Admissions Representatives


Meet Our Reps

Willmar Campus

Jenna Hanson

Admissions Representative/Academic Advisor - Willmar
Joined the Ridgewater family - March 2011
Degree: B.S. Degree - Concordia College - Moorhead
Contact Information: 320-222-5979 or 

Why students should attend Ridgewater:
​Ridgewater College offers it all: dedicated faculty and staff, exceptional resources and student services, small class sizes, extracurricular and athletic opportunities, high placement rates and flexible course scheduling options. The best part? Ridgewater College is able to offer this at our affordable tuition rate.

Whether you are a first-time student, a career changer, or a former student looking to complete what you’ve started, Ridgewater College is a great place to start. Come check us out!

Leah Kadelbach

Admissions Representative/Academic Advisor - Willmar

Joined the Ridgewater family - August 2001
Degrees: A.A. Degree - Ridgewater College
B.S. - St. Cloud State University
M.S. - St. Cloud State University
Contact Information: 320-222-5980 or
High Schools in Leah's Territory: List of Leah's Schools

Why students should attend Ridgewater:
Ridgewater is a great institution that opens doors to tons of opportunities for our graduates.  Students can go anywhere from here whether it is into the workforce or transferring on to a 4-year university to continue their education.   At Ridgewater, we offer a personalized experience for students because staff and faculty are concerned with students' needs and provide resources to lead them to success!

Jayne Balicky

Admissions Representative/Academic Advisor - Willmar

Joined the Ridgewater family - August 2012
Degrees: B.A. - Coe College
M.A. - Bowling Green State University 
Contact Information: 320-222-5978 or  
High Schools in Jayne's Territory: List of Jayne's Schools

Why students should attend Ridgewater:
All staff members at Ridgewater truly want to see students be successful, and the size of our campuses allows us to work closely with students to connect them to our resources. The instructors at Ridgewater are also passionate about their field and they make learning fun for students. ​

Michael Hanna​
Admissions Representative/Academic Advisor - Willmar 
Joined the Ridgewater family - July 2015
Degrees: B.A. - Southwest Minnesota State University
Contact Information: 320-222-5733 or  
High Schools in Michael's Territory: 

Why students should attend Ridgewater:
Students should attend Ridgewater because it offers so many great opportunities for students. With a wide range of technical programs for individuals who prefer more of a hands-on program plus the ability to obtain a Liberal Arts degree which can transfer to a four-year program, Ridgewater offers what you need for success.​ Our instructors​ truly care about student success and are consistently available to help students in any way possible. Ridgewater is the perfect transition for high school students and career changers. It is also a great opportunity for students looking to continue their knowledge. Ridgewater is the place for you! Come check us out!​


 Hutchinson Campus  

Matt Roberts​​
Admissions Representative/Academic Advisor - Hutchinson
Joined the Ridgewater family -  July 2007
Degrees: A.A. Degree - Ridgewater College
B.E.S. - St. Cloud State University
M.S. - Minnesota State University - Mankato
Contact Information: 320-234-8505 or

Why students should attend Ridgewater:
Students should attend Ridgewater College to receive a high quality education at an affordable price. I love all the educational options that Ridgewater provides to future students. We are an great stepping stone for those that want to move onto a 4 year university after completing their Liberal Arts Degree (AA Degree) or go directly into the workforce after completing a technical Diploma or AAS Degree. As a former graduate of the Willmar Campus, I really enjoyed the small class sizes and instructor availability to help me be a successful student. This was very helpful ground work for me to know what it takes to be successful when I transferred onto the 4 year university.


Jill Traut

Ethical leadership cannot be obtained through control. Instead, leadership should be concerned with understanding the group, empathizing with the needs of many, maintaining an unbiased ground, and suggesting positive outcomes that will benefit all involved.
Admissions Representative/Academic Advisor - Hutchinson
Joined the Ridgewater family -  March 201​1
Degrees: B.A. - College of Saint Benedict
Contact Information: 320-234-8523 or
High Schools in Jill's Territory: List of Jill's Schools

Why students should attend Ridgewater:
My biggest piece of advice for students when looking at college options is to pick a school that suites them for more than one reason.  Ridgewater College has a variety of features that will make your individual college experience the right choice for you.  Whether it's a unique program we offer coupled with the location of campus, or the athletic opportunities paired with the individual attention of the small class sizes, there are endless combinations that Ridgewater has to offer to make your college education all about what's best for you.


Eden Valley-Watkins10/9/2015 8:20 AMJill Traut
Winsted Holy Trinity HS10/9/2015 8:30 AMMichael Hanna
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted10/9/2015 10:30 AMJill Traut
Watertown-Mayer10/9/2015 1:00 PMJill Traut
Litchfield HS 10/9/2015 1:00 PMLeah Kadelbach
Hutchinson10/12/2015 8:20 AMJill Traut
Dassel-Cokato10/12/2015 2:30 PMJill Traut
Marshall ELC10/13/2015 9:00 AMMichael Hanna
KMS10/13/2015 9:00 AMJayne Balicky
Benson HS 10/13/2015 9:30 AMLeah Kadelbach
Marshall HS10/13/2015 11:00 AMMichael Hanna
MACCRAY10/13/2015 11:00 AMJayne Balicky
Minneota HS 10/13/2015 12:30 PMMichael Hanna
Yellow Medicine East HS 10/13/2015 1:30 PMLeah Kadelbach
RCW10/13/2015 1:30 PMJayne Balicky
Lakeview HS 10/13/2015 2:30 PMMichael Hanna
Echo Charter School10/14/2015 8:30 AMMichael Hanna
Redwood Falls HS10/14/2015 10:30 AMMichael Hanna
Wabasso HS10/14/2015 12:30 PMMichael Hanna
Cedar Mountain HS10/14/2015 2:30 PMMichael Hanna
Comfrey HS10/19/2015 8:30 AMMichael Hanna
The Dream Technical Academy10/19/2015 10:00 AMJehana Khan
Wesbrook-Walnut Grove HS10/19/2015 10:30 AMMichael Hanna
Red Rock Central HS10/19/2015 10:30 AMMichael Hanna
ALC10/19/2015 12:00 PMJehana Khan
Willmar High School - Guidance Office10/19/2015 2:00 PMJehana Khan
Springfield HS10/19/2015 2:30 PMMichael Hanna
Willmar High School - Smart Club10/19/2015 3:00 PMJehana Khan
Buffalo Lake – Hector – Stewart High School10/20/2015 9:00 AMJenna Hanson
BOLD High School10/20/2015 11:00 AMJenna Hanson
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