Meet Your Admission Rep

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Ashley Browning M.A.L.S. ’13, Ed.D., Vice President for Enrollment Management

Territories: Horizon program; Transfer students; Alexandria, Va., Arlington, Va., Fairfax, Va., Washington, D.C.

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

Madeline Aliff M.A.L.S. ’18, Director of Admission and Recruitment Operations

Territories: Charlottesville, Va., Lynchburg, Va., Roanoke, Va., the Shenandoah Valley, Va.; Charlotte, N.C.; Ohio

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.

Kayla Edwards

Kayla Edwards, Assistant Director of Admission

Territories: Fredericksburg, Va., Loudon County, Va., Asheville, N.C., Research Triangle, N.C.;  South Carolina, West Virginia

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

Whitney Puckett, Assistant Director of Communications and International Admission

Territories: International students; Kentucky, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin

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.

Kayla McKinney

Kayla McKinney ’16, Assistant Director of Admission and Event Coordinator

Territories: Chesterfield County, Va., Hampton Roads, Va., Hanover, Va., Henrico, Va., Poquoson, Va., Richmond, Va., Tappahannock, Va., Tidewater, Va.; Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, Wyoming

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.

Chelsea De Torres

Chelsea De Torres ’12, Assistant Director of Recruitment

Territories: Fayetteville, N.C., Elizabeth City, N.C., Greenville, N.C.,  Rocky Mount, N.C., Wilmington, N.C., Wilson, N.C.; Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont

Chelsea graduated from Hollins in 2012 with a B.A. in English, a concentration in creative writing, minors in business and psychology, and a certificate in leadership from the Batten Leadership Institute. While in residence at Hollins, she helped found, lead, and edit The Cyborg Griffin. Chelsea received her M.F.A. in writing for children from Simmons University in 2014. When out of the office, she can be found cuddling her two cats and her grumpy dog, fostering kittens for local shelters, or acting in community theatre. Chelsea can’t wait to share her passion for higher education at Hollins with prospective students.

Maritza Steele

Maritza Steele, Assistant Director of Admission and Community Outreach

Maritza graduated from DePauw University in 2014 with her B.A. in sociology and has a deep appreciation for the liberal arts experience. She earned her M.A. in sociology from Indiana University in 2017 with a focus on the sociology of education. Maritza enjoys hiking in the Roanoke Valley with her family, walking her dog through Roanoke’s beautiful and historic neighborhoods, and baking sweets for friends and family. Maritza looks forward to helping future students find their place at Hollins.

Shaunaray Otey

Shaunaray Otey, Senior Admission Counselor

Territories: Blacksburg, Va., Martinsville, Va., Southside Va.; Greensboro, N.C., Winston-Salem, N.C.; Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Texas, West Virginia

Shaunaray is a native of the Roanoke Valley and a 2012 graduate of Bennett College where she received her B.A. in business administration. Shaunaray attended the Global Leadership Institute at the University of the Virgin Islands during her undergraduate studies. While at Bennett, the student body presented her with the Leadership and Excellence Award to honor her dedication and achievements. In her spare time, Shaunaray loves spending time with her family, traveling, painting, and enjoying outdoor activities together. As a graduate of a women’s college, Shaunaray knows the value of what it means to be a part of such a special community. So, she is excited to share this amazing feeling with future Hollins students and families.

Marianne Virnelson

Marianne Virnelson, Senior Admission Counselor

Territories: Alaska, California, Florida, Hawaii, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Washington

Marianne hails from the small village of Fern Glen, Pennsylvania, but moved to Virginia to attend Randolph College. In 2017, she graduated with a B.A. in music and theatre. She has been working in the world of admission ever since, and is absolutely thrilled to be part of the team here at Hollins! On top of her work in admission, Marianne is a professional vocalist and an avid performer. Some of her stage credits include the White Witch in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors, Feste in Twelfth Night, and chorus work in four different operas. In her spare time, she enjoys game nights or jam sessions with her friends, taking trips to the dog park with her Chihuahua mix, Bruce, or curling up on the couch with her cats, Elphaba and Glinda, while watching Netflix or playing video games.

Erin Standish

Erin Standish, Admission Counselor

Originally from Zelienople, PA, Erin graduated from Roanoke College in 2021, where she received her B.A. in communication studies with a minor in religious studies. As an undergraduate student, she studied abroad in Ireland and captained the Roanoke College Dance Team. In her spare time, Erin enjoys dancing, reading, and catching up with friends and family. She’s excited to meet future Hollins students and share her excitement about a liberal arts education with them.

Rena Musyt

Rena Musyt, Assistant to the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Campus Visit Coordinator