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Meet your Admissions Counselor

Your guides to becoming an Ichabod

Admissions Counselors can answer your questions about the application process, scholarships, living on campus and so much more.

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  • Transferring from another institution? Interested in completing your degree? Jamie would be more than happy to assist!
  • Are you a non-degree seeking student? Meet Brett. He'll help you through the process!

Joseph Tinsley is the director of Admissions at Washburn University.

Joseph Tinsley

Director of Admissions

Hometown: Owensboro, Kentucky


Office phone:785.670.1030

Favorite spot to relax on campus: The Garvey Fine Arts Center courtyard between White Concert Hall and the Mulvane Art Museum. It's very peaceful.

Advice for new Ichabods: Having fun and working hard in college goes together like peanut butter and jelly. The key is making sure to get the perfect balance.

Brett Johnson is the associate director of admissions at Washburn University.

Brett Johnson

Associate Director of Admissions

Hometown: Bonner Springs, Kansas

I work with students who: earned their high school diploma or GED over one year ago, but have not yet attended college since then.


Office phone: 785.670.1988

Advice for new Ichabods: Find something that interests you and become involved in it – could be Greek Life, Washburn Student Government Association, Campus Activities Board, intramural sports, on-campus employment, or whatever else that interests you!

Favorite place to explore/eat in Topeka: First Fridays Art Walk in North Topeka (NOTO).

Favorite Washburn memory: As a student, painting up and cheering on our athletic teams on so many different occasions.

Nicole Vavra is the campus visit and event coordinator at Washburn University.

Nicole Vavra

Campus Visit & Event Coordinator

Hometown: Topeka, Kansas


Office phone: 785.670.1289

Favorite Topeka restaurant: The Wheel Barrel in NOTO (North Topeka)

A hidden gem on campus is… The Reading Room in the Living Learning Center

Savanna Gaumer is an admissions counselor at Washburn University

Savanna Gaumer

Admissions Counselor

Hometown: Lawrence, Kansas

I work with students from: Cair Paravel Latin School, Heritage Christian School, Northeast Kansas, Missouri and students who were home schooled or have earned their GED


Cell phone (feel free to text): 785.260.3257

Office phone: 785.670.3810

Favorite place to explore in Topeka: Governor’s Mansion Trails

Advice for New Ichabods: Talk to your professors. They are here to help you achieve your goals.


Paige Maley is an admissions counselor at Washburn University.

Paige Maley

Admissions Counselor

Hometown: Burlington, Kansas

I work with students from: Seaman and Hayden High Schools, Southcentral Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas


Cell phone (feel free to text): 785.260.4409

Office phone: 785.670.1652

Advice for new Ichabods: Don’t be afraid to branch out and try new things. That’s what college is all about!

Favorite place to explore in Topeka: NOTO Arts District

Ian Marples is an admissions counselor at Washburn University.

Ian Marples

Admissions Counselor

Hometown: Topeka, Kansas

I work with students from: Washburn Rural, Silver Lake, Rossville high schools, Northcentral and Northwest Kansas, and Nebraska


Cell phone (feel free to text): 785.260.3021

Office phone: 785.670.1904

Favorite place to explore in Topeka: Ward-Meade Park! The botanical gardens are great for a relaxing walk and you can cap it off with a visit to the Potwin Drug Store for an authentic root beer float!

Favorite Spot to relax on campus: The Garvey Fine Arts Center courtyard! Secluded with a bubbling fountain, perfect with a nice evening breeze.

Indigo Wilson-Schmidt is an admissions counselor at Washburn University.

Indigo Wilson-Schmidt

Admissions Counselor

Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico

I work with students from: Topeka High, Topeka West, Highland Park high schools, Hope Street Academy, Southwest Kansas and Colorado


Cell phone (feel free to text): 785.260.4530

Office phone: 785.670.3808

Favorite place to explore in Topeka: The Governor’s Mansion Trails

A hidden gem on campus is: the Quiet Study Room on the third floor of Mabee

Jamie Jolicoeur is an admissions counselor at Washburn University.

Jamie Jolicoeur

Admissions Counselor

Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska

I work with: transfer students 


Cell phone (feel free to text): 785.230.5113

Office phone: 785.670.1625

Advice for new Ichabods: Take advantage of all the resources on campus and embrace your college experience.

Be sure to get involved in... an organization tied to your major.


Washburn University Admissions
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

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