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NATE HINERMAN, PH.D
AYANA RICHARDSON, M.S.
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.
NATALIE WILLIAMS-MUNGER, M.A.
Manager of Administration
As a longtime enthusiast of learning and education, Natalie began her career in university education as an undergraduate at UC Davis. After earning a BA in English with a minor in political science, Natalie continued on to grad school at Sonoma State University, pursuing a MA degree in literacy criticism. During her time at Sonoma State, she taught composition and served as coordinator for the university's graduate writing requirement. She has also held positions with the California Department of Education and Educational Testing Service. A native of Sonoma County, she happily took up residence in the bay area.
Natalie joined GGU as the Program Coordinator for Undergraduate Programs, and continues her work with GGU's undergraduate population as the Manager of Administration and as an adjunct in the English Department. She is currently pursing a Doctorate in Education from Northeastern University.
Natalie enjoys painting, hiking, and travel in her free time, and is a devoted reader.
BETH LINDSAY, B.S.
Beth began working in student affairs as a resident assistant while attending San Francisco State University. While at SFSU she worked in residence life for many years and received a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology. Though science is still something she enjoys, working in student affairs has always been where her true interests lie.
She started working at Golden Gate University in early 2005 in admissions and student affairs. After taking a short leave from GGU she is glad to be back and working in undergraduate programs where she can get to know students better. Beth is also currently working on an M.Ed from Northeastern University.
Beth enjoys running and has completed a marathon, as well as several half marathons and adventure races. She is also the proud aunt of two nephews and a niece and loves to spoil them whenever possible!
Jennifer returns to GGU with over 12 years of experience in enrollment services. After serving as a licensed social worker, her career in education began in a more traditional setting at Plymouth State University (PSU) in NH, where she worked for 8 years. Since that time, including a year with GGU Enrollment Services in 2005, she has worked with non-traditional and online students as while recruiting transfer students for a degree completion program at Indiana State University. She holds a BA in Social Work with minors in Gerontology and Health Management Policy at the University of New Hampshire, and is currently finishing an M.Ed. in Human Relations from PSU.
As Jennifer and her family raise their passionate and curious toddler, the whirlwind of admissions travel no longer felt fitting. Upon her move back to the east coast and through the support of an amazing leadership team in Undergraduate Programs, Jennifer has smoothly transitioned into her current advising role and is able to work remotely. She has found her niche advocating for and partnering with students along their unique and individual educational journeys.
In her free time, Jennifer loves spending time with family and friends, reading, playing Scrabble and exploring the east coast, once again. She also hopes to become a hospice volunteer.
Alliah comes to GGU with four years of academic advising experience, as well as experience in other areas of student services including student accounts, financial aid, enrollment, and career advising. 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 is now working on a Master of Arts in Counseling with a focus on College Student Services and Career Counseling at Saint Marys 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. She has a pet guinea pig named Peanut Buttah and unsuccessfully tries to teach him tricks.
OSCAR HERNANDEZ NUNEZ, M.ED.
Oscar began his career in education at Golden Gate University School of Law where he worked as an administrative coordinator before going into student affairs. Prior to joining the undergraduate team, he worked as a graduate academic advisor at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He earned his bachelors degree in International Relations with a concentration in Middle East and Islamic studies and Human Resources Management from California State University Sacramento, and a Masters degree in Education with a concentration in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University.
He strongly believes that commitment to ongoing education is key to social sustainability and growth and is very excited to be working at Golden Gate University. He is particularly interested in the practices and issues surrounding advisement and retention, as well as the use of technology to facilitate academic goals and expand access to post-secondary education. He is an avid reader, classically trained cellist, and loves to travel in his free time.
JAMIE WEBSTER, M.A.ED
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.
SARAH MASLOV, M.A.
Sarah began working in student support and education as an undergraduate 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 advisor 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. Her ultimate goal is to always encourage students to become owners of their own educational and professional opportunities, and she is very excited to be part of the GGU community.
Sarah is new to the Bay Area and enjoys spending her free time getting to know beautiful Northern California. She is also an avid reader and travel enthusiast.
FREMONT CHANG, MBA
Fremont joined Golden Gate University in 2012 as the latest chapter in his career-long love of helping students achieve their educational goals. He worked as a high school college counselor for four years and an Admissions Counselor for freshmen and transfer students with the state university system for over ten years.
Fremont earned his BA and MBA at the University of California, Irvine. He enjoys sports, gardening, magic tricks, obstacle course events, and spending time with his wife, Jennifer, and two daughters – Alyssa and Naia.
AMANDA SANFORD, M.A.
Amanda brings over five years of higher education experience to GGU's Enrollment Counseling team, as well as a passion and commitment for working with students as they navigate their academic goals. She graduated from the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and then pursued a Masters of Arts in Communication Studies at Portland State University. She transitioned into teaching while volunteering with the U.S. Peace Corps in Bulgaria and, since completing her service, has continued working with students in a variety of facets, including as a community college Public Speaking instructor and a GGU undergraduate Enrollment Counselor.
Beyond GGU, Amanda is passionate about running marathons, hiking, traveling, reading, and writing. She enjoys the Pacific Northwest and her two cats, as well as spending time with her close friends and family. She is excited to be a part of Golden Gate University and the commitment GGU has to helping students achieve their goals.
Ben was born and raised in Hercules, a suburb in the East Bay, and brings notable coaching experience to GGU. He received his BA from UC Davis, with a double major in Technocultural Studies and Studio Art. After graduating, Ben joined Teach For America, serving as a third grade teacher in urban public and public-charter schools in Connecticut and New York City.
As a teacher and a student, Ben developed a passion for learning and a belief in the transformative power of education, which he now brings to the students he coaches. In his free time, Ben can be found reading a great book or tending his organic garden.
BREE BUTLER, M.A.
Bree has been a Success Coach with Golden Gate University since 2012. She received a B.A. from Humboldt State University, with a double major in Studio Art and Psychology. Bree then went on to complete a M.A. 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.