Meet the Staff

  • Sam Kim
    Executive Director

    Sam oversees the entire Undergraduate Admissions team. He is focused on bringing students to APU who will thrive when they get here. His oversight of the entire admissions process includes strategy creation, process improvement, and market development. If you meet a counselor, come to campus, or have your application processed, he most likely had his hand on that experience.

  • Emily Belsey
    Assistant Director of Processing and Operations

    Emily oversees the office’s behind-the-scenes processing and operations. Always looking for ways to improve processes and enhance prospective students’ experiences, she and our processing team ensure that all inquiries and applications are processed quickly and efficiently, and that mailed materials are reaching future APU students—especially those exciting acceptance letters!

  • Meghan Ebersole
    Associate Director of Freshman Recruitment

    Meghan works closely with the director and other counselors to ensure each student’s admission experience is the best it can be. She seeks innovative ways to recruit in areas of the country we are unable to visit through options like video chats and group meetings. Meghan also has a passion for helping first-generation students as they transition to APU.

  • Brenda Eubanks
    Application Processing Specialist

    If you’ve applied to APU as a prospective freshman, a reactivate, a reenroll, or a transfer student, Brenda has processed your application. She carefully and methodically enters each and every application we receive, verifying that your information was completed properly and ensuring a counselor has been assigned to students in their recruiting area.

  • Charlene Osborne
    Client Services Associate

    Charlene provides administrative support for all admissions events including event registration and communication. She assists the counseling staff with recruitment communication for high school and college fairs including all National College Fairs and she is responsible for all Trustees’ Scholarship qualification documentation.

  • Deborah Downing
    Document Imaging Specialist

    Deb really is a specialist! She keeps us all on our game as she moves the endless flow of documentation seamlessly through the imaging into our database just in time for the right pair of eyes to view the material and make those important decisions for our students. That’s why the admissions team knows her as the “Imaging Queen.”

  • Joe Vinatieri
    Assistant Director of Transfer Recruitment

    After being a transfer student, then serving as a transfer counselor, Joe has become an incredibly competent transfer expert and works hard to improve the experience for students. Joe now takes on the responsibilities of hiring, training and supervising our transfer counseling staff. His team relies on him for direction, encouragement, and strategy.

  • Joyce Richardson
    Administrative Assistant

    Joyce Richardson is the administrative assistant to the senior director of undergraduate admissions and director of recuritment. She works managing schedules, arranging appointments and meetings, compiling statistics, tracking the budget, and supporting the needs of the office.

  • Kaylyn Sofranko
    Assistant Director of Campus Recruitment

    Kay plans all of the on-campus events for admissions and even several out-of-state events. With her organizational strengths, she ensures every detail covered to help students and families get the most of their campus visit. She is warm, welcoming, and positive, and you can be sure she gets the job done.

  • Dorene Martinez
    Client Services Supervisor

    Dorene is the first friendly face to greet you when you come to the office. She sets up appointments with the counselors and campus visits for our guests. She and her staff are ready to help students reach the right person to answer their questions. Give her a call or stop by. Our office opens at 8:30 a.m.

  • Lynnette Barnes
    Processing Coordinator

    Lynnette responds to each inquiry we receive from prospective students and provides the information they requested. She also supports our counselors while they travel, getting their material to them where and when they need it. She has a lot of energy and manages to keep things organized and running smoothly.

  • Lucille Chavez
    Welcome Center Coordinator

    Lucille is one of APU’s most visible ambassadors, greeting each prospective student and family upon arrival to the Azusa campus. Even before your feet touch APU soil, Lucille has been working hard behind the scenes to make sure your visit goes smoothly. She coordinates class visits and faculty appointments, and keeps the intricate operations of the Welcome Center functioning in high gear.

  • Pamela Berry
    Application Processing Coordinator

    As our application processing coordinator, Pam keeps everything running smoothly. She processes thousands of applications, plus the additional material that we receive to complete your files. She compiles test scores and transcripts, supervises our student workers, and helps prospective students get the information they need.

  • Sasha Zarubin
    Application Maintenance Specialist

    Sasha’s expertise is in reviewing high school transcripts, assuring all grades have been calculated correctly, and verifying students’ GPA to be sure each eligible student receives the APU merit scholarship they qualify for. She also verifies the GPA and unit count for transfer applicants. Sasha loves to be outdoors, so if you run into her hiking on the John Muir Trail, be sure to say hello.

  • Chris Moran
    Admissions Processing Specialist

    Chris works closely with the Registrar's office to get you a Transfer Credit Evaluation if you have completed any college work. He is also a general help in the office that assists in every stage of application processing, from inquiry to decision.

  • Jake Caouette
    Marketing and Communications Manager

    Jake works to make sure that high school students know all about APU. He works closely with the Admissions Counselors to ensure they have all the information they need to communicate to prospective students that APU sends out difference makers.

  • Tyler Uhl
    Data Analyst

    Tyler serves the Undergraduate Admissions Office with design, implementation, configuration, testing, and maintenance in our two data systems: Oracle's PeopleSoft and a Salesforce-hosted Student Recruitment CRM.

  • Tom Kurtz
    Director of Data Systems

    Tom assists with the technical side of admissions as the data analyst and software development guru. He makes sure the SRM and PeopleSoft systems are operating properly so that we are able to offer the most up-to-date information to our prospective students.