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

(800) 872-6798
(859) 233-8242
Fax: (859) 281-3649

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

Your admissions counselor is here to be your resource as you navigate the college search process. Our counselors travel across the country and abroad to meet with students. Look at the list below or use our map to find your counselor, and feel free to contact them with any questions at any time.

  • Rhyan Conyers, Interim Vice President for Enrollment


  • Deana Ison, Director of Admissions


    Territory Responsibilities:

    States: Hawaii
    Ky Counties: Franklin, Scott, Woodford

  • Ingrid Allen, Associate Director of Admissions

    Counselor for international students

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    M.S., Psychology, Morehead State University
    B.A., Psychology, Transylvania University

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    As a 1989 Transylvania graduate, I have personally experienced the lifelong benefits afforded by a Transylvania education. I am still deeply grateful to my family for the sacrifices and investment they made many years ago in order for me to attend one of the best liberal arts colleges in the United States. As the coordinator for international student recruitment, I have the privilege of providing guidance and support to international students and families seeking an undergraduate college education in the United States.

    For the past 20 years I have dedicated my professional career to college admissions and international education. I have previously served in the admissions offices at both Transylvania University and Butler University. During my tenure with Butler's Institute for Study Abroad, I enjoyed working with domestic college students as they explored education opportunities throughout the globe. I gained valuable perspective from the other side of the college admissions desk when I served as the senior college counselor at Lexington Catholic High School. My career has required me to visit over 50 countries and 300 college and university campuses around the world.

    I’ve returned home to Transylvania and to the true joy of helping international students as they navigate their way through the college admissions process. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns regarding your college search.

  • Kari Kolb, Associate Director of Admissions

    Counselor for transfer students

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    B.A., Communication, University of Cincinnati
    B.A., Organizational Leadership University of Cincinnati

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    Hello! I am so excited that you are taking the time to learn more about Transylvania! My favorite part of the job is helping students find the right fit and have the best college experience possible. I work with all of our tour guides and overnight hosts in the office, so I have a pretty decent idea of what the Transy experience is all about.

    As a student, I studied communication and never dreamed that I would be using these skills so often while working with high school students and their families. In my college days, I spent all four years as a college athlete, participated in intramural sports, helped out with Habitat for Humanity, was involved with Student Government, and also was the president of the Communication Club on campus.

    With an education from a large school and now working at a small private liberal arts college, I feel that I can help students understand the difference between the two. Every day that I am at Transylvania I learn something new and special about the university! I hope you choose to Be A Pioneer!

  • Johnnie Johnson, Associate Director of Admissions

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    B.A., Economics & Business and Sociology, Cornell College

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    My name is Johnnie Johnson and I am the associate director of admissions in charge of operations. I earned my undergraduate degree from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, where I studied economics and business and sociology. Since then I have enjoyed over 14 years of working in admissions, both in recruiting and day-to-day operations.

    I'm a big proponent of the small-college experience. The chances to not only learn from but bond with professors, live with classmates, and easily get involved in campus activities all enhance a unique learning atmosphere. I encourage you to enjoy the process, be honest with yourself when making decisions, and strongly consider Transylvania University as the place to continue your education.

  • Sarah Guinn, Assistant Director of Admissions

    Territory Responsibilities:

    Ky Counties: Fayette

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    B.A., Theater, Transylvania University

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    As a Lexington native, I’m so happy that my hometown also ended up being my college home. I graduated from Transylvania in 2006 with a degree in theater and minors in English and history. As a student, you could usually find me spending time with my Greek sisters, helping with theater productions, working on The Crimson yearbook, and guiding first-year students during the orientation program.

    I love to travel (Walt Disney World being my favorite place on earth). I enjoy spending time with my loved ones (including my Corgi—Sir Reginald Fluffington), reading (especially magazines), cooking, picture-taking, scrapbooking, and watching Netflix (Buffy is a favorite).

    When it comes to making your important college choice, many schools may look the same on paper but are truly unique once you have the chance to get to know them. Be sure to take advantage of the opportunities available to you to visit campuses. Whether it’s a campus visit, overnight stay, or preview day, spending time on campus with students is the best way to determine if a campus will be where you want to spend the next several years.

    When you have questions about Transylvania, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone, send me an email or Tweet me—@PioneerSarah. I look forward to getting to know you better and being a resource to you and your family!

