Meet the Admissions Team


Amanda Chafton: Admissions Counselor    903-923-2015      achafton@etbu.edu
Recruits:
Freshman students from East Texas, Louisiana
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from East Texas Baptist University
Hometown: Jackson, MS
Fun Fact: I have a comic book collection (it's small, but still a collection)
Word or Phrase that Best Describes You: Loyal and Passionate
Favorite Quote: "The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all." ~The Emperor, Mulan
Favorite Thing about ETBU: The overall class size is significantly smaller than most universities (average class size is 20), making a more intimate and personable classroom experience that allows for longer and more in-depth discussion and questioning.
What advice would you give to incoming students: Ask every question that pops in your head, even if you think it is silly, pointless or may not make any sense to someone else. There will be someone who will try 110% to understand you. Ask until you think you have gotten all the information you need to be successful.

Megan Cumbee: Admissions Counselor     903-923-2008     mcumbee@etbu.edu
Recruits:
Freshman students from Dallas/Fort Worth
Education: Bachelor of Science in University Studies from East Texas Baptist University
Hometown: Rusk, TX
Fun Fact: I enjoy traveling and have been to Turkey, China, Mexico, and Canada. I also love to sing and dance in the car.
Word or Phrase that Best Describes You: Spunky and Personable
Favorite Quote: "God delights in doing extraordinary things with us and reversing the trajectory of our life. Pointing us away from ourselves and toward Him." ~Unknown
Favorite Thing about ETBU: Since I stepped foot on campus, I felt like it was home. It truly is a community.
What advice would you give to incoming students: Make an effort to get to know your professors. They genuinely care for you on both an academic and personal level.

Brad Keifer: Admissions Counselor     903-923-2007     bkeifer@etbu.edu
Recruits: Transfer students from Dallas/Fort Worth, Arkansas, and Oklahoma
Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from East Texas Baptist University
Pursuing Master of Business Administration at ETBU
Hometown: Houston, TX
Fun Fact: I want to be a helicopter pilot.
Word or Phrase that Best Describes You: Enthusiastic and Hopeful
Favorite Quote: "Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one.'" C.S. Lewis
Favorite Thing about ETBU: The passion for students that the professors have
What advice would you give to incoming students: You're not going to make friends from your bedroom - step outside your comfort zone and join an organization or go talk to someone you don't know - everyone is just as nervous as you.

Crystal Lopez: Admissions Counselor    903-923-2012     clopez@etbu.edu
Recruits:
Freshman students from Houston and the Golden Triangle area
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from East Texas Baptist University
Hometown: Humble, TX
Fun Fact: I've never been to Disney World.
Word or Phrase that Best Describes You: Charismatic
Favorite Quote: "God made you an original. Don't die a copy."
Favorite Thing about ETBU: Release and all events that include dancing
What advice would you give to incoming students: Find accountability at ETBU. Also, find a church home. Don't spend 4 years church hopping. There is so much the Lord wants to teach you by being connected to the body and serving side by side with other believers. ETBU is not your church.

Meredith Palmer: Admissions Counselor     903-923-2010     mpiatek@etbu.edu
Recruits:
Freshman students from the I-35 corridor of Texas, Tyler area, and all states besides Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunication Media Studies from Texas A&M University
Hometown: Marble Falls, TX
Fun Fact: My maiden name (Piatek) means Friday in Polish
Word or Phrase that Best Describes You: Hard Worker and Perfectionist
Favorite Quote: "Second place is first loser."
Favorite Thing about ETBU: The sense of community and faith-centered education
What advice would you give to incoming students: Get involved. Make new friends, go to ETBU events and sports games, and enjoy the tiger experience. This is also a time for you to step out of your comfort zone and try new and different things. Most importantly, use this time at college to make your faith your own. Find a church here where you can grow and fellowship with others and let God do amazing things through you while you are at ETBU.

Jacqueline Ramos: Admissions Counselor     903-923-2009    jramos@etbu.edu
Recruits: Transfer students from Southeast Texas and Louisiana
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from East Texas Baptist University
Hometown: Rowlett, TX
Fun Fact: I love corny jokes
Word or Phrase that Best Describes You: Loyal
Favorite Quote: "It is only because he became like us that we can become like him." ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Favorite Thing about ETBU: The great community of students, faculty, and staff
What advice would you give to incoming students: Get involved on campus, ask questions, and be teachable.

