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Admission Advisors

Meet Franklin’s Admissions Advisors

Franklin wants to make earning your associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate as straightforward as possible from Day One. So when you’re ready to apply, we’re ready, too. From the online application through student orientation, our dedicated team of admissions advisors will get you started on the admission process -- and keep you on track.

Our Advisors

Undergraduate Admission Advisors

Michael Uniacke
Associate Director of Admissions Operations and Undergraduate Admissions
614.947.6249 | Email >

Specialties: Undergraduate Admissions, Admissions Operations

Education: Master of Project Management, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor of Arts in Economics Professional

Experience: I have enjoyed working in higher education for 10 years in a variety roles across the University. My experience in admissions, advising and financial aid have helped to develop a holistic approach to serving students.

Advising Philosophy: Using a student-centered approach, it is my goal to assist my students throughout the admissions life-cycle. I strive to ensure that my prospective students’ educational plans are aligned with their personal and professional goals.

Hobbies: With two children under the age of 3, I do not have much time for hobbies. When I have a spare moment, I enjoy relaxing with my family, cooking, traveling and the occasional round of golf!

Whitney Dodds
Undergraduate Admissions Advisor

Education:  M.M. in Vocal Performance, B.A. in Music Business

Professional Experience: My career path has been a meandering one. I’ve done everything from running the register at a variety retail locations, teaching at the university level, managing a box office, and even hosting a radio show. I know from personal experience how difficult it can be to figure out what you want to be when you “grow up,” so it’s a joy and a privilege to help students with that process!

Advising Philosophy: I hope to impart our applicants with the importance of lifelong learning, regardless of age, race, gender, orientation or economic status. Lifelong learners become experts in their fields, well-rounded human beings, and excellent citizens of the world. It’s my job to help students find the path that they’re passionate about and that gets them excited about learning! 

Hobbies: I love to read, spend time with my dog Hildi and sew!

Michael ‘Gia’ Giavasis
Undergraduate Admissions Advisor

Education: Bachelor of Science in Biology (Pre-Med)

Hobbies: I enjoy softball, volleyball, soccer, cooking, reading, gardening and the arts.

Personal Statement: My ultimate goal when working with students is to cultivate trust and cooperation as we work toward academic success, personal growth and professional development together.

Ryan Guglielmi
New Student Enrollment Coordinator

Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Personal Statement: As a member of the Admissions team, my mission is to help applicants through the admission process to fulfill their dream of obtaining a higher education. Completing my degree as an adult learner has allowed me to appreciate the difficulties that our students face during their journey. Therefore, it is my pleasure to be able to help applicants through their process.

Hobbies: I enjoy running, golfing, traveling and hiking.

Debra Palmer
Student Recruitment Operations Coordinator

Education: Graduated from Warren G Haring High School (Warren, Ohio)

Specializations: Military Student Enrollment

Personal Statement: It has been my pleasure to work at Franklin University for 13 years. Working with our active and veteran students as the admissions military expert, it gives me great pride to assist applicants in obtaining their personal, academic and professional goals. It is my job to make sure they know what they need to in order to successfully become an enrolled student.

Hobbies: I enjoy bicycle riding, reading, traveling and spending time with family.

Cameron Rogers
Generalist, Perspective Student Recruitment

Education: Bachelor of Interior Architecture 

Professional Experience: I have been working in higher education for four years. My current position is one of the most rewarding roles I have ever had. Working with prospective students and gaining an understanding of their goals and the significance of education in their lives has been a great experience for me. I enjoy getting to know students better in order to help them find the program that best meets their needs.

Advising Philosophy: It is my mission to provide valuable program knowledge and useful tools to seamlessly assist prospective students through our admission process. I strive to help applicants connect their personal and professional goals to create a perfect educational plan.

Hobbies: Having a creative mind I love to make things out of nothing or repurpose items. I also love to paint, draw, seek adventures and (last but not least) I love to eat!

Jeremy Radovanic
Undergraduate Admissions Advisor

Education: B.A. in Spanish, Education, and Leadership Studies 

Professional Experience: I have worked in undergraduate admissions for the past year. Previously, I worked with Columbus City Schools, engaging with high school students to ensure that they are successful in their future endeavors.

Advising Philosophy: I am committed to you and your success. As you begin your new journey with your education, I strive to make your transition to the university seamless. Know that your education is important to me and I am here to help.

Hobbies: In my free time I enjoy cooking, exploring new cities, playing volleyball, photography and videography. I also have a strong passion for travel paired with diverse cultures, food and languages.

