Meet the Staff

At Aurora University you will work closely with your Admission Representative throughout the admission process. We are here to answer questions, share with you the benefits of an AU education, and be your resource until the time you step foot on campus to begin classes.

Your Admission Representative will coordinate completion of your application to the university, inform you of important deadlines, and explain various ways to finance your education. Take a few minutes to learn more about our Transfer Admission staff!


April Hix
Transfer Admission Counselor

630-844-5441 |

Favorite Quote: "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Educational Background: Bachelor of Science in Finance from Aurora University.

What advice would you give to a first year or prospective student: Take advantage of the variety of opportunities available on campus from clubs to career fairs. The relationships you build throughout your time at AU will last a lifetime.

Words to describe AU: Welcoming, Inspiring, Fun, Rewarding, Fulfilling

Something interesting about me: I have 12 years experience as a Yoga instructor.


Ashley Hueber
Senior Director of Transfer Enrollment

630-844-4926 |

Favorite Quote:  "Excellence can be achieved if you care more than others think is wise, risk more than others think is safe, dream more than others think is practical, expect more than others think is possible."

Educational Background:

AA Degree, Lincoln College, Lincoln, IL
BS, Agricultural Communication/Broadcast Journalism, University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana, IL

How long have you been at AU: 15 Years

What advice would you give to a first-year or prospective student: Get involved!  You never know what an internship; activity or club could lead you to.  I worked in admissions as an undergraduate student at my respective schools, and look where I am now!  I believe your college experience is what you make of it.

Words you would use to describe AU: AU is friendly, one of a kind, and a campus full of opportunities!

Kelly KirchnerKelly Kirchner
Transfer Admission Representative

630-844-5791 |

Educational Background:
BA, Organizational Communication, North Central College, Naperville, IL
MS, College Student Personnel, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL

Words you would use to describe AU: Beautiful, traditional college campus filled with people who care about learning and making a difference.

What advice would you give to a first-year or prospective student: Get to know your professors! You never know what opportunities they may offer you or what out-of-the classroom learning will occur.

Something interesting or unique about me: I love public speaking and making PowerPoint presentations!

Barbara McCarthyBarbara McCarthy
Transfer Admission Representative

630-844-4648 |

Favorite Quote:
Life's not about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain.

Educational Background:
BS, Mathematics Education, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
MEd, Technology Education, National-Louis University, Wheeling, IL

How long have you been at AU: 8 years

Something interesting or unique about me: I completed the 2006 Chicago marathon.

Words you would use to describe AU: Enlightening, encouraging, and worthwhile.

Sarah WinkerSarah Winker
Nursing Admission Counselor

630-844-3849 |

Educational Background:
BA, Secondary English Education, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
MBA, St. Xavier University, Chicago, IL

I love working in higher education because it blends my educational background and my career interests perfectly. I love working with students and I also enjoy helping them plan and prepare to finish their own degrees!

What advice would you give to a prospective student: Before starting at AU, remember to always submit your FAFSA early, look for additional scholarship opportunities, and visit campus if you haven't had the opportunity. Once you are here, get involved! Join student organizations, seek internships or professional development, and utilize all the resources AU has to offer!

Something interesting or unique about me: I love going to thrift stores! If I ever see a Goodwill in the area I am tempted to stop in and look for treasures.

Words you would use to describe AU: Friendly, engaging, challenging, motivating, and welcoming!

Open House and Visit Days
Thursday, January 3, 2019
Friday, January 4, 2019
Saturday, January 26, 2019
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347 S. Gladstone Ave.
Aurora, IL 60506
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