Our Advising Team

Teresa D’Ambrosio – Director of Enrollment and Advising

Teresa has dedicated 30 years to Higher Education, joining City U in April of 2019. While at work, there is nothing more important the being focused on the needs of the students. She enjoys cooking and baking, long walks around the city and most importantly, supporting her favorite sports team… GO HAWKS!!!
Teresa supports all advisors and all academic programs. She can be reached at 206-239-4734.

Brandon Gilley – Assistant Director of Military Relations

Brandon is a U.S. Army veteran and has been working in higher education for 5 years. He has a passion for helping military students use the benefits they have earned. He enjoys working with his hands whether it be renovations on his home or minor vehicle repairs. He holds a B.A. in Organizational Leadership and an MBA from Brandman University.
Brandon supports all prospective students who have served in the military or those who are still active in the military. He can be reached at 206-307-0974.

Melissa Myers – Assistant Director of Admissions and Training

Melissa Myers has worked in higher education for 10 years with just over 7 at CityU. Aside from working in an advising role, she is a member of the Social Justice Coalition, working to make positive change across the university. She has an M.Ed. in Adult Education and an M.A. in Leadership. She enjoys creating and selling paintings and photography. She lives with her partner and two cats.
Melissa primarily supports prospective students who are interested in the School of Education and Leadership. She can be reached at 206-307-0956.


Brian Duncan – Enrollment Advisor

Brian Duncan has a B.S. in Business Administration. He is currently attending City University of Seattle for his MBA with an emphasis in Change Leadership. He has worked in higher education for a total of five years. Previously, he worked for Amazon HQ doing logistics, managing a team of 15-25 people. He has three stepsons and really enjoys the family life. Brian is a huge professional sports fan with all Seattle teams. Go Hawks!Precious primarily supports prospective students who are considering the School of Business Management or the School of Technology and Computing. He can be reached at 206-309-1314.

Britney Taylor – Enrollment Advisor

Having studied and worked in higher education for over a decade, Britney has gained a strong passion for empowering students toward graduation. Originally from SoCal, she’s currently living and working remotely in Atlanta. She’s recently fallen in love with spinning and is always down for an episode of 90 Day Fiancé.
Britney primarily supports students who have attended CityU in the past and are looking to be readmitted to finish their degree. She can be reached at 206-504-2752.

Freya Helton – Enrollment Advisor

Freya has been working as an enrollment advisor for CityU’s business and technology programs since 2019. She has a B.A. in Communication and Theatre Arts from Santa Clara University, a Graduate Certificate in Change Leadership from CityU, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Arts Leadership at Seattle University. She loves helping students achieve their goals, and in her free time enjoys gaming, reading, vegetarian cooking, and going to plays and concerts around Seattle. She also enjoys spending time with her 14-year-old cat, Figgy Pudding.
Freya primarily supports prospective students who are considering the School of Business Management or the School of Technology and Computing. She can be reached at 206-239-4736.

Jon Saperstein – Enrollment Advisor

Jon has worked in higher education for a decade and is passionate about helping others reach their academic dreams and goals. He enjoys playing and watching sports in his free time as well as travelling around the world with his wife, Jessica. Although originally from Seattle, he does not drink coffee.
Jon primarily supports prospective students who are considering the School of Business Management or the School of Technology and Computing. He can be reached at 206-239-4706.

Melissa Ann Nagamine – Enrollment Advisor

Melissa Ann holds an MS in Counseling Psychology and worked primarily with students grades K-12 before transitioning to higher education. She has been with CityU since 2019 and is passionate about helping students fulfill their educational goals. Born and raised on the island of Oahu, she enjoys playing the ukulele and listening to local Hawaiian music. Ironically, she has never been surfing.
Melissa Ann primarily supports prospective students who are interested in the School of Education and Leadership or the School of Health and Social Sciences. She can be reached at 206-239-4735.

Pam Davis – Enrollment Advisor

Pam has worked in higher education for over two decades and has been an Enrollment Advisor with City University of Seattle since 2019. She is passionate about helping students begin their next adventures in their lives and education. When not helping CityU students, Pam can be found in her paint studio, illustrating possibilities.
Pam primarily supports prospective students who are considering the School of Business Management or the School of Technology and Computing. She can be reached at 206-239-4748.

Precious Jackson – Enrollment Advisor

Precious has served in higher education for over 12 years. Her greatest passion is encouraging others to pursue their dreams and fulfill their goals. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in Leadership and Organizational Studies. Both were earned while working and raising a family, so she feels that she can relate to the needs of many of her students. Precious spends her spare time trying new recipes and playing with her dogs Puff and Phillip.
Precious primarily supports prospective students who are enrolled in the School of Business Management as well as the School of Technology and Computing. She can be reached at 206-239-4535.