Elvira Seidametova
Undergraduate Admissions Advisor

Education: M.S. in Healthcare Administration (in process), B.S. Business Administration 

Personal Statement: I enjoy assisting prospective students steer through their educational journey and always look forward to providing guidance to make the admission process as smooth as possible. 

Hobbies: I enjoy reading, listening to music, travelling and taking long walks. 

Graduate Admission Advisors

Sara Burris
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions
614.947.6186 | Email >

Specialties: Graduate/Doctoral Admissions

Education: Master of Human Resource Management, Bachelor of Arts Professional

Experience: I have enjoyed working in higher education since 2004 and truly have a passion for helping people achieve their educational goals. The majority of my experience is within admissions, but I have worked cross departmentally, which has given me a holistic approach when serving our students.

Advising Philosophy: It is my mission to provide valuable program knowledge and useful tools to seamlessly assist prospective students through our admission process. I strive to align the applicant’s personal and professional goals to a well-suited educational plan. Education is invaluable and it is my pleasure to help start your journey.

Hobbies: I enjoy traveling, anything related to outdoors and photography.

Katie Coridan
Graduate Admissions Advisor

Education: M.A. Higher Education Administration, B.A. Psychology

Professional Experience: I started working in higher education in 2010, and came to Franklin University five years later. I have worked in academic advising, community standards, and graduate admissions.

Advising Philosophy: My goal is to provide every prospective student I work with the information and tools they need to make the best decision for their education. I understand the commitment and dedication it takes to pursue graduate education, and aim to make the process as easy as possible.  

Hobbies: I enjoy reading, cooking, traveling, wine tasting and craft beer. My dog Murray and I take walks every day, and also enjoy volunteering at my local animal shelter.

Andrea Donaldson
Graduate Admissions Advisor

Education: Bachelor of Science Public Relations, Master of Science in Marketing & Communication.

Advising Philosophy: I guide and motivate students to achieve their personal, academic and career goals.

Personal Statement: As a Franklin graduate myself, I provide a true and insightful approach to the University. I look forward to getting you started on the right foot!

Mindy Johnson
Doctoral Admissions Advisor

Education: Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership (in progress), MBA, B.S. in Business Administration 

Professional Experience: In 2015 I joined Franklin University as a community college regional manager in Wisconsin – recruiting and advising undergraduate transfer students. After three and a half years in that role, I decided to expand my knowledge and experience by joining the Graduate Admissions team working with students entering our master’s programs, and February of 2019, I began working with students entering our doctorate programs! Prior to joining Franklin University as an employee, I worked at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in career services. 

Advising Philosophy: Take your education one assignment at a time, one week at a time, one class at a time. Completing your degree may feel like a difficult task, but if you “put one foot in front of the other” and “take one step at a time”, you WILL get there! 

Hobbies: I enjoy early mornings, coffee, being outdoors, and watching my children grow!

Merchel Menefield
Doctoral Admissions Advisor

Education: Master of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Master of Science in Educational Leadership, Bachelor of Science Psychology

Personal Statement: One of my favorite quotes is “res non verba”, which means deeds not words. Although I am very talkative, I actually put forward a greater amount of effort to help others attain their personal and professional objectives through education.

Mission Statement: My mission as an advisor is to help learners/students determine the best way to use their education as a vehicle to get where they want to go. I strive to be their accountability partner in successfully navigating the admission process by always reminding them of their original intent for seeking a degree. Overall, my mission is to set them on a smooth pathway from admission to graduation.

Hobbies: I enjoy spending time with my family, researching various topics, being outdoors and exploring other cultures. In addition, I am a proud native of North Carolina and travel there frequently.

Temika Pennyman
Graduate Admissions Advisor

Education: Bachelor of Science (Focus in Business Administration and Human Resources) MBA in Project Management (in progress)

Professional Experience/Advising Philosophy: I’ve worked as an admissions advisor for 2+ years and in the time spent as an advisor, I’ve grown to love what I do immensely. Knowing that I’m making a difference in helping my students achieve their goals is a joy that I would not trade for the world. As an admissions advisor, I am committed to supporting a diverse group of students who are willing to take charge of their future and are making the decision to take the first step in completing their goals. I am a firm believer that education is the key to alleviate most challenges faced in life. As Malcolm X passionately stated, “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today!

Hobbies: I love reading, traveling, shopping and spending time with my family.

George Pomeroy
Graduate Admissions Advisor

Specialties: City of Columbus, Essen and Nationwide Partnerships

Education & Professional Experience: Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies, Master of Business Administration in Business Management and 8 years’ experience in higher education environment

Advising Philosophy: The real world is complex and I like to help students navigate this complexity with a combination of conceptual, informational and relational advising philosophies. I like to provide accurate information to students in a mentoring environment, challenging them to reflect on their interest, skills and aptitudes. I want students to think critically about their goals and objectives when selecting majors and future careers.

