Ashley Browning, M.A.L.S. ’13, Ed.D., Vice President for Enrollment Management
Ashley is a 2007 graduate of the University of Virginia. She joined the Hollins community in 2008, receiving her M.A.L.S. from Hollins in 2013. In 2016, Ashley earned an Ed.D. in higher education leadership and policy through Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. Whether she’s picnicking on the parkway or floating on the James River, Ashley enjoys being outside with her husband and daughter, Lucy, taking in the breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Ashley is always excited to share the beauty of the Hollins campus with prospective students, and enjoys helping families discover staples of the Roanoke community, like the historic Farmers Market, local live music, and boutiques.
Madeline Aliff, M.A.L.S. ’18, Director of Recruitment
Territories: Roanoke, Va,, the Shenandoah Valley, Va.
Madeline was raised in the Roanoke Valley and is a 2012 graduate of Roanoke College. She received her B.S. in chemistry with a minor in communication studies. She received her Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree at Hollins. During her spare time, Madeline enjoys spending time with her friends and family, shopping downtown, and cuddling with her cats. Madeline is excited to get to know future Hollins women and show them the many opportunities that are available at Hollins.
Cailin Asip ’11, Director of Admission
Territories: Richmond, Va., Chestefield County, Va., Hanover, Va., Henrico, Va.
Cailin is a 2011 graduate of Hollins with a B.A. in Spanish and psychology. During her time at Hollins, she was a member of the equestrian team, Student Government Association, and Hollins University Leaders of Admission (HULA). She received her M.Ed. from the University of Virginia, Curry School of Education in higher education administration with a concentration in student affairs practice in 2014. Cailin jumped at the opportunity to return to the best place on Earth, her beloved Hollins, to join in the efforts of recruiting the next great leaders. In her spare time, Cailin enjoys competing in triathlons, attending sporting events, being active outdoors, catching up with her Hollins family, and spending time with her family, friends, horse, and ginormous cats.
Tristin Kitts, Senior Assistant Director of Admission
Territories: Horizon program; Transfer students; Blacksburg, Va., Charlottesville, Va., Lynchburg, Va.; Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, West Virginia
Tristin is a 2010 graduate of Lynchburg College with a B.S. in biology and a minor in public health. She is a Roanoke native and received her Master of Arts in higher education administration from the University of Louisville in 2015. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her daughter, husband, and especially her Goldendoodle. She is excited to work with prospective students throughout the admission process to help find their right fit at Hollins University.
Kayla Edwards, Assistant Director of Admission
Territories: Research Triangle, N.C., Alabama, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada, Oregon, South Carolina, Washington
Kayla is a native of Roanoke and is a 2017 graduate of the University of North Alabama (UNA), where she received her B.A. in public communications and a minor in German. As an undergraduate student, she completed a semester abroad in Austria and served as president of Circle K. She received her Master of Professional Studies in higher education administration in 2020 from UNA. In her spare time, Kayla enjoys traveling abroad, spending time outdoors camping and hiking, and jumping on a motorcycle with her husband and riding through the Blue Ridge Mountains. Kayla is happy to be back in her hometown and is eager share her love of the Roanoke community with future Hollins students.
Whitney Puckett, Assistant Director of Communications and International Admission
Territories: International students
Whitney is a 2002 graduate of Roanoke College where she received her B.A. in English with a certification in secondary English education. In her spare time, Whitney enjoys watching movies, cooking, playing board games, going on “food adventures” around Roanoke, and cuddling with her dog and two cats. Whitney is excited to serve the Hollins community and to share her passion for the liberal arts education experience.
Maggie Flynn, Senior Admission Counselor
Territories: Alexandria, Va., Arlington, Va., Blacksburg, Va., Fairfax, Va., Fredericksburg, Va., Loudon County, Va., Maryland, Puerto Rico, Washington, D.C.
Maggie is a 2016 graduate of Lynchburg College with a B.A. degree in communication studies and international relations. She is new to the Roanoke area from Charleston, S.C., and excited to experience fall weather again. Maggie is looking forward to helping students find their fit at Hollins and showing them all of the opportunities and advantages the Hollins experience has to offer. In her spare time she loves riding horses, going to the dog park with her aussie-doodle, Tucker, and watching Jeopardy reruns.
Kayla McKinney ’16, Senior Admission Counselor and Event Coordinator
Territories: Hampton Roads, Va., Tappahannock, Va., Tidewater, Va.; Asheville, N.C., Greensboro, N.C., Charlotte, N.C, Winston-Salem, N.C.
Kayla is a southwest Virginia native who graduated from Hollins in 2016 with a B.A. in environmental studies and sociology, and a certificate from the Batten Leadership Institute. While a student at Hollins, Kayla was active in the Hollins Outdoor Program (HOP), served as a member of the Student Government Association, chaired Hollins Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and led several clubs, including the Hollins Community Garden. In her spare time, Kayla enjoys hiking, paddling, doing yoga, cooking, and spending time with her partner and their pets. Kayla is enthusiastic about the opportunities Hollins offers and looks forward to sharing that excitement with future Hollins leaders.
Danielle Sawyer ’19, Admission Counselor
Territories: Fayetteville, N.C., Elizabeth City, N.C., Greenville, N.C., Rocky Mount, N.C., Wilmington, N.C., Wilson, N.C.; Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin
Danielle graduated from Hollins in 2019 with a B.A. in political science. She is from Stedman, N.C., but has come to love the Roanoke Valley. While a student at Hollins, she was a member of the cultural and community engagement department and Student Government Association. She is excited to continue to engage with Hollins as member on the admission team and to assist students in becoming a part of the Hollins community. In her spare time, Danielle enjoys watching Netflix, finding new places to eat in Roanoke, spending time with her friends, and going to concerts.
Esmere Litz ’20, Admission Counselor
Territories: Southside, Va., Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Wyoming
Esmere Litz grew up in the Tidewater area of Virginia. After graduating from Hollins in 2020 with a bachelor’s in both English and theatre, she developed a great love for Roanoke and the Blue Ridge region overall. While at Hollins, she participated in many theatre productions (both on and offstage), served as a member of the Hollins Activity Board (HAB), completed mentorships and student teaching through internships, and even acted as a Student Success Leader (SSL) for a first-year seminar class. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, painting, writing poetry, and playing with her cats Smokey and Archimedes. She is excited to help the next generation of “women who are going places” start at Hollins.