Jelena Ristic Kelleher
Interim Associate Dean, Director of Undergraduate Programs

Jelena Ristic Kelleher, JD, began her career at Golden Gate University as a student assistant in the information kiosk while completing her Bachelor of Arts degree. Since that time, she has held numerous roles and is currently the Interim Associate Dean and Director of the Undergraduate Experience. Jelena has taught the Gateway to Success course since 2008 and also teaches the Prior Learning Assessment course and the Capstone courses for the AA degree and BA in Management. Throughout her various roles at GGU, her leadership and project management skills were instrumental in the development of curriculum and online tools for students.

While working full time, Jelena also completed a Juris Doctor degree from Golden Gate in the part-time evening program.

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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.


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.


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.

Assistant Director

Advising Services

Kara Janowski is a former Air Force Officer who was an Assistant Professor and Advisor at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado for six years before moving to San Francisco with her husband in 2017. She has a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Sciences and Leadership from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a Master of Arts in Psychology from San Diego State University with an emphasis in behavioral neuroscience focusing on sleep and cognition. Kara enjoys traveling, reading, biking, hiking, yoga, finding new coffee shops and book stores around the city, and playing board games with family and friends. Kara has a passion for helping students and is excited to continue her career supporting education here at GGU.

Assistant Director

Advising Services

Shana Torres joined GGU as a former Transfer Admission Counselor from Cal State East Bay. She received her undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University in Criminal Justice with minors in Psychology and Special Education. Shana continued her education at San Jose State University receiving a Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in Counseling and Student Personnel. Shana enjoys working with students who are passionate about pursuing higher education. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, strolling through festivals, and taking Pop-Pilates classes.