Admissions Staff

Admissions Counselors

Johnnie Johnson

jjohnson@transy.edu

Interim Vice President for Enrollment

Territories: Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, D.C.

Where are you from?
Chicago, Illinois.

What’s your favorite Lexington hangout?
Anyplace downtown–the night life downtown has been greatly enhanced in the past five years

Where do you go on campus when you need to get away from your office?
The Beck Center. It’s a great place to work out, play basketball and release some stress.

What’s something you’ve always wanted to try?
Skydiving. I had a chance about eight years ago, but it was too cloudy that day. I’d love the opportunity to try again.


Erin Alexander

ealexander@transy.edu

Admissions Counselor

Territories: Northcentral Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Florida

Where are you from?
Brownsville, KY, very close to Mammoth Cave. 

What’s your favorite Lexington hangout?
I love the Distillery District. There’s great places for dinner, Crank and Boom ice cream (the best you’ll ever have—seriously), live music, and more. The area has really started to grow in the last few years and recently Manchester Coffee came in, which has a lot of great space to do work as well as amazing coffee. 

Where do you go on campus when you need to get away from your office?
I love Alumni Plaza. It’s absolutely beautiful—especially at night—and if you sit there for more than 10 minutes you’ll surely see someone you’ll get caught up talking to, which is a great way to take a break. Another hidden gem is the patio on the old side of the library. It’s a great place to sit and have lunch outside if you’re looking for some peace and quiet, plus it has a great view of campus. 

What’s something you’ve always wanted to try?
I’ve never left the country, so I would love to travel internationally. 

What do you love about Transylvania?
The community that Transy provides within itself, as well as the community around Transy. My experience as a student at Transy led to not only amazing friendships, but also a long-lasting network. I graduated with lifelong friends and people who will always be in my corner, personally and professionally. In addition, the location of Transy places it close to so many opportunities in downtown Lexington, offering even more resources for our students.


Sarah Guinn

sguinn@transy.edu

Assistant Director of Admissions

Where are you from?
Lexington, Kentucky.

What’s your favorite Lexington hangout?
The patio of Malone’s in Hamburg Pavilion–you can enjoy your favorite sports, get a great meal and it’s not too loud to talk to your friends.

Where do you go on campus when you need to get away from your office?
I love to sit outside, and the new Alumni Plaza is a great place to enjoy the sunshine!

What’s something you’ve always wanted to try?
I wish I knew how to knit, so I could make awesome scarves.

What do you love about Transylvania?
I love the people, particularly my amazing colleagues.


Alice Schaaf

aschaaf@transy.edu

Assistant Director for International Admissions

Where are you from?

I was born in Lexington, but grew up in Brockport, New York, where I went to school from kindergarten through high school graduation. I came back to Lexington to attend Transy!

What's your favorite Lexington hangout?

Sage Rabbit restaurant. Amazing food (you have to try the cinnamon rolls at Saturday brunch, and the daily chicken specials), dog-friendly patio, super staff.

Where have your international travels taken you?

I have visited 35 countries so far, including Cuba, Iceland, Australia and Russia. I have lived and worked in England and Japan, and absolutely loved both. My favorite trips include the Galapagos, and horse riding in southern Spain.

What do you love about Transylvania?

It has amazing programs and great spaces, in a perfect location to take advantage of all a progressive city like Lexington has to offer. Students can really have an impact on their campus, and their wider community.


Quentin Farris

qfarris@transy.edu

Admissions Counselor

Territories: Northern Kentucky, Southern Ohio

Where are you from?
Berea, Kentucky.

What’s one thing your coworkers might be surprised to find out about you? 
I am terrified of spiders.

What’s your favorite Lexington hangout?
Too many to choose from, but one of my favorite places is Rooster's. Great wings and a great atmosphere. The arboretum is another favorite for me. Any place that involves being outside with nature is a great feeling.

Where do you go on campus when you need to get away from your office?
The Beck center is a must. It’s a great place to catch some Pioneer athletics, throw some weights around or play basketball.

What’s something you’ve always wanted to try?
Skydiving is something I’ve always wanted to try. I get nervous about heights, but I think the adrenaline rush would be amazing.

What do you love about Transylvania?
Location is huge. I like having the best of both worlds. It's great having a small community feel, while also having the whole city surround you at the same time.


Jill Marion

jmarion@transy.edu

Admissions Counselor

Territories: Southcentral Kentucky, East Tennessee, Georgia, West Virginia

Where are you from?
Glasgow, KY but I’ve been in Lexington quite a while now!

What’s your favorite Lexington hangout?
Lexington has so much to offer, it’s hard to name just one favorite hangout. My top choices are downtown/near downtown…Corto Lima, Mirror Twin (Rolling Oven Pizza!) on National Ave and Zim’s/The Thirsty Fox in the old (new) courthouse (especially on a snowy day).

Where do you go on campus when you need to get away from your office?
I recently discovered the deliciousness that is Rafskeller (the French fries)!

