Admission Counselors

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Jennifer ShepardJennifer Shepard

Associate Director of Admission
Meet Jennifer!

Jennifer attended the University of Central Missouri and graduated in 2004 with a BSBA degree in Marketing and Business Management. Jennifer also graduated from CMU in 2010 with a Master of Education. She resides in Gilliam, Mo. with her husband Brett and son Corbin. In her free time she enjoys doing anything active, running in races, and spending time with friends and family.

Her advice to students: "Get involved! The sooner you jump in and get involved the easier it will be to make new friends, network yourself, and become a leader!"

Area: Transfer Students, Missouri - Saline and Howard counties

Milt BerwinMilt Berwin

Regional Director of Admission
Meet Milt!

Milt worked in college admissions for 15 years before coming to CMU. He has a BA from Park University and a MA from Maryville University. He enjoys the outdoors, snow skiing, and motorcycles.

Area: Central Missouri



Jim Ray KluckJim Ray Kluck

Regional Admission Representative and Head Golf Coach
Meet Jim Ray!

Jim Ray holds a BSED from University of Missouri-Columbia, and has taken coursework toward a Masters in Education from CMU. He has been in the higher education field for approximately twenty nine years through coaching football, baseball and golf; teaching and working in Admissions.

Jim Ray currently resides in Boonville, Mo. with his wife Dr. Richelle Adair Kluck. He enjoys spending time with his ten children and eight grandchildren.

Area: Southwest Missouri

Dakota GladbachDakota Gladbach

Admission Counselor
Meet Dakota!

Dakota Gladbach attended CMU where he majored in Vocal Music with a minor in Theatre. He resides here in Fayette with his two dogs, Maverick and Bubbles. In his free time he writes and records music, plays piano, and sings any opportunity he can. He loves hanging out and playing with his dogs.

His advice to students: "Get involved! This is the perfect opportunity to make friends who are passionate about the same things as you are. And stay focused. Keep your eye on the overall goal and you'll soar."

Area: Kansas City area

Levi ThomasLevi Thomas

Admissions Representative
Meet Levi!

Levi graduated from CMU in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management and Business. While at Central Methodist Levi participated in the baseball program and various intramural sports. He was formerly employed by Indian Foothills Park in Marshall, Mo. and participated in an internship with the Central Methodist University athletic department before graduating. Levi resides in Slater, Mo. and in his free time he enjoys riding motorcycles, racing dirt sprint cars, and spending time with friends and family.

Area: St. Louis and Southeast Missouri

Cathy Catherine Baxter

Associate Director of International Student Services
Meet Catherine!

Education is a lifelong journey, and it is never too late to begin it... don't be afraid to jump in, learn more about yourself, be open to new experiences, and discover who you are meant to be.

Areas: International Student Services

Transfers:  Allied Health


Demi HurstDemi Hurst

Admission Representative

Demi currently resides here in Fayette with her fiancé and two cats, Finn and Milly. She moved to Missouri from Arizona within the last year. Demi received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Education in Human Relations from there as well. In her free time, she enjoys baking, attending ZUMBA classes, and relaxing in front of the TV.

Area: East Central Missouri

Aaron ShockleyAaron Shockley

Admission Representative

Aaron graduated from CMU in 2015 with a Master of Education degree in Sports Administration. He was formerly employed by Dynasty Sports Agency in Fayette, MO. and served as a part-time coach for the CMU men's soccer team. Aaron resides in Fayette, MO. with his wife Sabrina Shockley. In his free time he enjoys coaching soccer, watching sports and spending time with family and friends.

Area: North Missouri



Tristan ApplegarthTristan Applegarth

Admissions Representative

Tristan graduated from CMU in 2013 with a BS in Criminal Justice. Tristan lives in Moberly, Mo. with her husband and in her spare time has lots of Netflix marathons, spends time with her husband and family, and tries her hardest not to eat chocolate for every meal. She loves anything Snoopy, shopping, and dreams of traveling the world.

Her advice to students: "Soak in this college experience! Don't take one single moment for granted, even the bad ones. After you graduate from college and are out in the 'real world', you'll look back on your college years and wonder how they passed you by so quickly. So enjoy these years while you can! And as much as you might want to, don't wish your time away. Use it wisely, and cherish every second!"

Area: Out of State