Office of Admissions Staff          

shauna2012
sdonnell@atu.edu

Shauna Donnell
Director of Admissions and Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management
  • M.A., University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 1997.
  • B.A., Arkansas Tech University, 1991.

Shauna began her career at Arkansas Tech University in 1995 as full-time faculty in the Speech, Theatre, and Journalism Department.  After opening the Advising Center in June of 1997, she was promoted to Director of Admissions and Interim Director of Enrollment Management in 1998. Shauna and her husband, Mike, have three children: Ryan, Joseph, and Preston.

Alisa Waniewski
awaniewski@atu.edu

Alisa Waniewski
Associate Director for Academic Scholarships
  • B.S., Henderson State University, 1990.

Alisa began working for Arkansas Tech University in 1992.   While at Tech, she has worked in the Office of Admissions, the Registrar's Office and the Financial Aid Office. Alisa also served as President of the Arkansas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers in 2000-2001.  Alisa serves on many campus committees, to include: Foundation Scholarship Selection Committee, Institutional Scholarship Appeals Committee, University Honors Council, Ambassador for the Working and Giving Together Campaign, and as a Bridge to Excellence Mentor.  She and her husband, Scott, have one child, Grey, and live on Mount Nebo in Dardanelle. Alisa is the contact person for all academic and transfer scholarships.  

Jessica Brock
 
jbrock15@atu.edu

Jessica Brock
Associate Director for Concurrent Enrollment
  • M.B.A., University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2003.
  • B.S., Arkansas Tech University, 2000.

Jessica began her career at Arkansas Tech as a student in 1996. She has worked in the capacities of Publicity and Student Recruitment Specialist, Associate Registrar and is now the Associate Director for Concurrent Enrollment. She currently resides in Russellville with her husband, Matt, and their children Braden, Cole, Jordan, Kaleb, and Kade. 

Brandie Bio  bgriffin5@atu.edu

Brandie Griffin
Associate Director for Undergraduate Recruitment
  • M.S., Arkansas Tech University, 2009.
  • B.S.B.A., Arkansas Tech University, 2004.

Brandie began her career at Arkansas Tech as a student, working in the Admissions Office, giving prospective students tours of campus. After graduating with her BSBA in Management and Marketing, she took a two year hiatus from ATU to run a local retail store. Upon her return in 2006, she worked in Student Accounts before returning to the Admissions Office for the next five years to work as an Admissions Officer recruiting students from Northern Arkansas and Missouri. In the fall of 2011, she joined the College of Business to launch the College to Career Center and assist the next class of alumni. She returned home to the Admissions Office in fall of 2015 as the Associate Director for Undergraduate Recruitment.

Bradley
 
tbradley@atu.edu

Tosha Bradley
Associate Director for Admissions Operations 
  • M.S., Arkansas Tech University, 2002.
  • B.S., Arkansas Tech University, 1999.

Tosha began her career at Arkansas Tech University in 1996 as a transfer student from an Arkansas community college.  While working on her Bachelor of Science degree at Tech, she was a student worker in the Education Department, and later Academic Affairs.  After earning her degree in 1999, she served as Administrative Secretary, Student Recruitment Specialist, Coordinator of Information Systems, Director of Upward Bound, and is currently the Associate Director of Admissions Operations.  Tosha and her husband, Chris, have two children: Caleb and Kaitlyn. 

Heather Strasner 
 hstrasner@atu.edu
 

Heather Strasner
Visit Day Coordinator
  • B.S., Arkansas Tech University, 2006.

Heather earned a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in management and marketing from Arkansas Tech University. She joined the Office of Admissions staff in 2012. Heather’s responsibilities include coordinating campus tours, Time-Out for Tech and Tech Open House. She and her husband, Sam, live in Russellville with their dog, Buster, and their cat, Sweetie.

Samantha Hugginsshuggins2@atu.edu

Samantha Huggins
Admissions Officer
  • M.S., University, pending.
  • B.S., Arkansas Tech University, 2010.

Samantha is a 2010 graduate from Arkansas Tech University with a B.S. in Agriculture Business. She is a Danville native and graduated from Danville High School in 2006.  Samantha currently resides in Russellville with her husband, Dustin. Samantha is the admissions counselor for the Arkansas River Valley and Oklahoma.

Areana Lopezalopez3@atu.edu

Areana Lopez
Admissions Officer
  • M.S., Arkansas Tech University, pending.
  • B.S., Arkansas Tech University, 2014.

Areana is a 2014 graduate from Arkansas Tech University with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education.  Areana was a graduate of the ATU Upward Bound Math and Science program and continued to support the programs as a summer counselor and tutor during her undergraduate years. Areana currently resides in Russellville.  She is the admissions counselor for Northwest Arkansas.

claycwyllia@atu.edu

Clay Wyllia
Admissions Officer
  • M.A., University of Mississippi, pending.
  • B.A., Arkansas Tech University, 2014.

Clay is a 2014 graduate from Arkansas Tech University with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and Communications. A product of the ATU Upward Bound Classic program, Clay was heavily involved at Arkansas Tech from working as a campus tour guide within the Office of Admissions to serving as student body president for the Student Government Association. Through his undergraduate career he enjoyed the atmosphere and campus dynamic enough that he decided return to what he calls home; Arkansas Tech. Clay currently resides in Russellville. Clay is the admissions counselor for Southwest Arkansas and Texas.

jdarejdare@atu.edu

Jesse Dare
Admissions Officer
  • M.S., Arkansas Tech University, 2015.
  • B.S., Arkansas Tech University, 2013.
  • B.S., Arkansas Tech University, 2011.

