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Graduate Representative, Fort Smith
M.S.A.S., University of South Dakota; B.A., Central Methodist University
1401 South Waldron Road, Ste 201
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Kelly is the Admissions Counselor at JBU’s Fort Smith Center, serving Graduate and Degree Completion students. She has a passion for helping students achieve their goals and has several years experience working specifically with adults who want to return to school. She understands the demands that life has on an adult student and believes that determination, a healthy support system and trust in God are three things that can help to obtain your educational goals. Kelly earned her master’s degree in 2009 as an adult, working full time and raising a family.
Kelly’s favorite pasttime is making memories with her family, which she believes can even be done in the comforts of home. Her favorite season is fall, not only because of all the beautiful colors in nature, but also all the fun family activities — visiting the pumpkin patch, making caramel apples, bobbing for apples, carving pumpkins, playing in the leaves, baking pumpkin deserts, etc. Kelly and her husband live in Greenwood, Arkansas with their four children — two nearly grown boys and two young girls. She believes that life is an adventure worth living and loving!
Graduate Education Representative
M.A.T. (in progress), John Brown University; M.A., Kansas State University; B.A., University of Arkansas
2807 Ajax Ave, Ste 200
Rogers, AR 72758
P 479.631.4665 | 800.528.4723
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 an 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.
Graduate Representative, Little Rock
M.A., Regent University; B.A., Baylor University
8114 Cantrell Road, Ste 250
Little Rock, AR 72227
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, 9, and Tyler, 7. Things she loves: spending time with family, trips to the lake, football games and running.
Graduate Counseling Representative
M.A., B.A., Northeastern State University
2000 West University Street
Siloam Springs, AR 72761
P 479-524-7425 | 800-528-4723
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.
Graduate Business Representative
M.S.L.E., John Brown University; B.A.S., Abilene Christian University
2807 Ajax Avenue, Ste 200
Rogers, AR 72758
P 479.631.4665 | 800.528.4723
Kent understands the demands of graduate school, having completed his bachelor's and master's degrees as a working adult. He enjoys developing relationships with students and helping them to discover the degree program that works best for their lives and career 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 18 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.