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5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, WA 98503
Phone: 360-438-4596 / 800-368-8803
Fax: 360-412-6189
Twitter: @gotosmu
Email: admissions@stmartin.edu
Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. PST

Admissions staff


Sarah Weiss

Sarah Weiss
Director of admissions
Email: sweiss@stmartin.edu
Telephone: 360-412-6154
Twitter: @SarahWeissSMU

Territory: Hawaii

About me…

HOMETOWN: Richland, Washington

DEGREE/INSTITUTION: B.A. in International/Russian Studies, Willamette University, completing M.A. in Higher Education Administration through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

What makes Saint Martin’s University distinctive? Everyone is here to support the other members of our community’s success. From staff to faculty to our students it’s inspiring to be around people that care so deeply for one another.

Why did you choose to be a part of the Saint Martin’s community? I am excited about everything happening here! New buildings, student growth and development and continued goal of success. All this while staying true to our Benedictine values and supporting each other.

What is your favorite place in Lacey/Olympia? Farmer’s Market. I love going downtown, trying local fruit and veggies and getting some good German food while overlooking the Puget Sound.

Interesting Facts

What was your favorite class in college? Two: Contemporary Russian Society and a history class that looked at the similarities and differences between the American Civil Rights movement and the South African anti-Apartheid movement.

You get to meet any historical figure. Who do you choose and why? Lucille Ball. She tried to make everyone laugh. Humor is a great way to connect with people!

What is the ideal way to spend a Saturday day/night? A hike in Priest Point Park followed by grilling out with my husband and black lab/jack russell mix, Cosmo.

Do you have a message you would like to share with students thinking about Saint Martin’s?

During the college search process most students find there may be more than “one right fit” out there for them. Many universities have similar programs, size, location, etc. However, it is important to imagine how you will feel as part of a certain campus community. Your experience at college ultimately shapes your goals and the experiences and skills that build your resume.

Saint Martin’s is a place that focuses on building that community and embracing those that are a part of it. That’s what is exciting and wonderful about Saint Martin’s – it’s a place where so many of us find our home and hope that during your search you will take the chance to see if Saint Martin’s could be the place for you.


Spencer Jerome

Spencer Jerome
Admissions outreach coordinator
Telephone: 360-486-8117
Email: sjerome@stmartin.edu
Twitter: @gotosmu

About me…

HOMETOWN: Federal Way, Washington

DEGREE/INSTITUTION: B.A. Communications/Multicultural Psychology/The Evergreen State College

What makes Saint Martin’s University distinctive? The sense of community that permeates from the institution itself. Never have I seen a campus so integrated, so friendly, so warm, and so committed to the success and welfare of its students, it’s truly an amazing thing.

Why did you choose to be a part of the Saint Martin’s community? I always thought working in higher education would be a great experience, and when I got to Saint Martin’s I instantly fell in love with the institution. There are very few places where you can chat with a monk, take a walk through pristine woods, and get $5 movie tickets all on your lunch break!

What is your favorite place in Lacey/Olympia?
Any of the beautiful parks that are incorporated all over the city, we truly are the Evergreen State! Downtown Olympia as an art and music hub is pretty great as well!

Interesting Facts

What was your favorite class in college?Social Psychology, the subject matter fascinated me and I had a wonderful professor who made what I learned relevant in my day to day life!

You get to meet any historical figure. Who do you choose and why? Winston Churchill, he’s a distant relative and from all of the stories I’ve heard, seemed like a hoot and a half to kick it with.

What song can’t you get out of your head right now? “Radar Love”

Coke, Pepsi, or something else? Coca Cola went to town, Pepsi Cola shot him down, Dr. Pepper patched him up, now we all drink 7-Up. And by that I mean Pepsi all the way!

Do you have a message you would like to share with students thinking about Saint Martin’s?

This school is a very special place. Saint Martin’s was not my alma mater but after spending a month here, I wish it was. It has a deep and profound sense of community at its core, and it leaves me genuinely excited to go to work each day to have a part in helping to build that community!


