Davenport, Iowa, Campus Admissions Representatives
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Ellen Bassler was born and raised in the Midwest and takes great delight in promoting chiropractic to everyone she meets. She has a passion and energy for the profession that’s so contagious. Her son, Christopher, caught the vision and is a Palmer graduate.
Ellen’s territory includes Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, Nebraska, Utah and Wisconsin.
contact: Ellen Bassler
Stephanie Eads is from Clinton, Iowa and joined Palmer in 2014. Stephanie received her education at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisc. where she received her degree in Communications and English. She has been working in higher education since 2007. “I truly love helping students reach their goals of walking across that stage and becoming the professional that they’ve always wanted to be!”
contact: Stephanie Eads
Kelan Ritchie is a native of Rock Island, Ill., and joined Palmer in 1996. "I’ve been at Palmer College long enough to understand we have a responsibility to this profession. Our commitment to chiropractic lies in the knowledge that each and every graduate of Palmer College is among the best chiropractors in the world. We have a responsibility to our students. Most importantly, together we have a responsibility to the patient." He holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Augustana College.
Kelan's territory includes Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas.
contact: Kelan Ritchie
Paula Rummels comes from Rock Island, Ill. She joined Palmer
in 2014. With an Associate of Art Degree from Black Hawk College, Bachelor of Science from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale and Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Ill., Paula comes to Palmer with over five years of experience in higher education recruitment. “It is a joy to meet, guide and assist students with their educational goals and to see them graduate, be successful and fulfilled in their career is even a greater joy.”
contact: Paula Rummels
Anthony Schumacher came to Palmer in 2007 and was thrilled to join the best chiropractic college in the world. "My goal is to assist domestic and international students in achieving their dream to become a chiropractor. The curriculum at Palmer prepares students to make a difference in the communities they serve." Anthony graduated from Loras College with a bachelor's degree in Marketing and Business Management.
His territory covers California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Washington, D.C., and all countries outside the United States.
contact: Anthony Schumacher
Jennifer Steward grew up just North of the Quad Cities in Clinton, Iowa. She graduated from Luther College with degrees in Business Management and Spanish. She joined Palmer College in 2012 and currently acts as the Campus Visit Coordinator
"The excitement and passion on this campus is evident everywhere. It is a very positive and encouraging place to be. I feel this every day from the students on campus, and prospective students definitely feel it when they step on campus to visit. I truly believe I have the best job on campus - meeting interesting people from all over the world who plan to come to this premier chiropractic college.”
contact: Jennifer Steward
Davenport, Iowa, Campus Admissions Administration
Thomas Stempek, M.A., became Vice Chancellor of Enrollment
for Palmer College of Chiropractic in April 2014. He graduated with his B.S. in
business management in 2001 and his M.A. in organizational management in 2005
from the University of Phoenix.
Tom completed 20 years of honorable service with the U.S.
Navy in 1995. He has almost 19 years of experience in higher learning. Upon
retirement from the U.S. Navy, Tom worked with ITT Technical Institute in
Aurora Colorado from 1995 to 1997. In 1997, he joined University of Phoenix in
Orlando, Fla., working his way up from Admissions Counselor to National
Director of Enrollment Operations for the entire university network encompassing
over 240 campuses and five online divisions. In 2012, he joined Brown Mackie
College as Senior Director of Admissions and also worked as the Assistant
“You would be hard pressed to find someone else who has the
passion I possess for helping others through education,” he says. “I’m a hands-on
leader who has committed to bringing innovative ideas on how to better serve
our Palmer community, our 28,000 alumni, and assisting our military members
look at the chiropractic profession as a great transition from military to civilian,
yet continue doing what we do best—helping others help themselves. I love this
quote from Henry Ford: ‘Success is a matter of attitude. If you think you can,
or you think you can’t; you are right.’ ”
San Jose, Calif., Campus Admissions Representatives
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As the son of a chiropractor, Bill Riley brings a unique perspective to his role as an Admissions representative at Palmer College's San Jose, Calif., campus.
"I grew up a 'chiropractic kid,'" says Bill, a California native. "With that background, I really understand the profession and am happy to support it in my professional life."
Bill has worked in the admissions field for more than a dozen years, including prior experience at another chiropractic college.
"I love this job for the ability to help people, both those who decided to become chiropractic doctors and those who will benefit from their care," says Bill.
Bill's regions include California*, Colorado, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming and the Canadian province of British Columbia.
*Bill's region within California includes Alhambra, Berkeley, Burbank, Chula Vista,Inglewood, North Hollywood, Oakland, Palm Desert, the Sacramento area, Salinas, San Bernadino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Ana, Santa Barbara, Temecula, Torrance, Van Nuys, West Covina and Whittier.
contact: Bill Riley
Prior to joining Palmer College, Arthur Rios worked as an admissions representative for a private for-profit institution, as well as in the career services department for a local medical college.
“I enjoy being part of the Palmer family and like being an integral part of the Admissions Department here at Palmer,” says Arthur.
Arthur’s regions include Alaska, Arizona, California*, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, and all countries outside the United States (Canada excluded).
*Arthur’s region within California includes Arcadia, Bakersfield, Elk Grove, Folsom, Fresno, Glendale, Lemoore, Long Beach, Madera, Pasadena, Redding, Richmond, Ridgecrest, San Ladero, Santa Monica, San Pedro, San Rafael, Stockton and Yuba City.
contact: Arthur Rios
Teresa Salazar is the lead Admissions representative at Palmer’s San Jose, Calif., Campus. “Among the things I enjoy most about working at Palmer is one-on-one contact with students and helping them in any way that I can,” said Teresa, a San Jose native. “I am also very fortunate to work with a great team!”
Teresa's territory includes Alabama, Arkansas, California*, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Utah and the Canadian provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, and Quebec.
*Teresa's region within California includes Arcata, Fontana, Garden Grove, Irvine, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Redondo Beach, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Santa Rosa, Sunnyvale, Thousand Oaks, Tracy, Ventura and Vista.
contact: Teresa Salazar
Port Orange, Fla., Campus Admissions Representatives
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Kourtney Lewis was born in Tallahassee, Fla., and attended Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University. She is honored to be part of Palmer, the first and largest chiropractic college in the world. “I’m committed to assisting students in turning their dreams of becoming a chiropractor into a reality, as well as increasing the world’s knowledge of the benefits of chiropractic care.” Kourtney has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and believes, “if you can change the life of one, you’ve affected the lives of many.”
Kourtney's territory includes Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, West Virgina and Wisconsin.
contact: Kourtney Lewis
Vicky Peppin was born in Cuba. Her family migrated to New York where she attended school in Brooklyn. For the past 17 years, she’s called Florida home, with her husband and four children. Vicky enjoys her role as an Admissions representative because it affords her the ability to work with students to discuss their educational goals and help them as they journey to become a Palmer Doctor of Chiropractic. “Palmer offers the best integrated learning program,” Vicky says. “I love being part of the Palmer family.”
Vicky’s territory includes Florida and the Virgin Islands.
contact: Vicky Peppin
Fernando Muñoz was born in the Dominican Republic and has called Florida home for the last 15 years. He enjoys meeting and guiding prospective students and has worked in college admissions in South Florida for nearly a decade. "It’s great to be part of the Palmer family and to play an integral role in the Admissions Department," says Fernando.
Fernando works with prospective students from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington D.C., Washington and Wyoming. He also works with students from the Bahamas and Puerto Rico and many other counties outside the United States.
contact: Fernando Muñoz