Meet the Counselors

Elisha Creighton

Regional Admissions Counselor

Service Regions

Greater Los Angeles and Southern California

Five Fun Facts

  • I like to watch Korean Dramas.
  • I’ve had a Disneyland Annual Pass for 10 years.
  • I Google EVERYTHING!
  • If I could eat one thing without any consequence it would be potatoes.
  • I waited in line at midnight to pick up the last book in the Harry Potter series when it was first released.

Tesia Johnson

Regional Admissions Counselor

Service Regions

Greater Bay Area and Northern California

Five Fun Facts

  • Played the violin from 3rd grade until my senior year in high school.
  • Belly dance is a passion of mine
  • Have two trophies for shooting pool
  • Have completed 3 (short distance) triathlons
  • Have trouble sleeping when I’m not near my dog, Sampson

Steve Ladwig

Interim Director

Gema Ortiz-Lombardo

C.A.M.B.I.O Grant Coordinator and Forestry/Wildland Resources Recruiter

Service Regions

Local and Central Valley (Bakersfield and Fresno)

Five Fun Facts

  • Holds a brown belt in Kuk Sool of California
  • was an NCAA track and field collegiate athlete for Humboldt State
  • Humboldt State University Alumni
  • New Mexico State University Alumni
  • Has a motorcycle license!

John Panting

Admissions Counselor

Service Regions

Local, Central Valley, Central Coast, Sacramento and out-of-state (Colorado, Texas, and Hawaii)

Five Fun Facts

  • I am a proud Alumnus of the Humboldt State College of Arts, Humanity, and Social Sciences (Anthropology, ‘10).
  • Originally I’m from Texas, but no I don’t have an accent (or boots). I have however eaten rattlesnake…
  • I love pitbulls. With disciplined training and exercise, they are the best dogs.
  • I have climbed to the top of a redwood tree, bare-footed. It was amazing going up, terrifying coming down.
  • I love HSU, especially because we have a 2000+ acre forest right behind campus.

Marc Pumpkinthief

Admissions Counselor

Service Regions

San Diego and Inland Empire/ Out of State: Idaho, Washington, and Oregon

Five Fun Facts

  • Born and raised in the Bay Area
  • Worked at a National Park
  • CSU alumni
  • Love that my last name is unique
  • Love helping students come to HSU!