Administration and Staff Directory

Updated: Oct. 20 2023

Mihyun Ahn

Acquisition and Student Assistant Coordinator; B.A., Chonbuk National University, South Korea.

Chintan Amin

Director of Environmental Health and Safety; B.S., M.S., California State University, Fullerton.

Renee Anderson-Navarro

Admission Counselor; B.A., Biola University.

Archibald E. Asawa

Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration; Chief Financial Officer and Chief Investment Officer; B.A., Yale University.

Erik Avila

Help Desk Team Lead.

Erica Baldaray

Assistant Director of Athletics; B.S., California State University, Fullerton.

Martin Beck

Executive Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications; B.A., University of California, Irvine; M.A., University of Missouri, Columbia.

William Bell

Production Services Manager.

Shawn Beyer

Head Coach, Men's Soccer; B.A., University of Evansville.

Jenica Blohm

Admission Counselor; B.A., University of California, Los Angeles.

Renee Bodie

General Manager, Soka Performing Arts Center; B.S., University of California, Davis.

Patrick Boivin

Head Coach, Cross Country/Track & Field; B.S., M.A., California State University, Chico.

Scott Brandos

Director of Financial Aid; B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara.

Tomoko Cahill

International Development Coordinator; B.A., Kanagawa University, Japan.

Lucian Cao

Graduate Admission Counselor; B.A., California State University, Long Beach; M.S., California Baptist University.

Sara Caplan

Admission Operations Credentials Analyst; B.A., University of Nevada, Las Vegas; M.A., Middlebury Institute of International Studies.

Jennifer Carrillo

Head Athletic Trainer; B.A., University of the Pacific; M.A., California State University, Fresno.

Cathy Cervantes

Associate Director, Creative Content; B.A., San Diego State University.

Maritess Chao

Project Director; B.S., University Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines; M.B.A., Wayne State University.

Diana Chea

Human Resources Manager, Talent Acquisition and Wellness; B.A., San Francisco State University; M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University.

Nicole Chen

Graphic Designer; B.A., University of California, Irvine.

Teri L. Chester

Assistant to the Faculty and Academic Affairs Field Trip Coordinator.

Jacqueline Chin

Associate Director of Benefits and Human Resources; B.A., Soka University of America; M.S., Chapman University.

Young Choi-Plass

Career Counselor; B.A., Pepperdine University.

Dana Collins

Development Coordinator; B.B.A., University of San Diego.

Scott Collins

Operations Manager, Facility Service Partners.

Margaret Cordner

Writing Specialist; B.A., University of Hawaii; M.A., M.A., Soka University of America.

Rebecca Cortez

Assistant to the Faculty; B.S., Pacific Christian College.

Kathy A. Crilly

Director of Purchasing.

Adam Crossen

Head Coach, Swimming & Diving; B.S., University of Southern California.

Andrew Crowell

Assistant Coach, Swimming & Diving; B.A., California State University, Fullerton.

Jaime Dance

Assistant Director of Residential Life; B.S., California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; M.S., California State University, Fullerton.

Lisa Deiser

Director of Residential Life; B.A., University of California, Irvine; M.A., Sam Houston State University.

Liam Delury

Assistant Coach, Women's Soccer.

Yumiko Dittmar

Student Accounts Assistant and Cashier; B.A., Nanzun University, Japan.

Malgorzata Domagala

Interlibrary Loan and Course Reserves Coordinator; B.A., English Teacher Training College, Poland; M.A., Warsaw University, Poland.

Chelsea Dugger

Assistant Director of Admission; B.A., Soka University of America.

Robert Duran

Student Activities Coordinator; B.A., University of California, Berkeley; M.A., Soka University of America.

Brian Durick

Director of Student Services; B.A., George Fox University; M.S., Colorado State University.

Wendy Espejel

Head Coach, Women’s Soccer; B.S., Olivet Nazarene University.

Edward M. Feasel

President and Professor of Economics; B.A., Yale University; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley.

