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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


Abby Nygaard

Abby Nygaard

Works primarily with freshmen from Minnesota, the Fox Cities/Green Bay area, and Northeast WI

It is so rewarding to help students explore their passions through the incredible opportunities our campus has to offer.

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Outside interests include: Running, traveling, reading, baking, and spending time with friends and family!

Fun Fact: I am a huge Minnesota Wild fan! Ever since seeing the movie Miracle, I've been hooked!

Education: B.A. in Psychology, minor in Organizational Communication from UW-Eau Claire.

Favorite campus event: Live music in the Cabin. It�s such a treat to see local artists perform right on campus and hear our own Blugolds on open-mic nights!

Best thing about UW-Eau Claire: The people! From students, to professors, to amazing staff members across campus, there are so many people here to support you in exploring your passions and interests. The relationships you form here will help you succeed personally and professionally.

Favorite restaurant in Eau Claire: Singha Thai in downtown is amazing. I�m thrilled that it�s just a couple blocks from my apartment

Favorite spot in Eau Claire: Phoenix Park is a beautiful, fun hangout spot on any given day, but especially during the farmer�s market and Music in the Park!

What's on your iPod? Farewell Milwaukee, Goo Goo Dolls, Maroon 5, Leon Bridges, and an extensive Christmas playlist for the holidays!

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Learn more about Abby Email Abby 715-836-5417


Danielle Widmer

Danielle Widmer

Assistant Director of Admissions

Works primarily with freshmen from the Chippewa Valley and Northwest WI; homeschooled students

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

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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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Learn more about Danielle Email Danielle 715-836-5409


Jose Quintana

Jose Quintana

Works primarily with freshmen from states other than Wisconsin or Minnesota

There is nothing more rewarding than being in a position that allows me to make a difference in people's lives. I have reached success through opportunities provide to me, and now I am able to do the same for others.

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Outside Interests include: Working out, camping, fishing, hiking, kayaking, traveling, and visiting family.

Fun Fact: I am a Colorado Parks &Wildlife Master Angler, an award given to recognize anglers for success in their sport.

Education: B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Favorite campus event: Athletic events - I am a competitor, and I love watching our teams compete.

Best thing about UW-Eau Claire: The beautiful scenery that surrounds the campus. I also really love how accessible the city of Eau Claire is;just about everything is a short walk away from campus.

Favorite restaurant in Eau Claire: Stella Blues: Their sandwiches are delicious, and the environment is also great.

Favorite spot in Eau Claire: Anywhere from downtown to Phoenix park. I just love walking around that area.

What's on your Ipod? John Mayer, Jack Johnson, country, and Spanish music.

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Learn more about Jose Email Jose 715-836-2678


Kia Lee

Kia Lee

Works primarily with freshmen and transfer multicultural students

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.

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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 "Howl's Moving Castle" by Diana Wynne Jones.

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Learn more about Kia Email Kia 715-836-2994


Zach Boerner

Zach Boerner

Works primarily with students interested in the Honors Program; freshmen from Southwest and Southeast WI

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

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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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Learn more about Zach Email Zach 715-836-3235


Maria Carvalho

Maria Carvalho

Works primarily with international students

I am honored to be a part of UW-Eau Claire's tradition of Excellence. It is a privilege to not only work with faculty and staff who embrace it in their work, but more importantly, with students who embody it in their academics and involvement.

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Fun Fact: One of my earliest memories as a kid is when I tried to run away with a herd of goats in Kenya. My mom let me pack a bag and everything, then when I got to the end of the block, she came and got me. I still get excited whenever I see goats!

Education: Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), major in Latin American Studies, and minor in Spanish

Favorite campus event: International Folk Fair--I love seeing UWEC and the community come together to share and learn about each other's culture.

Best thing about UW-Eau Claire: Eau Claire is a special place. You don't see it when you look at a map, but you recognize it when you visit campus, and you feel it as a student surrounded by the natural beauty and opportunities to grow academically, professionally, and personally.

Favorite restaurant in Eau Claire: Ninja Japanese and Chinese Restaurant, Water Street Deli, Tacos Juanita, and Singha Thai.

Favorite spot in Eau Claire: Any of the bridges! I've been in Eau Claire over 20 years, and I still enjoy taking walks across the many bridges, admiring and appreciating the beauty of two rivers integrated in the community.

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Learn more about Maria Email Maria 715-836-5345


Heather Pearson

Heather Pearson

Associate Director of Admissions

Works primarily with transfer students, nontraditional students, military veterans, international students, institutional parternships, and transfer articulations

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

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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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Learn more about Heather Email Heather 715-836-4315


Joey Bohl

Joey Bohl

Assistant Director of Admissions

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.

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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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Learn more about Joey Email Joey 715-836-2311


Heather Kretz

Heather Kretz

Director of Admissions

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

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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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Learn more about Heather Email Heather 715-836-5188

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