Admissions Staff

Meet the Counselors

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.


Travis Gabehart

tgabehart@transy.edu

Admissions Counselor

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

Where are you from?
Indianapolis, Indiana

What’s your favorite Lexington hangout?
Gratz Park Historical District. I’m a big fan of history and architecture and Gratz Park has impressive examples of both. I like to walk around and point out my favorite properties with my pet Chihuahua, Amos.

Where do you go on campus when you need to get away from your office?
The Beck Center. Whether I’m looking to catch the Pioneers in action for a volleyball match or trying to get an after work lifting session in, the Beck Center is the place to go.

What’s something you’ve always wanted to try?
I’d love to learn how to play "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin from start to finish on guitar.

What do you love about Transylvania?
Location, location, location. I’m continually impressed by the historical charm of the campus while situated within one of the most culturally rich cities in the region. There’s always something happening in Lexington and Transy is right at the heart of it.


Sarah Guinn

sguinn@transy.edu

Assistant Director of Admissions

Where are you from?
Lexington, Ky.

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.


Ken Higgins

khiggins@transy.edu

Director of Admissions
Territories: Connecticut, Delaware, International, 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? 
I am originally from Chesapeake City, Md.

What’s your favorite Lexington hangout? 
I love Limestone Blue. It’s got great food and great atmosphere!

Where do you go on campus when you need to get away from your office?
I will usually walk the three blocks downtown to get away and always get a bite to eat.

What’s something you’ve always wanted to try?
I have always wanted to swim with whales in the open ocean.

What do you love about Transylvania?
I love the personalities, the sense of togetherness and intimate classroom setting and obviously the students!  To the person, everyone you meet here is genuinely interested in getting to know you and helping you be successful.


Johnnie Johnson

jjohnson@transy.edu

Director of Operations and Multicultural Recruitment

Where are you from?
Chicago, Ill.

What’s your favorite Lexington hangout?
Anyplace downtown–the nightlife 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.


Allister Littrell

alittrell@transy.edu

Admissions Counselor

Where are you from?
Lexington, KY. I lived in the same house off Alumni until I went to college

What’s one thing your coworkers might be surprised to find out about you?
I’ve camped out on a beach on an island in the south of Thailand

What’s your favorite Lexington hangout?
I don’t necessarily have one favorite hangout but I love any of the parks in Lexington. I love being outside, exercising, playing a sport, or just hanging out with friends. Kirklevington, Jacobson Park, the Arboretum, Gratz Park; you name it, I love it.

Where do you go on campus when you need to get away from your office?
I love walking around campus. I think the buildings are beautiful, I love the history rooted at Transy, and I love being outdoors.

What’s something you’ve always wanted to try?
I've always wanted to skydive using a wing suit (suits that look like a flying squirrel). I love the adrenaline rush of sky diving and I can only imagine what it would be like to feel like you were flying.

What do you love about Transylvania?
I love the location. Not only is Transy a great education but it’s rooted in the heart of Lexington. It’s the perfect combination of a close-knit campus with the fun of living in an effervescent city.


Alex McConnell

amcconnell@transy.edu

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, Ky., 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

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

Where are you from? 
Georgetown, Ky., 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! 


Alice Schaaf

 

aschaaf@transy.edu

Assistant Director for International Admissions

Where are you from?

I was born in Lexington, but grew up in Brockport, N.Y., 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.


Carly Wynn

cwynn@transy.edu

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

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.

Contact us

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

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

Office Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. EST