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Jimmy King Associate Director of Admission
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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- South Orange County, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Fernando Valley areas. Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Washington

jking@soka.edu | +1 949-480-4019
Chelsea Dugger Assistant Director of Admission
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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- Sacramento, Central Valley, Oakland, Marin County, Contra Costa, Southern San Diego, North Orange County and Northern San Diego areas. Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Utah.

cdugger@soka.edu | +1 949-480-4107
Ashley Mendoza Assistant Director of Admission
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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- West Los Angeles, Hollywood, East Los Angeles, South Bay, South Los Angeles, North Orange County areas. Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Texas, and Vermont.

amendoza@soka.edu | +1 949-480-4162
Melany del Carpio Admission Counselor
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Melany del Carpio joined Soka University of America as an Admission Counselor in Fall 2016. She grew up in Northern California and moved to Southern California where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Intercultural Studies. She is passionate about seeing higher education be more accessible to students. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, trying new foods, and exploring new places.

Works with students from:
California- Northern California, Central Valley, San Francisco, Central Coast, Anaheim, Santa Ana areas. District of Columbia, Deleware, Maryland, North Carolina, New Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming

mdelcarpio@soka.edu | +1 949-480-4148
Aaron Perry Admission Counselor
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Aaron became an admission counselor at Soka University of America in 2017. He started at Soka in Admission Operations within Enrollment Services shortly after graduating from SUA in 2014 with a BA in Liberal Arts, concentration in Environmental Studies. Aaron is from Orange County and has been a competitive runner since his middle school years and attributes his time spent outside to fueling his love of the environment. In his spare time Aaron loves to binge watch shows, spend time with friends, and travel.

Works with students from:
California- San Gabriel Valley, Inland Empire, South Orange County, Imperial Valley; States: Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Tennessee and Wisconsin

aperry@soka.edu | +1 949-480-4299
Margaret Kasahara Associate Director of International Student Services
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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

oiss@soka.edu | +1 949-480-4135
Astrid Dorantes Coordinator of International Student Services
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Astrid, a graduate of Soka University of America, has a passion for Liberal Arts education. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences, and she studied abroad in Sapporo, Japan. Astrid's interests include cross cultural studies, languages, and higher education. In her spare time, Astrid loves to travel, catch up with family and friends, and watch films.

Works with students from:
Outside the United States

oiss@soka.edu | +1 949-480-4145




Soka University travels to college fairs across the country throughout the year. Below is a list of upcoming college fairs we will be attending. Stop by and visit if we are in an area near you.

