Meet Our Enrollment Counselors and Staff
Jessica MarriottGraduate 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 XuInternational Undergraduate Enrollment Counselor
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) KimInternational 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.
Leah KlingseisDirector 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 BassettAssistant 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 NasipakInternational Inquiry Coordinator
Born and raised in the desert of Phoenix, Arizona, I am happy to be close to the California beaches! An APU alumna, it is a pleasure to be a part of bringing international students here. Countries I’ve visited (so far) include England, Belgium, France, and Italy.
Wendi SparlingApplication 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 JustusManager 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.
James BlackManager of Short-term Programs and Special Events
I was born and raised in Southern California and graduated with my B.A. in Sociology from APU. I enjoy being in a community where various cultures and nationalities are represented. As a servant, my goal is to embrace, cultivate, and inspire the world. To God be the Glory!