Sabine Saway – Senior Advisor of International Advising Office

Sabine has been involved in international education for more than 20 years. She holds a bachelor degree from UW and an MBA from City University of Seattle. She enjoys helping students achieve their goals and likes to garden, hike, ski, and travel/learn about other cultures.
Sabine primarily supports international students across all programs. She can be reached at 206-239-4721.


Barb Bulger – Academic Advisor

Barb has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Teaching Certificate from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Idaho. As an advisor for the School of Ed at CityU since 2002, she loves working with and supporting students to successfully reach their educational and professional goals. She enjoys family, gardening, watching football, and a good joke!
Barb primarily supports current students enrolled in the School of Education and Leadership. She can be reached at 206-239-4707.

Brian Kearney – Academic Advisor

Brian has worked in higher education since 2007 at various universities as a financial aid counselor and then as an Academic Advisor. He enjoys helping students to overcome obstacles, as well as live music and game nights.
Brian primarily supports current military students enrolled in the School of Business Management. He can be reached at 206-239-4570.

Carly Nicefaro – Academic Advisor

Carly holds a B.A. in Art History and a master’s in Sports Administration and Leadership. She started as an Enrollment Advisor at CityU in 2018 and moved to Academic Advisor in 2019, always wanting to empower students and see them as a whole person with many facets to their lives. She enjoys riding horses competitively in show jumping and training Muay Thai kickboxing.
Carly primarily supports current students enrolled in the School of Business Management. She can be reached at 206-307-0837.

Daria Lall – Senior Academic Advisor

Daria Lall has worked at CityU since 2000. She has been an advisor since 2013. She has also worked as a librarian in higher education. She grew up in the greater Seattle area, although she spent her summers in remote Alaska. Her father was a plant manager for a seafood company and her first job was working in the camp laundry room. To this day, she does not eat seafood.
Daria primarily supports current students enrolled in the School of Education and Leadership. She can be reached at 360-449-6721.

Kathy Herdeck – Senior Academic Advisor

Kathy has been working in advising at CityUniversity of Seattle since the late 1990’s ~ 20 years with the School of Management and more recently with the School of Education and Leadership, originally starting her educational career as a high school science teacher. Kathy is the proud mom of two argumentative cats.

Kathy primarily supports current students enrolled in the School of Education and Leadership and can be reached at 206-307-0843.

Matthew Rushing – Academic Advisor

Matthew Rushing has worked in higher education for over nine years. He loves the opportunity to help students achieve their dreams through education. His hobbies include reading, hiking, watching movies, podcasting, and hanging out with his wife and friends. He is a massive Seattle Sounders, OL Reign, and San Francisco 49rs fan.
Matt primarily supports current students enrolled in the School of Business Management as well as the School of Technology and Computing. He can be reached at 206-239-4510.

Melody Larson – Academic Advisor

Melody Larson holds a master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language and has worked in higher education for over 20 years. She is also a certified life coach and enjoys helping students overcome external and internal barriers to success. She is a Puget Sound native who enjoys hiking, cycling, reading, and brewing up hemp milk lattes.
Melody primarily supports current students enrolled in the School of Health and Social Sciences. She can be reached at 206-309-1322.

Richard MacGilvray – Academic Advisor

Rich has worked in higher education for over a decade. He enjoys assisting and guiding individuals to create a positive student experience. His passions include family time, gardening, cartoons, rockhounding, and board games. He can sometimes be found in the wild of the PNW at gaming conventions and farmer’s markets.
Rich primarily supports current students enrolled in the School of Technology and Computing. He can be reached at 206-239-4530.

Stevie Minder – Academic Advisor

Stevie Minder has worked in higher education for the past decade. She is currently completing her M.Ed. with an emphasis in higher education. Helping others reach their educational goals is her passion. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, baking, and paddle boarding with her dog.
Stevie primarily supports current students enrolled in the School of Business and Management. She can be reached at 253-896-3213.


Helen-Frances Mackay – Enrollment Processor

Helen-Frances graduated with a B.A. in French from Centenary College of LA. With an almost 3-year-old, her free time has changed a bit, but she still loves French and being near the beach (though long walks are not currently possible).

Kayla Ramirez – Enrollment Processer

Kayla Ramirez has worked in higher education for the past four years. Before CityU, she worked a number of odd jobs after she earned a BA in Journalism from Seattle University. She enjoys a variety of interests that include painting, baking, roller-skating, and watching movies. Despite an allergy to animal dander, she loves all creatures big and small.

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