Meet the Admission Team

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Find your admission counselor on the map above or the list below. Not sure who to talk to? Contact the front desk at 901-843-3700 or

  Ali Hamilton

  Ally Rafferty

  Caleb Fowler

  Lauren Sefton

  Ian Schiller

  Mac Trammell

  Megan Starling

  Piyush Kumar

  Sydney Jones

  Zoe Scott

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Ali Hamilton, Senior Associate Director of Admission  

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Territory: Georgia, Missouri, Kansas

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A passion for equity in education lives within Ali Hamilton. Since 2016, she has worked in the Rhodes admission office, leading diversity recruitment and managing partnerships with Community Based Organizations in addition to her regular admission duties. “I feel supported to do this work at Rhodes,” she says, “and feel like it’s a genuine priority for the college.”

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Ally Rafferty, Assistant Director of Admission  

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Territories: Arkansas, North Texas, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

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Sometimes it takes a little bit of time to find out what’s best for you, or what you truly want. Although she looked at Rhodes as a high school student, Ally Rafferty ’19 decided to enter college elsewhere. She quickly realized that the fit at that school wasn’t right, so she transferred closer to her Little Rock, AR, roots, with the understanding that she would look for a small liberal arts environment to call home after that semester. That home became Rhodes, where she participated in many facets of campus life, but most notably worked with the admission team

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Caleb Fowler, Senior Assistant Director of Admission  

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Territories: Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas (excluding North Texas)

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The Liberal Arts isn’t just a philosophy of education, it’s also a lifestyle. Caleb Fowler ’18 realizes, and has grown to appreciate, this aspect of his Rhodes experience.

Ian Schiller

Ian Schiller, Assistant Director of Admission  


Territories: Arizona, Central and East Tennessee, Iowa, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington

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When asked what kind of advice he would give to students in the midst of their college search processes, Ian Schiller '21 urges calm and patience. “I would tell myself to relax and enjoy the process,” he says, “and to consider it also an activity of self-reflection.”

Jessie Jones

Jessie Jones, Campus Visit Coordinator for Admission


"Working with student workers is easily one of my favorite parts of this job.” If she hadn’t said it outright, you would know this to be true about Jessie Jones based on her ability to relate with Rhodes students.

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Lauren Sefton, Senior Associate Director of Admission  

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Territories: Alaska, Connecticut, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina

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Lauren Sefton ’03 grew up only a 30-minute train ride from her home in New Jersey to one of the world’s largest cities. While searching for colleges, she knew she didn’t want to be even 30 minutes away from the newest restaurant or concert to come to town. However, she also valued the intimacy of a small campus community, and found that most small schools tended to be in more rural settings, while most urban schools were too large or didn’t have a tight-knit campus environment.

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Mac Trammell, Assistant Director of Admission  

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Territories: Delaware, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, West Tennessee Private Schools 

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As a born-and-reared Memphian, Mac Trammell had always known about Rhodes growing up. But when it came time to choose a college, he had his sights set outside the city limits. He attended and graduated in 2017 from Washington and Lee University, having double majored in Journalism and English.

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Megan Starling, Director of Admission  

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Territory: Kentucky

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The student experience not only attracted Megan Starling ‘02 to Rhodes, but also has continued to shape the way she interacts with the school. As a prospective student from Lexington, KY, she wanted to feel an immediate connection to a student community, while simultaneously being able to create and maintain meaningful relationships with professors in and outside the classroom.

Piyush Kumar

Piyush Kumar, Assistant Director of Admission  

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Territories: Colorado, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, South Carolina, Wisconsin

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There were several factors that played into the decision Piyush Kumar ’17 made to attend Rhodes College. Memphis, to him, represented an upgrade from his Greenwood, SC, home, and not only did the internship and research opportunities at close-by hospitals and health care providers intrigue the pre-med mind of Piyush, but the diversity he saw on campus during those visits confirmed to him Rhodes was where he wanted to be. 

Sydney Jones

Sydney Jones, Assistant Director of Admission   


Territories: California, District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, Mississippi

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Sydney Jones ‘21 stepped foot on the Rhodes College campus for the first time her senior year of high school when she attended one of the college’s multicultural visit programs. When she and her family checked in, students and staff greeted them, putting at least her parents at ease. But it was the experiences Sydney had, especially with her host, Zaria Jones ‘19, that weekend that sold her on Rhodes.

Zoe Scott

Zoe Scott, Assistant Director of Admission  


Territories: Idaho, Florida, Montana, Utah, West Tennessee Public Schools, Wyoming

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Zoe Scott ‘21 thought that she would be a Biology major at Rhodes until she met Dr. Shana Stoddard, a professor in the Chemistry department. After a lengthy discussion with Dr. Stoddard, Zoe realized she could marry her love for baking with her classroom penchant for the sciences with an eye towards eventually becoming a food scientist.

For International Students

Steve Thomas

Steve Thomas, Director of International Admission


Territories: All international locations except Central & South America