Contact: Staff Bios


Nate Hinerman
Associate Professor

Nate Hinerman joined GGU in 2009. In his faculty role, he was heavily involved in the reconstruction of GGU's undergraduate degrees in order to ensure that our graduates are well prepared to meet the challenges of today's world. Nate's teaching focuses on ethics, critical thinking and core areas of philosophy and psychology. He has published research on hospice/palliative care, suffering, and bereavement.

Nate's goal as an Undergraduate Programs faculty member is to provide skills, promote employability, enable adaptability, and encourage self-esteem through comprehensive and on-going support for all of our students. He believes that GGU's undergraduate degree programs should provide rich training in the areas of liberal arts and lifelong learning with an emphasis on practical business applications; it is important that students develop the capacity to think critically and creatively in both personal and professional settings.

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Ayana Richardson
Assistant Dean

Ayana joins Golden Gate University with over 12 years of experience in higher education administration. Born in Chicago, IL and raised in Ithaca, NY, Ayana pursued her undergraduate degree at New York University. After receiving her Bachelors of Science in International Business and Finance, Ayana returned to Ithaca as a Financial Aid Counselor in the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment at Cornell University.

After moving to Chicago, IL to attend graduate school at Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL, she received her Masters of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management in 2005 and returned back to Ithaca. Over the past 8 years, Ayana has held positions at the Cornell University Graduate School as the Registrar and Director of Student Services and at Ithaca College as the Assistant Dean of Student Services in the School of Business.


Bree Butler
Success Coach

Bree has been a Success Coach with Golden Gate University since 2012. She received a BA from Humboldt State University, with a double major in Studio Art and Psychology. Bree then went on to complete a MA from Capella University in Mental Health Counseling, focusing her studies on the growing field of coaching. Bree has been passionate about the transformative power of education ever since witnessing her father become Valedictorian of his Nursing program while juggling a full-time job, a wife and four young kids. Bree is driven by the desire to positively impact others while encouraging them to reach their true potential.

Outside of GGU, Bree enjoys being creative with a wide range of artistic mediums, including acrylic painting, hand-lettering, and watercolors. She is at her happiest, however, when she's spending time with her son Mason, playing dominoes, shooting hoops, or snuggling up with a good book.


Enrollment Counselor

Arwen is rejoining the GGU team after a 4 year hiatus in which she coached students at a number of different universities. Arwen was born and raised in Arizona, received her BA in Theater and Psychology from Otterbein University in Ohio, and her Masters in Psychology from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Arwen has a passion for helping people achieve their potential and their dreams. Her work as an Enrollment Counselor here at GGU allows her to combine that passion with her love for higher education.

Arwen has two girls, a preschooler and a 3rd grader. She enjoys spending time with her family, biking, walking the family dog, Future, laughing, playing games and reading.


Alliah Gilman-Bey
Associate Director

Advising Services

Alliah came to GGU with experience academic advising, student accounts, financial aid, and enrollment. Her passion for providing quality service to students makes her a resource in the GGU educational journey. Alliah is originally from Brooklyn, New York and moved to the Bay area to pursue her goal of completing her Bachelor of Arts in Research Psychology at Mills College in Oakland, CA. She went on to earn a Master of Arts in Counseling with a focus on College Student Services and Career Counseling at Saint Mary's College of CA.

Alliah loves the beauty and sunshine of Northern California and now calls it home! Her main hobbies range from watching and discussing Japanese animation to restaurant-hopping with friends.


Sophia Jackson
Enrollment Counselor

Sophia's background in education is comprised of teaching in her own classroom for three years before transitioning into higher education in 2013. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and her Master's degree in Educational Leadership, both from the University of Portland. As a self-proclaimed lifelong learner herself, Sophia enjoys working with students individually to support them in achieving their goals and enhancing their educational experiences. She believes that the positive impact of a quality educational experience extends past each student to the communities in which they work and live.

Sophia strives to live with intention at all times, and is accordingly an advocate for simplicity. She prioritizes time for group fitness classes like Zumba, one on one time connecting with her favorite people, and continual learning through books and podcasts, particularly those about holistic nutrition and wellness.


Sarah Maslov
Director of Administration

Sarah began working in student support and education as an undergraduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University. After completing her BA in International Social Justice Studies, Sarah continued with a second BA in English while working in academic advising for freshmen students and English majors. After graduation she worked as a program assistant and general adviser in VCU's Education Abroad office. In 2012, Sarah moved to England to pursue a research MA in Eighteenth Century Studies at The University of York, an experience that solidified her interest in academia and higher education. With the goal of encouraging students to become owners of their own educational and professional opportunities in mind, Sarah joined the GGU community in March of 2014. In addition to working in administration, Sarah is an adjunct professor in the Department of English and Communications at GGU.

Sarah enjoys spending her free time getting to know beautiful Northern California. She is also an avid reader, travel enthusiast, and knitter.


Maya Moore
Assistant Director

Advising Services

Maya joins Golden Gate University with more than 3 years of experience working in education, including academic advising and teaching. She received her BA in psychology from Spelman College and completed her JD at Chicago-Kent College of Law. Following graduation, she practiced civil law for several years until deciding to pursue a career in higher education. After completing her teacher training, Maya moved to China in 2011 to teach at two universities and has had a passion for helping students ever since. She hopes to inspire GGU students with her professional journey and impress upon them that it is never too late to find your passion and reach your career goals.

Maya moved to the Bay Area in 2013 from Chicago by way of Guangdong, China. She still feels new to the Bay Area and spends as much time as possible enjoying the beautiful landscapes and weather. Maya also enjoys traveling, eating spicy food, listening to jazz, watching classic black & white movies and practicing yoga.


Saba Sohail
Assistant Director

Advising Services

Saba has worked in higher education since 1998, and in academic advising since 2004. She holds master's degrees in Near Eastern studies/anthropology and applied linguistics from The Ohio State University (OSU), and a bachelor's degree from The University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to her current position with GGU Undergraduate Programs, she served as Academic Advisor with UC Berkeley and with OSU. She enjoys helping students navigate the paths of their college careers. Outside the office, Saba runs after two high-energy toddlers, practices yoga and enjoys world arts such as music and dance.


Monique Taylor
Office Assistant

Monique began working for GGU in 2016. Originally from Seattle, Monique moved to the Bay Area in 2011 to pursue her Bachelor of Arts in Advertising from the University of San Francisco. Post graduation, Monique worked for an advertising agency prior to joining the GGU team. She is excited to be a part of the university's community, and looks forward to supporting the goals of the undergraduate department and its students.

In her free time, Monique enjoys dabbling in various art projects, reading, traveling, and going to the beach whenever San Francisco's weather allows.


Jamie Webster
Assistant Director

Advising Services

Jamie joined Golden Gate University in 2012 with 10 years of experience working in education spanning several areas of student services, including enrollment, guidance counseling, and academic advising. Most recently, Jamie worked as an academic advisor for Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ. She earned her bachelors degree from Northern Arizona University and completed a Master of Arts in Education in 2005.

Jamie was born in New Hampshire but spent most of her life in Scottsdale, AZ. After living in Colorado and California, where she first began to work for GGU, she relocated back to Arizona in 2013. When Jamie is not working she is spending time with her husband, two Boxers, and cat. She is an animal lover and actively volunteers with a local Boxer rescue organization. Jamie also enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and spending time with her family, including two nieces and nephews, all of whom live in AZ.

She is passionate about higher education and enjoys helping her students achieve their goals of earning their degree.