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Meet Your Admission Counselor

Jimmy King
Associate Director of Admission
jking@soka.edu
949-480-4019
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.

Jimmy assists with international inquiries as well.  

About Jimmy:
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.

Richard Daily
Assistant Director of Admission and Outreach
rdaily@soka.edu
949-480-4050
Works with students from:
California- Glendale, Pasadena, West Covina, Covina, Ontario, Inland Empire and Palm Springs Area.
Alabama, Georgia, Illionis, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Tennessee,  And Wisconsin

Rick assists with international inquiries as well.

About Rick:
Richard Daily joined the Soka Admissions team in July 2011 after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Inspiring Happiness. A Southern California native, Rick enjoys comedy and music, and is a huge history buff. His passions include higher education and increasing opportunity for young people, and his positive nature is contagious. 

Astrid Dorantes
Assistant Director of Admission
adorantes@soka.edu
949-480-4145
Works with students from:
California- San Francisco, South Bay Area, Central Coast, Southern San Diego and North Orange County Areas. 
Colorado, Delaware, Maryland, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virgina, Washington D.C., West Virginia, Wyoming and Puerto Rico.

Astrid assists with international inquiries as well.

About Astrid: 
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. 

Chelsea Dugger
Admission Counselor
cdugger@soka.edu
949-480-4107
Works with students from:
California- Northern California, Sacramento, Central Valley, and Northern San Diego areas.
Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Utah.

Chelsea assists with domestic and international inquiries.

About Chelsea:
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.

Bryan Sierra
Admission Counselor
bsierra@soka.edu
949-480-4022
Works with students from:
California- West Los Angeles, East Los Angeles, South Los Angeles, Long Beach and South Bay areas.
Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Texas, and Vermont.

Bryan assists with domestic and international inquiries.

About Bryan: 
Bryan, an Orange County native, graduated from Soka University of America in 2013 with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences. He spent 2 years working at a local non-profit organization before rejoining Soka as a member of the Admissions team. He studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain during his time as a student at Soka. When not networking with community members or participating in community service, Bryan enjoys spending time in nature and is a frequent music festival goer.