Robin Sleeper

Robin Sleeper
Admissions student records manager
Telephone: 360-438-4595
Email: rsleeper@stmartin.edu

About me…

HOMETOWN: Rochester, Washington

DEGREE/INSTITUTION: South Puget Sound Community College

What makes Saint Martin’s University distinctive? The warm atmosphere you feel when you come on campus.

What is your favorite place in Lacey/Olympia? The Farmers Market.

Interesting Facts

What is the most interesting place you have visited? Melbourne, Australia

Where would you still like to visit that you haven't already? Lake Como, Italy

You get to meet any historical figure. Who do you choose and why? The spies of WWII. They exhibited incredible dedication, determination and bravery under the worst possible conditions because they believed in the cause.

Do you have a message you would like to share with students thinking about Saint Martin’s?

Once you start the process, continue it in a timely fashion. If you have any questions, call us. That’s why we are here!


Bobbi Weatherholt

Bobbi Weatherholt
Administrative assistant
Telephone: 360-438-4596
Email: bobbi.weatherholt@stmartin.edu

About me…

HOMETOWN: Emporia, Kansas

DEGREE/INSTITUTION: B.A., French, University of Kansas; M.S., Human Resources, Chapman University

What makes Saint Martin’s University distinctive? The Monks. Underneath those black robes hide colorful and diverse personalities! My interactions with them are never dull.

Why did you choose to be a part of the Saint Martin’s community? I started as an intern in the Human Resource office and was enlisted to work in Admissions. I have seen the recruiting processes for outstanding faculty, staff, and students on this campus. I’m proud of our talent here!

What is your favorite place in Lacey/Olympia?
The State Theater.

Interesting Facts

What was your favorite class in college? I had a Western Civilization class of 500 students my sophomore year. To keep everyone interested, the professor would often show up dressed up as a famous person from history and teach in character. Mark Twain and Calamity Jane were his best lectures!

What song can’t you get out of your head right now? “This Corrosion” by Sisters of Mercy.

What is the ideal way to spend a Saturday night? Roller Derby.

Do you have a message you would like to share with students thinking about Saint Martin’s?

You can be as Catholic (or not Catholic) as you want to be. The school centers itself in the Benedictine values. For me this means that even though I don’t identify as Catholic or go to mass, I am still connected to the university mission. People here go out of their way to make me feel included and accepted as part of the SMU community.


Emilie Schnabel

Emilie Schnabel
Assistant director of admissions
Coordinator for campus visits and events
Email: eschnabel@stmartin.edu
Telephone: 360-438-4592
Twitter: @connectsmu.

Territories: Serving Alaska and the following Washington counties – Thurston, Lewis and Mason as well as 1/2 of Pierce. (Lakewood/Gig Harbor/Bethel/Spanaway)

About me…

HOMETOWN: Shelton, Washington

DEGREE/INSTITUTION: B.A. in Music and Theatre Arts/Saint Martin’s University

What makes Saint Martin’s University distinctive? The seamless blend of tradition and modernity on campus sets Saint Martin’s apart from similar institutions.

Interesting Facts

You get to meet any historical figure. Who do you choose and why? I’d love to sit down with Kobo Abe, Japanese playwright, and learn what it was like to live and write in such a radically changing time (post nuclear-detonation).

What song can’t you get out of your head right now? “Amsterdam” by Imagine Dragons.

What is the ideal way to spend a Saturday night? Dinner, a movie in or out with friends, followed up by some licorice spice tea and a good book.

Coke, Pepsi, or something else? Espresso.

Do you have a message you would like to share with students thinking about Saint Martin’s?

I would like to encourage any student considering Saint Martin’s to visit campus. It is one thing to memorize facts about the university from the website, but it is difficult to truly feel and understand how the Benedictine tenets affect and form Saint Martin’s spirit of community without experiencing it in person.

