Jessica Brock

Jessica Brock
Director of Admissions
  • 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, Associate Director for Concurrent Enrollment and Interim Director of Admissions. She currently resides in Russellville with her husband Matt, and children Braden, Jordan, Kaleb, and Kade. 


Alisa Waniewski

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, and as an ambassador for the Working and Giving Together Campaign. She and her husband, Scott, have a son, Grey, and live on Mount Nebo in Dardanelle. Alisa is the contact person for all academic and transfer scholarships.  


Kerri Threlkeld
Associate Director for Admissions Operations
  • B.A., Arkansas Tech University, 2016.
  • 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 oversees and manages admissions operations for the Russellville campus. She and her husband Jeff reside in Russellville with Peggy the corgi, and Howie the standard poodle. Kerri enjoys reading, crocheting, cooking, and traveling.

Jana Crouch

Jana Crouch 
Associate Director for Enrollment
  • M.S., Arkansas Tech University, 2011.
  • B.S.B.A., Arkansas Tech University, 2005.

Jana joined the Office of Admissions as the Associate Director for Enrollment in April 2018, after working nearly nine years in Academic Affairs at ATU. She earned a B.S.B.A. in Management and Marketing, and an M.S. in College Student Personnel, both from ATU. She teaches the introductory course for the undergraduate Leadership minor and serves as a faculty/staff advisor to the Mary B. Gunter Emerging Leaders LLC. She is also a member of the Hydrocephalus Association and the Co-Chair of the NW Arkansas WALK to End Hydrocephalus. Jana lives in Russellville with her husband Greg, also an employee of ATU, and their son Elliot.

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Meredith Lawson
ssociate Director for Recruitment
  • M.A., University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2009.
  • B.A., University of Alabama, 2007.

Meredith joined the Office of Admissions in February 2020, after serving as the Coordinator of Graduate Enrollment Management for the ATU Graduate College. Prior to joining the ATU family, Meredith spent five years with Southern Arkansas University, most recently as a Regional Admissions Counselor for the Dallas/Ft.Worth Metroplex. A native of Birmingham, Meredith spent seven years at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, in a variety of roles. She and her husband Josh, who is an ATU Assistant Football Coach, currently reside in Russellville with their furry children, Rambo, Lola, and Willie.



Sabrina billey
Assistant Director for transfer ENROLLMENT

My Region: All Transfer Students
Text me: (479) 888-4942

  • M.S., Arkansas Tech University, 2011.
  • B.S.B.A., Oklahoma State University, 2005.

Sabrina joined the Office of Admissions in November 2018, after working nearly seven years in Residence Life at ATU. She earned a B.S.B.A. in Management and Accounting from Oklahoma State University and a M.S. in College Student Personnel from ATU. She is a member of Junior Auxiliary of Russellville and serves on the Promotion and Events Council for the Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce. She and her boyfriend Daniel reside in Russellville with their dog Max.

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Samantha Huggins
Assistant Director for CAMPUS Visit Experience
  • M.S., Arkansas Tech University, 2017.
  • B.S., Arkansas Tech University, 2010.

Samantha first joined the Admissions Office in October 2012 and worked as an Administrative Specialist, Freshman Admissions Officer, and Transfer Coordinator. She then moved to the Academic Advising Center as an Academic Advisor in December 2017. She returned home to the Admissions Office in September 2021 as the Assistant Director for Campus Visit Experience. Samantha resides in Russellville with her husband, Dustin and their two girls; Adley and Carley.

Alida Gutierrez

Alida Gutierrez

My Region: Arkansas River Valley, Oklahoma, and Western US
Text me: (479) 888-2697

B.S., Arkansas Tech University, 2020.

Alida joined the Office of Admission staff family after completing her B.S. in Health Information Management at Arkansas Tech. She is no stranger to Admissions and brings a wealth of knowledge, having served as a student worker and tour guide for four years. Alida was also a Student Ambassador, Orientation Leader, Resident Assistant and served on the Student Services Conduct Board during her undergraduate career. In her free time, Alida loves to hammock, hike, travel, and spend quality time with friends and family.


