Meet Your Admission Counselor

Made up entirely of Rollins graduates, the admission staff boasts more than 75 years of experience at the College. In fact, no one knows Rollins better. Whether you live in Florida, Alaska, or halfway around the world, Rollins admission counselors are ready to answer your questions about the College and the admission process.

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Ruqayyah Ali ’14
Admission Counselor
Rinker Building
T. 407.646.2161

Ruqayyah Ali is a Central Florida native and her family hails from Trinidad & Tobago, so sunshine and tropical weather run in her blood. A 2014 graduate of Rollins, Ali is now the admission counselor for Georgia, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma, as well as Brevard, Flagler, Indian River, Osceola, and Volusia counties in Florida.

"As a student here, I developed such meaningful relationships with friends, faculty, and staff that I knew I would never be able to let go. Rollins seems to share that sentiment with me as I am now a member of the incredible Rollins admissions staff. I am always excited to share my experiences at Rollins, so please feel free to get in touch with me and chat!"

Rollins Highlights

  • Courses of Study: Critical Media and Cultural Studies
  • Involvement: First Year Programming (Student Success), Residential Life, Fraternity and Sorority Life, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and several other organizations.
  • Studied abroad in Morocco and China
Ed Bustos ’98 ’03MBA
Director of International Admission
Rinker Building
T. 407.646.2321

Territories: Africa, Central America, Europe, India, Middle East, and South America

After graduating from Rollins in 1998, Ed Bustos worked in the travel industry before returning to the College to work in the Office of Admission from 2002 to 2007. More recently, Bustos served as the President and CEO of the Hispanic Business Initiative Fund before returning to Rollins as the Director of International Admission.

"One of my favorite aspects of Rollins is our commitment to global citizenship. We encourage our students to explore the world as part of their education. Our international students come from more than 40 countries and enrich our campus community while having the opportunity to live and study in an exciting and vibrant location like Winter Park and Orlando. Please do not hesitate to contact me by email if you have any questions about Rollins, or our admission process for international students."

Rollins Highlights

  • Courses of Study: Latin American and Caribbean Studies, MBA
  • Involvement: Volunteered in the local community, supported Rollins athletic teams, interned at AT&T Business Communications Services, and taught English in Mexico
Lindsay Clark ’11
Associate Director of Admission | Director of Spring Admission and Transfer Admission
Rinker Building
T. 407.646.2161

A native of Pensacola, Florida, Lindsay Clark graduated from Rollins in 2011 with a degree in International Relations. She is Associate Director of Admission, Director of Spring Admission, and Director of Transfer Admission.

"One of my favorite things about Rollins is the global experience. I traveled to the Galapagos, spent a semester in Sydney, Australia, and studied international law and organizations at American University in Washington, D.C. As part of my D.C. experience, I traveled to Europe and visited the United Nations and other international organizations. Please contact me with any questions, or if you just want to chat about Rollins."

Rollins Highlights

  • Courses of Study: International Relations with a minor in Australian Studies
  • Involvement: Helped lead an alternative spring break trip to Washington, D.C., and participated in service trips to New Orleans and Detroit
Brandy Fransen
Senior Associate Director of International Admission
Rinker Building
T. 407.646.2454

Territories: Asia (except for India), Caribbean, North America, and Oceania

Brandy Fransen was born and raised in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), in Savannah, Georgia. Brandy was a graphic designer before joining the international admission office at SCAD in 2002 where she eventually became the Director of Regional Recruitment, International. Upon leaving SCAD, she worked for Linden Educational Services in Washington D.C., where she led educational tours in China, India, and boarding schools in the U.S. In June 2015, Brandy joined the Rollins international team as the Senior Associate Director of International Admission.

“I fell in love with Rollins the minute I walked on campus. Everyone seems so happy to be here and you couldn’t ask for a more beautiful setting to live and learn than Winter Park, Florida. All the students I’ve met are genuinely happy they chose to study at Rollins over other institutions. I think my favorite thing about Rollins is the personalized attention. We’ve been around since 1885 and yet the average class size is still only 17 students. There is something magical that happens in a personalized learning environment and Rollins does this really well.”

