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




Alexandria Zidermanis
Freshman Counselor

Name: Alexandra Zidermanis

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Communication

Favorite Thing about DBU: I love the people at DBU! The people make or break the college experience, and I can say these people (from the professors to my coworkers, to my roommates, to my friends).. all of them have made my DBU experience incredible!

Favorite Scripture: "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:16

Hobbies: Volleyball, hiking, and traveling!

Email:  azidermanis@dbu.edu 

Phone: (214) 333-5464

Transfer Counselors



Guyton Garland
Transfer Counselor

Name: Guyton Garland

Education: Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing

Favorite Thing about DBU: Christ-centered education is the focus of what we do as a University. This godly aspiration is both glorifying to God and good for the people of God as they are further equipped for the teaching and expanding of his kingdom. This is easily the most beautiful thing we do while also being the most enriching thing we do.

Favorite Scripture: “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another:
     'Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
      the whole earth is full of his glory.'” Isaiah 6:1-3

Hobbies: Reading, coffee, hunting, and being around people.

Email:  ggarland@dbu.edu

Phone: (214) 333-7233

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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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