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One of the many offerings the GSEP Student Services department offers is academic advising. Academic advisors and program administrators are available to assist you with a variety of topics such as:

  • Counseling on enrollment options, academic progress, degree requirements, and degree audit
  • Transfer credit/waivers, course and program petitions, and probation status
  • Assist with registration holds, leave of absence, readmission, and course and program withdrawal
  • Comprehensive exams: submission of papers and notification of exam results

Students are highly encouraged to work with their academic advisor or program administrator throughout their program and address any academic questions or needs they have.

To get to know and contact your academic advisor or program administrator, select your respective division below:


Doctor of Education in Learning Technologies | Organizational Leadership | Doctor of Philosophy, Global Leadership and Change

Jane Tucker

Jane (Tado) Tucker, Sr. Academic Advisor, EDOL, EDLT, PhD

Jane (Tado) Tucker has served the Pepperdine University community since 2008 and has been in her current role since 2014. Prior to her career in higher education, she spent over 10 years in the field of Sports Medicine. She is a graduate of Pepperdine University, earning both a Bachelor of Science in Management degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Graziadio School of Business. She is committed to serving others and is dedicated to assisting our students achieve their educational goals.


Jane.Tucker@Pepperdine.edu  |  310.568.5738

Master of Arts in Education | Teaching | Social Entrepreneurship and Change | Master of Science in Education programs | Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy

Andrew Disney

Andrew Disney, Academic Advisor, MAT, TESOL, SEC, MS ED/Leadership, ELAP

Andrew serves as the academic advisor for the Master of Arts in Teaching Program, Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Program, Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship and Change Program and EdD in Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy Program. In this capacity, he assists students with academic planning, course registration, answers program related questions and helps connect students to various campus resources needed to help guide them to a successful completion of their degree program. In addition to his academic advising role, Andrew helps manage the online Master of Science in Leadership degree programs and the students enrolled in these programs. Prior to his academic advising role, Andrew has served in various student support roles at a number of different universities. He has served as an admissions officer for Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology and the USC Marshall School of Business. He helped identify and recruit high caliber students for a variety of academic programs for each of these institutions. Prior to his work in admissions, he served as a NCAA Compliance Officer at the University of South Carolina, Georgetown and Radford University. In this capacity, he would support the athletic department in the areas of recruiting, initial/continuing eligibility, financial aid, academic planning and rules education.


Andrew.Disney@Pepperdine.edu  |  310.568.5770



Master of Science, Applied Behavior Analysis - ABA


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Amarillys Loew, Program Administrator, MS Applied Behavior Analysis

Amarillys serves as the Program Administrator for the MS in Applied Behavior Analysis program (MSABA). In addition to her administrative role, she also serves as Student Advisor for MSABA students supporting them with matters such as course planning, registration, practicum, and much more. Amarillys holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management from California State University of Los Angeles. She has been a part of the Pepperdine GSEP community since 2018, serving the Psychology Division students and faculty, and is dedicated to continuing to support our students as they reach their academic goals and go on to pursue their careers.

amarillys.loew@pepperdine.edu | 310.568.2317 | West LA Campus

Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology - MFT I Aliento

Lily Vasquez

Lily Vasquez, Program Administrator, MFT (Aliento Format)

Lily joins Pepperdine in 2021 as the Program Administrator for the Clinical Psychology, Aliento program located at our Irvine graduate campus. She is a first generation college graduate holding a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Latinx/Latin American studies. Her experiences in the classroom and students affairs deeply impacted her and cemented her dedication to improving the lives of those in her community. Lily enjoys connecting with students and using her skills and knowledge to help them accomplish their goals. She looks forward to supporting and working with students during their graduate journey.

Liliana.Vasquez@pepperdine.edu | 949.223.2571 | Irvine Campus

Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology - MFT | Daytime

Andrea Lipnicki

Andrea Lipnicki, Senior Program Administrator, MFT (Daytime Format)

As an alum of the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with Marriage and Family Therapy (daytime) program, Andrea enjoys helping prospective students learn about the program and the benefits of an excellent education. She takes pride in getting to know everyone who applies to the program. Andrea has been graciously supporting students through all aspects of the application process and all aspects of their program since 2003. She seeks to provide each student with the individualized support they need to successfully complete their program and reach their professional goals. There are not many questions that Andrea cannot answer about applying to and completing the MFT - Daytime program located at our Malibu Drescher Campus.