Kacie McPartland

Kacie McPartland
Senior admissions counselor and Coordinator for multicultural initiatives
Email: KMcPartland@stmartin.edu
Telephone: 360-486-8121
Twitter: @KMcPartlandSMU

Territories: Serving Arizona, California, Nevada, Idaho, and all U.S. territories. Also serving the following Washington counties - Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whitman, and Yakima

About me…

HOMETOWN: Warden, WA

DEGREE/INSTITUTION: B.A. Spanish and Public Relations- Washington State University

What makes Saint Martin’s University distinctive? The size and the friendliness of the people here make Saint Martin’s a unique place. I have only been on campus a short time, but I can already tell that this is a University where people aren’t afraid to reach out and welcome you.

Interesting Facts

What is the most interesting place you have visited? I visited Paris for only a day and it lived up to everything you would imagine Paris to be. I had read about the city in books and seen movies centered solely on what it is like to visit there. For me, the monuments, gardens and whole experience were exactly what I imagined it would be.

What was your favorite class in college? Pre-20th Century English Novels. I had a professor who was so passionate about her topic. We were reading a novel and at one point a pitifully small amount of food was described in measurements the class didn’t understand. The next day, our professor brought in half of a potato and rolls. The entire class looked at her a bit oddly, but she was so excited! She was showing us the amount of food that we had read about in class the day before. She also brought food and movies into her classroom to really emphasize the setting of the books we read. It was a really interesting and fun class.

What are you currently reading in your “spare time”? It’s too hard to choose. Jane Austen, G.K Chesterton, Charlotte Bronte and C.S. Lewis are authors I enjoy.

Do you have a message you would like to share with students thinking about Saint Martin’s?

Look at the goals you have for your college experience and let that guide you as you begin exploring Saint Martin’s and other universities. Be sure not to rule us out because of the initial upfront price of the University. There are so many scholarships and options available to you and it’s really important to explore those. Saint Martin’s offers a wide variety of programs and activities and we may turn out to be the perfect fit for you!


Joscelyn Minton

Joscelyn Minton
Admissions counselor
Email: JMinton@stmartin.edu
Telephone: 360 438-4517
Twitter: @JoMin_SMU

Territories: Serving Oregon, Nevada , and the following Washington counties – Grays Harbor, Cowlitz, Clark, Island, Pacific, San Juan, Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom

About me…

HOMETOWN: Shelton, WA

DEGREE/INSTITUTION: : B.A. in History and Political Science - Saint Martin's University

What makes Saint Martin’s University distinctive? Our Benedictine traditions of hospitality and service

What is your favorite place in Lacey/Olympia? Priest Point Park

Interesting Facts

What is the most interesting place you have visited? The Redwood Forests in California.

Where would you still like to visit that you haven't already? Japan would be awesome (minus the extreme insects). The Freddie Mercury statue in Montreux Switzerland…basically anywhere in Europe

You get to meet any historical figure. Who do you choose and why? I think it would be cool to meet Alice Paul. She was a radical women’s suffragist who inspired a nation and turned the tide during the end of the first wave of feminism. I think we could play roller derby together. Sir Edmund Hillary is another good one (he was the first person to reach the summit of Mt. Everest)…Jesse Owens… and of course there are many other historical figures I would love to meet.

Do you have a message you would like to share with students thinking about Saint Martin’s?

Saint Martin’s is a wonderful university that is constantly growing and improving. You will find a friendly atmosphere here that is unlike anywhere else.

Sam Washington

Sam Washington
Admissions counselor
Email: Mwashington@stmartin.edu
Telephone: 360-438-4527
Twitter: @SamWaSMU

Territory: Serving Idaho and all other unlisted states in the continental U.S. and the following Washington counties – King and 1/2 of Pierce. (Tacoma/Puyallup)

About me…

HOMETOWN: Tacoma, WA

DEGREE/INSTITUTION: B.A. Sociology and Cultural Anthropology, Saint Martin’s University

What makes Saint Martin’s University distinctive? The small class sizes of Saint Martin’s help students develop strong personal and professional relationships with faculty. These relationships aren’t something you typically see at a University, but at Saint Martin’s they happen all the time and they are extremely beneficial for students.

