Meet the Staff

Denise Price-Giesbers

Denise Price-Giesbers ‘00

Director of Orientation, Office of Transfer Student Services, and Pacific Information Center

Major | Music, Emphasis on Vocal Performance
Minor | Art
Year | 2000
Hometown | Ontario, OR
My Pacific Story | I was a transfer student. When I decided to transfer I had visited, registered for classes, bought a sweatshirt, and a bumper sticker—all for another university. My mom was adamant that I needed to visit at least one other institution. One of my high school teachers had been talking to me about Pacific for a couple of years, as his middle son was a current student and his youngest son (who was in my class) was looking at attending there as well. He kept insisting that Pacific would be a good fit for me. 

I was scheduled to be in this area for state solo and ensemble festival so I figured why not, it doesn’t hurt to go visit and get them off my back. We arrived on campus in the pouring down rain, yet on the campus tour I realized this is where I was supposed to be. For the record, I detest the rain with a passion. But I truly appreciated that people knew each other, took the time to say hello, and seemed to care about their peers. I would not be another number but a part of a community that I now know as the Pacific family.

Advice for Incoming Students | Your experience at Pacific is what you make it. If you go to class and go back to your room, that is an experience, but not one I would recommend. 

If you go to class, get involved with a club or organization, join a study group, etc…that is a much more enriching experience. The outside the classroom experience is designed to enhance and put into practice everything you are learning inside the classroom. You may not realize it now but in 5, 10, maybe 15+ years from now, you will realize just how important creating your own experience and all that you learned outside the classroom really was.

Advice for Family Members | You did it!  You have successfully supported your student through their first steps (and the many more that followed) in their educational career.  Now you become their support system, most likely from a distance, as they continue their journey of exploration to further their academics in pursuit of a career they are passionate about. The process of learning how to be supportive of their decisions when it isn’t exactly how you want them to do it can be very difficult.  Just remember, you raised them to be who they are. Trust that you did your job well and when they need you, you will be there.    

Julie Huestis
Julie Huestis 

Freshman Coordinator

Hello! My name is Julie Huestis and I am a junior from Felts Mills, New York. I am majoring in Exercise Science (Integrative Physiology track) with a minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders. During my time at Pacific, I have been elected the vice president for Pre-Physical Therapy club and am an active member of Exercise Science, Unified Sports, and the Handball club. Under work-study, I have been employed both in Game Management and in Undergraduate Admissions. In admissions, I work as an Admissions Counselor Assistant and as receptionist with active roles in Senior Preview Scholarship Day, Admitted Students Day, as a tour guide, and this will be my first year as part of the CASBE (College of Arts, Sciences, Business, and Education) panel. Outside of work and school, as an active player on the Handball team we have been fortunate to win three National Championships in a row and five out of the last six. In addition to that, this summer was my first time coaching a Special Olympics Softball team in coordination with the Special Olympics Committee and PSU, and I am currently volunteering to build my observational hours for physical therapy. I am so excited to work with my fellow Boxers to make this orientation one for the books and one that you will never forget.

Samara Cook

Transfer Coordinator

Hi, my name is Samara Cook. I came to Pacific as a transfer student in the fall of 2017. I am a senior this year, majoring in Psychology. I have held work study positions in both Student Life and at the Technology Help Desk. As a fellow Veteran, I have worked closely with Faculty and Staff to help with student Veterans at Pacific and have been involved in many of the activities to get the Veterans Club and the Student Veterans Resource Center ready for our student Veterans to utilize in the coming year. I hope to continue on at Pacific after graduating with my Bachelors in Psychology and earn a seat in the Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program. Hopefully after obtaining an OTD here at Pacific, I would like to work with Veterans as an Occupational Therapist, enriching the lives of those who have served our country!


Leahamae Vazquez 

Family Coordinator

Hello! My name is Leeahamae Vazquez, and I’m originally from McKinleyville, California. I’m a senior Anthropology major. While at Pacific, I’ve been lucky enough to have been an active member of Theta Nu Alpha Sorority, a Social Justice Educator at the Student Multicultural Center, and to have studied abroad in the Spring of 2017 in London. Outside of the classroom, I have found a love for traveling, going to concerts, and helping others find their home at Pacific. I have worked with Orientation for the last four years, both as a Boxer Ambassador and as an Orientation Program Assistant.This year, I am so excited to work with my fellow Orientation Coordinators to make 2018’s Orientation one to remember!


Jazmin Gentry 

Freshman Coordinator

Hi! My name is Jazmin Gentry. I am from Bend, Oregon and will be going into my senior year here at Pacific University. I’m majoring in Film and Video with a minor in Photography. During my time at Pacific, I have been heavily involved with Greek life.Currently I am the Vice President and New Member Coordinator for the Alpha Kappa Delta Sorority. Last semester I had the opportunity to study abroad in York, England. It was an incredible and life changing experience! In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my friends and family, as well reading, traveling, taking beautiful photographs, and hiking. I am delighted to have the opportunity to work as an Orientation Coordinator and excited to make this years orientation the best one yet!