a high school or college fair, or when you visit Mizzou’s campus. Representatives are knowledgeable about all aspects of Mizzou: majors, student clubs, costs, dining halls — you name it. They can also provide you with information about how the admissions process works and what you need to do to become a Tiger.


Benjamin Seifferlein

South Central Missouri

Hometown: Fishers, Indiana

Degree: BA ’22, Theatre with emphasis on Directing; BA ’22 Communication, Bellarmine University

  • Favorite places to eat in Columbia: Flyover, Shakespeare’s Pizza, and Crumbl Cookies
  • Favorite plays: A Streetcar Named Desire, Stop Kiss, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
  • Favorite movie: Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

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Abbey Hook

Transfer Coordinator, last names A-K

Hometown: Washington, Missouri

Degree: BA ’21, English, Southeast Missouri State University

  • Experience in Transfer: I was a transfer student! I did one semester at Truman State University, three semesters at East Central College, and four semesters at SEMO.
  • Favorite place in Columbia: Ragtag Cinema and Hitt Records! I love browsing the vinyls and then catching a movie next door.
  • Favorite Coffee Shop: Shortwave—I always get an iced matcha with lavender and honey!

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Chelsea Burgard

Dallas, Texas

Hometown: Ipava, Illinois

Degree: BJ '15, Journalism (Strategic Communications)

  • Favorite Mizzou memory: All things homecoming! The 100th Homecoming was especially thrilling. Columbia is always buzzing with excitement and Tiger spirit! Football is also my favorite sport to watch.
  • Favorite spot on campus: The Student Center and the Rec. I went to both places almost every single day and, both were always thriving with student activity.
  • Favorite quote: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

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Jon Emery

Southwestern Missouri

Hometown: Nevada, Missouri

Degree: BFA ’08, Art with emphasis in Photography

  • Favorite activities: Hiking, camping, traveling, reading and landscape photography
  • Favorite undergrad memories: Tiger Walk, studying abroad, volunteering in the International Center and home football games
  • Favorite spot in SW Missouri: Roaring River State Park

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Shannon O’Hagan

International Admissions Rep

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri

Degree: BS '07, International Business Administration; MS '11, Student Affairs

  • Favorite spot on campus:  MU Student Center because it’s always buzzing with activity.
  • Favorite weekend activity: Visiting the many parks and trails throughout Columbia.
  • What I can’t live without: My passport.
  • Favorite quote: “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” — St. Augustine
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Allison Desira

Southeast Missouri

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

Degree: BA '21, International Studies

  • Favorite Mizzou dorm: Wolpers Hall. I spent my freshman year there and loved everyone I met.
  • Favorite Mizzou memory: My study abroad in Seoul, South Korea. I was able to study at Korea University twice during my time at Mizzou and would go back in a heartbeat!
  • Favorite spot on campus: Wolpers basement. I used the piano down there and taught myself during my down time between classes.

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Samantha Holmes

Dallas & Fort Worth Texas

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

Degree: BA ’15, Communication, emphasis in Mass Media

  • Favorite season at Mizzou: Fall. The campus truly looks like you are in a movie, with perfect weather and the fall foliage. You also can’t forget about Tiger football!
  • Favorite Mizzou memory: Getting to celebrate 100 years of Homecoming in 2011
  • Fun fact: I can name all 46 U.S Presidents

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John Poettgen

Northwest Missouri

Hometown: Freeburg, MO

Degree: BS ’12, Sport Management; M. Ed. ’14, Positive Coaching

  • Favorite Res Hall: Gillette Hall
  • Favorite Time of the Year: Basketball Season
  • Favorite Place to Eat in Columbia: Booche’s

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Jennifer Shaughnessy

Georgia and greater Southeastern U.S.

Hometown: Grand Ridge, Illinois

Degree: BA ’98, English Literature and Public Relations, Illinois Wesleyan University

  • Favorite quote: “Go into the world and do well.  But more importantly, go into the world and do good.”  — Minor Myers, jr.
  • Favorite things:  Family, friends, my two dogs, music, sports, art, travel, coffee, animals and doing anything active outdoors
  • Favorite vacation spot:  Anywhere on a beach

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Kara Cheslock

Transfer Coordinator, last names L-Z

Hometown: Columbia, MO

Degree: BA ’21 Political Science; BA ’21 International Studies- Peace Studies; MA ’22 Atlantic History and Politics

  • Favorite Local Business: Skylark Bookshop
  • Favorite Artist: Taylor Swift or the Lumineers
  • Fun Fact: My brother was a transfer student here at Mizzou!

