Admission Counselors

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.

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!


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.

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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.

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Ayana Williams

Admissions Counselor
Southeast Arkansas/Pulaski County (AR)

Hello everyone! My name is Ayana. I’m a military child who was born in Alaska, traveled around, then moved to Springfield, Arkansas my senior year in 2015; where I graduated from Morrilton High School.

When I graduated, I wanted a 4 year college experience, so I decided to further my education at the University of Central Arkansas. While being at UCA, I became involved in SAB, ran the student based art gallery called the Black Box, joined Sigma Gamma Rho, and served as an executive board member on the NPHC council. My senior year, I was inducted into the Purple Society Who’s Who. Then, in May of 2019, I graduated with my BS in Psychology with a minor in Art.

I loved UCA so much that I came back and pursued a career here working in the Office of Admissions as the Southeast recruiter. I now get to share my experience with children in hopes that they will get the chance to make UCA their home and achieve their dreams in higher education as well.