Meet the Admissions Team

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Nikki Young
Director of Admissions
nyoung1@twu.edu
940-898-3022

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Education: B.S., Community Health Planning and Administration; M.A., 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
Graduate Recruitment
khawkins12@twu.edu
940-898-3043

Hometown: Tulsa, OK
Education: B.A., Journalism and Convergent News Emphasis in New Media; M.S.L., 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.

First-Year and Transfer Counselors

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Arissa Gaytan, Ed.D.
Assistant Director of Admissions
agaytan1@twu.edu
940-898-3032

Hometown: El Paso, TX
Education: B.S., Communication Studies; M.Ed., Student Development and Leadership in Higher Education; Ed.D., Educational Leadership - Higher Education
Favorite thing about TWU: Texas Woman's has the most affordable tuition in the DFW area. This university has the feel of a private school but measures in at the public school price, making it one of the most academically rich environments for its cost.

Tymerra Coleman
Admissions Counselor I
Tcoleman13@twu.edu 

Hometown: Joliet, IL
Education: B.A. in Race and Ethnic Studies with an emphasis in Woman's and Gender Studies
Favorite thing about TWU: The Faculty and Staff at TWU take extra care to ensure all students, no matter their background, have the tools needed to become successful. There is a spirit of service across departments which reflects TWU's mantra of "Campus With a Heart".

Heather Smith
Admissions Counselor I
Hsmith38@twu.edu 

Hometown: Midlothian, Texas
Education: B.S. 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.

Jennifer Uriega
Admission Counselor I
juriega@twu.edu 

Hometown: Irving, TX
Education: B.A. English: Writing and Rhetoric w/ minor in Ethnic Studies
Favorite thing about TWU: As an undergraduate at TWU, I was surrounded by a supportive community which helped me grow both professionally and personally. TWU offers many opportunities to its students, and I look forward to helping guide prospective students in calling TWU their home.

Erin Wimberly

Erin Wimberly
Admissions Counselor
ewimberly@twu.edu
940-898-3015

Hometown: Bowie, TX
Education: B.B.A., Business Administration; B.B.A., 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.

Graduate Counselors

Shaunte Alvarez-Minor

Shaunte Alvarez-Minor
Assistant Director, Admissions
salvarezminor@twu.edu
940-898-3043

Hometown: Austin, TX
Education: B.S., 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

Wandaliz Elder
Assistant Director for Campus Visits & Events
welder@twu.edu
(940) 898-3192

Hometown: Humacao, Puerto Rico
Education: B.A. in Government, Texas Woman's University
Favorite thing about TWU: The welcoming environment and encouragement from faculty & staff for non-traditional students from all walks of life, particularly veterans and parents of young children.

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Kristina Papa
Assistant Director of E-Communications
kpapa@twu.edu
940-898-3014

Hometown: Miami, FL
Education: 
B.S., Liberal Studies-Psychology; M.S., 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.

Collin Higher Education Center Staff

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Stephanie Stephens
Assistant Director of Admissions - Collin Higher Education Center
sstephens4@twu.edu
972-599-3124

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

Houston Campus Staff

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Melissa Rodriguez
Assistant Director
mrodriguez68@twu.edu
713-794-2352

Hometown: Brentwood, NY
Education: B.S., Childhood Education; M.Ed., Childhood Education
Favorite thing about TWU: I enjoy sharing the many opportunities available to prospective students. I love getting to meet students, assisting them in learning about TWU and helping them paint a picture of their future as students and graduates.

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Jenny Ustynik
Admissions Counselor
JUstynik@twu.edu
713-794-2331

​​Hometown: Houston, Texas
​​Education: B.A. 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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