Find Your Counselor

Ashley Stephens

Ashley Stephens

Admissions Counselor

Office: 478.301.2314

Cell: 478.219.8009

Get to know Ashley Stephens

Approachable, Traveler, Intuitive, Cat Mom, Entertainer

What would you bring to a deserted island?
Cherry Coke
What was your high school superlative?
Most Musical
Best staple restaurant in Macon?
Biddy's! Everyone needs to try their loaded buffalo fries ASAP.
Favorite Mercer memory?
My Mercer On Mission trip to the Republic of Georgia!
Favorite building on campus?
Newton Chapel
Zakia Howard

Zakia Howard

Admissions Counselor

Office: 478.301.2657

Cell: 478.219.8012

Get to know Zakia Howard

Conservative, Silly, Observative, Animal Lover, Artistic

What's your nickname?
Zy
Favorite App?
YouTube
Best part of your job?
Helping students become the best versions of themselves!
Macon in 3 adjectives
Historical, Soulful, and Southern
Favorite place to eat on campus>?
Margarita's in Mercer Village
Grace Dickerson

Grace Dickerson

Senior Admissions Counselor

Office: 478.301.5123

Cell: 478.219.8090

Get to know Grace Dickerson

Passionate, Spontaneous, Whimsical, Tree lover, Reader

What's your hidden talent?
I make the best quiche. Ever.
Favorite App?
Spotify
What was your high school superlative?
Most likely to write a New York Times bestseller.
First impression of Macon?
It's the perfect size! It has a fun, small town feel, but there are lots of things to do and places to go!
Why Mercer?
You will get a great education that will prepare you to change the world.
Jackie Atchison

Jackie Atchison

Assistant Director of Admissions

Office: 478.301.2307

Cell: 478.219.8080

Get to know Jackie Atchison

Book collector, Yarn enthusiast, Singer, Traveler, Chocolate lover

What’s your hidden talent?
I can knit.
What’s your go-to dance move?
The disco point
Favorite college memory?
Studying abroad at the University of Oxford
What made you choose Mercer?
I loved the community feeling and small classes.
Best place in Macon to have a relaxing day?
Tattnall Square Park is a great place to relax. Especially on Saturday mornings – there’s free yoga!
Jordan Fields

Jordan Fields

Assistant Director of Admissions

Office: 478.301.2659

Cell: 479.219.8494

Get to know Jordan Fields

Engaging, Foodie, Golfer, Passionate, Talkative

What would you bring to a deserted island?
A radio for music and sports
Most used emoji?
😂
Advice for the college search process?
Check your email!
Mercer in 3 adjectives
Welcoming, active, busy
Favorite place to eat in Macon?
Piedmont Brewery & Kitchen - best wings in town!
Bo Walker

Bo Walker

Assistant Director of Admissions and Transfer Recruitment

Office: 478.301.2653

Cell: 478.219.8171

Get to know Bo Walker

Family man, Left handed, Amateur musician, Movie buff, Sneakerhead

What’s your hidden talent?
I’m a fantastic swimmer.
What’s your nickname?
Bo is actually a nickname. My real name is William.
Best advice for college freshmen?
Stay on top of your workload and get to know your professors.
Best walking/running route on campus?
There’s no wrong way to get around campus. I say hit the pavement and let the route find you.
Best place in Macon to have an adventure?
Smiley’s Flea Market!
Beth Gonzalez

Beth Gonzalez

Assistant Director, Global Enrollment

Office: 478.301.2332

Cell: 478.538.0013

Get to know Beth Gonzalez

Adventurous, Animal Lover, Compassionate, Foodie, Traveler

What's something most people don't know about you?
I'm an avid scuba diver.
Favorite App?
New York Times Cooking
Best part of your job?
Meeting students from all around the world
First impression of Macon?
Hip town with great food and music
Why Mercer?
Mercer faculty, staff, and students want to change the world. And they do.
Tracy Martinez

Tracy Martinez

Assistant Director of Admissions and Athletic Recruitment

Office: 478.301.2126

Cell: 478.219.8093

Get to know Tracy Martinez

Outdoor person, Minimalist, Friendly, Dedicated, Open-minded

A skill you wish you had?
Surfing
What’s your nickname?
Trace
Best advice for college freshmen?
Don’t skip class!
If Mercer was an emoji, which one would it be and why?
🎓 Mercer sets you up to be successful in the real world.
Favorite restaurant in Macon?
Mikata
Mattie Weldon

