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  • Veronica hails from Jalisco, México, and has a bachelor’s in communication from the University of Utah. She was initially drawn to Westminster’s sense of community—something she still says is one of her favorite parts of the college.

    During her time here, she’s noticed that the key to our community is Westminster’s emphasis on empowering one another: “When one rises, we all rise.” Veronica loves that her job allows her to help young adults work towards and achieve their academic goals—so don’t be afraid to ask for help.

    During lunch, you can often find her relaxing by Emigration Creek behind the library, enjoying the sounds of nature.

    "My favorite book is One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. My favorite food is Mexican food: tacos, tamales, enchiladas, pozole, chilaquiles… you name it, I most likely like it! My favorite movie is Mean Girls, and yes, Aaron Samuels’s hair looks sexy pushed back."

    Veronica counsels students from the following states:

    Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming

  • Cody made his way to Utah from Ligonier, Pennsylvania, and has a handful of educational accomplishments including a bachelor’s in psychology and a bachelor’s in theology from Saint Vincent College, a master’s in educational leadership and policy with an emphasis on student affairs from the University of Utah, and a certification as an addiction specialist.

    With his obvious penchant for learning, it’s no surprise that Cody’s favorite spot on Westminster’s campus is the library. "I really enjoy reading, and it can be a great quiet space to get some work done." His favorite book? Tuesdays with Morrie. And when it comes to off-campus endeavors, Cody is a fan of everything Salt Lake City has to offer—especially the food. "If I have a craving for a particular type of food, there is always a place I can find it."

    In his free time, Cody is always up for a competitive game of Spikeball and is known to seek out adventure. When you see him, ask him about his 1800-mile rickshaw ride across India.

    "Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. Your education is an opportunity for YOU to explore and grow. It can be tempting to compare yourself to others, but remember that every student goes on their own journey."

    Cody counsels students from the following states:

    Alaska, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C., West Virginia

  • Erica Johnson joined Westminster in July of this year. The 2018 recipient of the Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling’s Excellence in Admissions Award, Erica brings 20 years of admissions enrollment experience at Lewis & Clark College, where she earned her undergraduate degree. “My head, heart, and career have always been on a small college campus,” Erica says. “I feel really strongly about the work that we can do and the way that we serve students when we are in a space that’s relationship-based.”

    "Enrollment work is a privilege and, in some ways, it’s a noble profession. We get to work with students at enormous transition points in their lives. We aid them in deciding if that future involves this campus and this community. We have to be mindful and aware of the sacrifices that students and families make in order to access a Westminster education. I feel strongly about that, and I take the job and the responsibility that we’ve been given seriously."

    Erica counsels students from the following states:


  • Originally from Oceanside, California, Q earned her bachelor’s in international studies from the University of Utah and her master’s in community leadership from Westminster.

    Her time as a student and staff member at Westminster has pushed her to be a critical thinker in everything she does. Above all, Q loves that the Westminster community is filled with like-minded people who challenge her daily. She wants incoming students to know that they “don’t need to have their lives all figured out coming into college—most people don’t! College is designed for discovery—especially self-discovery. Just take your time and be open to exploring outside of your comfort zone.”

    Q’s time outside of work includes enjoying the four seasons—something she never had growing up in Southern California.

    "Unashamedly, my mom is my hero! She inspires me to work hard regardless of circumstance, to have courage despite my doubts, and to love wholly even in a world filled with hate. I’m my best version of myself because of her."

    Quincey counsels students from the following states:

    Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin

  • Alexa came to Utah from Lexington, Kentucky, and has a bachelor’s in international studies from Centre College. She was drawn to Salt Lake’s proximity to the mountains and national parks.

    Alexa admires Westminster’s liberal arts environment and is inspired by the high school students she works with daily, “[they] are speaking out, challenging the status quo, and impacting their communities in so many unique ways. It’s exciting.” She challenges incoming students to take advantage of the new perspectives of a liberal arts education: “Join a club or take a course that is completely different from anything you've done before. Better yet, try something that you're afraid of!”

    When she’s not working with incoming students or visiting high schools, you can find Alexa enjoying the many dogs all around campus.

    "I’m a PADI-certified scuba diver, a rock climber, and I’ve traveled to over 40 countries."

    Alexa counsels students from the following states:

    Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Deferral Students

  • Valentina hails from Bogota, Colombia, and has a bachelor’s in political science and global studies from Saint Michael’s College. Of the many reasons to love Westminster, Valentina particularly likes how focused the college is on preparing students to be conscious world citizens. "I love that Westminster is always looking for ways to give back to the community."

    For Valentina, it is easy to feel at home at Westminster. "It is great to come into work every day and know that I am cared for as a person." Her favorite spot on campus is Emigration Creek, which is the perfect backdrop for reading, relaxing, or enjoying a snack. And speaking of snacks, Valentina loves a good Colombian hot dog. If you don’t know what that is, ask her about it when you see her.

    Outside of work, you can find Valentina enjoying Salt Lake City or exploring the Wasatch mountains in Westminster’s backyard.

    "Try new things, get involved as much as you can, and find your mentors!"

    Valentina counsels students from the following states:

    Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont