Admissions Counselors

Emily Beane

Emily Beane

Admissions Counselor
Southwest Arkansas and Texarkana, TX

I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and graduated high school there in 2010. That fall I came to UCA and experienced the best four years of my life. I was involved with multiple student organizations, including Greek Life, and graduated May 2014 with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in writing. I currently live in Conway and am a mother to a sweet little hedgehog named Molly.

As my time as an undergraduate was coming to an end I knew I was not ready to leave my alma mater. Thankfully, I am now able to work for the place that has made Conway my home for the past four years and I am beyond excited for the opportunity to introduce students to what I hope will be the best decision that they’ve made thus far.

Tyler Bittle

Tyler Bittle

Admissions Counselor
Northwest Arkansas

In 2008, I graduated from high school in Russellville, Arkansas. My previous experiences at UCA and in the Conway community through Arkansas Model United Nations, Boys State, and Governor’s School were decisive factors in my choice to attend UCA as a freshman. While at UCA, I was afforded the opportunity to be a part of the nationally renowned Schedler Honors College. Additionally, I was also involved in Student Orientation Staff, Student Government Association, and I served as President of my Greek Fraternity.

Honors at UCA inspired in me a passion for both community and scholarship. This passion led me to graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Public Administration. After graduating from UCA I started a small business making custom furniture before pursuing a Masters in College Student Personnel at Arkansas Tech. While at Tech I served as a Resident Director for two different housing complexes. In 2015 I returned to UCA as an Admissions Counselor with a mission to help students maximize their opportunities at this remarkable university.

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Erick Gutierrez

Ericka Gutierrez

Admissions Counselor
Faulkner County

In 2010, I graduated from Quitman High School and attended UACCM upon graduation. I obtained an Associate of Science in Business in 2011 and became a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. I transferred to UCA to pursue a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and became a UCA Alumna in December of 2014.

I currently live in Conway and have a beautiful one-year old daughter. I’m fluent in English and Spanish and I’m so honored to be a part of the Admissions family! My time here as a student was absolutely incredible and I’m so happy to help prospective students explore all that UCA has to offer!

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Mike Isom

Associate Director/Transfer Recruiting
2 Year Colleges/Transfer Students

I was born and raised in Conway and graduated from UCA in 1971. I began working at UCA in 1982 as an Assistant Football Coach and served as the Head Coach from 1990 through 1999. I began working as the Transfer Coordinator in the Office of Admissions in January of 2000. I am married, and have four children, one who is a graduate of UCA and two who are currently enrolled. I also received a MSE Degree from UCA in 1976.


Ellen Jeffus

Admissions Counselor
Dallas, TX

I graduated from Benton High School in 2007 with several years of Spanish classes under my belt and a strong desire to be bilingual. This dream led me to UCA and I am so glad it did. UCA offered many opportunities I wouldn’t have had elsewhere and an unbelievable college experience.

While at UCA I was very involved in all things Honors, as well as other service-based student organizations. Through the Honors College and the College of Business, I was able to fund two study abroad trips to Costa Rica and Mexico that changed my life forever. Because of those trips, paired with the ability and confidence that my Spanish degree provided me, I moved to South America after graduation. I am fully fluent in Spanish and English and have lived out a life-long dream in Chile, working and exploring the continent for almost three years.

Now, I am thrilled to be a part of the admissions team at my alma mater. I can’t wait to share my incredible experiences at UCA with others, in the hopes that they will make the decision to attend UCA, and take advantage of all the wonderful and unique opportunities we can offer.

Keedrick Jones

Keedrick Jones

Admissions Counselor
Southeast Arkansas

Greetings! I am a native of Conway, AR but in 2003 became a Russellville High School graduate with honors.  In 2007, I graduated from UCA with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminology and minor in Mass Communications.  I’m currently pursuing my Masters of Business Administration at UCA.  No matter what road I take upon completion, I will always be a UCA alumnus; I aspire to actively uphold my Alma Mater.

As a UCA student-athlete I grew educationally, socially and economically.  I was a resident at the campus residential hall, Arkansas Hall.  It wasn’t until later, in my educational voyage, that I stayed off-campus.  My college experience was exciting both on & off campus. The relationships formed with professors, at UCA, are something that I will never forget.  They always reassured me that they were just a phone call or an e-mail away.  Therefore, they were very instrumental towards me graduating and completing the initial goals.  There were times I needed assistance outside the allotted classroom hours.  For that, even today, I’m appreciative.  I want you and your friends to come for the educational and great experiences UCA has to offer!

Doneshia Moore

Doneshia Moore

Admissions Counselor

Hi! My name is Doneshia Moore and family is one of the most important things to me. I was born and raised in Conway, AR. In 2009, I graduated from Conway High School as a Honor Graduate and in May of 2014 I graduated with a B.B.A in Business Management from UCA.

As a student, I worked as a student worker in the Provost Office and President’s Office. I was involved in many organizations through my collegiate career and an Ambassador of UCA as well. I enjoyed the wonderful memories and accomplishments I have made. I’m honored to be working with the Admissions Office to serve prospective students and their family.

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jphillipsJack Phillips

Admissions Counselor
Northeast Arkansas

I am from Cherokee Village, Arkansas and graduated from Highland High School in 2008. In May 2012, I graduated UCA with a B.A. in Political Science and minor in Writing. Currently, I am working on my Masters of Community and Economic Development.

My time at UCA left me with great memories and experience I obtained from serving in numerous campus organizations, Greek Life, and living in Hughes Residential College. It is an honor getting to stay at my new home in Conway and help students with their transition from high school to college. I bleed purple and grey and want to help you share some of the same experiences as a UCA Bear.
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Chris Riggins

Associate Director
Pulaski County

I am from Altheimer, Arkansas, and I have been part of UCA family since 1988.  I have obtained a Bachelor and Master Degree from UCA.  I am married to an awesome woman and I have one amazing daughter.  One of my favorite quotes is by Edward Everett Hale – “I am only one, but I am one.  I can’t do everything, but I can do something.  And what I can do, I ought to do, by the grace of God, I shall do.”