Meet Our Staff
We welcome you to contact our staff with your questions about the University of Memphis.
If you wish to contact the specific counselor that serves your school or state, please
select the US State or Tennessee County maps below.
TyNia Albea - Admissions Counselor
Before moving to Memphis in 2015, I resided in a small town two hours north of Memphis.
My hometown was very rural and limited, so one of my favorite things about Memphis
is the quick access to a diverse array of food, infinitely many parks, and a little
bit of everything for anyone! I received both my Bachelor’s and Master’s from the
University of Memphis and am very equipped to help new students with their transition
from high school to college. I recruit for both Middle and East TN, and I can’t wait
to show you why I love Memphis and our university!
Connor Bankey - Admissions Counselor
I am originally from Jackson, TN. I graduated from the University of Memphis with
a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. I love the city of Memphis and all
the great things it has to offer like Beale Street and the Civil Rights Museum. I
am an Admissions Counselor for the West Tennessee area. I am so excited to be part
of this great campus community and look forward to showing you all the reasons why!
Carol Chancellor - Admissions Counselor for Transfer Students
I am an Admissions Counselor for transfer and non-traditional students. As a native
Memphis and alumna of Memphis State University, I greatly appreciate the diversity
and generosity of spirit among our students and staff. I look forward to exploring
ways in which the UofM can assist you on your academic journey.
Brian Deal - Assistant Director for Orientation
Raised in Naperville, IL - a southwest suburb of Chicago - I graduated from Bradley
University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and from the University of Memphis
with a master’s in student personnel. I have called Memphis home for several years
and it never fails to blow me away. The food is delicious, the history and culture
are rich, the opportunities for entertainment are never ending, and the people are
inclusive. I am proud to call Memphis my home and I look forward to showing you what
makes this community so great.
Caribeth Friedman - Admissions Counselor
As a West Tennessee Native, I graduated from the University of Memphis with a degree
in Liberal Studies with concentrations in counseling and education, and I’m currently
pursuing my Masters in School Counseling. Memphis is a city with endless possibilities,
and I love being able to eat and shop at so many local and family-owned places. The
atmosphere in Memphis is truly one you will not find anywhere else. My favorite thing
about the UofM is all of the options we have for students. There is truly a fit for
ToNaya Gulley - Admissions Counselor
I am originally from Akron, Ohio but as a military kid I’ve had the opportunity to
live in 6 different states! As a former student-athlete and proud alumna of this University,
I’m honored to call Memphis my new home because of the grit and grind that it has
taught me, the beautiful green spaces on campus and in the community, and the plethora
of delicious food options. I’m excited to share the abundant opportunities here and
in the city of Memphis with you. Go Tigers!
Kayla Hubbard - Admissions Counselor
I was born and raised in Mississippi, and I am 2018 graduate of The University of
Southern Mississippi. All of my immediate family have a bachelor’s degree from USM
which means as the youngest child, I was lucky enough to have an easy transition to
college because my family’s support. I know this is not the case for the majority
of students entering college, so I am excited to use my knowledge and skills to help
students have a seamless transition from high school to college. I am currently pursuing
my masters in Leadership and Policy Studies with an emphasis in Student Personnel.
Please reach out to me if you need anything! Go Tigers!
Adam Johnson - Assistant Director for Recruitment & Enrollment Services (Lambuth Campus)
My name is Adam Johnson and I have worked in recruitment for 10 years. I have been
with the UofM for the past five years. I have the pleasure of promoting the great
experience that the UofM has to offer both in Memphis and in Jackson, TN -- at the
Lambuth Campus. The UofM offers a great college experience and benefits greatly from
having the support of the city of Memphis at its fingertips. Internship and research
opportunities along with tons of fun things to do and plenty of great food are just
a few of the reasons to consider the UofM. If you want a very unique experience that
provides all of the resources that the UofM has to offer on a smaller, picturesque
campus, then come and visit us at the UofM Lambuth! We look forward to having you
on campus soon!
Cayman McMahan - Coordinator of Enrollment Marketing and Communications
Originally from Seymour, TN, I recently moved to Memphis and serve as an admissions
counselor for East Tennessee. I am an alumnus of East Tennessee State University,
where I earned a bachelors degree in Media and Communications. There are many things
to do here in Memphis – between the restaurants and attractions like the Memphis Zoo,
Civil Rights Museum, and the historic Beale Street. It’s hard to be bored in Memphis!
