Admissions Representatives

Meet our Am​bassadors​​​​

Willmar Campus

Leah Kadelbach

Admissions Representative/Academic Advisor - Willmar

Joined the Ridgewater family - August 2001
Degrees: A.A. Degree - Ridgewater College
B.S. - St. Cloud State University
M.S. - St. Cloud State University
Contact Information: 320-222-5980 or
High Schools in Leah's Territory: Yellow Medicine East, Litchfield and Benson.

Why students should attend Ridgewater:
Ridgewater is a great institution that opens doors to tons of opportunities for our graduates.  Students can go anywhere from here whether it is into the workforce or transferring on to a 4-year university to continue their education.   At Ridgewater, we offer a personalized experience for students because staff and faculty are concerned with students' needs and provide resources to lead them to success!

Jayne Balicky

Admissions Representative/Academic Advisor - Willmar

Joined the Ridgewater family - August 2012
Degrees: B.A. - Coe College
M.A. - Bowling Green State University 
Contact Information: 320-222-5978 or  
High Schools in Jayne's Territory: New London-Spicer, KMS, MACCRAY and Renville County West.

Why students should attend Ridgewater:
All staff members at Ridgewater truly want to see students be successful, and the size of our campuses allows us to work closely with students to connect them to our resources. The instructors at Ridgewater are also passionate about their field and they make learning fun for students. ​

Michael Hanna​
Admissions Representative/Academic Advisor - Willmar 
Joined the Ridgewater family - July 2015
Degrees: B.A. - Southwest Minnesota State University
Contact Information: 320-222-5733 or  
High Schools in Michael's Territory: Albany, Annandale, Bertha-Hewitt, Browerville, Buffalo, Canby, Cedar Mountain, Central (NYA), Central MN Christian, Chanhassen, Chaska, Chokio-Alberta, Clinton-Gracevile-Beardsley, Comfrey, Dawson-Boyd, Delano, ECHO Charter, Edgerton, Foley, Fulda, Hancock, Holdingford, Jackson County Central, Jefferson (Alexandria), Kimball, Lac Qui Parle Valley, Lake Crystal-Wellcome, Lakeview, Long Prairie, Luverne, Mankato East, Mankato West, Maple Lake, Maple River, Marshall East ALC, Marshall, Martin County West, Mayer Lutheran, Melrose, Milaca, Minneota, Minnewaska, Montevideo, Mora, Morris, Mountain Lake, Murray County Central, Ortonville, Osakis, Pipestone, Red Rock Central, Redwood Valley, Rockford, Rocori, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton, Sartell, Sauk Centre, Sauk Rapids-Rice, Sibley East, Sleepy Eye, Springfield, St Clair, St Mary's-Sleepy Eye, St James, Staples-Motley, Swanville, Tracy, United South Central, Verndale, Wabasso, Waconia, Wadena-Deer Creek, West Central Area, Westbrook-Walnut Grove, Windom, Winsted Holy Trinity and Worthington.

Why students should attend Ridgewater:
Students should attend Ridgewater because it offers so many great opportunities for students. With a wide range of technical programs for individuals who prefer more of a hands-on program plus the ability to obtain a Liberal Arts degree which can transfer to a four-year program, Ridgewater offers what you need for success.​ Our instructors​ truly care about student success and are consistently available to help students in any way possible. Ridgewater is the perfect transition for high school students and career changers. It is also a great opportunity for students looking to continue their knowledge. Ridgewater is the place for you! Come check us out!​

Gustavo Condezo

Admissions Representative/Academic Advisor - Willmar 
Joined the Ridgewater family - October 2016
Degrees: B.S.- Southwest Minnesota State University
M.S.- Southwest Minnesota State University
Contact Information: 320-222-5979 or
High Schools in Gus' Territory: Benson, ACGC, Buffalo Lake Hector, BOLD, Litchfield, Yellow Medicine East

Why students should attend Ridgewater:
Students should consider Ridgewater College for many of the same reasons why I enjoy working here.  Ridgewater is a warm and inviting campus with excellent facilities, amazing academic programs, with faculty and staff that embrace the "student first" philosophy.  From the moment that you step onto campus for a visit, to the day that you graduate, you will have felt welcomed, continually supported, and motivated to succeed.

