Admissions

Meet our Counselors


We want to make coming to UW- Eau Claire an easy and convenient experience for you. No matter what kind of future Blugold you are, we can help you with your questions and needs. Find out more about our counselors and feel free to contact them through the information below.

Counselors


Heather Kretz
Heather Kretz
Heather Kretz

Works Primarily With: Freshmen from states other than Wisconsin or Minnesota.

"This is a community where pride and passion run deep, and helping students find their future with us is a true privilege."


Heather Pearson
Heather Pearson
Heather Pearson

Works Primarily With: Transfer and international students, non-traditional students, military veterans

"I enjoy helping prospective transfer and international students explore UWEC and discover how we can help them achieve their educational goals!"


Danielle Widmer
Danielle Widmer
Danielle Widmer

Works Primarily With: Freshmen from northwestern Wisconsin and Wausau

"The best part of my job is working with current and prospective students to help them discover the amazing opportunities at UW-Eau Claire."


Creanna Cote
Creanna Cote
Creanna Cote

Works Primarily With: Freshmen and transfer students interested in STEM majors (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math); freshmen in northern and southern Minnesota

"I love to share my Blugold pride with prospective students and community members alike. This campus provides so many opportunities, there is so much to share!"


Andy Arends
Andy Arends
Andy Arends

Works Primarily With: Freshmen from the Twin Cities & St. Croix area

"I love planning visit days because I love to see everything come together and meet all of our prospective students."


Kia Lee
Kia Lee
Kia Lee

Works Primarily With: Freshmen and transfer multicultural students and freshmen from the Fox Cities / Green Bay area and northeastern WI

"I love hosting campus visits for college access groups. I'm always excited to show off our beautiful campus and to talk about the unique opportunities at UW-Eau Claire."


Katie Strope
Katie Strope
Katie Strope

Works Primarily With: Transfer students, non-traditional students

"I really enjoy connecting with transfer and adult students one-on-one, especially to determine how credits would transfer to UW-Eau Claire."


Zach Boerner
Zach Boerner
Zach Boerner

Works Primarily With: Freshmen in Madison, Milwaukee, and La Crosse.

"I love that UW-Eau Claire offers the best of both worlds. Personal attention from faculty AND endless opportunities."


Joey Bohl
Joey Bohl
Joey Bohl

Works Primarily With: Residency and residency reviews; technology and application processing management.

"The best part of my job is helping students and parents navigate the new and sometimes complicated world of admission applications. It is rewarding to help students from the start of an application to actually see them register for classes."


Heather Kretz
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Interests include: Reading, being an outdoor nut - gardening, running, playing tennis, golf, and sand volleyball; and of course, sipping my morning chai!

Fun Fact: While working on a housekeeping crew at an island resort during high school, I had the privilege of changing Cindy Crawford and Richard Gere's sheets!

Education: BA in Mass Communications, minor in English literature from UW-Eau Claire - Go Blugolds! MA from Gonzaga University in Organizational Leadership - Go Zags!

Favorite campus event: Campus Ambassador training

Best thing about UW-Eau Claire: The natural beauty of campus (the view from the bridge is a great way to start and end each day!) and the great community of Eau Claire (friendly people, great restaurants, coffee houses and shops).

Favorite spot in Eau Claire: Besides some great local restaurants, I would say the trails that run through campus along the river!

Favorite restaurant in Eau Claire: Ciccione's, El Patio, The Goat, Nucleus - you define the mood you're in and you'll find a place to match it.

What's on your Ipod? Mumford and Sons, Kings of Leon, Matchbox Twenty, and of course, our own alum's band - Bon Iver

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Heather Pearson
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Interests include: Dining at the awesome restaurants in Eau Claire, biking and blading on the trails in our area, trying new classes at the gym, and working on fun house projects.

Fun Fact: I love to travel! So far, I've explored 25 of the United States and ventured to 17 different countries.

