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Meet Our Undergraduate Admissions Staff

John BaworowskyJohn Baworowsky, VP of Enrollment
B.S. Loyola University of Chicago
M. S. Ed. University of Miami
Ph. D. Saint louis University

John is originally from Chicago, IL. What he loves most about Westminster is the personal attention students receive from faculty members; and his favorite place on campus is the beautiful Giovale Library. He loves working in admissions because he can help students reach their dreams and grow as people. His favorite place to eat in Sugar House is Mazza Middle Eastern Restaurant.

Darlene Dilley, Director of AdmissionsB.A., University of Utah
M.Ed., Westminster College

Darlene is originally from Magna, Utah. She is a University of Utah alumna and received her Master of Education from Westminster. She loves working in higher education and enjoys being in Admissions because it’s "where the journey begins". Her favorite place on campus is Emigration Creek. During Darlene’s spare time, she likes to stay active—hanging out with her two children, golfing, playing racquetball, rafting and going on road trips. She also enjoys relaxing with a good movie and music. Her favorite local destination is Goblin Valley and food from Bombay House

Alexandra Tovey, Transfer Admissions Counselor Alex Tovey
B.S., University of Utah
Territory: Transfer Admissions (Last names starting L-Z)

Alex is from Salt Lake City, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah with a double major, earning a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies as well as a B.S. in Mass Communication. She enjoys working in higher education for many reasons but working with transfer students and helping them with their transition to Westminster College is her favorite part. Alex enjoys spending time with her family more than anything. She also enjoys traveling and loves the New York Jets. She is learning how to cook as of recent, but enjoys going out and trying new restaurants. Her favorite restaurants in Salt Lake are Eva and Takashi.


Carolyn LyonsCarolyn Lyons, Freshman Admissions Recruiter 
B.S., Utah State University 
CT, DE, IA, IL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, ND, NE, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SD, VT, WI, WV, MT, AL, AR, FL, GA, KS, KY, LA, MS, MO, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, and Puerto Rico 

Carolyn is originally from Logan, Utah, but mostly recently spent almost two years living in Seoul, South Korea teaching English. She says working in admissions at Westminster is great because of the students she has the privilege to work with. Carolyn loves hearing their future dreams and aspirations, and working to help to achieve them. Her favorite place on campus is the tables next to the library, where she can sit and enjoy reading a free copy of The New York Times. There are so many delicious places in to eat in Salt Lake, she could never choose just one! Right now she loves Mazza, Ruby Snap Cookies and Ichiban Sushi. In her free time she loves to take walks and explore the city. She enjoys playing tennis, cooking for friends and going to see movies.

Chris DorichChris Dorich, Assistant Director of Admissions
B.A., St. Vincent College
MBA, Westminster College
Territory: NCSSSMST Schools, STEM Program Schools and Venture Scholarship Programs

Originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, Chris graduated from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania with a BA in engineering and then attended Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania for mechanical engineering. While in college, Chris played NCAA Division II soccer at Gannon University and went on to play Semi-Pro Soccer for the Erie Soccer Club. After moving to Salt Lake City, Chris earned his Masters of Business Administration in 1996 and Masters of Science in Technology Management in 2007, both from Westminster College. An advocate for learning and higher education, Chris went on to purse additional training and attended California Institute of Technology (CALTECH) and received his certification in Technology Management in 2008.

Chris began his career in Utah working for Sperry-Univac, which is now L-3 Communications CS-West. He has also been the varsity soccer coach at Westminster College for 26 years. His favorite part about working with the admissions team is bringing in new students to earn a quality education at Westminster College. In his spare time, Chris enjoys coaching soccer and continuing his education because you are never too old to learn. His favorite spot on campus is the Dumke soccer field and his favorite local restaurant is Flemings Steak House.  

Heiti SinHeiti Sin, Assistant Director of Admissions
B.S., University of Utah
MBA, Westminster College
Territory: CO, NV and Utah High Schools

Heiti grew up in Hong Kong. She received her B.S. from the University of Utah and an MBA from Westminster in 2011. As a recruiter, she enjoys getting to know each of her students on a personal level, guiding them throughout the admission process, and finally seeing them on campus and being a Griffin. Her favorite spot on campus is the Center for Financial Analysis (CFA), located in the Gore School of Business. Heiti likes staying active. She enjoys watching and playing sports and traveling. She loves snowboarding, especially at Snowbird, and also enjoys cooking. Her favorite local restaurant is Blue Plate Diner.

