Meet the Admissions Team

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Nikki Young
Director of Admissions

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Education: BS in Community Health Planning and Administration; MA in Professional Development
A note from the Director: Welcome! Whether you are a student choosing your first college, a transfer student making a change, or a professional student selecting a graduate or professional program, choosing a college is an exciting, yet overwhelming, process. Do your research and choose wisely. Our team is here to help guide you through the admission’s process. We want you to discover all the great things about TWU.

If you have questions about TWU, I encourage you to contact our Office of Admissions. We look forward to meeting you.

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Korie Hawkins
Associate Director of Admissions, Marketing & Communications

Hometown: Tulsa, OK
Education: BA in Journalism and Convergent News Emphasis in New Media; MSL in Organizational Leadership
Favorite thing about TWU: Texas Woman’s provides its students with the comfort of exploring their individuality. The university serves students from an array of backgrounds while providing quality education and support centered around the student and their growth.

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Kristina Papa
Associate Director of Admissions, Undergraduate Recruitment

Hometown: Miami, FL
BS in Liberal Studies-Psychology; MS in School Psychology
Favorite thing about TWU: My favorite thing about TWU is definitely the community-feeling atmosphere around campus. As a staff member and student, I enjoy seeing everyone come together! From move-in days and orientations, we are always excited to welcome others.

Shaunte Alvarez-Minor

Shaunte Alvarez-Minor
Interim Associate Director of Admissions, Graduate Recruitment

Hometown: Austin, TX
Education: BS in Psychology
Favorite thing about TWU: My favorite thing about TWU is the diversity of the students and staff on campus. And I love that the atmosphere at TWU is one of inclusion, unity and empowerment.

Denton Campus Staff

Erin Wimberly

Erin Wimberly
Assistant Director of Admissions

Hometown: Bowie, TX
Education: BBA in Business Administration; BBA in Music Business
Favorite thing about TWU: The TWU atmosphere is one of inclusion, creativity and community involvement, along with an excellent education at an affordable cost.

First-Year and Transfer Counselors

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Heather Smith
Admissions Counselor II 

Hometown: Midlothian, Texas
Education: BS in Family Life: Human Development
Favorite Thing About TWU: Texas Woman's is a place of inclusion, community, and heart. Every student, faculty, and staff member recognize the promising potential each individual contributes to TWU and the world.

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Mariana Floran
Admissions Counselor I 


Hometown: Ft. Worth, TX
Education: BS in Education, Minor in Psychology  
Favorite thing about TWU: As a TWU Alumna I can attest to the well-rounded education that focuses on service, diversity, and integrity. The TWU faculty and staff are passionate with building quality and professional relationships that will help shape students future.

Alexzandrea Diaz

Alexzandrea Diaz
Admissions Counselor I

Hometown: Allen, TX
Education: BS in Kinesiology, Health Psych Minor
Favorite thing about TWU: My favorite thing about my alma mater is that all of the students and faculty are so kind. I also love that one of our many goals is to inspire and encourage women to be strong leaders.

Taylor Tate

Taylor Tate
Admissions Counselor I

Hometown: Dallas, TX
Education: BS in Psychology
Favorite thing about TWU: As a recent alum of TWU, I can appreciate Texas Woman's University for helping me become the professional I am today. All of the resources that they have available to guide their students on the pathway to success is greatly appreciated. The TWU family is one of the most supportive and loving families anyone could ever become a part of. Their empowerment, focus on inclusion and unity, and campus diversity will leave any person speechless. It’s great to be part of a community that supports and favors all!

Alexandra Deppen

Alexandra Deppen
Admissions Counselor II

Hometown: Akron, OH
Education: BA in Psychology, The Ohio State University; MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, The University of Akron
Favorite thing about TWU: My favorite thing about TWU is the warm and welcoming atmosphere on campus!

Jada Sneed

Jada Sneed
Admissions Counselor II

Hometown: Desoto, TX
Education: BS in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing minor; MBA in Marketing
Favorite thing about TWU: TWU is like a second home for me. After receiving my undergraduate degree from here, I knew this was the only place that I wanted to continue my education for Graduate school as well as my professional endeavors as an admissions counselor. A very welcoming, and friendly environment.

Collin Higher Education Center Staff

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Stephanie Stephens
Assistant Director of Admissions - Collin Higher Education Center

Hometown: Marshall, TX
Education: BS in Psychology
Favorite thing about TWU: I like the beautiful campus and the friendly people!

Dallas Campus Staff

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Esmeralda Cruz
Admissions Promise Associate

Hometown: Dallas, TX
Education: BA in Communication
Favorite thing about TWU: Texas Woman's is such a welcoming place that makes you feel like you’re at home.

Houston Campus Staff

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Jenny Ustynik
Admissions Counselor II

​​Hometown: Houston, Texas
​​Education: BA in International Studies
​​Favorite thing about TWU: I appreciate the welcoming, inclusive and diverse community at TWU. In my role, it’s rewarding to connect students with the many resources TWU offers to achieve their educational goals. In general, I love that TWU empowers students to challenge themselves and make a difference in their community and the world.

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