Meet the Admission Staff

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 seventeen years; he has been with Lewis for the past eleven years.

Ryan is originally from the Quad-Cities and is a transplanted suburbanite. In his free time, he enjoys watching independent films, playing the drums, and "hanging out" with his son, Quinlan.

Sheree Stilwell

Sheree Stilwell

Associate Director of Admission – Operations
stilwesh@lewisu.edu

Sheree has been employed with Lewis University since 1993. She previously worked as the Accounts Payable Coordinator in the Business Office, as a Freshman Admission Counselor, and currently as the Associate Director of Admission-Operation. While employed at Lewis, Sheree earned her B.A. in Business Administration and her M.A. in Leadership Studies with an emphasis in Organizational Behavior. She loves to travel, read and spend time with family and friends. Sheree is also a life long resident of the area, residing in Shorewood with husband Bob. Sons, Kyle and Chad both attended Lewis. Kyle received his B.A. in 2003 & M.A. in 2006.

Ashley Skidmore

Ashley Skidmore
Director of Transfer 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.

Brenna Bosma-Krass

Brenna Bosma-Krass

Transfer Admission Counselor
bosmakbr@lewisu.edu

Brenna is a 2012 graduate from Northern Illinois University where she earned a M.S. Ed in Adult and Higher Education.  She completed her undergraduate degree in 2003 from Hope College in which she earned a dual degree in theatre and communications.   Brenna has spent the last seven years working in higher education primarily in academic advising and articulation.  She appreciates working with transfer students and helping them achieve their academic and career goals.

In her spare time, Brenna enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs.  She also loves to travel and has been to many countries across Europe. 

Ashley Dobbyn

Ashley Dobbyn

Assistant Director of Freshman Admission / Event Coordinator
dobbynas@lewisu.edu

Ashley is a Lewis University alumna and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics after transferring her junior year. While attending Lewis, she served as a student worker in the Office of Admission and developed many positive relationships and experiences. Ashley has returned to Lewis as an admission counselor to assist prospective students in exploring their options in higher education.

Ashley competed in Irish dancing for thirteen years, allowing her to travel to Ireland numerous times to compete in the World Championships. Today she continues to train and motivate other dancers. She also tutors middle school and high school students in math. When she's not working with students, Ashley enjoys working out and running to train for local races and half-marathons.

Emily Grimm

Emily Grimm
Freshman Admission Counselor
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.

Shannon Hamning

Shannon Hamning
Assistant Director of Transfer Admission
hamninsh@lewisu.edu

Shannon graduated with her BA in Psychology in 2003 and her MA in School Guidance Counseling in 2007, both from Lewis.  She was a transfer student herself from Moraine Valley in 2001.  She has a wonderful husband and 2 sons, and they enjoy living in Minooka.  She enjoys listening to music, singing, reading mystery novels, and spending time with her family.  She is glad to have returned to Lewis as an employee and continues to look forward to working with students to help them achieve their educational goals.

Janelle Kolosh

Janelle Kolosh

Transfer Admission Counselor 
koloshja@lewisu.edu

Janelle is a graduate of Lewis University where she earned her B.A in Theatre.  She currently resides in Plainfield and enjoys crocheting, being outdoors, theatre and spending time with her family and friends. 

Kerry Meunier

Kerry Meunier
Transfer Counselor - Nursing
meunieke@lewisu.edu

Kerry is a graduate of Quincy University earning a BA in Communications. This is her seventh year with the Lewis University Office of Admission, but has 20 years of admission experience. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her family.

Caleigh O'Connell

Caleigh O'Connell

Freshman Admission Counselor
oconneca@lewisu.edu

Caleigh graduated from Elmhurst College with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. While attending Elmhurst, she worked as a student ambassador, Orientation Student Leader, and Peer advisor.  It was through her experiences in each of these positions that she found a passion for helping students begin their college journey and be a friendly face on campus.

In her free time Caleigh enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as her dog, Charlie. She is very excited to begin working with incoming students and families to help make their Lewis experience a positive one.

Chris Stevens

Chris Stevens
Freshman Admission Counselor / Student Ambassador Coordinator
stevench@lewisu.edu

Chris is a 2012 alumnus of Lewis University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal/Social Justice and a minor in Finance. He developed his passion for college admission counseling while he served as a student worker in the Office of Admission, a Student Ambassador (Navigator), an Orientation Group Leader and as a Student Representative for the University Policy & Budgetary Review Advisory Council. Chris has returned to Lewis to help prospective students explore the opportunities Lewis has to offer them.

In his free time, Chris enjoys listening to Country music (specifically Eric Church), working out, camping and fishing. He is an avid Chicago Cubs and Blackhawks fan. Chris is very excited to rejoin the Lewis Community and is looking forward to working with students. He currently resides in Chicago.

Kaitlyn Sullivan

Kaitlyn Sullivan
Freshman Admission Counselor
sullivkh@lewisu.edu

Kaitlyn graduated from Rockford College with a Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management and minor in Business Administration. It is her passion for helping people that led her to pursue a position as an admission counselor. She enjoys interacting with families and helping students to make their admission experience a positive and successful one.

Kaitlyn played basketball at Rockford College and still enjoys playing when the opportunity is given. She also enjoys spending time with her fiancé, family, and friends, shopping, working out, and recently started entering 5k’s to raise money for special causes.