Meet the Team

Louisiana Recruiting Zones

Ariel Viator: III, V

Jamie Dearman : I, II, IV, VI


    Admissions Counselors


    Ariel Viator

    ADMISSIONS COUNSELOR


    Ariel is originally from the Lafayette area and recently graduated from Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She was an Admissions Intern for a year before graduating in December 2024, and her love for the FranU community and passion for helping students reach their goals led to her position as an Admissions Counselor. Ariel has five dogs, or “fur babies,” as she calls them, and enjoys spending time with them in her free time. She also enjoys reading, painting, and freshwater sponge hunting.

    RECRUITING ZONE: III, V

    EMAIL: Ariel.Viator@franu.edu

    PHONE: (225) 526-18


    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: I, II, IV, VI

    EMAIL: Jamie.Dearman@franu.edu

    PHONE: (225) 526-1956


    Enrollment Operations


    Ben Faucheux

    CRM ADMINISTRATOR


    Ben was born in Quitman, Louisiana and after some time living in Meadville, Mississippi returned just before attending Louisiana Tech University. He transferred to Louisiana State University where he graduated 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science. He later discovered a passion in Information Technology and has recently found a new path for his career in Customer Relations Management at FranU

    EMAIL: Benjamin.Faucheux@franu.edu

    PHONE: (225) 526-1772


    Marlena Zello

    ENROLLMENT OPERATIONS SPECIALIST


    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.

    EMAIL: Marlena.Zello@franu.edu

    PHONE: (225) 526-1619


    Financial Aid Counselors


    Cindy Vasquez

    FINANCIAL AID COUNSELOR


    Cindy Vásquez is from Baton Rouge and is a recent graduate from FranU with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. During her senior year, Cindy interned for the admissions office at FranU and the experience was so fulfilling she made the decision to become a permanent part of FranU's enrollment team as a financial aid counselor. Through her work, Cindy aims to demystify the financial aid process, offering guidance and resources to students and their families. She believes that access to education is a fundamental right and is committed to advocating for equitable opportunities for all students. In addition to her academic and career pursuits, Cindy is an avid artist, has a green thumb, and can often be found with her beloved niece and pets: a curious cat, a quacky duck, and a serene turtle.

    EMAIL: Cindy.Vasquez@franu.edu

    PHONE: (225) 526-1995


    Samantha Gautreau

    FINANCIAL AID COUNSELOR


    Samantha is from Prairieville but has spent the majority of her life in Baton Rouge. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2023. She loves working with people and is excited to help students in any way she can.

    EMAIL: Samantha.Gautreau@franu.edu

    PHONE: (225) 526-1649


    Leadership Team


    Zoe Ramachandran

    DIRECTOR OF UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS


    Zoe is originally from the New Orleans area and is new to Baton Rouge. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Family and Child Studies and a Master of Science 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


    Laisha Webb

    DIRECTOR OF GRADUATE ADMISSIONS


    Laisha is a proud native of St. Francisville but currently resides in Baton Rouge, LA. She has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration of Public Administration, both from Southern University and A&M College. Beyond her professional pursuits, Laisha is driven by a deep passion for people and students. Outside of work, she finds joy in spending quality time with friends and family, playing the drums, and relaxing watching movies and TV series. A quote that resonates with Laisha is from Winston S. Churchill: “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts."

    EMAIL: Laisha.Webb@franu.edu

    PHONE: (225) 526-1715


    Rebecca Gruntz

    DIRECTOR OF ENROLLMENT OPERATIONS


    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. 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


    Wendy LeBlanc

    DIRECTOR OF FINANCIAL AID


    Wendy LeBlanc joined the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University financial aid team in March of 2007. She received her Bachelor of Science in General Family & Consumer Sciences with a Child, Family, & Social Service concentration from Nicholls State University in 1998. Wendy has worked in Higher Education for 25 years, specifically in Financial Aid & Scholarships for the last 24 years. Wendy is a life-long Louisiana resident. In her free time Wendy enjoys cooking and travelling with family and friends.

    EMAIL: Wendy.Leblanc@franu.edu

    PHONE: (225) 526-1977