Meet the Staff

Denise Price-Giesbers

Denise Price-Giesbers ‘00

Director of Orientation, Office of Transfer Student Services, Greek Life, Veteran 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 

Hello! My name is Julie Huestis and I am a senior 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 served as the vice president and president for Pre-Physical Therapy club and am an active member of Exercise Science and Unified Sports 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 with active roles in Senior Preview Scholarship Day, Admitted Students Day, as a tour guide, and as part of the CASBE (College of Arts, Sciences, Business, and Education) panel. As an active player and co-captain of the Handball team we have been fortunate to win four consecutive National Championships and six out of the last seven. In addition to that, I have served as a coach for a Special Olympics Softball team, am currently working on my senior project to introduce handball to the local area, and am volunteering to build my observational hours for physical therapy. I am so excited to work with my fellow Boxers to make this orientation one of the moments of your story that you will never forget. 


Samara Phillips
Samara Phillips

Hi, my name is Samara Phillips. I am a student Veteran who transferred to Pacific in the fall of 2017. During my time here I've held work study positions in Student Life and at the Technology Help Desk, worked on research projects with faculty, and assisted in establishing the Student Veterans Resource Center (VRC). 

I hope to continue at Pacific after graduating with my Bachelor's in Psychology and earn a seat in the Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program at our Health Professions campus in Hillsboro. I plan to utilize my education to work with Veterans, helping to enrich the lives of those who have served our country! I am so excited to be a part of the Orientation team this year. Our job is to help make your first moments at Pacific memorable ones. 


Max SmithMax Smith

Howdy there, my name's Max Smith and my preferred pronouns are they/them/theirs. The use of preferred pronouns is something that you'll see a lot of here at Pacific. I'm a senior Art History major who hails from a tiny town in the middle of nowhere, Texas. Outside of working as an Orientation Coordinator, I also participate in Art Club, the Undergraduate Student Senate, and both Greek Life and the Greek Senate. After Pacific, my absolute top two dream jobs would be in the fields of archeology or museum archival work. My favorite color is chartreuse, and I am best characterized by my undying love for vegetarian soups and my green bangs. Having been around the block a few times now, I want the incoming students to recognize me as a resource for any and all questions that they may have about Pacific and its surrounding community. 


Kalie NationKalie Nation

Hola! My name is Kalie Nation and I am a senior at Pacific! Originally, I am from Port Orchard, Washington, which is just a ferry ride away from Seattle. At Pacific I study Education and Learning and I minor in Spanish. While being a student here I have been fortunate enough to participate on three of our university's athletic teams, play on a handful of intramural teams, study abroad in England, and DJ at our campus radio station. I have worked off-campus for the majority of my time here at a local restaurant called Taqueria Corona, where I have the opportunity to practice my Spanish daily. During this last semester, I also had the chance to volunteer at a local elementary school that specializes in bilingual education. When I am not selling the best tacos in Forest Grove or in-class, I like to play Spikeball with my friends or go to games here on campus. As I move towards graduation, I look forward to the chance to introduce our incoming class to Forest Grove and all that Pacific has to offer! Go Boxers!