Susan Park

Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Susan is originally from Cerritos, CA. She graduated from Biola University in 2006 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Biblical Studies and is currently pursuing a M.A. in Leadership Studies at Vanguard. Upon graduation, she worked at various non-profit organizations serving youth. She began working at Vanguard in December 2007 as an Undergraduate Admissions Counselor and has served in various capacities within Enrollment Management as well as serving a year in Student Life. Susan has a strong passion for helping studies and families navigate the college admissions process and greatly enjoys seeing students thrive as leaders in the Vanguard community. In her free time, Susan enjoys traveling, listening to NPR, and spending time with her nephews, niece and Labrador, Abby.

Susan works with freshmen from Hawaii.

Jonathan Dumas

Admissions Counselor

Jonathan is originally from Barstow, CA but lived in San Diego, CA for the majority of his life. He graduated from Vanguard University in 2014 with a B.A. in History/Political Science. While a student at Vanguard, he as was involved in Concert Choir, served as a Student Chaplain for two years and was the Executive Vice-President of Student Government Association. Jonathan will leap at the opportunity to travel, whether in-state or around the world. He enjoys all things related to sports and music.  In his spare time, you will find him laughing hysterically with friends and family or working on spoken word poetry.

Jonathan works with freshmen from Riverside and San Bernardino counties and all counties in the Central Coast (Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura), Central Valley (Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Kern, Kings, Tulare, Tuolumne), and High Sierra Desert (Inyo and Mono) areas.


Vannessa Jackson

Admissions Counselor
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Vannessa is originally from Rancho Cucamonga, CA. She graduated from Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, CO in May 2014 with a B.A. in Communication Studies with a Psychology minor. While a student, she served in Admissions as a Student Ambassador, as well as Editor-in-Chief of the university Newspaper. Her experience has given her a heart for students who desire to pursue higher education and go deeper in their walk with Christ. Vannessa is excited to see students embrace their full potential and take this next step in their journey! She enjoys hanging out at coffee shops, reading, going to the movies, spontaneous dance parties, and spoken word poetry.

Vannessa works with freshmen from Imperial, Los Angeles and San Diego counties in California, and the state of Colorado.

Darien Metcalfe

Assistant Admissions Counselor

Darien is originally from Las Vegas, NV. She graduated from Vanguard University in 2012, with a B.A. in Liberal Studies. During her time at Vanguard, Darien was a Laguna Hall Resident Assistant (RA), a student worker in the Residence Life office and a part of a missions team to Fiji. As a student, and also post-graduation, she volunteered at Mariners Church in the Children’s and Junior High Ministries. Having always had a desire to work with high school students, Darien welcomes the opportunity to be able to walk through the admissions process with students and families and is passionate about helping each student pursue higher education, while growing in relationship with Christ and understanding his or her story and purpose. She is thrilled to be back at Vanguard and hopes students fall in love with it as much as she did. Darien loves fashion, vanilla chai lattes, baking and spending time with family and friends. She is also a die-hard Steelers and Pirates fan!

Darien works with freshmen from Orange County and the state of Nevada.


Mike Teague

Admissions Counselor
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Mike is originally from Huntington Beach, CA. He graduated from Biola University in 2010 with a B.A in Communication Studies with a Biblical Studies minor. While at Biola, he was a member of the soccer team and helped coach local teams throughout the year. Upon graduation he worked in the hospitality industry at a local resort, but soon realized that he was passionate about helping students achieve success, cultivate their own passions, and create a deeper relationship with Christ. Mike is excited to see students succeed and thrive in the wonderful community here at Vanguard! In his free time Mike enjoys playing soccer, being outdoors, watching sports, and going to the beach.

Mike works with all transfers including recruited student athletes.

Kyla Whittenberg

Kyla Whittenberg

Visit and Event Coordinator
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Kyla is originally from Boston, MA. She graduated from Biola University in 2014 with a B.A. in Intercultural Studies and a minor in Biblical Studies. As a student, she was involved with Student Orientation Services. She worked as a student worker with Chapel Accountability, Campus Safety and Undergraduate Admissions. Her passion for Christian higher education began when she hosted prospective students in her dorm and she later became the Housing Coordinator for overnight prospective student campus visits. Her experience at a Christian university helped foster incredible community and personal growth in addition to an amazing education. Kyla is excited to help coordinate campus visits for others to have the opportunity to experience Christian higher education at Vanguard! Kyla enjoys spending time with friends, gardening succulents, and keeping her fluffy feline friend out of trouble.

Kyla works with every guest who visits campus! Schedule your visit day now!