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Undergraduate Admissions Staff

Student Recruitment

Sam Mahra

Sam Mahra

Director of Student Recruitment

I am originally from Marietta, GA and have lived all over the country in the Nashville, Chicago, and Boston metro areas.  I attended and graduated from Lakeview High School in “The Cereal City” of Battle Creek, MI.  I earned my Bachelor of Arts  in Communication and my Minor in Sociology from the University of New Hampshire. I earned my Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from  Southern New Hampshire University.  I relocated to Atlanta after spending 17 years in New England and look forward to being part of the next chapter in Kennesaw State’s evolution.  I enjoy traveling-domestic and international, snowboarding, going to cultural activities/festivals, being outdoors and watching sports. I sincerely hope that students and families visit KSU and experience how we successfully contribute to the personal and professional development of our students.




Jordan Stevenson


Associate Director of Student Recruitment


I was born in the city of Durham in the great state of North Carolina but I have called Atlanta home since I was in fifth grade. I grew up in Marietta, Georgia and graduated from Walton High School in 2001. I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Samford University in 2006 and have worked in student recruitment since the day after my graduation. A few of my favorite activities are hanging out with my wife and two daughters, playing bass guitar, wheelin’ in my Jeep, and volunteering at church. Kennesaw State University is soaring to exciting heights and I am looking forward to helping you find your perch here at KSU. Go Owls!


Natasha Talreja


Assistant Director of Transfer Recruitment


My name is Natasha Talreja and I am originally from Copenhagen, Denmark. I came to the United States in 1991 and have resided in Atlanta ever since. I have stayed in the Atlanta for so many years because I love what the city has to offer to both college students and young professionals. I attended Reinhardt University where I obtained my BA in Communications and currently working towards my Masters in School Counseling.  In my spare time, I enjoy traveling to other countries, attending festivals, and reading. Kennesaw State University is a great University, and I look forward to showcasing our institution to you!


Amanda Brown-Conway


Assistant Director of STEM Recruitment


I'm originally from Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from Thiel College located in Greenville, PA with a B.A. Degree in Business Administration. I live in the Atlanta area and enjoy all that the city has to offer, from concerts, festivals, and of course the food. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers.  I look forward to helping you explore all the possible opportunities an education from KSU has to offers.


Nichole Bryant, ’99

Senior Admissions Counselor

I'm originally from Marietta, GA and attended Wheeler High School. In 1994, I began my undergraduate career at KSU, and in 1999 received my BA in Theater. I have been an Admissions Counselor at Kennesaw State since 1999.  I am currently the high school counselor liaison, serving at events such as the High School Counselor Advisory Committee and SDU Workshop. I enjoy working out, being outdoors, and spending time with my daughters and family.


Jacinta Luster, ’11

Admissions Counselor & Minority Recruiter

My name is Jacinta Luster, Admission Counselor and Recruiter. I was raised here in Kennesaw GA. I graduated from Kennesaw Mountain High School where I was heavily involved in Student Government. I was a transfer student from Georgia Highlands where I  received my associates in Business Administration. After leaving highlands I finished my bachelor's in Business Management at KSU. The reason that I chose KSU was that I loved being close to home, but still going to a large University with a small campus feel. When I was a student here, I was involved in S.T.A.R.S and a student assistant with the office of Undergraduate Admissions. I love being around my close friends and family, and I love any type of musical theater. Hope to see all of you making your own memories here at KSU!


Eric Benavidez


Admissions Counselor & Hispanic Recruiter


Originally from California, I attended Georgia Highlands College for a year and then transferred to the University of Southern California, where I earned my bachelors in International Relations. As a first-generation Latino college student, I faced many obstacles unique to the Latino population. At Kennesaw State University, I see that specific student population growing, and I want to help guide them around those roadblocks. Aside from reading and watching LA Lakers games, I like working with groups that support at-risk youth, homeless and migrant day laborers.




Meredith Head, '11


Admissions Counselor


Upon graduating from one of our local high schools, I quickly realized that Kennesaw State University was to be my home institution. KSU is a large university with a comfortable home town feel that offered me a place to thrive and place to pay forward things I enjoyed. While a student, I lived on campus, worked on campus, was involved in clubs, served on their executive boards and traveled to Spain as a study abroad student.  During my senior year I was honored to be elected and represent KSU students as their Homecoming Queen. After graduating with my Communications, Public Relations Bachelor’s Degree in 2011, I knew I would forever be a Fighting Owl. Kennesaw State gave me the confidence and foundation I needed to succeed in a professional world. I am deeply humbled to be part of the Admissions team and represent the Owl Nation to help future students gain what KSU gave to me. I look forward to showing you Georgia’s third largest university.


David Smith


Admissions Counselor & Veteran/Military Recruiter


I was born and raised in the “Motor City” Detroit, Michigan. I graduated  from Thomas M. Cooley High School where I was heavily involved in sports and Army ROTC. I’ve honorably served in both in the United States Marine Corps and Army for more than fifteen years, I continue to serve and volunteer as a Certified Peer Mentor and disabled sports specialist with Wounded Warriors. My specialties while in the military were in training management, to include infantry and Military Police operations. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management with a concentration in marketing and currently working towards my Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A) here at KSU! In my current role here at KSU, I continue supporting our men and women who‘ve served and continue to serve, past and present, as Admissions Counselor and Veterans/Military Recruiter.


