Director of Undergraduate Admission
Raised in Coleman, Mich., and the Philippine Islands, Aaron Roberts graduated in 2001 from North Central University in Minneapolis, Minn., with a bachelor's degree in English. Roberts also holds a master’s degree in educational administration from St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minn. He worked as assistant director of admissions at North Central University before arriving at Concordia University, Nebraska.
"I appreciate the variety of students at Concordia University, Nebraska. So many universities talk about how diverse their student body is, but with over 60% of our students coming from outside of Nebraska, you meet people here you would never meet elsewhere. The best thing is that you may have roommates from California, Maryland or Montana, but each student is here for the same reason: a great education in a Christian environment."
Territory: Roberts is responsible for freshmen applicants from Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
Hobbies: Spending time with my wife Tara, daughter Grace and sons Alex and Will. Watching lots of movies, listening to Spotify, fishing and rooting for the University of Michigan Wolverines. Go Big Blue!
Favorite food: Sushi and hot tea.
Favorite music: Roberts' "Best of 2014" playlist from Spotify.
Alex Saalfeld, Admission Counselor
Alex Saalfeld was raised in Olathe, Kan. She graduated from Concordia in 2011 with a B.S. in business administration with a marketing concentration and played for the Bulldog Volleyball team. She went on to pursue her MBA in International Business from Concordia and served as a Graduate Assistant for the Bulldog volleyball program.
“It’s funny how your life story can unfold so unexpectedly. When I came to Concordia I didn’t know it was going to make such a large impact on my life. This place has been more than a school, but a home that has welcomed me with open arms and given me so many opportunities to grow personally as an individual and spiritually as a follower of Christ. The relationships and memories I have created here as a student and athlete are ones that I truly believe would not have happened anywhere else. I am so blessed to be starting this new chapter of my life as an admission counselor and coach at Concordia and am looking forward to being able to share my experiences and story with others.”
Territory: Saalfeld is responsible for applicants from Colorado, Kansas, and the Nebraska counties of Antelope, Arthur, Blaine, Boone, Brown, Buffalo, Chase, Cherry, Custer, Dawson, Dundy, Franklin, Frontier, Furnas, Garfield, Gosper, Grant, Greeley, Harlan, Hayes, Hitchcock, Hooker, Kearney, Keya Paha, Keith, Lincoln, Logan, Loup, Madison, McPherson, Perkins, Phelps, Pierce, Red Willow, Rock, Sherman, Stanton, Thomas, Valley, and Wheeler. (Nebraska high school students are assigned by the county in which their high school is located.)
Hobbies: Enjoying life with family and friends, traveling the world, playing volleyball, running, reading, and DIY projects.
Favorite Foods: Breakfast. It’s good any time of the day! Or Chocolate. I think chocolate deserves its own food group.
Favorite Movies: Basically anything that makes me laugh, but a few would be Emperor’s New Groove, Pride and Prejudice, Christmas Vacation, or anything Audrey Hepburn.
Favorite Music: I always have something playing: Mumford and Sons, The Black Keys, Bon Iver, Matt Wertz, Ben Rector, John Mayer, Death Cab for Cutie, Ella Fitzgerald, Adele, Michael Buble, The Kooks, Needtobreath, Ray LaMontagne to name a few, or anything that makes you want to dance.
Alicia Oldre, Admission Counselor
Alicia Oldre grew up in Eagle, Neb. She graduated from Concordia in 2011 with a B.A. in Elementary Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education. She taught 2nd grade from 2011-2013 in St. Louis, MO.
“I came to Concordia to play tennis and wasn’t too interested in much else. Once I got involved with the activities on campus, I met so many people who were truly showing me Christ’s love on a daily basis and it changed my life. I felt encouraged, nurtured and heard from both students and faculty. Through that, I grew a lot and saw a side of myself that I didn’t know existed. It definitely changed me for the better. Even years after graduating, I still keep in touch with many friends who have now expanded back over the nation. It’s awesome to be a part of something that will stay with you for the rest of your life.”
Territory: Oldre is responsible for applicants from Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the Nebraska counties of Adams, Butler, Cass, Clay, Colfax, Filmore, Gage, Hall, Hamilton, Howard, Jefferson, Johnson, Merrick, Nance, Nemaha, Nuckolls, Otoe, Pawnee, Platte, Polk, Richardson, Saline, Thayer, Webster and York. (Nebraska high school students are assigned by the county in which their high school is located.)
Hobbies: Country dancing, playing around with text art, cooking with new and interesting foods, laughing, playing sports, drawing with sidewalk chalk, Pinteresting and hanging out with my family!
Favorite food: I like making a variety of foods and trying different recipes….. But I LOVE ice cream!
Favorite movies: I’m more of a TV series kind of person….. F.R.I.E.N.D.S., New Girl, Glee, American Horror Story, Once Upon a Time, Sherlock, One Tree Hill, Switched at Birth, BONES and Lie to Me are some of my favorites.
