Meet Your Hiwassee College Admissions Team!

           Makhaila Woodlief 

          Director of Admissions

Hometown: Philadelphia, TN

Education: B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies, Hiwassee College | M.A. Strategic Communication Management, Concordia University, St. Paul

Why do you love working at HC?: Hiwassee College has been home for the past 7 years. As a student, I experienced first-hand the commitment the faculty and staff had to HC and its students. Now, I am on the other side of the coin, and I spend every day committed to helping students grow, learn, and achieve their dreams and goals. I truly have the best job in the world.

Fun facts: I met my husband at HC and we have been married since 2014! Also, I am, without a doubt, a cat lady, and the biggest Braves fan you'll ever meet #ChopOn.


         Aaron Van Landingham

          Admissions Counselor

 Hometown: Tellico Plains, TN

Education: A.S., Hiwassee College

Why do you love working at HC?: This is very much my own backyard. Home is just over one of the hills, so I have grown up with the college in the background of my life. Hiwassee was the place where I came into my own as a student in a number of ways. I found my appreciation for the arts and I had a number of instructors who instilled in me a solid foundation when it came to learning and interacting with the world outside of East TN. As an employee that feeling can be found in my office. I work with a great staff that wants the best for me as an employee. I am proud to have been a student of this college, and am even more proud to serve it as an Admissions Counselor.

Fun facts: I am a movie lover. If you are having trouble remembering a certain movie or actor, chances are I will have seen it, or at least have heard about it. I am a constant reader, always having my nose buried in the pages of a new book (the fantasy genre is my favorite). Speaking of fantasy, I collect and paint miniature figures to display and use in my myriad of board games.

Territories: Rhea, Meigs, Roane, Loudon, Anderson, Knox, Sevier, Cocke, Jefferson, Union, Campbell, Claiborne, Hancock, Grainger, Hamblen, Greene, Hawkins, Washington, Sullivan, Carter, Unicoi, Carter and Johnson counties.



           Jonathan Bray

        Admissions Counselor

Hometown: Crossville, TN

Education: B.A. and M.S., University of Tennessee

Why do you love working at HC?: The strong commitment to academic excellence and the family atmosphere.

Fun facts: I am a proud English Bulldog dad!

Territories: Hamilton, Bradley, McMinn, Polk, Monroe, and Blount counties in East Tennessee, and all of Middle and West Tennessee. 

Student Ambassadors and Admissions Assistants



            AJ Bond

Hometown: Chattanooga, TN

High School: Ivy Academy

Major: Business Administration

Sports/Extra-Curriculars: Student Ambassador, Volunteer Service

Why did you choose HC?: I love the small environment. The small classes are great for one-on-one communication with professors.

What do you love about HC?: The student-teacher ratio.

Advice for new students: Stay on top of your assignments!


      Micah Chastain

Hometown: Memphis, TN

High School: First Assembly Christian School

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies

Sports/Extra-Curriculars: Student Ambassador, Cross Country Team Manager, SGA

Why did you choose HC?: HC is a small school, just like I was used to in high school. The atmosphere just felt like the perfect fit for me.

What do you love about HC?: The community and having professors who are always willing to help!

Advice for new students: Get involved! Don't be scared to jump right in to a club, student life events, or classes. The sooner you get involved, the sooner you'll feel right at home here!


         Whitley Phipps

Hometown: Chattanooga, TN

High School: Soddy Daisy High School

Major: Business Administration

Sports/Extra-Curriculars: Admissions Assistant, Volleyball, SGA, PTK

Why did you choose HC?: The LRAP Advantage.

What do you love about HC?: I love that I'm not just a number to the faculty and staff, and that there's genuine care for my future.

Advice for new students: Don't worry about trying to fit in - focus on being the best you. College helps to shape us for our future, but we decide which path to take.




        Collin Wheeler

Hometown: Asheville, NC

High School: North Buncombe High School

Major: Business Administration

Sports/Extra-Curriculars: Admissions Assistant, Baseball

Why did you choose HC?: I felt it was the best place for me to get an education and play baseball at the next level.

What do you love about HC?: Being such a small school, you really get a chance to get to know everyone. The classes have no more than 15 people usually, which makes for a great learning experience with a lot of one-on-one teaching.

Advice for new students: Come ready to make new friends and memories that will last a lifetime!


Ansley Williams

Hometown: Maryville, TN

High School: Alcoa High School

Major: Dental Hygiene

Sports/Extra-Curriculars: Student Ambassador, Softball

Why did you choose HC?: I liked the tight-knit community feeling I got when I stepped on campus.

What do you love about HC?: I love that it’s a huge family and everybody supports one another. You get a chance to know everyone on a first name basis with it being such a small campus.

Advice for new students: Don’t be afraid to get out and meet people! Everybody is super nice. Also, get involved!!! There are plenty of opportunities to be involved on campus with different clubs and teams we offer.