Matt Upshaw: Admissions Counselor     903-923-2006    mupshaw@etbu.edu
Recruits: Freshman students from North Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Religion from East Texas Baptist University
Hometown: Waco, TX
Fun Fact: I enjoy getting my Call of Duty on as an XBOX 360 gamer. I'm obsessed with the word biscuit.
Word or Phrase that Best Describes You: ADHD
Favorite Quote: "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." ~Henry David Thoreau
Favorite Thing about ETBU: The community of ETBU is one of a kind. It has shaped me with its loving and servant-driven culture. It has contributed to the way I live for Christ today, and has strengthened my faith in a challenging yet rewarding learning environment.
What advice would you give to incoming students: Get involved. Make friends, serve everyone selflessly, and be joyful. College is a fresh start, so do something different and become the person you want to be.

Duston Brown: Admissions Recruiter     903-923-2016    dbrown@etbu.edu
Education: Bachelor of General Studies from Southern Arkansas University; Masters of Education from East Texas Baptist University
Hometown: Maud, TX
Fun Fact: My eyes are different colors (one brown, one green), and I am a diehard Texans and Astros fan
Word or Phrase that Best Describes You: I love laughing
Favorite Quote: "I don't know what my future holds, but I do know who holds my future." ~Tim Tebow
Favorite Thing about ETBU: The people and friendly atmosphere
What advice would you give to incoming students: Get involved early on campus. College is one of the most exciting times in your life, and ETBU provides many opportunities for students to get involved.

Kristine Slate: Campus Visit Coordinator   903-923-2013   kslate@etbu.edu
Education: Bachelor of Arts in English from East Texas Baptist University
Pursuing Master of Business Administration at ETBU
Hometown: Hallsville, TX
Fun Fact: I am slightly obsessed with Texas Rangers baseball
Word or Phrase that Best Describes You: Grammar Critic
Favorite Quote: "Be good. Be sweet. I love you." ~My mom
Favorite Thing about ETBU: The size. As a smaller university there is more opportunity for lifelong friendships and personal growth through smaller class sizes and campus organizations. 
What advice would you give to incoming students: Ask questions. If you are unsure or need clarification, ask someone. Don't be afraid to be honest with your advisers - they are here to help you be as successful as you can be. Graduation is the goal and there are people eager to assist you.

Jason Soles: Director of Admissions     903-923-2011     jsoles@etbu.edu
Education: Bachelor of Science from East Texas Baptist University
Hometown: Farmersville, TX
Fun Fact: I can juggle.
Word or Phrase that Best Describes You: Boss man  
Favorite Quote: "There is no substitute for hard work." ~Thomas A. Edison
Favorite Thing about ETBU: The people.
What advice would you give to incoming students: You can't get out what you don't put in. Be sure to regularly get out of your comfort zone. Above all else remember you are here to learn.

Support Staff


Barbara Taylor     903-923-2003     btaylor@etbu.edu
Education: Baskin High School, Baskin, Louisiana
Hometown: Baskin, LA
Fun Fact: My grandchildren call me Lucy. I've had this nickname since I was in the 6th grade.
Word or Phrase that Best Describes You: Encourager
Favorite Quote: "Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart." Psalm 37:4
Favorite Thing about ETBU: Being a part of a wonderful family
What advice would you give to incoming students: Don't stress over what your major will be. You will figure it out as you begin to take your classes.

Theresa Swearingen     903-923-2000     tswearingen@etbu.edu
Education: Attended ETBC/ETBU from 1982-1985
Hometown: Marshall, TX (I'm a preacher's kid so I have many hometowns)
Fun Fact: I have two precious children and am about to have one awesome son-in-love
Word or Phrase that Best Describes You: I love to laugh
Favorite Quote: "Your lack of preparation is not my cause for emergency."
Favorite Thing about ETBU: Family unit
What advice would you give to incoming students: Clean your dorm room at least once a month.