Eugene Adams: Eugene graduated Cum Laude from Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications. He completed his Master of Arts in Educational Counseling at CSUDH. Prior to joining CSULA, he worked at various community colleges in over 7 different positions such as General Counselor, EOPS counselor, Athletic Counselor, Program Coordinator, instructor, assistant-professor, and as a College Recruiter. His interest and dedication to student success in the classroom and in the workplace has led to his creation of a new brand for students designed to create new jobs, new scholarships, and a new status for top students. In his free time, Eugene writes poetry, studies Eastern Philosophy, and the Martial Arts.
Derrick Baker: Derrick earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. While attending UCLA as an undergraduate student-athlete, Derrick served as a volunteer athletic peer counselor with special interests in stress management and performance enhancement. Following graduation, Derrick worked in the youth education field, university recreation, and sports training for 15 years. Since receiving his Master of Arts degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Counseling from Springfield College in Western Massachusetts, Derrick has worked with UCLA Athletics, Santa Barbara City College EOPS, and the Chapman University system providing academic advising, athletic coaching, and personal life skills counseling to underrepresented, at-risk students as well as non-traditional students and military students. Outside the office Derrick enjoys being a new daddy and spending time with his son. He also enjoys writing, traveling, watching and attending sporting events, in addition to keeping fit.
Bobbie Galaz: Bobbie is an alumna of CSULA holding a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree in Psychology. Bobbie has been serving the students and faculty of CSULA for over ten years. In this time, she has served as Psychology Department Advisor, a general advisor for the UAAC (University Academic Advisement Center), Infrastructure Subcommittee for Semester Conversion, a Vocational Assessor for a non-profit organization, and has also taught for the College of Health and Human Services: HHS 101. Currently, she coordinates the Probation and Disqualification Procedures for the NSSAAC. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family.
David Levyssohn: David graduated from CSU, Monterey Bay with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. He worked at CSU, Monterey Bay as a counselor and the Coordinator of Student Support Services (TRiO) while completing his Master of Arts in Education. His thesis titled, “Promoting First-Generation Student Success: Establish a Connection, Eliminate Confusion, and Build Confidence” is directly related to student success. After 8 years of working as an academic counselor and instructor, David returned to school in pursuit of a Master of Arts in Peacemaking and Conflict Studies from Fresno Pacific University. In fall 2013, David will begin doctoral work at CSU, Northridge. Prior to joining Cal State L.A., David worked as an academic counselor at CSU Monterey Bay, San Joaquin Delta College, and Fresno State. He has experience as an instructor of Freshmen Seminar courses at CSU, Monterey Bay, and Self-Assessment, Career Exploration, Academic Success, and Orientation courses at San Joaquin Delta College. He has also trained students, staff and faculty and taught classes in Conflict Resolution Education at Elementary Schools and High Schools in Fresno County. In his free time, David enjoys writing music, surfing, golf, and spending time with friends and family.
Valentina Ovasapyan: Valentina is the Administrative Support Assistant at the NSS Academic Advisement Center. She maintains undergraduate student records, places and removes holds for students who are on academic probation or have been disqualified. In addition to managing the daily operations at the Advisement Center, she maintains the advisors’ calendars ensuring timely appointments for our students. Valentina collects syllabi and orders textbooks for all NSS 101 and NSS 301 classes. Prior to joining the NSS Academic Advisement Center, she worked at the Department of Mathematics assisting the Associate Chair in hiring teaching assistants and part-time faculty, building quarterly class schedules and updating the department scheduling database. Prior to joining CSULA, Valentina was the Office Manager at a mortgage company for thirteen years.
In her free time, she enjoys reading, doing arts and crafts, painting, and spending time with her family, friends, and puppies.
Charity Perry: Charity Perry is an alumna of CSULA receiving both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Sociology. For several years she has taught in the Sociology Department here at CSULA and Introduction to Higher Education (Critical Thinking) for the College of Natural and Social Sciences first- year students. Charity continues to contribute to academics through writing and research publications and is in her final year of a doctoral program in Marriage and Family Therapy. In her down time she enjoys cycling, reading and most of all spending time with her family and friends.
Alentina Vardanyan: Alentina graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Education Studies. She completed her Master of Arts in Organization and Leadership in Higher and Postsecondary Education with an emphasis in Organizational and Institutional Analysis from Columbia University. Prior to joining CSULA, she worked for UCLA’s Career Center, the Office of Residential Services at Teachers College, Columbia University and taught English at a private institute in Los Angeles. Her interest and dedication to student learning and student success has led to her involvement and participation in professional associations geared toward college students one of which being the UCLA AAP Scholarship Committee. In her free time, Alentina enjoys traveling, reading literature and poetry, yoga, and spending time with friends and family.