Meet Your Admissions Counselor


Kristie VanceKristie Vance / 828-689-1353

Director of Admissions

I look forward to working with all students interested in attending Mars Hill! I enjoy helping students realize the endless opportunities and advantages that Mars Hill has to offer. As a recent graduate, I enjoy sharing my Mars Hill experience and how I benefited from the opportunities and advantages found here. The very best way to learn more about the Mars Hill experience is to visit campus. Our staff will show you around our beautiful campus, you can meet our faculty, current students, and staff, and you can even sit in on a class! Contact us to schedule a visit – we look forward to seeing you soon!

Carolyn Kuzell / 828-689-1589

Associate Director of Admissions
Assisting International & Nursing Students (BSN)

I’m a 2009 graduate of Allegheny College and a world traveler. During my four years as a student at Allegheny, I double majored in Political Science and French. Having spent my junior year in France, I am very passionate about encouraging students to study languages and spend a semester or year abroad. As a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, Phi Sigma Iota Honor Society, Allegheny Swimming and Diving Team, and Phonathon Team, I feel strongly about students getting involved in campus activities and exploring their passions and interests. Having grown up in Europe, attended college in Pennsylvania, and now working in North Carolina, I believe in students trying new experiences, discovering new places and gaining friends from wherever they go.

Susan Bryson / 828-689-1201

Administrative Assistant

Susan is the face of the Admissions Office and assists our office with a variety of tasks. She has worked at Mars Hill for over 25 years, and knows the area, campus, faculty, staff and students well. When you arrive on campus you will be greeted by Susan and she will get you ready for the day!

Amanda Proffitt / 828-689-1202

Information & Applications Manager

Andrew McKinney / 828-689-1357

Admissions Counselor Assisting Students from Western North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee

I grew up in Madison County and graduated from East Tennessee State University, majoring in history and minoring in political science. I have been married since 2014. In my spare time I like to read and watch professional wrestling. I enjoy getting to know students and their families.

Kara Mugrage - admissions counselorKara Mugrage / 828-689-1206

Admissions Counselor Assisting Transfer, Adult & Graduate Students

I’m an Honors graduate of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with a minor in American Sign Language. I was fortunate to have two wonderful college experiences as I started my undergraduate studies in Marketing at East Tennessee State University. As a once transfer student and now transfer counselor, I feel confident in helping ensure a smooth and efficient transfer process. During college I worked in the office of Community Health, played intermural volleyball and racquetball, and was inducted into the Lambda Pi Eta honor society as a lifetime member. I’m so thankful to be a part of a strong campus community and believe in the transformative power of higher education. I look forward to assisting future Mars Hill University Mountain Lions as they matriculate.

Shomarii ThomasShomarii Thomas / 828-689-1356

Admissions Counselor Assisting Students from Northern North Carolina, Florida and Georgia

I graduated from Mars Hill in May of 2019 receiving my degree in Computer Science. If you want an inside perspective of a student athlete that is something I can surely provide that having played two years of collegiate baseball here at Mars Hill.  Originally from Miami Florida I am proud to now call Mars Hill my home. I look forward to welcoming students and their families to the Mars Hill Lions family.


Travis Wilson / 828-689-1142

Admissions Counselor Assisting Students Southern North Carolina and all other states

I’m a 2011 graduate of Liberty University where I majored in Sport Management. During my time at Liberty, I played three years of intramural basketball. I really enjoy traveling, watching movies, playing basketball, going out to eat, and attending sporting events. My goal everyday is to make an positive impact in this next generation of student’s lives for God’s glory. I’m extremely happy to be a part of the Mars Hill family and I look forward to meeting you and helping you through the admissions process. GO LIONS!

Sami Wyatt, admissions counselorSamantha Wyatt / 828-689-1392

Campus Guest Experience Coordinator
Admissions Counselor Assisting Performing & Visual Arts & Returning Students

I graduated from Mars Hill in May of 2018 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. If you really want an inside look at student perspective, I have the scoop. While participating heavily in the arts at Mars Hill, I was also involved on campus as a Student Ambassador and First Year Mentor. The kinds of connections and opportunities I was afforded at Mars Hill are tremendous. I look forward to sharing these experiences with potential students. At Mars Hill, I found a community of professors, classmates and even staff that have been dedicated to my success. This community was so important to me, I just couldn’t bear to leave it. I hope to help you start your journey to joining this Mars Hill family.

Tips for students from the staff:

  • Start early. Take the SAT and ACT multiple times, research schools, schedule a visit, apply to schools, apply for scholarships, ask questions and keep in contact with your admissions counselors! (We like to hear from you!)
  • Visit campus. There is no better way to get a feel for the school and determine if it’s the “right fit.”
  • Talk to current students, parents, teachers, mentors and coaches about their college experiences and try and determine where you may best excel.
  • Don’t be afraid to choose a major that you love.
  • Enjoy college! It is an extraordinary time in your young adult life when you get to try new things, make new connections and dedicate yourself to what you are passionate about.


Get in touch with us!

Mars Hill University
Admissions Office
P.O. Box 6663
Mars Hill, NC  28754

[toll free] 1-866-642-4968
[phone] 828-689-1201
[fax] 828-689-1473