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Meet the Admissions Staff

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


Emma ReynoldsHeadshot of Emma Reynolds

Associate Director of Admissions

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Fernandina Beach, FL

Degree: Bachelor of Arts, Criminology

Favorite Jacksonville restaurant: TacoLu

Favorite college course: 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.

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Latonio NicholsHeadshot of Latino Nichols

Assistant Director of Admissions

Admissions Counselor for Northeast Florida Counties (Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns)

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Hometown: Jacksonville, FL

Degree: Bachelor of Arts in English with Minor in Music; Master of Science in Adult Education

Favorite Jacksonville restaurants: Texas Roadhouse, Wasabi, Copeland’s, and Hawkers

Favorite UNF tradition: Homecoming

Favorite college course: Diverse Perspectives in Adult Education

Why you came to UNF and what you enjoy the most: I came to University of North Florida to join the admissions team. I enjoy having the opportunity to help students on their journey to greatness while also having the chance to make an impact on their future.

My advice to you is: My personal advice to any student would be to make the best of the entire experience. Get involved. Make friends. Make lasting relationships. Do your best in everything and enjoy every single moment!

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Admissions Counselors


Lauren ViarHeadshot of Lauren Viar

Admissions Counselor for Northeast Florida counties (Clay, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam & St. Johns)

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers  

Hometown: Fredericksburg, Virginia

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Humanities, Master of Arts in Art History

Favorite Jacksonville restaurants: Congaree and Penn, Le Petit Paris, La Nopalera

Favorite UNF tradition: River City Rumble

Favorite college course: Museums and Society or Contemporary American Poetry

Why you came to UNF and what you enjoy the most: I came to work at UNF because of the close-knit work environment and the university’s deep investment and involvement within the Jacksonville community.

My advice to you is: Step out of your comfort zone and take the risk. College can be scary and intimidating but, if you choose to step out of your comfort zone you will be rewarded with friends, opportunities, and memories that you will always remember.

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Jade Marino
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Admissions Counselor for Central West Florida and Southwest Florida counties (Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Desoto, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, and Sarasota)

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Tampa, FL

Degree: Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice, Bachelor of Arts in English

Favorite Jacksonville restaurants: True Food Kitchen, Island Wing Co., Brass Tacks

Favorite UNF tradition: Market Days

Favorite college course: Opera

Why you came to UNF and what you enjoy the most: The quality of people in the UNF community soars above and beyond expectations. From the faculty and staff, students, or administrators, each member takes the time to truly care and invest in the success and endeavors of each student. You will find support and growth from the UNF community like no other.

My advice to you is: Reach out to your professors! They want to hear from you and help you succeed, whether you are just getting started at UNF or preparing to dive into your professional career. Your professors are seasoned professionals who want to share their knowledge and support with you – don’t be afraid to ask about advice and questions!

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Emma Hansen
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Admissions Counselor for Central East Florida counties (Brevard, Indian River, Lake, Martin, Orange, Okeechobee, Osceola, Seminole, St. Lucie, Sumter and Volusia)

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Winter Garden, FL

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

Favorite Jacksonville restaurants: Taco Lu, Maggiano's Little Italy

Favorite UNF tradition: Ozfest

Favorite college course: Crime Scene Investigations with a JSO Detective

Why you came to UNF and what you enjoy the most: I came to UNF to pursue all my hopes & dreams. I was very ambitious in high school which is what drew me to pursue my undergrad with the University of North Florida & I knew I would be able to accomplish anything I set out to do. That is why I chose to continue my career here too! I love how UNF makes you feel like such an individual & introduces how you too can find your purpose!

My advice to you is: Get involved as much as possible! This is the time to try so many new activities, interests, and hobbies. Also try to say hi and introduce yourself to at least one person a day! This may be easier said than done, but you never know who you might meet, and you already have one thing in common…being a UNF Osprey!

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