UPCOMING COLLEGE FAIRS

Event Date Start  End Event Name Event Location Representative
10/9/2015

10:00AM

2:00 PM

SF Promise College Fair

1600 Holloway Ave, San Francisco

Alumni

10/10/2015

1:00 PM

4:00 PM

Grossmont USD Fair

Grossmont College El Cajon

Chelsea

10/10/2015

10:00 AM

12:30 PM

Mountain Vista HS Fair

Mt. Vista HS, Highlands Ranch, CO

Astrid

10/10/2015

11:00 AM

1:00 PM

Granada Hills HS College Fair

10535 Zelzah Ave, Granada Hills

Jimmy

10/10/2015

8:30 AM

1:30 PM

East Bay Cal-SOAP Fair

UC Berkeley-Wheeler Hall

Alumni

10/11/2015

1:00 PM

4:00 PM

Denver NACAC College Fair

Denver Mart

Astrid

10/12/2015

10:00 AM

1:00 PM

Baltimore NACAC College Fair

Baltimore Convention Center

Alumni

10/12/2015

6:00 PM

8:00 PM

Baltimore NACAC College Fair

Baltimore Convention Center

Alumni

10/12/2015

6:30 PM

8:00 PM

Garden Grove USD Fair

9401 Westminster, Garden Grove

Chelsea

10/12/2015

7:00 PM

8:30 PM

St. Joseph HS College Fair

5725 N. Woodruff Ave,Lakewood

Alumni

10/13/2015

10:00 AM

12:30 PM

Baltimore NACAC College Fair

Baltimore Convention Center

Astrid

10/13/2015

5:30 PM

8:00 PM

Oakland USD Fair

1023 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland

Alumni

10/13/2015

6:00 PM

7:30 PM

Fairmont Prep College Fair

2200 W. Sequoia Ave, Anaheim

Alumni

10/13/2015

6:30 PM

8:00 PM

Xavier & Palm Desert HS Fair

Xavier College Prep HS

Rick

10/13/2015

6:30 PM

8:30 PM

Santa Monica USD HS Fair

601 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica

Bryan

10/14/2015

6:00 PM

8:00 PM

Redlands USD Fair

840 East Citrus Ave., Redlands

Rick

10/14/2015

7:00 PM

8:30 PM

Laguna Beach USD Fair

625 Park Ave., Laguna Beach

Alumni

10/15/2015

6:00 PM

8:00 PM

Alhambra USD Fair 

801 Ramona St., San Gabriel

Bryan

10/16/2015

9:00 AM

12:00 PM

Seattle NACAC College Fair

Washington State Convention Center

Jimmy

10/17/2015

12:00 PM

4:00 PM

Seattle NACAC College Fair

Washington State Convention Center

Jimmy

10/19/2015

5:30 PM

9:00 PM

Capistrano USD Fair 

28000 Wolverine Way, Aliso Viejo

Alumni

10/19/2015

6:45 PM

8:30 PM

Servite/Rosary/Connelly HS's Fair 

1952 W. La Palma Ave, Anaheim

Alumni

10/19/2015

8:30 AM

10:00 AM

Ann Richards School College Fair

Ann Richards School

Bryan

10/20/2015

5:30 PM

8:00 PM

38th Annual College Fair Plus

Cashman Center in Las Vegas

Chelsea

10/20/2015

6:00 PM

TBA

Pflugerville ISD College Fair

John B. Connally High School

Bryan

10/20/2015

6:00 PM

9:00 PM

Mater Dei College Fair

1202 W. Edinger, Santa Ana

Alumni

10/21/2015

5:30 PM

8:00 PM

Cashman College Fair

Cashman Center in Las Vegas

Chelsea

10/21/2015

6:30 PM

9:00 PM

Newport Mesa USD Fair

88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa

Astrid

10/21/2015

9:30 AM

11:30AM

Austin ISD College Fair

4601 Pecan Brook Dr, Austin,TX

Bryan

10/22/2015

6:00 PM

8:00 PM

Cathedral Catholic, et. al Fair 

Cathedral HS, San Diego

Astrid

10/22/2015

6:30 PM

8:30 PM

Santa Ana USD Fair

1801 S. Greenville, Santa Ana

Astrid

10/22/2015

6:30 PM

8:30 PM

Claremont Area College Fair

Claremont HS, Claremont

Rick

10/23/2015

9:00 AM

12:00 PM

Portland NACAC College Fair

Oregon Convention Center

Jimmy

10/24/2015

1:00 PM

5:00 PM

Portland NACAC College Fair

Oregon Convention Center

Jimmy

10/26/2015

7:00 PM

9:00 PM

Bishop Amat HS College Fair

14301 Fairgrove Ave., La Puente

Rick

10/27/2015

6:00 PM

8:00 PM

Greater DC NACAC Clege air

Washington Convention Center

Alumni

10/27/2015

6:30 PM

8:30 PM

Azusa USD College Fair 

240 N. Cerritos Ave, Azusa

Rick

10/28/2015

10:00 AM

1:00 PM

San Gabriel USD Fair 

1327 S.San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel

Rick

10/28/2015

5:30 PM

8:30 PM

Glendale USD Fair

1401 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale

Rick

10/28/2015

6:00 PM

8:30 PM

SD./Imperial Cal-SOAP

Scottish Rite Center

Astrid

10/28/2015

9:00 AM

12:00 PM

Greater DC NACAC College Fair

Washington Convention Center

Alumni

10/29/2015

6:00 PM

8:00 PM

Perris UHSD Fair

26001 Briggs Rd., Menifee

Rick

10/29/2015

7:00 PM

9:00 PM

LA Metro Fair

1253 Bishops Rd., Los Angeles

Bryan

11/3/2015

6:30 PM

8:00 PM

Monterey Area HSs Fair

Gym 3600 Ocean Ave, Carmel

Astrid

11/4/2015

6:00 PM

8:00 PM

Santa Barbara Area HSs Fair

3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara

Jimmy

11/4/2015

6:00 PM

8:00 PM

Tustin USD College Fair

1171 El Camino Real, Tustin

Alumni

11/4/2015

6:30 PM

8:30 PM

Long Beach USD@CSULB Pyramid

1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach

Bryan

11/5/2015

6:00 PM

8:00 PM

Orange USD Fair @Orange HS

525 N Shaffer St., Orange

Alumni

11/5/2015

6:00 PM

8:00 PM

Ventura Area HS College Fair

2 N. Catalina St., Ventura

Jimmy