Antelope Intros: James Cooney and Hannah Kleven

May 13, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Antelope Intros is a recurring GCU Today feature that introduces some of our new employees to the people around them in a way that is fun and informative. Employees are eligible to be featured in the month following their orientation.


James Cooney

James Cooney

Job title: Enrollment counselor

Job location: Peoria, 27th Avenue

What attracted you to GCU? Its culture. Some jobs are just jobs, but from the outside looking in GCU appeared to be more than that. It is creating something special here in a period of high growth. In environments like this employees typically are more motivated to succeed because of  the vast opportunities of career expansion provided. Being around highly motivated people is contagious and makes a job more enjoyable.

What do you do for fun and where do you find that outlet? I love coaching soccer. I have been the assistant coach of the Brophy College Preparatory varsity soccer team for three years. I played for the team in high school and wanted to help out when I had some time on my hands. The most enjoyable thing about it is being able to get the players to a point where they are ready to compete for a starting position at the next level. Getting recruited by a college isn’t easy, but we provide our players with a network of coaches to get the exposure required to get them there.

What are you passionate about? Business. I occasionally attend tech “meetup” events when they fit into my schedule. One place to meet like-minded people is at PHX Startup week, where you can get a good idea of what the local landscape looks like, find people who have ideas similar to yours and find potential business partners.

What are your favorite places or events in the Valley that you like to visit? I like central Phoenix. There’s Uptown Market and First Friday, among many others. I enjoy going to central Phoenix because of all the restaurants and events held there. The local restaurant scene is getting better and more expansive, which means there usually is something new to try. I also have a lot of friends who are small business vendors and have found some interesting things to find at flea markets.

Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know: I enjoy discussing startup ideas and collaborating on viability. I advise two startups in which I’ve invested.

What are you most proud of? Riding every Disneyland ride during one single-day visit. Some said we had delusions of grandeur. We had to get there early and had a plan drawn out. It was executed masterfully. It involved riding the kid rides first and getting a lot of fast passes. All who attempt will risk malnutrition and delirium. If completed you will want to reward yourself with a Chipwich or Dole Whip. It’s highly recommended.



Hannah Kleven



Job title: Enrollment counselor, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

Job location: Peoria

What attracted you to GCU? I love the atmosphere and the community that GCU has, the fact that it is a Christian university and how friendly everyone is. I graduated in April of this year and now am working full-time. GCU is just such a great place for students to grow and excel. It really cares about all of its students. I love it!

What do you do for fun and where do you find that outlet? I love being outdoors, whether that’s hiking, running or just walking around outside. I also love to hang out with my family and friends, and we always try to find new fun restaurants around the Phoenix area.

What are you passionate about? I am passionate about school, learning and helping people in any way that I can. When I was a student, I switched from nursing to psychology because I realized that I did not like stitches and needles and that I had more of a passion to talk with people about their life and help them work through different issues in their life. I added the second bachelor’s, justice studies, because I always have been interested in exploring the idea of psychology within the justice field.

What are your favorite places or events in the Valley that you like to visit? I love the Phoenix Farmers Market on Saturday morning and the State Fair and country concerts held throughout the year. I probably could not count how many country concerts I have been to — probably more than 20. The Farmers Market is a fun atmosphere with all the great food and musicians.

What are you most proud of? Graduating with two bachelor’s degrees in four years. This was important to me because neither of my parents have a degree. My parents were very supportive of my decision and encouraged me along the way.

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