Admissions Counselors

Will Atkins

Admissions Counselor
Southeast Arkansas and Mississippi

My name is Will Atkins and I was born in Camden, Arkansas. I grew up in Camden, and graduated from Camden Christian Academy in 2004. I attended Arkansas State University and graduated in 2009 with a Bachelors degree in Management with a Minor in Entrepreneurship.  While at ASU, Jonesboro I participated in the Disney College Program and studied abroad at California State University, Northridge.

I started recruiting for The University of Central Arkansas in the fall of 2009. I recruit Southeast Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana. I attended classes while at UCA and I completed my second bachelors’ degree in Marketing during the summer of 2012. I am in the MBA program at Harding University and I expect to complete the program during the summer of 2013.

I truly love education and UCA is the place to be. I look forward to meeting and talking to high school students across Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

Ashley Fleener

Ashley Fleener

Admissions Counselor
Northwest Arkansas

After graduating from a Northwest Arkansas high school in 2008, I came to UCA to pursue a degree in Mass Communication. Throughout my four years as an undergraduate student, I took advantage of every opportunity this university had to offer. From being a part of Greek life to assisting freshmen through the Student Orientation Staff, this campus became my second home.

Immediately after I received a degree in Mass Communication in 2012, I started working at the Wal-Mart Home Office in Bentonville, AR. I worked in the Merchandising department for a year and a half. I enjoyed my job and living in Northwest Arkansas again, but missed Conway and UCA. When this position became available in August of 2013, I jumped on the opportunity.

As the Northwest Arkansas Admissions Counselor, I split my time between Central and Northwest Arkansas and get to share with students how awesome UCA is. I truly have the best of both worlds!

Mike Isom

Admissions Counselor
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.

Mirtila Lovelace

Admissions Counselor
Dallas, Texas

Hello! My name is Mirtila Lovelace and I am the regional admissions counselor for the Dallas/Fort Worth area (although I can also help you if you live in Texas, I may just live a little further away). I am a proud 2011 graduate of UCA and I love being able to help represent my alma mater!

A little background about me: I graduated top of my class in high school -in Honduras- so my native language is Spanish and I love being able to use it! I was accepted to the Honors College at UCA and met a lot of really amazing people, a lot of whom I still keep in touch with. When I moved to Conway, Arkansas to begin my college career, I found out the meaning of “Southern Hospitality” and fell in love with the place and the huge sense of community. Throughout my years at UCA I was a student-worker with International Programs, Study Abroad, Housing, and other offices around campus and when a position to work as an admissions counselor opened up I was thrilled to become a voice for the University of Central Arkansas and tell everyone how amazing and welcoming UCA is.

When I’m not working on emails or at a high school event talking about UCA’s awesomeness, I’m discussing phenotypes with my husband (yes, I was a Biology major) or playing fetch with my four-legged Catahoula.

jphillipsJack Phillips

Admissions Counselor
River Valley

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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Go Bears!

Chris Riggins

Admissions Counselor
Pulaski County Public Schools, Southwest Arkansas and Texarkana, TX

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.”

LaTisha Standokes

LaTisha Standokes

Admissions Counselor
Memphis and Northwest Mississippi

Hi there! My name is LaTisha Standokes and I am originally from Natchitoches, LA. I am married to my best friend who is also my husband, and we have a Chihuahua-dachshund mix dog named Pilot.

I attended LSU Shreveport where I majored in Business Management and Administration for my Bachelor’s degree (2008) and Human Services Administration for my Master’s degree (2012).

While at LSU Shreveport, I had the opportunity to serve as a student ambassador for three years prior to graduation, and worked professionally for approximately 5 years in the Admissions office before migrating to Conway, AR. I enjoy helping students transition from high school to college as well as help guide and steer them through the enrollment process. Hence I am thrilled that I can continue serving in this capacity at UCA!

My recruiting territories’ are Faulkner County (Arkansas), Northwest Mississippi, and Southwest Tennessee. I look forward to working with each of you. Go Bears!!