Meet the Admissions Staff

Thomas Alexander Thomas Alexander
Assistant Director of Admissions

Recruitment Territory: Northwest Ohio

Tom is a Communication and Theatre Arts graduate from Heidelberg University. He was a first generation college student from Norwalk, Ohio who came to Heidelberg looking for an educational experience, not just a degree. Tom found that he was able to advance himself academically, as well as personally, while staying involved in a variety of activities including athletics, theatre, Greek life, and WHEI campus radio. He enjoys working with students and hopes that he can help you understand why becoming a Student Prince is a great decision.
Kathy Borton Kathy Borton
Admissions Counselor
Office Manager

Recruitment Territory: Midwest Ohio
Melissa Cook Melissa Cook
Senior Assistant Director of Admissions

Melissa was a first generation student from Clyde, Ohio. She understands the importance of finding the college that is a right fit. The small class sizes, variety of opportunities to be involved in and out of the classroom and friendly atmosphere are what drew Melissa to Heidelberg. Don’t hesitate to contact her with any questions about Heidelberg as you search for the college for you!
Polly Cooper Polly Cooper
Admissions Counselor

Recruitment Territory: Out-of-State Students

Polly is a graduate of Heidelberg with an undergraduate degree in Public Relations/ English Writing and Masters in Business Administration.
Cinzia Cross Cinzia Cross
Associate Director for International and Graduate Admissions

Dr. Cross is passionate about students’ development and success. Her extensive international experience, both as a lifelong learner and educator, has allowed her to become very sensitive to the needs of international undergraduate and graduate students in an American context. Her extensive teaching in the United States also gives her a deep understanding of American students of all ages. She is eager to welcome more and more students at Heidelberg University. Besides helping students, Dr. Cross loves nature as expressed in science and art.
Harry Gao Harry Gao
International Recruiter

Dr. Harry Gao is a native of Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China and came to the U.S. more than two decades ago to study education. He received a B.A. in English from Liaoning Normal University, an M.Ed. from Texas A&M University, and a Ph.D in Curriculum and Instruction from Baylor University. If you have any questions on your application to Heidelberg University, you are more than welcome to contact him!
Adam Hine Adam Hine
Admissions Counselor

Recruitment Territory: Northeast Ohio

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Adam is a first generation college student. He attended Heidelberg University in the Fall of 2008 where he majored in English Literature. Because of his involvement in varsity football, Greek life, and several other organizations on Heidelberg's campus, he believes that his college experience was well-rounded. Helping others to acknowledge their self-worth is Adam's aspiration in life; therefore "Help him, help you!"
Doug Kellar Doug Kellar
Vice President for Enrollment Management
Trisha Meier Trisha Meier
Admissions Counselor

Recruitment Territory: Columbus and Cincinnati area

Trisha is a recent Heidelberg graduate with a degree in Communications. Originally from Clarkston, MI, she maximized her Heidelberg experience with involvement like women’s soccer, Ballroom at the Berg, and study abroad. Ask her how to make the most of your Heidelberg experience!
Jason Miller Jason Miller
Director of Admissions
Volleyball Head Coach
Melissa Nye Melissa Nye
Graduate and International Admission Coordinator

From New Riegel, Ohio, Melissa attended Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, obtaining a Bachelors of Arts degree in Management of Dance and Art. She then finished her Master’s degree in Education at Heidelberg in 2014. In addition to providing exceptional service to International and Graduate applicants, she advises Heidelberg’s Dance Team, is involved with In Motion Dance Studio, and freelances art and interior decorating. She is a member of the Tiffin Art Guild (TAG) and has taught art classes for TAG, the Findlay Art League, and the Tiffin Mercy Cancer Center. She enjoys helping students make the decision to come to Heidelberg and realize their potential. Contact her with any questions you might have!
Sue Stine Rife Sue Stine Rife
Senior Associate Director of Admissions

Recruitment Territory: Transfer, Adult, Dual Admission, PSEO, Readmit and Transient students as well as all incoming January students 

Sue has been at Heidelberg for 30 years and has a BS in Business Administration and Psychology and an MA degree. She works with transfer, adult, dual enrollment, readmit, PSEO, and transient students. Sue is also responsible for articulation agreements with community colleges. She enjoys working with students to make the transfer and admission process as easy as possible. Her favorite thing about Heidelberg is the people - "It's like family here."
Name Title Phone Number
Kelly Depinet Data Entry Clerk (419)-448-2623
Sara Gilbert Campus Visit and Events Coordinator (419)-448-2344
Ginny Mesnard Administrative Assistant to Vice President of Enrollment (419)-448-2340
Kimberly Patterson
Office Assistant
Transcript Specialist