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Meet the UNF Admissions Team!

Get to know the UNF admissions staff and find the admissions counselor for your area!


Emma Coombs

Interim Associate Director of Admissions 

Emma Coombs

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Hometown: Fernandina Beach, FL

Degree: Bachelor of Arts, Criminology



Jacksonville restaurant: TacoLu

Spot on campus: Bamboo Garden

College class: Argentine Tango


Why you came to UNF and what you enjoy the most: The welcoming community and culture that UNF has created for all students who set foot on campus.


My advice to you is: Start early! Choosing a college is a big decision, so give yourself some time to do so. Do your research, visit campus and really imagine yourself on campus as a student when choosing your university.


Admissions Coordinators

Kara Dentzau 

 Assistant Director of Admissions and Coordinator Kara Dentzau Headshotfor Central West and Southwest Florida Counties (Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, and Sarasota)

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Hometown: Tallahassee, FL

Degree: Bachelor of Science, Sociology



Jacksonville restaurants: 5th Element, Canopy Road Cafe and Hawkers

UNF tradition: River City Rumble

Spot on campus: The nature trails!

College class: Religion and 20th Century Fantasy Literature


Why you came to UNF and what you enjoy the most: I came to UNF because I wanted to help students during their transition from high school to college. I love the beautiful nature on campus and the hands-on experiences we provide our students!


My advice to you is: Try out the food in the dining halls at every college or university you're considering- if you're going to eat somewhere every day, you'll want to make sure you like the food that they serve!


Shamus Hulihan

 Admissions Coordinator for Northeast Florida Counties (Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns) Shamus Hulihan Headshot

Pronouns: He/Him/His


Hometown: Victoria, British Hong Kong

Degree: Bachelor of Arts, International Studies with a Minor in Chinese



Jacksonville restaurants: Hong Kong Bistro, Jerry's Sports Grille and Funkadelic Food Truck

UNF tradition: Market Days!

Spot on campus: Bamboo Garden

College class: Traditional China with Professor Rothschild


Why you came to UNF and what you enjoy the most: I attended the University of North Florida after serving in the United States Army. I chose UNF due to the small class sizes and student-to-faculty ratio. It was easy to develop a strong bond with my professors and I continue that relationship to this day. I enjoyed meeting new people on campus and traveling abroad with my classmates the most.


My advice to you is: When applying to multiple universities, I recommend that you apply early. It's important to maintain a calendar of priority deadlines for scholarship and admissions purposes. Retesting and sending multiple test scores will reflect positively on your application. Having a strong/weak senior year can "make or break" your admissions decision. Lastly, tour each university you are applying to multiple times. After spending time on campus, you will know whether or not that university is the perfect match for you.


Tess Henderson

Admissions Coordinator for South Florida Counties (Broward, Miami Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach) 

Tess Henderson Headshot 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Hometown: Jacksonville, FL

Degree: Bachelor of Arts, Communication



Jacksonville restaurants: Moxie and Cheddar's

UNF tradition: Homecoming

Spot on campus: The breezeway behind the Bistro in Hicks Hall

College class: All of my theatre classes!


Why you came to UNF and what you enjoy the most: I've always known what a great institution this University is, and I enjoy meeting with each prospective student to assist them in one of the biggest milestones in their lives.


My advice to you is: Be intentional in everything you do.


Leshare Demps

Admissions Coordinator for East/Central Florida Counties (Brevard, Indian River, Lake, Martin, Orange, Okeechobee, Osceola, Seminole, St. Lucie, Sumter and Volusia)

Leshare Demps 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Hometown: Gainesville, FL

Degree: Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education



Jacksonville restaurants: Burrito Gallery (Brooklyn location), DOMU and Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe

UNF tradition: Homecoming Week!

Spot on campus: The Student Wellness Complex

College class: Developmental Psychology


Why you came to UNF and what you enjoy the most: I came to the University of North Florida for my position as an Admissions Coordinator in the Office of Admissions. One of my favorite parts of being an Admissions Coordinator is assisting students and families throughout the admissions process to make sure it is a pleasant and smooth journey.


My advice to you is: Get involved on campus and don't be afraid to meet new people. You will meet some of your lifelong friends in college.


Roger Catangui

Admissions Coordinator for Florida Panhandle Counties (Alachua, Bradford, Escambia, Leon, Marion, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Suwannee, Wakulla, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Gadsden, Liberty, Franklin, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Hamilton, Lafayette, Dixie, Columbia, Baker, Union, Gilchrist, Levy, Citrus and Walton) 

Roger Catangui

Pronouns: He/Him/His


Hometown: Jacksonville, FL

Degree: Bachelor of Art in English, Minor in Marketing



Jacksonville restaurants: Julington Creek Fish Camp

UNF tradition: Silent DJ

Spot on campus: Student Union Game Room

College class: Anime Cinema


Why you came to UNF and what you enjoy the most: As a student, I wanted to be close to home. As I knew UNF more and more I came to enjoy its love for nature, chill vibes, and small environment. As an employee, I want to extend my thanks to UNF by allowing future students to maximize their potential at UNF.


