Admissions Staff

Jimi Sode
Senior Manager for Dental Admissions

Jimi Sode is the Senior Manager for Dental Admissions.  He has a BS in Biology from Pittsburg State University and a Masters of Health Administration from Missouri State University.  He oversees the admissions processes for the School of Dentistry and helps guide applicants through the admissions process.


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.


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.


Angela Emig
Student Services Coordinator

Angela Emig is the Student Services Coordinator for UMKC’s School of Dentistry. She graduated with a BA in Spanish from Truman State University with minors in Business, International Studies and Art History. She brings to our team diverse work experiences in the fields of insurance, event and floral design, and higher education. Her previous higher education experience included working in UMKC’s International Student Affairs Office where she specialized in international credential evaluation, application processing and recruitment in South America and Asia. She’s married and loves spending time with her husband, 10-year-old son and her two sisters that also live in the Kansas City area. In her free time, she enjoys fixing up her new home as well as gardening, thrifting/antiquing, and traveling.

Her responsibilities include advising dental hygiene applicants regarding admission requirements, how to be a strong candidate for the program, and what to expect as a student. She also coordinates our STAHR DAT Prep summer program and supports the multiple STAHR Scholar and STAHR Ambassador initiatives. She also advises and supports the students in our Kuwait Dental Program during the entirety of their time as undergraduate and dental students.