UC Merced Regional Admissions Advisors

Abraham Lopez

North Central Valley

Hometown: Merced, CA

Major in college: Social Sciences

Fun fact about me: In my spare time, I enjoy performing jazz and Latin music on my saxophone at local restaurants.

I love UC Merced because ... all of the academic, research and social opportunities it offers for students. I also enjoy cheering on the athletics teams. Go, Bobcats!

Phone: ​(559) 824-7481
Email: NorValleyAdmissions@ucmerced.edu
Facebook: facebook.com/NorValley
Twitter: @AbrahamUCMerced


Adrian Nunez

San Diego, Imperial County, Orange County


Hometown: Merced, CA

Major in college: Psychology

Fun fact about me: I love to go on adventures. From hiking, to swimming in secluded swimming holes and exploring new cities. I am always willing to do something new and exciting especially activities that will give me an adrenaline rush.

I love UC Merced because ... If I hadn't came to UC Merced, I don't believe I would have found my passion as easy I did. Coming in as a transfer student I had no idea what I wanted to do when I graduated. Through the various job opportunities I held while at UC Merced, I found my passion for working with students. UC Merced has so many amazing opportunities for students to get involved and grow within themselves along side our campus that is constantly growing!

Phone: ​(209) 0201-7251
Email: socalorangesd@admissions.edu


Carolina Valero

Sacramento/Bay Area 

Hometown: Dinuba, CA

Major in college: Literature and Cultures

Fun fact about me: I am a UC Merced alumna! I graduated as part of the first graduating class - go class of '09!

I love UC Merced because ... the students, faculty and staff have a choice and a chance to create and make a difference at UC Merced instead of just being another face in the crowd.

Phone: (209) 500-9580
Email: cvalero@ucmerced.edu


Iona Nee

Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties 


Hometown: Eagle Rock, CA

Major in college: Political Science

Fun fact about me: I was once on Nickelodeon and HBO shows.

I love UC Merced because ... UC Merced is GREEN from the ground up! Sustainability is the guiding principle in the campus' design, planning and operations.

Phone: (209) 761-6703
Email: SoCalAdmissions@ucmerced.edu
Twitter: @IonaUCMerced


Jacob Gonzales

Riverside and San Bernardino County


Hometown: Bakersfield, CA

Major in college: Psychology

Fun fact about me:I studied abroad at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.

I love UC Merced because ... My professors genuinely cared about my success and the small community-like environment, both of which helped me thrive both academically and professionally.

Phone: ​(209) 201-0933
Email: SoCalAdmissions@ucmerced.edu


Janelle Cardenas

Los Angeles and Orange County


Hometown: Valencia, CA

Major in college: Sociology

I love UC Merced because ...  love UC Merced because of all the opportunities it has to offer it's students. I am so proud to be an alumna of this amazing university!

Phone: ​(209) 201-3376
Email: SoCalAdmissions@ucmerced.edu


Maria Martinez Madrigal

Fresno, Tulare, Kings and Kern counties

Hometown: Stockton, CA

Major in college: Communicative Disorders (B.A.), Higher Education Administrative and Leadership (M.A.)

Fun fact about me: I have watched the entire "Star Wars" series.

I love UC Merced because ... it is a place where a student's idea for a Bobcat Radio station becomes a reality. Our students are creating new clubs, assisting in the development of the campus, engaging with faculty and conducting research, and on weekends they explore Yosemite National Park.

Phone: (661) 578-3290
Email: ValleyAdmissions@ucmerced.edu


Timothy Ford

Alameda, San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Contra Costa, Marin, Sonoma, Solano, Placer, Yolo and Sacramento counties

Hometown: Sunnyvale, CA

Major in college: Theatre with a Dance emphasis

Fun fact about me: I am actively involved in musical theatre when I'm not traveling for work.

I love UC Merced because ... it is committed to creating and fostering a community of students who define the demographic diversity that is California. These students have a unique opportunity to pioneer and shape the university to their own liking. There is a lot of pride in the institution and its anticipated growth from the community at large. 

Phone: (209) 761-9570
Email: SFBayAdmissions@ucmerced.edu


Transfer Admissions Advisors

Sheila Xiong

Central Valley (Northern)

Hometown: Merced, CA

Major in college: Psychology

Fun fact about me: I am a food enthusiast and I love making pasta from scratch.

I love UC Merced because ... as an alumna and current Transfer Admissions Advisor for the Office of Admissions at UC Merced, UC Merced has been my home away from home since the day I walked through the 'Beginnings' sculpture. My experience as both a student and a staff member at UC Merced has shown me that UC Merced is a place with tremendous heart; our staff, faculty and students are some of the most compassionate and hardworking individuals. The amount of support and resources available to help individuals grow, dream, succeed and pursue the unknown is just incredible. You can feel the moment you step on campus that UC Merced is the start of something new, something extraordinary— and that’s what I love the most.

Phone: (209) 201-5583
Email: sxiong24@ucmerced.edu