Allison Sheehan
Admissions Officer

My Region: North Arkansas, Missouri, and Midwestern US
Text me: (479) 888-2464

  • B.S., University of Missouri-Columbia, 2012.
  • M.S., Arkansas Tech University, pending.

Allison earned a B.S. in Hospitality Management at University of Missouri-Columbia in 2012 and began her career with events and catering in her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. She moved from St. Louis to Batesville, Arkansas in 2018 to begin a career in Admissions. Allison and her husband, Wonderboy Assistant Football Coach Nick Sheehan, moved to Russellville in July 2020 to further their careers with Arkansas Tech. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, looking for waterfalls, going to the movies, baking her way into everyone’s heart, and spending time with family and friends. 


Sophie Cheshier
Admissions officer

My Region: Central Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Northeastern US
Text me: (479) 888-2487

  • B.A., Ouachita Baptist University, 2021.

Sophie joined the Office of Admissions family in August 2021 after completing her B.A. in Business Administration Management from Ouachita Baptist University. In her free time she loves spending time with her family and husband, playing pickle-ball, crafting, and drinking coffee at Midtown. 


Tyler Polk
Admissions officer

My Region: Southern Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas , and Southern US
Text me: (479) 888-2526

  • A.A. Pearl River Community College. 2018
  • B.A., Arkansas Tech University, 2021
  • M.L.A Arkansas Tech University, pending

Tyler joined the Office of Admissions in February 2022 after completing his B.A. in Communication Studies from Arkansas Tech University. Tyler comes to ATU from Ocean Springs, MS. He was a three year member of the Wonderboys Football team and enjoys watching movies in his spare time. 


Shannon Shen
Administrative Specialist III
  • A.A., 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.

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  • B.A., Arkansas Tech University, 2020.
  • B.F.A., Arkansas Tech University, 2020.
  • A.A., Arkansas Tech University, 2019

Meaghan recently earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Arkansas Tech. She joined the Office of Admissions in September 2020. Meaghan processes admission applications and assists prospective students with the admission process. In her free time, Meaghan is an avid writer and reader, loves to travel, and enjoys spending time with her two nephews.

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Judy Crouch
Administrative Specialist III for International admissions

Judy is a long time resident of the Russellville area with strong ties to the community and Arkansas Tech University. Judy has many years of volunteer service with area schools and youth organizations. She has also dedicated the past 15 years to Tech as Administrative Specialist with over 10 years in international admissions. With her experience and enjoyment of student interaction, Judy is excited to help expand the international program and welcomes the opportunity to help international students succeed at Arkansas Tech University.

Brooke Briley

Administrative Specialist III
  • B.S., Arkansas Tech University, pending.

Brooke joined the Office of Admissions in March 2020. As part of the administrative support team, Brooke assists prospective students with the admission process. She brings with her many years of customer service experience. Brooke is extremely dedicated and is the proud mom of two sons, Benjamin and Bowen. She and her husband Billy enjoy traveling, attending sporting events, and spending time with family.



Alex Whitbey

Alex Whitbey
  • B.A., Arkansas Tech University, 2021.
  • A.A., Arkansas Tech University, 2016.

Alex grew up in the Russellville area. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Creative Writing from ATU in 2021. Alex joined the Office of Admissions in February 2022, where she processes admission applications and assists prospective students. In her free time, Alex enjoys hiking, writing, and spending time with her dog Sirius.


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  • B.A., Arkansas Tech University, pending

Kacie moved to the Russellville area in 2016 and is currently earning her Bachelor of Arts in English here at ATU. She joined the Office of Admissions in March 2022, where she is eager to assist prospective students with the admission process. In her free time, Kacie enjoys reading, writing, and going for scenic drives with her husband.

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Brooke Telford
Administrative Specialist II
  • A.A., Central Texas College, 2021.

Brooke and her family moved to Arkansas in 2019 after living in Virginia, while her husband served in the U.S. Navy. She recently joined the Office of Admissions in May 2022, and is excited to help prospective students. Brooke likes spending time outside with her son Ellis and dog Kiwi, exploring new places with her family, and enjoying delicious food! She plans to continue her education at ATU.



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.