Acting Director of Enrollment
Kathy Gonzales joined Benedictine University at Mesa in September of 2012 to recruit students for the college’s opening class of Transfer students and was promoted within a year to the Director of Undergraduate Enrollment. Kathy previously worked at the University of Arizona as an Admission Counselor in the Office of Minority Student Recruitment responsible for Hispanic Recruitment. She then moved to Nevada as the state decided it would open a new tier of education. Two weeks prior to opening, she began working at Nevada State College, in Henderson; during her eight years there she was gradually promoted to Director of Admissions and Orientation. In 2010 she was hired at Our Lady of Holy Cross College, a small Catholic four-year institution in New Orleans, Louisiana with a population of 1,200 students. Kathy served as the Dean of Admissions, Financial Aid and Student Affairs for two years before returning to her home state of Arizona.
Her career has assisted her lifelong passion of exposing students to the opportunities of pursuing higher education. Having been a first-generation low-income student herself, she knows the difficulties of attempting to pursue a bachelor’s degree (or higher) and believes that by serving in her current role she has the opportunity to serve a diverse population. Kathy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Arizona, and a Master of Education from Northern Arizona University.
Sergio Paris joined Benedictine University at Mesa after working with low-income families and youth for the past seven years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from the University of South Florida and a master’s degree in Nonprofit Studies from Arizona State University.
Prior to Benedictine, Paris led programs for low-income youth and families through United Methodist Outreach Ministries New Day Centers. He has also worked in various development and marketing positions for the Phoenix Children’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix and Parents and Children Advance Together, a literacy program for families in Tampa, Fla.
After many years assisting youth with limited educational opportunities, Paris decided working at Benedictine would be a great opportunity to utilize his talents and help students in similar circumstances reach their goals and pursue a college degree.
Sara Kruger spent a majority of her life in Mesa, Ariz. After graduating from Mountain View High School, she attended Northern Arizona University (NAU). While at NAU, she participated in a variety of service organizations including the multicultural sorority Gamma Alpha Omega, and a volunteer abroad program to help children learn English in Zhongshan, China. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a dual minor in Chinese and Asian Studies in 2012.
Prior to working for Benedictine, Kruger spent several months as an admissions representative, assisting students in the pursuit of higher education and career training. She has experience working within the local community of Mesa and promoting the importance of higher education through mentorship programs such as Big Brother Big Sister.
|Kristina Oniszko |
Kristina Oniszko joined Benedictine University at Mesa after spending the early stages of her career serving the community in both the Phoenix area and abroad. Prior to joining Benedictine, Oniszko spent three years as the housing programs manager for United Methodist Outreach Ministries New Day Centers where she was responsible for establishing curricula for adult and after-school programs and cultivating relationships with the community. She has also completed internships at Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix, The Amy Biehl Foundation of South Africa, the Arizona Foundation for Women, Arizona State University (ASU) Career Services and the University of Virginia Semester at Sea program.
Oniszko graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in Nonprofit and Public Administration in 2009 and earned her Master of Education in Higher and Postsecondary Education in 2012. She is also a graduate of the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation Generation Next Leadership Academy Class of 2012-2013. Oniszko is a certified nonprofit professional through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and continues to stay active in the community by volunteering for several nonprofits and boards. She believes in the power of service and education, living her life through the famous words of the late Nelson Mandela:
“Education is the most powerful weapon in which you can use to change the world.”
Benedictine University at Mesa
The Gregory Enrollment Center
51 E. Main Street
Mesa, AZ 85201
Phone (602) 888-5533
Fax (602) 888-5555
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