Meet the Admission Team

Made up mostly 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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To best meet your needs, your counselor is assigned based on what kind of applicant you are and where you live. Answer a few quick questions, and we’ll introduce you to your counselor at Rollins.

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Faye Felterman Tydlaska
Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing
Rinker Building

Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana
Education: Loyola University New Orleans, Tulane University (PhD)
Courses of Study: English, Philosophy
Involvement: Tour Guide, Student Retreat Leader, Honors Program, English Department

Favorite Thing About Rollins

The incredible care and commitment our faculty and staff show to our students.

#FindYourAnchor Moment

“There is a true feeling of family and community here at Rollins that makes the student experience special.”

Fun Fact

I love to cook (Southern comfort food, but also lighter fare)!

Steve Booker
Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management & Director of Financial Aid
Rinker Building

Hometown: Springfield, IL
Education: Rockford College, Crummer Graduation School of Business 
Courses of Study: Business; MBA
Involvement: Sparc Day, Take Stock in Children, College for Every Student, Tutor

Favorite Thing About Rollins

The community at Rollins is something to be treasured.  Folks really care about each other and it can be seen all over campus.  There is a sense of belonging that is rare and unique.

#FindYourAnchor Moment

“Rollins College is a place where students can discover who they are and grow to become who they were meant to be.” 

Fun Fact

I’ve kayaked alongside dolphins, manatees, alligators, and monkeys as well as probably many other creatures I couldn’t see!

Zaire McCoy
Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management & Dean of Admission
Rinker Building

Hometown: Puerto Rico/Raleigh, NC
Education: Elon University, Liberty University 
Courses of Study: International Business, Spanish, Human Services (MA)
Involvement: New Student Orientation, Tour Guide, Study Abroad (Spain), Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Black Women Circle


Territories: GA
Hillsborough County High Schools: Academy of the Holy Names, Admiral Farragut Academy, Canterbury School of Florida, Palm Harbor University High School, Shorecrest Prep, Tampa Prep, TR Robinson High School

Favorite Thing About Rollins

Community. It is intentional, thoughtful and personal. Be prepared to grow, be challenged and embrace who you are and what's to come.

#FindYourAnchor Moment

At Rollins you find purpose and direction and engagement. You aspire to live the mission to become a global citizen and responsible leader.

Fun Fact

I am always in the mood to eat ice cream (vanilla or butter pecan)!

Lindsay Clark
Senior Associate Director of Admission | Director of Transfer Admission
Rinker Building

Hometown: Pensacola, FL
Education: Rollins College, Crummer Graduate School of Business 
Courses of Study: International Relations, Australian Studies; MBA
Involvement: Community Engagement, Alpha Omicron Pi, Peer Mentor, Immersion Facilitator

Territories: CO, PA

Favorite Thing About Rollins

The people!

#FindYourAnchor Moment

“Rollins is a special place – where else can you live and learn in such a supportive, friendly environment with America’s most beautiful campus as the back drop?” 

Fun Fact

I have a small zoo of two cats and a dog. 

Katie Jones
Associate Director of Admission
Rinker Building

Hometown: Dahlonega, GA
Education: Rollins College
Courses of Study: Anthropology, Spanish
Involvement: Student Event Planning Board, International Programs Intern, Study Abroad (Spain, Argentine, Chile, Summer at Sea) 

Territories: MA, ME, NH, PR, RI, VT; U.S. Virgin Islands, Bermuda

Favorite Thing About Rollins

Close-knit community, amazing location, and extensive study abroad opportunities

#FindYourAnchor Moment

“Rollins is a truly joyful place where the entire community is deeply invested in our students’ happiness and success.” 

Fun Fact

I’m scarily accurate at quoting pretty much any episode of the TV show, Friends.

Lester Alemán
Associate Director of Admission for Diversity and Inclusion
Rinker Building
laleman@rollins.edu

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Education: Grinnell College 
Courses of Study: Sociology 
Involvement: Recreational kickball, Latino and LGBT student organizations, SGA; wrote Grinnell College’s first ever gender-neutral housing policy 

Territories: CA
FL Counties: Brevard, Indian River, Osceola
Orange County High Schools: Evans, Jones, Oak Ridge, Apopka, Wekiva

Favorite Thing About Rollins

The scenery, but also the open-mindedness of the student body and the people I work with.

#FindYourAnchor Moment

“The mission of Rollins is now- more than ever- important to the fabric of America. The demand for strong, talented leaders with the sensitivity to engage in the world is high- and that´s exactly who we prepare here.” 

Fun Fact

I went to high school at the Los Angeles Zoo. 

Elissa Jovita
Assistant Director of Admission | Director of Spring Admission
Rinker Building

Hometown: Winter Park, FL
Education: Rollins College
Courses of Study: Communication Studies
Involvement: Women’s Tennis (Captain), Study-Faculty Collaborative Research, Lamda Pi Eta (President), Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Peer Mentor, Tutor 

Territories: DC, DE, IA, IL, KS, MI, MD, MN, ND, NE, VA, WI, WV
FL Counties: Flagler, Lake, Volusia 

Favorite Thing About Rollins

The fact that you see familiar faces on a daily basis but you are also constantly meeting new people.

#FindYourAnchor Moment

“I developed such close and meaningful relationships with so many people at Rollins. I can honestly say that choosing Rollins was the best decision I ever made – academically, socially, athletically, and personally. It’s incredible how much the faculty and staff truly care about the students. The environment at Rollins is a nurturing one, with a caring community, but it also challenges you to try new things and take on new roles you might have never imagined yourself having.” 

Fun Fact

I lived in 10 houses by the time I was 13 and I have moved from the West Coast to the East Coast to the South!

