Meet the Admissions Team

We are the Office of Admissions for the undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) and Bachelor of Science in Health Professions (BSHP) programs.

The Office of Admissions is located on the third floor of University Square. We are open Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

UMR Admissions Team smiling together

UMR Admissions Team

Meet the team below!

Ryan EngelmanRyan Engelman
Regional Admissions Recruiter
Territory Assignment(s): Twin Cities - Metro
Phone: 507-517-4136 | rengelma@r.umn.edu

Education: Marquette High School (Bellevue, IA)
Loras College (Dubuque, IA), Bachelor of Arts in History, Politics, and International Studies
University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, IA), Master of Arts in History

Hometown: Bellevue, IA

Words to describe UMR or Rochester: Synergetic, Visionary, Passionate 

College Search Tip: College is a place to prep for your career but should also be a place to help you develop as a whole person. Look for a place that will support you academically, socially, emotionally, and to help you become who you want to be.

What are your hobbies: Spending time outside running, biking, walking with my wife and yellow labrador, Violet. And coffee! 

Favorite things to do in Rochester: Exploring the outdoors, the arts, and downtown

Favorite Restaurant in Rochester: People’s Food Co-Op, try the Awesome Wrap! 

Favorite TV Shows, or movies or books: The Office, Seinfeld, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter

Favorite Quote: “Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s futures. And we are all mortal.” - President John F. Kennedy

Brett HartnagelBrett Hartnagel
Director of Admissions
Territory Assignment(s): Northern Minnesota, North Dakota
Phone: 507-258-8087 | bhartnag@r.umn.edu

Education: Orange HS (Pepper Pike, Ohio) and Tampa Preparatory School (Tampa, FL). Bachelor of Communication, University of South Florida (Tampa, FL).

Hometown: Canton, Massachusetts

Words that describe UMR: Rigorous, Revolutionary, Rewarding

College Search Tip: It's all about fit. At the end of the day, regardless of how prestigious a college says they are or how pretty their campus/brochures are, if you don't feel like comfortable, then it is not the school for you. You want to be in an environment that feels right because that is the environment where you will succeed and thrive.

Advice to high school students: Time management! It is an important lesson in college and it starts with the search process. Be sure to know what you need to do and especially when you need to do it by. You want to give yourself plenty of time to fill out the application, prepare for your exams and writing your personal essays.

Favorite Rochester restaurant: Ichi Tokyo

Favorite thing to do in Rochester: Thursdays on First. Good food, good music and lots to see and buy.

Favorite TV shows: Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, The Flash, Veep.

Favorite sports team: Boston Strong! Die hard Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins fan.

Favorite quote: "It is not the critic who counts, no the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credits belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worth cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievements; and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither defeat nor victory." - Theodore Roosevelt

Karen HernandezKaren Hernandez
Admissions Counselor for Diversity & Outreach
Phone: 507-258-8689 | hern0350@r.umn.edu

What is your educational background? (High School, College attended, degree and major)
St. James High School; Bachelor of Arts in Critical Applied Sociology,
Minors: Ethnic Studies and Human Relations- St. Cloud State University 

Hometown: St. James, Minnesota

Words to describe UMR or Rochester: Collaborative, Involved, Driven

College Search Tip: As you are taking college tours, ask about the clubs that you can be involved in! You can gain and enhance many skills by being in a leadership position or just by being a member. 

What are your hobbies? 
Nature walks, reading 

Favorite things to do in Rochester?
Exploring the city, checking out antique stores, lakes, parks, events

Favorite TV Shows, or movies or books?
A movie that always makes me laugh is Nacho Libre
Books: The Kite Runner, Until They Bring the Streetcars Back, The Round House, The Outsiders

Favorite Quote: Don’t adapt to the energy in the room, influence the energy in the room. -Unknown

Samantha HerrickSamantha Herrick
Admissions Representative
Territory Assignment(s): Wisconsin, Illinois
Phone: 507-258-8684 | herricks@r.umn.edu

Education: School of Environmental Studies-Apple Valley, MN
Bachelors of Science in Interpersonal and Organizational Communications from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point-Stevens Point, WI

Hometown: Eagan, Minnesota

Words to describe UMR or Rochester: Innovative, supportive and community driven.