Favorite music: I’m not too picky, I listen to an eclectic mix of genres…. But I love country and the Pitch Perfect Soundtrack.
Chelsea Sernett, Admission Counselor
Chelsea Sernett was raised in Cozad, Nebraska. She graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2013 with bachelor’s degrees in psychology and communication studies. Before coming to Concordia University, Chelsea spent one year in Abilene, Texas, where she worked in the admission office at McMurry University.
"My four years of college were by far the best four years of my life for several reasons: I was in an environment with caring professors who were invested in my future, I was able to be involved in several student led organizations where I developed and grew into a much more confident individual, and I was surrounded by countless friends who pushed me to not only meet my goals but surpass them. Here at Concordia you’ll have the opportunity to get to know your professors on a personal level, meet tons of new friends from all over the country, and also get involved outside of the classroom in order to grow into the best version of you! Your college experience is what you make it, and Concordia has all of the tools you’ll need to be successful! I’m here for you every step of the way and I am looking forward to working with all the students in my region."
Territory: Sernett is responsible for applicants from Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and the Nebraska county of Lancaster. (Nebraska high school students are assigned by the county in which their high school is located.)
Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, traveling (especially to the beach!), running, Pinteresting, watching chick flicks, & going to Husker football games!
Favorite Foods: Steak & potatoes
Favorite Movies: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, The Proposal, Lincoln Lawyer, The Lucky One, Safe Haven, Sweet Home Alabama, Leap Year
Favorite Music: I mostly listen to country…Thomas Rhett, Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Chase Rice, Billy Currington, Chris Young… But I also listen to other groups like OneRepublic, Eagle-Eye Cherry, Goo Goo Dolls, Matchbox Twenty, Sister Hazel, whatever I’m in the mood for!
Mark Geary, Admission Counselor
Mark Geary was born and raised in Madison, Neb. He graduated from Concordia in 2009 with a B.A. in psychology and behavioral science, then, went on to earn a secondary education endorsement in social science.
“As a high school senior, I was very undecided as to what my future plans were. I chose Concordia because I knew that I wanted the opportunity to grow academically, as well as spiritually, in a Christ centered environment. However, I didn’t fully understand what that looked like until I opened myself up to become a part of the campus community here; after that, Concordia truly became home to me. Along with the outstanding education I received, I met and became friends with people from all over the United States, and through that, I’ve went places and done things that I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to experience otherwise.”
Territory: Geary is responsible for transfers, re-admits, and freshmen applicants from the Nebraska county of Seward. (Nebraska high school students are assigned by the county in which their high school is located.)
Hobbies: Hanging out with family and friends, laughing as much as possible, basketball was my first love and you will not find a bigger Boston Celtics fan anywhere in the world – GUARANTEED! I also like hunting Whitetails, fishing, listening to music, and watching/playing sports.
Favorite food: I’m a meat and potatoes type of guy – if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it!
Favorite movies: I mainly like action movies and comedies – Dumb & Dumber, Shooter, Christmas Vacation, The Band of Brothers Miniseries, Billy Madison, The Departed, and Caddy Shack are among my favorites.
Favorite music: I love all kinds of music - The Eagles, Blink 182, Eric Church, Tenth Avenue North, Dashboard Confessional, Staind, The Beatles, Sanctus Real, Breaking Benjamin, Aaron Lewis, Jason Aldean, Seether, Steve Miller Band, Third Eye Blind, Metallica, The Used, Jeremy Camp, Goo Goo Dolls, U2, Explosions In The Sky, Linkin Park, Journey, Damien Rice, Brand New, Angels & Airwaves, Eli Young Band…
Megan Heiser, Admission Counselor
Megan Heiser was born and raised in Lynch, Neb. She graduated from Concordia University in 2013 with a B.S. in Business Administration and a minor in Sport Management
“I was looking at a couple different schools before I decided to come to Concordia University. What really made the decision for me was my visit. Everybody just made me feel comfortable and at home. It gave me the ability to see myself as a future student on campus. The decision to come to Concordia has never been one that I have regretted. I received an excellent education from professors that truly cared about me as an individual and not just as a student filling a chair in their class. With the friends that I gained, I was able to make memories that will last a lifetime.”
Territory: Heiser is responsible for applicants from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and the Nebraska counties of Banner, Boyd, Box Butte, Burt, Cedar, Cheyenne, Cuming, Dakota, Dawes, Deuel, Dixon, Dodge, Douglas, Garden, Holt, Kimball, Knox, Morrill, Sarpy, Saunders, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, Sioux, Thurston, Washington and Wayne. (Nebraska high school students are assigned by the county in which their high school is located.)
Hobbies: Spending time with my family and friends, watching movies, listening to music, reading, watching sporting events, especially the Cornhuskers of Nebraska!
Favorite Foods: Pizza, strawberries, and freshly picked corn on the cob
Favorite Movies: Pitch Perfect, Breakfast Club, Pirates of the Caribbean, anything funny
Favorite Music: I will listen to pretty much anything: country, pop, a little bit of rock.