What’s something you’ve always wanted to try?
I’ve always wanted to stay at Blackberry Farm in Walland, TN so I’ll say that! It’s a luxury resort and one of the top rated properties in the world. I’m obsessed with it!!! 

What do you love about Transylvania?
The historic architecture and overall campus vibe together with the genuine kindness of students and staff make for a great place to work! Transy charts the course for students’ lives and it’s so exciting to be a part of the experience!


Alex McConnell

amcconnell@transy.edu

Assistant Director of Admissions

Territories: Fayette and Woodford counties (Ky.), Alaska, Hawaii

Where are you from?
This has always been a hard question for me. I was born in Philadelphia, moved to Corbin, Ky., when I was 5, graduated from Madison Central High School in Richmond, Kentucky, and then moved to Lexington to attend Transy. In 2008 I moved to New Jersey, and in 2011 I moved to Hawaii. In March of 2013 my family and I moved back to Lexington. I guess I am from Richmond? No wait, Lexington?  

What’s your favorite Lexington hangout?
I have a few, and my list continues to grow as more and more cool places open up! For food and drink—OBC, Harry’s, Cup of Commonwealth, Blue Door BBQ, Lexington Diner, Locals…I could keep going and going and…

Where do you go on campus when you need to get away from your office?
I have not been at my desk long enough to feel the need to “get away,” but I enjoy walking across the street to Gratz Park and I love walking by the Kissing Tree.

What’s something you’ve always wanted to try?
Instead of trying something I would like to go to Paris, France. I need to see the Eiffel Tower and spend a few days at the Louvre.   

What do you love about Transylvania?
The community. I talk about the importance of first-year students building their Transy community on the very first day they walk on campus. The communities are where you live, what activities you are a part of, your classmates, etc. They become your best friends, colleagues and even your spouse (shout out to my husband, Class of 1999!). Your community will help you be successful, keep you accountable and hold you responsible.


Julie Sams

jsams@transy.edu

Admissions Counselor

Territories: Greater Louisville, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas

Where are you from? 
Georgetown, Kentucky, but I also call North Carolina home after spending over seven years there. 

What’s your favorite Lexington hangout? 
Too many to choose! I participate in the West 6th Walk/Run Club and support other local businesses like Pazzo’s, Blue Stallion, Nick Ryan’s, etc. I also enjoy just being downtown with all the great activities and food options. I love food and love to talk about food (just ask my coworkers)!

Where do you go on campus when you need to get away from your office? 
I enjoy walking through beautiful Gratz Park.

What’s something you've always wanted to try? 
Skydiving! Although when faced with the jump I’m not 100 percent sure I would!

What do you love about Transylvania? 
The people and the LOCATION! Transy is its own community, but within the heart of downtown Lexington. You'll see students, faculty and staff on and off campus enjoying everything Transy and Lexington have to offer! 


Carly Wynn

cwynn@transy.edu

Assistant Director of Admissions

Territories: Western Kentucky, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Northern Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, West Tennessee, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Carly Wynn

Where are you from?
Barberton, Ohio, the Magic City.

What’s your favorite Lexington hangout?
Third Street Stuff, the Legacy Trail and Half Price Books.

Where do you go on campus when you need to get away from your office?
Alumni Plaza! It’s so beautiful and easy to do work outside, and it doesn’t hurt that Jazzman’s Cafe is between my office and there.

What’s something you’ve always wanted to try?
A long-term hiking and camping experience. I love being outdoors, but I’d love to actually learn the basic survival skills to spend a week outside.

What do you love about Transylvania?
The lasting friendships have been incredible—not just with my classmates, but also with my advisor, former bosses from various campus jobs as a student and so many more people around campus. I know that I will always have this fantastic support network in the heart of Lexington.


Student Transitions

Denise Hall

dwhall@transy.edu

Campus Experience Coordinator and Assistant Director of Student Transitions

Denise Hall

Where are you from?
Johnson County, Kentucky

What’s one thing your coworkers might be surprised to find out about you?
I'm allergic to horses. How sad is it to live in Lexington and be allergic to horses?

What’s your favorite Lexington hangout?
I bike the Legacy Trail often—commuting to and from Transy and for fun on the weekends, too. To recover those calories, I love to eat at DV8 Kitchen. They have an amazing mission and delicious food!

Where do you go on campus when you need to get away from your office?
When I get the chance to hand-deliver something to a different office on campus, I always appreciate the opportunity to check in with colleagues, say hi to students on their way to and from classes and enjoy the greenspace our campus provides in the midst of downtown Lexington. The variety of trees on the academic side of campus make for a beautiful place to walk in the spring, when the cherry trees have bright pink blooms, and in the fall, when the maple tree leaves turn deep red and orange.

What do you love about Transylvania?
My favorite thing about Transy is the relationships I've been given the chance to build. Some of my favorite people in life have studied, worked, taught, served and lived life on this campus.

Contact us

Glenn Building
300 North Broadway
Lexington, Kentucky, 40508-1797 

800-872-6798
859-233-8242
Fax: 859-281-3649
admissions@transy.edu 

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