Andrea.Lipnicki@Pepperdine.edu  |  310.506.4608  |  Malibu Campus


Master of Arts, Psychology-Clinical MFT | General

Sandy Ghoubrial

Sandy Ghoubrial, Senior Academic Advisor, MFT | General (Evening On-Campus Formats)

Sandy Ghoubrial is the Senior Psychology Academic Advisor for the on-ground, Evening-Format Master of Arts in Psychology and Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy. She has experience working in the fields of outreach, teaching, and counseling/advising. She is dedicated to student success and enjoys being a support system for students in their Pepperdine graduate journey. Sandy graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Human Services. She earned her Masters in Education in Educational Counseling from the University of Southern California. She plans on continuing her education to pursue a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership.

sandy.ghoubrial@pepperdine.edu| 310.568.5618 | West LA and Encino Campuses


Sandra Narouz

Sandra Narouz, Academic Advisor, MFT | General (Evening On-Campus Formats)

Sandra joins GSEP in 2021 as an academic advisor for our Clinical MFT and general psychology programs located at our Irvine graduate campus. She is a first-generation college graduate with a degree from the University of California, Riverside. Sandra enjoys working within higher education and is very committed to serving students. Sandra has valuable experience working with diverse student populations and was involved with helping a non-profit organization assist high school students with the college admission process. She desires to provide guidance and equip students with the appropriate tools to help them reach their academic and professional goals. Lastly, she enjoys going to church and traveling to tropical destinations, along with spending time with her family and friends.

sandra.narouz@pepperdine.edu | 949.223.2511 | Irvine Campus


Chris Walther, Academic Advisor, MFT | General (On-Campus Formats)

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Chris is originally from New York and has a B.A in Psychology and a M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Pace University. He has been working within higher education for over 20 years as an adjunct professor in Psychology, professional academic advisor, and student affairs administrator. With a holistic approach to professional advising, he will provide students academic and personal support through integrating and enhancing myriad support services into a seamless, timely, and personal experience for every student. It takes a team effort to achieve our shared goals and he looks forward to being part of the new Pepperdine team.

christopher.walther@pepperdine.edu | 310.568.5503 | West LA Campus


Master of Arts, Psychology-Clinical MFT | General | ABA

Advisor Serena Brown

Serena Brown, Student Success Advisor, MFT I General | ABA (Online Formats)

Serena Brown earned her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from the University of Florida and a Masters of Arts in College Student Affairs from Nova Southeastern University. Serena is originally from Gainesville, Florida but has been enjoying her time living out west. She has over seven years of experience working in higher education helping students in a variety of ways including housing and residential life. Serena is excited to be on this team and is passionate about helping students develop and achieve their goals. Serena enjoys hiking, camping, concerts and a good book.

sbrown3@onlinepsych.pepperdine.edu | 424.392.7572 | Online Campus


Advisor Beth Benn

Beth Benn, Student Success Advisor, MFT | General | ABA (Online Formats)

Beth Benn was born and raised in Fort Collins, Colorado. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Women's Studies from the University of Northern Colorado and her Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Colorado Denver. Beth worked as a teaching and research assistant throughout graduate school and most recently as a social worker in the division of child welfare. Beth is passionate about the opportunities higher education can offer individuals and communities and will support each student on their unique path. Beth also enjoys yoga, snowboarding, hiking, camping, and live music.

bbenn@onlinepsych.pepperdine.edu | 310.340.6840 | Online Campus


Advisor Hailey Fields

Hailey Fields, Student Success Advisor, MFT | General | ABA (Online Formats)

Hailey joins the team with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Secondary Education from Luther College. After years of teaching, she has decided to assist post graduate students as a Student Success Advisor. Hailey is enthusiastic about education and is eager to form relationships with Pepperdine students to best support and empower them. In her free time, Hailey enjoys spending time with her husband and pup, golfing, and coaching tennis.

hfields@onlinepsych.pepperdine.edu | 424-390-5800 | Online Campus


Advisor Brittany Haywood

Brittany Haywood, Student Success Advisor, MFT I General | ABA (Online Formats)

Brittany, a Baltimore native, now enjoys life in Denver with her fiancé. Brittany has an undergraduate and post-graduate degree in the field of psychology. In her spare time, Brittany is often reading about mindfulness-based, somatic and transpersonal counseling. She is also passionate about creating community, and currently facilitates a women's group centered on healing relationship patterns through connection. As a student success advisor, Brittany finds much joy supporting students in accomplishing their educational and professional goals.

bhaywood@onlinepsych.pepperdine.edu I 310.340.1602 I Online Campus


Advisor Benjamin Itangishaka

Benjamin Itangishaka, Student Success Advisor, MFT I General |ABA (Online Formats)

