As the fall season gets underway, we want to introduce our team of amazing admissions counselors to you. These counselors represent PUC as they travel across the United States and you just might see one of them at your school sometime soon!
Angel Castillo is from Bell Gardens, Calif. He graduated in 2018 from PUC with a degree in communication with an emphasis in marketing communications. When he was a student, Angel was involved with a lot of student activities, including the Senate and Lifegroups, and he served as the vice president of the Student Organization of Latinos (SOL) Club and the student world missions coordinator. As an admissions counselor, he travels to Hawaii, Southeastern California, and the Pacific Northwest to recruit for the college. He loves sharing with students about PUC, and his favorite part about attending was the family atmosphere and “how important community is for everyone.”
Mayte Jimenez comes to PUC from just down the road in Fairfield, Calif. Mayte is a PUC alum and graduated with a B.S.W. in Social Work and an A.S. in Health Science in 2017. During her years as a PUC student, Mayte became heavily involved with the department of social work, the SOL Club, and the Graf Hall Girls, making “friends and memories for a lifetime!” Mayte works with students from Central California, the Atlantic Union, and Mid-America and is excited for PUC’s College Days events when we welcome hundreds of students to campus. Mayte says her favorite spot on campus is the Campus Mall right outside the Campus Center because “being able to study outside and sometimes run into friends as they were passing by to their next class or having them join me as I studied was my favorite thing.”
Nicholas Lapido was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, where he lived until he was eight-years-old. From then on, he’s never lived anywhere longer than five years so you could say traveling is in his nature! Nick graduated from Southern Adventist University with a degree in Religious Studies & Practical Theology in 2017. As an admissions counselor for PUC, he works with students from Northern California and several Adventist academies around the state. As a former southerner, he is the perfect counselor to also work with students from the Southern Union, which includes North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida. When he’s not on the road, you can most likely find Nick at the caf on pizza days, or enjoying PUC’s back 40 property. He loves everything PUC’s unique location offers, saying, “It has something for everyone. If you’re a nature person, we have the back 40, and you could explore that forever and discover something new each time. If you’re a city person, we have Napa and San Francisco not far from us at all.”
Chris Romero hails from Southern California; specifically Altadena. He graduated in 2017 from PUC with a degree in Business Administration. Many of the Adventist academies he visits are in Southern California, which allows him to connect back to his roots. He also travels on recruiting trips to the Southwest, Columbia, and Lake unions. His favorite thing about PUC is the community atmosphere, and he also loves hiking with friends to Inspiration Point on PUC’s back 40 property. For all four years of college, Chris worked in the Admissions office, assisting the counselors and helping with College Days, which inspired him to want to be a counselor himself. “I chose to come to PUC because the people are welcoming and the environment is beautiful. I chose to stay and work here because I believe in the product. I believe in the quality Adventist education PUC produces and I love being able to help students figure out what they want to do in life.”