Contact the Office of Admissions

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There are a few easy ways to contact us, and we're eager to hear from you! First, you can find your admissions counselor below and contact them directly. For more general inquiries, you can call, e-mail, or even write to us with the following contact information:
Toll Free: 800-852-3648
Fax: 260-982-5239

Office of Admissions
604 East College Ave.
North Manchester, IN 46962

Admissions Counselors

Sidney Elder
Operations Specialist

Sidney specializes in helping students who major or minor in athletic training, clinical and rehabilitation sciences (exercise science), human performance and coaching. 

Originally from Columbia City, Ind., Sidney earned her bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in psychology from Purdue Fort Wayne and her master’s degree (M.S.) in sport management from the University of Tennessee. Before joining MU, Sidney spent time working in student development and success advising. She is an avid Dallas Cowboys fan, loves going to the movies, and is a proud dog mom to her dog Blue. Sidney coordinates the Spartan Ambassador program and enjoys getting to work with prospective and current Manchester students every day.

Kyle Grubbs '12
Assistant Director of Admissions Outreach

Kyle specializes in helping students who major or minor in art, English, gender studies, journalism, music, peace studies, population health, pre-ministry and Spanish. She also helps undeclared students.

Kyle Grubbs graduated from Manchester in 2012 with a bachelor of arts in Spanish and a TESOL minor. Kyle says she chose to work in admissions at Manchester because of the wonderful experience she had at Manchester. She loves the idea of being the one to introduce incoming students to this special place and help them in their college search process.

A fun fact about Kyle is that she studied abroad twice while studying at Manchester. She went to Spain during the January session of her sophomore year and spent the spring semester of her junior year in Xalapa, Mexico. 

Blake Moore '18
Admissions Counselor

Blake specializes in helping students who major or minor in business, business management and sport management.

Originally hailing from Hagerstown, Ind., Blake Moore joined the admissions staff in September 2019. He returns to campus with dual B.S. degrees in communication studies and sport management from Manchester University in 2018, and he is currently pursuing an M.S. degree in higher education through Grace College. During his time at MU, Blake served as the College of Business Club president in 2017 and worked for Spartan Stream and the Manchester University sports information department. After graduation, he was the assistant sports information director at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio for the 2018-19 academic year. Blake chose to return to his alma mater as an admissions counselor to share the personal relationships, community and opportunities MU afforded him in his college career. A fun fact about Blake: his favorite sport is track & field, and he is a former Manchester student-athlete!

Garrett Schieferstein '19
Admissions Counselor

Garrett specializes in helping students who major or minor in accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing and professional sales. Also, mathematics, biology, chemistry data science, environmental studies and software engineering.
Garrett Schieferstein comes to us from the small town of Decatur, Ind. Garrett is a 2019 graduate of MU and received his degree in business management and minored in entrepreneurship. As a student at MU, Garrett was involved heavily in intramural sports, Ultimate Frisbee club, and gaming club. His favorite memory of Manchester is when he took a study abroad course to New Zealand where he went skydiving, bungee jumping and zip lining and swam with wild dolphins! He is excited to be back at Manchester to help students have the same amazing experiences he had.

Jacob Sweet
Jacob Sweet '16
Admissions Counselor 

Jacob specializes in helping students who major in biology-chemistry, medical technology, pre-dentistry, pre-medicine, pre-nursing, pre-occupational therapy, pre-optometry, pre-osteopathic medicine, pre-pharmacy, pre-physical therapy, pre-physician assistant and pre-veterinary medicine.

Hi Everyone! Welcome to Manchester University! I am Jacob Sweet, and I am a native of Hicksville, sOhio, located in Northwest Ohio in Defiance County. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Sport management with a minor in journalism from Manchester in 2016. I received my Master of Science degree in Leadership from Trine University in October 2019. I loved my time at Manchester and I became an admissions counselor to help give that experience back to you! Before returning to Manchester, I was a sports reporter at The Bryan Times and a general assignment reporter at the Paulding Progress. My favorite part about Manchester is the sense of community and the family feel. You can’t go anywhere on campus without knowing someone. I also loved my time as a cross country and track and field distance runner for the Spartans. I am the biggest Friends TV show fan, Colts fan, Duke basketball fan, and Pepsi fan. I hope I get the chance to get to know you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at anytime!

Kaitlyn Zook '15
Senior Admissions Counselor 

Kaitlyn specializes in helping students who major or minor in criminology, gerontology, human services, social work and sociology.

A native of Fort Wayne, Ind., Kaitlyn joined the Admissions team in 2015, shortly after earning her bachelor’s degree in communication studies and Spanish from MU. Her favorite part about working at Manchester is helping others have a phenomenal college experience like she had. The Costa Brava of Spain would be her dream home because it is a beautiful, lively place.

Melissa West '98
Associate Director of Recruitment 

Melissa specializes in helping students who major or minor in Communication Studies, Digital Media and Public Relations. Melissa also works with students who wish to transfer or re-enroll to MU.

Melissa West oversees the Manchester recruitment team. She is originally from Peru, Ind., and is a graduate of North Miami H.S. As a student at Manchester, she studied athletic training and sociology and was a member of the women's volleyball team. Her professional experience includes marketing and human resources in the orthopedic industry and financial aid, alumni relations and admissions at MU. Melissa holds a master's degree in higher education administration. She chose a career in admissions because she enjoys helping students and families work through the college-search process to find the right college fit.

A fun fact is that Melissa is a third-generation Manchester alum. Her paternal grandparents met at and graduated from Manchester in the ‘40s; her parents met at and graduated from Manchester in the ‘60s; and she and her husband met at and graduated from Manchester in 1998!

Admissions Administration/Operations Staff

Brandi Chauncey '01
Director of Admissions

Melissa West '98
Associate Director for Recruitment

Jill Biehl
Administrative Assistant

Brad Higginson 
Athletics Liaison

Kim Reinoehl '98
Assistant Director of Admissions 

Keri Wakeland 
Data Specialist

Sidney Elder
Operations Specialist
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