Lorri Connora, BS Director of Recruitment and Retention

Lorri Connor, BS
Director of Admissions and Recruitment 

Lorri Connor joined Cabarrus College of Health Sciences in 2015. Lorri's career has followed her passion for college access and readiness - educating students and their families about the possibilities of college, and encouraging them to learn the process from admission to graduation. Lorri has 15 years of higher education experience focusing on admissions, financial aid, retention, and specialty/professional development training for faculty and staff. Lorri has BS in Criminal Justice from Western Carolina University and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Project Management with a concentration in Organizational Communication from Northeastern University.

In her spare time Lorri enjoys spending time with family, cooking, supporting her children at their extra-curricular sporting events, and watching NFL football (Go San Francisco 49ers!). She loves traveling back to Western North Carolina at least once a year to enjoy the peace, serenity, and simplicity of mountain life.

Kynli Smith, BS
Coordinator, Admissions and Recruitment

My name is Kynli Smith and I recently relocated from across the country to North Carolina. Originally from Illinois, I received my BS in Mass Media with an emphasis in Public Relations from Southeast Missouri State University in 2014. After graduation I spent several years in the Wild West, living in Montana and Wyoming.

I have experience in higher education working in admissions and recruitment and I’m thrilled to join the Cabarrus College team. What I love most about higher education is watching the students grow. Seeing students discover their passions and potential is very rewarding.
I love to spend time with family, friends and my dog, Charlie, and cat, Willow. Traveling and trying new things is something I’m passionate about. Spending time outdoors in the mountains, on the beach or watching Chicago Cubs baseball is how I spend my summers. I’m excited for this new adventure and to call North Carolina home.

Melanie Gass, BA
Coordinator, Admissions and Recruitment


Ms. Gass came to Cabarrus College in 2005. Her experience in higher education includes being the Resident Director at Belmont Abbey College and Interim Associate Director of Alumni Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The favorite part of her job is working with prospective students and watching them grow.

When not working, Ms. Gass loves spending time with her son and husband. She is a long-time movie buff and likes to relax by reading a good book.

Donna Bouie
Staff Assistant - Admissions

My name is Donna Bouie and I joined Cabarrus College in 2018. Raised in Chicago, Illinois, I started my career fresh out of high school by working full-time as a Licensed Practical Nurse in the Oncology Unit of a large research hospital. Ready to see more of the world, I enlisted in the United States Army and served our country for several years before receiving an honorable discharge. Soon after relocating to Charlotte, NC, I shifted my career focus to Business Management & Entrepreneurship. I have over 20 years of entrepreneurial and management experience with a passion for organizational effectiveness, process improvement and performance excellence. I am excited to be a part of the Cabarrus College team. My favorite part of the job is helping prospective students navigate through our application process. It is gratifying to see talented, motivated individuals set and realize their educational goals.

Away from work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, and feeling the sun on my face when playing golf, swimming, hiking or relaxing by the lake. For quiet times, I enjoy reading, writing, sewing and painting.