What is your favorite place in Lacey/Olympia?

My favorite place in the area is called South Bay BBQ; they have some of the best BBQ I’ve ever had!

Interesting Facts

What is the most interesting place you have visited? The most interesting place I’ve visited would have to be the island of Oahu, HI. I’ve made great friends in my time at SMU and was fortunate enough to visit their homes in Hawaii.

Where would you still like to visit that you haven't already? I would love to go to the UK and visit the different major cities to experience the difference in culture. I would also love to see a tennis and soccer match.

What was your favorite class in college? My favorite class in college would have to be Social Psychology; learning about how people interact and the affects their social status has on relationships is very fascinating.

What is your favorite movie? My favorite movie would have to be Ocean’s Eleven. The story and the cast are very entertaining!

What song can’t you get out of your head right now? “Paradise” – by Cris Cab

What is the ideal way to spend a Saturday day/night? My ideal Saturday would be hanging out with close friends and doing things like playing basketball, video games, or watching a movie.

Do you have a message you would like to share with students thinking about Saint Martin’s? The Saint Martin’s faculty and staff are a caring group of people who are dedicated to the success of every student. It’s something that I have experienced myself and it’s something that I want potential students to experience.


Sarah Weiss

Sarah Weiss
Director of admissions
Email: sweiss@stmartin.edu
Telephone: 360-412-6154
Twitter: @SarahWeissSMU

Territory: Hawaii

About me…

HOMETOWN: Richland, Washington

DEGREE/INSTITUTION: B.A. in International/Russian Studies, Willamette University, completing M.A. in Higher Education Administration through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

What makes Saint Martin’s University distinctive? Everyone is here to support the other members of our community’s success. From staff to faculty to our students it’s inspiring to be around people that care so deeply for one another.

Why did you choose to be a part of the Saint Martin’s community? I am excited about everything happening here! New buildings, student growth and development and continued goal of success. All this while staying true to our Benedictine values and supporting each other.

What is your favorite place in Lacey/Olympia? Farmer’s Market. I love going downtown, trying local fruit and veggies and getting some good German food while overlooking the Puget Sound.

Interesting Facts

What was your favorite class in college? Two: Contemporary Russian Society and a history class that looked at the similarities and differences between the American Civil Rights movement and the South African anti-Apartheid movement.

You get to meet any historical figure. Who do you choose and why? Lucille Ball. She tried to make everyone laugh. Humor is a great way to connect with people!

What is the ideal way to spend a Saturday day/night? A hike in Priest Point Park followed by grilling out with my husband and black lab/jack russell mix, Cosmo.

Do you have a message you would like to share with students thinking about Saint Martin’s?

During the college search process most students find there may be more than “one right fit” out there for them. Many universities have similar programs, size, location, etc. However, it is important to imagine how you will feel as part of a certain campus community. Your experience at college ultimately shapes your goals and the experiences and skills that build your resume.

Saint Martin’s is a place that focuses on building that community and embracing those that are a part of it. That’s what is exciting and wonderful about Saint Martin’s – it’s a place where so many of us find our home and hope that during your search you will take the chance to see if Saint Martin’s could be the place for you.

Jo Pilon

Josefina Pilon, M.Ed.
Assistant director of admissions
Email: jpilon@stmartin.edu
Telephone: 360-438-4593

Territories: Bates Tech. College, Bellingham Tech. College, Centralia College, Clover Park CC, Lake Washington Tech. College, Northwest Indian College, Olympic College (Shelton Campus), Pierce College (Main/Ft. Steilacoom Campus/Puyallup), Renton Tech. College, South Puget Sound CC, Wenatchee Valley College, Yakima Valley College and all out of state colleges/universities (With the exception of Oregon and California)

About me…

NAME: Josefina Pilon AKA: Jo AKA: Fina

POSITION: Assistant Director of Admissions for Transfer Recruitment

DEGREE/INSTITUTION: 1999 – BA Humanities – Saint Martin’s College 2004 – M.Ed. Guidance Counseling – Saint Martin’s College

HOMETOWN: Olmito, Texas

What makes Saint Martin’s University distinctive? The Benedictine values of Faith, Reason, Service and Community

Why did you choose to be a part of the Saint Martin’s community? Saint Martin’s felt like home the very first day I stepped onto the campus. There is a real sense of community with staff, faculty and students that I had never sensed before.

