Meet the Admission Staff

Ask a Student

Our Quaker heritage encourages us to have open and honest dialogues between every member of our community—even members who haven’t joined us yet. If you have questions about life at Guilford College, we invite you to email our students at Our panel of respondents includes students from a variety of backgrounds, nationalities, and religions who have made Guilford College their home away from home.

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.

  • Cynthia Basinger

    Assistant to the Vice President for Enrollment Management
    School Extension 336.316.2152
  • Nancy Benninger

    Admission Counselor
    Mobile 336.708.7947

    Nancy holds a bachelor of arts in art history from Hollins University - a highlight of her college career was studying art for six months in Florence, Italy. After college, she worked as curator for a gallery in her hometown of Atlanta, and then found her way to the field of college admission at a small liberal arts college just outside of Atlanta. Nancy joined the Guilford College admission staff in 2014, as a regional counselor based in Raleigh. She works with students from the Triangle region, as well as students and schools in Virginia and the D.C. area. 

    Hobbies: spending time with my husband, Tom, traveling, cooking and entertaining, starting needlepoint canvases (I do plan to eventually finish them all), long bike rides on the Greenway throughout Raleigh, reading really great books and watching really terrible television. 

    Favorite food: Mexican, for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner. My parents ate at a Mexican restaurant in Atlanta the night before I was born, so we joke that it's in my blood. 

    Favorite thing about college: falling in love with my major and the liberal arts experience, and also finding my voice and a sense of self. The highlight of my college years was rounding out three years of service and involvement with student government by serving as my senior class as our president.

    Favorite thing about Guilford: watching a prospective student discover that this college is their perfect fit. This truly is a place that will change your life, and it's a joy to see a student make the realization that they belong here in our community devoted to diversity, justice, honor and the student-centered education and campus experience. 

  • Allison Brooks

    Data Systems Operator
    School Extension 336.316.2391
  • Arlene Cash

    VP for Enrollment Management
    School Extension 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.  

  • Jennifer Catoe '14

    Data Systems Operator
    School Extension 336.316.2390
  • Shelley George

    Senior Assistant Director of Admission
    School Extension 336.316.2393
    Mobile 917.450.2793

    Originally from West Virginia, Shelley received a Bachelor of Arts in communication arts from Concord University and a Master of Arts in mass communication from the University of Georgia. She has worked in the Guilford Office of Admission for 10 years, with a full-time regional office for Guilford in New York City. Shelley counsels northeastern students who attend school in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. She also serves as a liaison to the Honors Program at Guilford. The best way to reach Shelley is at her NYC regional office/mobile number at 917.450.2793.

    Hobbies: I love going to baseball games at Yankee Stadium, enjoy seeing my favorite singers Ingrid Michaelson and Amos Lee in concert and am a huge fan of the 80s TV shows Matlock, Murder She Wrote and Magnum P.I.!  

    Favorite thing about college: College was an awesome time of new adventures for me, as I studied abroad in Belize and England, worked in Yellowstone National Park and backpacked around Europe. My time in graduate school was memorable, as I was introduced to the crazy fun experience of SEC football.  

    Favorite thing about being at Guilford: I love working with prospective students, learning their stories and connecting them with faculty, current students and alumni in the Guilford community.  My favorite place on campus is the Carnegie Room in the Hege Library and I love eating in the dining hall (yum yum!) when I’m back at Guilford.

  • Kaycee Ingram '12

    Admission Counselor
    School Extension 336.316.2386
    Mobile 336.708.7940

    Originally from Mt. Ulla, North Carolina, Kaycee transferred to Guilford College in 2010 and graduated in 2012 with a bachelors in German & international studies. She was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Munich, Germany for the 2012-2013 academic year. Kaycee currently recruits students from eastern N.C., the Charlotte Area, S.C. and traditional transfer students. Kaycee is also the Bonner Scholars Program liaison.

    Hobbies: Reading, putting together jigsaw puzzles and taking care of my two tuxedo cats: Winston & Ozzy. I also love to travel—I have been to 13 countries and can't wait to visit more!

    Favorite thing about Guilford: The student/professor relationship. I am still friends with many of my professors!

  • 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
  • Sheila Siler

    Campus Visit Coordinator
    School Extension 336.316.2100
  • Grace Sullivan '14

    Admission Counselor
    School Extension 336.316.2394
    Mobile 336.708.7946

    Originally from Ben Lomond, Calif., a tiny town outside of Santa Cruz, Grace graduated from Guilford in 2014 with a double major in mathematics and religious studies and a minor in Quaker studies. She currently recruits students from Wash., Ore., Calif., Colo., Del., Md. and Pa. Grace also work with Quaker students for Guilford's Quaker Leadership Scholars Program (QLSP).

    Hobbies: Because I was Cali raised, I have a deep love for both redwoods and beach. I have always liked to travel and grew up doing so with the family. I love all types of coffee ice cream, burritos and sushi. A typical night at home you can find me cooking or baking and finding someway to satisfy my intellectual curiosity. Just because I've graduated doesn't mean I'll stop challenging myself and learning!

    Favorite thing about Guilford: My favorite thing while being a student was the diversity--it gave me a clearer idea of who I was and what my beliefs were but also the complexity of the world around us. Not to mention I think that same sort of diversity really supported a variety of events on campus; the manifestation of diversity of interests and passions even outside of the classroom.

    What makes Guilford unique: Calling everyone by their first name creates the tone that Guilford is a community that values equality and every voice. It also sets the stage for student-professor relationships: friendships, collaborative work and studies, as well as the general accessibility of our staff.

  • William "Kyle" Wooden '11

    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.