College Search Tip: Tour a handful of schools and try to picture yourself on each campus. The one that feels like home will probably end up being the best fit!

What are your hobbies? Fishing, hiking, camping, attending live music and watching hockey.

Favorite TV Shows, or movies or books? TV Shows: Parks and Rec., Friends, The Walking Dead, Gilmore Girls. Movies- Boondock Saints, True Grit, Miracle. Books: The Old Man and the Sea, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Shining.

Favorite quote: Ask for what you want or be happy with what you get. - Unknown

Hanna MedinHanna Medin
Senior Admissions Representative
Territory Assignment(s): Southeastern Minnesota, Colorado
Phone: 507-258-8687 | hmedin@r.umn.edu

Education: Hayfield High School; Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication, Winona State University

Hometown: Hayfield, MN

Words to describe UMR: Collaborative, Friendly, Full of Ambition!

College search Tip: Don't be afraid to ask questions. If you're confused, or just want to learn more this may be the only opportunity to fully understand. Ask away!

What do you value most about UMR? I enjoy how close knit our campus community is. There is so much support whether you're a student, faculty, or staff member.

What are your hobbies? Golfing, reading, photography, playing music and the occasional Netflix binge.

Favorite things to do in Rochester: I enjoy seeing productions at the The Rochester Civic Theatre. In the past few years, they've done shows like: Mary Poppins, RENT, Catch Me If You Can and It's A Wonderful Life.

Favorite restaurant in Rochester: Pi Pizza. I'm addicted to their Buffalo Chicken wood-fired pizza.

Favorite TV shows: Stranger Things, Freaks and Geeks, Mad Men, New Girl, Parks and Recreation and House of Cards.

Favorite quote: The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination. - Albert Einstein

Rachel NguyenRachel Nguyen
Admissions Representative
Territory Assignment(s): Southwestern Minnesota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska
Phone: 507-258-8688 | nguy1595@r.umn.edu

Education: Lakeville North High School; Bachelor of Science in Health Science, University of Minnesota Rochester

Hometown: Lakeville, MN

Words to describe UMR: Innovative, Professional, Challenging

Words to describe Rochester: Evolving, Inspiring, Charming

College search Tip: Visit as many schools as you can! You won't get a true knowledge of what you like best until you've had a chance to see first hand.

What do you value most about UMR? As a UMR alumnus, I value the connections I have made with those I went to UMR with. Much like our undergraduate experience, we continue to ask each other questions and use each other as resources. It is great catching up with old friends. It is even better knowing we can serve as guidance and opportunities for one another.

What are your hobbies? I love dancing - UMR Ballroom has a special place in my heart! I also enjoy camping and doodling.

Favorite things to do in Rochester: I love being creative at Canvas and Chardonnay. I am almost always down for all-you-can-eat sushi at Ichi Tokyo. I also love biking on the many trails available in Rochester and the surrounding areas.

Favorite restaurant in Rochester: Ichi Tokyo

Favorite TV shows: So You Think You Can Dance, Parenthood, House of Cards

Favorite quote: "How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these." - George Washington Carver

​​​​​​​Cassie ZellCassie Zell
BSHP Transfer Admissions Representative
Phone: 507-258-8670 | weisx040@r.umn.edu

Education: Wausau West High School; Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences, University of Minnesota Rochester

Hometown: Wausau, WI

Words to describe UMR: Innovative, Supportive, Unique

College search Tip: Visit lots of schools (and don’t be afraid to visit twice!) and choose the school that feels best for YOU. Find a school that gives you what you will need to help you succeed.

What are your hobbies? I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorites are running, hiking and attending yoga classes. I also enjoy playing board games, cooking and spending time with my husband.

Favorite things to do in Rochester? Exploring the city by walking or biking and going to community events - Rochester has free movies in the park, free yoga and zumba at Peace Plaza and many free music events in the summertime.

Favorite Restaurant in Rochester? Chesters

Favorite TV Shows, or movies or books? Some of my favorite TV shows are Gilmore Girls, New Girl, Friends and Game of Thrones. One of my favorite movies ever is The Proposal.

Favorite Quote: “Put aside the need to know some future design and simply leave your life open to what is needed of it by the Divine Forces.” -Emmanuel