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Gabe Scott

Central Illinois

Hometown: Florissant, Missouri

Degree: BS ‘15, Sports Venue Management; M.Ed. ‘17, Positive Coaching

  • Favorite place to eat in Columbia: Sophia’s
  • Greek life fact: I was one of the 10 Founding Fathers of Alpha Tau Omega in 2015 as a Freshman
  • Favorite Quote: “One small crack doesn’t mean you are broken. It means you were put to the test & didn’t fall apart” —Linda Poindexter

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Victoria Zeyen


Hometown: Hastings, Minnesota

Degree: BS '21, Documentary

  • Favorite Mizzou experience: Saturdays at Faurot and winning fan of the game! Every gameday I waited hours in line with Tiger’s Lair to paint up and cheer on the Tigers from the 50-yard line.
  • Favorite local eats: Minnesota’s infamous Tater Tot Hotdish & Oreo Speed Wagon ice cream from Sparky’s whenever I’m in Columbia.
  • Favorite Minnesota activity: Jumping into one of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes (11,842 to be exact) or snow since there is a lot of that here too!

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Siobhan Conners

North Chicago

Hometown: Plainfield, Illinois

Degree: BJ '20, Journalism (Magazine Editing)

  • Favorite Mizzou experience: My sorority winning homecoming my junior year!
  • Best deep dish pizza: Lou Malnati’s (their Lou’s salad is also amazing).
  • Favorite places to eat in CoMo: India’s House, Pizza Tree, Seoul Taco and Café Berlin

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Mariya Chukas

South Chicago

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Degree: BS ’17, Business Administration, Marketing, M.Ed. ’22, Mental Health Practices in Schools

  • Favorite places to eat in Columbia: Jazz, Seoul Taco and Hot Box Cookies
  • Favorite sports: Football, basketball, volleyball
  • Favorite residence hall: College Avenue (Fun fact: I lived there all four years!)

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Tori Schlotzhauer 

St. Louis, Missouri

Hometown: New Franklin, Missouri

Degree: BS HES ’15, Family and Lifespan Development

  • Favorite place to eat in Columbia: Murry’s
  • Favorite free-time activity: Reading — anything
  • Favorite type of jokes: Anything punny

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Elijah Brown

St. Louis and Kansas City Missouri

Hometown: Saint Louis, Missouri

Degree: BA ‘20, Linguistics; BA ’20 Romance Languages (Spanish)

  • Favorite activities: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, walking on trails, and watching movies.
  • Favorite Mizzou Resources: The Online Writery and the Center for Academic Success and Excellence
  • Favorite quote: "Las vidas sin significado pasan de largo como trenes que no paran en tu estación." - Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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Tommy Rogers

Tommy Rogers

Southern California

Hometown: Santa Monica, California

Degree: M Ed ’15

  • Favorite aspect of Southern California: I absolutely love watching the sunrise and sunset over our beautiful beaches! I'm also a big fan of seafood (especially sushi), and I enjoy discovering new restaurants.
  • Favorite book series: I enjoy reading the Ender’s Game saga. The author, Orson Scott Card, does a great job of exploring dynamic themes and creating a universe that is foreign yet very similar to ours.
  • Favorite movie series: I’m a huge Star Wars fan. (Yes, I even enjoyed the prequels.) I’m also familiar with the Star Wars universe lore! I'm also a big Lord of the Rings fan!

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Aaron Cook

Aaron Cook

Kansas City and Kansas

Hometown: Independence, Missouri

Degree: BS BA ’99, Rockhurst University (Kansas City, Missouri)

  • Favorite campus spot: Tiger Plaza
  • Favorite campus dining hall: The MARK on Fifth Street
  • Favorite random Mizzou fact: There were once two tiger mascots at Mizzou — a male and a female — but neither had a name.

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Lexie Talpers

West Central Missouri

Hometown: Lee’s Summit, Missouri

Degree: BA ’20, Communication emphasis in Organizational Communication

  • Favorite Mizzou Memory: Going to Tulsa, OK on a MAB trip to serve in a wildlife sanctuary with 10 other strangers
  • Favorite place on campus: Upstairs in the student center with the couches where it's nice and quiet to do homework, study or just relax between classes
  • Favorite Place to eat in Columbia: Addison’s or Just Jeffs

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Kassie Rankin

Northeast Missouri

Hometown: Columbia, Missouri

Degree: BS ’19, Agricultural Education & Leadership

  • Favorite Mizzou class: Everyday Floral Design
  • Best place to get dessert in Columbia: Flyover
  • Favorite activities: I love to decorate cakes and bake any other sweet treat. I am also a giant bookworm!

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Becky Doran

East Central Missouri

Hometown: Eldon, Missouri

Degree: BA '14, English

  • Favorite place to eat in Columbia: Ernie’s for breakfast, Pickleman’s for lunch, Addison’s for dinner!
  • Favorite Mizzou memory: Winning our flag football intramural championship in the pouring rain.
  • Favorite weekend activities: Exploring small towns of Missouri, playing board games with friends, and hiking with my dogs.

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Emma Briggs


Hometown: Denver, CO

Degree: BA ’10, Politics, Philosophy, & Economics (The King’s College)

  • Favorite weekend activities: Hiking in the fall, snowboarding in the winter, wakeboarding in the summer
  • Favorite philosopher: Alexis de Tocqueville
  • Favorite slice at Shakespeare’s: Cheese!

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