What is your favorite place in Lacey/Olympia? Waterfront Park

Interesting Facts:

What is the most interesting place you have visited? Spain

Where would you still like to visit that you haven't already? Italy

What was your favorite class in college? Family Systems

What is your favorite movie? The Three Amigos – just ask my grand kids

What are you currently reading in your “spare time”? What spare time?

You get to meet any historical figure. Who do you choose and why? Eleanor Roosevelt – I admire her strength during a time that women in the U.S. were not considered to have much say. She was bold, courageous and probably the first women who defined the word multi-tasking.

What song can’t you get out of your head right now? Special Delivery by Evie

What is the ideal way to spend a Saturday day/night? Sitting at home watching movies

Coke, Pepsi, or something else? Definitely something else

Do you have a message you would like to share with students thinking about Saint Martin’s? Check us out—you will be surprised!


Caitlin Gordon

Caitlin Gordon
Admissions counselor
Email: cgordon@stmartin.edu
Telephone: 360-438-4594

Territories: Bellevue CC, Big Bend CC, Cascadia College, Clark College, Columbia Basin College, Edmonds CC, Everett CC, Green River CC, Highline CC, Lower Columbia College, North Seattle CC, Olympic College (All campuses), Peninsula CC, Seattle Central CC, Shoreline CC, Skagit Valley CC, South Seattle CC, Spokane CC, Spokane Falls CC, Tacoma CC, Walla Walla CC, ,Whatcom CC, All non-traditional freshmen (graduated from college more than a year ago), Transfers from Oregon, California and all four-year colleges/universities in WA state

About me…

NAME: Caitlin Gordon

POSITION: Transfer Admissions Counselor

DEGREE/INSTITUTION: Associate of Arts, Grays Harbor College; Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Communication, Washington State University

HOMETOWN: Elma, WA

What makes Saint Martin’s University distinctive? Everyone on campus is extremely warm and welcoming, and is genuinely excited that you are here. The smaller campus size also allows you to meet and get to know so many more people on a deeper personal level.

What is your favorite place in Lacey/Olympia? The park around Capitol Lake and Meconi’s.

Interesting Facts:

What is the most interesting place you have visited? Germany. The country itself is gorgeous, and the people are some of the friendliest kind I have ever met.

Where would you still like to visit that you haven't already? Greece. I love ancient history, and the scenery looks to be pretty nice as well!

What was your favorite class in college? Catering and Food Systems

What is your favorite movie? The Mummy

What are you currently reading in your “spare time”? Storm of Swords, the third book in the Song of Ice and Fire series.

You get to meet any historical figure. Who do you choose and why? Queen Elizabeth I, because she successfully ran an entire country at a time when it was unthinkable for a woman to rule alone. She also helped cultivate a large amount of the music, art, and culture we still enjoy to this day.

What song can’t you get out of your head right now? I constantly have about five songs simultaneously going through my brain. They usually consist of country, classic rock, Broadway show tunes, and anything by Frank Sinatra or Michael Buble.

What is the ideal way to spend a Saturday day/night? Laying in a hammock reading, BBQing on the patio with friends and family, going to the dirt track races at Grays Harbor Speedway, and/or going to a Mariners game.

Coke, Pepsi, or something else? Milk. Or coffee. Or coffee with milk.

Do you have a message you would like to share with students thinking about Saint Martin’s? Go with your heart. This place has a lot of wonderful, caring people who are here to make your educational journey a success and will do whatever it takes to help.