Carroll College, Helena Montana
Gold Team

Gold Team

Carroll College Gold Team

Do you recognize any of these smiling faces?  Perhaps you see your tour guide, lunch host, or Admission Office representative from your visit to campus.  Or maybe you were wondering about the friendly student who called to tell you a little more about student life at Carroll.

Gold Team Ambassadors help out in the Admission Office and want to make sure that you enjoy your Carroll visit experience.  They enjoy meeting students who are considering Carroll and would love to tell you more about the Carroll community!  If you have questions for a current student please email the Gold Team Ambassadors:

We hope to see you on campus!

Meet our 2015-16 Gold Team below!

Gold Team

Alex Polsin Alex Polsin

Alex Polsin

Hometown: Spokane Valley, WA

Major: Chemistry

What is your favorite thing about Carroll?

My favorite thing about Carroll is the class size and the personal connection that you gain with other students and your professors. I still keep in touch with my history professor from freshman year. We found common ground in our love for travel and are good friends now.

Ashley Pecora Ashley Pecora


Hometown: Helena, MT

Major: Health Sciences

What is your favorite thing about Carroll?

I truly appreciate the helpful people who make my life easier when I need help or am stressed out about classes or financial aid. For example, my freshman year I was in my chemistry teacher’s office almost every office hour he offered. He truly took the time to help me achieve the grade that I wanted.

Caitlin Anglemier Caitlin Anglemier

Caitlin Anglemier

Hometown: Salem, OR

Major: International Relations & French

What is your favorite thing about Carroll?

The second that you step on campus, you are already a part of this big family. I have never encountered such a friendly and welcoming atmosphere and that has been such a source of comfort during my first year away from home. I explicitly remember my first day of school here at Carroll. While walking to my classes that day, at least 10 different professors smiled and greeted me.

Carly Colligan Carly Colligan

Carly Colligan

Hometown: Wasilla, AK

Major: Nursing

What is your favorite thing about Helena?

I love how Helena has a small town atmosphere but still provides BIG opportunities. There are lots of places to do internships and get advice from professionals. Being at Carroll in Helena has made me very optimistic about my future. As a nursing major I am looking forward to having my clinical experiences at both St. Peter’s Hospital and Shodair Childrens Hospital located here in Helena. My favorite things to do in Helena also include going to the Big Dipper for ice cream, sledding down Guad Hill, watching movies in Simperman Auditorium, and having dinner at Taco Del Sol.

Connon Smith Connor Smith

Connor Smith

Hometown: Richland, WA

Major: Molecular Biology

What is your favorite thing about Helena?

My favorite thing about Helena is its central location in Montana. We have beautiful mountains to our West and rolling badlands, reminiscent of cowboys and ghost towns to our East. Some of the best fishing and hunting in the country is only half an hour away from our city limits, while Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks are only four hours away. Nature is at our back door!

Garrett Ryerson Garrett Ryerson

Garrett Ryerson

Hometown: Helena, MT

Major: Biology & Anthrozoology

What will you miss most about Carroll when you graduate?

I will miss the beauty and accessibility of being so close to the outdoors while continuing my education. It’s awesome to be in class in the morning and be skiing by lunch! Great Divide offers great slopes and affordability for all your de-stressing needs.

Jake Fiocchi Jake Fiocchi

Jake Fiocchi

Hometown: Portland, OR

Major: Biology (Pre-med)

What is your favorite thing about Carroll?

The best thing about Carroll is the professors. Not only are they helpful and knowledgeable, but they are also great people. From helping you write a Journey parody song to discussing Breaking Bad in your Chemistry lab, the professors are here to make your time at Carroll great.

Jonathyn Jannot Jonathyn Jannot

Jonathyn Jannot

Hometown: Otis Orchards, WA

Major: Biology, Music Minor

What is your favorite thing about Helena?

One of my favorite things about Carroll is how close it is to downtown Helena. Carrolll's campus is within walking distance of all the great attractions downtown Helena has to offer. There's the movie theater, coffee shops, and great restaurants. When the weather is nice, I like to walk to the stores that I haven't been in before or alternate between different coffee shops. There's also the library which is a great place to study off campus if you can't seem to find that perfect study sport here on campus!


Kelly Taft Kelly Taft

Kelly Taft

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Major: Sociology

What is your favorite thing about Helena?

My favorite things about Helena are these things they call mountains. Not only do they provide an excellent backdrop for learning, but also they offer a multitude of outdoor opportunities which Carroll students love to take advantage of. The Valley provides a panoramic view from any part of the college. Looking out of my window, I can dream of going skiing, and I can make that a reality in a ½ hour drive. 

Kristen Kirking Kristen Kirking

Kristen Kirking

Hometown: Lewiston, ID

Major: Health Science Pre-PT

What is your favorite thing about Carroll?

