Office of Admissions Staff          

Jessica Brock
 
jbrock15@atu.edu

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

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.  

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.

Kerri Threlkeldkthrelkeld@atu.edu

Kerri Threlkeld
Interim 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 processes admission applications and assists prospective students with the admission process. She and her husband Jeff reside in Russellville and have two adult children. Kerri enjoys reading and traveling with her family.

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Dausen Duncan
Visit Day Coordinator
  • M.S., Arkansas Tech University, pending.
  • B.A., Arkansas Tech University, 2016.

Dausen is a 2016 graduate from Arkansas Tech University with a B.A. in Communications. While a student, Dausen was involved with the Student Activities Board, Residence Life as a Resident Assistant, Debate Team, Presidential Leadership Cabinet, and was a tour guide with the Admissions Office. In his free time, he enjoys any outdoor activity including hiking, camping, kayaking, riding horses, and spending time with friends and family. Dausen currently resides in Russellville, Arkansas.

Gabbys Headshotggarrison4@atu.edu

Gabrielle (Gabby) Garrison
Admissions Officer
  • M.S.E., University of Kansas, 2017.
  • B.A., Emporia State University, 2015.

Gabby earned a B.A. in English from Emporia State University in 2015. As a student, Gabby was actively involved in Residential Life as a Resident Assistant, Admissions as an Ambassador, Cross Country, and Fraternity and Sorority Life. Upon graduation, she pursued a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration. She joined the Office of Admissions staff in 2017. In her free time she enjoys going to the movies, being active, and spending time with her family.

Deidra Dillardddillard1@atu.edu

Deidra Dillard
Admissions Officer
  • M.S., Arkansas Tech University, 2017.
  • B.S.B.A., Arkansas Tech University, 2014.

Deidra is a 2014 graduate of Arkansas Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management & Marketing. She has gone on to continue her education and earned a Master of Science degree in College Student Personnel in May of 2017. As a student, Deidra was actively involved in several registered student organizations, including the African-American Student Association, United Voices of Praise, and the College Student Personnel Association. She even volunteered to serve on the Student Services Conduct Board for a year. She spends much of her free time with friends and family. She enjoys reading, going to the movies, 4-wheeling, and traveling. She currently resides in Greenbrier, Arkansas. Deidra joined the Office of Admissions staff in July 2017.

 Kassidy Simpsonksimpson5@atu.edu

Kassidy Simpson
Admissions Officer
  • M.S., Arkansas Tech University, pending.
  • B.S., Arkansas Tech University, 2016.

Kassidy is a 2016 graduate from Arkansas Tech University and earned her BSBA in Management and Marketing. During her time at ATU, Kassidy was involved in the Dean’s Leadership Class, was a College of Education Ambassador, participated in Intramurals, and was a student worker for Campus Recreation. Upon graduation, she returned to ATU to study College Student Personnel where she taught Tech 1001 as her Graduate Assistantship position. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, kickboxing, and spending time with her family, friends, and dog.    

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.

Hope Vgvilavanh@atu.edu 

Hope Vilavanh 
Administrative Specialist III
  • B.S., Arkansas Tech University, pending.
  • A.A., Arkansas Tech University, 2016.

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.

Suzanne Keller skellar1@atu.edu

Suzanne Kellar
Administrative Specialist III
  • B.S., Arkansas Tech University, pending.
  • A.S., Arkansas Tech University, 2002.

Suzanne is a 2002 graduate of Arkansas Tech with an Associate of Science degree in Medical Assisting. She joined the office of Admissions staff in February 2017. Suzanne processes concurrent admission applications and assists prospective students with the admission process. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and watching her husband and girls play sports. Suzanne currently resides in Pottsville with her husband, Mitch, and 2 daughters, Madison and Maci.

Maitab Lee mlee18@atu.edu

Maitab Lee
Administrative Specialist II
  • 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.

shelbea gentrysgentry1@atu.edu

Shelbea Gentry
Administrative Specialist I
  • M.A., Arkansas Tech University, 2017.
  • B.A., Arkansas Tech University, 2013.

Shelbea joined Admissions in August of 2017.

kou leeklee14@atu.edu

Kou Lee
Administrative Specialist I
  • B.S.B/HR, University of Phoenix, 2018.
  • A.A., University of Phoenix, 2016.

Kou joined Admissions in November of 2017. She is currently residing in Russellville with her husband, Kyle, and their two children, Leon and Mason. During her free time, Kou enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her 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.