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Meet Your Counselor

The University of La Verne admission counselors assist prospective students as they navigate the application and admission process. You will meet admission counselors when they visit your high school, when you participate in a college night program, when you schedule an information session and tour of the campus, or when you attend one of numerous events hosted by the Office of Admission. Take a look at our travel calendar to see when we will be in your area.

Todd Eckel

Associate Dean, Admissions

Erasmo Fuentes

Director, Admission – TUG

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
College Major: B.A. History; M.A. Higher Education
Territory: East LA, South LA, South Central LA, Hawaii, Guam, and all other states all other states except Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington

What’s the funniest (or most interesting) incident to happen to you during an admission trip?

I conducted an information session at a Chevron Gas Station’s Mini Mart in Montebello, CA. I was proudly wearing my office of admission polo and a few customers started asking me questions about La Verne. I casually answered their questions; next thing I knew, I had a small crowd of about 10 customers eager to learn more about the university. I ran back to my car and grabbed brochures and handed them out and wrapped up my information session.

Favorite spot on campus?

The Arts and Communications Building

Favorite La Verne restaurant?

Spooner’s, because they serve delicious and authentic Korean food!

What student has impacted you the most at La Verne?

Our students are all great and unique. I am lucky to say that I have learned a great deal from them.

Favorite quote?

“Are you ready? Okay. Let’s roll.” – Todd Beamer.

Adam Wu

Director, International Admission

Territory: International, American Citizens Abroad, Santa Barbara and West Ventura Counties

Hometown: Anaheim Hills, CA
College Major: B.S., Communication Studies, minor in Asian American Studies; M.S., Global Media and Communications, M.A., Global Communication; Ed.D., Organizational Leadership
Territory: International, American Citizens Abroad, Santa Barbara and West Ventura Counties

What’s the funniest (or most interesting) incident to happen to you during an admission trip?

I was visiting some high schools in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the traffic was particularly bad that day. I was getting stressed, as I knew there was no way I was going to make some of the school visits at the scheduled time. The cab driver took the opportunity to whip out his phone to show us videos of his daughter dancing to American hip hop music projected on the roof of the car! The conversation then led to a discussion about scholarship opportunities in the US.

Favorite spot on campus?

I love our outdoor all-weather track. Nothing beats a run outside in the California sun with a great view of the San Gabriel Mountains.

Favorite La Verne restaurant?

Pappas Artisanal – they have some of the best iced coffee!

What student has impacted you the most at La Verne?

It’s always amazing to see the growth of our students during their time at La Verne. I have been fortunate to see two groups of students finish their four years at La Verne. The transformation in their confidence and leadership ability from high school to graduation is just incredible. It keeps me optimistic about the future.

Favorite quote?

“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Elliot.

Jessica Alberts

Admission Counselor

Hometown: Chino Hills, CA
College Major: B.A. English; M.A., Organizational Leadership
Territory: Far Northern California, Valley of the Moon, Sacramento County, Marin County, San Francisco County, Contra Costa County, Oakland, Alameda County, San Mateo County, San Jose, Santa Clara County, Central Coast, West Lost Angeles and West Beach, and South Bay

What’s the funniest (or most interesting) incident to happen to you during an admission trip?

While at a high school fair a student approached me with a stoic look on his face and just stared at me from across the table. I extended my hand and began to introduce myself but stopped when he suddenly sneezed in my face. He then sniffs, wipes his nose with his hand, and proceeds to shake my still out-stretched hand with his dirty one while saying “Sorry, I’m sick.” Out of professional curtesy I continued the conversation but the entire time I thinking about how eager I was to go home and disinfect.

Favorite spot on campus?

Fasnacht Court. It’s a great place to relax, listen to the fountain and take in the greenery.

Favorite La Verne restaurant?

Bowl House; it is good, inexpensive food.

Favorite quote?

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” –Eleanor Roosevelt.

Brent Baier

Assistant Director, Admissions

Hometown: Chino, CA
College Major: B.S. Biology
Territory: San Bernardino County, Riverside County, and Ontario

What’s the funniest (or most interesting) incident to happen to you during an admission trip?

While visiting Bishop O’ Dowd High School in Oakland, CA, I met the head football coach. He just so happened to be one of my idols growing up: Napoleon Kaufman. He is still the leading rusher in University of Washington history. He also played eight years in the NFL for the Oakland Raiders. Getting to meet and speak with him was amazing!

Favorite spot on campus?

Johnson Family Plaza: You can watch the whole campus walk past you in a matter of minutes.

Favorite La Verne restaurant?

Warehouse Pizza. Make sure to try the turkey bacon avocado sandwich. It is delicious!

What student has impacted you the most at La Verne?

There have been numerous student athletes in the past who have impacted my time here at La Verne. However, three stand out: Thomas Arguello, Travis Carter, and Justin Gomez. All three were great players, individuals of amazing character, and have become very successful in their endeavors. I am extremely proud of each of them, and very lucky to have worked with such amazing students.

Favorite quote?

“Luck is the meeting of preparation and opportunity.” – John Wooden.

Ladonna Caballero

Transfer Admission Counselor

Territory: Transfers

Hometown: Monrovia, CA

College Major: College Counseling and Student Development, M.S.

Favorite spot on campus?

The Spot, because they have a great food selection! The pepperoni pizza is my favorite.

Favorite La Verne restaurant?

Caffe Allegro. I ate here on my first day of work, and it was fabulous!

What student has impacted you the most at La Verne?

So many students have positively impacted me at La Verne, that it’s hard to pick just one. All of our transfer students are hardworking and such go-getters. I am so amazed by their stories, and am honored to be their Transfer Admission Counselor!

Favorite quote?

“If not me, who? If not now, when?” – Unknown.

Kyle Cazares

Admissions Counselor

Hometown: Seal Beach, CA
College Major: B.S. Sociology/Anthropology
Territory: Whittier, North Orange County, South Orange County, Central Orange County, San Diego County, Oregon, and Washington

What’s the funniest (or most interesting) incident to happen to you during an admission trip?

On one of my first high school visits, we were talking to some students after our presentation. As I sat on the top of a desk, it instantly broke. I’d like to think I made a quick recovery.

Favorite spot on campus?

I love the Sara and Michael Abraham Campus Center. It’s a really cool building with so much going on.

Favorite La Verne restaurant?

I really like going to Miss Donuts and Bagel in the morning.

Favorite quote?

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” – Aristotle.

Deborah Nunez

Executive Assistant

Hometown: Moreno Valley, CA

What’s the funniest (or most interesting) incident to happen to you during an admission trip?

Playing an April Fools trick on my co-workers by pretending to be an upset parent. Hilarious – it could have gone bad!

Favorite spot on campus?

The Sara and Michael Abraham Campus Center. It has everything you need: Starbucks, a comfy chair, and best of all, wonderful students.

Favorite La Verne restaurant?

I have many favorite spots to eat at, but you cannot go wrong with Shogun. Shogun has great sushi and amazing teppanyaki.

What student has impacted you the most at La Verne?

I am fortunate to work with so many students. They are all so amazing and unique individuals that have taught me so much. I love them all and appreciate them each and every day.

Favorite quote?

“Life works if you work.” –  Andy Nunez.

Cynthia Ramirez

Admission Counselor

Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA
College Major: B.S. Business Administration
Territory: San Fernando Valley, Hollywood and Wilshire, Long Beach, Central Valley, and Imperial Valley

Favorite spot on campus?

I love the little patio area on the third floor of the Sara and Michael Abraham Campus Center. I especially like going there in the afternoon when the sun’s setting over the football field, it’s so peaceful and beautiful.

Favorite La Verne restaurant?

I love Warehouse Pizza, especially the ranch.

What student has impacted you the most at La Verne?

There isn’t one specific student but I can say I am lucky to work with a diverse group of students with huge goals and aspirations. Seeing these students whenever I’m on campus is a constant reminder of why I enjoy what I do.

Favorite quote?

“Be happy not because everything is good, but because you can see the good side of everything.”

Matthew Rinehart

Assistant Director, Admission

Hometown: Upland, CA
College Major: B.A. History
Territory: San Gabriel Valley, Covina and West Covina, Arizona

What’s the funniest (or most interesting) incident to happen to you during an admission trip?

During a trip to Bloomington High School I was chased by three roosters as I exited my car. I ran halfway up the street before looking back to see if they were still following me. I ended up late for my school visit that morning.

Favorite spot on campus?

Fasnacht Court. It’s quiet and peaceful and allows me to clear my mind from time to time.

Favorite La Verne restaurant?

Warehouse Pizza. The only problem is that I like it too much.

What student has impacted you the most at La Verne?

Vanessa Oceguera from Temple City High School. I remember calling to tell her she was admitted and her and her Mom had to pull over the car for a moment because they were both so excited.

Favorite quote?

“He who laughs lasts.” – Unknown.