Martin, a native of River Ridge, Louisiana, holds a Master’s in Higher Education from Appalachian State University and a Bachelor’s in Government & Political Philosophy from Belmont Abbey College. Similar to many students, he was not the first in his family to attend the Abbey and followed in the footsteps of his oldest brother. He began his career in college admissions his freshman year as an Abbey Ambassador and has since served the Admissions Office as an Admissions Counselor, Operations Manager, and Director of Admissions. Martin lives near campus with his wife and children and is passionate about welcoming new students to share in this unique tradition of Catholic higher education.
Assistant Director of Recruitment and Enrollment Events MeganWalden@bac.edu
Megan Walden was born and raised in Belmont, North Carolina. She is a 2013 graduate of UNC Wilmington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies with a concentration in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication and minor in Sociology. She developed her passion for admissions through her internship in the UNCW admissions office where she – attended college fairs and high school visits, assisted during the planning and execution of events, application review and created various schedules, documents and itineraries for the team. Megan’s territory includes Gaston County where she was once an English teacher at a local high school! She is excited to be back in her hometown and continue her career as an Admissions Counselor at Belmont Abbey College. She enjoys aiding future students through the admissions process and encouraging them to become a part of the wonderful community here at The Abbey.
Emma Clune was born in rural Ohio, though she spent most of her childhood moving around the country and internationally with her family. She came back to Ohio to attend Bowling Green State University and received a bachelors degree in Marketing and Management as well as a minor in Tourism and Event Planning. While in college, she participated in a study abroad program as well as worked in admissions as an academic resource for students. It is here that she found her passion for higher education and the effect that these four years can have on a persons life. Right out of school she worked as a Marketing Manager and she cannot wait to tie all of her passions together in the effort to support students and their life here at the Abbey.
Lunden was born and raised in the Charlotte, NC area where she now resides. She graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies. During her time at UNC, she studied abroad in Florence, Italy and held positions on multiple advisory boards. Post graduation, Lunden has worked in Event Planning, Marketing and Collegiate Organizational Operations. During her free time, Lunden takes advantage of her passion of traveling, with some of her favorite destinations being Tokyo, Switzerland and Italy. She is excited to be on the admissions team and help guide students into their future at Belmont Abbey!
Linda graduated from Belmont Abbey College, class of 2018, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Pre-Law. She is originally from Miami, FL. She transferred to the Abbey her sophomore year and ran Track & Field during her time as a student. She is passionate about the Abbey’s mission and vision, believing that the school lives up to its promise. She is excited about her role on the Admissions team and looks forward to helping first-time and transfer students experience a smooth and delightful admissions process.
Lindsay-Janae is a May 2018 graduate of Belmont Abbey College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sports Management and a minor in Business Management. She is originally from Orange County, California. As a student at Belmont Abbey, Lindsay was a member of the softball team and was elected captain her senior year by her fellow teammates. She joined the Abbey Ambassador program her senior year, and that is where she developed her passion for helping prospective students discover what Belmont Abbey College has to offer. She is excited to be a part of the Admissions team and is looking forward to assisting students through the admissions process.
Aidan is from Lake Ozark, Missouri where he attended and graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelors in Middle School Education. During this time, he was active in the school’s marching and concert band programs, the music fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi, student volunteering organizations, and campus ministry. He continued his education at Missouri State University and received a Masters in Student Affairs in Higher Education in 2020. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, playing bass guitar, gaming, and traveling. He is excited to be a part of the admissions team and looks forward to helping students follow their passion and find their place at the Abbey.
Tab was born and raised in Charlotte, NC and graduated from Belmont Abbey in 2017 with a Dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Educational studies and Psychology. Tab played volleyball all four years of school and was active in the education honors society, Kappa Delta Pi, as their chairman of membership. She is excited to return and assist students in becoming part of the Belmont Abbey family.
Emilia is a Belmont Abbey College graduate, class of 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a minor in Psychology. During her time as a student at the Abbey, Emilia was also a defender on the Women’s Lacrosse team. Growing up she moved up and down the east coast with her family due to her father being in the Navy; however, he retired after 25 years and finally settled in eastern North Carolina. In her spare time, Emilia loves hiking, exploring, and getting outdoors with her son along with reading and exercising. Her passion is building relationships that are centered around Christ and radiating joy to everyone she encounters. She is very excited that she is back at the Abbey as an Admissions counselor where she can share her past experiences and help others feel at home in this community.
Julia Gunter Admissions Operations Manager JuliaGunter@bac.edu (704) 461-6784
Julia has been serving the Adult Degree Program and its students since 1992. Julia was raised in a military family so grew up traveling from base to base until her father retired in New Jersey to be near family. She first learned about the Abbey while attending a college presentation and decided then and there that Belmont Abbey College was the college to attend. Julia graduated in 1981 with a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Philosophy and has also earned a B.A. in Business from the Abbey and an M.S. in Adult Education from North Carolina A&T State University. Julia has held several positions in her tenure at the Abbey but all have focused on the Adult Degree Program and the great students in the program. Her passion is to get to know and work with our adult students to help them reach their potential and fulfill their academic goals. During her spare time, Julia enjoys music, both playing and singing, is an avid gardener and dabbles in creative exploits like making jewelry, crocheting, sewing and painting.
Sam Parham Coordinator of Campus Visit Experiences Samanthaparham@bac.edu
Sam was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina. She is a 2019 graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne University with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Development. At Lenoir-Rhyne, Sam participated in several study abroad opportunities as well as worked in admissions and student success as a resource and mentor for students and families. Sam began working at Lenoir-Rhyne as an Enrollment Management Counselor right out of undergrad. As a first generation college graduate herself, she found a passion for working with first generation students and their families as they navigate the unique challenges during the college search process. In her free time, Sam enjoys weaving, hiking, camping, and playing with her dog, Molly. Sam is excited about her role as part of the Admissions team and looks forward to supporting students and their families during their time at The Abbey!