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Samantha Hesse

Region: Admissions Phone Counselor

Telephone Number: (336) 841-9521

Email Address: shesse@highpoint.edu

Greetings! My name is Samantha Hesse and I am ecstatic to be High Point University’s Admissions Phone Counselor! I graduated in May 2014 from HPU with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a concentration in Occupational Therapy. I was a proud member of the club swim team all four years at HPU, Vice President of Psi-Chi Psychology Honor Society, and a Peer Mentor. Originally from Long Island, I attended HPU knowing right away that this was a community I would be a part of far more than four years. If college is experienced thoroughly it can be the best four years, setting you up for the rest of your life. From my own experience, High Point University was THE place for me to do that. I am also an avid singer, foodie, and crafter who loves exploring the world for endless adventures. I am excited to embark with you on your adventure at HPU! If you have any questions of concerns, feel free to contact me.

Haverly Erskine

Region: New York

Telephone Number: 336-841-9204

Email Address: herskine@highpoint.edu

With over 12 years of experience working in the fields of higher education and nonprofit, I could not be happier to join High Point University’s exceptional staff as a senior admissions counselor working with students from my own home state of New York. Originally from Rochester, NY, I graduated from Syracuse University in 2002 with a degree in public relations and completed my masters in educational leadership from the University of Rochester in 2007. Working with students, counselors and parents through the college search process is a rewarding opportunity, and it is truly an honor to represent a university like HPU. Its unprecedented growth is marked with exceptional class and a commitment to the experience of each student; it represents what institutions of higher education should aspire to be. I know the college search process can be overwhelming; that is why we are here to help. Please reach out with any questions or concerns. In addition, if you ever want to talk SEC football, World Cup, why it’s hard to be a Buffalo Sabres fan, studying abroad (do it if you can!), discount shopping or why I decided to leave NYS for the first time in my life for High Point University, be in touch. I look forward to working with you.

Autumn Pennington

Region: Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania

Telephone Number: 336-841-9022

Email Address: apenning@hightpoint.edu

Hey there, this is Autumn Pennington the admissions counselor for Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania. Though most of my childhood I grew up in a small Virginian town I have always felt a close connection to North Carolina, especially the Triad Area. I am a proud fighting squirrel, as an alumna of Mary Baldwin College, where I got my enthusiasm for higher education. My compassionate nature and willingness to serves others is a perfect fit for High Point University! I hope that you find it as wonderful as I have and if you have any questions, I am here to help you. I really look forward to assisting you on this journey!

Jordan Coakley

Region: Connecticut

Telephone Number: 336-841-9199

Email Address: jcoakley@highpoint.edu

My name is Jordan Coakley and I’m the Admissions Counselor for Connecticut. I’m originally from Leesburg, Virginia and have recently graduated from High Point University with a B.A. in English Writing. While I was a student, I served as a Captain University Ambassador and was involved all across campus. My experience here at High Point has been absolutely phenomenal and I am excited to share HPU with you! Please let me know if you have any questions or if there is anything I can do to assist you. I look forward to meeting and working with you as you discover all that High Point University has to offer!

Jennifer Loveday-Donovan

Region: Central North Carolina

Telephone Number: 336-841-9243

Email Address: jloveday@highpoint.edu

Having spent over 16 years in the classroom within secondary and higher education in South Carolina, I am elated to join the High Point University Admissions Team as the Senior Admissions Counselor for Central North Carolina. As a native Charlestonian, I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The College of Charleston and two Master of Arts (Education & Teaching) from The Citadel. I am currently completing my Doctorate in Educational Leadership. In our spare time my husband, Jason, and I enjoy traveling, SEC Football, MLB baseball, fishing, working out and playing with our English Bulldogs. I believe that education is the cornerstone of opportunity. My personal motto is: “One’s future is defined by the dedication to our dreams.” I look forward to helping you to achieve your dreams with your start here at High Point University. Please never hesitate to contact me to answer any of your questions or concerns!

Taylor Bradley

Region: Eastern/Central Pennsylvania and Delaware

Telephone Number: 336-841-9502

Email Address: tbradley@highpoint.edu

Hi! My name is Taylor Bradley and I am delighted to be the Admissions Counselor for Eastern/Central Pennsylvania and Delaware. I recently graduated from High Point University with Honors and a B.A. in Human Relations, combined with a triple minor in Nonprofit Management, Leadership Studies and Political Science. As an HPU student, I was proud to hold the position of Volunteer Center President, University Ambassador Captain, Junior Marshall, and Assistant Resident Director of the Greek Village. I am a member of the Phi Mu Sorority. Originally, I hail from Ontario, Canada. My undergraduate years here were some of the best of my life - I know yours will be too! I am very excited to meet with you to help you discover all of the unparalleled opportunities High Point University has to offer. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions you have!

