About our Staff
Director of Admissions and Advising
Zach Pharr has been working in higher education since 2007. He has an B.A. in History from the University of Arkansas and an M.S. in College Student Personnel Administration from the University of Central Arkansas. He has worked in student services in several capacities including academic advising, admissions, student life, and student housing. He loves working with future and current NWACC students - helping them reach their goals. He loves to spend his time with his hobbies, which include reading, music, travel, and LEGO.
Associate Director of Admissions and Advising
Jamie Johnston was an army brat and lived all over the place before settling in Mountain Home, AR. She received her undergraduate degree in Management from Arkansas State University Jonesboro and her Master's in Higher Education Administration from the University of Arkansas. Jamie spent 7 years working in admissions at Arkansas State University Mountain Home. She moved to northwest Arkansas 3 years ago and has been with NWACC ever since assisting students with the transition from high school to college. When she's not working she is busy spending time with her three kids or pursuing her favorite pastime: reading.
Hello, and thank you for taking an interest in our college! I'm Erin Hollingsworth, the NWACC Admissions Recruiter. I have received 3 associate degrees from NWACC and I went on to get my Bachelors in Psychology from Columbia College. Because of my personal experiences, I enjoy working with prospective students and motivating them to continue their education. My prides are my son and my education. I also have recently taken up antiquing furniture and just learned how to ride a motorcycle.
Scholarship and Welcome Center Coordinator
Hi! My name is Alaina Stroud and I've been working at NWACC for 5 years. I'll be earning my Associate of Arts degree from NWACC in May 2014, and plan to continue on to pursue my bachelor's degree. My favorite part of my job is being able to work directly with students, and help them find the resources they need to be able to attend college. Outside of work, I love to act in plays/shows with local groups and theaters. I can't wait to be a part of another production!
Hi! Welcome to the NWACC Admissions and Advising Office. I've been working at NWACC for almost 4 years. I've worked in Testing Services, Advising, the Office of the Dean of Students, and Admissions and Advising. I received my Bachelors of Arts in History from Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri. I enjoy working with all the different student populations NWACC has! I spend most of my spare time with my family and play board games like Wahoo that bring out my true competitive nature.
Academic Advisor for Associate of Science (last names N-Z), Associate of General Studies, and Undecided Students
Paul Kirkpatrick has been working in academic advising since 1985. Until coming to NWACC he primarily worked with student-athletes serving as Director of Academic Support and Assistant Athletic Director for Student Life and Academic Support at the University of Arkansas for 20 years. He also served as Academic Coordinator at the University of Nevada, Reno during 1991 and 1992. He has extensive graduate work in Higher Education with an emphasis on Student Services. Paul also served on active duty in the United States Army as a Rotary Wing Aviator achieving the rank of Captain. Currently Paul works with Students who are working on an Associate of Science, are Undecided or Non-Degree seeking, and students who are working on an Associate of General Studies.
Academic Advisor for Associate of Arts (last names A-H) and Associate of Arts in Teaching
Hello! Welcome to the NWACC Admissions and Advising Office. I've been working at NWACC for over four years. I am an NWACC alumni and received my Bachelors and Masters from John Brown University in Organizational Management and Leadership and Ethics. My favorite part of being an academic advisor is helping students explore careers/majors and matching them up with a degree plan. I love the rewarding feeling of seeing students graduate and accomplishing their educational goals. When I'm not at work, I enjoy traveling, watching movies, and spending time with my family and friends.
Sarah Beth Phillips
Academic Advisor for Associate of Science (last names A-M) and students following Individual Plans
With a passion for English and speaking to people, I attended Arkansas Tech University where I earned a bachelor's degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations. I then earned my master's degree in Sports Administration from Henderson State University. Though I am a sports fanatic, my strong belief in the power of education to change people's lives led me to NWACC; helping students accomplish their goals is my favorite part of what I do. Outside of work, I love spending time with my family and friends, watching football, and reading.
Academic Advisor for Associate of Arts (last names I - Z) and High School Concurrent Students
Welcome to the NWACC Admissions and Advising Office. I've been working at NWACC for 5 years. I have traveled throughout Student Services gaining experience in the offices of Student Records, Financial Aid, Admissions, and Advising. I earned my Bachelors of Arts in Graphic Design from Arkansas Tech University. My favorite part of my job is helping students identify the best education path for them and reaching their educational goal. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two dogs.
Beverly Grau - Academic Advisor for AS Business, AAS Business, Computer Aided Drafting (CAD), and AAS Computer Degrees (for students with 24 hours or less)
Hello! Welcome to the NWACC Admissions and Advising Office. I have been working at NWACC for over 3 years. I am originally from Guatemala and moved to Joplin, MO after graduating high school to earn a Bachelor's degree from Missouri Southern State University where I had the opportunity to study abroad twice. My favorite part of my job is helping students who are unfamiliar with the process of how to get started with college and help set them up for success. When I am not at work, I enjoy cooking and gardening with my husband. I look forward to working with you and help make your NWACC experience the best that it can be!
Hi! Welcome to the NWACC Admissions and Advising Office. I have been working at NWACC for three years and enjoy working with students who are about to start on their college career. I was a non-traditional student here at NWACC, starting college after 28 years out of High school so I am very familiar with the struggles students face. I completed my AAS in Computer Information Systems here at NWACC in December of 2013 and I am currently getting a BA in Organizational Management at John Brown University. When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my teenagers, reading, knitting and raising English Bulldogs.
Student Intake and Support
Welcome to Admissions and Advising! I have been working for NWACC for over two years. My Bachelors of Science Degree is from the University of Arkansas. I enjoy meeting students and helping them however I can. My husband and I have been married over 25 years and enjoy traveling and spending time outdoors. We have two daughters, one in college and one in high school. (Plus two dogs).