Meet Your Counselor

Admissions Counselor giving a group of visitors a tour of the Duluth Campus.

Our admissions counselors are your best resource for finding information and guidance through the admissions process.

Each counselor works within specific territories and schools. We encourage you to take a few minutes to identify and reach out to your counselor.


Portrait of Bryan Karl

Bryan Karl
Director of First Year Admissions

Office Location: Duluth | Main Campus
Email: bkarl@css.edu
Phone: 
(218) 723-6044 or (218) 723-6046, ext. 6044

Territory Assignment(s):

  • International Students

Hometown: Hutchinson, MN

Favorite thing to do in Duluth: One of my favorite things to do in Duluth, regardless of the season, would be to get outdoors with my wife and kids and enjoy one of the many sections of the Lake Superior Hiking Trail. Duluth has an abundant number of hiking options to choose from and explore = AWESOME!


Portrait of Ollie Meyer

Ollie Meyer
Associate Director of Admissions

Office Location: Duluth | Main Campus
Email: omeyer@css.edu
Phone: (218) 723-6045 or (218) 723-6046, ext. 6045

Territory Assignment(s):

  • MN high schools in zip codes starting with: 557, 564, 565, 566, and 567
  • All high schools in the following states: CO, IA, KS, MO, MT, ND, NE, SD, and WY

Hometown: St. Michael, MN

Favorite thing to do in Duluth: Watching ships go under the Lift Bridge at Canal Park never gets old. It's one of my favorite things.


Portrait of Brenda Panger

Brenda Panger
Associate Director of Transfer Admissions

Office Location: Duluth | Main Campus
Email: bpanger@css.edu
Phone: (218) 723-6067 or (218) 723-6046, ext. 6067

Territory Assignment:

  • All Transfer students, except those from 4-year colleges/universities in MN and WI

Hometown: Two Harbors, MN

Favorite thing to do in Duluth: I love to check out Canal Park for shopping, eating and boat watching. It is also the gateway to Park Point and connects to Bayfront Park.


Portrait of Brenda Panger

Beth Kleinschmidt
Senior Admissions Counselor

Office Location: Sartell (Regional counselor for Main Campus admissions)
Email: bkleinsc@css.edu
Phone: (218) 723-6052 or (218) 723-6046, ext. 6052

Territory Assignment(s):

  • MN high schools in zip codes starting with 550, 561, 562, and 563

Hometown: Long Prairie, MN

Favorite thing to do in Duluth: There are so many, but two of them are to head down to Brighton Beach for a walk/to sit on the rocks near the water, or go for a hike along Amity Creek.


Portrait of Pam Lahti

Pam Lahti
Senior Admissions Counselor

Office Location: Duluth | Main Campus
Email: plahti@css.edu
Phone: (218) 723-6049 or (218) 723-6046, ext. 6049

Territory Assignment(s):

  • MN high schools in zip code starting with 558
  • All high schools in the following states/territories/military bases: AA, AL, AR, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MI, MS, NC, OH, OK, PR, SC, TN, TX, VA, and WV
  • Transfer students from 4-year colleges/universities in MN and WI

Hometown: Duluth, MN

Favorite thing to do in Duluth: I have a few favorites ... Grab a Sammy's pizza and take my kids to one of the beaches to throw rocks and attempt to swim in the cold water, go to all the fall festivals that happen around town in September and October, tour Bentleyville in December, and skate on one of the many hockey rinks during the winter.


Portrait of Kiara Gomez

Kiara Gomez
Admissions Counselor

Office Location: Duluth | Main Campus
Email: kgomez1@css.edu
Phone: (218) 723-5943 or (218) 723-6046, ext. 5943

Territory Assignment(s):

  • MN high schools in zip codes starting with 554, 559, and 560
  • All high schools in the following states/territories/military bases: AE, CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, and VT
  • PSEO Students

Hometown: Shakopee, MN

Favorite thing to do in Duluth: I love to walk the trails in Hartley Park.


Portrait of Kaitlyn Lundquist

Kaitlyn Lundquist
Admissions Counselor

Office Location: Duluth | Main Campus
Email: klundquist1@css.edu
Phone: (218) 625-4877 or (218) 723-6046, ext. 4877

Territory Assignment(s):

  • MN high schools in zip codes starting with 553 and 556
  • WI high schools in zip codes starting with 530, 531, 532, 534, 535, 537, 538, 539, 541, 542, 543, and 549
  • All high schools in the following states/territories/military bases: AK, AP, AS, AZ, CA, FM, GU, HI, ID, MH, MP, NM, NV, OR, PW, UM, UT, and WA

Hometown: Prescott, WI

Favorite thing to do in Duluth: Whether you're an outdoorsy person or not, you've got to check out some of the different hiking trails that Duluth has to offer (like the Piedmont Trails!). There's nothing better than a beautiful overlook of the whole city!


Portrait of Lee Parker

Lee Parker
Admissions Counselor

Office Location: St. Paul (Regional counselor for Main Campus admissions)
Email: lparker3@css.edu
Phone: (651) 403-8648 or (218) 723-6046, ext. 8648

Territory Assignment(s):

  • MN high schools in zip code starting with 551
  • WI high schools in zip codes starting with 540, 544, 545, 546, 547, and 548

Hometown: Madison, WI

Favorite thing to do in Duluth: My favorite thing to do in Duluth is EAT! One of my favorite places to go is Duluth's Best Bread!


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