Antelope Intros: Daniel Castaneda and Esther Hardaway
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.
Job title: University development counselor, College of Theology
Job location: Dallas
What attracted you to GCU? The recent partnership with Christ For The Nations. I was working there as the domestic enrollment supervisor and was recommended by them for my current role.
What do you do for fun and where do you find that outlet? Besides spending time with my family and enjoying them, I like to sing, play guitar and write songs.
What are you passionate about? Besides the Lord, people. They matter most. And within that paradigm, my sweet and beautiful wife and amazing kiddos!
What are your favorite places or events in the Valley that you like to visit? I got to visit Gateway Church in Scottsdale. It was awesome.
Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know: I’ve had about three major car accidents where I stared death in the face and it couldn’t touch me! Wasn’t my time yet! See Psalms 31-15: “My times are in your hands …”
What are you most proud of? God and what He’s done in me and for me. I also am super proud to be married to my sweet and beautiful bride, Stephany, and to have four kids who are 5, 4, 2 and 10 months old. #GodisGood
Job title: Business analyst, Student Information System
Job location: 27th Avenue, Building 71
What attracted you to GCU? I worked in the past with a number of GCU employees. I’ve only heard great things about GCU, specifically the sense of community here. I’ve been here for four weeks and I’m very impressed with the culture here at GCU.
What do you do for fun and where do you find that outlet? My outlet is my son. He is just over 1 year old, and I love seeing him explore the world for the first time.
What are you passionate about? Food! I love to cook for my family and love experiencing new restaurants. Nothing brings people together better than food.
What are your favorite places or events in the Valley that you like to visit? My favorite event in the Valley is the Greek Festival every fall in Phoenix. Opa!
Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know: I’ve visited 10 foreign countries. I believe travelling and experiencing different cultures gives you a healthy world view.
What are you most proud of? My amazing family! I have a husband, 11-year-old stepson and 1-year-old son. I never thought I would enjoy being outnumbered, but my boys take good care of me.