Find Your Counselor
As you walk through the college search and admission process, sometimes it’s just nice to have a real person to talk to. Our team is ready to answer any questions you might have.
Meet the Recruitment Team
- The Team
- Sean Broghammer
- Jenae McCarty
- Vanesa Mercado Diaz
- Darius Pardner
- Elisabeth Poit
- Kylie Rigdon
- Dylan Sanchez
- Rudy Vargas
Director of Admissions
Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, I have been a part of the UNC community since 2002. I really feel that UNC is a great fit for students who desire to have the experiences and opportunities of a large campus but the community and feel of a smaller University. When away from campus, I spend most of my time with my wife and three kids usually rooting on youth sports. I enjoy being the primary recruiter and supporter for students from the beautiful state of Hawai'i.
I graduated from UNC with my Bachelor’s degree in Communications in 2013. During my time as a student at UNC, I worked on campus as a Student Ambassador in the Office of Admissions. I was also involved in Greek Life as a member of the Delta Zeta Sorority and spent much of my free time participating in campus events. As an Admission Counselor, I enjoy sharing my experience and helping students discover the many opportunities available at UNC. When I am not recruiting, I spend my time traveling the world and enjoying all the outdoor goodness Colorado has to offer.
What is something about you that surprises people? I've traveled to 10 countries solo.
What's your favorite UNC fun fact? I love that UNC has every tree native to Colorado on campus. I think that's pretty unique!
Favorite fictional bear?Couduroy
What are you currently binging on Netflix? Stranger Things
What's your favorite spot in Greeley? Roma Restaurant because I love their pizza!
Vanesa Mercado Diaz
- Hometown: Commerce City, Colorado
- Yo hablo español.
I was born in Brighton, Colorado and have lived all of my life in Colorado. I grew up in Commerce City, Colorado where I attended Adams City High School. I graduated college this past May 2017 with my Bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Criminology and minored in Spanish and Ethnic Studies. I recently joined the UNC community, and it has been a very fun and welcoming experience for me. I am excited to work with the community I grew up in and connect with students all over the Denver area. I love to do outdoor activities, travel and visit new places as much as I can.
What is your favorite spot in Greeley? Taco Trucks
When you visit Greeley, be sure to... go try local food!
What's your favorite UNC fun fact? All the different names UNC has had!
Favorite fictional bear? Baloo from The Jungle Book
Originally from Gilbert, Arizona, I came to UNC as a student and graduated in 2017 with a degree in Theatre Arts. During my time here, I fell in love with this campus and it’s community. UNC is my home away from home, and my passion is to help other students find their sense of community and belonging on campus. When I am not at my desk or traveling to different schools, I love binge watching TV shows. My favorites right now are 30 Rock, Star Trek and Game of Thrones.
Coordinator of Recruitment for Admissions Events
Hometown: Union, Mississippi
Born and raised in East Central Mississippi, I have made Colorado and UNC my home since 2016! After almost five years out of the classroom, I will be returning as a graduate student studying Sport Administration and will finally become a true Bear! I honestly believe that students from every walk of life can find their place here on campus and in Greeley! On campus, I am the Coordinator of Recruitment for Admissions Events which allows me to plan our large-scale on-campus events as well as our off-campus events! In addition to that, I also get to recruit many out-of-state areas including the midwest, northeast and south!
Something that surprises people about me? I am a first-degree black belt in tae-kwon-do and started competing at the age of 6!
Favorite UNC fact: Being a Harry Potter nerd, I love that UNC has a club quidditch team who finished 5th in the nation in 2017!
Favorite fictional bear: Smokey the Bear! I even have a picture with him at a Christmas parade from when I was younger!
When I'm not in the office, you can find me: kayaking, skiing, reading a dystopian novel or finding an adventure with my terrier, Finley!
Currently binging on Netflix/Hulu: Timeless, Travelers, This Is Us
I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in May of 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism. Throughout my undergraduate career, I worked as the editor of the UNC Mirror student newspaper. I got to work with all of UNC’s 19 Division-I athletic teams and get involved on campus. I also worked on campus as a student ambassador, and that is what led me to become an admission counselor. I love getting to help prospective students find their own path and showing them what UNC has to offer.
When I’m away from campus, I spend a lot of time either watching or attending sports events. You will also find me up in the Rocky Mountains snowboarding and hiking.
Coordinator of Group Tours and Visits
Born in Coahuila, Mexico, I moved to the US at the age of 12, and Greeley has been my home for 11 years. I’m a Greeley Central and UNC alum. I studied Spanish; I’m passionate about the language. I like writing poetry. I love eating beans with cheese and watermelon with tajín. When I’m at UNC, I feel at home.
Nacido en Coahuila, México. Me mudé a este país a los 12 años y he residido en Greeley por 11 años. Asistí a la preparatoria Greeley Central y UNC. Estudié español, y me apasiona mi idioma. Me gusta escribir poesía. Mis comidas favoritas son los frijoles con queso y sandía con Tajín. UNC es sin duda mi “Hogar, dulce hogar”.
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