Counselor for Northwest Arkansas
Phone: 479.524.7287/ Toll Free - 1.877.528.4636
Where are you from? I was born in San Jose, Costa Rica but grew up in Volcan, Panama. However, I moved to Siloam Springs, Arkansas, in the United States when I was 9.
Major in college? Kinesiology with an emphasis on Sports Medicine (I also got a minor in Child and Family Services!)
What activities were you involved in at JBU? I ran on the Cross Country team, was part of the Leadership Scholars Institute, played intramural soccer and was part of the World Magazine Reading Group led by Dr. Bruce.
Why are you working at JBU? I am working here today because JBU has been a key instrument through which I have experienced the mercy and grace of God. JBU is a special place, and I am so honored to be able to work somewhere where tough questions are encouraged, where hard issues are wrestled with, and where the glory of Christ is exalted.
What are your favorite things to do in NWA? I love the diversity of food here! Everything from pupusas from El Salvador, baleadas from Honduras, gorditas from Mexico, tamales from Puerto Rico, to one my favorites: bunuelos from Panama. I also enjoy going to the river during the summers, running on dirt roads, playing soccer with friends, and singing “las mananitas” after midnight on mother’s day.
What's one word or phrase that describes you? A good-looking, life-long learner with a child-like heart who loves God and coconut juice.
What are some movies you enjoy? Amazing Grace, Chariots of Fire and the Mad Max series.
Describe your family: My wife Chrissy is incredibly beautiful, intelligent and super fun! She loves my weird accent and beautiful brown skin. We love to work with kids/youth in our church, go on adventures, and play and encourage those around us. My mom and dad have challenged me to seek God all my life and I love to hang out with my older brother and younger sister.
What quick advice would you give an incoming JBU student? Be intentional and vulnerable but, “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” JBU will be a place where you will laugh, be challenged and strengthened. All ingredients for a great adventure!