Advancement Staff

Lee Yowell, Vice President for Advancement

Mr. Lee Yowell came to Toccoa Falls College in 2010 to serve as Vice President for Student Development. In, 2013 after serving as Interim VP for Advancement, he was appointed by the president to serve as the new Vice President for Institutional Advancement.  Lee has served in various administrative roles in Christian higher education for the past 13 years.

A native of the great state of Indiana, Mr. Yowell received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Olivet Nazarene University and a Master of Science Degree from Mount Vernon Nazarene University.  He and his wife, Bridget, have been married since 2000 and have four children:  Houston, Ashton, Grace and Peyton.

B. A. – Olivet Nazarene University
M. S. – Mount Vernon Nazarene University


Allie Hotalen, Administrative Assistant for Advancement

Allie is originally from Orlando, Florida. She moved to Tallahassee in


where she attended Florida State University. Allie graduated in December 2013 with an Athletic Training degree. After graduating from FSU, she moved to Toccoa to join the Advancement and Alumni Office as the administrative assistant. Allie recently married Shane Hotalen who is serving as a Senior Admissions Counselor at TFC. She loves being a part of the TFC community. They live in Toccoa with their dog, Evie.

Deborah Wilkes,  Interim Director of Alumni and College Relations

Deborah is originally from Oklahoma (an “Okie from Muskogee”). She came to TFC as a student in 1991 and


graduated in December 1994 with an A.A. in General Studies. She has been working in the Alumni Office since January 1995. She first served as the administrative assistant, then the Assistant Director, and is now currently serving as the Interim Director. She takes care of the daily flow of information, communications, and records for the Alumni Office. She may also be called upon to assist in other areas of responsibility for the college.


Deborah enjoys travel, cooking, music, and reading. She is married to Jamey Wilkes (1996) and they have one son Parker.

Lauren Smith,  Student Assistant for Advancement

Lauren has been working in the advancement office since August 2013. She attended Pebblebrook High


School, a performing arts magnet school – she was a vocal major and dance minor, and she was the captain of the softball team. She completed freshman year at Berry College in Rome, Georgia – she was a pitcher on the softball team and had three jobs: in the President’s office, as a sports announcer/scorekeeper, and on the grounds crew. Even though she enjoyed her time there, God was able to speak to her though an injury, finances, and other experiences which led her to hear about Toccoa Falls. She know almost immediately that TFC was where she was called to be and that she needed to trust in His divine plan, which she thanks Him for more every day. She is a junior early childhood education major and is married to TFC admissions counselor Donovan Smith.

Moriah Johnson,  Student Assistant for Alumni Relations

Moriah is a senior majoring in Counseling/Psychology. She has worked in the Advancement office since


May, 2014. Moriah has served as a resident assistant in Fant Hall for the past two years, and during that time she has loved being able to foster community and see growth happen in her residents. She is from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and while she misses her family and the cooler summers, she loves living at TFC because of the emphasis on community and character development. She has an affinity for anything arts-and-crafts, a passion for music and a love for reading. With her degree, Moriah would love to do crisis and trauma counseling, but she is willing to wait and see whatever the Lord has planned.