Contact Your Counselor

Finding your admission counselor

We assign an admission counselor to every student, based upon either the school that you attend or where you live. Look for your counselor (below) based on the North Carolina county or the state in which your school is located. .

We would love to connect with you! You can schedule a one-on-one video chat with your counselor. This is a great opportunity to meet your counselor, learn about Appalachian and explore your opportunities as a Mountaineer. Find your counselor below and schedule your video chat today!

Counselor Student Types NC Counties, Out-of-State Areas, UNC System Schools & Community Colleges Served

Graduate Admissions



Liz Alliss

Associate Director of Student Outreach Services


Cabarrus, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Rowan, Stanly, Stokes

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Ruthanne Combs

Coordinator of Transfer Pathway Programs

Transfer, Military/Veteran

Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi

Lindsay Cotten

Associate Director of Admissions and Special Programming

First-Year, Education majors

Beaufort, Bertie, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Edgecombe, Franklin, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, Northampton, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Tyrrell, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Wilson

Emily Heaberlin

Associate Director of Transfer Recruitment

Transfer, Military/Veteran


South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia

Catawba Valley Community College

Marissa Hertzfeld

Assistant Director of Transfer Recruitment

Transfer, Military/Veteran

Alamance, Anson, Bladen, Caswell, Chatham, Columbus, Cumberland, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Moore, Orange, Person, Randolph, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Stanly, Union, Vance, Warren

Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Virgin Islands, Washington D.C., West Virginia

Fayetteville State University
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNCCH)
University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC)
University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP)

Alamance Community College
Bladen Community College
Central Carolina Community College
Central Piedmont Community College
Fayetteville Technical Community College
Montgomery Community College
Piedmont Community College
Randolph Community College
Richmond Community College
Robeson Community College
Sampson Community College
Sandhills Community College
South Piedmont Community College
Southeastern Community College
Stanly Community College
Vance-Granville Community College

Flo Jacques

Assistant Director of Admissions, Raleigh


Granville, Vance, Wake

Kristi Leff

Assistant Director of Transfer Recruitment
(828) 262-6261

Transfer, Military/Veteran

Beaufort, Bertie, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Durham, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Tyrrell, Wake, Washington, Wayne, Wilson

Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin

East Carolina University
Elizabeth City State University
North Carolina Central University
North Carolina State University
University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW)

Beaufort County Community College
Brunswick Community College
Cape Fear Community College
Carteret Community College
Coastal Carolina Community College
College of the Albemarle
Craven Community College
Durham Technical Community College
Edgecombe Community College
Halifax Community College
James Sprunt Community College
Johnston Community College
Lenoir Community College
Martin Community College
Nash Community College
Pamlico Community College
Pitt Community College
Roanoke-Chowan Community College
Wake Technical Community College
Wayne Community College
Wilson Community College

Yancey McMurry

Admission Counselor


Hollis Miller

Admissions Counselor


Alexander, Burke, Catawba, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln

Kim Morton

Director of Transfer Recruitment and Retention

Transfer, Military/Veteran

Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont

Avery Pitts

Assistant Director of Transfer Recruitment

Transfer, Military/Veteran

Buncombe, Burke, Cabarrus, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Davidson, Davie, Gaston, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Polk, Rowan, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Yancey

Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Texas, Utah, Wyoming

University of North Carolina at Asheville (UNCA)
Western Carolina University

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
Blue Ridge Community College
Cleveland Community College
Davidson Davie Community College
Gaston College
Haywood Community College
Isothermal Community College
McDowell Technical Community College
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
Southwestern Community College
Tri-County Community College
Western Piedmont Community College

Joshuwa Shelton

Admissions Counselor


Buncombe, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Yancey

Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Shakinah Simeona-Lee

Sr. Associate Director for Diversity Initiatives



Alejandro Torres

Transfer Recruitment Specialist

Transfer, Military/Veteran

Brenda Valdez

Assistant Director of Admissions, Hispanic/Latinx Recruitment
(828) 262-2561

First-Year, Hispanic

Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Durham, Lee, Orange, Person, Randolph, Rockingham

Joshua Yates

Assistant Director of Transfer & Military Recruitment

Transfer, Military/Veteran

Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, Forsyth, Guilford, Iredell, Mitchell, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin

Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State College
University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG)
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Winston-Salem State University

Caldwell Community College - Hudson
Caldwell Community College - Watauga
Forsyth Technical Community College
Guilford Technical Community College
Mayland Community College
Mitchell Community College
Rockingham Community College
Surry Community College
Wilkes Community College

Benjamin Blue

Associate Director of Admissions, Black/African-American Student Recruitment


Alleghany, Anson, Ashe, Avery, Mecklenburg, Surry, Union, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin

District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia

Brittney Benson

Brittney Benson

Senior Assistant Director of Admissions - Coordinator of International Recruitment

First-Year, International

Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Cumberland, Duplin, Harnett, Hoke, Montgomery, Moore, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland

Abby Zadeits

Assistant Director of Admissions


Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas