Meet the Enrollment Team

University College is dedicated to helping you find an academic program to fit your educational goals. Whether you’re looking to complete your degree, change careers, or fulfill a lifelong dream, UC’s enrollment team will guide the start of your journey.

Director of Enrollment

  • Erick De La Rosa
    Director of Enrollment

    Education: MBA
    Contact: (626) 857-2450, edelarosa@uc.apu.edu

    What advice would you give to prospective students?
    At University College, our program representatives are excited to help you achieve your academic goals. As a first-time student or continuing student, we understand your needs as you make the decision to pursue your degree. We strive to be your partner as you take this journey and will support you through the entire admissions and enrollment process. We hope we can be a part of your story as you accomplish your dreams and goals.

    What are the distinctives of UC?
    University College understands your unique needs, and our programs and resources are focused on your success. With a work-life balance in mind, UC's support for working adults allows our students to continue their dream and goals in a flexible, online learning environment.

    How do you spend your free time?
    All of my free time is spent with my family. I'm blessed with an intelligent, beautiful wife and three awesome boys. If we aren't on the baseball, football, soccer fields, and basketball court, you will find us outdoors either camping, snowboarding, at the lake, or on road trips. My family and I love sports and finding new great eateries. Food and baked sweets are the way to my family's heart. If and when it's possible, we like to slow things down for a good book or a great film.

  • Program Representatives

    • Michelle Abraham
      Program Representative

      Education: M.A. in Organizational Leadership
      Contact: (626) 857-2451, mabraham@uc.apu.edu

      What advice would you give to prospective students?
      Making the choice to pursue an education is extremely exciting. It is also a commitment that requires hard work, so study something that you are passionate about. Be sure to surround yourself with people who support you as you take this life-changing leap forward. Know that the end result is so worth it!

      What are the distinctives of UC?
      UC is designed to accommodate you and help you achieve your educational goals. It fosters individuality and is committed to your intellectual and spiritual growth.

      How do you spend your free time?
      I love reading, painting, traveling, and hanging out with family and friends.

    • Javier Atkinson
      Program Representative

      Education: M.A. in Organizational Management
      Contact: (626) 857-2466, jatkinson@uc.apu.edu

      What advice do you give to prospective students?
      Take control of your destiny. Nothing in life is easy, but God has given you the ability to further your educational goals and set your lifelong goals in motion. It is never too late to gain knowledge. University College is here for you! Be a pioneer for your future. Everyday is an adventure—take it head on and don't look back!

      What are the distinctives of UC?
      University College is set forth for students who are looking to progress in their lives and are looking for a Christian family to do it with. University College cares about you! We want to encourage and push you to your educational goals as well as strengthen your relationship with God by being around other like-minded individuals. Here at University College, you can guarantee that there are no unethical practices in our enrollment and that we are here for your success.

      How do you spend your free time?
      I enjoy spending time with my family. I also enjoy teaching and guiding my son through life so that he makes the right decisions. I am a super sports fan—basketball, football, hockey, golf—you name it, I watch it. Lastly, I like to look for ways to strengthen my walk with God, either through meditation or attending church on Sundays. It is refreshing to know that there is always someone with you, especially in times of need.

    • Emily Belsey
      Enrollment Supervisor

      Education: B.A. in Journalism
      Contact: (626) 857-2435, ebelsey@uc.apu.edu

      What advice do you give to prospective students?
      I recommend you investigate and consider a couple different options when it comes to choosing a degree program. I have found that sometimes students have a specific program or plan of action in mind, but after discussing dreams and career goals with them, we discover that another program or emphasis may actually work better for them in the long run. Don't be afraid to explore all that University College has to offer you. Knowing what else is offered can also serve to solidify your original choice, and that in turn provides a stronger foundation in confidence for moving forward. To paraphrase Jeremiah 33:3, God is calling you, and he wants to show you great and mighty things you've never seen. I can't wait to help you get started on your adventure!

      What are the distinctives of UC?
      University College is an institution that believes in heart education as much as mind education. The Bible/theology classes and Christian worldview integrated into each of our courses are how we engage with students and grow with them to become stronger in Christ. By helping equip our students spiritually, we can confidently send them out into the world as educated, qualified, professionals who will thrive professionally, and who shine brilliantly as part of the body of Christ.

      How do you spend your free time?
      What is free time? As a current graduate student, I don't have much free time, but when I do find a moment to spare, I love to explore all that Los Angeles has to offer. (Did you know that it's free to go to the Griffith Observatory?)

    • James Berry
      Senior Program Representative for Military and Graduate Programs

      Education: M.A. in International Studies
      Contact: (626) 804-2561, jberry@uc.apu.edu

      What advice do you give to prospective students?
      Getting a bachelor’s or master’s degree is hard work, but it is definitely worth it! A college education is necessary for advancement in nearly any field. By pursuing your education, you are not just improving your career, you are improving yourself. The wisdom and life experience you will receive at University College will have an impact in every area in your life. My job as a program representative is to facilitate your journey towards a brighter future!

      What are the distinctives of UC?
      As a university with both online and face-to-face modalities, UC offers flexibility to students whose busy lives dictate a different approach to education. However, our most important distinctive, even above our flexibility, is our ethics. Many of our students have been “turned and burned” by other institutions. It is our responsibility to ensure that all of our students are cared for with the respect, dignity, and care which they deserve. The students at University College have just as much to teach us as we have to teach them.

      How do you spend your free time?
      I am recently married so that has taken up a considerable portion of my time lately. I enjoy reading in a variety of genres, especially history. Recently, I had the opportunity to participate on APU’s archaeological dig in Israel.

    • Alison Campbell
      Program Representative

      Education: BFA in Acting for the Stage and Screen
      Contact: (626) 857-2468, acampbell@uc.apu.edu

      What advice do you give to prospective students?
      My advice to prospective students would be to persevere and be satisfied with the very best you can give. Never give up!

      What are the distinctives of UC?
      University College offers supportive staff and success coaches to make things feel more personal. It is also great because your education is convenient for you because it is centered around your time.

      How do you spend your free time?
      I spend my free time with friends and family, reading, and I love to go see live theater around the area.

    • Kalilah Garlington
      Senior Program Representative

      Education: B.A. in Psychology
      Contact: (626) 857-2452, kgarlington@uc.apu.edu

      What advice do you give to prospective students?
      University College is a great institution to attend due to the flexibility and affordability of our programs. We offer a quality education to students who may not have the luxury of attending traditional, on-campus classes. University College offers programs in online and face-to-face formats, and many of our programs allow students to do their homework and assignments from the comfort of their home. Each program representative is very knowledgeable about the enrollment process, which helps our students enroll with confidence and take the initial steps in furthering their education.

      What are the distinctives of UC?
      Some of the highlights of University College are the affordable price, quality of education, and Christian worldview. Students who graduate from University College not only leave with a greater knowledge base, but they leave with a better sense of purpose and what the Lord has in store for them. It is great to know that as a program representative we are working for an institution that not only helps our students grow educationally, but spiritually and emotionally as well.

      How do you spend your free time?
      I typically spend my free time with my family watching movies and going out to eat. I enjoy taking good care of my new puppy and listening to music.

    • Christy Giannestras
      Program Representative

      Education: B.A. in Englsih
      Contact: (626) 857-2456, cgiannestras@uc.apu.edu

      What advice would you give to prospective students?
      Life guarantees challenges, and educaton is no exception. You will undoubtedly face hardships, roadblocks, and frustrations as you pursue your degree, but the diploma at the end of the road and the opportunities it provides will be worth every second. Persevere, and take advantage of the dedicated staff and faculty here at University College who will get your questions answered, pray with you, and provide every resource possible to ensure you not only graduate in victory, but also grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.

      What are the distinctives of UC?
      University College offers flexibiliy, affordability, Christian worldview training, and staff invested in your success.

      How do you spend your free time?
      I'm passionate about travel, food (especially cheese), theater, and outdoor adventures. I spend a significant amount of my free time rock climbing, home brewing with friends, and re-learning how to cook and play the piano. If there's time leftover, I'm probably making an Excel spreadsheet of someting or geeking out over the latest superhero film.

    • Mike Hontz
      Senior Program Representative

      Education: B.S. in Organizational Leadership
      Contact: (626) 857-2468, mhontz@uc.apu.edu

      What advice do you give to prospective students?
      I encourage students to have a goal or endgame in mind. If you want to gain entry into a particular vocational field, work backwards and find out what credentials employers wish to see in an ideal candidate. If you’re not sure, but know you want to complete your degree, choose a program that offers classes that are of interest to you. You never know what plans God has in store for you. And once you start, stay involved and be proactive!

      What are the distinctives of UC?
      University College offers students the ability to complete their college degree whereby otherwise not possible thanks to the flexible scheduling and genuine professor involvement. University College also draws upon the life experiences of each student and intertwines them with Christ-centered curriculum, creating an environment that is complete with open dialog and an education that extends beyond the “classroom.” Also, the support system is second-to-none as University College supports each student through program representives, success coaches, program completion advisors, and Student Support Central to name a few. As a graduate of one of APU's online programs, I can honestly say I would not have been able to complete my college degree in any other model. University College allowed me to be a husband, dad, and help provide for my family all while gaining a quality college education from a well-respected university.

