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Meet the Admissions Counselors

Jacob Bentley

Admissions Counselor 
(479) 282-1478

Meet Jacob

Jacob graduated from Central Baptist College in Conway, AR in 2018. He loves taking the love for biblical application and putting that into the future career decisions of future students. Jacob has a passion for Christian Higher Education and Classical Education and could not have been more excited to join the JBU admissions team! He knows the struggle of being a non-traditional student while pursuing a Masters in Christian and Classical Studies and working full time to support his family.

Jacob and his wife, Melissa, live in Farmington and enjoys sports, reading, teaching, and video-gaming.

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Mary Distefano

Admissions Counselor
(479) 282-1482 

Meet Mary

Mary attended the University of Kansas and graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Special Education in 2019. She has recently moved to NW Arkansas and has enjoyed creating a home there. Mary enjoys communicating and connecting with students, and is interested in pursuing a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She recognizes the challenges of continuing one's education, and looks forward to helping students find the best fit for their future.

In her free time Mary loves reading, hiking, and spending time with her three sisters Rachel, Sarah, and Anna. She also enjoys any day on the lake and exploring different local coffee shops around NW Arkansas!‚Äč


Jennifer House

Admissions Counselor
(501) 771-9000 

Meet Jennifer

With a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Arkansas, Jennifer taught nine years in the public school setting, serving students at the elementary level both in northwest Arkansas and southwest Missouri. Recognizing the holistic impact mental health professionals provided her students and their families, Jennifer chose to pursue a degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Currently a part-time graduate student, she chose JBU because it was an opportunity to integrate her faith with a passion toward learning how to guide others through the healing process. She recognizes the drive and dedication it takes to pursue a Master’s degree and loves working within a higher education setting.


Cate Smith

Admissions Counselor
(479) 282-1836 


Meet Cate

Cate attended the University of Arkansas and graduated with a Marketing degree from the business college in 2017. From 2017 – 2020, she worked for Student Mobilization, a college ministry, at Northeastern State University and the University of Arkansas. Cate enjoys building relationships with students and making the enrollment process as easy and as exciting as possible!

In her spare time, Cate loves spending time with friends, trying different restaurants in Fayetteville, reading, and playing with her Labradoodle named Groot!

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Josh Price

Director of Graduate and Online Enrollment
(479) 282-1344 

Meet Josh

Josh lives in Bentonville with his wife, Cammie, and their four children, Hadley, Thomas, James and Henry. Josh loves to spend time with his children, and their favorite activities are reading books, playing outside, and playing with Legos. He also enjoys lifting weights and discussing theology/philosophy.