Mattie Weldon

Assistant Director of Admissions and Campus Visitation

Office: 478.301.2322

Cell: 478.219.8283

Get to know Mattie Weldon

Celebrator, Amateur Baker, Joyful, Horizontal Stripe Enthusiast, Witty

What’s your hidden talent?
Guess it’s not hidden anymore, but I’m pretty good at bowling.
Coolest place you’ve traveled?
Prague, Czech Republic
What’s your walk-out song?
The Jaws theme song
First impression of Macon?
A vibrant fun place to be with something for everyone.
Mercer in 3 adjectives.
Lively, engaging, enthusiastic
Jordan Ellis

Jordan Ellis

Associate Director of Admissions and Campus Visitation

Office: 478.301.2309

Get to know Jordan Ellis

Energetic, Dog Mom, Watcher of Sports, Determined, Sweet Tea Connoisseur

What was your high school superlative?
Most school spirited
Best advice for college freshman?
Take time to think about what you really want your college experience to be like and look for that when you take visits!
Favorite App?
ESPN
Why Mercer?
It is a place that makes you feel like you are at home.
Best place in Macon to walk your dog?
I love to walk with Oakley around downtown and then go to the Macon Dog Park!
Jena Palmer

Jena Palmer

Associate Director of Admissions and Recruitment

Office: 478.301.2316

Cell: 478.219.8210

Get to know Jena Palmer

Barbeque aficionado, Thrill seeker, Avid reader, Quick witted, Extrovert

Something most people don’t know about you?
I’ve seen all the movies on American Film Institute’s Top 100 List.
A skill you wish you had?
Sense of direction! Thank goodness for Google maps.
Advice for the college search process?
Talk with your admissions counselor!
Favorite organization you were involved with as a Mercer student?
BearForce – It was the best on-campus job!
Best place in Macon to buy local produce?
Village Marketplace on Ingleside
Chris Pinto

Chris Pinto

Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Office: 478.301.2650

Get to know Chris Pinto

Analytical, Introspective, Runner, Backpack Traveler, Occasionally Clever

What's your hidden talent?
Minimizing. You can always bring less stuff.
What's your nickname?
Just Pinto. I've been told my last name is reminiscent of an automobile and a legume.
Advice for the college search process?
Visit, even if it's virtual. You will be surprised how quickly your view of a college changes in that 1-2 hours you invest.
Why Mercer?
It's the best possible intersection of the two things all colleges seek to provide: exceptional experiences and meaningful relationships.
First impression of Macon?
It's Southern-hipster with a deep sense of community.
Felix Jelen

Felix Jelen

Senior Director of International Recruitment and Student Success

Cell: 478.796.9972

Get to know Felix Jelen

Witty, Easygoing, Inquisitive, Innovative, Amiable

What's your walk-out song?
"Midnight Rider" by The Allman Brothers Band
What's your go-to dance move?
The lawn sprinkler
Favorite college memory?
Conducting a six-week biodiversity survey in Baja, California
Best place in Macon to have an adventure?
The Ocmulgee River
Mercer students in one word?
Resilient
Kelly L. Holloway

Kelly L. Holloway

Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management

Office: 479.301.2650

Get to know Kelly L. Holloway

Driven, Compassionate, First-gen college graduate, Toddler mom, Disney fan

Favorite college memory?
Studying abroad in Peru—it’s where I met my husband!
What are your hobbies?
Spending time with my son and husband, reading, cooking, and traveling
Something most people don’t know about Mercer?
How diverse our student population is! We have a more diverse population than most public universities and nearly every private university.
Best advice for college freshmen?
Visit the Academic Resource Center (ARC) from the start—not just when you think you need it. Attend Real Talk, and embrace the opportunities that come from building relationships within the Mercer community.
Best place in Macon to have a date night?
Dinner at Dovetail and a show at the Hargray Capitol Theater

Your admissions counselor is coming soon!

If you have any questions, contact the Office of University Admissions at 478.301.2650 or admissions@mercer.edu.