Your Counselors

Our Admissions team is here to help you through the entire process, from your very first question until the day you step foot onto campus to move in!

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First-Year Counselors

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Harold Aguirre
Admissions Counselor, First-Year Students from Western DFW, West Texas, the Panhandle, and Waco

Name: Harold Aguirre

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Communication Theory and a Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies; currently pursuing a Master of Education in Bilingual Education

Favorite Thing about DBU: DBU is committed to mentorship. During my years here, staff, professors, and peers have challenged me to be more faithful to God. I love our focus on mentorship.

Favorite Scripture: “When Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing before him with his drawn sword in his hand...and he said, 'I am the commander of the army of the Lord.'" Joshua 5:13-14

Hobbies: Studying language, meeting people from other cultures, and cooking

Email: harold@dbu.edu 

Phone: (214) 333-7228


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Ariel Banda
Admissions Counselor, First-Year Students from Fort Worth and the Greater Houston Area

Name: Ariel Banda

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a Minor in Music Business

Favorite Thing about DBU: I love how Jesus is the center of all we do, from academics and work to relationships and service

Favorite Scripture: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time." 1 Peter 1:3-5

Hobbies: Hanging out with friends, playing and watching sports, spending time with my family, playing the guitar, and cooking food for friends

Email: ariel@dbu.edu 

Phone: (214) 333-7246


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Kelsey Whaley
Admissions Counselor, First-Year Students from Out of State

Name: Kelsey Whaley

Education: Master of Arts in Global Leadership

Favorite Thing about DBU: The people, the community, and the sunsets!

Favorite Scripture: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

Hobbies: Going to the movies, country dancing, playing sand volleyball, and being with people!

Email: kelseyw@dbu.edu 

Phone: (214) 333-7250


Transfer Counselors

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Mariah Buss
Assistant Director of Transfer Recruitment

Name: Mariah Buss

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies

Favorite Thing about DBU: I love how you will always hear the name of Jesus on campus, and it feels like a home away from home.

Favorite Scripture: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

Hobbies: I love Star Wars, playing and watching sports, fishing, hunting, hiking, and hanging out with friends!

Email: mariah@dbu.edu 

Phone: (214) 333-5464

Directors

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Chad Decker
Director, Recruitment

Name: Chad Decker

Education: Bachelor of Journalism in Advertising

Favorite Thing about DBU: I enjoy the deep connections people make during their time here. I especially love the passion and compassion that the faculty and staff have for the students and each other

Favorite Scripture: “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us fro the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-34

Hobbies: Movies, board games, hiking, spending time with friends, playing with my kids - really anything that has a social component!

Email: chadd@dbu.edu 

Phone: (214) 333-5360


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Ali Montgomery
Assistant Director, First-Year Recruitment

Name: Ali Montgomery

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Favorite Thing about DBU: I love DBU's emphasis on Christ-like servant leadership.

Favorite Scripture: “Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience” Colossians 3:12

Hobbies: Hiking, adventuring to new places, fishing, painting, camping, and being outdoors whenever I can!

Email: ali@dbu.edu 

Phone: (214) 333-5635


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Nicole Mason
Assistant Director, Out of State and Transfer Recruitment

Name: Nicole Mason

Education: Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Minor in Sociology; currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling

Favorite Thing about DBU: Coming from out of state, I have loved the home-like, family atmosphere on campus. I was adopted into the DBU family and I have felt loved and cared for when I don't have access to home.

Favorite Scripture: “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Hobbies: Exploring, camping, fishing, soccer, going to baseball games, and spending time with friends and family.

Email: nicole@dbu.edu 

Phone: (214) 333-5593


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Kim English
Assistant Director of Student Athlete Services

Name: Kim English

Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, a Minor in Pre-Law, and pursuing a Master of Arts in Sports Management

Favorite Thing about DBU: I love how Christ is the center of everything we do on campus and being a part of creating someone’s life journey with Christ and their future, has been the best blessing.

Favorite Scripture: “The Lord is my Rock, and my Fortress, and my Deliverer...” Psalm 18:2

Hobbies: Coaching softball, spending time with my family, and any outdoors sporting event. 

Email: kimberlye@dbu.edu 

Phone: (214) 333-7247