Meet The Admissions Team

Just because we're here in the mountains, doesn't mean your Western admissions experience has to be rocky.

We're here to help make your admission to Western State Colorado University smooth and simple from your first inquiry to your first day of class. Please contact us if there is anything we can help you with as you explore your college opportunities.

Admissions Team

Katie Bainbridge

Admissions Counselor

B.A. University of Northern Colorado (2005)
Major: Journalism, Public Relations and Advertising
M.S. Oklahoma State University
Major: Educational Leadership Studies 
Hometown: Loveland, Colorado

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Amanda Byers 

Administrative Assistant for Admissions

B.S. Drake University (2013)
Major: Elementary Education
Minor: Business w/concentration in Reading and English Language Learners 
Hometown: Fort Collins, Colorado

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Paul Copoulos 

Admissions Counselor 

B.S. Drake University (2013)
Major: Marketing and Management 
Hometown: Brookfield, Wisconsin 

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Ciera Freson

Assistant Director of Admissions- Communication

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Eric Freson

Assistant Director of Admissions Operations

B.A. Western State Colorado University (2009)
Major: Business and Outdoor Leadership double major
Hometown: Pittsford, Vermont

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Dale Gaubatz

Director of Admissions

B.A. Texas Tech University
Major: Sociology & Communication 
M.A. University of the Incarnate Word
Major: Organizational Development 
Hometown: Topeka, St. Louis, and Fair Oaks, Texas

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Paul Giberson

Transfer Coordinator

B.A. Western State Colorado University (2001)
Major: Exercise & Sport Science  
M.S. Colorado State University 
Major: Student Affairs in Higher Education  
Hometown: Breckenridge, Colorado 

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Greg Maestas 

Admissions Counselor

B.A. Western State Colorado University (1974)
Major: Physical Education 
M.A. Western State Colorado University (1980) 
Major: Secondary Education  
Hometown: Aurora, Colorado 

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Tanith Martinez

Enrollment Services Office Assistant

B.S. Metropolitan State University of Denver (2003)
Major: Aerospace Science
Minor: Computer Information Systems  
Hometown: Ouray, Colorado

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Stephanie Ruybal

Assistant Director of Admissions- Recruitment and Campus Experience 

B.A. Western State Colorado University (2008)
Major: Sociology/Criminal Justice 
Hometown: La Jara, Colorado

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Sara Smith

Admissions Counselor 

B.S. Roberts Wesleyan College (2012)
Major: Cross-Disciplinary Studies w/concentrations in Psychology, Social Work and Biblical Studies 
Hometown: Hoosick Falls, New York 

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Brian Zaun

Admissions Counselor 

B.A. Butler University (1996)
Major: Sociology 

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