On top of that, the University really cares about its students; there are so many
resources to ensure that students succeed and get the most out of their education.
Sammy Morris - Admissions Counselor
I was born and raised in Springfield, Tennessee but I am proud to call Memphis my
home now. I am alumnus from the University of Memphis with a bachelor’s in Sport and
Leisure Management. My favorite thing about Memphis is there is always something to
do, no matter your interests. You could catch the Tigers play football or basketball,
you could go to one of the many restaurants in the Memphis area, you can visit historic
Beale Street, or you could go for a nature hike at Shelby Farms! Take it from a former
student, you have to see for yourself how great Memphis is!
Kyle Nixon - Director of Recruitment and Orientation
I was born and raised in south Mississippi, but have found a home here in Memphis!
I graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in
psychology, and from Louisiana State University with a master’s in Higher Education
Administration. What I love most about Memphis is the chance to always experience
something different – no two days are the same. From kayaking at Shelby Farms Park,
enjoying a summer concert at the Levitt Shell, to eating some world-renowned BBQ downtown,
there’s always something to do in Memphis. Come see for yourself; I think you’ll feel
the same way!
Steafon Parson - Admissions Counselor
I’m a proud alumni of the University of Memphis! Born and raised in Memphis, TN, I
wholeheartedly believe that pineapples belong on pizza. If I’m not at Central BBQ,
you can catch me at a game downtown.
Lauren Robbins - Admissions Counselor (UofM Lambuth)
I am an admissions counselor for West Tennessee, as well as some out-of-state areas.
I’m located on our Lambuth Campus in Jackson, TN. I’m an alumna of Union University
and earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Athletic Training. Two of my
favorite things about Memphis are food and the Memphis Grizzlies basketball team.
I love Central BBQ, Whimsy Cookie Company, and watching the Grizzlies play at the
FedEx Forum. At the University of Memphis, everyone has a place and makes you feel
like it’s your home. I hope to see you on campus soon!
Paige Rooney - Assistant Director for Recruitment
Hailing from Jackson, MS, I graduated with a communication studies degree from the
University of Southern Mississippi before attending Louisiana State University for
my Master’s in higher education administration. Since moving to Memphis, my favorite
thing about the university and the city has been the rich diversity! There is such
a wide variety of people, food, and fun things to do around campus and in the city.
If the diverse opportunities don’t win you over, the kind and welcoming community
surely will. It’s the type of place that you never want to leave after coming to visit
– trust me, I came for an internship and am still here 5 years later! We can’t wait
to show you our growing city and our beautiful campus!
Jordan Scott - Admissions Counselor
My name is Jordan Scott and I am the regional admissions counselor for the Middle
Tennessee area (residing in Nashville). I graduated with a Communication/Public Relations
degree from Austin Peay State University before beginning my Master's in Higher Education
at the University of Mississippi. Growing up in Jackson, Tennessee, my family spent
a lot of time in Memphis. One of my favorite things is the collection of murals you
can find around the city. They truly show the pride that Memphians have for the city
and the UofM— they're even a great photo op for your Instagram if you're into that!
As for the university, I love the instant sense of community that you feel when you
step on campus. Even if you don't see a familiar face, you'll see many friendly faces.
Come visit us and we'll show you how great being a Tiger truly is!
Jamie Staggs - Admissions Counselor
My name is Jamie Staggs and I am the Regional Admissions Counselor for students from
Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. My office is regionally based near St. Louis, Missouri.
I graduated from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville with a double major
in Speech Communication and Mass Communication. I think students appreciate the innovation and creativity that can be found in our
classrooms, plus they get to enjoy the amazing music, food, parks and entertainment
that the city of Memphis can offer them.
Claire Tracy - Admissions Counselor
My name is Claire Tracy and I am a Memphis area native and serve as the West Tennessee
Admissions Counselor. As a graduate from the University of Memphis with a degree in
Public Relations, I have first-hand experience of all the wonderful opportunities
the UofM and the city of Memphis have to offer its students. The rich and diverse
culture you find on campus is unmatched and opens the door to many new experiences.
There are so many new things to try and people to meet! The University of Memphis
is a second home and a place that makes all feel welcomed!
Meet Your Admissions Counselor