Meet Our Staff

Please look below to meet our staff and find out who will be your contact for any questions.

We look forward to getting to know you and hope to see you on campus soon!

Kyle F. Allwine, Assistant Director of Admissions

Kyle AllwineAt UMW since: 2012 (UMW Class of 2012)
Recruitment areas: Western Pennsylvania and in Virginia - Fairfax and King George
Favorite place on campus: The Flex Room in Monroe Hall, a collaborative and flexible learning space, was the location of my favorite course, “History of the Information Age.” We used blogs, virtual timelines, documentaries, infographics, and several other resources to leverage a greater understanding of the Information Age.

Office: 540/654-1668
Cell: 540/273-0139

Benjamin Bousquet, Admissions Counselor

Ben BousquetAt UMW since: 2014
Recruitment area: New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont) and in Virginia: Loudoun County and the Valley (Winchester to Roanoke City/County)
Office: 540/654-5810



Sarah Cotter, Assistant Director of Admissions 

Sarah CotterAt UMW since: 2013
Recruitment areas: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Southern New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Eastern Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and in Virginia – Tidewater (except Norfolk Public Schools, Hampton, Bayside High School in Virginia Beach)

Office: 540/654-1908
Cell: 484/716-6998


Cris M. Hairston, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions

Cris HairstonAt UMW since: 2005 (UMW Class of 2004)
Recruitment areas: North Carolina, South Carolina, and in Virginia – Alexandria City Schools, Bayside High School (Virginia Beach), Caroline, City of Fredericksburg, Hampton City Schools, Henry, Martinsville City, Norfolk Public Schools, Spotsylvania, and Stafford

Office: 540/654-1676
Cell: 540/498-6269

Shelley Marie Hillberry, Assistant Director of Admissions/International Recruiter 

Shelley HillberryAt UMW since: 2011 (UMW Class of 2010)
Recruitment areas: Washington, D.C., International and in Virginia: Richmond (Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Richmond City)
Favorite experience: As an undergraduate student I had the opportunity to build leadership skills as a co-founder and Vice President of a UMW student organization and club. Through this experience I was invited as a UMW representative to speak at the U.S. Department of Health and meet Vice President Joe Biden.

Office: 540/654-1680
Cell: 540/850-8962

Sarah Lindberg, Assistant Director of Admissions

Sarah LindbergAt UMW since: 2013 (UMW Class of 2008)
Recruitment area: Transfer students
Favorite place on campus: The pool in Goolrick Hall because I was a member of the women’s swim team. Some of my favorite memories from Mary Washington are the many hours I spent at the pool with other members of the team.

Office: 540/654-5971
Cell: 703/615-7577


Chris Lomax - Admissions Counselor 

Chris LomaxAt UMW since: 2014
Recruitment area: New York, Northern New Jersey, and in Virginia: Arlington County, Northern Neck (Essex, Gloucester, King & Queen, King William, Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex, Northumberland, Richmond County, and Westmoreland); and Prince William  

Office: 540/654-5811


Cassandra Ratti, Assistant Director of Admissions 

Cassandra RattiAt UMW since: 2010 (UMW Class of 2010)
Recruitment area: Maryland and in Virginia: Central Virginia (Albemarle, Charlottesville, and Fluvanna); Extended local (Culpeper, Fauquier, Louisa, Madison, and Orange); Southwest Virginia – south of Roanoke; and Southside Virginia
Favorite place on campus: The cartography lab. I spent many long nights there working on papers, maps, and other GIS related projects – and it has a great view of the fountain and campus walk.

Office: 540/654-1673
Cell: 571/435-0056

Beth Searcy, Director of Special Events

Beth SearcyAt UMW since: 2009
Recruitment focus:  Planning special events and initiatives to showcase the UMW experience to prospective students and their families.
Favorite experience:  Co-leading a UMW education-abroad experience in Tanzania.  Our group met political and cultural leaders, visited a Masai village, picked coffee on Mount Kilimanjaro, camped on the Serengeti, and volunteered at an orphanage.  The UMW students were outstanding ambassadors and represent all that is special about this University.

Office: 540/654-2151


Melissa Yakabouski, Director of Admissions

Melissa YakabouskiAt UMW since: 1994 (UMW Class of 1994)
Recruitment area: Home-schooled students

Office: 540/654-2000
Cell: 540/842-6276