Katie Jones ’11
Assistant Director of Admission
Rinker Building
T. 407.646.2161

A 2011 graduate of the College, Katie Jones studied Anthropology and Spanish at Rollins — a combination that broadened her horizons and cross-cultural perspective exponentially. Jones enjoyed her study abroad experience in Oviedo, Spain, so much that she returned to the country after graduation to teach English as a foreign language for two years.

"Some of the aspects that initially attracted me to Rollins such as the close-knit community feel, small class sizes, and amazing faculty and staff ended up being what really made my college career an incredible experience. Through membership in organizations such as our school newspaper and an event planning committee, I’ve seen firsthand how being involved on-campus can really give you some great work experience and introduce you to new people and potential career fields. I look forward to encouraging future students to take advantage of the many opportunities that Rollins has to offer. I would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about Rollins so don’t hesitate to get in touch with me!"

Rollins Highlights

  • Courses of Study: Anthropology with a minor in Spanish
  • Involvement: Studied abroad multiple times and interned at the Office of International Programs
Gina Labato ’14
Admission Counselor
Rinker Building
T. 407.646.2161

A graduate of the class of 2014, Gina Labato returned to Rollins as an admission counselor because of her love for the College and her passion for helping others find their home at Rollins too.

"My most rewarding experience was getting involved with the Center for Leadership & Community Engagement and participating in and facilitating alternative break experiences. This was an amazing opportunity to gain leadership experience, meet other students, travel to new places, and give back to the community by gaining a deeper understanding of social issues. Please let me know if you are interested in learning more about Rollins or have any questions!"

Rollins Highlights

  • Courses of Study: Psychology
  • Involvement: Worked as a Resident Assistant and Assistant Hall Director in Residential Life; participated in and help facilitate alternative break experiences through the Center for Leadership & Community Engagement
Brooke Pankau ’14
Admission Counselor
Rinker Building
T. 407.691.1362

A 2014 graduate of Rollins, Brooke Pankau is an admission counselor serving Lake, Orange, and Seminole counties in Florida.

"I felt like Rollins was the college for me because of the small class sizes and the amazing faculty and staff. I loved the individualized attention in class, getting to know my professors inside and outside of the classroom, and the discussion-based classes that Rollins offers. It is a school that truly cares about the success and happiness of its students, and I witnessed how the school bent over backwards to please the students almost on a daily basis. If you have any questions or would like to know more about Rollins, do not hesitate to contact me!"

Rollins Highlights

  • Courses of Study: Music with minors in Spanish and Education
  • Involvement: Member of the Student Government Association, serving as a class senator and the Student Life Committee chairperson; involved with the Pinehurst organization; member of a Christian organization; gave tours to prospective students and families; and was a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, the music fraternity for women on campus
Holly Pohlig ’01
Director of Admission
Rinker Building
Francisco Vanegas ’14
Admissions Counselor
Rinker Building
T. 407.646.2161

A 2014 graduate and an Orlando native, Francisco Vanegas is an admission counselor serving New York and New Jersey as well as Boca Raton, Palm Beach, and Fort Lauderdale in Florida.

"One of my favorite roles at Rollins was being a campus tour guide. I loved meeting prospective students and showing them exactly what made Rollins such a special place to be, such as the small class sizes and the sense of community found on campus. Rollins was and still is my home away from home, and I look forward to sharing it with all of you!"

Rollins Highlights

  • Courses of Study: Psychology
  • Involvement: Campus tour guide
Elizabeth Wasson ’08
Sr. Associate Director of Admission
Rinker Building
T. 407.646.2161

As a 2008 graduate of Rollins, it gives Elizabeth Wasson great joy to help recruit the next generation of Rollins students. Wasson is the Associate Director of Admission and an admission counselor serving North Florida, including Gainesville, Jacksonville, Ocala, and St. Augustine.

"My favorite part of being a Rollins student was my interaction with the faculty. Our small class size allowed me to be part of an active discussion with the faculty rather than just being lectured to during class. The professors were so helpful, and I knew that they were available anytime that I might need them. If you have any questions or just want to chat, please don't hesitate to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you!"

Rollins Highlights

  • Courses of Study: Studio Art
  • Involvement: An active member of a Christian organization; Ballroom Dance Club; and made cakes for several of the community engagement programs on campus