Laurie Fiscella

AOS Outreach/Academic Advisor - Willmar and Hutchinson

Joined the Ridgewater family - January 2017
Degrees: B.A. - William Penn University
Master of Social Work: University of Iowa
Contact Information: 320-222-5264 or

What is AOS?

AOS is an acronym for Access, Opportunity, and Success.

The goal is to develop, evaluate, and coordinate services to serve underrepresented students.

Outreach, academic advising, and retention services are all part of an overall plan to support students' academic success.

Hutchinson Campus  

Matt Roberts​​
Admissions Representative/Academic Advisor - Hutchinson
Joined the Ridgewater family -  July 2007
Degrees: A.A. Degree - Ridgewater College
B.E.S. - St. Cloud State University
M.S. - Minnesota State University - Mankato
Contact Information: 320-234-8505 or
High Schools in Matt's Territory:  Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop (GFW), Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL), Lester Prairie.

Why students should attend Ridgewater:
Students should attend Ridgewater College to receive a high quality education at an affordable price. I love all the educational options that Ridgewater provides to future students. We are an great stepping stone for those that want to move onto a 4 year university after completing their Liberal Arts Degree (AA Degree) or go directly into the workforce after completing a technical Diploma or AAS Degree. As a former graduate of the Willmar Campus, I really enjoyed the small class sizes and instructor availability to help me be a successful student. This was very helpful ground work for me to know what it takes to be successful when I transferred onto the 4 year university.

Jill Traut

Admissions Representative/Academic Advisor - Hutchinson
Joined the Ridgewater family -  March 201​1
Degrees: B.A. - College of Saint Benedict
Contact Information: 320-234-8523 or
High Schools in Jill's Territory: Watertown-Mayer, Eden Valley-Watkins, Dassel-Cokato, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, Hutchinson, Hutchinson Area Learning Center, Maplewood Academy, New Century.

Why students should attend Ridgewater:
My biggest piece of advice for students when looking at college options is to pick a school that suites them for more than one reason.  Ridgewater College has a variety of features that will make your individual college experience the right choice for you.  Whether it's a unique program we offer coupled with the location of campus, or the athletic opportunities paired with the individual attention of the small class sizes, there are endless combinations that Ridgewater has to offer to make your college education all about what's best for you.

Comfrey High School2/21/2017 8:20 AMMichael Hanna
Springfield High School2/21/2017 10:00 AMMichael Hanna
St. Mary's High School2/21/2017 12:10 PMMichael Hanna
Red Rock Central High School2/21/2017 2:00 PMMichael Hanna
Wabasso High School2/22/2017 9:00 AMMichael Hanna
Lester Prairie High School2/22/2017 9:10 AMMatt Roberts
Cedar Mountain High School2/22/2017 10:30 AMMichael Hanna
Glencoe Silver Lake High School2/22/2017 10:30 AMMatt Roberts
Redwood Valley High School2/22/2017 1:00 PMMichael Hanna
GFW High School2/22/2017 1:00 PMMatt Roberts
Ortonville High School2/23/2017 9:15 AMMichael Hanna
Eden Valley-Watkins2/23/2017 9:30 AMJill Traut
NLW High School2/23/2017 10:00 AMJayne Balicky
Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley High School 2/23/2017 10:30 AMMichael Hanna
Howard Lake Waverly Winsted2/23/2017 11:30 AMJill Traut
KMS High School2/23/2017 12:00 PMJayne Balicky
RCW High School2/23/2017 2:00 PMJayne Balicky
Dassel-Cokato2/23/2017 2:30 PMJill Traut
Hutchinson2/24/2017 8:45 AMJill Traut
Chaska High School2/27/2017 9:25 AMMichael Hanna
Chanhassen High School2/27/2017 10:20 AMMichael Hanna
Luverne High School3/8/2017 8:15 AMMichael Hanna
RTR High School3/8/2017 10:00 AMMichael Hanna
Fulda High School3/8/2017 11:30 AMMichael Hanna
Tracy High School3/8/2017 1:00 PMMichael Hanna
Central Minnesota Christian High School3/15/2017 12:30 PMMichael Hanna
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