Admissions Counselors

nuttVictor Barrientos

Admissions Counselor
Central Arkansas

Hi! My name is Victor. I was born and raised in the beautiful country of El Salvador. When I graduated high school in 2014, I was blessed with the opportunity of moving to the United States and becoming a bear at the University of Central Arkansas. Throughout my journey at UCA, I’ve grown to love the university and its mission and values.

Home for me is 2,240.3 miles away from Arkansas, so UCA and the Conway community are my second home. UCA nurtured me and taught me so many things. It enabled me to finish my Bachelors of Business Administration in marketing in 2018, develop myself in a professional environment, instilled the importance of serving the community, and, most importantly, it gave me a second family in the Office of Admissions.

I am so thankful for the University of Central Arkansas, and it is one of my goals to help future students learn how the university can help them discover and achieve their aspirations.


Clint Brown

Admissions Counselor
Dallas, TX/Tulsa, OK/Oklahoma City, OK

In 2010 I graduated from Nemo Vista High School in Center Ridge, Arkansas. While in high school I was involved with the Upward Bound Program on UCA’s campus, and through it I knew UCA was where I wanted to attend! During my time at the university I was given the opportunity to take part in many different organizations and opportunities such as: being a Resident Assistant, UCA Ultimate Frisbee, Student Orientation Staff, and Greek Life. In December of 2014 I graduated with a Bachelors of Arts with an emphasis in Fine Arts, and I am extremely proud to say that I am an alumnus of UCA!

Now I belong to an amazing family in UCA Admissions! I have the ability to give back to the university that gave so much to me by sharing my experiences and knowledge with prospective students. I strive to inform those interested in the university, student and family alike, with the knowledge they need to make UCA their home and find their passions just as I did!

Mike IsomMike Isom

Admissions Counselor
Transfer students

I was born and raised in Conway, Arkansas. I actually attended grades 1 thru 5 on the UCA campus. I graduated from UCA in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education. I was also Commissioned as an Officer in the United States Army in 1970 through the UCA ROTC program. I received a MSE from UCA in 1976.

After completing my commitment to the Army, I began a 28 year coaching career that included 18 years at UCA, 10 of those years as the Head Football coach. My coaching career ended in 1999 and beginning in January of 2000, I began working in the Admissions Office as a Transfer Recruiter. I love helping Transfer Students develop plans and goals that will affect the rest of their lives.

scolesDani Scoles

Admissions Counselor
Northwest Arkansas/Missouri

Hey guys! I am a proud graduate of Beebe High School class of 2014. From there, I decided to pursue my education further and became a UCA bear! I came to UCA in 2014 and worked diligently to earn a Bachelors in Public Relations and a Bachelors in Communication, graduating in 2018. My time at UCA has been incredible, and to be pursuing higher education professionally is a great joy for me!

My time as an Ambassador for the School of Communication and as a Resident Assistant in Bear Hall gave me opportunities to inspire students to reach their goals personally, professionally, and academically. I loved my undergraduate experience at UCA, and cannot wait to grow in my new professional environment.

My goal is to share the beautiful experiences and knowledge that UCA has provided me with. I am ecstatic to be helping incoming students pursue their passions through higher education and the UCA community.

Go Bears!

Chirs RigginsChris Riggins

Admissions Counselor
Transfer students

Hey everyone! I am a proud graduate of Altheimer High School, and yes that is in Arkansas. Upon graduation, I knew I wanted to attend UCA. As an undergraduate, I had the opportunity to play football and a proud member of the 1991 NAIA National Championship Team. I also completed my Master’s Degree at UCA in College Student Personnel Administration. UCA and the city of Conway has been good to me and for me!

I am honored to work at UCA because the university has greatly impacted my life by providing me a true family environment. The “City of Colleges”, Conway, is one of the most progressive cities in the state, and I love living here! One of my life quotes is, “To the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world.” I am honored to be able to help prospective students to continue or explore their education opportunities.

Go Bears!


Mallory Watson

Admissions Counselor
Northeast Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi

I was born and raised in Newport, Arkansas. My father is an alumni of UCA and was able to introduce my future home to me at a young age. Ever since I was little, my family has spent many weekends in Conway watching the Bears play football.

As a student, I was involved in many RSO’s and student led organizations such as Alpha Sigma Tau, The Big Event committee, PRSSA, Relay for Life and Football Belles. I received my BS in August of 2019, double majoring in Public Relations and Communication. I then joined the Admissions department as an Admissions Counselor.

The University of Central Arkansas has given many memories from my childhood, an education, and now a career. I am very excited to share with others the opportunities that UCA has to offer.

Go Bears!


Jessie Van Es

Admissions Counselor
Southwest Arkansas, Texas

I grew up in the small town of Pottsville, Arkansas. After graduating from Pottsville High School in 2012, I decided to attend Missouri State University. During my time at Missouri State, I was a student athlete competing on the softball team and was involved in FCA. I received my B.S. in Sports Administration in 2016.

In 2019, I graduated with my M.S. in College Student Personnel from Arkansas Tech University. While completing this program, I taught freshman orientation classes and coached softball at ATU. Throughout my time teaching, my love for higher education grew more and more! I particularly loved helping high school students transition into college life.

I am beyond happy to now be a UCA Bear! The immediate sense of community on campus instantly drew me in. I strive to be intentional and encouraging with students. One of my favorite quotes by Eleanor Roosevelt is, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” I am here to help make your dreams of pursuing higher education a reality at UCA.

Go Bears!