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Assistant to Advancement/
Church Relations

Ciandra Kouklis graduated from William Jessup University in 2009. She then joined the Office of Advancement in 2013. Having worked and volunteered in offices, churches, schools and Christian non-profits, Ciandra’s experience made her uniquely qualified for her current position in a supportive role to Advancement. Additionally, she strongly believes in Jessup’s mission to educate transformational leaders for the glory of God and loves to represent Jessup as an alumna and staff member.

Senior Director of Advancement

David Pineschi has been working in the Christian Higher education industry for the past ten years. His passion for Christian Higher Education intensified while attending Hope International University where he obtained an MBA in Nonprofit Management.

University Advancement Officer

Ed Kaczmarek serves WJU in the role of University Advancement Officer. Ed came to us after 13 years as Executive Director of Youth For Christ in the Fresno area. Ed’s passion is to see lives changed by the power of the Gospel. With more than 25 years of experience serving in various capacities in a variety of para-church Christian ministries (camps, youth ministry, Christian education), he recognizes the importance of building up Christian leaders in order to impact our world for Christ.

Database Coordinator

Flavia Mich has served William Jessup University for more than 7 years. Her passion for higher education came from her experience as a graduate student at a Christian university. Her technical role is a constant source for learning and professional growth. Flavia has witnessed God’s transforming power over the lives of students and staff members, and she is excited to be part of the wonderful Jessup journey!

Administrative Assistant to the Senior Director of Advancement

In 2014 Heather was hired as the Alumni/Parent Relations Officer but over the years her position has evolved as she made the decision to work part time in order to raise her family. She now serves as the Administrative Assistant to the Senior Director of Advancement, David Pineschi. “I can’t begin to express how Jessup has changed not only my life but the life of my family. Being a part of this team is such a blessing. It has been such an honor to watch the ways in which God has moved through the staff, students, alumni, parents and donors of this amazing university and I look forward to seeing what He has in store for the future!”

Director of Church Relations

Jim Jessup is the grandson of William Jessup. Jim graduated from San Jose Bible College (now WJU) and was ordained into pastoral ministry in 1987. He received his master’s degree from Lincoln Christian Seminary in Illinois in 1991. He served as a pastor for 11 years and since 2003 he has been the Director of Church Relations for William Jessup University.

Administrative Assistant to the VP of Advancement

Julie Welty joined the Advancement team in 2020. Her love of Jessup began through attending theater productions, choir concerts and getting to know the many incredible students that attend her local church. She is looking forward to supporting the Advancement Office and Jessup as a whole. On campus, she has made quick connections with staff and students. She thrives when she is connecting with others. “I’m looking forward to seeing what God has planned for William Jessup University!”

Advancement Engagement & Events Coordinator

Kierstin joined the Advancement team in 2018 after graduating from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality, Tourism, and Event Management and working in the hotel, restaurant, and event fields. Her passion for serving others through hospitality has equipped her to welcome and engage university friends and partners in her current role. “Seeing students emerge as bright lights of hope for the glory of God is a wonderful thing to be a part of and it is a blessing to serve here alongside other disciples at Jessup doing something I love.”


Public Information Officer

As Public Information Officer at William Jessup University, Sheila strives to foster recognition of WJU and its mission to various media outlets throughout the region. She brings over 25 years of professional corporate communications experience that has allowed her to recognize and value the importance of good communication and story-telling that resonates with a variety of audiences. Accurately and effectively sharing news and information in Christian higher education and how that impacts local communities and various business sectors is first and foremost. She also serves as editor of The Jessup Journal publication produced within the university’s Advancement Department.

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