Nevada High Schools

Clark County & Las Vegas Metro Admission Counselors

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Kelsey Kaplan

Assistant Director for First Year Recruitment

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

What I like best about UNLV: The diversity and opportunities both on campus and within our community here in Las Vegas. Being on such a diverse campus there is always something to get involved with and you feel at home right away.

Contact: kelsey.kaplan@unlv.edu; 702-774-2911

Territories: Bishop Gorman, Faith Lutheran High School

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Daniel Mendoza

Assistant Director for Regional & College Recruitment

Hometown: Fullerton, California

What I like best about UNLV: When I made the decision to relocate to Las Vegas, it was ultimately because of the campus environment, the trajectory of the university, and the growth of the city. Hard to beat enjoying a coffee at the top of our Hospitality building and taking in the views!

Contact: Daniel.Mendoza@unlv.edu; 702-895-5206

Territories: Northwest Career & Technical Academy

Natalie Alvizo

Natalie Alvizo

Admission Coordinator

Hometown: Toppenish, Washington

What I like best about UNLV: Being part of the Rebel Family! You can really feel the sense of community and pride across campus. Students also have the opportunity to make an impact in the community while creating lasting relationships with faculty and fellow students at the most diverse institution in the nation.

Contact: natalie.alvizo@unlv.edu; 702-895-2366

Territories: Cristo Rey, Ed W. Clark High School, Southwest Career & Technical Academy

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Laura Georgiana Jule

Transfer Coordinator

Hometown: Bucharest, Romania

What I like best about UNLV: My journey with UNLV began in 2006, when I joined Admissions in a small office, where part of the process was manual. I became part of the growing UNLV community and fell in love with its innovative changes. I am proud to be a member of such a different, daring and diverse institution focused on promoting higher education and on helping its students achieve it.

Contact: laura.jule@unlv.edu 702-895-4964

Territories: CSN High School East, CSN High School South, CSN High School West, Nevada State High School

Alondra Maldonado

Alondra Maldonado

Admission Counselor

Hometown: Twin Falls, Idaho

What I like best about UNLV: I love all the research opportunities available to students on campus, and all the diversity that UNLV has.

Contact: alondra.maldonado@unlv.edu; 702-774-8028

Territories: Acceleration Academies East, Acceleration Academies North, CCSD Adult Education, Desert Pines High School, Desert Rose High School, East Career and Technical Academy, Equipo Academy, Durango High School, Global Community, Shadow Ridge High School, Spring Valley High School, Western High School

Brianna Bernal

Brianna Bernal

Admission Counselor

Hometown: Tustin, CA

What I like best about UNLV: UNLV provides many resources/programs for students to make sure they are successful and feel comfortable during their time here.

Contact: brianna.bernal@unlv.edu; 702-895-0882

Territories: Basic Academy of International Studies, Chaparral High School, Del Sol Academy of the Performing Arts, Sunrise Mountain High School, Valley High School, Veterans Tribute Career and Technical Academy, West Career Technical Academy

Bridget Tallsalt

Bridget Tallsalt

Admission Counselor

Hometown: Tuba City, Arizona

What I like best about UNLV: The feeling of having a home away from home from the close-knit community UNLV provides across campus amongst the students, faculty, and staff. 

Contact: bridget.tallsalt@unlv.edu; 702-774-2922

Territories: Nevada Connections Academy, Sierra Vista High School

Kennady Reason

Kennady Reason

Admission Counselor

Hometown: Fresno, California

What I like best about UNLV: I like that UNLV has an embracing environment for positive growth and change. Even with its many traditions, the UNLV community is open to creating new ways to come together.

Contact: kennedy.reason@unlv.edu; 702-774-8015

Territories: Adelson High School, Trinity International

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Owen Crowl

Admission Counselor

Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska

What I like best about UNLV: I love the drive to succeed on this campus, in more ways than one. There are so many people I've met in my time as a student here that make the most of their education and those are the perfect people to be around. 

Contact: owen.crowl@unlv.edu; 702-895-2365

Territories: Beacon Academy, Centennial High School, Coronado High School, Explore Knowledge Academy, Nevada Virtual Academy, Odyssey Charter Schools, Pinecrest Academy Cadence, Pinecrest Academy Sloan, Nevada Learning Academy, SLAM Academy, Somerset Losee, Somerset Sky Pointe, West Prep, Word of Life Christian Academy, All CCSD schools not listed, GED and Home School Students

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Melvin Vargas Melgar

Admission Counselor

Hometown: San Fernando, CA

What I like best about UNLV: What I like best about UNLV is how hands-on and immersive the classes are. When I was an undergrad majoring in Criminal Justice, some of my classes had my peers and I examining crime scene simulations that were super realistic and we did everything an actual CSI team would do!

Contact: melvin.vargasmelgar@unlv.edu, 702-895-1799

Territories: Bonanza, Desert Pines, Eldorado, Las Vegas, Rancho, SECTA

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Myles Lum

Admission Counselor

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada

What I like best about UNLV: I love that UNLV offers all of the resources and opportunities of a large-scale, R1 institution with all of the personability and community of a small town college.

Contact: myles.lum@unlv.edu, 702-774-2937

Territories: Advanced Technologies Academy, Arbor View High School, Coral Academy, Coronado High School, Democracy Prep, Las Vegas Academy, Liberty High School, The Meadows School, Silverado High School

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Tyler Jarley

Admission Counselor

Hometown: Henderson, NV

What I like best about UNLV: What I like best about UNLV is that it is a place where you can learn from and grow alongside people from so many different backgrounds. During my time at UNLV, I have learned so much both in the classroom and in conversations with classmates. These experiences helped me grow to become not only a better student, but also a better person.

Contact: tyler.jarley@unlv.edu; 702-895-0633

Territories: American Heritage, Amplus Academy, Boulder City High School, Calvary Chapel GV, Calvary Chapel SV, Desert Oasis High School, Doral Academy, Foothill High School, Founders Academy, Green Valley High School, Green Valley Christian, Lake Mead Christian, Laughlin High School, Mountain View Christian School, Palo Verde High School

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Taizja Lynn Broadnax

Admission Counselor

Hometown: Renton, Washington

What I like best about UNLV: Thanks to the diverse community on campus, I have never felt more challenged yet supported! There are so many opportunities to grow professionally, academically, and most importantly, personally since UNLV is a place where so many different people of various backgrounds come together to build a safe & welcoming environment for everyone. I have learned how to embrace change and pursue my passions because of the people that make this campus feel like home.

Contact: taizja.broadnax@unlv.edu, 702-774-2950

Territories: Canyon Springs High School, Cheyenne High School, Cimarron High School, Delta Academy, Legacy High School, Mojave High School

Rural & Northern Nevada Admission Counselors

Laura Jule

Laura Jule

Transfer Coordinator

Hometown: Bucharest, Romania

What I like best about UNLV: My journey with UNLV began in 2006. When I joined Admissions in a small office, where part of the process was manual. I became part of the growing UNLV community and fell in love with its innovative changes. I am proud to be a member of such a different, daring and diverse institution focused on promoting higher education and on helping its students achieve it.

Contact: laura.jule@unlv.edu; 702-895-4964

Territories: TMCC School

Bridget Tallsalt

Bridget Tallsalt

Admission Counselor

Hometown: Tuba City, Arizona

What I like best about UNLV: The feeling of having a home away from home from the close-knit community UNLV provides across campus amongst the students, faculty, and staff.

Contact: bridget.tallsalt@unlv.edu; 702-774-2922

Territories: Indian Springs High School, Moapa Valley High School, Pahrump Valley High School, Sandy Valley High School, Virgin Valley High School

Out-of-State High Schools

Out-of-State Admission Counselors

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Kelsey Kaplan

Assistant Director for First Year Recruitment

Hometown: California-Northern (Sacramento & San Jose)

What I like best about UNLV: The diversity and opportunities both on campus and within our community here in Las Vegas. Being on such a diverse campus there is always something to get involved with and you feel at home right away.

Contact: kelsey.kaplan@unlv.edu; 702-774-2911

Territories: California-Northern (Sacramento & San Jose)

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Daniel Mendoza

Assistant Director for Regional & College Recruitment

Hometown: Fullerton, California

What I like best about UNLV: When I made the decision to relocate to Las Vegas, it was ultimately because of the campus environment, the trajectory of the university, and the growth of the city. Hard to beat enjoying a coffee at the top of our Hospitality building and taking in the views!

Contact: Daniel.Mendoza@unlv.edu; 702-895-5206

Territories: California-Northern (San Francisco & East Bay), Delaware, New Hampshire, Maryland, Texas (Dallas Fort Worth)

Woody Hoshibata

Woody Hoshibata

Regional Admission Counselor

Hometown: Wahiawa, Hawaii

What I like best about UNLV: The opportunity to learn from scholars that shape us up to become professionals in our field of study.

Contact: woody.hoshibata@unlv.edu; 702-895-5866

Territories: American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, Northern Marianas Island

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Natalie Alvizo

Admission Coordinator

Hometown: Toppenish, Washington

What I like best about UNLV: Being part of the Rebel Family! You can really feel the sense of community and pride across campus. Students also have the opportunity to make an impact in the community while creating lasting relationships with faculty and fellow students at the most diverse institution in the nation.

Contact: natalie.alvizo@unlv.edu 702-895-2366

Territories: Oregon and Washington

Alia Salazar

Alia Salazar

Regional Admission Counselor 

Hometown: Fayetteville, NC

What I like best about UNLV: UNLV has an abundance of resources to help students succeed and is always looking for ways to fulfill the diverse needs of its students.

Contact: alia.salazar@unlv.edu; 702-895-0461

Territories: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin 

Bridget Tallsalt

Bridget Tallsalt

Admission Counselor

Hometown: Tuba City, Arizona

What I like best about UNLV: The feeling of having a home away from home from the close-knit community UNLV provides across campus amongst the students, faculty, and staff.

Contact: bridget.tallsalt@unlv.edu, 702-774-2922

Territories: Alaska, Arizona, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah

Eduardo Hernandez

Eduardo Hernandez

Admission Counselor

Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah

What I like best about UNLV: The resources available at UNLV paired with the world-class faculty and staff sets our students up for success and shapes our undergraduates into leaders in nearly every industry. I admire the great sense of campus pride felt among our students and across the Las Vegas valley that helps grow the invaluable networks found in our communities.

Contact: eduardo.hernandez@unlv.edu; 702-895-0293

Territories: Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming

Julio Ortega-Lopez

Julio Ortega-Lopez

Regional Admission Counselor

Hometown: Coachella Valley, CA

What I like best about UNLV: UNLV is the only university in the region giving access to students to world-class education and research opportunities with industry experts. The professional staff and faculty care about students' success and I believe the resources and facilities at UNLV help students reach their full academic potential. Students collaborate through meaningful projects, which allows them to innovate and be creative in their field of study. UNLV simply helps bring out the best in students. Go Rebels!

Contact: julio.ortegalopez@unlv.edu; 702-895-0465

Territories: California-Inland Empire, Los Angeles, Southern

Kennady Reason

Kennady Reason

Admission Counselor

Hometown: Fresno, California

What I like best about UNLV: I like that UNLV has an embracing environment for positive growth and change. Even with its many traditions, the UNLV community is open to creating new ways to come together.

Contact: kennady.reason@unlv.edu; 702-774-8015

Territories: AA (Armed Forces (the) Americas), AE (Armed Forces Europe) , AP (Armed Forces Pacific), Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands

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Shea Labbato

Regional Admission Counselor

Hometown: La Grange, IL

What I like best about UNLV: The University offers a supportive and diverse environment where students have the opportunity to grow and learn. With many majors offered, along with clubs, organizations, and athletics, there is a place for everyone to thrive and become a part of the outstanding UNLV community!