Benjamin is originally from Sud Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo; however, grew up in Denver, Colorado where he currently resides. He holds a dual degree in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Northern Colorado (UNCO), and a Master's degree in Global Affairs with a concentration in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance from New York University (NYU). Benjamin is a policy analyst and a social justice educator; with work ranging from academic advising to researching, and consulting in the field of education. Outside of his passions, Benjamin enjoys playing and watching soccer (futbol), listening to music (Congolese Rumba, Afrobeats, Jazz, and Rhythm and blues ), and traveling. Additionally, he is an outdoor enthusiast and loves Kayaking and stand-up paddling.

bitangishaka@onlinepsych.pepperdine.edu I 424.320.6647 I Online Campus


Advisor Chad Johnson

Chad Johnson, Student Success Advisor, MFT I General | ABA (Online Formats)

Chad Johnson is originally from Texas and has lived in Colorado for 8 years. He earned his Bachelors in Political Science from Oklahoma State University and has an M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary with an emphasis in Contemplative Spirituality. He has worked in education for over 10 years, the majority of them in K-12 and online formats. Chad has worked in advising since 2016 and is passionate about helping students achieve their educational and professional goals. He loves the outdoors and enjoys hiking, skiing, and camping.

cjohnson3@onlinepsych.pepperdine.edu I 424.372.1969 I Online Campus


Advisor Joshua Margolin

Joshua Margolin, Student Success Advisor, MFT I General | ABA (Online Formats)

Joshua Margolin is a New England transplant who moved westward after spending almost three decades on the east coast. Josh was awarded his Bachelors of Arts in Media and Communications from the University of New Hampshire before earning his Masters of Arts in Business Technology from Georgetown University. He then became one of four founding members of a tech startup immediately after graduate school and worked there for seven years before deciding to leave Washington, DC. From there, Josh made his way to Pepperdine and served as an admission officer for nearly three years prior to becoming a student success advisor for the very same grad programs.

jmargolin@onlinepsych.pepperdine.edu | 310.340.2807 | Online Campus

Meggie McRae, Student Success Advisor, MFT I General I ABA (Online Formats) Advisor Meggie McRae

Meggie was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Temple University. Through her undergraduate internship opportunities, Meggie discovered her passion for building relationships with students. She enrolled in Teach For America and moved to Denver, Colorado to teach in a K-12 setting, while also earning her Master of Arts in Teaching. After a few years in the classroom, Meggie decided to join the higher education space to serve students who are pursuing their own Master's degrees. In her free time, she enjoys attending concerts, trying out new restaurants, traveling and hiking around beautiful Colorado!


mmcrae@onlinepsych.pepperdine.edu | 424-317-9591| Online Campus


Advisor Leah Murray

Leah Murray, Student Success Advisor, MFT I General I ABA (Online Formats)

Leah is an Iowa native. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Rhetorical Communications from Hope College and a Masters of Science in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations from Syracuse University. Her work experience in graduate-level admissions and student advising has shaped her passion for building relationships with students and helping them achieve their professional goals. In her free time, Leah enjoys reading, running, and baking.

lmurray@onlinepsych.pepperdine.edu I 310.693.5800 I Online Campus


Advisor Kathryn Schoenfeld

Kathryn Schoenfeld, Student Success Advisor, MFT I General | ABA (Online Formats)

Kathryn is a graduate of the University of Denver and holds a BSBA degree in Business Management. She used her degree in business to work in finance and in the non-profit sector. After completing her graduate degree in school counseling, her passion for student success developed and she spent the past 7 years as a high school counselor. She enjoys traveling, taking road trips, playing golf, and spending time with her family. Kathryn is one of many advisors eager to assist our online student population.

kschoenfeld@onlinepsych.pepperdine.edu | 424.392.7971 | Online Campus


Advisor Elizabeth Tango

Elizabeth Tango, Student Success Advisor, MFT I General | ABA (Online Formats)

Elizabeth graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology before entering the diverse field of non-profit work. As the Program Director of the non-profit Global Leaders, she discovered a passion for working with students of all ages and backgrounds and hopes to apply that same drive to help the students at Pepperdine find educational success.

etango@onlinepsych.pepperdine.edu I 424.372.4054 I Online Campus

Doctor of Psychology, Clinical Psychology

Yasmin Rahdari

Yasmin (Makki) Rahdari, Senior Program Administrator, PsyD

Yasmin earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT #90870) and has several years of experience working in the field of mental health with children, adolescents, and families doing individual, couples, and family psychotherapy. Yasmin is the Senior Program Administrator for the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) program, and also serves as an adjunct faculty member for our online psychology programs. She supports the educational needs of current, incoming, and prospective Psy.D. students, as well as alumni. Yasmin also oversees clinical workshops, continuing education and professional development events, and provides administrative support to PsyD faculty and internal and external clinical supervisors. She has a passion for working with students and helping them excel in the field of psychology.

Yasmin.Rahdari@Pepperdine.edu  |  310.568.2324  | West LA Campus