Admissions Staff

Due to the circumstances with the Coronavirus, UMKC School of Dentistry is canceling all admissions events for the foreseeable future. The safety of everyone in the building is our primary concern and we want to limit any unnecessary exposure to students, patients, and faculty. If you have registered for one of our events or visits we will be in communication with you regarding this cancellation.

The admissions staff is still accessible for questions and concerns by contacting us via phone and email shown on this page.

Breana Boger
Director of Dental Admissions

Breana Boger is the Director of Dental Admissions at the UMKC School of Dentistry.  She received her master’s in Counseling and Student Development at Kansas State University and also receive her bachelor’s in Business Management from Kansas State.  She worked in the Honors College at UMKC for three years directing their advising, admissions, and recruitment and prior to coming to UMKC worked in Admissions and the College of Business at Kansas State University.

John L Cottrell
Director of Minority and Special Programs

John L. Cottrell is a Clinical Instructor in the Dental Public and Behavioral Science Department and Director of Minority and Special Programs at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. He received a BA from Pittsburg State University and an M.A. in College Student Personnel with emphasis in Counseling from the University of Northern Iowa.

His responsibilities as Director of Minority and Special Programs include coordination of UMKC/AHEC Dental Assistant Program, Dental Research Explorer Post Programs, Great Start Program and the Hospital Hill Health Diversity Scholarship Dinner Dance He is also the faculty advisor for the Student National Dental Association/ Hispanic Student Dental Association which provides dental screening and variety of oral health activities to the community.


Ellyce Loveless
Enrollment Services Coordinator

Ellyce Loveless serves as the Student Services Coordinator in the UMKC School of Dentistry. Before joining the team in admissions, Ellyce traveled to over 70 colleges across the country to provide leadership training and advising support to students of Alpha Phi Omega. Besides working with students to help them achieve success, Ellyce likes to read, go to First Fridays, and wait patiently for a Parks and Recreation TV reboot.

Ellyce’s role is to help students navigate the dental hygiene admissions process, the STAHR Scholars and STAHR Ambassadors program, and the Kuwaiti pre-dental program. She received her BA in English from the University of Kentucky and her MA in Higher Education Administration from UMKC.


Jennifer Pennington
Enrollment Services Coordinator

Jennifer Pennington is the Senior Enrollment Advisor at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She received her MA from Southeast Missouri State University in Higher Education Administration. She loves assisting students and helping them reach their career goals.  Some of her interests include reading, hiking, and traveling to new places.

Her responsibilities as Senior Enrollment Advisor include advising dental applicants regarding career opportunities, admissions requirements, program requirements, dental student experiences, and applicant’s strengths and weaknesses. She also plans and presents educational programs to prospective dental students and reviews and processes all applications for the School of Dentistry.