Contact: shea.labbato@unlv.edu

Territories: Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia

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Kendra Johnson

Regional Admission Counselor

Hometown: Houston, TX

What I like best about UNLV: The countless amount of hands-on opportunities for students not only in the classroom but also outside of the classroom as well. Along with the diversity of the campus across the student body and staff.

Contact: kendra.johnson@unlv.edu
702-895-0286

Territories: Texas (Austin, Houston, San Antonio), Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Washington DC.

Transfer Students

Transfer Counselors

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Laura Georgiana Jule

Assistant Director for Transfer Affairs

Hometown: Bucharest, Romania

What I like best about UNLV: My journey with UNLV began in 2006, when I joined Admissions in a small office, where part of the process was manual. I became part of the growing UNLV community and fell in love with its innovative changes. I am proud to be a member of such a different, daring and diverse institution focused on promoting higher education and on helping its students achieve it.

Contact: laura.jule@unlv.edu; 702-895-4964

Territories: Nevada Transfers

Angelique Burton

Angelique Burton

Transfer Admission Counselor

Hometown: The Bay Area, California

What I like Best About UNLV: UNLV is a renowned R1 institution in the heart of a thriving city. Students are learning applicable skills, gaining eye opening experiences, and receiving educational access that allows them to positively and purposely affect our communities.

Contact: angelique.burton@unlv.edu 702-895-4763

Territories: Nevada Transfers

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Dave Tankenson

Transfer Admission Counselor

Hometown: Culver City, California

What I like best about UNLV: UNLV has top academics, big time athletics in a welcome and inclusive environment. UNLV provides a great opportunity for students to create value for themselves and enjoy a full college experience.

Contact: david.tankenson@unlv.edu; 702-895-4767

Territories: Out of state Transfers

Early Outreach

Early Outreach Counselors

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Devan Harris

Associate Director for Early Outreach

Hometown: Highland, CA

What I like best about UNLV: Our passion for developing and strengthening community partnerships that are mutually beneficial, promote the value of the university, and enrich the intellectual and cultural vitality of the valley. UNLV is committed to engaging our community!

Contact: devan.harris@unlv.edu; 702-895-1812

Territories: Kindergarten-10th grade inquiries

Jake Leifheit

Early Outreach Coordinator

Hometown: Yorkville, Illinois

What I like best about UNLV: Working alongside professionals that are passionate about education & providing support for future generations of students.

Contact: jake.leifheit@unlv.edu; 702-895-5763

Territories: Kindergarten-10th grade inquiries

 

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Karen Szwed Prieto

Early Outreach Graduate Assistant

Hometown: All over the United States! I grew up in the circus!

What I like best about UNLV: I once had a distant dream of becoming a first-generation college graduate. UNLV gave me the opportunity, skills, and tools necessary to realize that dream. I am grateful to be in a community from which I can continue to grow every day.

Contact: earlyoutreach@unlv.edu

Territories: Kindergarten-10th grade inquiries

Mae Agbilay

Mae Agbilay

Early Outreach Graduate Assistant

Hometown: Hanama'ulu, HI

What I like best about UNLV: I love being able to learn from my peers. My classes are full of people from all walks of life and each person brings a different perspective to our discussions, including the professors! The professors are able to utilize their real-world experiences to prepare us for our professional careers.

Contact: earlyoutreach@unlv.edu

Territories: Kindergarten-10th grade inquiries

 

International Students

International Counselors

Kennady Reason

Kennady Reason

Admission Counselor

Hometown: Fresno, California

What I like best about UNLV: I like that UNLV has an embracing environment for positive growth and change. Even with its many traditions, the UNLV community is open to creating new ways to come together.

Contact: kennady.reason@unlv.edu 702-774-8015

Territories: AA, AE, AP, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands