Annette Metten

Assistant Director for Student Services Coordinator – Student Success Coordinator for Psychology
Annette serves as an academic advisor for the Professional Studies Psychology students. She also interviews and advises visiting students in Professional Studies through the Student at Large program. Annette is also responsible for assisting students with their online classes though Professional Studies. Annette graduated with high honors from Chapman University with her BA in psychology. Annette may be contacted at or 714.668.6111.


Kristi Starkey, MS, LMFT

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Kristi is responsible for initiating, developing, managing, and nurturing strategic relations between the School for Graduate and Professional Studies and community organizations and associations for the express purpose of obtaining new SGPS students and developing opportunities for on-site cohorts. Kristi completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and her Master of Science in Clinical Psychology, both from Vanguard University.Kristi is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Kristi may be contacted at or 714.668.6109.

Amanda Rippee

Admissions Counselor
Amanda serves as the admissions counselor to all Early Childhood Education students. She also assists the Professional Studies admissions team with events and recruiting. Amanda graduated from Simpson University, a small private Christian college located in northern California. She graduated with her degree in psychology. Amanda may be contacted at or 714.966.5424.


Matt Nixon

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Matt is originally from Palmdale, CA. He graduated from California State University Bakersfield in 2012 with a B.A. in Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations. While in school, Matt was able to join the high school staff at his church as a worship leader and mentor. Experience in youth ministry has given Matt a passion for high school students and he looks forward to introducing them to the great things VU has to offer! Matt’s greatest desire is to see students thrive in their walk with the Lord. In his spare time, Matt loves going on dates with his wife, playing the drums and guitar, watching sports and eating at Del Taco. Matt may be contacted at or 714.668.6119.


Tiffany Hervey, MA.Ed

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Tiffany serves as an academic advisor for our Professional Studies Business degree students. Tiffany earned a BA in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton. She also holds a Master of Arts in Education with a Counseling option from California State University, Dominguez Hills. In addition to her  experience in higher education, Tiffany brings to the team thirteen years of experience in the field of Human Resources Management. Tiffany may be contacted at or 714.668.6114.

Inna Link, MS.Ed

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Inna serves as an academic advisor for the Graduate and Professional Studies Programs in Religion. She advises incoming and continuing students on course registration and academic degree progress. Inna has prior experience serving undergraduate, graduate, and international student populations at two public higher education institutions. She is passionate about empowering students and developing new programs to promote student success. Inna earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s
degree in Higher Education from California State University Fullerton. She can be contacted at or 714-668-6116.


Terri Quinones

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Terri brings her passion to come along side and guide those who’ve made a decision to commit themselves to start and finish their educational degree. Terri intimately knows the challenge of working, balancing home life and finishing her degree, as she is a graduate of Vanguard’s Professional Studies. She finished her Business degree with an emphasis in Organizational Management in 2006. She understands the value of a degree as she has an extensive career history in both business and academic administration. Terri believes that Vanguard offers students the opportunity to be taught by excellent professors and adds to that value, rich classmate discussions, with those that are in your same career network. Terri may be contacted at or 714.668.6120.

Wendy White

Graduate and Professional Studies Data Coordinator
Wendy is a native southern Californian. She was born in Laguna Beach, raised in the same home her parents still reside, and graduated from Laguna Beach High School. She continued her education at Westmont College, earning a BS in Business/Economics and graduating Cum Laude. Wendy and her husband of more than 25 years, along with their 2 sons, have lived in Aliso Viejo since 1988. Being grateful for 17 years as a stay-at-home Mom and open to the Lord’s prompting a new adventure, she joined the Vanguard family in 2011. Wendy may be contacted at or 714-966-5408.


Christie Hastie

Sr. Administrative Assistant
Christie serves as the Senior Administrative Assistant to the Dean of the School for Graduate and Professional Studies. Prior to coming to Vanguard, Christie served as an office manager and administrative assistant for a financial services company in Orange County. Christie graduated from Vanguard with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She has a deep love for Vanguard and is thrilled to serve her alma mater. Christie can be contacted at or 714-668-6107.


Nancy Harris

Student Services Coordinator – Early Childhood Education 
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Nancy serves as the Early Childhood Education Student Services Coordinator for the School for Graduate and Professional Studies. Prior to being a Student Services Coordinator, Nancy was the Administrative Assistant to the School for Graduate and Professional studies for 3 years. Nancy is a student in our Professional Studies Psychology program and will be happy to use her first-hand knowledge to help answer your questions. She may be contacted at or 714.668.6108.


Heidi Prince

Administrative Assistant
Heidi greets you at the front desk as you enter the Professional Studies office or call us on the phone. She provides administrative support to our student services team. Her responsibilities include coordinating student events, such as New Student Orientation and the Graduation Celebration. She may be contacted at or 714.668.6106.