Hobbies: I love spending time with my family and I enjoy cycling and craft beer.

Manuela Smith
Graduate Admissions

Education: M.S. in Business Psychology, M.S. in Instructional Design + Learning Technology (in process), B.S. Criminal Justice Administration, Bachelor’s Degree in Education/Pedagogy

Professional Experience: My 14 years of experience in the educational field has enabled me to better understand the journey my students are undertaking, and to better assist them along the way. As someone coming from another culture, I’m empathic toward the struggles and obstacles that students can face as they pursue their academic goals.

Advising Philosophy: My work experience at Franklin began at the front desk of the Student Services Center. Working with students on an individual basis helped give me a comprehensive viewpoint on what students need and how we can meet those needs as best possible, and it also prepared me well for my transition to my current role of graduate admissions advisor. I strive to make each student interaction personal and to ensure that all my students experience a red carpet service and feel that their educational goals are important to me, as well. 

Throughout all my years of education, I’ve learned how important it is to keep perspective on your goals and dreams. Even when experiencing difficulties, it is important to keep going and to never give up. 

Hobbies: I am originally from Romania, more specifically, from near the famous Transilvania region of Dracula fame. When I came to the United States as an exchange student, I did not speak any English. Through hard work and determination, I created a new life for myself. I am married, and am the mother of three children. In my free time, I love to travel, cook and spend time with my family.

Ardell Trotter
Doctoral Admissions Advisor

Education: Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership (in progress), MBA, B.S. Business Administration, A.A.S. Business Management

Professional Experience: I have 11 years of experience in higher education. During that time, I have fulfilled many roles, but I have truly cherished my time in Admissions and as an adjunct instructor, as those roles have allowed me to be in a position where I have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of students.  

Advising Philosophy: Building relationships with our students is something that I pride myself in, as it promotes a positive learning environment that helps to build our classroom community, and is probably one of the best investments we can make with our learners. My approach is one that is personable, genuine and filled with care. I believe that when we seek to understand, we show our learners that we care. I make it my mission to ensure that our students come first, while addressing their concerns and challenges throughout the admission process.

Hobbies: I enjoy watching sports, music production and fishing. However, my favorite thing is spending to time with my family because they bring me so much joy.

Our Community College Regional Managers

Andy Amick
Enrollment Advisor
614.947.6167 | Email >

About me: I’m a transplant from Oregon with a passion for the outdoors and international travel. After getting my bachelor’s degree I spent nearly a year globe-trotting—Antarctica is the only continent I have not been to yet. In my free time I am usually planning or heading out on a trip whether it be local around the world!

Education and Experience: I have bachelor’s degree in public health from Pacific University where I had the opportunity to help run several student organizations. I launched my higher education career in annual giving, but have mostly worked with non-traditional, adult students to help overcome individual barriers to finishing their degree!

My Top Success Tip: With the importance of maintaining a balance between work, family, and anything else that may be in your life—let finishing your degree be an easy process, use your resources with us and just take it one step at a time. Always remember why you are doing this!

At Our Best for Our Students: As a first generation college graduate, I know that the very process of researching and getting started with a university can be a lot. I am here to empower you to find the best program for yourself and guide you through each step along the way to ensure you feel supported and prepared for this next step in your life!

Michelle Brietfeller
Enrollment Advisor
614.947.6983 | Email >

About me: I am originally from a small town here in Ohio, but love living in the suburb of a large city-this is the best of both worlds! This year I celebrated my 15th anniversary to the love of my life. I love to travel especially to beach destinations. My favorite US beach is in Michigan where my husband proposed. My favorite beach outside the country is in the Dominican Republic where I have had the opportunity to visit yearly during the past 10 years. I love Zumba as well as outdoor activities such as walking and biking. I enjoy watching men’s and women’s college basketball as well as domestic and international volleyball. 
 
Education and Experience: I have a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Miami University in Ohio. I have worked in higher education for over 16 years where I have had the opportunity to work in admissions, financial aid and career services. I love getting to know students and helping them pursue a pathway toward reaching their goals.   

My Top Success Tip: Life is all about the little decisions you make everyday. You can't change the decisions of the past, but every new day is another opportunity to make the right ones.

At Our Best for Our Students: I am very excited to be able to represent a university that offers a format that can accommodate busy schedules, maximizes your transfer credit, and is an affordable pathway toward earning a bachelor’s degree. My goal is to provide you with options for reaching your goals and working through any obstacles that may be hindering you from achieving success! I look forward to working with you from inquiry thru enrollment in your first term classes!