Jesse is a 2015 graduate from Arkansas Tech University with an M.S. in Strength & Conditioning. In his spare time he acts as the Volunteer Assistant Cross Country Coach. As a student at Arkansas Tech he was heavily involved with the Cycling Club, Soccer Club, and International Multicultural Student Services Organization. Originally from Dardanelle, he is now a floating resident of Lake Dardanelle in Russellville. Jesse is the admissions counselor for Central Arkansas.

Kerri Threlkeldkthrelkeld@atu.edu

Kerri Threlkeld
Administrative Specialist III
  • B.A., Arkansas Tech University, pending.
  • A.A., Arkansas Tech University, 2013.

Kerri came to the Office of Admissions in July of 2007 after working as a Registrar's Assistant. Kerri processes admission applications and assists prospective students with the admission process. She and her husband, Jeff, reside in Russellville.  They have two adult children: daughter, Casey, and son, Alex.  Kerri enjoys reading and traveling with her family, including their two Corgis, Kip and Peggy.

Shannon Shensshen@atu.edu

Shannon Shen
Administrative Specialist III
  • AA Nursing, Hungkuang University, Taiwan, 1991.

Shannon and her husband, Ernest, moved to Russellville in 2000. Shannon joined the Admissions Office in 2007 and processes admission applications and assists prospective students with the admission process. Shannon loves the River Valley and currently resides in Russellville with her husband, Ernest, and their two children, Gloria and Ethan.

Annie Hoytamcneely@atu.edu

Annie McNeely
Administrative Specialist III
  • M.S. Arkansas Tech University, pending.
  • B.P.S., Arkansas Tech University, 2013.

Annie joined the Admissions Office in 2009.  She earned her Professional Studies degree in 2013. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors. Annie processes admission applications and assists prospective students with the admission process. She resides in Russellville with her husband, Billy, her son Vaughn and her step-daughter, Stevie.

Melissa Rose mrose8@atu.edu 

Melissa Rose
Administrative Specialist III
 
  • B.A., Arkansas Tech University, pending.
  • A.A., Anne Arundel Community College, 2009.

Melissa came to the Office of Admissions in June 2016 after working as the Administrative Specialist in the History & Political Science Department. Melissa assists concurrent students with the application and registration processes. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, and in her free time she enjoys traveling, rooting for the Baltimore Ravens, and spending time with her family.

Hope gvilavanh@atu.edu 

Hope Vilavanh 
Admissions Analyst Supervisor
  • B.S., Arkansas Tech University, pending.

Hope is a 2007 graduate from Western Yell County. She has previously worked in the Office of Admissions as student worker. In 2010, Hope took a break from school to manage a local business full time. After 6 years, she is finally back home at ATU to finish her degree. Hope currently resides in Russellville with her fiancé, Irvin. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her puppies Vinny and Amy. She also loves to volunteer at events for Special Olympics Arkansas.

 

Kneelandkkneeland@atu.edu

Keesha Kneeland
Administrative Specialist II
  • A.A.S., University of Arkansas at Phillips Community College, 2007.

Keesha has been part of the Office of Admissions since August of 2015.  She earned her Medical Office Technology degree in 2007 and adds eighteen years of administrative experience to the Admissions Team.    Keesha processes admission applications and assists prospective students with the admission process.  She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.  A Helena native, Keesha currently resides in Russellville with her mother and son, Chris Sullivan.  Chris is a senior Health and Physical Education student at Arkansas Tech.

 

Chrissy cvang@atu.edu 

Chrissy Vang 
Administrative Specialist I
  • B.A., Arkansas Tech University, 2015.

Chrissy is a 2011 graduate from Western Yell County and the Upward Bound Math and Science Program. She began her career at Arkansas Tech University as a student worker for the Office of Disability Services and University Testing and supported the Upward Bound Program working as a summer counselor. She was also involved in several organizations on campus as an undergrad where she served as Vice President of ATU Trio Alumni Society, a Senator of the Student Government Association, and a member of Student Support Services and Anthropology Club. Chrissy earned her B.A. in Rehabilitation Science as of May 2015 and joined the Office of Admissions shortly after. In her spare time, she enjoys moments with her family and friends and outdoor activities.

Maitab Lee mlee18@atu.edu

Maitab Lee
Administrative Specialist I
  • B.A., Arkansas Tech University, 2016.

Maitab started her career with Arkansas Tech University as a student in 2012 and graduated with a B.A. in Rehabilitation Science. She joined the Arkansas Tech University Admissions office in July 2016 as an Administrative Specialist I. She currently resides in Russellville and during her free time enjoys hiking and spending time with family and friends.

jerry  #ATUJerry

Jerry 
Official University Ambassador

Jerry the Bulldog serves as campus ambassador at Arkansas Tech University. He was anointed with that title by the Arkansas Tech Student Government Association on Oct. 23, 2013. Jerry returned to campus after 76 years away to represent all Wonder Boys and Golden Suns at campus events and athletics competitions throughout the academic year. The original Jerry was owned by the Young family, which has enjoyed a continuous affiliation with the university since 1917. Now, Jerry is back...and we're pretty excited! Come see us and you just might get to meet him.