Meet the Freshman Admission Staff

Ashley Skidmore
Ashley Skidmore
Dean of Undergraduate Admission
skidmoas@lewisu.edu

Ashley graduated from Quincy University with a B.S. in Marketing and will soon complete the M.A. in Organizational Leadership at Lewis.  Upon graduation, she immediately started working in college admissions for her alma mater, and then eventually came to Lewis University in October 2003.  Her favorite aspect of Lewis is the community focus on students and helping them achieve their goals.

Ashley lives with her husband and two children in Plainfield.  In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her kids, watching sports with her husband, and traveling across the country to see her family and friends.

Ryan Cockerill
Ryan Cockerill
Director of Admission
cockerry@lewisu.edu

Ryan graduated with a B.S. in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and also earned an M.S. in Communication Studies from Northern Illinois University. He has been involved in college/university admission for the past twenty years; he has been with Lewis for the past fourteen years.

He is originally from the Quad-Cities (go Rock Island Rocks!). In his free time, he enjoys watching science fiction films, eating donuts and cheesecake, reading anything written by Nick Hornby and monitoring the activities of his college freshman son, Quin.

Sean Whitten
Sean Whitten
Associate Director of Freshman Admission
whittese@lewisu.edu

Sean has been a college admission professional for six years, this year will be his third with Lewis University. He graduated with a B.A. in History and an M.A. in Education, specializing in Higher Education. He went into college admissions to help educate students and their families on the admission and financial aid process, aid in creating access to higher learning, and hopefully enrich the lives of others by sharing the opportunity and experiences that come with attending a higher education institution dedicated to student success.  

Sean was born in Germany, an Army brat, but raised across the United States—living in California,  Alabama, Oklahoma, and Indiana. He is a former Track & Field athlete and holds a devotion to keeping his mind engaged through the liberal arts. In addition, Sean is an avid sports fan, he follows the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, and college football. In his free time, Sean spends time dancing and adventuring with his family.

Emily Grimm
Emily Grimm
Assistant Director of Freshman Admission
grimmem@lewisu.edu

Emily is a 2013 Lewis University alumna and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. During her undergraduate years, she worked as a Navigator (student ambassador), a student worker for the Office of Admission, and as an Orientation Group Leader. It was through these positions that she found her passion for Lewis, and returned to help students explore the many different opportunities that a higher education holds for them.

In her free time, Emily enjoys running, listening to music, and spending time with friends and family. On game days, you can always catch her in a jersey for the Blackhawks or the Bears. She is extremely excited to return to Lewis and is looking forward to assisting students as they begin their college search.

Emily Martinez
Emily Martinez
Assistant Director of Freshman Admission
martiney@lewisu.edu

Emily graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, an honors university in Maryland. She has also earned her M.S. Ed. in Student Affairs Administration from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. Emily has a strong background in the admissions/enrollment profession, and is passionate about helping students and families with their college search.

Emily enjoys sports, outdoor activities, and spending time with friends and family. Even though she is originally from Michigan, she has grown to love the Chicago teams and always roots for the Blackhawks and Cubs. She looks forward to being a part of the Lewis community and cheering on the Flyers!

Cody Fuerst
Cody Fuerst
Freshman Admission Counselor
cfuerst@lewisu.edu

Cody graduated from Aurora University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. As a student at Aurora, he became involved in leadership opportunities including Student Government, Residence Life, Orientation, Student Activities, and volunteering. His experiences as an involved student on campus lead him to the desire to work in admissions. Cody greatly enjoys the opportunity to meet students and their families and be a resource for them during the admission process and finding their fit.

In his free time, Cody enjoys catching up on his favorite TV shows, spending time with his friends and family, and practicing self-care. He is also working on his Master’s Degree in Psychology. He is thrilled to join the Flyer Family, and get to know everyone at Lewis University.

Femi Oyewole
Femi Oyewole
Freshman Admission Counselor
oyewolfe@lewisu.edu

Femi graduated from North Central College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology along with a Minor in Leadership. As a student at North Central, he became involved in several areas of campus life including: Athletics, Career development, and Camps and Conference Services. Being a former Track & Field athlete and a leader on campus taught him discipline and hard work. Having the chance to build relationships and help students in an important time in their lives led him to pursue a position as an admission counselor. Femi really looks forward to helping future Lewis students and their families discover the importance of Higher Education.

In his free time, Femi enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching sports, and working out. His favorite hobby is bowling and he has a pretty impressive tie and bowtie collection! Femi looks forward to working with students and helping them learn more about what Lewis University has to offer.

Haleigh Rajnic

Haleigh Rajnic
Freshman Admission Counselor
rajnicha@lewisu.edu

Haleigh graduated from North Central College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing. As a student at North Central, she became involved in a variety of areas of campus life including: Admissions, Orientation, and Student Activities. The great experiences that she had working and being involved as a student, led her to pursue a position as an admission counselor. Haleigh really enjoys getting to know the students/families she works with and discovering what they hope to get out of their college experience.

In her free time, Haleigh enjoys reading a good book, spending time with family and friends, and catching up on her favorite TV shows/movies. She is also learning to play the ukulele! Haleigh is excited to be a part of the Lewis community and to assist students through the college search process to find their best fit.