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Meet the Admissions Staff

Get to know the UNF 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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Kara DentzauHeadshot of Kara Dentzau 

Assistant Director of Admissions

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Tallahassee, FL

Degree: Bachelor of Science, Sociology

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

Favorite UNF tradition: River City Rumble

Favorite college courseReligion 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!

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Admissions Coordinators

Latonio NicholsHeadshot of Latino Nichols

Admissions Coordinator 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! 

Roger CatanguiHeadshot of 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)

Pronouns: He/Him/His 

Hometown: Jacksonville, FL

Degree: Bachelor of Art in English, Minor in Marketing 

Favorite Jacksonville restaurants: Julington Creek Fish Camp

Favorite UNF tradition: Silent DJ

Favorite college course: 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. 

Janet NewmanHeadshot of Janet Newman

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

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Hollywood, Florida

Degree: BS in Communication (Multimedia Production), BA in English, minor in American Sign Language/Deaf Studies

Favorite Jacksonville restaurants: Burrito Gallery and Maple Street Biscuit Company

Favorite UNF tradition: River City Rumble

Favorite college course: Multi-camera production

Why you came to UNF and what you enjoy the most: I came to UNF because of the great location and size. The UNF campus is located on a beautiful nature preserve, so there is always a great place to sit outside and do homework, hang out with friends, or just relax! I also think UNF is the perfect size, there are small class sizes, and still there are plenty of chances to get to meet new people and explore new opportunities.

My advice to you is: Get involved in whatever interests you! There are so many different clubs, sports, internships, jobs, and other things to do on campus, take advantage of all of the opportunities. 

Lauren ViarHeadshot of Lauren Viar

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

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. 

Thomas HigginbothamHeadshot of Thomas Higginbotham

Admissions Coordinator for Georgia

Pronouns: He/Him/His  

Hometown: Jacksonville, FL

Degree: Bachelor in Communication: Public Relations

Favorite Jacksonville restaurants: Hueys, Congaree and Penn, The Bearded Pig

Favorite UNF tradition: River City Rumble

Favorite college course: A creative writing course that was based entirely on Game of Thrones

Why you came to UNF and what you enjoy the most: I came to UNF because I am from Jacksonville and saw this University as an amazing chance to stay in my hometown and continue my education.

My advice to you is: Take time to experiment with your classes, even if that means taking a more difficult course outside of your comfort zone. You never know what you may be passionate about if you never expose yourself to new things. 

Sydney StoltenbergHeadshot of Sydney Stoltenberg

Admissions Coordinator for 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: Grand Rapids, MN

Degree: Bachelor of Science, Recreation Administration

Favorite Jacksonville restaurants: DOMU

Favorite UNF tradition: Market Days!

Favorite college course: 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.   

Transfer Admissions Coordinators

Madison TurnerHeadshot of 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/Hers

Hometown: Winter Springs, FL

Degree: Bachelor of Art in Psychology

Favorite Jacksonville restaurants: Bowl of Pho and Mambos Cuban Cafe

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

Favorite college course: 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!  

Victoria DillardHeadshot of Victoria Culverhouse

Transfer Coordinator Florida State College at Jacksonville, Chipola College, Gulf Coast State College, North Florida Community College, Northwest Florida State College, Pensacola State College, Tallahassee Community College, Broward College, Florida South Western State College, Florida Keys Community College, Miami Dade College, Palm Beach State College, South Florida State College, and State College of Florida

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Columbus, GA

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Education, Masters in Education

Favorite Jacksonville restaurants: Cantina Louie, Sushi House and Wasabi

Favorite UNF tradition: River City Rumble

Favorite college course: 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

Emily GruberHeadshot of Emily Gruber

Assistant Director of Special Events

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Statesboro, GA

Degree: Bachelor of Arts in English, Master of Education in Higher Education Administration

Favorite Jacksonville restaurants: Another Broken Egg Café and Maple Street Biscuit Company

Favorite UNF tradition: Homecoming

Favorite college course: I took a Geoffrey Chaucer class my senior year of undergrad and we went on a pilgrimage to Cleveland, OH.

Why you came to UNF and what you enjoy the most: I love that UNF is the best of both worlds when it comes to a college experience! Students get all the amenities and opportunities that a big campus offers, but they also receive individualized attention and hands-on experiences in the classroom.

My advice to you is: This might be cliché but step out of your comfort zone! College is the time to try different things, explore new places, and meet people who will push you to do your best.

Cristhal Escobar

Special Events Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Jacksonville, FL

Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Child Psychology, Minor in Social Welfare; Currently pursuing a Masters in Social Work

Favorite Jacksonville restaurants: River & Post

Favorite UNF tradition: River City Rumble

Favorite college course: Sex, Race, and Class by Jenny Stuber

Why you came to UNF and what you enjoy the most: The faculty and Staff

My advice to you is: Take advantage of everything UNF has to offer! From clubs to sports, electives, and events, do it all. The only things you will regret from college are the things you didn’t do.

Out-of-State Applicants

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