Meet YourCounselor

Meet Your Counselor

Meet Your Admissions Counselor

Meet the friendly faces of our Admissions team! 

Live in Shawnee County, KS?  Choose your high school to find your counselor:

Kansas students, select your county to find your counselor:

If you live outside of Kansas, please choose your state:

Are you a non-degree seeking student?  Meet Brian.  He'll help you through the process!

Transferring from another institution?  Interested in completing your degree?   Angela ,Leah ,or Ashley would be more than happy to assist!

Kris Klima, Director of Admissions

Kris Klima

Call Kris:  785-670-1288

Recently named our Director of Admissions, Kris hails from San Antonio, Texas. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Media from Washburn University, where she was active in her sorority and the Ichabod tennis team, and a Master of Science in Education from the University of Kansas. Working at Washburn never ceases to thrill her for the opportunities she has to meet new students and lead talented admissions professionals. She encourages all interested students to attend, as there are countless ways to get involved and have fun on Washburn’s campus.

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Angela Duncan, Assistant Director of Admissions

Angela Duncan

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Call Angela: 785-670-1652

Angela relocated to Topeka in July 2013 to become the new Assistant Director of Admissions. In this role she works primarily with transfer students and their families as they make college choice decisions. She is originally from Louisville, KY, but her career in higher education has also taken her to Charlotte, NC and three locations in northwest Ohio. She earned a B.S. in Accounting, a M.A. in College Student Personnel, and a Ph.D. in Counseling and Personnel Services, with an emphasis in College Student Personnel. Angela enjoys baking, singing, indoor rock climbing, and spending time with family and friends, especially her young niece.

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Brian O'Neil

Brian O'Neil

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Call Brian: 785-670-1988

Brian moved to Topeka in April 2013 after living the past 20 years in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. He has earned a BA in Mass Communications, a Master of Science in Education in Higher Education Administration, and a PhD in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education. In his spare time, Brian is an avid movie watcher and sport enthusiast. Having worked in higher education for the past 13 years including 9 in undergraduate and graduate admissions, he loves working with students and families in the admissions process. Brian encourages all prospective Washburn University students to come and take a tour of our beautiful campus!

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Ashley Finan

Ashley Finan

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Call Ashley: 785-670-3810

Ashley is from Salina, KS and relocated to Topeka in July 2013. She graduated from Kansas Wesleyan University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Psychology. After graduation, Ashley worked at her alma mater as an Admissions Counselor until her transition to Washburn University. As a Washburn Admissions Counselor, Ashley tours the state of Kansas working with transfer students. She loves being able to talk to students about the amazing opportunities that Washburn has to offer. For fun, Ashley enjoys playing golf, cycling, baking, and jet setting with her pilot husband and son.

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Abby Thill

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Call Abby: 785-670-3808

After spending the first 18 years of her life in small-town Ellinwood, Kan., Abby moved to pursue her college career at the University of Kansas. She graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism: Mass Communications. As a Washburn Admissions Counselor, Abby tours the southwest portion of the state searching for the next generation of Ichabods. Locally, she serves students from Hayden High School, Rossville High School, Silver Lake High School and Seaman High School. She loves being able to talk to students about the numerous scholarship opportunities Washburn has available. For fun, Abby enjoys traveling to white, sandy beaches and spending time with her little sister Ava, who is a kindergartener in Ellinwood.

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Leah Brown

Leah Brown

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Call Leah: 785-670-1625

Leah is a Topeka native having graduated from Topeka West High School. In 2009, Leah completed her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media with a minor in French from Washburn University. Having transferred in to complete her degree, Leah will work with transfer students and give a firsthand account of making the move to become an Ichabod. When not working, Leah enjoys reading suspense novels and spending time with family and friends.

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Matt Hall

Matt Hall

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Call Matt: 785-670-1904

Matt is from Sabetha, Kansas. He graduated from Washburn University in 2011 with a BBA in Marketing and a BA in Kinesiology, happy with what he’d accomplished with the help of Washburn’s knowledgeable and enthusiastic faculty. As an Admissions Counselor, he has enjoyed being able to remain close to campus and involved in campus life. A self-proclaimed “small-town kid,” he loves working with students in his recruitment territory, northwest Kansas. When he’s not working, he likes to play basketball, golf, and guitar; watch sitcoms; and completely nerd out for Harry Potter.

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Priscilla Samarripa

Priscilla Samarripa

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Call Priscilla: 785-670-1289

Priscilla is a Texas native who has lived in Topeka since 2006, the same year she earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech University. As an Admissions Counselor at Washburn, she works with high school students from northeast Kansas and the Missouri border counties. Between spending time with her two dogs and family and friends, she stays busy and has a good time.