DateLocationEventStart TimeEnd TimeStaff
09/27/2018
Riverside, CA
Riverside/Alvord/Jurupa USD's College Fair
04:00 PM
08:00 PM
Melany del Carpio
09/27/2018
Sn Bernrdno, CA
San Bernardino USD College Fair
06:00 PM
08:00 PM
Aaron Perry
09/28/2018
Chicago, IL
South Shore International Fall 2018 College & Enrichment Fair
01:30 PM
03:00 PM
Aaron Perry
09/29/2018
Chicago, IL
Chicago National College Fair
11:00 AM
03:00 PM
Aaron Perry
09/30/2018
Denver, CO
Fall 2018 Denver National College Fair
01:00 PM
04:00 PM
Chelsea Dugger
10/01/2018
Colorado Spgs, CO
Pine Creek High School - Fall 2018
01:30 PM
02:00 PM
Chelsea Dugger
10/01/2018
Colorado Spgs, CO
2018 Southern Colorado College Fair
05:30 PM
07:30 PM
Chelsea Dugger
10/01/2018
Chino, CA
Chino Valley USD College Fair
06:00 PM
08:00 PM
Jimmy King
10/01/2018
San Juan Capo, CA
J. Serra Catholic High School College Fair - Fall 2018 - PEACE AMBASSADOR COVERAGE
06:00 PM
08:00 PM
Aaron Perry
10/01/2018
Sugar Grove, IL
Waubonsee Community College Fair
06:00 PM
08:00 PM
Aaron Perry
10/01/2018
Conroe, TX
Conroe, Willis, Montgomery College Night
06:30 PM
08:30 PM
Melany del Carpio
10/01/2018
Houston, TX
Energy Institute High School
08:30 AM
10:30 AM
Melany del Carpio
10/02/2018
Stafford, TX
Stafford High School
01:00 PM
03:00 PM
Melany del Carpio
10/02/2018
Fort Collins, CO
Fall 2018 Northern Colorado Out-of-State College Fair
06:00 PM
08:00 PM
Chelsea Dugger
10/02/2018
Richmond, TX
Fort Bend ISD College Night
06:00 PM
08:00 PM
Melany del Carpio
10/02/2018
Kenner, LA
Fall 2018 New Orleans National College Fair (Evening Session)
06:00 PM
08:00 PM
Ashley Mendoza
10/02/2018
Mission Viejo, CA
Saddleback Valley USD College Fair - with Peace Ambassador
06:30 PM
08:30 PM
Jimmy King
10/02/2018
Kenner, LA
Fall 2018 New Orleans National College Fair (Morning Session)
09:00 AM
12:00 PM
Ashley Mendoza
10/02/2018
Houston, TX
Harmony School of Ingenuity
09:00 AM
11:00 AM
Melany del Carpio
10/03/2018
Oceanside, CA
North San Diego Coastal Area Fair
05:00 PM
07:00 PM
Jimmy King
10/03/2018
Katy, TX
Katy ISD College & Career Night
05:00 PM
08:00 PM
Melany del Carpio
10/03/2018
Louisville, CO
Fall 2018 College Fairs of Greater Denver: Monarch High School
06:00 PM
08:00 PM
Chelsea Dugger
10/03/2018
Baton Rouge, LA
Fall 2018 Baton Rouge National College Fair (Evening Session)
06:00 PM
08:00 PM
Ashley Mendoza
10/03/2018
Baton Rouge, LA
Fall 2018 Baton Rouge National College Fair (Morning Session)
09:00 AM
12:00 PM
Ashley Mendoza
10/03/2018
Houston, TX
North Forest High School Fair
09:00 AM
11:00 AM
Melany del Carpio
10/04/2018
Houston, TX
Jack Yates College Fair
01:00 PM
03:00 PM
Melany del Carpio
10/04/2018
Compton, CA
Compton USD College Fair
02:00 PM
05:00 PM
Jimmy King
10/04/2018
Houston, TX
Cesar E. Chavez College Fair
06:00 PM
08:00 PM
Melany del Carpio
10/04/2018
Crystal Lake, IL
McHenry County College Fair
06:00 PM
08:00 PM
Aaron Perry
10/04/2018
Lakewood, CO
Fall 2018 College Fairs of Greater Denver: Lakewood High School
06:30 PM
08:00 PM
Chelsea Dugger
10/04/2018
Inglewood, CA
22nd Annual College Fair/Liberal Art Summit
07:00 PM
09:00 PM
Jimmy King
10/04/2018
Houston, TX
Find Your Career Path Expo and College Fair
09:00 AM
11:00 AM
Melany del Carpio
10/04/2018
Chicago, IL
Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy College Fair
10:30 AM
12:00 PM
Aaron Perry
10/07/2018
Ft Lauderdale, FL
South Florida National College Fair
01:00 PM
04:00 PM
Aaron Perry
10/08/2018
San Leandro, CA
San Leandro USD College Fair
03:30 PM
07:30 PM
Melany del Carpio
10/08/2018
Garden Grove, CA
Garden Grove USD College Fair
06:30 PM
08:00 PM
Ashley Mendoza
10/09/2018
,
Oakland USD College Fair
03:30 PM
07:00 PM
Melany del Carpio
10/09/2018
Santa Monica, CA
Santa Monica USD College Fair
06:00 PM
08:30 PM
Ashley Mendoza
10/10/2018
Indio, CA
Eastern Coachella Valley College Fair
05:30 PM
08:00 PM
Aaron Perry
10/10/2018
Redlands, CA
Redlands USD College Fair
06:00 PM
08:00 PM
Jimmy King
10/10/2018
Corona, CA
Santiago High School College & Career Fair
06:30 PM
08:30 PM
Chelsea Dugger
10/10/2018
Huntingtn Bch, CA
Marina High School College/Career Fair
09:00 AM
12:00 PM
Ashley Mendoza
10/11/2018
San Lorenzo, CA
San Lorenzo USD College Fair
04:00 PM
07:30 PM
Melany del Carpio
10/11/2018
Rancho Mirage, CA
Coachella Valley Regional College Fair
05:00 PM
08:00 PM
Aaron Perry
10/14/2018
Philadelphia, PA
Fall 2018 Philadelphia National College Fair
11:00 AM
03:00 PM
Chelsea Dugger
10/15/2018
Victorville, CA
Victor Valley UHSD College Fair
06:00 PM
08:00 PM
Aaron Perry
10/16/2018
Norwalk, CA
Norwalk-La Mirada USD College Fair
06:00 PM
08:00 PM
Jimmy King
10/17/2018
San Diego, CA
Poway USD College Fair- Fall 2018
06:00 PM
08:00 PM
Chelsea Dugger
10/17/2018
Costa Mesa, CA
Newport Mesa (N-MUSD) College and Career Night 2018
06:30 PM
09:00 PM
Melany del Carpio
10/18/2018
Claremont, CA
Claremont Area High Schools College Fair
06:00 PM
08:00 PM
Aaron Perry
10/18/2018
Santa Ana, CA
SAUSD College Fair
06:30 PM
08:30 PM
Melany del Carpio
10/19/2018
Lihue, HI
Fall 2018 HACAC Neighbor Island College Fair: Kaua'i at Island School
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Ashley Mendoza
10/20/2018
Berkeley, CA
East Bay Consortium/ Cal-SOAP
08:00 AM
01:00 PM
Melany del Carpio
10/21/2018
Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix NACAC
11:00 AM
03:00 PM
Jimmy King
10/21/2018
Phoenix, AZ
Fall 2018 Greater Phoenix National College Fair
11:00 AM
03:00 PM
Jimmy King
10/22/2018
Pleasanton, CA
Tri-Valley Area Pleasanton/Livermore/Dublin Area High Schools
06:30 PM
08:30 PM
Melany del Carpio
10/23/2018
Anaheim, CA
Anaheim USD College Fair
05:30 PM
08:00 PM
Jimmy King
10/23/2018
Las Vegas, NV
2nd Annual Southern NV College Week: WACAC/CCSD College Fair Night 1
06:00 PM
08:00 PM
Chelsea Dugger
10/23/2018
Concord, CA
Mt. Diablo USD College Fair
06:30 PM
08:30 PM
Melany del Carpio
10/23/2018
Waimea, HI
Fall 2018 HACAC Neighbor Island College Fair: Hawai'I Island, Kailua-Kona
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Ashley Mendoza
10/24/2018
Minneapolis, MN
Minnesota National College Fair (Day 1 of 2; Evening Session)
05:00 PM
08:00 PM
Aaron Perry
10/24/2018
Wailuku, HI
Fall 2018 HACAC Neighbor Island College Fair: Maui at Baldwin HS
05:00 PM
07:00 PM
Ashley Mendoza
10/24/2018
San Diego, CA
San Diego Imperial County College Fair
05:30 PM
08:00 PM
Jimmy King
10/24/2018
Las Vegas, NV
2nd Annual Southern NV College Week: WACAC/CCSD College Fair Night 2
06:00 PM
08:00 PM
Chelsea Dugger
10/24/2018
Danville, CA
San Ramon Valley USD College Fair
06:30 PM
08:30 PM
Melany del Carpio
10/24/2018
Minneapolis, MN
Minnesota National College Fair (Day 1 of 2; Morning Session)
09:00 AM
12:00 PM
Aaron Perry
10/25/2018
,
Fall 2018 Honolulu National College Fair (Evening Session)
05:00 PM
08:00 PM
Ashley Mendoza
10/25/2018
Menifee, CA
Perris UHSD College Fair
06:00 PM
08:00 PM
Jimmy King
10/25/2018
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Metro (Privates) College Fair
07:00 PM
09:00 PM
Melany del Carpio
10/25/2018
Honolulu, HI
Fall 2018 Honolulu National College Fair (Morning Session)
08:30 AM
11:30 AM
Ashley Mendoza
10/25/2018
Minneapolis, MN
Minnesota National College Fair (Day 2 of 2)
09:00 AM
12:00 PM
Aaron Perry
10/28/2018
Portland, OR
Fall 2018 Portland National College Fair (Day 1 of 2)
01:00 PM
05:00 PM
Jimmy King
10/29/2018
Aptos, CA
Santa Cruz County High Schools College Fair
06:00 PM
08:00 PM
Ashley Mendoza
10/29/2018
Portland, OR
Fall 2018 Portland National College Fair (Day 2 of 2)
09:00 AM
12:00 PM
Jimmy King
10/30/2018
Carmel, CA
Monterey Area High Schools College Fair
06:30 PM
08:00 PM
Ashley Mendoza
10/31/2018
Salinas, CA
Palma High School College Fair
01:30 PM
03:00 PM
Ashley Mendoza
11/01/2018
Gilroy, CA
So. County Cal-SOAP Gilroy College Fair
05:00 PM
07:00 PM
Ashley Mendoza
11/02/2018
Seattle, WA
Fall 2018 Seattle National College Fair (Day 1 of 2)
09:00 AM
12:00 PM
Jimmy King
11/03/2018
Seattle, WA
Fall 2018 Seattle National College Fair (Day 2 of 2)
12:00 PM
04:00 PM
Jimmy King
11/05/2018
Tustin, CA
Tustin USD College Fair
06:00 PM
08:00 PM
Aaron Perry
11/07/2018
Long Beach, CA
Long Beach USD College Fair
06:30 PM
08:30 PM
Melany del Carpio