Meet Your Counselor

Our Admissions Counselors are ready to meet you! Find them at college fairs, visiting your school—or get in touch with them here. Questions about graduate, undergraduate and transfer admissions? Need help in planning your campus visit? We’re happy to help.

Sabrina Taylor, MA

Associate Vice President of Admissions

As the Associate Vice President of Admissions at Woodbury University, Sabrina provides senior level leadership to the recruitment, admission and enrollment initiatives across all student populations for Woodbury University.

Sabrina has more than 20 years of experience in higher education, non-profits, enrollment management and marketing. She holds a BS in Fashion Marketing and a Masters in Organizational Leadership from Woodbury University. In her free time, you can find Sabrina trying to get through her reading list for the year, binge watching old X-Files and Twin Peaks episodes on Netflix or heading to the closest live music venue.

‘I want to live in a world where education is available for anyone who wants it.’

Email or call (818) 252-5225

Text me: (818) 532-5392

Ani Khukoyan Boniadi, MBA, MA

Director of Admissions

Woodbury is not only academically competitive, but the faculty and staff genuinely care about the success of their students. For that reason, I am blessed to be part of a department where I can work with individuals and make their education dreams come true. Although education requires a great amount of time commitment, in the end, it is one of the most rewarding accomplishments one can achieve.

Ani is a proud Alumna of Woodbury University having earned dual graduate degrees in MBA and Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership and also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from California State University, Los Angeles.

“Since success isn’t easy, push yourself to new limits; if it was easy, everyone would be doing it and your competition would be quite high.”

Email  or call (818) 252-5224

Text me: (818) 532-5182

Janet Asuncion, BArch

Admissions Counselor, San Diego Campus

Earning her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Woodbury University, Janet is able to give prospective students her representation of Woodbury University’s School of Architecture in San Diego from an alumnus’ perspective as well as from an administrators perspective.

Keeping in touch with current and alumni students and making connections in between is important and valuable in growing and nurturing our Woodbury community.

Aside from her work in the Office of Admissions, Janet has taken advantage of the opportunities that Woodbury University presents. She took a group of students on a volunteer build trip in Mexico in the Summer of 2015 and is currently working with a community garden in the neighborhood of Logan Heights with a mini grant obtained from Woodbury’s Architecture and Civic Engagement Center.

“I take pride in the personal relationships I foster with students as well as with the faculty and staff at our San Diego and Los Angeles campuses.”

Email or call (619) 235-2900 x4414

Text me: (619) 762-3262

Ovsanna Adjikian Daglian, MA

Graduate Coordinator & Recruiter

Ovsanna is a Woodbury University alumna, obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2008 and her Master of Arts in Leadership in 2015. Originally from Armenia, her family migrated to the United States in 1991. She was raised in Hollywood, California, where she attended John Marshall High School, and furthered her education at Woodbury University thereafter.  Having been a former student at Woodbury she is most fond of “focus, commitment and accessibility Woodbury offers the students”. In her current position as a Graduate Recruiter and Coordinator, she works directly with all graduate students during the admission process.

“The one-on-one attention, helpful staff, faculty, deans, and chairs, give students a competitive edge when trying to discover their true passion and locating work in the real world”.

Email  or call (818) 252-5209

Text me: (818) 351-2183

Elizabeth de la Cruz, MA

Senior Admissions Counselor

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Elizabeth is a product of private school education. She is an advocate for the undeniable benefits that can only come from participation in engaging, practice-based learning environments where students can grow their talents and artistry. Elizabeth is a proud Alumna of Woodbury University, having earned her Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach. She is the Admissions Counselor for four programs in the School of Media, Culture & Design: Applied Computer Science, Communication, Filmmaking and Psychology as well as Woodbury’s Public Safety Administration program. Throughout her professional career in education, Elizabeth has had the opportunity to work with a wide range of student populations ranging from elementary school students all the way up to post-doctoral and working professionals. She assists students and their families in navigating the admissions process and is inspired to help students achieve their educational goals and ultimately – change their life trajectories.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”  —Nelson Mandela

email  or call (818) 394-3363

Text me: (818) 319-4721

Marina Adlivankina Sais, MS

International Admissions Counselor

Over the last 10 years, Marina has worked in many areas of student service at various higher education institutions. She comes to Woodbury University with over 7 years of experience in international education.

As the International Admissions Counselor, Marina is committed to helping international students find the right program at Woodbury University and have a seamless admission process.

