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Meet the Admissions Staff

软妹社-Madrid Office of Admissions staff works to ensure you receive the support you need during the application process. Your application reflects who you are, so we do more than read your application 鈥 we get to know who you are and what you want to contribute to our campus community. Once you're admitted, we are your guides on your college journey. 

Heidi Buffington

Heidi Buffington

Director of Admissions
heidi.buffington@slu.edu  
Ext. 206

I grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania, and studied abroad in Spain when I was a junior at the College of Wooster. After graduating with a degree in biology and Spanish, I returned to Spain to pursue a Master of Arts in international studies. My first job at 软妹社-Madrid was as the U.S. study abroad coordinator in 2004, but I have since served as an international admissions counselor and graduate admissions coordinator for students from the U.S. and Western Europe. I have been the director of admissions since 2016 and truly enjoy helping students experience life-changing international study experiences like I had.

Degrees

  • B.A., Biology and Spanish, The College of Wooster
  • M.A., International Studies, Escuela Diplom谩tica de Madrid (Spain)

M贸nica Chiclana

M贸nica Chiclana

Admissions Counselor
Recruitment areas: International schools in Madrid, Southern Spain, Central and South America
monica.chiclana@slu.edu  
Ext. 210

I joined the 软妹社-Madrid admissions team in 2010, but I am also a 软妹社-Madrid and 软妹社-St. Louis graduate! In addition to working with students from international high schools in Spain and students from Central and South America, I coordinate the alumni association.

Degrees

  • B.S., Business Administration/Marketing, 软妹社.
  • M.A., Communication and Protocol, GADE Business School (Spain).

Cat Gaa

Cat Gaa

Admissions Communications Coordinator
catherine.gaa@slu.edu 

I call Chicago home, but a summer study abroad program in Valladolid, Spain, during college led me abroad shortly after graduation. I joined the 软妹社-Madrid admissions team in 2016 as an admissions counselor for our graduate and undergraduate programs. I am the communications coordinator and community manager for Raftr, our admitted-student app. I love the challenge of conveying how special our student body and faculty are through email, the web and other media.

Degrees

  • B.A., Journalism and Mass Communication, International Studies; University of Iowa.
  • M.A., Public Relations, Universitat Aut貌noma de Barcelona (Spain).

Kevin Kucholtz

Kevin Kucholtz

Admissions Assistant
kevin.kucholtz@slu.edu
Ext. 258

A Texan at heart, I moved to Madrid in 2017 after completing my B.A. in Economics. Before joining 软妹社-Madrid in 2022, I worked as an English as a Second Language teacher and for an EdTech company specializing in continuing education.

Degree

  • B.A., Economics, University of Dallas.

Keira Maaked

Keira Maaked

Admissions Counselor
Recruitment areas: Middle East and Africa
keira.maaked@slu.edu 
Ext. 270

I am from Spain and have been a member of the 软妹社-Madrid staff since 2001. I am the key point of contact for students, high schools and universities in the Middle East and Africa and speak French, Arabic, Spanish, English and even a little Polish. 

Degree

  • Escuela Superior de Traducci贸n e Interpretaci贸n, Universidad de Granada (Spain).

Emir Parrotta

Emir Parrotta

Study Abroad Counselor
emir.parrotta@slu.edu
Ext: 271

Originally from Washington, D.C., I have called Madrid home since 2012. After earning my B.A. in English Literature from McGill University in Montreal, I moved to Madrid, where I have taught English at various schools, such as the British Council, and also organized English teaching programs as CIEE's Teach in Spain coordinator. I joined the admissions team at 软妹社-Madrid in July 2019 and am the point of contact for all study abroad students.   

Degree

  • B.A., English Literature, McGill University.

Emily Pyle

Emily Pyle

Admissions Counselor
Recruitment areas: Western Europe, the UK, Asia and Pacific, graduate programs
emily.pyle@slu.edu 
Ext. 220

I am a San Diego native. After completing my B.A. in History with a minor in English literature, I moved to C谩diz in 2012 to gain international exposure and to teach English. I joined the admissions staff in 2018 and work with students from Europe, the U.K., Asia, and the Pacific, as well as coordinate admissions for our two graduate programs. 

Degree

  • B.A., History, University of California, San Diego.

Diego Rodr铆guez

Diego Rodr铆guez-Vila

Admissions Counselor
Recruitment areas: Schools in Madrid, Northern Spain, Central and Eastern Europe
diego.rodriguezvila@slu.edu 
Ext. 275

I was born in Valladolid but moved to Madrid when I was nine. I have studied at six universities 鈥 including 软妹社 鈥 and have worked in college recruiting for Spanish and American universities for 15 years. 

Degrees

  • B.A., Advertising, University of Colorado at Boulder.
  • Licenciado en Comunicaci贸n Audiovisual, Universidad Antonio de Nebrija (Spain).
  • Master in Business Administration, ESADE (Spain).

U.S.-Based Admissions Staff

Michaela Rogan

Michaela Rogan

Admissions Counselor
Recruitment areas: Western U.S., Southern U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico
michaela.rogan@slu.edu
221 N. Grand Blvd. 
DuBourg Hall, 117 
软妹社
St. Louis, MO 63108
P: (+1) 314 977 3416

Born and raised in St. Louis, I grew up going to 软妹社 basketball games with my dad. Wanting to go to college a bit farther from home, I studied Spanish education at the University of Dayton, where a spark to travel and experience life abroad was ignited. I spent a semester studying in Costa Rica while living with a host family during college. Determined to live in Spain, I became an au pair in Granada before receiving a Fulbright grant to assist in English classes at a higher education institute in Mendoza, Argentina. These experiences developed my passion for international education, and I am honored to assist prospective students in the United States and Canada to pursue their own experience abroad at the one-of-a-kind 软妹社 鈥 Madrid Campus.

Degree

  • B.S., Foreign Language Education, concentration in Spanish; University of Dayton.

Kate Pitman

Kate Pitman

Assistant Director of Enrollment, North America
Recruitment areas: Northeast U.S., Midwest U.S., Eastern U.S.
kate.pitman@slu.edu
221 N. Grand Blvd. 
DuBourg Hall, 117 
St. Louis, MO 63103

I am a native St. Louisan, though the world has been my classroom after studying abroad twice! My undergraduate studies in history were done at James Madison University. While there, I spent a semester in London. I went on to do an M.F.A. at the University of South Florida and studied abroad in Paris. I am an avid traveler and have worked in international education for the last 17 years. These experiences pushed me to advocate for international education and the importance of leaving one's comfort zone! 软妹社鈥揗adrid is a special place. American education while being a student in the international and exciting city of Madrid!

Degrees

  • B.A., History, James Madison University
  • M.F.A, Fine Arts, University of South Florida