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    Jimmy King
    Associate Director of Admission


     jking@soka.edu
      +1 949-480-4019


    Jimmy has been a part of the Soka recruitment staff since 2003. Jimmy was born and raised in Southern California, and graduated with his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. Jimmy is a die-hard Steelers fan, and he also loves to travel and eat (he knows all the best places to go!). Jimmy loves spending his spare time with his lovely wife and daughter.


    Works with Students from:
    California: Glendale/Pasadena, East San Fernando Valley, East Los Angeles, South Orange County, South Los Angeles, South Central Los Angeles, Santa Barbara/West Ventura County, West San Fernando Valley, Long Beach, and areas within.

    Texas: Del Rio, Uvalde Co, & Bexar Co, Austin & Central Texas, Abilene & San Angelo, Beaumont & Port Arthur, Amarillo, Panhandle, & South Plains, Waco, Temple, & Killeen, El Paso, East Texas, San Antonio, Red River Area, Brazos & Trinity Valley, Midland, Odessa, & Trans Pecos, South Texas Valley, Gulf Coast, Wharton, & Victoria Co, and areas within.

    Other States: Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, New York, New Hampshire, Idaho, Arizona, New Jersey, Vermont, Washington, Massachusetts, Oregon,

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    Chelsea Dugger
    Assistant Director of Admission


     cdugger@soka.edu
      +1 949-480-4107


    Chelsea became an admission counselor at Soka University of America in 2015 after graduating from SUA in 2014. She is from San Diego county and she enjoys picnicking, going to museums, and walking to the beach. She is particularly passionate about sustainability, public health, and creating a more compassionate and just global community which is why she studied Liberal Arts at SUA with a double concentration in Environmental Studies and International Studies. She had the opportunity to study abroad in Quito, Ecuador.


    Works with Students from:
    California: Big Bear City, Barstow, Apple Valley, Salton Sea, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Indio, Chula Vista, Descanso, Alpine, Spring Valley, El Cajon, San Diego, La Jolla, Central Valley (South), Carlsbad, Murrietta, Temecula, Escondido, Solana Beach, Vista, Oceanside, Marin County, American Canyon, Birds Landing, Napa, Vallejo, Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Davis, Sonoma, Fairfield, Central Valley (North), Sacramento County, Hidden Valley Lake, Eurika, Bayside, Rio Del, Willow Creek, and areas within.



    Other States: Indiana, Nevada, Ohio, New Mexico, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Utah,

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    Ashley Mendoza
    Assistant Director of Admission


     amendoza@soka.edu
      +1 949-480-4162


    Ashley Mendoza joined Soka University of America as an admission counselor in Fall 2016. She was born and raised in Hawai’i and moved to Southern California to pursue her college education. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts with a major in social work along with a Master of Science degree in Higher Education. Her interests include photography, dance, going to the beach and spending time with family and friends.


    Works with Students from:
    California: Alameda County, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Westminster, Tustin, San Mateo County, Contra Costa County, San Francisco County, Arroyo Grande, Pismo Beach, Carmel, Santa Cruz, Hollister, Monterey, Salinas, Whittier, La Habra, La Mirada, Fullerton, Oakland, San Jose, Covina/West Covina, Duarte, Monrovia, Walnut, Azusa, Claremont, Pomona, San Dimas, Santa Clara County, and areas within.

    Texas: Galveston, East Harris County, East Houston, Nowrthwest Houston, Southwest Houston, and areas within.

    Other States: South Dakota, West Virginia, Arkansas, Alabama, North Dakota, Alaska, District of Columbia, Delaware, Oklahoma, Maryland, Louisiana, Virginia, Mississippi, Hawaii, Missouri,

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    Scott Bower
    Admission Counselor


     sbower.emp@soka.edu
      +1 949-480-4148


    Scott joined the Admissions team at the end of 2021. He is from Torrance, California, and a proud SUA graduate from the class of 2015. In the spirit of global citizenship, he volunteered in non-governmental organizations and worked in various job capacities abroad in Canada, Peru, and Brazil. For almost six years, he worked in Sao Paulo, Brazil to help establish the Brazil Soka high school while pioneering the school’s International Baccalaureate program as the Global Politics instructor. In 2019, he graduated as part of the first cohort in DePaul University’s online masters program titled ‘Value Creating Education for Global Citizenship.’ With his experience living abroad and engaging with young people across different educational sectors, Scott is passionate about supporting and attracting the next generation of global citizens to study at SUA. In his free time, Scott enjoys running, reading books, playing his Nintendo Switch, and chatting with friends.


    Works with Students from:
    California: Hollywood, Wilshire, West Los Angeles, West Beach, Ontario, Chino, Riverside, San Bernardino, Inland Empire, South Bay, and areas within.

    Texas: Dallas Co (w/o City of Dallas), Dallas, Fort Worth, West of Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex, Collin & Rockwall Co, Irving, Arlington, & Grand Prairie, and areas within.

    Other States: South Carolina, Florida, Kansas, Michigan, Georgia, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Minnesota, Kentucky, Nebraska, North Carolina, Illinois, Iowa,

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    Margaret Kasahara
    Associate Director of International Student Services


     oiss@soka.edu
      +1 949-480-4135


    Margaret has supported international students at Soka University of America since 2000. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication at New York University, she went on to her graduate studies in International Relations at Soka University in Japan before coming to Soka University of America. After having done two study abroad experiences herself, Margaret is passionate about helping international students pursue and actualize their dream of studying in America. Margaret enjoys being a global citizen and traveling to all parts of the world, experiencing new cultures, food and people.


    Works with Students from:
    Outside the United States



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    Jaimie Hsu
    International Student Services Coordinator


     oiss@soka.edu
      +1 949-480-4145


    Jaimie joined Soka University as an International Student Services Coordinator in Fall 2021. As a southern California native, she graduated from UC Irvine in 2020 with a BA in Psychology and minors in Linguistics and Education. Her interests include immersing herself in nature, photography, and learning to live a more sustainable lifestyle. She had the opportunity to study abroad in the Netherlands and loved being able to travel to nearby countries and try so many different types of food.


    Works with Students from:
    Outside the United States





    Upcoming College Fair Schedule


    We currently do not have any upcoming college fairs on our calendar.  If you are looking for an opportunity to connect with an admission counselor, visit our Online Information Meeting calendar to schedule an appointment or contact us at admission@soka.edu.