Forrest Johnson

Region: California and Nevada

Telephone Number: 336-880-3266

Email Address: fjohnson@highpoint.edu

Hello! My name is Forrest Johnson. I am the regional admissions counselor for students from California and Nevada. Currently I am based out of Sacramento, California. Originally I grew up in north-central Idaho. I graduated from the University of Idaho in 2010 with a double major in Marketing and Business Management. I’m so very proud to be associated with such an excellent university as High Point! When I am not helping students find their home at High Point I enjoy exploring California, staying active with my local children’s charity group Active 20-30, rooting on my beloved Denver Broncos and most of all flying! I have been a licensed pilot since August of 2012. If you are considering High Point University as your university of choice please do not hesitate to contact me. Looking for a college can be a confusing and scary process; contact me and we will navigate those unknown roads together. I look forward to hearing from you!

Whitney Belk

Region: Western North Carolina

Telephone Number: 336-841-9195

Email Address: wbelk@highpoint.edu

Hi! My name is Whitney Belk and I am the Admissions Counselor for prospective students from Western North Carolina. I look forward to working with students from this region and I will do my best to help you through the admissions and enrollment process! I was born and raised in North Carolina and I absolutely love the Triad region. I graduated from University of North Carolina Wilmington in May 2013 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Leadership Studies. As an undergraduate student, I was heavily involved in the Student Ambassador program and held several leadership positions. I also had the opportunity to work in the Admissions Office as a student, which is how I discovered my passion for higher education. I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to work with you as you plan to make High Point University your new home. High Point University is truly an extraordinary place and I look forward to helping you reach your career and personal goals! The first time I stepped on campus, I knew there was something remarkable about this place. High Point University has so much to offer students inside and outside the classroom. I understand that the college process can be overwhelming so please feel free to contact me with any questions and I am happy to help!

Dylan Robinson

Region: Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, Guam and US Virgin Islands

Telephone Number: (336) 841-9038

Email Address: drobinso@highpoint.edu

Hello! My name is Dylan Robinson, and I am the Admission Counselor for Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, Guam and US Virgin Islands. I grew up in different parts of the United States but am proud to call North Carolina my home. I graduated from High Point University in 2013 and couldn’t be more excited to be working in Admissions. As a student, I was involved in Student Government Association, Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, and multiple other clubs and organizations. My experiences at High Point have truly been amazing and I am confident you will also find High Point University to be a life changing experience. Please feel free to contact me with any questions about High Point University or the application process. Hope to see many of you on campus and during my travels!

Danita Salone

Region: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and Iowa

Telephone Number: (336) 841-9425

Email Address: dsalone@highpoint.edu

My name is Danita Salone and I'm the admission counselor for Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and Iowa. Originally from Minneapolis, MN, I'm excited to head back to the Midwest to represent High Point University. I am passionate about counseling students and families through the application process and providing information on access to higher education. Know that I want to be here as a resource for you and your family. I believe in High Point's mission and am excited to be on this journey with you. Reach out to me with any questions, guidance or assistance you may need. I'm here for ya! I'm looking forward to welcoming you to the High Point University Community!

Julee Mitsler

Region: Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Colorado, Montana, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Hawaii

Telephone Number: (336) 841-9438

Email Address: jmitsler@highpoint.edu

Hi! I'm Julee, a Senior Admissions Counselor here at High Point University who loves traveling, sports, and all things Southern. I was born and raised on the Main Line outside Philadelphia and am a diehard Eagles fan. I went to college in Virginia and earned a B.A. in Communications Studies in 2009. I worked at my alma mater for four years and have just recently joined the team here at High Point University. I'm so excited to work with lots of great students & their families. I hope to see you on campus soon!

