Karla Rivera 


Director of Public Relations

& Recruitment

Karla has served in public relations, publicity, and project management since 2002. Prior to coming to CVCU, she worked as an adjunct professor in Journalism and Public Relations and as an entertainment publicist for several networks and television studios, including Fox, 20th Century Fox Television, Warner Brothers, and the CW. Additionally, she has worked as a Communications Specialist for government agencies and nonprofit organizations. Karla holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations and Journalism from California State Polytechnic University. Karla and her husband, Tony, have a three-year-old daughter, Ellie Grace, and they are passionate about building strong Christian schools for the next generation. 

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Alex Cervantes



Chief Financial Officer


Alex brings a wealth of experience and a spirit of excellence to his work at CVCU. Alex has served as an accountant in Chula Vista for over 10 years. He is the owner of HDW Tax Services and is committed to supporting Chula Vistans with excellence in accounting and tax preparation. Alex and his wife, Dulce, live in Chula Vista with their two GenZ daughters, Candy and Destiny. Alex is passionate about seeing marketplace professionals develop strong financial portfolios. 

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Pam Padgett


Curriculum Development &

Instructional Methodology

Pam has worked as a consulting teacher, coach, and mentor since 2002. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and  Communication Disorders from the University of Vermont, a Master of Education degree with a concentration in Special Education from Saint Michael's College, and a National Board Teacher Certification for Exceptional Needs Children. Pam has three GenZ children, and as both a mom and  a professor, she is passionate about instructional methodology that creates authentic connection in the college classroom. 

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Chris Brown


Director of Athletics 

Coach Brown is an Internationally recognized rugby coach known for bringing diverse populations together, shifting mindsets, and building culture and performance strategies that achieve exponential results. He is also a business coach, life coach and speaker. Chris was born and raised in New Zealand before moving to South Africa in his early 20s. After completing various coaching assignments across Africa, Chris and his wife Thelma relocated to California to coach the US Olympic team. They now live in San Diego and have three beautiful daughters, Kianna, Alisa and Millicent.

Chris is passionate about helping people uncover their gifts and shifting how people see themselves and the world they live in. It is his mission to help people dream bigger, see further and step into what they were created for. Chris's warm personality, humor, and coaching ability has led to athletes and leaders all over the world breaking through barriers and achieving results that were previously unattainable.

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Giselle Martinez


Social Media

Giselle is a photographer and social media manager born and raised in San Diego. Homeschooled from kindergarten all through high school, she discovered her passion for visual arts at a young age and since then has pursued creative careers. Before working with CVCU, she managed Cherish, the women's ministry media for Awaken Church, and was involved in many other marketing campaigns and event planning experiences with Awaken Church. She teaches photography and yearbook at Awaken Academy Eastlake, where she was recently awarded teacher of the year. Giselle is thrilled to work with CVCU to see the university's social media presence and influence flourish!

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Kyle Hermann


Assistant University
Support Specialist

Kyle was born and raised in East County, where he was active in both extracurricular activities and  his home church, Skyline, all the way through college. Kyle recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from PLNU and is currently pursuing his Master's degree at Liberty University. Kyle is passionate about learning from the past as well as leading others to do the same. As a senior in college, he ran for office, and he currently serves as secretary of the Valle de Oro Community Planning Group. As one of the youngest elected officials in San Diego County, Kyle hopes to inspire others to be civically engaged and to take steps to become courageous and just leaders in their realm of influence. 

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Audra Nelson



Admissions Advisor

Audra has served as a homeschool community leader and homeschool educator for over 15 years. Her youngest son is now a freshman in college, and her oldest son has earned a prestigious full-ride graduate school scholarship at Hillsdale College, where he is currently working toward his Master's degree in Political Science. Audra has been married to her husband Rob, a Battalion Chief for the Chula Vista Fire Department, for the last 25 years. Audra understands the process of navigating the transition from the homeschool environment to the college classroom, and she is well-versed in CVCU's educational methodology from both the parent and the student perspectives. 


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Shannon Vargas


Admissions Advisor

Shannon is a native San Diegan and has worked in the public school system as a teacher since 1996.  She also worked as an educational consultant, coach, and mentor for 17 years for school districts all over California. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from San Diego State with an emphasis in Language Arts and Elementary Education. Shannon is passionate about furthering God’s Kingdom by integrating faith and learning. Her background in public education gives her a unique perspective on how to transition from public schools into the private sector of education. Shannon and her husband, Gil, have been married for 20 years and have 3 children, including a daughter who is a freshman pre-med major

at CVCU. 

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Addaselia Rojas


Admissions Advisor

Addaselia is a San Diego native with a passion for creative arts, leadership and education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from San Diego State and recently completed a two year internship with Awaken Church in both Events and Connect Ministries. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Speech Language pathology. When she’s not working or studying, she enjoys writing fiction, participating in musicals and practicing culinary arts. She hopes to inspire future generations by raising awareness of CVCU's groundbreaking educational methodology.