Meet the Office
(Left to right: Eric Thorp, Palmer Straughn, Coco Parham, Benjie Colberg)
|ADMISSION OFFICE FAX|
Director of Admission and Financial Aid
828-684-6232 ext. 118
|Eric Thorp '01|
Assistant Director of Admission
828-684-6232 ext. 162
Assistant Director of Admission
828-684-6232 ext. 117
Admission Office Manager
828-684-6232 ext. 106
When in doubt, Benjie Colberg draws on his background as a former NCAA Lacrosse player for the discipline he brings to many different roles at Christ School.
Colberg is Assistant Director of Admission, Head of House for Gardner House, a Form Advisor for the 11th grade, a Faculty Advisor to the Honor Council, and helps lead the YoungLife ministry. Colberg’s plate is full in athletics as well: he was an Assistant Coach for the Greenies’ first state-championship Lacrosse team and serves as an Assistant Coach for varsity soccer.
Colberg received a B.A. in Economics from Denison University in 2015. There, Colberg was part of three conference-championship Lacrosse teams, two of which reached the NCAA quarterfinals.
Colberg likes to travel to visit friends and family, “any competitive game,” reading, and photography. Colberg considers The Lord of the Rings Trilogy to be “the greatest movie trilogy of all-time.”
Coco Parham’s 14th year at Christ School will offer some change for the longtime employee. She is the new Admission Department Office Manager after 13 years in the College Guidance Office as an Administrative Assistant and Testing Coordinator.
Parham graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a B.A. in Sociology in 1987. Her hobbies include hiking, reading, and watching a great movie. She prides herself on being an animal advocate, and has volunteered in the past with the Asheville Humane Society.
Parham is married to Christ School Assistant Athletic Director and Strength Coach Duncan Parham. They have two children, Ellsworth ’13 and Emma.
A seasoned fly fisherman and backpacker, Palmer Straughn could not have picked a better school to continue his work in admissions and fuel two of his greatest passions. Christ School’s location offers world-class fly fishing and some of the southeast’s best hiking. After heading the Outdoor Program at Wofford College, Palmer graduated with a B.A. in History in 2004 and began as an Admission Counselor at Lees-McRae College. After three years, Palmer advanced to Associate Director of Admission at his alma mater and has worked at Wofford for the last decade. In 2015, Wofford promoted him to Senior Associate Director of Admission.
Recently, Palmer co-presented “Navigating the NCAA and Admission” at the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC) Drive-in Workshop (2015), and followed that effort the next year by co-presenting “Application Case Studies.” At the SACAC’s annual conference in 2014, Palmer co-presented “Not Just a Small School: The Benefits of a Liberal Arts College.” A busy and young professional, Palmer looks forward to a break this September when he marries his fiancé, Sara Riggs, who will soon after join him on campus at Peachtree House.
B.S., Sports Management
Eric Thorp ’01 has been an employee of his alma mater for a decade now. Christ School’s Assistant Director of Admission and Head Golf Coach also sits on the Judiciary Council as a faculty advisor and assists as an eighth grade advisor and Houseparent in Gardner House.
Thorp earned a B.S. degree from Elon University. Following graduation, he worked at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort at Osprey Point Golf Club in South Carolina. Thorp enjoys playing golf and is a diehard Cincinnati Bengals fan. Thorp and his wife Megan live on the Christ School campus with their bloodhound dog, Birdie.