Fran Fujii

Assistant to the Director of Study Abroad and International Internships.

Andy Garcia

Operations Manager, Facility Service Partners.

Jeffrey Gardea

Associate Director of Information Technology; B.A., California State University, Fullerton.

Nathan J. Gauer

Associate Director, Communications; B.A., Soka University of America; M.Ed., Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Jenessa Goldhamer

Financial Aid Counseling Coordinator; B.A., University of California, Irvine.

Erick Gonzalez

Help Desk Technician I.

Deborah Goss

Writing Center Manager and Adjunct Instructor – Writing; B.A., Lewis and Clark College; M.A., Soka University of America; Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Maya Gunaseharan

Manager for Diversity Initiatives and Community Building; B.S., Cornell University; M.A., Soka University of America.

Daniel Y. Habuki

President Emeritus and Professor of Economics; B.A., Soka University, Japan; M.A., University of Southern California; Ph.D., Washington State University.

Bryan Hanmer

Manager of Special Facilities.

Thomas Harkenrider

Chief of Operations; B.S., California State University, Long Beach; PE.

John M. Heffron

Director of the MA Program in Educational Leadership and Societal Change and Professor of Educational History and Culture; B.A., Princeton University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Rochester.

Michelle Hobby-Mears

Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Activities; B.A., Fisk University; M.B.A., University of Redlands.

Don Hodgson

Director of Security.

Charles Hong

Systems Administrator; B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz.

Jaimie Hsu

International Student Services Coordinator; B.A., University of California, Irvine.

Juvenal Jabel

Senior Network Administrator; B.A., DeVry University.

Margaret Kasahara

Associate Director of International Student Services; B.A., New York University; M.A., Soka University, Japan.

Mary Patrick Kavanaugh

Director of Special Projects; B.A., San Francisco State University; M.F.A, University of San Francisco.

Sophia Kawada

Manager of Service Desk and Systems Administrator; B.A., Soka University of America; M.B.A., University of Redlands.

Linda Kennedy

Executive Director of Philanthropy; B.A., Fairfield University.

Jimmy King

Associate Director of Admission; B.S., California State University, Northridge.

Katherine M. King

Executive Vice President of University Community; Chief Human Resources Officer; Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator for Faculty, Staff and Others; B.S., University of Redlands.

Naoko Kogure

Assistant to the President and Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration; B.A., Wellesley College.

Manami Koizumi

Administrative Coordinator to the Graduate School and the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment; B.A., University of California, Irvine.

Hana Kurihara

Office Manager, Strategic Marketing and Communications; B.A., Soka University of America.

Alberto Landaveri

Writing Specialist; B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Irvine.

Lindsey Laughlin

Admission Counselor; B.A., University of Oregon.

April Le

Payroll Analyst; B.A., Soka University of America.

Emma Lee

Athletics Operations Coordinator; B.S., Providence College; M.S., Point Loma Nazarene University.

Sharon Legese Gemechu

Residence Hall Coordinator and Residential Life Conduct Officer; B.A., Indiana University.

Yuan Liang

Systems Librarian; B.A., Fudan University, China; M.T.S.,Vanderbilt University; M.L.I.S., San Jose State University.

Clare Lorenzo

Manager, Academic Affairs and Executive Assistant to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Xiao Ying Lu

Manager of Community Relations; B.A., Hebei Teachers University, Shijiazhuang, China; M.A., University of Wisconsin, Platteville.

Ying Lucy Lu

Laboratory Manager; B.S., East China University of Science and Technology, China; Ph.D., University of Southern California.

Matthew Luna

Director of Admission Operations; B.S., University of La Verne.

Phuong Luong-Lewis

Assistant to the Registrar; B.S., California State University, Northridge.

Elizabeth Lyum

English Language Programs Coordinator; B.A., University of California, Los Angeles; M.A., Soka University of America.

Lanilee Maliwat

Assistant to the Office of the Graduate School.

