Find Your Counselor

Adam Chulawat
Admissions Counselor
Office: 478.301.2125 | Cell: 478.219.8012
chulawat_at@mercer.edu


Georgia counties: Appling, Brantley, Bryan, Bulloch, Candler, Chatham, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Glynn, Jenkins, Johnson, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Pierce, Screven, Tattnall, Treutlen, Washington, Wayne, Wilkinson
States: North Carolina, South Carolina

GET TO KNOW ADAM
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!

Tracy Martinez
Admissions Counselor
Office: 478.301.2126 | Cell: 478.219.8093
martinez_tm@mercer.edu


Georgia counties: Gwinnett
States: Alaska, Hawaii

GET TO KNOW TRACY
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

Tracy is bilingual in English and Spanish. If you need assistance in Spanish, she is available to help.

Abbie Paris
Admissions Counselor
Office: 478.301.2312 | Cell: 478.219.8009
paris_ae@mercer.edu


Georgia counties: Baldwin, Bibb, Butts, Henry, Jones, Lamar, Monroe, Pike, Rockdale, Spalding, Upson
States: Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, D.C.

GET TO KNOW ABBIE
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

Jackie Atchison
Senior Admissions Counselor
Office: 478.301.2307 | Cell: 478.219.8080
atchison_jz@mercer.edu


Georgia counties: Cherokee, Cobb, Paulding
States: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Tennessee

GET TO KNOW JACKIE
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!

Caroline Carlton
Assistant Director of Admissions and Athletic Recruitment
Office: 478.301.2314 | Cell: 478.219.8006
carlton_c@mercer.edu


Recruited student athletes
Georgia counties: Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Polk, Walker, Whitfield
Florida counties: Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, Desoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Lucie, Sumter

GET TO KNOW CAROLINE
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!

Ashley Herman
Assistant Director of Admissions
Office: 478.301.5123 | Cell: 478.219.8090
herman_ag@mercer.edu


Transfer students
International students graduating from a high school in the state of Georgia
U.S. citizens living abroad
Undocumented and/or DACA students

GET TO KNOW ASHLEY
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

Elsie Dru Miles
Assistant Director of Admissions
Office: 478.301.2570 | Cell: 478.219.8095
miles_ed@mercer.edu


Georgia counties: Clayton, Dekalb, Fayette

GET TO KNOW ELSIE DRU
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

Allison North
Associate Director of Admissions and Recruitment
Office: 478.301.2656 | Cell: 478.219.8019
north_ma@mercer.edu


Georgia counties: Atkinson, Baon, Bleckley, Coffee, Crawford, Dodge, Houston, Jeff Davis, Laurens, Montgomery, Peach, Pulaski, Telfair, Toombs, Twiggs, Wheeler, Wilcox
States: Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin

GET TO KNOW ALLISON
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

Jena Palmer
Associate Director of Admissions and Recruitment
Office: 478.301.2316 | Cell: 478.219.8210
palmer_jc@mercer.edu


Georgia counties: Forsyth
States: Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi

GET TO KNOW JENA
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

Stephen P. Karafa
Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Office: 478.301.2650
karafa_sp@mercer.edu


GET TO KNOW STEPHEN
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!

Kirsten Knowles-Perdue
Admissions Director, Mercer Global
Office: 478.955.7943
kirsten.knowlesperdue@mercerglobal.org


International students graduating from a school in the U.S. outside the state of Georgia or from a school outside the U.S.

GET TO KNOW KIRSTEN
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.