Office of Admissions Team

Louisiana Recruiting Zones

Jamie Dearman: II, VI

Marlena McGrath: I, IV

Joseph Dunbar: III, V

    Admissions Counselors


    Joseph Dunbar

    ADMISSIONS COUNSELOR


    Joseph, a native of Baton Rouge, joined the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University family in November of 2021. He received a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology and a Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies at Louisiana State University. He is currently pursuing a Master’s in Health Administration from Louisiana State University-Shreveport. By serving as a student ambassador in college, Joseph obtained a passion for helping students reach their educational goals and achieve success in life. When he is not in the office, Joseph enjoys working out, watching classic movies, and spending time with his family and friends.

    RECRUITING ZONE: III, V

    EMAIL: Joseph.Dunbar@franu.edu

    PHONE: (225) 526-1501


    Jamie Dearman

    ADMISSIONS COUNSELOR


    Jamie has spent a majority of her life in Baton Rouge, except for the years she attended Southeastern Louisiana University pursing her Undergraduate and then Master’s degree in Communication. Having spent so much of her life in central Louisiana, she has a unique and close connection to the area she recruits. Jamie loves reading, writing, and watching true crime documentaries.

    RECRUITING ZONE: II, VI

    EMAIL: Jamie.Dearman@franu.edu

    PHONE: (225) 526-1956



    Marlena McGrath

    ADMISSIONS COUNSELOR


    Marlena has lived in Baton Rouge for the past three years. She previously lived in North Carolina where she graduated from St. Andrew’s University with a Bachelor of Arts in Therapeutic Horsemanship. She doesn’t claim North Carolina as her home because prior to that she has lived in six other states. When her nomadic life led her to St. Andrew’s, she worked in the admissions office and fell in love with helping new students learn about their home away from home and help them gain a better understanding of who they want to become after they graduate.

    RECRUITING ZONE: I, IV

    EMAIL: marlena.mcgrath@franu.edu

    PHONE: (225) 526-1619


    Tilly Parkin

    GRADUATE ADMISSIONS RECRUITMENT COORDINATOR


    Tilly joined the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University admissions team in October of 2018. She graduated from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts and received a Masters of Management from University of Phoenix. Since 2010 Tilly has worked in various higher education college admissions roles including The George Washington University, Baptist College of Health Sciences, and University of Phoenix. When Tilly is not on campus she can be found running with various running groups in BR, knitting, watching crime shows, or on an adventure with her husband and Great Dane mix dog.

    EMAIL: Ottelia.Parkin@franu.edu

    PHONE: (225) 526-1715

    Application Team


    Rebecca Gruntz

    ADMISSIONS COUNSELOR


    Rebecca joined the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University admissions team in February of 2021. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Louisiana Tech University in 2016 and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from Southern New Hampshire University. Rebecca has a passion for people, which has led her through a career in the field of social work and is excited to now be helping students realize their passions as well. Rebecca has been living in Louisiana for over a decade, but if you ask where she’s from she’ll tell you “a little bit of everywhere.” When out of the office she enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing Dungeons and Dragons, or just cuddling with her cats.

    EMAIL: rebecca.gruntz@franu.edu

    PHONE: (225) 526-1958

    Zoe Ramachandran

    ADMISSIONS COUNSELOR


    Zoe is originally from the New Orleans area and is new to Baton Rouge. She has a Bachelor's in Family and Child Studies and a Master's in Counseling and Guidance from Louisiana Tech University, where she also gained three years of Admissions experience. Through her education and experience she has gained a love for helping students reach their goals.

    EMAIL: Zoe.Ramachandran@franu.edu

    PHONE: (225) 526-1716


    Tierra Lane

    CRM ADMINISTRATOR


    Tierra came to FranU in the Fall of 2019. She received her Bachelor’s in Biology from Southern University and A&M College and her masters in healthcare administration from LSU-Shreveport. Through her college experience she gained a passion for helping students make that transition from high school to college as easy as possible. When Tierra isn’t on campus she enjoys to travel and binge watch medical dramas.

    EMAIL: Tierra.Lane@franu.edu

    PHONE: (225) 526-1772

    Christy Sevier

    DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS


    An experienced higher education professional, Christy joined the staff at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University in May of 2018 and has been amazed by the interactive educational opportunities available to students at FranU. Since 2014, Christy has chaired Government Relations for the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling in Louisiana. With Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science and history and a Master of Arts in Leadership and Organizational Development, education advocacy work marries her love of public policy and her passion for helping students achieve their dreams. She is also currently serving a three-year term on the National Association for College Admission Counseling Government Relations Board.

    EMAIL: Christy.Sevier@franu.edu

    PHONE: (225) 526-1947