Maribel Marquez

Mail Clerk I.

Miho Matsunaga

Library Assistant; B.A., Soka University of America.

Jarmil Maupin

Technical Services Manager.

Barbara McGrath

Senior Academic Systems Administrator; B.S., University of Phoenix.

Wilnie Merilien

Residence Hall Coordinator; B.S., M.P.H., University of South Florida.

Hiroyuki Connor Miki

Internal Events Manager; B.A., Soka University of America.

John Min

Executive Director of Information Technology; Chief Information Officer; B.S., University of California, Los Angeles; M.B.A., University of Southern California; PE.

Nobuko Miyama

Residence Hall Coordinator; B.A., Soka University of America.

Nancy Mockett

Head Coach, Women’s Golf.

Jake Monahan

Administrative Assistant, Student Affairs; B.A., University of California, Riverside.

Kevin Moncrief

Vice President for Mission Integration; B.B.A, Washburn University of Topeka; M.A., Webster University; Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University.

Faelynn Monroe

Associate Director of Events and Conferences; B.S., Southern Illinois University; M.B.A., University of Phoenix.

Hyon Jung Moon

Dean of Students; Title IX and Section 504 Deputy Coordinator for Students; B.S.E, M.S.E, Arizona State University, Tempe; M.I.M.O.T., Thunderbird; M.A., Soka University, Japan; Ed.D., University of California, Los Angeles.

Julia Moore 

Manager of Human Resources & University Community; B.A., Soka University of America

Mike Moore

Director of Athletics and Recreation; B.A., California State University, Long Beach.

Samuel Morales

Associate Director, Production and Digital Media.

John Morgan

Box Office Manager.

Emy Mukumoto

Accounts Payable Manager; B.A., California State University, Long Beach.

Melody Murakami

Special Projects Coordinator and Assistant to the Dean of Students; B.A., Soka University of America.

Ruby Nagashima

Director of Student Leadership and Service Engagement; B.A., Soka University of America; M.S., University of Pennsylvania; Ed.D., University of California, Los Angeles.

David Nakabayashi

Controller and Assistant Treasurer; B.S., University of Illinois; CPA.

April Nelson Afoa

Mental Health Counselor; B.A., University of California, Irvine; M.S., San Diego State University; LMFT.

Francis Nguyen

Help Desk Technician I; B.A., California State University, Fullerton.

Phillip Nguyen

Investment Accountant; B.S., California State University, Los Angeles.

Mayumi Nono

IT Administrative Operations Manager; B.A., Teikyo University, Japan.

Lorraine Oda

Bookstore Manager.

Alex H. Okuda

Director of Study Abroad and International Internships Office; B.S., M.A., Soka University, Japan.

Giulia Paie Pinto

Social Media Coordinator/Content Creator; B.A., Soka University of America.

Rakesh Patel

Systems Administrator I; B.S., DeVry University.

Bryan E. Penprase

Vice President for Sponsored Research and External Academic Relations and Professor of Physics and Astronomy; B.S.; M.S.; Stanford University; Ph.D., University of Chicago.

Avelino Pitts

Assistant Director of Admission Operations; B.A., University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Darlene Prescott

Bus Driver.

Susan Price

Writer/Media Relations Manager; B.A., Duke University; M.S. New York University.

Alisa Proctor

Assistant Director of Internships; B.S., Pacific Union College; M.S., California State University, Sacramento.

Kaveh Razaghi

Evening Athletic Equipment & Operations Coordinator; B.A., M.A., California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Raul Razo

Mail Services Coordinator.

Eric Reker

Investment Manager; B.A., Soka University of America; M.P.A., Cornell University.

Carin Rodgers-Bronstein

Assistant to the Faculty and Academic Events Coordinator; B.S., M.S., Fordham University.

Hiro Sakai

Executive Assistant to the President and Board Secretary; B.A., Soka University, Japan.

Marisa Samaniego

Assistant Director of Mail Services.

