Assistant to Advancement/
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.
Advancement Services Coordinator
Diana York graduated from William Jessup University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics. She initially joined the Advancement team in 2017 as a database student worker, and as of 2020 has transitioned into the role of Advancement Services Coordinator. She is excited to be a part of the Jessup family and looks forward to supporting the growth of the University.
Senior Gift Officer
Ed has worked in the Advancement Department for Jessup for almost five years and helped launch the Stilgebouer Legacy Society. Previous to Jessup, he had 13 years of experience working in both the residential and commercial lending world. Ed served as a staff pastor and Christian school teacher for seven years and is still very active in local church ministry. He and his wife, Christy, have two sons and attend Rolling Hills Church in El Dorado Hills, California.
Senior Director of Advancement, Strategic Giving
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.
Associate Director of Advancement Services
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 for 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!”
President’s Circle and Engagement Manager
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.”
Director of Alumni and Parent Relations
Marcie comes to the Advancement team after serving for the past 5 years at William Jessup University in finance, risk management, vendor relations and supervisor to both the Jessup campus store and university front office. Marcie is the parent of two alums (Chris ’15 and Emily ’19) and she and her husband Fred attended San Jose Christian College years ago before the university’s move to Rocklin, Ca. Marcie has served in our surrounding communities through many business, church and philanthropic activities. Her passion for and long history with WJU makes her the perfect addition to the Advancement team as our new Director of Alumni and Parent Relations. “I am so very humbled, blessed and excited to begin this new chapter of my career and ministry here at WJU! I look forward to getting to know and serve you.”
Advancement Communication 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.