Meet the Admission Staff

Meet the admission staff

Admission counselors are assigned to prospective students based on geography. Read the descriptions below to find out who your counselor is according to where you currently attend school.

  • Gertrude Beal

    Data Systems Operator
    School Extension 336.316.2154
  • Arlene Cash

    VP for Enrollment Management
    School Extension 336.316.2220

    Arlene has served as an enrollment advisor and in leadership enrollment roles in higher education since 1978. Her first job was as assistant dean for graduate recruitment at Kent State University and she has since worked for six other universities and colleges across the United States. She spent 10 years at Spelman College (Georgia) as the first vice president for enrollment management.  

    Arlene has led offices of admissions, financial aid, registrar, continuing education, career planning and development, orientation services and integrated student information systems. As a part of some institutional living and learning programs, she has served as faculty/administrator in residence and residential advisor to international and adult students.  

    She is an emeritus member of the Advisory Board of InsideTrack Inc., chair of the National Research Center for College and University Admissions Advisory Committee and a founding member of the National Center for Enrollment Research, Policy and Practices. As a first-generation college graduate and TRIO alumna herself, Arlene has worked in an advisory capacity with Upward Bound, McNair Fellowship and College BRIDGE programs across the country.  

    Her public and professional service activities include serving as the board chair of Ivy Preparatory Academy, an all-girls charter school in Atlanta which she helped found in 2007, as a member of the College Scholarship Services Committee of the College Board and as an advisor to the National Retention Initiative of Indiana University. She is on the faculty of the National Small Colleges Conference, the University of Southern California Enrollment Certificate program and the Harvard Admissions Institute. 

    Arlene is a graduate of Keuka College, a national leader in experiential learning, with a bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy through a student-designed major. She earned her master’s degree in philosophy from Kent State University.  

  • Joyce Eaton

    Executive Associate to the Vice Presidents for Enrollment Management & Marketing
    School Extension 336.316.2152
  • Fernando Gomes

    Assistant Director of Admission
    School Extension 336.316.2394

    Fernando was born in our nation's capital, and grew up right outside in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He graduated from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland, with a degree in English, while also minoring in French, writing and theatre. He was very involved with multiple organizations in college, but credits his semester abroad in Budapest, Hungary as being his most transformative college experience. For six years after graduation, he worked in admission at another liberal arts college in Maryland, finally joining the Guilford team in the summer of 2016.

    Having been in three singing groups in college, I enjoy music and singing, and I'm always looking for new outlets. If I'm feeling healthy, I like to go running, and I'm working on increasing my distance. Otherwise, I love exploring and traveling to new places in my spare time and trying to have as many cultural experiences as possible.

    Favorite thing about Guilford
    One thing that really impressed me about Guilford was its commitment to diversity. Not only is it one of our Core Values, I can see how it plays out in both the academic and extracurricular communities on this campus. Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds, but all are seeking to learn in the company of peers who offer different perspectives. This really makes for a dynamic and vibrant energy on our campus.

  • Rachel Hobbie '10

    New Garden Hall Receptionist
  • Erin Kelly

    Director of Admission
    School Extension 336.316.2124
    Mobile 336.708.7941

    Originally from Niles, Ohio, Erin graduated from Hiram College with a degree in communication studies and business management. She currently holds the title of director of admission but was previously the associate director of admission for the last year and a half. Erin works with prospective students from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.

    Hobbies: I have a dog named Etta (she has really big ears and I hope that she never grows into them) and I love music from the 60s and 90s. R&B is my guilty pleasure. My favorite food is eggplant parmigiana and my favorite ice cream is Jeni's Salted Caramel.

    Favorite thing about college: I was able to take classes I loved and they didn't have to be in my major — exploration of ideas and topics are what makes the liberal arts so fun. 

  • Zachary Kronisch '14

    Admission Counselor
    School Extension 336.316.2392
    Mobile 336.708.7939

    Having grown up most of his life in Storrs, Conn., Zachary moved to Austin, Texas after high school to work with the AmeriCorps organization Environmental Corps. He identifies as a Quaker from his involvement with youth groups growing up (Friends Camp in South China, ME and Young Friends out of New England Yearly Meeting) and was also in the Quaker Leadership Scholars Program at Guilford, where he graduated in 2014 with a major in community and justice studies and a double minor in visual arts; sculpture and environmental studies. Zach counsels students in Ala., Alaska, Ark., Ariz., Fla., Hawaii, Iowa, Ind., Kan., Ky., La., Minn., Miss., Mo., Mont., N.D., Neb., N.M., Nev., Okla., S.D., Tenn., Texas, S.D., Utah, W.V. and Wyo., as well as the western, south central and north central regions of N.C. 

    My hobbies vary depending on the weather mostly. If it isn't sunny enough to throw a frisbee, rock climb, or go for a bike ride, you can probably catch me editing a video project I am working on or cooking up a delicious vegetarian meal.

    Favorite thing about Guilford
    One of my countless favorite aspects about Guilford was the experiential learning in every classroom. I found the best lessons to be the ones that aren't planned or in a syllabus but the times where the teacher engaged the students in productive and transformative tangents. Hearing about other people's perspectives on ideas and philosophies on any given topic was what I took away from class the most.

  • Sandra "Sandy" Pearman '80

    Director of Enrollment Information
    School Extension 336.316.2428
  • Barbara Puhala

    Data Systems Operator
  • Terra Roane

    Associate Director of Admission
    School Extension 336.316.2393

    Background: Originally from Akron, Ohio, Terra graduated from Mount Union University with her bachelor’s degree. She returns to the East Coast after living and working in Virginia, California and Ohio post-graduation at Virginia State University, University of the Pacific and College of Wooster. Terra works with prospective students from D.C., Virginia and the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill area.

    Hobbies: I have a passion for the arts everything from Broadway musicals, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performances, live bands, a cappella, jazz ensembles, orchestra and poetry. My guilty pleasure is that I always have an appetite for dessert and my all-time favorite desserts are hummingbird cake, sweet potato pie and red velvet cake.

    Favorite thing about Guilford College: I walk by the historical Underground Railroad stop every morning when I am on campus before the start of my work day to reflect. I love serving our community with Quaker values. After touring this beautiful country, it is honestly my biggest accomplishment in life to work at a place that practices equality, justice, diversity, integrity and excellence daily.

  • Sheila Siler

    Campus Visit Coordinator
    School Extension 336.316.2443
  • William "Kyle" Wooden '11

    Senior Assistant Director of Admission
    School Extension 336.316.2383

    Kyle grew up in Indianapolis, IN then moved to Matthews, N.C. before his freshman year of high school. He graduated from Guilford in 2011 with a degree in history and a minor in sociology. Kyle joined the College staff in 2012 and counsels students from the local N.C. counties of Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Forsyth, Guilford, Rockingham and Stokes, as well as students from Georgia.

    Hobbies: I love sports and played baseball at Guilford while I was a student here.  My favorite teams are the Kansas City Royals, Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers.  My favorite hobby is exploring local lakes and parks with my dog, Tito, and coaching a youth baseball team in my spare time.  My favorite restaurant in Greensboro is Kiosco Mexican Grill, as I am a huge fan of Mexican food.  

    Favorite thing about Guilford: The community aspect and the fact that I am still very close with former professors and coaches is a large reason why I am still at Guilford.