Meet The Team

Admissions is here to help guide you through your decision-making processes. Let's get you on the right path to finding your passions and make them a reality. Look for us in the Stark Student Center or say hello to us around campus. We can't wait to meet you!

Who's Your Admissions Counselor?

Alissa Keleher

Recruiting Territory

Primary State: Iowa (Above HW 20)

Secondary States: Minnesota, South Dakota

Tertiary States:  North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska

More About Alissa

Alissa was born and raised in Sioux City and attended West High School. She graduated from Briar Cliff in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is excited to be back as an Admissions Counselor! In her free time, she enjoys going to concerts, cross stitching, and playing fetch with her dog Sheldon.  

Raul Perez Ruiz

Recruiting Territory

Primary State: Iowa (Below HW 20 to I-80) and Sioux City Public Schools and Career Academy

Secondary States: Illinois, Wisconsin

Tertiary States:  Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland

More About Raul

Raul grew up in Mexico and graduated from Briar Cliff University with a bachelors degree in Business Administration and Marketing. He is currently pursuing an MBA in Human Resources and Leadership while being an admissions counselor and an assistant coach for golf. Raul's advice for high schools seniors is don’t be afraid of putting yourself out there and try to be involved as much as possible.

Miranda Brannaker

Recruiting Territory

Primary: Iowa (Below I-80)

Secondary: Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri

Tertiary: Kansas, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Hawaii

More About Miranda

Happy to be back in the Midwest, Miranda grew up in St. Louis, Missouri but lived in sunny Yuma, Arizona for several years before relocating to Siouxland. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education with an emphasis in English from the University of Missouri - St. Louis. Miranda's previous work experience has been in secondary education, as both an English/Drama teacher and Instructional Leader/Department Head. She enjoys spending time with her husband and her cats, going to the lake, and trying new restaurants! She am excited to be a part of the BCU family and looks forward to serving prospective students and their families.

Brady Van Dusen

Recruiting Territory

Primary: Transfer Students and undergraduate online business and social work students

More About Brady

Brady is from Sioux City and attended Bishop Heelan High School. He is a Briar Cliff alumni where he played football from 2011-2015. He met his wife at BCU and they reside in Sioux City with their son. Brady has worked in various fields, including being a multi-sport coach at Bishop Heelan, where he currently is an assistant volleyball coach. He looks forward to being back on campus and showing prospective students how great the Briar Cliff community is.

Audrey Bodiford

Recruiting Territory

Primary: Online Masters of Management

Read More About Audrey

Audrey graduated from University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor's in Sociology and Anthropology. She worked retail for about 10 years before joining Higher Ed. Audrey lived out on the west coast for about 3 years after college before moving back home and starting her family. She loves being a member of the Charger Family.

Rose Molacek

Recruiting Territory

Primary: Undergraduate and Graduate Nursing

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Rose ahs worked for Briar Cliff University for 23 years. Her journey has taken her down various paths, including recruiting, advising, and adjunct teaching for business department.               

Nelly Cerda

Coordinator

Primary: International Students and customer relationship management support

More About Nelly

Nelly is from Sioux City, Iowa. She graduated from North High School where she participated in tennis. Her college decision was easy as she gets home sick easily so Briar Cliff University it was. Looking back, she does not regret her decision one bit on attending BCU. Her best advice to high school seniors is, College is like clicking the refresh button. Don't be afraid to try new things and explore!

Andy Osborne

Coordinator

Primary: Diocese Catholic Schools and on-campus large group visit events

More About Andy

Andy has worked at Briar Cliff University since the spring of 2020 when he was hired as an Assistant Baseball Coach. This past fall, he transitioned from the field to the Admissions office as Admissions Coordinator. His focus is primarily on large group visits and events. He is also the point person for all Diocesan Catholic schools. Andy has worked in higher education for much of his professional life with stops at three different institutions. If you can’t find Andy in his office, you won’t have to look far as he will most likely be just down the hill at Bishop Mueller Field where he continues to serve as a volunteer Assistant Coach at Briar Cliff as well as Head Baseball Coach at Bishop Heelan High School where he has served in that role for the past 15 summers.

Tricia Dieger

Enrollment and Visit Coordinator

 

Read More About Tricia

Tricia is a proud Briar Cliff University grad and long-time Sioux City resident. Her work experience has been in retail management and secondary education prior to joining the BCU community. Tricia's family enjoys camping and spending time with their extended family.

Other Recruiting Staff

Shane Ladage Looking for hard-working, talented, young men who can help be a part of our team. Read More
Joe Privitere We have a strong program with a great culture. Read More
Erin Bly We have set a culture of excellence in winning ways. Read More
Scott Barnes We are coming off one of our best seasons in the last 10 years. Read More
Mark Svagera We're always looking for outstanding basketball players with high character. Read More
Lindsey Weatherford We are looking for highly accountable, high character student-athletes. Read More
Corby McLaughlin Looking for players to make us a strong culture. Read More
Brian Cook Music is in our DNA. Read More
Ben Irlbeck Looking forward to making you a Charger next year! Read More
Maria Slaughter I started out being a Theater major in college with high hopes of being on TV some day! Read More
Matt Thomsen I've been to over 80 John Denver concerts! Read More