Regions: Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions - Project Management, Texas & Illinois
Originally from Laredo, Texas, Ana Solano transferred to Evangel in January 2010 and graduated in May of 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She started work as an admissions counselor for Evangel just a week following graduation. Her best memory as a student was serving as a resident assistant for Burgess First South. “Spending time with the girls on my floor was by far my favorite experience,” she says. “I built lifelong friendship with awesome gals.”
Ana says the qualities that drew her to Evangel were the kindness and friendliness of the people she met on campus when she visited for a Transfer Student Day as well as the spirit of excellence that everyone had. “I absolutely fell in love with Evangel.”
She loves to help new students through the admissions process. “Evangel was a phenomenal experience for me. It changed my life. My admissions counselor played a vital role in that. I am so excited to be able to walk with students through this huge life-changing experience and be a small part of such a defining time in life.”
Regions: Northeast and Missionary Kids
Jenna Kadolph joined the admissions team in June 2014. The native of Seattle, Washington serves students from the Northeast United States and kids of missionaries.
After moving to Springfield in high school, Jenna attended Central Bible College where she graduated with a degree in Christian Counseling. She is currently also pursuing a Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate degree.
Jenna’s favorite thing about working at Evangel is being able to meet such incredible young people and help guide them through such an exciting time in their lives.
“The thing I appreciate most about Evangel is the professors,” Jenna says. “They pour into students academically, spiritually and personally. They care about students all of the time, not just while they are sitting in their classroom.”
Jenna married an Evangel graduate, Logan, and the couple enjoys running, movies and cheering on the Seattle Seahawks.
Regions: West, Northwest, Southwest, Upper Midwest
Kevin Acevedo joined the admissions team in May 2014 and works with students from the North Central and Western United States. He is a 2014 alum of Evangel, having earned his bachelor’s degree in Management and minor in Human Resources.
Kevin hails from Orlando, Florida. He learned about EU at our Fine Arts booth as a high school student, and after some research, found that Evangel was the right place for him.
As a student, he was a Resident Assistant in Lewis Hall and worked as a student admissions counselor, answering questions and giving campus tours.
One of his favorite things about Springfield is the unique fare at the city’s many hole-in-the-wall restaurants.
Outside of work, Kevin enjoys watching college football and professional basketball, especially his hometown Orlando Magic.
Regions: Southeast and JRLC Transfers
Samantha Burks serves as the admissions counselor for the Southeast and students transferring from the James River Leadership Campus. A native of West Memphis, Arkansas, she graduated in May 2012 with a major in Music and minors in Psychology and Biblical Studies.
As an Evangel student, Samantha was involved in leading worship in Chapel, singing in the chorus and serving as a Spence Hall residence assistant. One of the highlights of her time at Evangel was her coronation as the 2011-2012 Homecoming Queen. She also has fond memories of Spiritual Emphasis Weeks, President Spence’s birthday buffets and late-night conversations with the girls on her floor.
Samantha says the best thing about Evangel is the people. “I’ve had the incredible opportunity to meet some amazing people throughout my years at Evangel,” she says. “The friendships I had made a huge impact on my life and will be something that I carry with me for the rest of my life.”
Along with being an admissions counselor, Samantha is also a credentialed Assemblies of God minister. In her free time, Samantha enjoys hanging out with her friends, reading, camping and spending time outdoors.
Karen Benitez is the admissions counselor serving undergraduate students from Missouri and has worked at Evangel since August 2013.
Karen was an Evangel student for two years, graduating with a B.S. in Psychology in 2010. During her time as an undergrad, she was involved as a discipleship leader, resident assistant and activities board organizer.
After graduation, Karen accepted a teaching position in Colorado and also earned a master’s degree from the School of Urban Missions. “Stepping out in faith,” she decided to pursue opportunities outside the classroom and accepted her current position at Evangel.
“I love Evangel,” Karen says. “The feeling of community and support you receive from faculty is unreal. This is where I wanted to be.”
Outside of work, the Bay Area native enjoys cheering on the San Franciso 49ers and San Francisco Giants.
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