Director of Recruitment
Virginia Commonwealth University
How did you get your start in the counseling field?
Technically I started as a student worker in the office of admissions when I was an undergraduate student. When I graduated, I stopped by the office to say hello to everyone. During that visit my old colleagues told me that there was an opening for an admission counselor and they thought I would be perfect for it. Shortly after, I interviewed and got the job. That was almost 18 years ago! Wow! Where does the time go?
What is your favorite part of the job?
I am a first-generation college graduate and I know firsthand how transformative a higher education experience can be. Knowing the value of the degree and the experience is what motivates and drives me. I am passionate about higher education. I love witnessing the transformation students experience during their time at the university and I truly value being a member of the community that’s allowed to assist students along their way. I value the constant professional growth. As my career has evolved, I’ve been afforded opportunities that have broadened my horizons and provided me with experiences and skills that allow me to assist students and families in ways that promote growth, discovery, and positive change. I love working with my co-workers. They are intelligent, driven, and caring professionals who do great work. I feel blessed to be a member of our team.
How has NACAC played a role in your career?
It’s provided me the opportunity to connect with leaders in our field, to establish relationships, and to acquire knowledge that has allowed me to grow professionally. For me, NACAC is a trusted resource that provides valuable information at every level of your career, a professional roadmap of sorts.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing our profession today?
Affordability. Declining financial resources and the growing cost of attendance means that many students may never be able to pursue a higher education degree and that’s concerning. The loss of those students also means that we lose their talents, ideas, skills, thoughts … their contributions to the world. I think we’ve got to think about what that means for all of us long term.
When you aren’t working, what do you like to do?
I enjoy working out, although during travel season it may not look as though I do. I enjoy volunteering and serving my community with my fraternity brothers, the men of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., and I love spending time with my family and friends.
If you could be any fictional character, who would it be and why?
Any superhero who uses their power to fight for good. Corny, I know, but I’m serious! I’ve loved superheroes since I was a kid. They have supernatural abilities they use to help people who need help the most and that’s cool.
Describe yourself in five words.
Funny, caring, inclusive, supportive and determined.
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