Graduate School Admissions Representatives


Samantha McClainSamantha McClain
Graduate Education Representative

MAT (in progress), John Brown University; MA, Kansas State University; BA, University of Arkansas

2807 Ajax Ave, Ste 200
Rogers, AR 72758
P 479-631-4665 | 800-528-4723
C 479-220-3245

As the Graduate Education Representative, Samantha enjoys helping students find a program that meets their needs educationally and personally. Her purpose is to get students on the path to success. She has chosen to work at John Brown University because of JBU's commitment to creating trailblazing educators with a Christ-centered focus.

Samantha graduated from Kansas State University in 2012 with a MA in Foreign Language Education and is ready to share experiences and knowledge gained with others.

She enjoys spending time with her husband, Michael, and her dog and cat, Ladybird and Ella. When she is not in school, Samantha enjoys martial arts and is currently working towards her second black belt in Tae Kwon Do.


Elizabeth PulleyElizabeth Pulley
Graduate Business and Counseling Admissions Counselor, Little Rock

MA, Regent University; BA, Baylor University

8114 Cantrell Road, Ste 250
Little Rock, AR 72227
P 501-771-9000 | 800-528-4723
C 501-860-4925

Elizabeth works with students interested in Graduate or Degree Completion programs in Little Rock. She chose to work at John Brown University because she believes that JBU cultivates an environment for students to excel in leadership, academics and Christian faith as they journey on the path the Lord has set before them.

Elizabeth is a native Arkansan who grew up in the Little Rock area. She has been married to Matt for over 14 years and they have two children, Maddy Kate (8) and Tyler (6). Things she loves: spending time with family, trips to the lake, football games and running.


Nikki Rader

Nikki Rader
Graduate Counseling Representative

MA, BA, Northeastern State University

2000 West University Street
Siloam Springs, AR 72761
P 479-524-7425 | 800-528-4723
C 918-253-7588

As the Graduate Counseling Representative for JBU, Nikki Rader believes finding a program that meets you not only educationally, but also spiritually, is vital to your success. "That is what separates JBU from many other universities," Nikki said. When talking with prospective students, she believes that it is important to share the mission of the JBU’s Graduate Counseling Program: to prepare counselors with Christ-like character, integrity, compassion, and commitment to be reflective professionals and skilled decision makers.

Prior to this position, Nikki worked as the Academic Assistance Coordinator/Learning Strategies Specialist/Reading Writing Specialist for JBU’s Student Support Services, where she enjoyed working with and helping students.

Nikki is married and has two children. She and her family enjoy traveling and spending time on the lake.


Kent Shaffer

Kent Shaffer
Graduate Business Representative

MSLE, John Brown University; BAS, Abilene Christian University

2807 Ajax Avenue, Suite 200
Rogers, AR 72758
P 479-631-4665 | 800-528-4723
C 479-372-7322

As a graduate of the MS in Leadership and Ethics program, Kent has first-hand experience in being admitted to JBU's Graduate School. He earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees as a working adult with a family, and is passionate about helping students realize their educational goals.

Kent and his wife Becky have three daughters. Since family is so important to them, they've learned to expand their tent and have served as foster parents to more than 80 teen girls over the past 20 years. Five years ago, with the help of many local friends and God's blessing, Kent and Becky founded a local mission called Saving Grace, a transitional home and training facility for young women aged 18-24 who are aging out of foster care, group homes, or experiencing a similar lack of support.