David San Felipe

Residence Hall Coordinator; B.S.W., California State University, Sacramento; M.A., University of San Francisco.

Ryan Sanders

Assistant Coach, Cross Country/Track and Field; B.A., California State University, Long Beach.

Leo Sasaki

Community Relations Coordinator and Receptionist.

Toshiko Sato

Executive Director of International Development; B.A., Soka University, Japan; M.P.A., Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Coleen Scherf-Ghara

Manager of Domestic Development; B.A., Loyola Marymount University.

Ana Melissa Siazon

Admission Operations Coordinator; B.S., University of California, Irvine.

Mihye Shin

Technical Support Assistant; B.A., Soka University of America.

Janna Skye

Administrative Coordinator for the Dean of Faculty Office; B.A., University of Southern California.

Susan Smith

Assistant to the Faculty; B.A., M.A., California State University, Fullerton.

Sherry Souktia

Library Assistant; B.A., Soka University of America.

Jaime Spataro

Marketing and Communications Manager; B.M., University of Colorado, Boulder; M.A., Conservatorio di Musica Lucio Campiani di Mantova, Italy.

Sarah Spornick

Assistant to the Office of Enrollment Services; B.A., Concordia University Irvine.

Bobbie Stemple

Human Resources Manager, Benefits and Payroll.

Takashi Sugiura

Junior Accountant; B.A., Soka University of America.

Tomoko Takahashi

Vice President for Institutional Research and Assessment; Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Linguistics and Education; B.A., L.H.D., Albertus Magnus College; M.A., M.Ed., Ed.D., Columbia University; Ph.D., Monash University, Australia.

Alexis Tice

Web Content Strategist; B.A., University of Toledo.

Jennifer Tirrell

Instruction and Assessment Librarian; B.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst; M.L.I.S., University of California, Los Angeles.

Hiroko Tomono Furniss

Director of the Library; B.A., California State University, Fresno; M.A., Soka University of America; M.L.I.S., San Jose State University.

Yuya Uchida

Manager of Overseas Development; B.A., Soka University of America; M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University.

Helen Uddin

Bus Driver.

Diana Ueda-Matsuoka

Manager of New Student Orientation and Shuttle Services; B.A., Soka University of America; M.A., SIT Graduate Institute.

Peri Unver

Grants and Sponsored Research Administrator; B.A., M.A., Stanford University.

Eiko Vogtman

Manager of Student Accounts; B.A., California State University, Fullerton.

John Walker

English Language Programs Director; B.A., Notre Dame de Namur University; M.A., University of California, Los Angeles.

Joy Wang

Manager of Technical Services; B.A., Beijing Second Foreign Languages Institute, Beijing, China; M.L.I.S., Dalhousie University, Canada.

Michael Weiner

Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs; B.A., Sophia University Tokyo; Ph.D., University of Sheffield.

David Welch

Vice President and University Counsel; B.A., San Diego State University; J.D., Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

John Werfelmann

Senior Financial Aid Data Analyst; B.A., State University of New York at Oswego.

Geoffrey Westropp

Associate Director of Academic Computing; B.A., Bryant College; M.B.A., Babson College; Ph.D., Chapman University.

Kelly Wilson

Reference and Instruction Librarian; B.A., University of South Alabama; M.L.I.S., University of Southern Mississippi; M.S., Grand Canyon University.

Andrew Woolsey

Dean of Enrollment Services; B.A., M.Ed., Ed.D., University of La Verne.

Jonathan Wray

Director of Career Development & Internships; B.A., Kent State University; M.A., Columbia College Chicago.

Tsuneo Yabusaki

Director of Administration; B.A., Soka University, Japan; M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University.

Kayo Yoshikawa

Programs Coordinator and Editorial Assistant; B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara; M.A., California State University, Long Beach.

Nancy Yoshimura

Registrar; B.A., McMaster University, Canada.

Alexandru Zotinca

Assistant Coach, Men's Soccer. B.S., Lucian Blaga University, Romania.