      How do you spend your free time?
      My definition of free time has changed slightly as I have been blessed with a beautiful family. When I'm not role-playing, watching Frozen or playing Jake and the Never Land Pirates, I love to enjoy the outdoors, camp, swim, and hang out around the house. I love watching a good sports game on TV and I have a bad sweet tooth. I also have a dog and three chickens. Most of all, I love hanging out with my kids, and enjoying them while they still enjoy hanging out with me!

    • Clint Kopshinsky
      Program Representative

      Education: B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies
      Contact: (626) 857-2436, ckopshinsky@uc.apu.edu

      What advice do you give to prospective students?
      I encourage you to involve your friends and family in your learning. Surround yourself with people who support you in your educational journey. Education is something to cherish and should be shared with your family and community.

      What are the distinctives of UC?
      University College’s programs are not designed to take priority over your family or career. UC’s programs are designed to accommodate your life. The program structure allows you to comfortably achieve your educational goals while learning in a flexible online environment or at one of our seven Southern California campus locations.

      How do you spend your free time?
      My free time is spent frequenting local parks, restaurants, and museums with my wonderful wife and daughter.

    • Imelda Rangel
      Program Representative

      Education: M.A. in Organizational Leadership
      Contact: (626) 857-2454, irangel@uc.apu.edu

      What advice do you give to prospective students?
      My advice is that there is no better investment than in yourself! A formal education is something that no one can take away from you regardless of economic conditions or market trends that always seem to dominate the news. The road will not be easy but anything worthwhile is worth the struggle. Remember, every journey begins with a first step. Let's take the journey together!

      What are the distinctives of UC?
      UC is unique in that every step of your journey, there is someone from our team to support you. From program representatives to success coaches to program completion advisors, all have a vested interest in your success. Our programs are tailored for people who seek an education with a “God first” approach. UC helps students understand and engage this approach by facilitating a Christian educational experience that combines academics with spiritual and social development opportunities.

      How do you spend your free time?
      I spend my free time with friends and family, enjoying each other’s company and eating good food!

    • Ray Soriano
      Program Representative

      Education: B.S. in Business Administration
      Contact: (626) 857-2485, rsoriano@uc.apu.edu

      What advice would you give to prospective students?
      When you believe in yourself, anything is possible. There will be times where you'll feel defeated, but that's the beauty of life. At the end of your struggles, you will not only feel accomplished by what you have done, but you will also learn that taking things one step at a time and not giving up makes a huge differnece. Just keep going until you get to where you want to be.

      What are the distinctives of UC?
      UC offers flexible programs without ever having to jeopardize your time at work or with your family. We have a great support staff that will lead you to your success. We are always working hard to make sure we get you to where you want to be. We believe what makes you unique, will make you attractive.

      How do you spend your free time?
      I am very active so when I am not spending time with family and friends, I am either out hiking, at the gym, or going out for a run. I also enjoy traveling and just experiencing different places and cultures.

    • Daniel Terrones
      Program Representative
      Contact: (626) 857-24833, dterrones@uc.apu.edu

      What advice would you give to prospective students?
      Enjoy the process! Whether you are starting your degree for the first time or coming back to complete your degree, the process should be enjoyable. This is an exciting time; you are making a conscious decision to better your life. Make sure you celebrate the little things along the way. This mindset will not only help you succeed but also keep you invigorated and passionate about what you're doing.

      What are the distinctives of UC?
      UC offers something that is very hard to find: quality staff throughout our entire organization. From your very first class from all the way through graduation, you'll be supported, encouraged, and motivated to reach your goals.

      How do you spend your free time?
      I am married, with four kids and a dog. I spend most of my free time playing with my kids. My wife and I love taking them hiking, to museums, Disneyland, and the zoo. When I have a moment to myself, I normally just watch movies or take a nap.

    Admissions Processing

    • Maricris Dar
      Manager, Admissions Processing and Data

      Education: M.A. in Education
      Contact: (626) 857-2436, mdar@uc.apu.edu

      What advice would you give to prospective students?
      Your education is the one and only investment with a value that will NEVER depreciate. Although at times, even in just the application and enrollment process, it may seem like an extremely difficult and daunting experience, it is one that is definitely worth the overwhelming sensation of accomplishment and pride when you eventually meet your goals. We will be with you every step of the way to get you through those difficult moments and to celebrate all your successes with you.

      What are the distinctives of UC?
      Everyone here at UC is genuinely concerned with our students’ success and well-being. We are here to be your resource, your cheerleader, and your unwavering support throughout this journey.

      How do you spend your free time?
      I’m either running or eating (in fact I really just run to eat). If I’m not doing that, then you’ll most likely find me at Disneyland—running around and eating!

    • Andrew Lindstrom
      Admissions Processing Specialist
    • Christine Stewart
      Admissions Processing Specialist
    • Melissa Wolfe
      Senior Admissions Processing Specialist