Meet the Admissions Team

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Nikki Young
Director of Admissions

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

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

Heather Smith
Admissions Counselor I 

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 

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

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.

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Mariana Floran
Admissions Counselor I 


Hometown: Ft. Worth, TX
Education: B.S. 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.

Graduate Counselors

Shaunte Alvarez-Minor

Shaunte Alvarez-Minor
Assistant Director, Admissions

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

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Wandaliz Turner
Assistant Director for Campus Visits & Events
(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

Hometown: Miami, FL
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

Hometown: Marshall, TX
Education: B.S., 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: B.A. 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: 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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