Admissions

Meet Your Counselor

The best way for you to jump-start your college search process is to contact one of our counselors. They are eager to get to know you to help you find out if Hope is the school for you. Please email us, call us at (866) 722-HOPE or (866) 722-4673, and visit for a campus tour!

Counselor Name: Melanie Anderson

Photo - Gary Burnett Counselor Since: 2013

Hometown: Ontario, CA

Degree(s): MBA, California Baptist University; B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Management, California Baptist University

Serving: Los Angeles County, Riverside County, the Inland Empire, Northern California, and outside states.

Advice to prospective students:
God has a plan for your life. What a beautiful feeling it is to know that the Lord, Jesus Christ loves you so much that He has your life planned out in full! He knows your heart’s desires and He knows where you can prosper and succeed, professionally and personally. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” As you decide upon a college and major, be reverent in prayer. Ask the Lord to direct your mind, heart, and feet. As opportunities present themselves and as doors open, know that they are ones that will give you a bright future, as God has ordained them for your life. The Lord has your best interests at heart and rejoices in your passions and your success, He just asks His children to trust and have faith in Him. So, as your Counselor, my goal is to help you discover God’s plan for your academic career at Hope and for your future. Please feel free to contact me!

How do you spend your free time?
I spend my free time going to church, volunteering in Children’s Ministry at church, antique shopping, listening to Christmas music year around, and hanging out with family and friends. My greatest passion is hiking and camping, especially in National Parks!! My favorite National Parks are Yosemite, Glacier, Zion, and Yellowstone and my favorite hikes are Half Dome, Panorama Trail, 4 Mile Trail, Uncle Tom’s Trail, Grinnell Glacier, and Upper Emerald Pools.

Contact Melanie
Phone: (714) 879-3901 ext. 2234
Email: mnanderson@hiu.edu

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Counselor Name: Gary Burnett

Photo - Gary Burnett Counselor Since: 2002

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Degree(s): B.G.S. with a minor in Broadcasting, Northern Arizona University

Serving: Recruited Athletes

Advice to prospective students:
You are fearfully and wonderfully made. God said that YOU are unique and an exact original. There is absolutely no need for a Xerox company in Heaven because God makes no copies. That is especially true of you! He has a unique purpose for your life waiting to be discovered. The average student will meander through college and attempt to pick a major several times. Then change it because they have not sought the Lord or examined their gifts, talents and passions. As your Admission Counselor, my goal is to help you discover your Unique purpose that God determined before you were born.

How do you spend your free time?
I spend my free time with my church, my queen (my wife) and two young sons. I also am a Christian recording artist and an avid Laker and NBA fan! I also LOVE watching thinking movies!!

Contact Gary
Phone: (714) 879-3901 ext. 2290
Email: gcburnett@hiu.edu

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Counselor Name: Lindsay Goff

Photo - Lindsay GoffCounselor Since: 2010

Hometown: Yucca Valley, CA

Degree(s): B.A. in Elementary Education, Hope International University

Serving: Transfer students and International Students

Advice to prospective students:
Never give up on your dreams. God gave you dreams and a passion to fulfill them with his help. Psalm 32:8 says “I will instruct you and show you the way to go; with My eye on you, I will give counsel.” God knows your heart and he wants to have a deep, fulfilling, and personal relationship with you. Seek the Lord first always and trust him with your life. He will always lead you in the right direction. When choosing a college, it is a great idea to have a campus visit because you will know whether or not you can see yourself attending that school and being a part of that community. Most importantly, look for a church family that will be there to support you and encourage you in the Lord!

How do you spend your free time?
I enjoy my free time going to church, spending time with family, and going to the beach. I love hanging out with friends, traveling with my amazing husband, and going on missions trips overseas to places like Guatemala and the Philippines. I enjoy watching old school movies such as McLintock with John Wayne, Houseboat with Cary Grant and Sophia Loren, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers with Jane Powell and Howard Keel to name a few. I love meeting new people and enjoy teaching little kids both in the United States and abroad. I love to go Old Town Circle of Orange and go antique shopping with family and friends.

Contact Lindsay
Phone: (714) 879-3901 ext. 2245
Email: lngoff@hiu.edu

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Counselor Name: Christina Machuca

Photo - Gary Burnett Counselor Since: 2013

Hometown: Orange, CA

Degree(s): B.A. in Sociology and minor in Christian Behavioral Science from California Baptist University

Serving: Orange and San Diego County

Advice to prospective students:
Don't allow the process of choosing a college or a major to overwhelm you. Learn to trust God in the unknown and remember that His plan is so much bigger than you are able to see right now. God doesn't always give us a full road map, but He does give us directions one step at a time. Your 4 years in college can be some of the most fun, transformative, and growing years of your life if you allow them to be. Step out of your comfort zone, invest your time in people who are going to help you grow, be ready to embrace the specific call God has for you, and enjoy this unique season of your life.

How do you spend your free time?
I love traveling and have a heart for global missions. I enjoy sitting down with a friend over a good cup of coffee, spending time with my church community and going on vacation with my family.

Contact Christina
Phone: (714) 879-3901 ext. 2226
Email: cmmachuca@hiu.edu

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