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Amanda AbramovitzAmanda Abramovitz
Graduate Representative, Little Rock

B.S., John Brown University

8114 Cantrell Road, Ste 250
Little Rock, AR 72227
E amandaa@jbu.edu
P 501.771.9000
C 479.427.2211

Amanda works with students interested in Graduate programs in Little Rock or JBU Online. She chose to work at John Brown University after having a great experience as a traditional undergraduate student in Siloam Springs.

Amanda and her husband Bryan live in Conway with a fluffy pup named Tebow. They all love traveling and being outdoors. Hiking and camping are some of their favorite activities. Amanda is working on her master’s degree in higher education and, being a product of the 80s, has recently discovered a love for Jazzercise. She also loves advising students as this student service was pivotal to her years as an undergraduate student. Bryan is a physical therapist who loves all things fly fishing and occasionally convinces Amanda and Tebow to tag along.
 


Mark BjornsenMark Bjornsen
Graduate Counseling, Education & Higher Education Representative, NWA & Online

M.Ed., Regent University; B.S., Houghton College

2807 Ajax Ave, Ste 200
Rogers, AR 72758
E markb@jbu.edu
P 479.631.4665 | 800.528.4723
C 479.549.7561

Prior to coming to JBU, Mark spent 19 years teaching in public and private schools and worked with a diverse population of all ages. He also coached soccer at the collegiate level. He understands the demands on students’ time as they pursue a graduate degree, and looks forward to introducing students to what JBU has to offer by way of graduate programs and helping them as they plan for the future.

Mark is a native of New York but spent that last 24 years in the shadows of Washington D.C. before arriving in northwest Arkansas. His daughter is a student/athlete at JBU, and as a result of the outstanding impact JBU had on his family, he and his wife moved halfway across the country to be a part of JBU’s mission and work. Mark loves spending time with family, traveling, and coaching soccer and volleyball. He looks forward to becoming a part of the northwest Arkansas community.

 

 

Kelly DeWittKelly DeWitt
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
E kellyd@jbu.edu
P 479.646.0082
C 479.653.5003

Kelly is the Admissions Counselor at JBU’s Fort Smith Center, serving Graduate and JBU Online 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!

 


Kent ShafferKent Shaffer
Graduate Business Representative, Rogers & Online

M.S.L.E., John Brown University; B.A.S., Abilene Christian University

2807 Ajax Avenue, Ste 200
Rogers, AR 72758
kents@jbu.edu
P 479.631.4665 | 800.528.4723
C 479.372.7322

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 20 years. Eight years ago, with the help of many local friends and God's blessing, Kent and Becky founded a local ministry 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. 

 

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