Meet Our Staff

Carol Chancellor - Admissions Counselor for Transfer Students

Carol Chancellor

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.

Jordan Hartwell - Admissions Counselor

Jordan Hartwell

I am originally from Nashville, Tennessee. I attended the University of Memphis and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance. I now serve as an Admissions Counselor for Northwest Tennessee, as well as various states outside of Tennessee. Please reach out if you ever need anything and Go Tigers Go!

Eli Hatcher - Admissions Counselor

Eli Hatcher

I recruit in Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi. I moved to Memphis over four years ago from my hometown in Alabama, and I can't think of anywhere else I’d rather be. The heritage and history of Memphis, paired with opportunities for a bright future and the greatest people around, make me so happy I made the decision to call Memphis home.

Adam Johnson - Coordinator of Recruitment & Enrollment Services (UofM Lambuth)

Adam Johnson

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!

Beckah King - Admissions Counselor

Beckah King

I am an Admissions Counselor for the local Memphis area. I am a born and raised Memphian and University of Memphis alumna. I love getting to share more about the University of Memphis and the city of Memphis that I love so much with high school students, as they are getting ready for the next chapter in their lives. The city of
Memphis has class and grit and it’s a beautiful mix. On campus, I love that you can have the big campus student life with a small campus vibe. Please do not ever hesitate to reach out to me if you need anything. Go Tigers Go!

Carol Mahalitc - Administrative Associate

Carol Mahalitc

I’m proud to say I was born and raised in the Mississippi Delta where I received my degree in Accounting from Delta State University. Before moving to Memphis, I lived in Oxford, Mississippi for thirteen years where I worked as an Academic Counselor at the University of Mississippi. It has been an easy transition to the University of Memphis. The love for the Memphis Tigers is apparent when you visit the city and step onto campus. Come and see for yourself and enjoy the best of southern hospitality!

Cayman McMahan - Admissions Counselor

Cayman McMahan

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 bachelor’s 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.

Steven Mizell - Assistant Director for Recruitment

Steven Mizell

I am the Assistant Director for Recruitment at the University of Memphis. I attended Middle Tennessee State University for my undergraduate degree, but call Memphis home. I love recruiting future tigers to the University of Memphis and to the city of Memphis. I can’t wait to talk to you soon about the opportunities here at the UofM!

Kyle Nixon - Associate Director for Recruitment & Communications

Kyle Nixon

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!

Lauren Robbins - Admissions Counselor (UofM Lambuth)

Lauren Robbins

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 Orientation & Recruitment

Paige Rooney

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

Jordan Scott

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!

Kristen VanNoord - Coordinator of Campus Visitation

Kristen VanNoord

I’m from Grand Rapids, MI but lovingly call Memphis home now. I graduated from Grand Valley State University with my bachelors in nonprofit administration and the University of Mississippi with a masters in higher education/student affairs. I love being a tourist in this city – experiencing Memphis food, culture, and music. If you need suggestions on restaurants or other things to do during your visit to Memphis, please let me know. We can’t wait to show you around our beautiful campus here at the UofM.

Celeste Velarde - Admissions Counselor

Celeste Velarde

I have moved around from the West Coast, to the Mid-West, and finally to the South—and I am excited to be here, serving the Shelby County Schools of Memphis! As an Admissions Counselor, I have the opportunity to assist students through their entire application process, which can be one of the most exciting, yet daunting, experiences of their life. My goal is to alleviate that stress; please, reach out whenever you need anything!

Erika Wynn - Communications Coordinator

Erika Wynn

My name is Erika Wynn, I am a native Memphian and as the Communications Coordinator I handle prospective student communications and manage the telecounseling department. I have worked in communications for five years in both Memphis and Nashville and I am elated to be back where my love for all things communications started. I am a product of the Department of Journalism—Public Relations and I still utilize what I learned in college through education and student involvement daily. I am a firm believer that there is no place in the world like Memphis with its diversity, uniqueness, food and of course the UofM. Go Tigers!

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