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Shonna Fulford

Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Phone: 612-330-1589
Hometown: Perham, MN

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

About Me: I grew up in the small town of Perham, MN and came to Augsburg in the big city for college back in 2005 and haven’t left! I love spending time with friends and family and I love to travel.

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.

Tim Lawson

Associate Director of Admissions and PSEO
Phone: 612-330-1587
Hometown: Boulder, CO

Education: Augsburg University, B.A. in Communication Studies

Graduate: Augsburg University, MBA

About Me: I have worked in admissions for four plus years. Helping students achieve their individual goals and dreams through education has always been a passion of mine. Finding the right fit in a university is key to success, helping find that fit is the best part of what I do every day.  In addition to my job I love spending time with my family and everything outdoors – I especially enjoy playing golf and ice fishing. As a way to give back to the community I coach high school hockey during the winter months.

Why I love Augsburg: Augsburg has been a major part of my life for a long time. My experience with the university provided me with the perfect platform to learn, grow, strive to be better for myself and others, and gave me all the tools I needed to achieve my own dreams and goals.

Advice to new Auggies: Get involved as much as you possibly can. Support your fellow Auggies, and allow others to support you on the incredible adventure you are starting together!


Mai Chaw Lee

Mai Chaw Lee

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Phone: 612-330-1709
Hometown: Saint Paul, Mn

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Education: Undergraduate: College of Saint Benedict, BA-Asian Studies 2016. Graduate: Concordia University, Irvine, CA, MA- International Education 2019

About me: My family immigrated to the US in 1994 from Thailand. I speak, read, and write in  two languages. I am a first generation Hmong woman and also a TRIO UB alum. I have backpacked all over Southeast Asia and taught abroad in China. I enjoy giving back to my community and teaching/educating about post-secondary schooling. During my free time, I enjoy cooking, watching scary movies, trying out new restaurants, and collecting Hmong clothes and accessories.

Why I love Augsburg: Augsburg has a very diverse student population and lots of opportunities to work and collaborate with various communities. Everyone’s voice is heard and self-care is highly promoted. It’s also in the heart of Minnesota with lots to do around the campus!

Advice to new Auggies: Try new things! Join a club! Sit with strangers! Utilize your resources. Everyone is here to help and make your experience worth it. Don’t be afraid to use your voice or step into someone’s door/office.

Summaiah Junaid

Assistant Director of Transfer and International Admissions
Phone: 612-330-1577
Hometown: Lahore, Pakistan

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Education: Undergraduate: University of Engineering and Technology : August 2017. Major: Polymer Engineering
Graduate: St. Cloud State University : May 2022. College Counseling and Student Development.

About Me: I am a third culture kid – I was born in my hometown Lahore, Pakistan and was raised in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. After graduating as an Engineer, I stumbled upon the world of Student Affairs while I was living in Bahrain, an island on the Persian Gulf. I came to pursue my Graduate studies in the United States in Fall 2019 and have loved being here! In my free time I enjoy cooking (HUGE FOODIE), exploring new places, photography and watching movies.

Why I love Augsburg: Augsburg is located in the heart of a vibrant community which is inclusive and accepting of people from all walks of life. Oh, and I love the architecture of the buildings!

Advice to new Auggies: Get to know yourself better! There is no better time than college to explore what interests you and gain some valuable skills that will help you for a lifetime!

Anna Cox

Senior Admission Counselor of Undergraduate Admissions
Phone: 612-330-1562
Hometown: Westbrook, MN

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Education: Undergraduate: Augsburg University 2022, Major: Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies with a minor in Social Welfare.

About Me: I grew up in Northwest Indiana, but I call Minneapolis my home. I came to Augsburg in 2018 and stayed after graduation. In my free time I enjoy spending time with friends, crocheting, and baking goodies! Fun fact: I have an orange cat named Theodore.

Why I love Augsburg: I absolutely loved my time at Augsburg! The community here is so wonderful and supportive. I was able to discover a lot about myself, and gain important skills and experiences.

Advice to new Auggies: Be willing to be out of your comfort zone! Meet new people, join student organizations, make connections with your professors. Of course study hard, but also go out and explore and be involved on campus.

Laurel ward

Undergraduate Admissions Counselor
Phone: 612-330-1047
Hometown: Bozeman, MT

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Education: Undergraduate: Gustavus Adolphus College 2023, Major: Psychological Science and Communication Studies.

About Me: I’m from Bozeman Montana but I love Minnesota! In college, I played for Gustavus’s varsity golf team, and studied abroad in Greece, Italy, Norway, Sweden, and Iceland! I love to travel, play sports, and hang out at home and craft! 

Why I love Augsburg: I love the small community feel of the school and how welcoming and accepting everyone is on campus. Everyone makes an effort to meet you and help you feel included and part of the community. 

Advice to new Auggies: Get close with your professors! They want to get to know you and help you succeed in any way they can. Use the resources on campus to help with academics, get involved in different clubs and organizations, and make as many connections as possible!

Malak Tinsley

Undergraduate Admissions Counselor
Phone: 612-330-1585
Hometown: Rochester, MN

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Education: Undergraduate: Augsburg University 2022, Major: Communication Studies.

About Me: I have a passion for homemade kombucha and its creative process, crafting my own unique blends. I also love cartoons like Adventure Time, Amphibia, and Gravity Falls. And I’m also really into yoga and meditation.

Why I love Augsburg: Having been a student here, I deeply appreciate Augsburg’s emphasis on fostering a sense of community and understanding of diverse backgrounds and interests. It’s a nurturing space with a welcoming environment at the heart of Minnesota.

Advice to new Auggies: Embrace the unknown, dive in and discover new passions, join clubs that resonate with your interests, and connect with fellow students. Augsburg is a place of growth, not only academically but also personally—it’s about exploring your passions, expressing your creativity, and being supported by an incredible community throughout your journey.


michael bruins

Assistant Director of Transfer Admissions
Phone: 612-330-1586
Hometown: Rosemount, MN

Education: Luther College, B.A. in Sociology

About Me: I’ve been in college access and career readiness for seven-plus years. In all that time I have been a fierce advocate for education equity and closing the achievement gap. In my free time, you can find me playing card games, and watching terrible movies, but almost always chatting it up with friends. I’m a hopeless MN sports fan (especially soccer and baseball) and understand the rare ups and many downs of what that means.

Why I love Augsburg: Augsburg has been a leading example of a welcoming and diverse campus that puts students first. It’s outstanding to see how a small campus can have such a big impact. Augsburg has such a fantastic community to dive into and embrace wholeheartedly.

Advice to new Auggies: Step out of your comfort zone! Try something new and embrace the change that can happen when you do. College is not just about the classes, but the experience you have and the people you meet along the way.