Meet the Admissions Team

Request an in-person, phone or virtual appointment with an Admissions Counselor to learn more about TWU program options, the admissions process and the student life experience at TWU.

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Nikki Young

Nikki Young, MS
Director of Admissions

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Education: BS in Community Health Planning and Administration; MS in Human Relations in Business

A note from the Director: Greetings from Texas Woman’s University! Whether you are a prospective student choosing your first college, a transfer student making a change, or a professional student selecting a graduate or professional program, the college search process is exciting, yet overwhelming. I encourage you to make an informed decision by doing your research. Our team is here to guide you through the admission’s process, and we will help you discover all the amazing things Texas Woman’s has to offer!

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

Denton Campus Staff

Leslie Pearson

Leslie L. Pearson, MBA, LSSGB
Associate Director of Admissions, Marketing & Communications
Adjunct Professor

Hometown: Austin, TX
Education: BS in Health Studies; MBA in Management, LSSBB
Advice for new students: Build your professional network, know how to market (brand) yourself and volunteer if you are unable to find employment in your desired field. Stay within a reasonable expense budget, save and pay your bills on time. Don’t be in a rush for material things. Be mindful of opportunities that do not fit the “box” because they may just be your golden ticket to professional and personal success.

Mariana Floran

Mariana Floran
Assistant Director of Admissions, Undergraduate Admissions 

940-898-3032 — Hablo Español!

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.

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Erin Wimberly

Erin Wimberly
Assistant Director of Events and Campus Visits

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.

Wayne Campbell

Wayne Campbell, MA
Transfer Enrollment Specialist 

Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Education: Regent University (MA Public Policy) and North Carolina A&T State University (BA History)
Favorite thing about TWU: I like TWU’s efforts to help the students succeed academically and professionally.

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Amanda Nolen

Amanda Nolen, MA
Transfer Enrollment Specialist 

Hometown: Belton, TX
Education: BA in Performance Studies; MA in Applied Linguistics
Favorite thing about TWU: I am continually impressed with the community that is fostered at TWU. Students, faculty, and staff at TWU value and respect all of the diverse opinions and beliefs present on campus. The many accredited programs offered speak to the quality of education that students are getting. As a life-long learner, I greatly appreciate the dedication TWU has to provide an excellent education.

First-Year and Transfer Counselors

Ayde Franco

Ayde Franco
Admissions Counselor II
940-898-3040 — Hablo Español!

Hometown: Pilot Point, Texas
Education: BS in Psychology with a Criminal Justice minor
Favorite thing about TWU: The amount of support, resources, opportunities, and guidance that help each student succeed professionally and personally. Being a Latina and first generation at TWU made me passionate about helping other students to receive higher education and guide them to different resources for their success.

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I’Ceyonna Ware

I’Ceyonna Ware
Admissions Counselor I

Hometown: Center, TX
Education: BS & MS Biology
Favorite thing about TWU: I love the feeling of being in a close-knit family here. Being at a mostly female university provides a different and unique perspective and atmosphere on campus.

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Jackie Moryan
Admissions Counselor I

Hometown: Denton, TX
Education: BA English and Philosophy; MA English, M.Ed. Secondary Education
Favorite thing about TWU: The inclusive and progressive culture, the community, and the beautiful campus. I love talking to prospective students and helping them find their new home!

Kayla Bunch

Kayla Bunch
Admissions Counselor II 

Hometown: San Diego, CA
Education: BS in Political Science with a Spanish Minor
Favorite thing about TWU: How beautiful the campus is and the support system the staff has created.

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Wren Granados

Karen (Wren) Granados
Admissions Counselor II

Hometown: Dallas, TX
Education: BS in Communication Sciences
Favorite thing about TWU: As a first generation, TWU alumni, I love the diversity here on campus.

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Talisa Valentine

Talisa Valentine
Admissions Counselor I

Hometown: Kansas City, MO
Education: BS in Applied Human Resources Management
Favorite thing about TWU: I love how beautiful the campus is and how friendly and welcoming everyone makes you feel at TWU. I also love the diversity of our staff and students and how well-rounded the education TWU offers.

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Dallas Campus Staff

Robert R. Benavides

Robert R. Benavides
Assistant Director of Admissions, Graduate Recruitment 
214-689-6550 — Hablo Español!

Hometown: San Benito, TX
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Communications
Favorite thing about TWU: The history of the campus and the architecture of the buildings on campus.

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Collin County Region Staff

Stephanie Stephens

Stephanie Stephens
Assistant Director of Admissions, Collin County Region Staff

Hometown: Marshall, TX
Education: BS in Psychology
Favorite thing about TWU: Favorite thing about TWU: There are many things I like about TWU including the diverse community, beautiful campus and friendly people. TWU provides a great education at an affordable cost.

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Melissa Gonnella

Melissa Gonnella
Admissions Counselor I, Collin County Region Staff

Hometown: Rowlett, TX
Education: BS in Nutritional Sciences
Favorite thing about TWU: TWU embodies a welcoming environment and is a place for everyone to learn and grow.

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Houston Campus Staff

Jenny Ustynik

Jenny Ustynik
Assistant Director of Admissions, Houston Campus

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

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Amber Jarmon

Amber Jarmon
Admissions Counselor II

Hometown: Houston, Texas
Education: University of Houston-Downtown
Favorite thing about TWU: TWU offers a world class education that prepares its students to be successful in their fields of practice. The atmosphere is very welcoming, and everyone makes you feel like you matter.

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San Antonio Region Staff

Crysta Caulkins

Crysta Caulkins, MFA
Admissions Counselor II

Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Education: MFA in Dance, BS in Dance with Teacher Certification
Favorite thing about TWU: I love the close-knit campus community. It is easy to get connected and make friends, and the faculty have time for every student. I've never experienced such a culture of support and empowerment anywhere else.

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Rio Grande Valley Region Staff

Martha Cavazos-Fipps

Martha Cavazos-Fipps
Admissions Counselor II
940-898-3030 — Hablo Español!

Hometown: Mission, TX
Education: BS in Family & Consumer Sciences
Favorite thing about TWU: I am a native of Mission, graduate of Mission High School and a proud alumni of Texas Woman’s University. I was a first generation college student myself so I am familiar with the issues prospective students will encounter as they select a college out of the immediate area.

I am looking forward to guiding students and families as they navigate their way to TWU. Please reach out if there is anything I can assist with.

Hablo Español! Estoy aqui para ayudar. Por favor comuniquense con respecto a cualquier pregunta.

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