Admission Staff

The Augustana Admission staff looks forward to assisting you in your college search. Contact your admission counselor at their email address (below), email admission@augie.edu, call 800.727.2844, or fax 605.274.5518.

International student inquiries should be directed to Donn Grinager (donn.grinager@augie.edu).

Transfer students should contact Adam Heinitz (adam.heinitz@augie.edu).

Nancy DavidsonNancy Davidson
Vice President for Enrollment
nancy.davidson@augie.edu
605.274.5502

Nancy attended Hamlin High School in South Dakota and is a business administration & management graduate of Southwest Minnesota State University. She has been on the admission staff since 1990.

Amazing colleagues and Augustana’s great professors and students make this her dream job. In addition to being an Augieholic, she is addicted to chocolate, Coke, and running. Among her most memorable Augustana experiences:  traveling to Germany in 2000 and India in 2008 with Augustana's Distinguished Scholars.

Adam HeinitzAdam Heinitz
Director of Admission
adam.heinitz@augie.edu
605.274.5529
 

Territory/Responsibility: Transfer students

Adam attended Brandon Valley (South Dakota) High School and graduated with honors from Augustana in 1999. He taught fifth grade at Lincoln Elementary School in Fargo for one year and joined the staff in 2000. In 2004, he completed an M.A. in educational leadership at the University of Sioux Falls.

Adam and his wife, Sandra '97, are the proud parents of Ella, Maya, Jake and Drew. A former Augustana football player, Adam is a sports enthusiast and especially enjoys watching the Augustana Vikings in action on Saturdays. In his very limited free time, he also likes to hit the road for a run. Augustana has taken Adam many places, including China, Germany, Great Britain, and Ireland.

Madeleine EllisMadeleine Ellis
Assistant Director of Admission
madeleine.ellis@augie.edu
605.274.5519
 

Territory/Responsibility: Sioux Falls Washington, Sioux Falls CTE, Colorado, Nebraska, AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, NV, NM, OR, SC, UTVA, WA

Madeleine graduated from Gonzaga University in 2013 with degrees in biology and environmental studies. During her time at Gonzaga, Madeleine enjoyed dancing on the University’s hip-hop crew and serving as an Ambassador in the Admission Office.

Before arriving at Augustana, Madeleine completed an internship at “The Happiest Place on Earth” (besides Augustana): Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. She enjoys being a part of the Augustana Admission Staff and looks forward to working with you! 
 

Maren EngelMaren Engel
Assistant Director of Admission/Coordinator of Arts Recruitment
maren.engel@augie.edu
605.274.5506
 

Territory/Responsibility: Sioux Falls Lincoln, Sioux Falls O'Gorman, Sioux Falls Christian, Iowa, KS, OK, TX

Maren is an Oklahoman and a 2013 graduate of Augustana with majors in music and classics. During her time at Augustana, Maren was involved in anything and everything music. She was also a member of the Augustana Student Association and served as an Augustana Ambassador. Some of her favorite experiences were studying abroad in Greece, Norway and India and performing both nationally and internationally with her Augustana Choir family.

Maren is excited to have returned to campus as an admission team member, encouraging prospective students to Go Viking! She enjoys singing, spending time outdoors and a good cup of coffee.
 

Wade Gemar

Wade Gemar
Admission Counselor
wade.gemar@augie.edu
605.274.5048
 

Territory/Responsibility: Sioux Falls New Technology, southeast, south central and western South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT, WV

Originally from Scotland, South Dakota, Wade graduated from Augustana in 2008 with a major in business administration. As a student, Wade was actively involved as a member of the Augustana Choir, intramural athlete, Viking Varieties emcee, and New Student Orientation (NSO) leader.  Finding himself inspired to explore the world, Wade studied abroad in Prague, Czech Republic. He also traveled to Tanzania with the Augustana Choir.

After graduating, Wade spent 3 months volunteering and learning Swahili in Tanzania (2008) and lived in Nairobi, Kenya, for 6 months (2011). Most recently, Wade worked for the Center for New Americans in Sioux Falls as a case coordinator and employment specialist. In his spare time, Wade enjoys cycling, watching and playing sports (Go Cubs!) and spending time with friends and family. Wade is excited to be back on campus as a member of the Augustana admission team. 

 

Kelsey

Kelsey Heinert
Admission Counselor
kelsey.heinert@augie.edu
605.274.5048
 

Territory/Responsibility: outstate Minnesota, US citizens living abroad

Bio coming soon.

 

Alex Piché
Admission Counselor
alex.piche@augie.edu
605.274.5504

Territory/Responsibility: Twin Cities Minnesota, AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MO, MS, NC, SC, VA

Alex was born and raised in Chanhassen, Minnesota, and attended Southwest Christian High School. He’s a 2014 graduate of Augustana, with majors in psychology and philosophy. Alex was an active member of the Augustana community, playing club soccer for the Vikings, serving as an ACE Ambassador for the International Programs Office, and more. His desire to explore the world and his love of travel led him to study abroad in Australia during his junior year of college.

Alex’s adventurous spirit has also taken him to Israel, Norway, and New Zealand. Alex loves hockey and soccer, watching Minnesota sports, scuba diving, and reading. He is very excited to be back at Augustana!

 

Thad TitzeThad Titze
Assistant Director of Admission
thad.titze@augie.edu
605.274.5507
 

Territory/Responsibility: Sioux Falls Roosevelt, Brandon Valley, northeast South Dakota, North Dakota, IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, TN

Thad is a native South Dakotan and part of Augustana’s Class of 2013. He graduated with honors from the Government and International Affairs department. Thad was also part of Augustana’s Civitas Honors program. During his time as an Augustana student he served as Student Association President, was active in Augie Green, and was a Welcome Week leader and Augustana Cultural Exchange Ambassador. Thad took part in study abroad courses in Greece, London, India, Norway, and Thailand.

After graduating, Thad lived and worked for one year in northeast Hungary through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Young Adults in Global Mission program. In his spare time he likes to be outdoors, ski (on water and snow), read, camp, and maybe he’ll even return to golf soon. Thad is excited to be back at Augustana!

 

Donn GrinagerDonn Grinager
Director of International Programs
donn.grinager@augie.edu
605.274.4498
 

Territory/Responsibility: International Students

Donn Grinager, Director of International Programs earned his bachelor's degree at Dakota Wesleyan University in 1984. Upon graduation, Donn was a member of the Peace Corps and served in Nepal. After earning a master's degree in religion, he participated in the Japan Exchange Teaching Program between 1989-1991. He has been at Augustana in his current role since 1992.