Sally A. Smith

Region: Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Western and Southern Massachusetts and Cape Cod

Telephone Number: 336-687-9353

Email Address: ssmith@highpoint.edu

With over twenty years of experience working in college counseling, admissions and alumni relations, I enthusiastically join the HPU admissions team as a regional admissions counselor representing Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Western and Southern Massachusetts and Cape Cod. After recommending so many quality students to HPU as a college counselor and as a current parent of a student in the Class of 2015, I am honored to continue my relationship with the school connecting excellent students to an exceptional educational experience! A native of New England, I earned my B.A. in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire and my Master’s in Education from Plymouth State University. In 2009, I obtained my certification as an educational planner from the AICEP. Guiding students and families through the college admissions process has been a rewarding aspect of my career in secondary and higher education. Residing in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, I am accessible to meet with students and families in New England with a high degree of availability and look forward to these opportunities to share High Point’s mission and success. Please feel free to contact me and begin your extraordinary journey with HPU.

Meaghan Rabb

Region: Eastern North Carolina,

Telephone Number: (336) 841-9413

Email Address: mrabb@highpoint.edu

Hello! My name is Meaghan Rabb and I am the Admissions Counselor for applicants from Eastern North Carolina. I graduated from High Point University in 2010 with a B.S. in Exercise Science. Originally from the High Point area, I was excited to discover what an amazing University was sitting in my back yard! As a student, I was a captain ambassador, member of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, and enrolled in the Honors Program. I loved every minute of my time as a student at High Point and am so excited to help you become a member of our High Point University family! Please feel free to contact me at any time regarding all questions or concerns you have. I hope to see many of you during my travels of the Carolinas.

Brooke Walter

Region: Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina and Home-Schooled Students

Telephone Number: (336) 841-9407

Email Address: bwalter@highpoint.edu

Hi!  My name is Brooke Walter, and I am the Admissions Counselor for prospective students from Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina and Home-Schooled Students. I grew up in the Triad area of North Carolina.  I was a student-athlete (Women’s Tennis) at East Carolina University, and graduated from ECU in 2009, with a BA in English Literature and a minor in Psychology.  As part of my English program I had the opportunity to study in London, England, which was an exciting and rewarding experience. I’m definitely an advocate for study abroad and the experiential learning opportunities that High Point University provides.   As someone who thrives on the academic and athletic environments offered by a university, I fell in love with High Point University the first time I saw it.  I am thrilled to be part of the Admissions Team at such a vibrant, growing, and exciting institution!   I look forward to meeting and working with you, and answering any questions you have about High Point University and the admissions process.   

Bill Deitrick

Region: Virginia and Minnesota

Telephone Number: (336) 841-9250

Email Address: bdeitric@highpoint.edu

Hey Everyone! I'm originally from Gambrills, MD. In 2007, I earned my B.S. in Parks Recreation Tourism Management from North Carolina State University. While there I worked with the football team as an equipment manager, and as a strength and conditioning intern for all other sports. After graduation I returned to MD to work for the Baltimore Ravens in Stadium Operations and coach Track and Field at Goucher College. In 2010, I started working towards my Master's Degree at HPU. I graduated in May 2011 with a M.S. in Sport Studies with a perfect 4.0 (sorry it's the only time I can say that). Now I am an Admissions Counselor covering the states of Virginia and Minnesota. I look forward to working with all of you throughout the application and college selection processes. Never hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance.

Philip Foster

Region: Western Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Telephone Number: (336) 841-9427

Email Address: pfoster@highpoint.edu

Hey guys! My name is Philip Foster and I'm the Admissions Counselor for prospective students hailing from Maryland and Washington D.C. I was born and raised in High Point and am excited to call it home once again! I 'm a strong believer in experiential learning and feel it truly prepares our students for the future. I enjoy spending time with family, friends and my dog Ruca! I graduated in May of 2010 with a B.A. in Creative Writing. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any questions throughout the admissions process. I look forward to meeting you all and helping you to find the perfect fit at our remarkable university!

Marianne Menius


Region: International

Telephone Number: (336) 841-9144

Email Address: mmenius@highpoint.edu

Hi! My name is Marianne Menius and I am the Admissions Counselor for international students. I am originally from North Carolina and I grew up in the High Point area. I graduated in 2010 from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill with a B.A. in International Studies and minors in Arabic and Spanish.

After spending time traveling and teaching in South East Asia, I returned to the Triad area to join the HPU admissions team. I absolutely love traveling and I strongly encourage all students to take advantage of HPU's study abroad opportunities at some point during their college career. I am excited to be a part of such an extraordinary university and I am looking forward to meeting you! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

Tyler Burrows

Region: Northern New Jersey

Telephone Number: (336) 841-9143

Email Address: tburrows@highpoint.edu

I am a recent graduate of High Point University, originally from a small farm town on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. I am now a proud resident of North Carolina and have adapted well to the relaxed and hospitable lifestyle of the south. Having attended High Point University for the past four years, I found that I was not ready to leave and am now lucky enough to work for my alma mater with pride!

