Admissions Staff


Office of Admissions
Saint Louis University - Madrid Campus
Avenida del Valle, 34
28003 Madrid - Spain
Telephone: +34 91 554 58 58
Fax: +34 91 554 62 02

Heidi Buffington
Heidi Buffington
heidi.buffington@slu.edu
Director of Admissions 
Ext.: 206

Heidi grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania. She studied abroad in Spain when she was a junior at the College of Wooster. After graduating with a degree in Biology and Spanish, she returned to Spain to pursue a Master's degree in International Studies. Heidi joined the SLU-Madrid staff in 2004 as U.S. Visiting Student Coordinator. She later served as International Admissions Counselor and Graduate Admissions Coordinator, recruiting first-year, transfer and graduate students from the U.S. and Western Europe. Heidi was appointed Director of Admissions in 2016.

Degrees
M.A. International Studies, Escuela Diplomática de Madrid, Spain
B.A. Biology and Spanish, The College of Wooster, OH

Monica Chiclana
Mónica Chiclana
monica.chiclana@slu.edu
Ext.: 210

Mónica joined SLU-Madrid Campus in 2010 to occupy the position of Admissions Counselor. She is the Alumni Association Coordinator, and works with students from international high schools in Spain.

Degrees
B.S. Business Administration/Marketing, Saint Louis University, Madrid and St. Louis, MO
Master in Communication and Protocol, GADE Business School, Madrid, Spain

Cat Gaa
Cat Gaa
catherine.gaa@slu.edu
Ext.: 271

Cat grew up all over the Midwest, eventually settling in Chicago. Studying a joint degree in Journalism and International Studies at the University of Iowa, she spent a summer in Valladolid and moved to Seville, Spain upon graduation to work in the ESL field. She later furthered her studies in communication by earning a degree in Public Relations from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Cat joined the SLU-Madrid team in 2016 as an Admissions Counselor, focusing her efforts on Western Europe.

Degrees
B.A., Journalism and Mass Communication, International Studies; University of Iowa
M.A., Public Relations, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Keira Maaked
Keira Maaked
keira.maaked@slu.edu
Ext.: 270

Keira is from Spain and has been a member of the SLU-Madrid staff since 2001. She is the key point of contact for students, high schools and universities from Middle East and North Africa. She speaks French, Arabic, Spanish, English and even a little Polish!

Degrees
Escuela Superior de traducción e interpretación, Universidad de Granada, Granada, Spain

Bianca Montenegro
Bianca Montenegro
bianca.montenegro@slu.edu
Ext.: 220

Bianca hails from Manila, Philippines. She received a Liberal Arts education from Ateneo de Manila, the oldest Jesuit university in the country. In 2004, she relocated to Spain to pursue graduate studies and ended up making Madrid her home. Bianca has been a member of the SLU Madrid Admissions Team since 2010. She oversees recruitment in Asia-Pacific and Southern Europe.

Degrees
M.Sc. Strategic Human Resources Management, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
B.A. Psychology, Ateneo de Manila University, Manila, Philippines

Emily Pyle
Emily Pyle
emily.pyle@slu.edu
Ext.: 278

Emily is a San Diego, California native. After completing her B.A. in History with a minor in English Literature, Emily moved to Cádiz in 2012 in order to gain international exposure and to teach English. Three Spanish cities later, and with more than five years of living and working in Spain under her belt, Emily joined the admissions staff in 2018.

Degrees
B.A. History, University of California, San Diego

Diego Rodriguez
Diego Rodríguez-Vila
diego.rodriguezvila@slu.edu
Ext.: 275

Diego was born in Valladolid but moved to Madrid when he was 9. He has studied in six different universities (including SLU!). He has worked in college recruiting for Spanish and American universities for 15 years.

Degrees
B.A. Advertising, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO
Licenciado en Comunicación Audiovisual, Universidad Antonio de Nebrija, Madrid, Spain
Master in Business Administration, ESADE, Barcelona, Spain

Katherine Smith
Katherine Smith
katherine.m.smith@slu.edu
Ext.: 258

Katherine grew up in Ohio and has spent the past few years living in Spain. She has a B.A. in Spanish and International Studies from Ohio State University and a M.A. in Spanish from SLU-Madrid. While completing her undergraduate degree, she studied abroad in Bolivia and Spain. In her role at SLU-Madrid, she coordinates visiting groups.

Degrees
B.A. in Spanish and International Studies, Ohio State University
M.A. in Spanish, SLU-Madrid



U.S.-based Admissions Staff

Kate Brooks
Kate Brooks
kate.brooks@slu.edu
Madrid Campus Study Abroad Counselor

3694 West Pine Mall
Saint Louis University
St. Louis, MO​ 63108 USA
314-977-3445

Originally from St. Louis, Kate has had been years of international experience, both living abroad and working in the field of education abroad. She lived outside of Seville, Spain with family for nearly three years. While working on her M.A., Kate spent a semester in Geneva, Switzerland. Kate has also taught English in Matsuyama, Japan. Kate is excited to work as the St. Louis-based counselor for students wishing to study abroad in Madrid.

Degrees
B.A. in English, Quincy University
B.A. in Spanish, Webster University
M.A. in International Relations, Webster University

Kaylyn Stoll
Kaylyn Stoll
kaylyn.stoll@slu.edu
Madrid Campus Admission Counselor

Queens Daughters Hall
Saint Louis University
St. Louis, MO​ 63103 USA
314-977-3416

Kaylyn grew up in a small town located in the heart of Missouri. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Human Environmental Sciences (B.S.) with a minor in Business, she moved to the United Kingdom to pursue a Master's in International Commercial Law (LLM). After her undergraduate degree, Kaylyn lived in Madrid, Spain for a short time. Kaylyn started at Saint Louis University as an undergraduate counselor recruiting students to attend the campus in St. Louis. She now acts as the contact person for students wishing to attend SLU - Madrid from a United States high school.

Degrees
B.S. Human Environmental Sciences
LLM Masters of International Commercial Law candidate

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