  • Andrew Koukis, Admissions Counselor

    Territory Responsibilities:

    States: Missouri
    Ky Counties: Allen, Ballard, Barren, Breckinridge, Bullitt, Butler, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Christian, Clinton, Crittenden, Daviess, Edmonson, Fulton, Graves, Grayson, Hancock, Hardin, Hart, Henderson, Henry, Hickman, Hopkins, Livingston, Logan, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken, McLean, Meade, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Oldham, Shelby, Simpson, Spencer, Todd, Trigg, Union, Warren, Webster

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    B.A., History, Wittenberg University

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    I was born in Delaware, Ohio, about 30 minutes north of Columbus. I am a 2013 graduate of Wittenberg University, a small liberal arts college located in Springfield, Ohio. While at Wittenberg I was a member of the varsity swim team, a tour guide, a T.A., an orientation assistant, and a member of the Greek community. From Wittenberg, I found my appreciation for the liberal arts and that led me to the great city of Lexington and Transylvania University.

    Outside of the office I enjoy being active and outdoors. I enjoy going to the lake with my family and boating on Lake Erie. I really enjoy going to the movies and catching all of the new films hitting the big screen. My true passion is professional and collegiate athletics, and I have an undying love for the Reds, Bengals, and of course The Ohio State Buckeyes. I am thrilled to be in Lexington where the sporting atmosphere is through the roof.

    My advice for you is to visit Transylvania and other schools that peak your interest. Finding a school that is right for you and your family is essential. A main part of that is actually getting onto campus and seeing what the atmosphere of the student body, faculty, and staff really is. It is my job to help you through your college search and find the perfect college for you. I will aid you in every facet of your search, and hopefully help you find a home where you will flourish.

    Transylvania offers an amazing liberal arts education, where professors truly care about their students. You will grow as a person every day where you have the opportunity to join clubs, meet new friends, compete on the athletic field, and succeed in the classroom.

  • Annie Wilson Grisham, Admissions Counselor

    Territory Responsibilities:

    States: Ohio
    Ky Counties: Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen, Pendleton, Trimble

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    M.S., Health Promotion and Wellness, University of Kentucky
    B.A., Exercise Science, Transylvania University

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    As a 2010 graduate of Transylvania University, my love for this school runs deep. During my years as a Pioneer, I was a four-year varsity swimmer, an active member of my Greek organization, and a part of numerous other student organizations. As an exercise science major and a Spanish and psychology double-minor, I really latched on to the interaction between disciplines and subjects that is at the heart of a liberal arts education.

    After an incredible journey at Transylvania, I followed my passion for exercise and an active lifestyle to my Master of Science Program in health promotion and wellness at the University of Kentucky. Although I loved my time at UK and thrived in the large, public school setting, I am entirely confident that my successes at UK were all due to my experiences at Transy.

    As you can probably tell, I am a big supporter of liberal arts education and the small school atmosphere. But being able to experience both sides of the academic spectrum is what really drives me today. I cannot wait to help students like you find your “fit.” I knew the moment I stepped on our campus that it was the right place for me at the time, and I sincerely hope it is for you as well!

    If you have any questions or just want to chat, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am always here to help.

  • Kelsey Huelse, Admissions Counselor

    Territory Responsibilities:

    States: Indiana, Pennsylvania
    Ky Counties: Jefferson

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    B.A, Sociology, Transylvania University

    I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, but after attending Anderson High School, I ventured down to the Bluegrass to attend Transylvania University. I graduated from Transylvania with a degree in sociology and a minor in anthropology. I was involved in a few clubs and worked in the admissions office as a tour guide. Additionally, I worked with students who volunteer in the admissions office.

    Outside of the office, I love to spend time running outdoors. I also love to have cuddle sessions with my kitten, Durkheim. I have also decided to take an adult ballet class, because I always wanted to be a ballerina. When not spending time in ballet shoes or with my kitten, I enjoy going to concerts and plays in the local parks or downtown areas.

    Coming from Transylvania University, I have the ability to relate to anyone going through the admissions process. It is my goal as your admissions counselor to make this process as exciting and fun as possible. I want to make sure that you are happy with your college decision, and visiting is the first step. So, come for a day or overnight visit and meet with me. I look forward to working with you!

  • Laura Newton Prather, Admissions Counselor

    Territory Responsibilities:

    States: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee (Middle/West), Texas, Utah, Vermont

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    B.A., Secondary English Education, University of Kentucky

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    After living in a variety of places, I am happy to call Lexington, Ky., my home. I graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.A. in secondary English education, and I am currently working toward an M.S. in higher education. During my undergraduate experience, I learned the importance of immersing oneself into the college experience—both inside and outside of the classroom. One of the many reasons I am proud to work at Transylvania University is because of the numerous opportunities for students to grow as both scholars and individuals.

