Meet Our Team

Stefanie Niles

Stefanie D. Niles, Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing

Stefanie is in her fourth year as vice president for enrollment and marketing. She came to Hollins from Bryn Athyn College in Pennsylvania, where she has served as dean of enrollment management. Previously, she worked at DePauw University in Indiana, rising from assistant director of admission to vice president for admission and financial aid during her 12 years there.

Niles received a B.A. in English from the University of Virginia, an M.S. in education from Indiana University, and an Ed.D. in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania. She enjoys reading, music, traveling, and attending her kids’ many sporting and theatrical events.

Madeline Aliff, Admission Counselor

Territories: Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Maryland, Montana, eastern North Carolina,  Tidewater, Va.

Madeline was raised in the Roanoke Valley and is a 2012 graduate of Roanoke College. She received her B.S. in chemistry with a concentration in communication. During her time there, Madeline conducted a summer research project in biochemistry and spent much of time working in the lab.

Being raised in the mountains, she has become a lover of the outdoors. During her spare time, Madeline enjoys hiking, floating down the Roanoke River, and shopping downtown. She also enjoys a good book and spending time with her local friends and family. Madeline is excited to get to know future Hollins women and show them the many opportunities that are available at Hollins.

Mary Ellen Apgar

Mary Ellen Apgar ’12, Horizon Program Director and and Transfer Coordinator

Territories: Horizon and transfer students

Mary Ellen is a 2012 graduate of Hollins with a B.A. in history. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, acting, and volunteering in the Roanoke community. Mary Ellen is a Roanoke native, and loves that she can remain at her alma mater and help other women discover the amazing opportunities at Hollins.

Courtney Baker

Courtney Baker, Admission Counselor

Territories: Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota

Courtney graduated in 2011 from Roanoke College, where she majored in history and international relations and minored in legal studies. Originally from Smithfield, Virginia, she recently moved from the Akron, Ohio, area, where she has been pursuing an M.A. in early modern European and American history at the University of Akron.

While at Roanoke College, she studied at Oxford University in the United Kingdom and was a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority. In her spare time, Courtney enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her husband, family, friends, and going to the beach. Courtney looks forward to meeting future Hollins women and introducing them to the great and unique opportunities Hollins has to offer.

Ashley Browning

Ashley Browning, M.A.L.S. ’13, Director of Admission

Territories: Alexandria, Va., Fairfax, Va., Fredericksburg, Va., District of Columbia, Kentucky, Tennessee

Raised in the Roanoke Valley, Ashley is a 2007 graduate of the University of Virginia. She received her M.A.L.S. from Hollins in 2013 and is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in higher education leadership and policy through Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. Whether she’s picnicking on the parkway or floating on the James River, Ashley enjoys being outside with her husband and dogs, taking in the breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Ashley is always excited to share the beauty of the Hollins campus with prospective students, and enjoys helping families discover staples of the Roanoke community, like the historic Farmer’s Market, local live music, and boutiques in her hometown.

Chloe Landon, Admission Counselor

Territories: Colorado, Maine, New Hampshire,  New York, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont; International

Chloe graduated in May 2013 from Rivier University with a B.A. in sociology. After graduation Chloe moved from New England to Roanoke. She loves the rich history of the state and enjoys learning new things about Virginia and Roanoke every day. She spends a lot of her time exploring the area by hiking, going to the many museums in the area, and shopping downtown. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends. She enjoys introducing young women to Hollins and the many wonderful opportunities that are available at Hollins.

Katherine Heath Lawson

Katherine Heath Lawson, Admission Data Coordinator

Katherine graduated from Bridgewater College in 2006 with a B.A. in French. During her time at Bridgewater, she served as a captain for the volleyball team and also studied in Strasbourg, France. In her spare time, she loves to travel and spend time with family and friends.

Amy McLaren

Amy McLaren, Admission Counselor

Territories:  Louisiana,  Mississippi, western North Carolina, Blacksburg, Va., Halifax, Va., Martinsville, Va.

A native of Roanoke, Amy recently returned to the area after spending the last seven years in Charleston, South Carolina. She received a B.A in history from James Madison University in 2007 and graduated cum laude from the Graduate School of the College of Charleston with an M.A. in southern American history in 2009. After working in the publishing industry for a year, Amy attended Charleston School of Law, receiving a Juris Doctor in 2013. She is licensed to practice law in South Carolina.

Amy is excited to return to her hometown as she prepares for the Virginia bar examination in 2015. As an arts enthusiast, Amy is thrilled to share the artistic and creative opportunities Hollins has to offer women.

Rena Musyt

Rena Musyt, Receptionist and Campus Visit Coordinator

Samantha Polito

Samantha Polito ’07, Admission Counselor and Events Coordinator

Territories: Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Charlottesville, Va.

Samantha is a 2007 graduate of Hollins, where she majored in communication studies. A Roanoke native, she enjoys traveling, the outdoors, and spending time with friends, family, and her golden retriever, Bella.

Mollyemma Teague ’13, Admission Counselor

Territories: Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, Ohio, New Jersey, West Virginia, Poquoson, Va.

Mollyemma graduated from Hollins University in 2013 with a degree in creative writing and film studies. She is very passionate about travel, music, and education. Mollyemma is delighted to have the opportunity to introduce young women to Hollins.


Nikki Williams

Nikki Williams ’98, M.A.L.S. ’13, Senior Director of Enrollment Management

Territories: Alaska, Hawaii, New Mexico, Richmond, Va., Roanoke, Va.

Nikki is a Roanoke native and attended William Byrd High School. She graduated from Hollins with a B.A. in communication studies in 1998 and again with a M.A.L.S. degree in 2013. Nikki is currently pursuing her educational leadership. Nikki enjoys reading, riding horses, and spending time with her two young sons. Nikki has been a part of the Hollins community for 11 years.