Erin Moran

Region: Prospective freshmen from Southern New Jersey, Texas, Arizona, Oklahoma, Arkansas and New Mexico

Telephone Number: (336) 841-9204

Email Address: emoran@highpoint.edu

I grew up in the city of High Point and absolutely love working at High Point University! I graduated from Covenant College (located in Lookout Mountain, Georgia) in 2004 with a B.A. in Theology and English Literature. It was great for me to get away from home for college and venture out, but I am so happy to be back, especially because I get to share my hometown's university with so many people!!! Please feel free to contact me with any questions. I look forward to meeting you and working with you throughout this process!

 Thank you!

Heidi Waibel

Region: Eastern Maryland

Telephone Number: (336) 841-4567

Email Address: hwaibel@highpoint.edu

My name is Heidi Waibel and I am a proud 2007 graduate of High Point University. While providing me with an extraordinary academic education, High Point also gave me instruction beyond the classroom and I was able to learn more about myself than I ever could have imagined. I had the opportunity to hear from amazing speakers, meet people from many different backgrounds, and try tons of new activities! I work with all students from Eastern Maryland (aka-Carroll, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Harford, and Anne Arundel counties as well as the entire Eastern Shore). I came to High Point after graduating from a high school in Towson, MD so I love getting back up to Maryland and visiting different schools and meeting with students. I would be happy to answer questions or share my time at High Point University with any students, parents, or counselors.

Lars Farabee

Region: Metro Boston area and surrounding communities

Telephone Number: (336) 841-9637

Email Address: lfarabee@highpoint.edu

Aloha! My name is Lars Farabee, and I am the admissions counselor for the Metro Boston area and surrounding communities. I grew up in coastal Maine, so I am very excited to head back to New England. I promise to try to bring some warmer weather and Southern hospitality back with me!

I graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington in 2007 with a B.A. in English, and from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2010 with an M.A. in Liberal and Global Studies. I knew that I wanted to head south after college (I was wicked tired of the cold), and luckily I ended up here at High Point University. I've been here for several years now, but it took me less than a day to realize that this is truly an extraordinary place!

There are many wonderful students from Massachusetts here on campus. There are also many students, like you, that are ready to take part in all of the wonderful opportunities that await you here at High Point University. I hope that you are able to enjoy them! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Joe Cristy

Region: Transfer, Readmit and Spring Enrollment

Telephone Number: (336) 841-9277

Email Address: jcristy@highpoint.edu


 A 1998 graduate of HPU and eleven-year veteran of Undergraduate Admissions, I am responsible for all transfer, readmit and spring enrollment students. I also serve as our Athletics Liaison and oversee the University Ambassador (tour guide) program. Originally from Baltimore, MD, I am a 1994 alumnus of Archbishop Curley High School. I committed to HPU as a student-athlete and was a part of the Panthers' transition to NCAA Division I athletics, as a four-year member of the baseball team. I served as captain of the squad throughout my senior year and graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Sport Management, with a concentration in Business. I began the first of three stints in the Admissions Office traveling North Carolina in 1998-99. During my time here I have been fortunate to meet so many wonderful people across many different states, including: Virginia, Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and my home state of Maryland. For a brief period of time, I served as HPU's Sports Information Director and currently remain involved with athletics, serving as the liaison to that department as well as providing my voice as the Public Address Announcer for our Panthers. I was promoted to Director of Recruitment in June 2012.

In 2003, I married HPU grad and former women's soccer player, Jennifer Franks. We've enjoyed traveling together and coach a local club soccer team for the Piedmont Triad Futbol Club. In December of 2011 we welcomed our first child, Jackson Alexander, who enjoys watching HPU sporting events and interacting with all students on-campus. I remain loyal to my Baltimore roots, as an avid fan of the NFL's Ravens and MLB's Orioles. In fact, I continue to hold season-tickets with the Ravens, despite living in the South. I routinely make the twelve-hour roundtrip for most home games.

I commonly remark that, "...My job is to help each student find the right school for them." It humbles me to think of the many thousands of students over the years that saw HPU through my eyes and experiences and thought that it was, in fact, the right school for them too. I look forward to working with all of you throughout the application and college selection processes. Never hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance.

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