Her educational journey inspires her work, having earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Management, and Marketing, as well as a Master’s of Science in Recreation and Tourism Management from CSU, Northridge.

“The journey of learning is accomplished not by the completion of a degree, but in the everyday challenges which teach us to think critically and open our eyes to see the world more finely.”

Email or call (818) 394-3338

Text me: (818) 351-2129

Lilian Castellanos, MA

Admissions Counselor

I attended California State University, Northridge for both my undergraduate and graduate degrees. I received a B.S in Family Consumer Sciences and an M.A in Administration in Higher Education. Prior to joining Woodbury’s admissions team, I promoted higher education as a high school advising coordinator, assisting high school students with the transition from high school into college. I started my journey at Woodbury as a campus recruiter, where I promoted our campus and programs to both high school and community college students locally and out of state. Currently, I am the admissions counselor for four programs in the School of Media, Culture & Design: Animation, Fashion Design, Game Art & Design, & Graphic Design.

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do”. –Pele

EMAIL call 818-252-5221

Text me: (818) 237-4046


Justin Stadel, MA

Admissions Counselor

Justin Stadel earned a Master’s degree in Career Counseling from Concordia University. He is the Admissions Counselor for the School of Architecture at Woodbury University, Burbank. Prior to Concordia, Justin studied at the University of Oregon, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Arts, with a focus on public installations. Justin brings to campus the unique perspective of public arts and community engagement. Outside of campus, Justin has worked within the greater Los Angeles community to execute multiple public art projects, bringing together design, logistics, local interest, and partnerships. For the past four years, Justin has worked as a high school counselor, helping many students explore and focus their interests, guiding them in their paths from high school to college and beyond. Working with the architecture and interior architecture programs, Justin is committed to helping students realize their educational aspirations, and finding their home here at Woodbury.

Email or call (818) 252-5222

Text me: (818) 696-5439

Cynthia Cifuentes, MA

Admissions Counselor

Cynthia’s experience in higher education focuses on access to historically underserved students such as first-generation and low-income students. As a Coordinator for Upward Bound, a College Advisor at Birmingham Community Charter High School, and a first-generation student herself, Cynthia understands the challenges and benefits that come with attending a university. She is an Admissions Counselor for the School of Business and four programs in the College of Liberal Arts: Political Science, Professional Writing, History, and Interdisciplinary Studies. Cynthia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Chicana and Chicano Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Master’s Degree in Chicana and Chicano Studies from California State University, Northridge. A California native, Cynthia enjoys snowboarding, painting, and spending time outdoors with her dog.

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.” –Martin Luther King, Jr

Email or call (818) 394-3357

Text me: (818) 351-2157

Brianna Lehmann, MA

Senior Campus Recruiter

Brianna has worked in higher education for almost 10 years from admissions counseling to student recruitment. She is an Alumna of Warner Pacific College where she earned her Master’s degree in Management & Organizational Leadership and earned her Bachelor’s at San Jose State in Radio, Television, & Film. Brianna’s favorite part of recruitment is making new connections with parents and students to teachers and counselors. Seeing students excited about the career possibilities that college can cultivate will never get old. She likes to spend her free time camping/hiking, researching her next outdoor adventure, and taking improv classes.

“Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops.”​ – Henry Brooks Adams

Email or call (818) 252-5221

Omar Sanchez, MA

Campus Recruiter

As a first generation student, Omar understands the significance of obtaining an excellent education and the impact it has on one’s life. That is why for over 10 years, he has helped students reach their academic goals. Omar holds a Bachelors of Arts in Comparative Ethnic Studies and a minor in Digital Technology and Culture from Washington State University, and has completed his coursework for his Masters in Chicana and Chicano Studies from California State University, Northridge. Throughout his career, Omar has focused on student outreach, particularly to students who faced multiple challenges in their educational journey. He takes pride on providing accurate and up-to-date information to prospective students and their families. Omar enjoys riding bicycles as well as attending cultural and music events around the Los Angeles area.

Email or call (818) 252-5221

Ashley Ramsey, MM

Campus Recruiter

Ashley is excited to join the Admissions team at Woodbury University as a Campus Recruiter. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Centenary College of Louisiana and a Master’s degree in Choral Music from USC and has spent the past seven years as a music educator in both middle school and high schools in Louisiana and California. She has worked with students of all ages, and she is thrilled to continue her work with high school students as a recruiter. When she is not working she enjoys running, hiking, camping, and brushing up on her Harry Potter trivia.

Email or call (818) 252-5221