Meet Our Enrollment Counselors and Staff

Enrollment Counselors

  • Jessica Marriott
    Graduate Enrollment Counselor

    As I have traveled to South Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Argentina, and Brazil, I have discovered wonderful and diverse food. Sushi is one of my favorites. I also love the wonderful coffee of Brazil. I love to listen to music, so you can often find me at a concert listening to a live performance.

  • Shanshan Xu
    International Outreach Associate

    I graduated from APU in 2015 with an M.A. in Leadership. As an international student at APU, I had a wonderful experience through meeting great mentors, professors, and friends. Before coming to APU, I taught English to college students in China. I have a passion for learning about history, culture, and people. I am also extremely courageous when it comes to trying different kinds of food.

  • Youn (Grace) Kim
    International Undergraduate Enrollment Counselor

    Having studied at APU as an international student, I learned how well international students could fit in with proper support and assistance. I was born and raised South Korea and studied in Canada and the United States. I am now very happy to be back at my alma mater helping international students. I love interacting with international students and making them feel at home.

  • Joshua Choi
    International Enrollment Counselor

    I am a Korean American missionary kid who grew up in China for 19 years in the mission field. After high school, I spent two years working in world missions. I graduated from Calvin College in Michigan with a degree in Psychology with an emphasis on human mental development and neurological studies. I previously worked in the social work field for the homeless in Los Angeles, and served as an international graduate administrator for the University of Southern California. I am a proud third culture kid, and have a passion for serving the Lord.


  • Leah Klingseis
    Director of International Enrollment Services

    As a first-generation Filipino, I’ve always loved living in Los Angeles because of its diverse population, ethnic foods, and multicultural experiences. After earning my graduate degree at APU, I began to teach and work in programs that reflected the diversity of this city and found that it stretched my desire to serve God by opening educational pathways for international students. I love traveling around the world, but have found that APU is a great place to engage many different cultures and enjoy their unique contributions.

  • Yuriko Bassett
    Assistant Director of Enrollment Services

    Born and raised in Saitama, Japan, I am proud to be “Made in Japan.” I consider the USA home, but I appreciate food, cultures, and customs from different countries. I earned my master’s degree at APU. I’ve also visited Canada, Taiwan, Ethiopia, Germany, Denmark, and Sweden.

  • Debra Nasipak
    International Inquiry and Short-term Program Manager

    What I love most about my job is the ability to interact with people from all over the world. The friendships I form with our international students allow me to learn about countries that I haven’t been able to visit—yet. Having grown up in the desert of Arizona, I enjoy being close to the California beaches and mountains. Graduating with both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from APU, I love being able to help others experience APU. It was a life-changing experience for me and I believe will be for others, too.

  • Wendi Sparling
    Application Processor

    As a native Arizonan, I enjoy exploring California’s beaches and mountains. I graduated from Grand Canyon University in 1993 with a B.S. in Sociology. My first international trip was with my grandmother, who taught me to appreciate meeting new people and experiencing different cultures. I have lived in Switzerland and have visited (and gotten lost in) England, Scotland, Germany, Austria, Italy, and Mexico.

  • Cory Justus
    Manager of Communications

    I graduated from Azusa Pacific University in 2008 with a B.A. in Biblical Studies and Sociology. I spent the next three years in Wuhan, China teaching English and serving as a missionary. The best part about what I do now is I get to meet so many wonderful people from all over the world.