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.

Christine RobertsPatrick Peyer, EdD
Vice President for Enrollment, George Williams College and Woodstock Center 

262-245-8571 |  ppeyer@gwc.aurora.edu

What is your educational background? BS in Education and History from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. MS in Education – College Student Personnel from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Ed.D. in Education – Administration and Leadership from George Williams College of Aurora University.

How long have you been at George Williams College? I started at George Williams College in July 2017.

How would you describe George Williams College? GWC is an amazing location for someone to complete their education. It is serene and scenic. GWC faculty and staff are dedicated to supporting to students and they in turn truly embrace the historical nature of our commitment to spirit, mind and body.

What is your favorite book? The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane.

What kind of activities are you involved with outside of work? I have coached baseball and soccer for my kids and enjoy golf, kayaking and paddle boarding and spending time with family.

Gary Elkins Gary Elkins
Director of Admission

262-245-8533 | gelkins@gwc.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.

Justin Booker
Freshman Admission Counselor

(262) 245-8545 | jbooker@gwc.aurora.edu

What is your educational background? I received my B.S. 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. 

Stephanie Galica Stephanie Galica
Senior Admission Counselor

262-245-8568 | sgalica@gwc.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.

Kimberly Palsgrove
Nursing Admission Counselor

262-245-8514 | kpalsgrove@gwc.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.

Kim PorterKim Porter
Enrollment Visit Coordinator

262-245-8669 | kporter@gwc.aurora.edu

What is your educational background? BA in Music from Carroll University, 2001.

How long have you been at George Williams College? 11 years.

How would you describe George Williams College? George Williams College is a diamond in the rough, but when you get here and discover the beauty and history of the campus, as well as learn about the rich legacy left behind by George Williams so long ago, you realize you have an opportunity to become part of something magnificent.

What is your favorite book? I love to read, so it's hard to choose a favorite. I currently have a series of books on rotation by John Sanford, Jonathan Kellerman, Patricia Cornwell and Michael Connelly.

What kind of activities are you involved with outside of work? Aside from wrangling and entertaining my 3 kiddos, I love to cook, read, work out and shop on-line. I also have a church job which keeps me singing on a regular basis.

Taylor SkatesTaylor Skates
Freshman Admission Counselor

262-245-8573 | tskates@gwc.aurora.edu

What is your educational background? I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a second major in Bible from the University of Northwestern – St. Paul.

How long have you been at George Williams College? I have been at GWC since August 2016.

How would you describe George Williams College? George Williams College is this area’s best kept secret, but we want that to change! The campus is beautiful and inviting, and it attracts a group of students who are both dedicated to their studies and engaged in activities outside of the classroom.

What is your favorite book? My favorite book is Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

What kind of activities are you involved with outside of work? I enjoy hammocking, drinking coffee with friends, volunteering at a local camp, and spending time with family – especially my nieces.

 

 

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