Brooke Pankau
Assistant Director of Admission
Rinker Building

Hometown: Lake Geneva, WI
Education: Rollins College
Courses of Study: Music, Education, Spanish 
Involvement: Student Government, Pinehurst Cottage, Diplomat, Work Study, Sigma Alpha Iota, Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, various music ensembles

FL Counties: Orange, Seminole 

Favorite Thing About Rollins


The amazing professors!

#FindYourAnchor Moment

At Rollins, you are a real person that is cared for by faculty, staff, and peers. It is truly a family here.” 

Fun Fact

I used to be the lead singer of a Christian rock band.

Francisco Vanegas
Assistant Director of Admission
Rinker Building

Hometown: Oviedo, FL
Education: Rollins College
Courses of Study: Psychology
Involvement: Diplomat, Work Study, Diplomat Coordinator

Territories: NJ, NY
FL Counties:
 Broward, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, St. Lucie 

Favorite Thing About Rollins


The sense of community - you get to know so many of your fellow classmates as well as the faculty and staff that it feels like one big family.

#FindYourAnchor Moment

“Rollins provides students all the freedom to find their true passion while providing all the necessary support to make that passion come to life.” 

Fun Fact

Donuts are my guilty pleasure.

Karina Andujar
Admission Counselor
Rinker Building

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale/Melbourne, FL
Education: Rollins College
Courses of Study: History, Communication Studies
Involvement: WPRK 91.5, Phi Alpha Theta, Non Compis Mentis, Diplomat

Territories: AK, AR, AZ, CT, HI, ID, IN, KY, LA, MO, MS, MT, NM, NV, OH, OK, OR, SD, TX, UT, WA, WY
FL Counties: Citrus, De Soto, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Sumter

Favorite Thing About Rollins

The location! Rollins has the best of both worlds by being in a beautiful small town, but also being just fifteen minutes away from a booming city like Orlando. Orlandoans are passionate about their city and there is so much to do!

#FindYourAnchor Moment

"The first day I walked into our on campus radio station I knew I had found my home. It is a hidden gem that brings together an eclectic mix of people who genuinely love Rollins. Even though it was off the beaten path for some it was always an oasis for me and many other students. Through WPRK I was able to gain invaluable leadership skills and make connections that have helped me in innumerable ways since I have graduated from Rollins. WPRK is a cultural landmark in the Orlando area, and the fact that Rollins supports something as special as this radio station says a lot about how great this school is." 

Fun Fact

On more than one occasion I have eaten an entire pizza by myself.

Maddie Rodnite
Admission Counselor
Rinker Building

Hometown: Dunedin, FL
Education: Florida State University, Auburn University
Courses of Study: English, Communications, Religion, Education 
Involvement: Orientation Leader, Dance Marathon, Student Alumni Association, Student Ambassador, Seminole Torchbearer, Wesley Foundation, Delta Alpha Chi, Florida Public Relations Association


Territories:
 AL, NC, SC, TN
FL Counties: Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Calhoun, Charlotte, Clay, Collier, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Glades, Gulf, Hamilton, Hendry, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lee, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Marion, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okaloosa, Putnam, Santa Rosa, St. Johns, Suwanee, Taylor, Union, Wakulla, Walton, Washington

Favorite Thing About Rollins


The vast variety of majors and subjects offered- from Latin American and Caribbean Studies to Theater Arts to Russian, our students are immersed in so many exciting fields of study.

#FindYourAnchor Moment

“As the daughter and granddaughter of Rollins alumni, I have always had a love for Rollins, but the true Rollins community is something you have to experience first-hand. I am constantly met with a smile, open mind, and kindness on campus, whether that is from faculty, staff, or a student.”

Fun Fact

I am a 6th generation Floridian.

Ed Bustos
Director of International Admission
Rinker Building

Hometown: New York | Bogota, Colombia | Central Florida
Education: Rollins College, Crummer Graduate School of Business 
Courses of Study: Latin American and Caribbean Affairs, Business; MBA
Involvement: Student Government, Latin American Student Association, Work Study

Territories: Europe, Egypt, Morocco, India, Latin America, Middle East

Favorite Thing About Rollins


The personal attention.

#FindYourAnchor Moment

“Don’t come to Rollins if you want to hide because you can’t hide at Rollins.”

Fun Fact

I love to travel, scuba dive, and I was Prom King. 

Brandy Fransen
Senior Associate Director of International Admission
Rinker Building

Hometown: San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Education: Savannah College of Art and Design
Courses of Study: Graphic Design

Territories: Africa (excluding Egypt and Morocco), Asia (excluding India), Oceania, Caribbean, North America

Favorite Thing About Rollins


I am in love with our beautiful campus! 

#FindYourAnchor Moment

“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.”

Fun Fact

I have traveled to 74 countries. 

Teasa Mays
Program Coordinator for Diversity and Inclusion
Rinker Building

Hometown: Bradenton, FL
Education: Rollins College Hamilton Holt School
Courses of Study: Organizational Communication and Leadership 
Involvement: Advisor for the Rollins Black Student Union, Rollins Black Women Circle 

Favorite Thing About Rollins


My favorite thing about Rollins is the beautiful campus. The lakes, manicured lawn, rose gardens, and walking trails are a few gems not found on many other college campuses.  

#FindYourAnchor Moment

“Rollins’ work-life balance practices have contributed to my professional and personal development in great ways.” 

Fun Fact

I love bacon, sweet potato pie and my mother’s mac and cheese. 

Jill Pigmon
Visitor Liaison
Rinker Building

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Favorite Thing About Rollins


The people! 

#FindYourAnchor Moment

Finding magic in Rollins through the work of Roald Dahl - “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”

Fun Fact

I can name all 50 United States in alphabetical order.