Meet the team

WSU Vancouver Office of Admissions

These admissions counselors specialize in working with first-year and transfer college students and are passionate about their work. They wake up every morning thinking of ways they can help you achieve your goals through becoming a VanCoug.


Laura Arellano-Karki

Laura Arellano-Karki

Admissions Counselor

Email: laura.arellano@wsu.edu
Call or text: 360-727-0604


Jocelin Gallardo

Jocelin Gallardo

Admissions Counselor

Email: jocelin.gallardo@wsu.edu
Call or text: 360-727-0646


Kim Hiatt

Kim Hiatt

Lead Admissions Counselor

Email: hiattk@wsu.edu
Call or text: 360-342-9017


Erin Jensen

Erin Jensen

Campus Director of Admissions

Email: erin.jensen@wsu.edu
Call or text: 360-369-3347


Jason Yi

Jason Yi

Assistant Director of Admissions

Email: jason.yi@wsu.edu
Call or text: 360-727-0481


Student Ambassadors

Our Student Ambassadors are a group of outstanding students selected to represent WSU Vancouver to prospective students, their families and our community. Schedule a campus tour today!


Annika Larman

Annika Larman

Student Ambassador

Hey folks! My name is Annika Larman, and I am a senior at WSU Vancouver. I am majoring in psychology with a minor in fine arts. I plan to go to grad school, conduct research and work with underserved communities. Alongside my ambassadorship, I also serve my community as a recovery specialist and Underdog Sports League supervisor for an adult volleyball league in Portland. I started my college education when I was 16 through the Running Start program at Clark College. After receiving my general associate’s degree in 2020, I transferred to WSU Vancouver to earn my bachelor’s degree. WSU Vancouver caught my eye during my search for a college education for many reasons, including our beautiful campus, knowledgeable faculty, financial aid opportunities and inspiring research. I am beyond thankful for my time at this amazing university and can't wait to spend my last year as a student ambassador! Go Cougs!


Tenzin Nordon

Tenzin Nordon (She/Her)

Student Ambassador

Tashi delek! (That’s a Tibetan greeting for good wishes.) Hello everyone! I am Tenzin Nordon, a fourth-year student majoring in neuroscience with a minor in psychology and biology. I went to HeLa High School in Vancouver, a fairly small STEM-based high school. The ability to have close relations with all my peers and instructors was one reason why I chose WSU Vancouver. This campus is a community and allows me to connect with professors one on one. I also love that I could stay close to my loved ones who live locally. I am also involved on campus as an officer for the neuroscience club and a volunteer in a research lab that studies cocaine addiction. I plan to take a gap year after graduating to travel and explore. My next goal is to attend medical school and become a doctor. I am so happy to be spending my senior year as an ambassador. Go Cougs!


Amy Rodriguez

Amy Rodriguez

Student Ambassador

Hi everyone! My name is Amy Rodriguez, and this is my second year at WSU Vancouver majoring in biology with a minor in molecular biology. I started college as a Running Start student at Clark College in my junior year of high school. I then graduated from high school with an associate’s degree in biology and went on to WSU Vancouver for my B.S. in biology. With this degree, I hope to continue my education at a physician’s assistant program or even find a different career. My biggest concern when choosing a university was whether I would have to go into debt to get a college education. And the answer is no! At WSU Vancouver, I’ve been able to attend college with no stress over cost and still get the full experience. This institution has so many resources that can help with any issues that may arise in the time you’re here, from mental health counseling to food pantry opportunities, and even help starting your English paper in the writing center! It is so easy to make friends here, and I’m excited to see everyone this upcoming year. Go Cougs!


Abbigail Struthers

Abbigail Struthers

Student Ambassador

Hi all! My name is Abbigail Struthers, but everyone calls me Abbi. I am a sophomore at WSU Vancouver, and I am studying business administration with a concentration in accounting. I started here last year as a freshman, and I am excited to continue my years here. I plan to use my degree to work as a personal accountant helping to keep financial records for people or businesses. I have always enjoyed playing with numbers and figuring out how things work, so this is a perfect career path for me. I chose WSU Vancouver because it is close to home. Being close to home was not a priority for me on my initial college search, but after visiting this campus, I knew that it was the right fit for me. I would consider myself to be an outdoorsy person, so the nature that surrounds the campus is stunning and makes me feel right at home. 


Madiera Vath

Madiera Vath (She/Her)

Student Ambassador

Hi there, everyone! My name is Madiera Vath. I’m a senior with a major in digital technology and culture, and I just wrapped up my minor in fine arts. I hope to use my degree at my dream job as a filmmaker or video editor with a local film studio. Raised locally in the Portland area, and as a Cambodian-American, I chose WSU Vancouver so I could get a strong college education at a nearby campus with a lot of diversity. I am involved on campus not only through being an ambassador, but also as a member of a couple of student clubs, such as the art club called ArtX and the tennis club. I am a born creative, and I feel I can strongly express my individuality here—which was a major appeal when I chose which school to attend. I love meeting new people, so if you see me on campus, say hi. Go Cougs!


Mai Vo

Mai Vo (She/Her)

Student Ambassador

Hi friends, or as we say in Vietnamese, xin chào các bạn! My name is Mai Vo, and I am a fourth-year student majoring in neuroscience and double minoring in biology and psychology. I received my associate’s degree in applied sciences in 2019 from Clark College and smoothly transferred to WSU Vancouver shortly after. As a first-generation student who traveled from Vietnam, I have a longstanding appreciation for the unique cultures and traditions found around the world. I chose WSU Vancouver because it offered a wide array of programs on a small yet beautiful campus full of history. On campus, along with being a student ambassador, I am also a psychology research member working with laboratory rats, and I hold a leadership position in the Neuroscience Club. After graduation, my goal is to attend a physician’s assistant program. I am grateful to be a student ambassador for an amazing university. Go Cougs!   


Collin Wall

Collin Wall

Student Ambassador

Hello! I’m Collin Wall, a fourth-year student here who started as a freshman after graduating from Battle Ground High School. I’m currently studying earth and environmental sciences with the hope of someday becoming a park ranger or a field researcher or continuing my work in Student Services to keep helping prospective students and applicants. I chose WSU Vancouver because it was affordable and close to home. On top of that, smaller class sizes allow for more one-on-one interaction with our professors, allowing me and other students to receive direct help, often on the same day that we have the question or even in the same class period. One of my favorite places on campus is our Cougar Trails, where I can be surrounded by nature while only being a short walk away from the main buildings on campus. Go Cougs!


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