My favorite thing about Carroll is its location. It is centered on top of a hill so the views are amazing. From the overshadowing Mt. Helena to the Sleeping Giant and surrounding valley, there couldn't be a more beautiful college setting. Fun coffee houses, restaurants, and local shops are just a few minutes walk away, and I always enjoy walking to the movie theater for some Friday night fun, or to the Carousel for some ice cream! I couldn't have asked for a more perfect location for my beloved second home!


Leah Henningsen Leah Henningsen

Leah Henningsen

Hometown: West Linn, Oregon

Major: Nursing

What is your favorite thing about Carroll?

My favorite thing about Carroll was living in Guadalupe Hall my freshman year. Almost every night my friends and I would sit in the hallway on my floor for group homework sessions, which were always followed with food and card games. Living in Guadalupe Hall introduced me to some of the best friends, opportunities, and experiences that I will never forget.

Megan Rotz Megan Rotz

Megan Rotz

Hometown: Rathdrum, ID

Major: Health Science

What will you miss most about Carroll when you graduate?

I will miss the feel of the Carroll family. The students, faculty, and staff are all very friendly and are there for one another. I love how people say hello while walking around campus. I will also miss swing dancing. Doing tricks and jumps is da bomb!

Nicole KrautNicole Kraut

Nicole Kraut

Hometown: Post Falls, ID

Major: Nursing

What is your favorite thing about Carroll?

My favorite aspect of Carroll is the Campus Ministry. I grew up in a Catholic home, and attending a faith-based school was highly important for me. Carroll not only supports me in my walk of faith, it also provides numerous opportunities for growth in my Catholic faith. I enjoy attending Sunday night mass with a few hundred students and community members. Outside of Sunday night mass Carroll’s campus ministry provides fun, spiritual, and enriching retreats for Carroll students, which is my favorite part of campus ministry.


Olivia Duletski Olivia Duletski

Olivia Duletski

Hometown: Bowman, ND

Major: Chemistry

What is your favorite thing about Carroll?

My favorite aspect of Carroll is the people. I love the community that Carroll College creates. The staff and fellow students are always available and supportive. Carroll has an inviting atmosphere that helps everyone feel welcome. I can always find someone who is up for an adventure, such as hiking Mt. Helena, visiting the nearby lakes, or going to a movie on a Friday night.

Pierce Peasley Pierce Peasley

Pierce Peasley

Hometown:Wheatland, WY

Major: Biology

What is your favorite thing about Helena?

Living in Helena has been a fantastic part of my Carroll experience. The city is situated so that you can participate in a wide variety of outdoor activities from skiing to ice fishing. However, not only are there many outdoor activities, but art events are present as well. My first week here at Carroll I attended the symphony with a world-renowned pianist, and, the following week, I was able to attend a play at the local arts center, the Myrna Loy.

Ryden MeyerRyden Meyer

Ryden Meyer

Hometown: Gresham, OR

Major: Communications and Public Relations

What is your favorite thing about Carroll?

My favorite thing about Carroll is the incredibly close relationships that form between students and professors. I have been able to develop close relationships and friendships with faculty throughout Carroll. The small class sizes allow for a lot of one on one interaction which leads to strong relationships. One of the most telling interactions I ever had was a professor texting me asking why I wasn't at class on a particular morning. Although I had a doctor's appointment, the ability for my professor to feel comfortable and obligated to contact me meant a lot. You know you're close with professors and the Carroll community when they are individually concerned about your well-being.


Sarah HaydenSarah Hayden

Sarah Hayden

Hometown: Weiser, Idaho

Major: English Writing

What is your favorite thing about Carroll?

Everyone here, whether a professor, a student, or a custodian, is part of the Carroll family. Carroll is definitely my home away from home. When I was moving back into the residence halls after a break, one of the custodians helped me lug my bags up to the second floor of Guadalupe. There is something truly special about Carroll that can only be experienced in person. 

Sidney BrynSidney Bryn

Sidney Bryn

Hometown: Billings, MT

Major: Biochemistry

What will you miss most about Carroll when you graduate?

What I will miss most when I graduate are the people at Carroll. The relationships that I have formed with my friends and some of Carroll’s faculty will last way beyond graduation. Carroll is a great community that has acted as my second family.


Stephen Schmidt Stephen Schmidt

Stephen Schmidt

Hometown: Missoula, MT

Major: Biology

What is your favorite thing about Carroll?

The combination of a liberal arts curriculum and a Catholic community gives students a sense of family here at Carroll. All of the students and faculty are friendly and help each other out. I even ran into my chemistry professor skiing my freshman year only a few weeks after school started and he knew me by name.

Tyler ZimmerTyler Zimmer

Tyler Zimmer

Hometown: Bellevue, WA

Major: Chemistry and Math

What is your favorite thing about Carroll?

My favorite thing about Carroll is how creative the students are here. One December Friday afternoon I was sitting in my room when a friend from down the hall asked me if I want to go back-country sledding. For the heck of it I said yes and next thing you know, I’m sledding down a creek bed on a Captain America saucer in the middle of the Helena National Forest. My only thought was, “Where else in the country would I get to do this?”