Student Marketing & Engagement


Dr. Angela J. Evans, ’98

Director of Student Marketing & Engagement

I graduated from Newton County High School, earned a bachelor’s in Communication from University of Georgia, a master’s in Public Administration from Kennesaw State University, and my doctorate in Higher Education from the University of Alabama. I am honored to be a part of KSU’s phenomenal growth as we have transitioned from a commuter school to the 3rd largest university in the state attracting traditional students throughout the world. As director, I do a little bit of everything and focus much attention on event planning, marketing, project management, home school students, and athletic admissions to name a few. I live in Pine Log, Georgia with my husband and two girls where we raised goats on our farm. I love being involved with my daughters' activities and trying new things.


Derrick Manley, '10

Assistant Director of Guest Services, Liaison for the Distance Learning Center, Homeschool Students and Adult Learner Programs

I'm from Carrollton, GA where I graduated from Carrollton High School. After high school, I attended LaGrange College where I played baseball and graduated with a Sociology degree. I have worked at Kennesaw State University since 2010 and serve as the Assistant Director of Guest Services. I also serve as the liaison for the Distance Learning Center, homeschool students and Adult Learner programs. I enjoy getting the chance to guide individuals in the admissions process and informing students on the many opportunities KSU provides. I enjoy spending time with my family, playing sports, and any other outdoor activities.


Sarah Porri

Strategic Communications and Marketing Manager


I am from Marietta, Georgia and graduated from Lassiter High School. I pursued my Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies from Clemson University where I was a student-athlete in swimming. After graduating from Clemson, I attended Georgia State University for my Master's degree in Communication. I joined the Kennesaw State Admissions family in the Fall of 2012 from Athletics. I specialize in managing our communications and marketing efforts as well as overseeing all of our social media outlets: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and Blogger. I love being close to home and the opportunity to get students excited about the ever-expanding future of Kennesaw State University! I enjoy staying in shape, spending time with family and friends as well as watching sports.


Caitlin West, ’11

Engagement Events Coordinator

I am originally from Peachtree City, Georgia - land of the golf carts. I moved to New Jersey for a few years and graduated from DePaul Catholic High School in Wayne, New Jersey. After graduation I moved back to Georgia and attended Kennesaw State University where I received a bachelors in Business Management. I chose KSU because of the amazing dorms and the overall feel of the campus life. I have worked at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for a little over 4 years. I started as a Student Assistant and worked my way up to an Admissions Counselor. My lifelong goal is to swim with sharks and to one day travel the world and see the Seven Wonders.


Garrett Campbell, '14


Campus Visitation Program Coordinator


I am originally from Powder Springs, Georgia, where I graduated from McEachern High School. I earned a degree in Human Services from Kennesaw State. KSU was the only school I ever wanted to attend. It had everything I was looking for in a university. While I was a student, I was a campus tour guide and involved in several student organizations. I loved every minute of my time as a student here. I am so happy to remain a part of KSU!  I love Kennesaw State and enjoy telling people all about it.  In my free time, I l enjoy spending time with my family and friends, and being outdoors, especially hiking.


Marietta Campus

Enrollment Services  

Gary Bush


Director of Enrollment Services


As the Director of Enrollment Services - Marietta Campus, it's my job to help students navigate the college enrollment process - something I have enjoyed doing at several area schools over the last 20 years. These include Clayton State and Southern Polytechnic universities of which I am also an alumnus, earning a Masters in Management in 2000. My hobbies include camping, hiking, and spending time at the beach with my wife and kids. I am excited to be a member of the Owl Nation and look forward to helping you join us!


Aisha Willis


Assistant Director of Enrollment Services


I grew up in Smyrna, GA and graduated from Campbell High School.  After high school, I earned a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from the University of West Georgia.  I have been working in admissions since 2006 and love helping students start a new chapter of their lives and reach for their goals.  My main responsibility is to ensure admission, financial aid, and registrar documents are received and handled properly and efficiently.  In my spare time I enjoy traveling, going to outdoor events, playing with my two large dogs, and spending time with my husband and three daughters.


Monserratt Vasquez


Campus Visitation Program Coordinator


I was born in Big Apple and moved to Hiram, Georgia in 2002 where I graduated from East Paulding High School. I attended Georgia State University before transferring to Southern Polytechnic State University where I graduated with a degree in Apparel and Textiles and a minor in Business Administration. After graduation I moved back to New York City where I interned for Nordstrom for three months before getting promoted to a full time management position. After working in corporate America for a year I decided to return to Marietta to pursue my masters degree in Computer Science. Since moving back, I've worked as an Admissions Recruiter for SPSU before my current role of Campus Visitation Program Coordinator for the Marietta Campus of Kennesaw State University. In my free time, I enjoying traveling the world, experiencing new cultures, hiking, and shopping! 


Rebecca Tuck


Enrollment Services Associate


I was born in Orlando, Florida but have called Georgia my home for 19 years. I graduated from Lassiter High School and am a senior pursuing my Bachelors in Technical Communication from Kennesaw State University while working full-time and raising a family. I've worked in Undergraduate Admissions on the Marietta Campus of Kennesaw State University for 8 years. I absolutely love working in Higher Education and with prospective and current students everyday. In my free time, I love watching my boys play baseball and spending time with my family.