George Williams College

Meet the Staff

Meet the George Williams admission team! We'll be your personal guides through the admission process from your initial inquiry to a campus visit to your first day of classes. Ask us anything—we're here to help. For starters we can:

  • Tell you more about George Williams from our academic offerings to our facilities and resources to the surrounding community.
  • Coordinate an on-campus visit, during which you can tour campus, meet one-on-one with professors, eat lunch in the cafeteria, and get a feel for what life is like at GWC.
  • Explain the various ways you can finance your education and walk you through the process and paperwork.
  • Keep you apprised of important deadlines, such as for applications, scholarships and financial aid.
  • Let you know about experiences unique to GWC, such as our rich curriculum based on social entrepreneurism and opportunities to volunteer within the community (and even blaze the Ice Age Trail!).
  • Offer counsel on what to look for in a college and how to choose the right situation for you.

We're excited to work with you on your admission to George Williams College.

Gary Elkins

Gary Elkins

Director of Admission

Phone: 262-245-8533
Email: gelkins@aurora.edu

With whom do you work? I work with Transfer students.

What is your educational background? BS in Business Administration from Indiana University (Bloomington) and an MBA from Aurora University (Woodstock Center).

How long have you been at George Williams College? I worked at the Woodstock Center from 2012-2014 and have been at George Williams College since the spring of 2015.

How would you describe George Williams College? It's a wonderful educational opportunity for students that are passionate about our unique programs and wanting personalized attention.

What is your favorite book? I'm an avid history/biography reader so it's hard to pick one favorite, but I would list David McCullough's John Adams as a nice read.

What kind of activities are you involved with outside of work? I enjoy exercise, reading, socializing with friends and pridefully watching my son Alex's (film industry) and his wife Kristen's (veterinarian) flourishing careers.

 

Katie Benkendorf

Katie Benkendorf

Administrative Assistant/Enrollment Services

Phone: 262-245-8669
Email: kbenkendorf@aurora.edu

What is your educational background? I have a BS Degree in Journalism from Northern Illinois University.

How would you describe George Williams College? A friendly, personal environment dedicated to seeing students and potential students succeed in their higher education.

What is your favorite book? To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

What kind of activities are you involved with outside of work? I enjoy spending time with my kids, playing tennis, and going on adventures with my siblings.

 

Justin Booker

Justin Booker

Freshman Admission Counselor

Phone: 262-245-8545
Email: jbooker@aurora.edu

What is your educational background? I received my BS in Environmental Science at George Williams College of Aurora University.

How long have you been at George Williams College? I attended GWC and graduated in December of 2016. I was immediately hired on by the student life department. I worked there until the summer of 2018 and then I joined the admissions team.

How would you describe George Williams College? GWC is truly one of the most unique campuses that I have ever visited. GWC offers a great education and provides an environment that is perfect for the growth of students both in and out of the classroom. You will receive support from our staff and faculty that is second to none.

What is your favorite book? Anything by travel enthusiast and author Bill Bryson.

What kind of activities are you involved with outside of work? I take care of two legendary cats. I enjoy hiking, fishing, spending a lot of time outdoors and eating.

 

Nick Comella

Nick Comella

Freshman Admission Counselor

Phone: 262-245-8573
Email: ncomella@aurora.edu

What is your educational background? I received my BS in Community Engagement and Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

How would you describe George Williams College? GWC is a very one-of-a-kind campus. The campus community is very close, and everyone seems to know each other, whether it's faculty, staff, or students. GWC provides many opportunities to discover who you are and to grow both in and outside of the classroom.

What is your favorite book? Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis.

What kind of activities are you involved with outside of work? I absolutely love going out and doing things with friends and family, as well as watching and playing sports, hiking, gaming, and checking out new restaurants!

 

Stephanie Galica

Stephanie Galica

Senior Admission Counselor

Phone: 262-245-8568
Email: sgalica@aurora.edu

With whom do you work? I work with Graduate students interested in our Master of Social Work and Doctor of Social Work programs.

What is your educational background? BS in Biology from Texas A&M University.

How long have you been at George Williams College? I started at George Williams College on December 2, 2013.

How would you describe George Williams College? George Williams College is a beautiful campus with a lot of history behind it. It is apparent from the very first visit that this is a tight-knit community that is dedicated to making sure that everyone who comes here has a positive experience—inside and outside of the classroom.

What is your favorite book? A Thousand Splendid Suns.

What kind of activities are you involved with outside of work? I love hanging out with my husband, walking my dog, traveling, finding new and interesting places to eat, and reading.

 

Matthew Menning

Matthew Menning

Freshman Admission Counselor

Phone: 262-245-8534
Email: mmenning@aurora.edu

With whom do you work? I work with transfer students interested in the undergraduate programs. I do a lot of my work with the surrounding community and technical colleges. 

What is your educational background? I received an Associates of Arts in Culinary and Hospitality Management from the College of Lake County and a Bachelors in Science in Parks and Recreation at George Williams College of Aurora University.

How would you describe George Williams College? GWC is an extremely small campus with small class sizes. This set up makes it possible for faculty to give students a personalized experience and make them feel valued. The student body is very community based and inspires a culture of support and friendship. This is a school where people know your name and want you to do well.

What kind of activities are you involved with outside of work? I spend most of my time with my family. We like to eat good food, play cards and video games, and get outside when possible. 

 

Kimberly Palsgrove

Kimberly Palsgrove

Nursing Admission Counselor

Phone: 262-245-8514
Email: kpalsgrove@aurora.edu

What is your educational background? I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Life Sciences Communication with a Certificate in Integrated Studies in Science, Engineering, and Society from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I also have a Master of Science in Education: Professional Development: Higher Education Leadership degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

How long have you been at George Williams College? I have been at GWC since June 2017.

How would you describe George Williams College? George Williams College is a school that is beautiful and welcoming to all that step foot on the campus. This campus holds many opportunities for its students both inside and outside the classroom.

What is your favorite book? My favorite book is “The Notebook” by Nicholas Sparks.

What kind of activities are you involved with outside of work? I enjoy being able to spend time with my family and friends, shop, play piano and go swimming.