The Admissions Team

(photo courtesy of Wagner Photography)

(photo courtesy of Wagner Photography)

Ashley Giljum, Director of Admission

Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Ashley Giljum made her way to St. Louis in 1999 to attend college at Saint Louis University.  There, she completed both her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Social Work.  While earning her master’s degree, Ashley gained four valuable years of experience as an admission and financial aid counselor in SLU’s Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Ashley joined the Visitation Academy family as Director of Admission in 2007, where she is in charge of Upper School admission (grades seven through twelve) and oversees the Lower School Admission coordinator.  In addition to founding the Visitation Ambassadors, she also instituted Visitation Academy’s annual 6th grade lock-in – an event that gives potential seventh graders the chance to stay overnight on campus with current Viz students for a night of fun activities.

Helping families discover whether Visitation Academy is the right fit for them – and getting to know each prospective student individually – are Ashley’s favorite aspects of her job.

When she isn’t meeting with potential students and their parents, Ashley enjoys both running and reading.  She lives with her husband Brian – whom she married in 2008 – and their daugter, Lila, and two dogs, Flash and Otto.

Stephanie Coulter, Lower School Admissions Coordinator

Born and raised in St. Louis, Stephanie Mitchell Coulter is a 2006 Visitation Academy graduate. After graduating from the University of Missouri in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, emphasis in Strategic Communication, she spent almost two years working as a Communications Coordinator for a local association. Stephanie has now stepped into the role of Lower School Admission Coordinator at Visitation, and is responsible for overseeing the admission process for the Lower School (Toddlers through Grade 6), as well as working on various admission events throughout the school year, all in collaboration with the Director of Admission.

Stephanie is thrilled to be back at Visitation Academy on the admissions team, helping families and students discover Viz and showcasing all the many wonderful things the school has to offer!