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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

Rachel Dunphy
Executive Director of Admissions

Education: Master of Business Administration, Master of Sports Administration, Bachelor of Science in Sport Industry

Professional Experience: I have worked in higher education for 14 years and enjoy working with my team of advisors to help students start or continue their journey toward completing their educational goals.

Advising Philosophy: Although I do not directly advise students, as the director I work closely with my team to support all applicants as they navigate the admission process and take the first important steps toward earning a degree at Franklin University. My parents instilled in me the importance of education and I work every day to help others to see how completing their educational goals will help to enrich their lives.

Hobbies: I am a sports fan and enjoy playing volleyball, reading, and spending time with my family and friends.

Sara Burris
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions

Specialties: Doctoral Admissions

Education: Master of Human Resource Management
Bachelor of Arts

Professional Experience: I have enjoyed working in higher education over the last 14 years and truly have a passion for helping people. 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.

Michael Uniacke
Assistant Director of Admissions Operations and Undergraduate Admissions

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!

Andrea Donaldson
Graduate Admissions Advisor
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Education: Bachelor of Science Public Relations

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!

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.

Robert Lewis
Undergraduate Admissions Advisor

Education: Bachelor of Science Business Administration

Ohio Association for College Admission Counseling (OACAC) and Sigma Beta Delta

I enjoy working out, spending time with my family and collecting coins.

To assist and enhance student abilities to achieve their personal and professional goals at Franklin University.

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.

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.

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
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.