Find Your Counselor

Abbie Paris

Abbie Paris

Admissions Counselor

Office: 478.301.2312

Cell: 478.219.8009

Get to know Abbie Paris

Outgoing, Creative, Music enthusiast, DIY risk-taker, Adventurist

Coolest place you’ve travelled?
I went on a ghost tour in the catacombs of Edinburgh, Scotland. Coolest experience ever!
What was your high school superlative?
Teacher’s Pet
Advice for the college search process?
Be honest about who you are. Don’t tell us what you think we want to hear, we want to know YOU.
Why Mercer?
I felt like I mattered. The faculty, staff, and students made me feel like I was a part of Mercer’s story from the moment I took my first step on campus.
Best place in Macon to see everyone you know?
Margaritas in Mercer Village
Adam Chulawat

Adam Chulawat

Admissions Counselor

Office: 478.301.2125

Cell: 478.219.8012

Get to know Adam Chulawat

Extroverted, Cat fanatic, Food lover, Quirky, Can talk to a brick wall

Favorite App?
Instagram
What are your hobbies?
I like to work out, play soccer, go out to eat, and hang out with friends and family.
Advice for the college search process?
Your college search is YOUR college search. Decide what is YOUR best fit, not your friends’!
Mercer in 3 adjectives?
Personal, determined, engaging
First impression of Macon?
Historically beautiful and diverse! There’s parks to walk, rivers to kayak, and yummy restaurants to eat at!
Allison North

Allison North

Associate Director of Admissions and Recruitment

Office: 478.301.2656

Cell: 478.219.8019

Get to know Allison North

Open-minded, Social, Music lover, Loyal, Sports fanatic

What’s your hidden talent?
In my car, I am a singing phenomenon.
Most used emoji?
😂
Favorite App?
IMDB (I am constantly looking to see who starred in what movies and TV Shows)
Best part of your job?
Building relationships with future students and their families
Best thing to do when you first move to Macon?
Treat yourself at Decadent Dessert Bar
Ashley Herman

Ashley Herman

Assistant Director of Admissions

Office: 478.301.5123

Cell: 478.219.8090

Get to know Ashley Herman

Life-long learner, Doctor Who fanatic, Dog mom, Foodie, Lover of cheesy jokes

What would you bring to a deserted island?
Sunscreen…lots of it! I burn if I even think about going outside.
A skill you wish you had?
I wish I played the violin!
Best advice for college freshmen?
Be open to new experiences. It’s great to have a plan; however, it’s the spontaneous opportunities that often lead to the best memories. Oh, and don’t forget to bring your rain boots! Trust me.
Favorite place to eat on campus?
Einstein Brothers Bagels
Best place in Macon to get brunch?
LaDDa Bistro on Cherry Street
Bo Walker

Bo Walker

Admissions Counselor

Office: 478.301.2653

Cell: 478.219.8171

Get to know Bo Walker

Family man, Left handed, Amateur comedian, 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!
Caroline Carlton

Caroline Carlton

Assistant Director of Admissions and Athletic Recruitment

Office: 478.301.2314

Cell: 478.219.8006

Get to know Caroline Carlton

Retired athlete, Tennessee transplant, Traveler, Ambitious, Energetic

What’s your nickname?
In high school volleyball, I was nicknamed “The Hammer.”
Favorite college memory?
My senior night for volleyball. We beat Western Carolina in four sets.
Mercer students in one word?
Driven
Something that surprised you about Mercer?
How far students come to attend. I had friends from all of the country and even other countries.
Best place in Macon to catch a good game?
Live – definitely Hawkins Arena! On tv – Margaritas big screen!
Catherine Harmon

Catherine Harmon

Associate Director of Admissions and Campus Visitation

Office: 478.301.2076

Cell: 678-492-2916

Get to know Catherine Harmon

Corgi mom, Detail oriented, Diet Coke connoisseur, Globetrotter, Open minded

What’s your hidden talent?
I was ambidextrous growing up but am mostly left handed now.
What was your high school superlative?
Most likely to get in trouble for talking too much in class
Best advice for college freshmen?
Don't be too hard on yourself. It can take time adjusting to this new stage of life!
Mercer in 3 adjectives?
Welcoming, Enthusiastic, Driven
Best place in Macon to have an outdoor adventure?
Kayaking on the Ocmulgee River
Elsie Dru Miles

Elsie Dru Miles

Assistant Director of Admissions

Office: 478.301.2570

Cell: 478.219.8095

Get to know Elsie Dru Miles

Atlanta Braves fanatic, Coffee connoisseur, Cat lady, Organized, Bubbly

What are your hobbies?
Drawing/painting, watching Netflix, nature walks/hikes, playing disc golf
A skill you wish you had?
I wish I could sing!
What was your high school superlative?
Most Likely to Make Checklists for Literally Everything
Why Mercer?
If you want to become part of a big family that provides true support, love, and encouragement, Mercer is for you!
Best place in Macon to play disc golf?
Claystone Park
Harrison Kone

Harrison Kone

Admissions Counselor

Office: 478.301.2322

Cell: 478.219.8283

Get to know Harrison Kone

Novelist, Classical rhetor, Antiquity scholar, Explorer, Life enthusiast

Coolest place you’ve traveled?
Jerusalem, Israel
What’s a skill you wish you had?
I wish I could professionally film and edit videos and write original, epic, symphonic scores.
Best part of your job?
Meeting Mercer’s next incoming class
Best study spot on campus?
Cruz Plaza patio by the water feature
Best place in Macon for a family outing?
Ocmulgee Mounds National Historic Park
Jackie Atchison

Jackie Atchison

Senior Admissions Counselor

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!
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
Kirsten Knowles Perdue

Kirsten Knowles Perdue

Admissions Director, Mercer Global

Office: 478.955.7943

Get to know Kirsten Knowles Perdue

Considerate, Island girl, Logical, Lover of fun, Relaxed

What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I used to be a flight attendant
What are your hobbies?
Cooking, traveling, gardening
Where are you from?
The most beautiful country – The Commonwealth of The Bahamas (Nassau, New Providence to be specific)
Why Mercer?
Students get that true college experience in an environment that is large enough to meet new people everyday, but small enough where you can truly build relationships that last a lifetime.
Something that surprised you about Mercer?
Mercer was the first campus to promote school integration in the south. As someone of color and a former international student, this speaks volume to the character of Mercer.
Sage Cudney

Sage Cudney

Admissions Counselor

Office: 478.301.2659

Cell: 478.219.8494

Get to know Sage Cudney

Coffee enthusiast, Animal lover, Compassionate, Adventurous, Thoughtful

What would you bring to a deserted island?
Duct tape. Nothing’s impossible with duct tape.
What’s your walk out song?
Dancing Queen by ABBA
Favorite college memory?
Studying abroad in Italy and traveling the world with new friends
Something most people don’t know about Mercer?
You can rent kayaks and other outdoor equipment from Recreation Sports and Wellness
Best place in Macon to go on a date night?
A quaint picnic and walk at Amerson River Park
Stephen P. Karafa

Stephen P. Karafa

Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Office: 478.301.2650

Get to know Stephen P. Karafa

Expressive, Intuitive, Globally Minded, Imaginative, Social

What’s your hidden talent?
Knowing the words to Garth Brooks’ greatest hits
Coolest place you’ve traveled?
St. Andrews, Scotland
Best advice for college freshmen?
Balance campus involvement with classes and free time.
Favorite place to eat on campus?
The Farmer’s Market
Best place in Macon to get a slice of pizza?
Hands down, Ingleside Village Pizza!
Tracy Martinez

Tracy Martinez

Admissions Counselor

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