Meet Our Team

Brenda Hemmingsen

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Visit Coordinator, Auggie Guide Co-Coordinator, and Campus Mom
Phone: 612-330-1001
E-mail: hemmings@augsburg.edu
Hometown: New Brighton, MN
Advice to new Auggies: You are a gift. Each day you are here unwrap something new about yourself.

Rick Ellis

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Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Phone: 612-330-1581
E-mail: ellisr@augsburg.edu
Hometown: Rutland, VT

Education: B.S. in Business Administration, Colby-Sawyer College (NH). M.S. Organizational Leadership, Southern New Hampshire University (NH)

About me: I recently left behind the beaches and weather of Bradenton, Florida to join the amazing team here at Augsburg College. My career has been focused on education, and I enter my nineteenth year in College Counseling and Admissions. I still pretend I am an athlete, trying hard not to let younger more athletic players beat me in tennis, softball, golf, and basketball. As a former student-athlete, coach, and member of residence life, I know how important staying active and involved on campus is while you are a student. So if you are interested in varsity athletics, living and learning on campus, or just want to be more engaged in the community, there is a place for you here at Augsburg.

Why I love Augsburg College: I am a passionate believer in the benefits of a small school education.

Advice to new Auggies: When I worked in a high school setting, the biggest concern I heard was around the fear of making a bad choice. There are no bad choices, the importance of a college degree is so critical in today’s world. You will know what feels right, that always talked about “gut feeling.” We hope it is Augsburg College, a very special place where your education is only the beginning. We are what the world will be, and we hope you join us!

Devon Ross

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Senior Associate Director
Phone: 612-330-1588
E-mail: ross@augsburg.edu
Hometown: Bronx, NY

Education: Augsburg College 1993, Bachelor of Arts in History and current Master of Leadership student

About Me:  I have been a member of the Augsburg College community for more than 20 years now since I came from New York as a student in 1989.  While it is hard to out myself for being as old as I am, I have loved every year I have spent here at Augsburg.  I have been fortunate to continue my growth from being a student to being an employee and now a student again.  I live in Prior Lake, MN where I spend lots of time with my wife and running my 5 kids to and fro while trying to get a work out or a game of racquetball in here and there.  The competitiveness I had as a varsity soccer player here continues in the occasional 5k, half marathon, and a hopeful 5th marathon soon.  I am thankful for the many opportunities for growth I have had at Augsburg and I know there are many for you as well.

Why I love Augsburg College:  I have been blessed with the gift of longevity here at Augsburg, so I have been able to see where the college had been, where it is now, and where it is going.  Augsburg is always growing, changing, and evolving with the times.  We have been on the cutting edge with programs like Honors, StepUp, CLASS, Women’s Ice Hockey and Lacrosse to name a few.  GO AUGGIES!

Advice to new Auggies:  Well, if you haven’t met with me during your campus visit, I would encourage you to open your mind and be willing to try new things.  Augsburg will provide you with so many opportunities to grow, learn, be challenged and have fun, so take advantage of it.

Michelle Devens

Admissions Counselor
Phone: 612-330-1577
E-mail: devens@augsburg.edu
Hometown: Bellevue, Iowa

Education: Augsburg College 2014, Majors: English and Sociology

About me: I recently graduated from Augsburg in May of 2014, so I’ve called Augsburg home for a while now. I’m from a really small town in Bellevue, Iowa. I have a cat named Bocca; I love yoga, coffee, and traveling. My territories as an Admissions Counselor are the metro area, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Ohio, and West Virginia.

Why I love Augsburg College: I love Augsburg because I think we do our best to encourage students to find their own unique voice. Through our small class sizes, experiential learning, abroad trips, internships, and service learning, students are able to really develop and explore the theories and concepts taught in the classroom, out in the real world. Augsburg is an extremely welcoming and inclusive community; it’s my home.

Advice to new Auggies: Be confident! Augsburg has so many support services for students, so even though the transition to college can be both scary and exciting, take all of the opportunities you can and explore new things! You’re not alone in this new chapter, and Augsburg is an amazing place to begin a new journey.

Paul Kienberger

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Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Phone: 612-330-1047
E-mail: kienber@augsburg.edu
Hometown: Hastings, MN (H-Town)

Education: Gustavus Adolphus College – B.A. in Business Management, Sociology & Anthropology

About me: I enjoy running, biking, hanging out with friends, and living the dream. I am also very quotable.

Why I love Augsburg College: The students makes our college great!

Advice to new Auggies: The more involved you are with the school and your classes the more rewarding your college experience will be.

Shonna Fulford

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Phone: 612-330-1589
E-mail: fulford@augsburg.edu
Hometown: Perham, MN

Education: Augsburg College 2009, Major: Political Science Minors: Sociology & Leadership Studies. Grad School: Capella University ’12, Leadership in Higher Education

About Me: I grew in the small town of Perham, MN and came to Augsburg in the big city for college and I haven’t left! I love spending time with friends and family, my favorite thing to do is laugh, I’m a movie junkie, I enjoy meeting new people, experiencing new things, and just about anything else as long as I’m having a good time doing it!

Why I love Augsburg: Because you can be who you are; whoever that may be. You don’t have to fit into a box or be a certain type of person. We thrive off of people’s differences and unique characteristics and it truly is a place where we don’t expect anything from you besides being yourself!

Advice to new Auggies: Take chances and be true to yourself.

Jenna Obler

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Senior Admissions Counselor
Phone: 612-330-1585
E-mail: obler@augsburg.edu
Hometown: Marshall, MN

Education: Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD – Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.  Graduate: University of Saint Thomas, Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

About me: I absolutely love everything Minneapolis has to offer including restaurants, the lakes, outdoor activities, and concerts. Regardless of their record, the Twins will always be my favorite MN team. When I’m not exploring the city or hanging out with friends, I have the tendency to watch Netflix for an hour or two…. or three. My goal for the next five years is to cook more gourmet food, and travel to at least two foreign countries.

Why I love Augsburg College: One of the things I love most about Augsburg is the diversity of the campus. Everyone has a unique story about where they came from and how they got here. The students, faculty and staff all have different perspectives on our world which allows us to learn and grow with one another.

Advice to new Auggies: Everyone has their own gifts and talents to share – make sure you continue to use yours! Also, take advantage of opportunities to be involved on campus such as service learning, special events, athletic games, and student organizations. Those memories will last a lifetime!