    After graduating from college, I taught high school English in Charlotte, N.C., as a Teach For America corps member. During this time, I was able to help many seniors with the college admissions process, and I am grateful they shared their exciting experiences of selecting colleges with me. Most recently, I worked with student-athletes in an academic capacity at the University of Kentucky.

    On the weekends, you can find me spending time with family and friends, going for a run or bike ride, or trying a new recipe. I enjoy taking advantage of the many activities and events offered in the Bluegrass region.

    After coming from a large university, I am able to see the benefits of an education at a small liberal arts school. I believe that there is a right fit for every student, and I look forward to meeting you and helping you find your fit.

  • Meredith Norman, Admissions Counselor

    Territory Responsibilities:

    States: East Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
    Ky Counties: Bath, Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Floyd, Greenup, Harlan, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Magoffin, Martin, Menifee, Morgan, Perry, Pike, Rowan, Whitley, Wolfe

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    B.A., Elementary Education, Transylvania University

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    Hello! My name is Meredith Norman and I am so excited that you are interested in learning more about Transylvania. I am originally from Scott County, about 20 minutes north of Lexington. I have been involved with Transylvania since I was just a kid, taking swim lessons and going to summer camps. Therefore, it is no surprise that Transylvania is where I chose to attend college!

    I graduated from Transy in 2012 with a degree in elementary education and a minor in Spanish. Learning is my passion, so I am happy to be here at my alma mater, furthering my education and helping high school students do the same. While at Transylvania I was involved in admissions, choir, Greek life, and the dance team.

    The college search can become stressful, but I am here to give you guidance. One of the things that will help you with your college decision is visiting campus. I hope you can make the time to come to Transylvania, so we can show you what we have to offer. Transy has been my second home, when I was a student, and now as an employee. I would love to share with you the experiences I have accumulated over the years. Lexington is a fun place to be. Watch out…you might even see me playing somewhere with my Dad’s bluegrass band!

    I hope we can work together to find the best fit for you. Hopefully that place is Transy. Please feel free to call or email me with any questions that you may have.

  • Bretlyn Reese, Admissions Counselor

    Territory Responsibilities:

    Ky Counties: Adair, Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Bracken, Casey, Clark, Clay, Cumberland, Estill, Garrard, Green, Harrison, Jackson, Jessamine, Larue, Lee, Lincoln, Madison, Marion, Mason, McCreary, Mercer, Metcalfe, Monroe, Montgomery, Nelson, Nicholas, Owsley, Powell, Pulaski, Robertson, Rockcastle, Russell, Taylor, Washington, Wayne

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    B.S., Dietetics, University of Kentucky

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    In 2010, I graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.S. in dietetics. I am currently working toward an M.S. in educational policy studies in higher education. As a student, I cheered for the university athletics program and I spent the last two years working in public health. In my free time I enjoy watching collegiate and professional sports and traveling.

    I now work with students throughout Central Kentucky. I want to help both students and their families navigate the admission process. Having attended a large university and now working at Transylvania, I know both sides of the coin and I’m excited to share the benefits that Transylvania offers its students: from smaller class sizes to study abroad experiences to impressive student success stories.

    I do believe that there is a right match for each individual student, and when you find that match the end product is success. It is my desire to provide students and families with the information necessary to make the best decision so that they can experience that success.

    Please feel free to call or email me with any questions. I look forward to meeting you!

  • Carly Wynn, Admission Counselor

    Territory Responsibilities:

    States: Alaska, California, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, Washington D.C., Wisconsin, Wyoming

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    B.A., Religion, Transylvania University

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    I'm originally from the Akron, Ohio area, and until the end of my senior year of high school, I had no clue where I would end up going for my college career.  Transylvania University felt like the right fit for me and I'm happy to have called it home for my four years of undergrad.  I graduated in 2014 with a degree in Religion, and two minors: in Women's Studies and Anthropology.  While at Transylvania, I took part in many organizations, ranging from band to diversity groups to student government, and even taking advantage of study abroad opportunities.

    Transylvania provides students with the opportunity to explore their interests and capabilities, both inside and out of their comfort zones, resulting in an incredible amount of personal growth. The liberal arts experience here will encourage students to take chances, whether that's by taking a class in a different subject or in a different country, trying intramurals for the first time or joining a sports team, starting a new club or running for president of a student organization. No student is the same upon leaving Transylvania as they were when they entered.

    I look forward to working with you to see if Transylvania and the experiences you'd have here are a good match for what you're looking for in a school! Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I really look forward to meeting you!

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