Education: BS in Art from Edgewood College, Masters of Education-Professional Development from UW-Eau Claire.

Favorite campus event: International Folk Fair

Best thing about UW-Eau Claire: The wide variety of activities, the beautiful campus, and (of course!) the students.

Favorite spot in Eau Claire: Besides some great local restaurants, I would say the trails that run through campus along the river!

Favorite restaurant in Eau Claire: Pad Thai (followed closely by Grand Ave Cafe, The Goat, and The Nucleus)

If you could choose one reality TV show to be on, which one would it be? "The Amazing Race" - I'd love to go on a worldwide adventure, and maybe even win $1,000,000!

What is the last vacation you took?Last summer I spent a week in Chicago with some friends. We toured museums, walked along Navy Pier, went to a performance by Blue Man Group, and saw a Cubs game. It was a fantastic vacation!

What's on your Ipod? A fun mix of 80's pop, musicals, oldies, country, and new age. A little something for everyone!

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Danielle Widmer
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Outside interests include: Traveling, boating, dancing, and spending time with friends & family!

Fun Fact: I love to fish...my dad has been a great teacher!

Education: BA in Organizational Communication, minor in Global Studies from UW-Eau Claire

Favorite campus event: Homecoming...great way to show your Blugold pride!

Best thing about UW-Eau Claire: The variety of opportunities available. There is SO MUCH to get involved in on campus and in Eau Claire that I really challenge each of you to step out of your comfort zone and either join a new club or organization, study abroad or find an internship before you graduate.

Favorite restaurant in Eau Claire: Mona Lisa's...especially sitting on the patio in the summer time.

Favorite spot in Eau Claire: Phoenix park for the outdoor concerts and farmer's market.

What's on your Ipod? Rascal Flats, Lady Gaga, John Mayer - quite the diverse mix. :)

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Creanna Cote
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Interests include: Hiking, canoeing, bird watching, camping - anything outdoors. Attending concerts and music events, local and national acts. Attending UWEC sporting events in soccer, women's basketball, and softball.

Fun Fact: I traveled to the Bahamas for a Biology class when I was a student at UWEC; I learned to snorkel, saw several sea turtles and explored an island called "Iguana Island"!

Education: BS in Biology, minors in Environmental Science and Women's Studies from UW-Eau Claire (Go BLUGOLDS!). Master of Liberal Studies from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Favorite campus event: All of the multicultural and history month events - there is always so much going on and so much to learn!!

Best thing about UW-Eau Claire: It has the perfect mix of everything: athletics, academics, community spirit, international opportunities and social activities - all surrounded by a gorgeous campus!

Favorite restaurant in Eau Claire: Mona Lisa's mmmmm.

If stranded on a desert island: My I-pod (with an endless battery or solar panel), The Complete Harry Potter series, a soccer ball, a high quality tarp and a mirror (to make fires and send signals)!

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Andy Arends
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Interests include: Running, biking, singing, live music, theater, and musical theater

Fun Fact: I raised Nubian goats as a child and won Minnesota State Champion for my doe, Abby.

Education: BBA in Accounting and Organizational Communication from UW-Eau Claire

Favorite campus event: Cabaret! A great show-choir style variety show featuring all of our talented student-musicians.

Best thing about UW-Eau Claire: The experience! UWEC offers so many different ways for you to get involved, try new things, and expand your horizons. Whether it is meeting new friends in the Res Halls, researching with faculty, studying abroad, or working an internship, our faculty and staff offer a helpful and friendly hand to guide you along the way.

Favorite restaurant in Eau Claire: I absolutely love Thai food, so my favorite restaurant in EC would be Singha Thai downtown. Go for the pad thai. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!

Favorite spot in Eau Claire: State Theatre offers great community theater and fun traveling acts throughout the year in a historical and enchanting setting.

Favorite Pandora Station: Depending on my mood: Fun, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, or Musicals

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Kia Lee
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Interests include: Traveling, reading, running, and walking my yorkshire terrier!

