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Meet the Admissions Team

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  • Zaira Santiago

    Assistant Head of School for External Affairs

    As the first member of her family to attend college, Zaira feels she has a personal understanding of the transformational power of education. That’s why she has dedicated her career to working with students, first at the college level, and then, during the last 11 years, at Kingswood Oxford. “My favorite part of working at KO is watching students grow and transform during their time here,” she said. “I learn as much from them as I hope they learn from me.”

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  • Rebecca Benavides

    Senior Associate Director of Admissions

    Rebecca joined the Kingswood Oxford Admissions team in July 2007. She began her admissions experience as a college student, volunteering in the Office of Admission at her alma mater, The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio where she earned a B.A. in Sociology and was a four-year member of the women’s lacrosse team. After graduation, she joined the admissions team at Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, CT where she served as Assistant Director of Admission for five years, coached lacrosse and advised students. Rebecca found her home at Kingswood Oxford shortly thereafter where she currently serves as Senior Associate Director of Admissions. Other interests include coaching town lacrosse and field hockey, skiing, cooking and traveling. Rebecca has lived in eight towns among four states and some of her fondest memories were the llamas her family raised for six years. She lives with her husband and their two children here in West Hartford.

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  • Meredith Crowther

    Senior Associate Director of Admissions
    Head Middle School Field Hockey Coach
    Middle School Tennis

    Meredith spent the early part of her career in recruiting and human resources, focusing on establishing and cultivating strategic business partnership roles within communities. In working in KO’s Admissions, she said, “I enjoy building relationships with our community of parents: prospective, current and past, our alumni, and our students." She also coaches the Middle School field hockey and tennis teams.

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  • James (JB) Wells

    Assistant Director of Admission & Advancement

    Wells has 27 years of experience as a coach and an administrator at some of the leading academic institutions in the country, including Brown University, Trinity College, Bates College, and the University of Chicago. As the first football coach at Endicott College from 2001-2014, he created a culture of success under which Endicott flourished into one of the top teams in the Northeast. Prior to KO, JB Wells was the head football coach for the Bowdoin College Polar Bears for three seasons where he was responsible for the total administration of the football program, including coaching, recruiting, staff and roster management.

    In addition to leading KO’s football program, Wells will serve as assistant director of admissions and advancement, supporting the Office of Admissions and the Office of Advancement in various recruitment, retention, and philanthropic efforts. He will draw from his experience working in admissions at the college level and serve as a liaison between athletics and various administrative offices on campus.

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  • Michelle Kollen

    Michelle has over 15 years of experience at the collegiate level, working both in the field of admissions of international students as well as with domestic college students wishing to study abroad, with tenures at varied institutions throughout the U.S., such as St. Joseph’s University, (PA), Indiana University, Trinity College (CT) and Goodwin College. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Politics from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and a master’s degree in college personnel and higher education administration from Indiana University. Learning a foreign language to fluency as an adult and living internationally for nine years has fostered an understanding for Michelle of the international students and families she strives to support. Michelle enjoys skiing, hiking and reading when not in the office. She lives with her husband and three boys in West Hartford for almost ten years now – the longest place she has ever resided!

    Michelle Kollen, M.S., PDSO
    Associate Director of Admissions
    International Coordinator

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Located in West Hartford, CT just steps from Blue Back Square, Kingswood Oxford is a private school inspiring co-ed day students in grades 6-12 with a college preparatory curriculum. Empowered students become clear confident communicators, resourceful problem-solvers, and ethical leaders. KO: where unlimited potential meets endless opportunities.
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