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Heidi Buffington 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 of Arts in International Studies. Buffington 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. Buffington was appointed director of admissions in 2016.
- B.A., Biology and Spanish, The College of Wooster.
- M.A., International Studies, Escuela Diplomática de Madrid (Spain).
Mónica Chiclana joined the SLU-Madrid admissions team in 2010. She is the alumni association coordinator, and works with students from international high schools in Spain and students from Central and South America.
- B.S., Business Administration/Marketing, Saint Louis University.
- M.A., Communication and Protocol, GADE Business School (Spain).
Admissions Communications Coordinator
Cat Gaa grew up all over the Midwest, eventually settling in Chicago. After spending a summer studying in Valladolid, Spain, she graduated with a joint degree in journalism and international studies at the University of Iowa. Cat moved to Seville, Spain, upon graduation to work in the ESL field and has been a member of the SLU-Madrid admissions team since 2016.
- B.A., Journalism and Mass Communication, International Studies; University of Iowa.
- M.A., Public Relations, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain).
Kevin Kucholtz is a Texan who moved to Madrid in 2017 after completing his B.A. in Economics. Before joining SLU-Madrid in 2022, he worked as an ESL teacher and for an EdTech company specializing in continuing education.
- B.A., Economics, University of Dallas.
Keira Maaked 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 in the Middle East and Africa. She speaks French, Arabic, Spanish, English and even a little Polish.
- Escuela Superior de Traducción e Interpretación, Universidad de Granada (Spain).
Study Abroad Counselor
Originally from Washington, D.C., Emir Parrotta has called Madrid home since 2012. After earning his B.A. in English Literature from McGill University in Montreal, he moved to Madrid where he has taught English at various schools, such as the British Council, and has also organized English teaching programs as CIEE's Teach in Spain coordinator. Emir joined the admissions team at SLU-Madrid in July 2019.
- B.A., English Literature, McGill University.
Emily Pyle is a San Diego, California, native. After completing her B.A. in History with a minor in English literature, Pyle moved to Cádiz in 2012 in order to gain international exposure and to teach English. Pyle joined the admissions staff in 2018.
- B.A., History, University of California, San Diego.
Diego Rodríguez-Vila 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.
- B.A., Advertising, University of Colorado at Boulder.
- Licenciado en Comunicación Audiovisual, Universidad Antonio de Nebrija (Spain).
- Master in Business Administration, ESADE (Spain).
U.S.-Based Admissions Staff
Recruitment areas: North America
Queen's Daughters Hall, Office #227
3730 Lindell Boulevard
Saint Louis University
St. Louis, MO 63108
+1 314 977 3416
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An experienced international education professional, Alexis Boyer-Meyerman has worked at private institutions in China, Switzerland and the United States; she recently completed her final doctoral project in educational leadership at Saint Louis University's campus in Missouri. Fluent in French, Spanish and English, Alexis wakes up every morning eager to help students and their parents find the right "fit" when it comes to their higher education. It is a particular pleasure to be able to do so on behalf of SLU-Madrid, supporting bright and engaged students who are embarking on the educational adventure of a lifetime as they head to Europe for their studies! Alexis is based in St. Louis and works primarily with first-year and transfer students from the United States and Canada.
- B.A., Political Studies, Queen's University at Kingston Ontario.
- M.A., Marketing and Advertising Communications, Webster University.
- Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Saint Louis University.
Study Abroad Counselor
Des Peres Hall, Room 102
3649 West Pine Mall
Saint Louis University
Saint Louis MO, 63108
+1 314 977 3445
Simón Potter, originally from Loveland, Colorado, moved to Saint Louis in 2020 after completing his undergraduate studies. Simón's greatest passions are food, his cat, theatre, and languages, three out of the four to which he attributes to his study-abroad experience in Pamplona, Spain. Simón speaks English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and dabbles in Greek, Polish and Italian, and he wouldn't have embarked on that language journey without having participated in such a transformative experience. He is now convinced that everyone can and should study abroad, and he is driven to spread that belief with the students at Saint Louis University, aiding them in embarking on their own life-altering adventure in Madrid.
- B.A., History, Missouri S&T.