Fun Fact: I am terrified of heights!

Education: B.A. degree in Sociology, minor in Psychology from UW-River Falls. M.S. degree from UW-Stout in School Counseling.

Best thing about UW-Eau Claire: The great exercise you get by walking up and down the "hill" and along the beautiful riverside.

Favorite restaurant in Eau Claire: Egg Rolls Plus! I love Hmong food and with my mom being so far away, this is probably the next best thing!

What was the last vacation you took?: Thailand

Best books I read in college?: "Dancing Skeletons: Life and Death in West Africa" by Katherine A. Dettwyler, "The Latehomecomer" by Kao Kalia Yang, and "Howls Moving Castle" by Diana Wynne Jones.

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Katie Strope
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Interests include: Gardening, yoga, kayaking, boating, snowshoeing, stamping & scrapbooking, hanging out with family and friends, traveling

Fun Fact: I grew up in Eau Claire and think it is a great place to live!

Education: BS in Human Rehabilitative Services from University of Northern Colorado, Master of Science in Rehabilitation Psychology from UW-Madison

Favorite campus event: Music on the Mall - live music on Monday nights on the central campus mall.

Best thing about UW-Eau Claire: The Chippewa River and the biking and hiking trails that run along the river - it is beautiful.

Favorite spot in Eau Claire: Phoenix Park - the farmers markets and outdoor music and events.

Favorite restaurant in Eau Claire: Stella Blues, The Nucleus, Mona Lisa's, Acoustic Cafe

What's on your Ipod? Right now there's a great mix of Susan Tedeschi, Brandi Carlile, Jack Johnson, David Gray, and Norah Jones

If stranded on a desert island: sunscreen, a good book, matches and firewood to make bonfires, sunglasses, and plenty of food & water.

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Zach Boerner
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Interests include: Working out, watching/playing baseball, participating in co-ed softball leagues, and building plastic car models--so many design choices!

Fun Fact: Before I die, I want to visit all the Major League Baseball stadiums because I collect baseball hats from all the stadiums I go to. 9 down, 21 to go!

Education: BA in Mass Communications-Advertising with a minor in Marketing from UW-Eau Claire. Go Blugolds!

Favorite campus event: Blugold hockey games! I led all the student chants in my undergrad days, and it was awesome to see the students get even more engaged with the game!

Best thing about UW-Eau Claire: The view! Everywhere you look, you are surrounded by nature. It is so relaxing!

Favorite spot in Eau Claire: Eau Claire Express games. They are a local baseball team here, and they play all of their games at Carson Park. Additionally, 18-year-old Hank Aaron played at that very location with the Eau Claire Bears!

Favorite restaurant in Eau Claire: Dooley's, Shanghai Bistro, and Milwaukee Burger Company! The only hard part is deciding which one to go to!

What's on your Ipod? A little bit of everything. Depending on my mood, I have the music that fits perfectly!

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Joey Bohl
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Interests include: Community work, rehabbing my house, traveling (still want to go to Australia), Wisconsin Education Fairs board member (college fairs in Wisconsin), and spending time with family and friends.

Fun Fact: I met my husband while working with Habitat for Humanity. After SEVERAL hours of mudding and taping a home, we were both convinced if we could survive through mudding and taping then marriage would probably be a piece of cake!

Education: BA in Communication Studies from UW-Eau Claire (Go Blugolds!), MED in Higher Education from Ohio University. (Go Bobcats!)

Favorite campus event: Attending events of students I know - especially the Varsity Show at Homecoming.

Best thing about UW-Eau Claire: The vibrant student atmosphere.

Favorite spot in Eau Claire: Farmer's Market, Draganetti's for great Italian food.

If stranded on a desert island: Swimsuit, fishing pole, sunscreen, boat (of course, to get off eventually), hammer and nails to construct a cute little hut, my husband to help with construction of the cute little hut.

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