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Admissions Team

In Admissions, we know that the college selection and acceptance process can be a little confusing and sometimes intimidating.  That’s why we’re here to help make your process as smooth as possible.

Our counselors will work with you from when you inquire through your enrollment, assisting you with everything from your application to your financial aid quest and your deposits.  After a while, you’ll feel like you have a friend – and you will! 

In the meantime, be sure to schedule your campus visit if you haven’t already visited.  And don’t forget that you can APPLY ONLINE.  It’s fast, easy, and free.

We’re looking forward to working with you.

Grand View Admissions
1200 Grandview Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50316

Meet the Team

Ryan Thompson, Director of Admissions

I am the director of admissions and a native of Des Moines. I've worked in the college admissions field for more than 13 years.  Since 2003, I have worked at Drake University as the senior assistant director of admissions.  I am passionate about higher education and helping students and their families navigate the college search process.  I also have family connections to Grand View: my son is a sophomore and my mother and sister are Grand View graduates.  I attended high school in Tucson, Ariz., and received my bachelor's degree from Iowa State University.  I enjoy playing sports, fly fishing and spending time with my family.

Luanne Knudsen, Assistant Director of Transfer Admissions

Hi!  I am the assistant director of transfer admissions and I'm a Viking through and through!  My folks met at Grand View, my brother and sister are both GV grads, and I'm GV class of '86.  I received a bachelor's in English.  I live in the country in a house built in 1878 and I have two collies.  I love my Grand View family!



Katie Heither, Freshman Admissions Counselor

Welcome to Grand View! I'm a freshman admissions counselor, working with students from Southeast Polk High School, Northeast Iowa and Jasper County. I started working at GV in 2002 and I can honestly say I LOVE IT HERE! I am originally from a small town (Iowa Falls) and from the very beginning Grand View felt like a place I could call home.  I love working in admissions because I get to help students, like yourself, with one the most important decisions you’ll ever make. I take my role very seriously, and I hope I can help you with any questions you may have about Grand View! I can tell you one thing for need to come check us out and see what it means to “Do the View!”


Tina Miranda, Assistant Director of Admissions

I work with incoming freshman from Southwest Iowa, local Des Moines area schools (Ankeny, Ankeny Centennial, Lincoln, Hoover, Woodward, Johnston, and Grandview Christian School), as well as the rest of the U.S. I started working at Grand View in July 2007 and I love it here. It is very rewarding to meet with prospective students and help them through the college search process.  I love seeing students come to campus and take full advantage of what Grand View has to offer both in and out of the classroom.  The people at Grand View are truly interested and invested in the success of each individual student on campus.  I hope you have the opportunity to visit us soon! GO VIKINGS!


Mackenzie Bourke, Freshman Admissions Counselor

Hi! I am an admissions counselor and work with incoming freshman from Northwest Iowa, Texas, and local Des Moines area high schools. I graduated from Grand View in 2012 with a degree in business administration with concentrations in management, marketing and human resources.  During college, I was an athlete on the women’s golf team and worked on many student leadership teams. I valued working with the professors who loved to see me succeed and dealing with faculty who encouraged me to do my best. One the biggest reasons I decided to work at Grand View is because of the people. They are friendly, genuine, and welcoming. The admissions staff is wonderful and I enjoy helping students make the high school to college transition. Please come visit our campus and see what we can offer you!  GO VIKINGS!!


Autumn Luce, Transfer Admissions Counselor

I am a 2004 graduate of Grand View, where I received degrees in broadcasting and mass communication. While in college, I worked in the admissions office and developed a passion for working in higher education. I loved every minute of college while I was studying at Grand View, and knew early on that I'd love to work here and help others have a similar experience.  Plus it's a very rewarding job; I get to help people achieve their goals of getting a college education. Go Vikings!


Sherri Swanson, Transfer Admissions Counselor

Thank you for your interest in Grand View!  As a private college graduate, I can promise you attending Grand View University will be the best years of your college journey.  The campus, students, faculty and staff will embrace you as family and the memories you’ll make will become your most treasured.  I had an amazing college experience by attending a private college--having that personal attention and encouragement to grow spiritually, mentally and professionally made my college journey priceless. My passion for education and working with young minds has allowed me to work in the field of admissions since 1994.  I have had the pleasure to work in enrollment in all age groups (private elementary through college).  I also have to the privilege to coach high school cheerleading at Saydel High School. My two amazing children (15 and 12) keep my heart busy and full of life.  I look forward to working with you and I’m honored to be a part of your college journey.  Welcome to Grand View...welcome home!


Morgan Olsthoorn, Freshman Admissions Counselor

Welcome to Grand View! I am a freshman admissions counselor that works with students in Southeast Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, California and a few Des Moines area schools. I can’t wait to share this amazing campus and community with you—I know you’ll feel at home here. Grand View is a tight-knit community surrounded by diverse opportunities that come with being located in the heart of Des Moines. Your college years are a unique and exciting time of your life, and I find it so rewarding to help students begin that journey. I love to hear about what students are passionate about and help connect them with the resources that help them pursue those passions in college. I look forward to seeing you on campus!


Alex Piedras, International Transfer and Freshman Counselor

¡Hola!  I work in admissions as the international student recruiter.  I have been at Grand View since 2005 and am also the director of the Multicultural and Community Outreach Office and advise all international students on campus.  I am a proud Grand View graduate and I love interacting with all of our GV community members.  You will see me all over campus.  Go Vikings!


Brittany Schafroth, Admissions Assistant

Hello and welcome to Grand View! I am a Des Moines native and a 2013 Grand View grad with a degree in English. During my undergrad, I spent a summer studying abroad in Florence, Italy. My husband and I live in the Beaverdale area with our four cats. I enjoy traveling, cooking, reading, and music. One of my favorite things about Grand View was and continues to be the smaller, more intimate class sizes which help to foster close relationships with professors and faculty. Go Vikings!


Kris Johnson, Database Manager

Hi! I've been at Grand View since 2005 and I absolutely love it. Right away there's a family feel to the campus that draws you in - it did me! I am very lucky to work with a great admissions team. So many exciting things going on here that it makes you excited to come to work every day. I am proud to tell people I work at Grand View. Come visit us and see why!


Sandy Quick, Database Specialist

I live in Pleasant Hill with my husband, Mike, and have two children.  Besides being a fan of my children's activities, I enjoy camping, biking riding, sports and working in the yard. Mike and I enjoy Jimmy Buffett concerts, Ragbrai and playing pitch with good friends. I have worked for Grand View since May 2007. I love the admissions office and all the people. In my search for a new job, I was looking for a fun and rewarding office and the admissions office is definitely the place. Admissions rocks!


Arliss Bonner, Database Specialist

I reside in Altoona with my husband, Kraig. We enjoy spending time with our family of three sons and daughters-in-law and three grandsons! I began my career as a GV data specialist in the admissions office in September 2014. It has been rewarding to be a part of admissions and getting to know the staff in a personal and business manner. I look forward to getting to know more about GV, the staff, and the activities that take place here.