Danielle Cordes
Community College Regional Manager
330.601.6817 | Email >

Specialties: Stark State College, Community College of Beaver County, Butler County Community College, Eastern Gateway Community College and all Illinois-based and Pennsylvania-based schools.

About Me: I am originally from Bolivar, Ohio. I have a greyhound/lab mix named Lady and two rescue cats named Mila and Tux. I enjoy watching all the Cleveland sports teams, but my favorite team is the Cleveland Cavaliers! I enjoy taking traveling to see family and spending time outdoors as well.

Education & Experience: I earned my bachelor’s degree in sports administration from Kent State University and my MBA with a specialization in project management from DeVry University. I have five years of experience in higher education. In my professional roles, I have supported both undergraduate and graduate students throughout their academic careers.

My Top Success Tip: Any goal you have will come with challenges. Stay motivated by remembering why you started and focusing on the reasons for your goals.

At Our Best For Our Students: I am committed to your success! As I get to know you and understand your goals, I will work to provide you with the best options and support in order to help you achieve your goals!

Rebecca Donatelli
Community College Regional Manager
216.287.1848 | Email >

Specialties: Cuyahoga Community College, Lakeland Community College, Owens Community College, North Central State University, Northwest State Community College, Terra State Community College & all Michigan-based schools.

About Me: I have been in higher education for 10+ years and am a proponent of lifelong learning. I have experience in both for-profit and nonprofit education. I’m a mom to three kids, a rescue pup and too many plants! I’m a wife of five years and an adoption advocate and volunteer. In my free time, I’m overactive in the PTO and active in the real estate industry.

Education & Experience: I graduated with my master’s degree in human resource management almost 10 years ago and since then received my real estate license. I attend a lot of seminars related to education, marketing and business, and child development.

My Top Success Tip: Always stay relevant: Stay on top of the news, on top of current events, aware of the industry you work in, and topics you’re passionate about. Never stop learning.

At Our Best For Our Students: I’m a solutionist. I will find the missing puzzle pieces and help you put them together to ensure you reach the outcomes you have dreamed about.

Jenny Garringer
Community College Regional Manager
937.569.8181 | Email >

Specialties: Sinclair Community College, Rhodes State College, Edison Community College Chatfield College, Southern State Community College & all Illinois-based schools.

About Me: I grew up on a farm outside of Washington C.H., Ohio, with two younger sisters. I’ve lived in the Dayton area since college. I run two small businesses, a wedding and event planning company that I started in 2009, and a home-based bakery that I added in 2015. In my free time, I love spending time with my friends and family, going on road trips and travelling. A trip to Ireland is on my vacation bucket list.

Education & Experience: I earned a bachelor’s degree in Business (Marketing) as well as, an MBA at Wright State University. I have 17+ years of experience in higher education working in large and small, public and private institutions. I have been with Franklin University since 2012, initially serving as an academic advisor before I transitioned to my current role in 2017. I currently work with students at our many local partner organizations and community colleges to help them navigate the transfer process in order to pursue their education at Franklin University.

My Top Success Tip: Going to school while working or having a family can be difficult. There are a lot of things in our lives to juggle, so finding a way for you to stay organized and laser-focused on your education can really help you succeed! If you hit a bump in the road, it is okay, we will help get you back on track and moving forward.

At Our Best For Our Students: I am committed to you and your educational goals. I am here to help you every step along the way, making sure the transition toward your next degree is as smooth as possible and aligns with your personal and career aspirations. I am always willing to help you in any way that I can.

Greg Haskins
Community College Regional Manager
614.849.2997 | Email >

Specialty: Columbus State Community College, Marion Technical College & Owens Community College.

About Me: My wife and I were married on a mountain that is part of the Appalachian Trail outside of Asheville, N.C. Shortly thereafter, we rescued a blue nose pit bull that we named, Ashe. I enjoy hiking, camping, running and finding new spots in Columbus to explore.

Education & Experience: I completed my undergraduate degree at Wright State University, and earned my master’s in higher education administration from Tiffin University.

My Top Success Tip: Find a routine that works best for you and stick with it! I always did my best work late at night for a few hours at a time.

At Our Best For Our Students: I took the exact same educational path that many of the students I work with are taking. Being a transfer student was not easy, and I had no one to help me through that process. I refuse to let my students have the same experience I did with the transfer process.