My advice to you is: Have patience; everything you need will come in due time with effort and dedication.


Madison Turner

Transfer Coordinator for Santa Fe College, St. Johns River State College, Florida Gateway College, Valencia College, Daytona State College, Seminole State College, College of Central Florida, Lake-Sumter State College, Hillsborough Community College, Indian River State College, Pasco-Hernando Community College, St. Petersburg College and Polk State College

Pronouns: She/Her/Hersheadshot of Madison Turner


Hometown: Winter Springs, FL

Degree: Bachelor of Art in Psychology



Jacksonville restaurants: Bowl of Pho and Mambos Cuban Cafe

UNF tradition: Probably the River City Rumble; I am a HUGE fan of college sports and love a little rivalry action!

Spot on campus: The nature trails because they really give you a glimpse into the Florida wildlife and nature. Plus, who doesn’t love a little peace and quiet while looking at some beautiful scenery!

College class: Women in Psychology. I got to learn a lot about how living in different areas around the world affects women and even men in so many different ways. It made me really value being able to receive an education as well as realize how amazing women are… everywhere!


Why you came to UNF and what you enjoy the most: I came to UNF for the opportunity to work for such an amazing and special university that also allows me to help students every day. Living 10 minutes from the beach was also a selling point! I love how at UNF, I really get the sense of a “family” environment where everybody cares about everybody and at the end of the day, they just want the students, staff and faculty to have fun and be successful! Go Ospreys!


My advice to you is: To get involved! Whether that’s in Greek Life, or intramural sports, student government, or just with your roommates…meet people and talk to people to really build and create your “home” here in the Nest! Four years (or even two) go by so fast and you really don’t want to miss a thing!


Sydney Stoltenberg

Transfer Coordinator for Broward College, Florida South Western State College, Florida Keys Community College, Miami Dade College, Palm Beach State College, South Florida State College, State College of Florida, and Florida State College at Jacksonville – North and South Campuses

Pronouns: She/Her/HersHeadshot of Sydney Stoltenberg


Hometown: Grand Rapids, MN

Degree: Bachelor of Science, Recreation Administration



Jacksonville restaurants: DOMU

UNF tradition: Market Days!

Spot on campus: I love all of the nature trails around campus! Campus located on a nature reserve and you can’t beat the amazing natural views you can find all around campus.

College class: Media and Youth: Learning, Teaching and Doing


Why you came to UNF and what you enjoy the most: I came to the University of North Florida to help transfer students learn more about what makes this campus so special. I was a transfer student, and getting the opportunity to help others with this process is very special and rewarding.


My advice to you is: Speak with students at all the Universities you are interested in attending. They have gone through the same experiences as you and can be a great resource for information when making your college decision.


Victoria Culverhouse

Transfer Coordinator for Chipola College, Gulf Coast State College, North Florida Community College, Northwest Florida State College, Pensacola State College, Tallahassee Community College and Florida State College at Jacksonville - Deerwood, Downtown and Kent Campuses

Pronouns: She/Her/HersHeadshot of Victoria Culverhouse


Hometown: Columbus, GA

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Education, Masters in Education



Jacksonville restaurants: Cantina Louie, Sushi House and Wasabi

UNF tradition: River City Rumble

Spot on campus: Hodges Stadium!

College class: English, the right professor can make anything interesting!


Why you came to UNF and what you enjoy the most: I came to UNF to help other students have the opportunity to attend a great university. I mostly enjoy the environment of the university. It is the perfect combination of a public university but with small class sizes to make you feel as if everyone really knows you.


My advice to you is: Invest yourself in where you are, get involved! Don’t take on too much your first year, and make as many memories as possible!


Special Events

Junine Castin

Special Events Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Headshot of Junine Caston


Hometown: Kissimmee, FL

Degree: Bachelor of Science, Communication, Focus in Public Relations



Jacksonville restaurants: Hawkers and the food truck Delish Kebabs

UNF tradition: River City Rumble!

Spot on campus: While I was a student, I loved sitting at the tables that were near the Osprey Village to people watch while studying.

College class: Media Theories and Effects


Why you came to UNF and what you enjoy the most: When researching options to go to school to study Communication, I was immediately drawn to UNF's beautiful campus and size. I wanted to be in a place where professors were accessible and knew me as more than a student number. I wasn't disappointed and my time at UNF as a student really propelled me towards the career I envisioned for myself. Once the Admissions Event Coordinator position opened, I knew I had to apply to be a part of the supportive, inclusive and energetic environment that I experienced as a student.


My advice to you is: Make time to familiarize yourself with all of the resources that UNF has to offer. Sometimes students will reach a point where they feel isolated and without options. There's always something and someone who is there to help, whether it be visiting ACE for tutoring, talking to a professional at the Counseling Center, visiting the LGBT Resource Center, exploring the Women's Center and the list goes on. These things are there to help give students the best chance at success in all areas.