Office of Admissions

Meet the Admissions Staff

Lee Furbeck
Director, Undergraduate Admissions and Student Transition

Welcome to Cleveland State University! CSU really is young, hip, and urban. We’re in the middle of the action and so are our students.  They get out and they get jobs. This is the place to be.

LaQuita Rouse-Germany 
Assistant Director, Admissions Operations 

Cleveland State University has changed and evolved so dramatically and no two years are the same. We continue to be a dynamic, best-in-class urban university because of our quest to provide quality, unmatched services to students, parents, and our community partners alike.

Cristina Wayton
Manager of Visit Experience

Why Cleveland State University? Location. Cleveland State students take advantage of everything the city of Cleveland has to offer, especially the opportunities to work alongside professionals in Fortune 500 companies all while earning their degree.

Mackenzie Albach
Senior Admissions Counselor

CSU not only provides you with a great classroom experience with highly recognized, supportive faculty but CSU also engages you with the community. Internships, co-cops and volunteer experience are all so important for a well-rounded education. Having access to all of the fun events in downtown Cleveland is a bonus!

I focus on high schools in the Parma area as well as New York, Pennsylvania and other states throughout the country.

Tom Horsman
Senior Admissions Counselor

CSU offers a great education in the classroom and you will be taught by some brilliant people. Our location in downtown Cleveland offers our students many unique and exciting opportunities. If you haven’t been to campus recently, please come visit. I think you may be pleasantly surprised. 

I focus on high schools in East Cuyahoga County as well as Northwest, North Central and West Central Ohio, and Michigan.

Annalise Kelleher
Senior Admissions Counselor

If you are looking for an urban college with endless opportunities to find real world job experience, Cleve is definitely the college for you. We have hundreds of companies and organizations in Cleveland, ranging from Sherwin Williams to NASA! There is always something exciting going on in downtown Cleveland. With our large city events and major league sports, it is definitely an exciting time to be a student in downtown Cleveland!

I focus on high schools in Southwest Cuyahoga County as well as Ashland, Lorain and Richland counties.

Clinton Miktiff

Clinton Midkiff
Senior Admissions Counselor

CSU has such an exciting atmosphere! With all the new facilities and technologies on our campus students realize CSU is the place to be! Our unique urban environment is very attractive to students who want a college experience that gives them opportunities to do internships at Fortune 500 companies within walking distance of the residence halls.

I focus on high schools in Central and Southwest Ohio including the Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati areas as well as Indiana and Kentucky.

Rakia Naze
Senior Admissions Counselor

CSU’s campus is urban, vibrant, and diverse. You will get the chance to meet people from all walks of life. There are endless opportunities. Overall, you get the best of both worlds; strong academics and a great location! Students will have fun while preparing for your future without even venturing too far away. Opportunities are literally in your backyard.

I focus on high schools in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District as well as in Illinois and Wisconsin.

Joseph Vainner
Senior Admissions Counselor

My name is Joe Vainner and I am Cleveland State's senior admissions counselor for students interested in transferring from another college or university. I also focus on high schools in Southeast and East Central Ohio. I earned my bachelor's degree from CSU after transferring from Lorain County Community College and went on to earn a master's degree in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a second master's, in Educational Leadership, from Eastern Michigan University. As a student, I loved being at a diverse, urban university where I could take advantage of all the city of Cleveland has to offer. I came back to Cleveland State because I wanted to be a part of the exciting changes and growth taking place at the university. Please contact me if you're interested in transferring to CSU.