Shirley Hayes
Community College Regional Manager
740.297.9738 | Email >

About Me: This October marks my 30th wedding anniversary with my high-school sweetheart. I have one beautiful daughter that I treasure with all my heart. I have a special little cat, Milo, in my life as well. I am an animal lover and he completes my family. Family is my life and I love unwinding by spending time with my family, walking and taking vacations. I love the relaxing feeling of listening to the ocean waves crashing upon the shore and early morning seashell hunting. I love nature and enjoying as much time outside as possible. My favorite vacation spots so far have been Hawaii and Fort Myers Beach, Fla. I look forward to going to Jamaica this coming year.

Education & Experience: I started my educational journey at Zane State College, a two-year community college, where I earned an associate degree in business. I went on to get both my bachelor’s in business administration and an MBA from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. I have been working in the educational field for over 16 years. I have experience in admissions and advising and enjoy helping others reach their educational and career goals.

My Top Success Tip: Albert Schweitzer said it best: “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” Choose a career path that you love and you will never work a day in your life.

At Our Best for Our Students: I am here to make your transition to Franklin University a great experience by providing you with the resources needed to make a sound decision on academic program and the best transfer option for you. I will be there with you through the completion of your admissions and financial aid including registration for your first term classes. I want you to feel comfortable and a part of our Franklin University family as you move forward in your educational journey.

Jennifer Mack
Community College Regional Manager
614.357.7635 | Email >

Specialties: Sinclair Community College, Clark State Community College, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Ivy Tech Community College

About Me: I am originally from Lancaster, Ohio. My husband and I were married in 2016, and we just welcomed our son into the world June 2018. I enjoy running, any type of exercise and traveling. My favorite place to visit is Alaska, If I could live there I would!

Education & Experience: I earned my bachelor’s degree in public relations with a marketing minor from Wright State University and a master’s in higher education from Ashford University. I’ve been fortunate enough to work in higher education for over 10 years. I’ve held positions in admissions, academics, student services and career services. Higher education has been my passion and I feel lucky to work with students every day to help them pursue their goals.

My Top Success Tip: Education is the one thing no one can take from you. It takes time, hard work and dedication but in the end it always pays off. While in school it’s about developing a new mindset and creating a new normal. However, once you’re done and walking across the graduation stage there’s no looking back, only forward!

At Our Best For Our Students: My goal is to make your transition to Franklin as seamless and efficient as possible. As I help you through the enrollment process I will provide encouragement and support when needed. Know that you matter and I am here for you!

Erika Miller
Community College Regional Manager
614.965.2272 | Email >

Specialties: Columbus State Community College and Central Ohio Technical College

About Me: I have the cutest dog (no, really) you’ve ever seen. I consider ice cream to be a food group. I enjoy shopping, good conversation and browsing bookstores with a coffee in my hand. My life goal is to end up living on a beach, selling cheap souvenirs and coconut drinks.

Education & Experience: I have a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Ohio University and a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University. I have spent the last 15 years working in higher education in a variety of areas including teaching, financial aid and programs for nontraditional students.

My Top Success Tip: My father gave me the best advice while I was pursuing my degree. He asked if I believed that people with degrees were smarter. I said not necessary, to which he agreed. He explained that getting a degree is not about being smarter than someone else. Obtaining a degree signals you have the perseverance to push through the inevitable obstacles. No matter who you are or what degree you are pursuing, you will face challenges that make you want to quit. You cannot quit. You must hold on and persevere. Once you do so, your degree signifies your accomplishment.

At Our Best For Our Students: As a Franklin University employee, one of the things I am most proud of is that we really offer a pathway to an accessible and affordable bachelor’s degree. When I was an undergraduate transfer student, I found the process confusing, expensive and time-consuming. I love that I am able to help community college students transfer to Franklin with a process that is easy, cost-effective and maximizes the credits they have earned.

Joseph Smith
Assistant Director, Community College Alliance
614.947.6717 | Email >

About Me: I am married with two teenage daughters who keep my wife and me very busy with all of their activities. My main hobby is gardening and working on our yard. Our family enjoys homemade pasta sauce, salsa, and stewed tomatoes made with our garden fresh vegetables.

Education & Experience: I completed my bachelor’s degree in psychology at John Carroll University and my master's degree in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of New Haven. I have been in higher education continuously since completing my master’s degree in 1994. I have been an adjunct or part-time professor ever since completing my master's degree and my ultimate goal is to teach as a full-time professor for a college or university. I teach currently undergraduate courses at Franklin. In the past, I have taught at Ashland University, North Central State College, Lakeland Community College and The Ohio State University.

My Top Success Tip: Persistence is the key for completion of any activity. It is never a smooth journey from one point to another in life and the process only is completed if you just keep going.

At Our Best For Our Students: As a current student in Franklin’s Doctor of Business Administration program, I have a unique perspective that enables me to make student success my first priority at Franklin University.