JJeff Vandersteeneffrey Vandersteen, Transfer Admissions Counselor
B.S., Westminster College
Territory: Transfer Admissions (Last names starting A-K) and Winter at Westminster

Jeff is originally from Redmond, Oregon and graduated from Westminster with a degree in marketing. As an admissions counselor, he likes being able to open the eyes of transfer students by showing them how great Westminster really is. Jeff enjoys playing and participating in all sports. He is a huge Utah Jazz fan and his favorite on campus spot is the Health, Wellness, and Athletic Center. His favorite local spot is Snowbird and restaurant is Iggy’s Sports Grill.


Leanna KowallisLeanna Kowallis, Associate Director of Admissions
B.A., Brigham Young University 
M.A., George Washington Univeristy 
Territory: International Recruitment
Leanna grew up in Provo, UT and decided to stay close to home for college. She earned her Bachelors degree in English at Brigham Young University. Shortly after, she traveled to Washington, D.C. where she earned her Master of Arts in International Affairs from George Washington University. Her favorite part of working for the admissions office is meeting so many great students on a daily basis. Her favorite spot on campus is the new Commons Area. In her spare time, Leanna enjoys cooking, playing tennis and volleyball, running, rock climbing, reading and traveling the globe.

Manny VillalobosManny Villalobos, Assistant Director of Admissions
B.S. Westminster College
Territory: All States with Aviation focus

Born and raised in Utah, Manny graduated from Westminster in 2002. As an aviation admission counselor, he lives to fly. He enjoys taking prospective students out flying—seeing the look on their face, and all their fears, hopes and dreams coming out. The most rewarding part of his job is giving students a skill they’ll take with them forever. His favorite campus location is the Aviation Simulation & Testing Center. Aside from flying, Manny enjoys fishing, camping and playing basketball. The mountains are his favorite land location, because it’s an escape from the everyday norm. While in the air, he says it’s hard to pinpoint a favorite spot because it’s all so beautiful from above. As a self-proclaimed health nut, his favorite restaurants are Kneaders and Whole Foods. He also loves taking wheat grass shots.  

Trevor Beal, Freshman Admissions Recruiter 
B.S., Westminster College
Territory: ID, WY
 and Utah High Schools

Trevor is originally from Katy, Texas and graduated from Westminster with a B.S. in Psychology and was also a member of the college’s Honors Program. As a recruiter, Trevor enjoys getting to know his students, while helping them achieve their educational goals through all of the fantastic programs, internships, and study abroad opportunities that Westminster can provide. Trevor’s favorite spot on campus is Nunemaker Place, home of the Honors Program, where he can relax and read on the Lovesacs. Trevor enjoys spending time with friends, hitting the movies, and traveling. Trevor’s favorite local restaurant is either Sawadee, Bombay House, The Philadelphian, or Estee Pizza, depending on his mood and where he has traveled recently.

Kelly Jerome, Freshman Admissions Recruiter
B.S., Northern Arizona University

Territory: WA, OR, HI, AK and Utah High Schools


Kelly was born and graduated High School in Utah, but between that time had the opportunity to move to a few different states including California, Texas, and Arizona. She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Marketing, and returned to Salt Lake City to be closer to her family and take advantage of the mountains. A strong believer in higher education, Kelly loves working in admissions because it is something she is passionate about. She shares as much excitement about starting college as her students do, and enjoys helping them through the admissions process. Her favorite place on campus is the bridge overlooking Emigration Creek because it is beautiful no matter the time of year. In her spare time, Kelly likes to ski at Solitude and Park City, attend live music shows at Urban Lounge, and travel. Her favorite restaurants in town, although they change often, are Sapa Sushi and Tony Caputo’s Deli.  

Ashley Sokia
BA, Westminster College
Territory: CA, AZ, NM and Utah High Schools

Ashley is from Taylorsville, Utah and graduated from Westminster’s project-based Bachelor’s of Business Administration program in 2012. Her favorite part about being an admissions counselor is working with students to be able to attend a great private college where she knows they will succeed. Ashley’s favorite spot on campus is the upstairs study area in Giovale Library with the big windows and comfortable chairs. She enjoys reading, hiking, taking photos, road tripping and chasing around her two sons. Her favorite places to eat in Salt Lake are My Thai and Tokai Sushi.