Meet the Admissions Team

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

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.

Denton Campus Staff

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Kristina Papa, PhD
Associate Director of Admissions, Undergraduate Recruitment
kpapa@twu.edu
940-898-3014

Hometown: Miami, FL
Education: 
BS in Liberal Studies-Psychology; MS in School Psychology; PhD in Family Studies
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
Associate Director of Admissions, Graduate Recruitment
salvarezminor@twu.edu
940-898-3184

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.

Leslie Pearson

Leslie L. Pearson, MBA
Associate Director of Admissions, Marketing & Communications
Adjunct Professor
lpearson1@twu.edu
940-898-3043

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.

Erin Wimberly

Erin Wimberly
Assistant Director of Events and Campus Visits
ewimberly@twu.edu
940-898-3015

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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Mariana Floran
Admissions Counselor I
mfloran@twu.edu 

940-898-3032

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.

Taylor Tate

Taylor Tate
Admissions Counselor I
ttate3@twu.edu
940-898-3045

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
adeppen@twu.edu

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
Jsneed2@twu.edu
940-898-3605

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
sstephens4@twu.edu
972-599-3124

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

Houston Campus Staff

Edlyn Jones

Edlyn Jones, MDiv.
Assistant Director of Admissions, Houston Campus
ejones34@twu.edu

Hometown: Newark, NJ
Education: BS in International Business and Trade, Saint Peter's University; Masters of Divinity, Yale University
Favorite thing about TWU: I appreciate the collaborative culture and diverse community of TWU. There is a genuine love and care for the work that is being done here. 

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

​​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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