Meet the Advisors

The Student Services Center offers 15-Minute and 30-Minute appointments.  Visit our Schedule an Appointment page or check your Cal State LA email for more information on how to schedule an appointment.

Armenuhi KaragyulyanArmenuhi Karagyulyan, Professional Staff Advisor

Armine Karagyulyan began her career in higher education when she fell in love with helping people as an undergraduate student at Cal State Northridge. She earned her BA in Psychology and after some soul-searching, she realized she loved higher education and was passionate about helping college students particularly. She went on to earn her M.S. degree in Counseling, with an emphasis on College Counseling and Student Services from Cal State Northridge. Throughout her journey, Armine has worked at various campuses helping students with academic and career counseling.

She is very passionate about helping students in their personal and professional development and hopes to inspire, motivate, and guide students in recognizing their full potential. Her philosophy weighs heavily on the concept of fostering interdependence among students. Ultimately, the vision of witnessing growth in students is the most rewarding aspect of the profession and is her motivation and commitment to the counseling field.

Belem EncisoBelem Enciso, Professional Staff Advisor

Belem Enciso earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Los Angeles.  She went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Education, Option Educational Foundations from Cal State LA.  During her professional  career at Cal State LA, she has had the opportunity to work in both areas of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs.  She joined the CBE family as an Academic Advisor in 2012.  She is dedicated to assisting students achieve their academic and professional goals.

Beth YuanBeth Yuan, Professional Staff Advisor

Beth Yuan graduated with a B.A. in International Relations from University of California, Davis, and a MBA from California State University, Los Angeles. She has over 15 years of experience at Cal State L.A., working in various departments like Extended Education, Admissions, and currently serves as an academic advisor.  Beth volunteered at the Billie Jean King & Friends Event. She enjoys reading, traveling, and the nature.


Brenda SolorioBrenda Solorio, Professional Staff Advisor

Brenda Solorio graduated from Cal State University Northridge with a Bachelor’s in Chicana/o Studies. She went on to complete a Master’s in Guidance and Counseling from Loyola Marymount University and is currently working on a Master’s in Business Administration from Cal State LA. Her career started in community education programs with a focus on college access for underserved students, serving populations such as parenting teens, foster youth and at-risk youth. She is passionate about student empowerment and access to higher education for all.

Joaquin FrancoJoaquin Franco, Professional Staff Advisor

Joaquin Franco earned his B.A. in Human Services at Cal State Fullerton and his Master’s in Educational Administration at Cal State Northridge. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the Ed.D. Educational Leadership program at Cal State Northridge.  His dissertation is on the first-year transitional experiences of foster youth.  Joaquin’s passion and focus is on assisting disadvantaged populations.  He has spent years working with groups such as foster youth, first-generation, low-income and AB 540 students.  He has worked at Cal State L.A. for 4 years as an Academic Advisor.

Joaquin believes each student has the potential to succeed in whatever endeavors they choose and his focus is on removing any barriers that prevent students from being successful.  He believes on taking a holistic approach to advisement focusing on the students’ strengths to acknowledge the power they possess and to empower them to become good global citizens.

Monica LeeMonica C Lee, Professional Staff Advisor

Monica Lee graduated from UCLA with a Master’s in Education, along with a single-subject teaching credential in Science (Biology, Chemistry, General Science) and Physical Education. She started her career in teaching middle and high school for a few years before transitioning to Higher Education. Along with being an Academic Advisor for the College of Business and Economics, Monica also teaches Kinesiology courses as adjunct faculty within the college of Health and Human Services.

Siu LeungSiu Leung, Professional Staff Advisor

Siu Leung is originally from Hong Kong and grew up in Los Angeles.  He got his Bachelors of Science in Applied Ecology (think environmental engineering/sciences) at the University of California, Irvine.  He joined the Cal State LA family in 2006 and has held positions in both Student Affairs and Academic Affairs. He also brings experiences from various private institutions with him, including Conexant (formally Rockwell Semiconductor Systems), Prime Wheel (OEM wheel manufacturing company), and eToys (e-commerce company). He also enjoys sports, watching movies, television shows, and art. He has also helped to plan and curate art shows at a local art gallery with various artists and professionals from Disney, Dreamworks, Warner Bros…etc. and is known to have created some art work of his own.

Janet VeraDr. Janet Vera Lopez, Director of the Student Services Center

Dr. Janet Vera Lopez is the Director of Student Services Center in the College of Business and Economics. Dr. Vera Lopez received a B.A. in Sociology and Spanish Literature from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), an M.Ed. in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at the University of Southern California (USC). Her doctoral dissertation examined the reasons undergraduate students participate in international education using a gap analysis model.

Prior to coming to Cal State LA, Janet served as the Director of the Student Success and Support Program (SSSP) at Irvine Valley College (IVC). Janet also previously held positions in USC's Marshall School of Business and in the Undergraduate Research Center (URC) and the Psychology Department at UCLA. Janet is committed to student success and has over 10 years of experience in various areas including advising, curriculum development, first-year experience programs, leadership development, assessment, academic support services, orientation, and admissions. In her free time, Janet enjoys traveling, teaching, and spending time with her family and friends.

Graduate Admissions
Jane Ratan
, Graduate Admissions Counselor

Graduate Advisor (MBA/MSBA Program)
Dr. Steve McGuire
Phone No.: (323) 343-2897
Office: Simpson Tower, ST F706

Preparing for Your Advisement Session:
1. Please be prepared with the questions you want to ask your advisor.
2. If you have questions about university university policies and regulations, please check the university catalog.  If you need further guidance, feel free to make an appointment with an advisor.
3. If you wish to discuss your academic plan please review your Unofficial Transcripts, as well as your CAAR (advisement) report in your GET account before your advisement appointment.
5. Plan ahead in order to make the time with your Advisor more productive.

Expectations of Students:
It is important for you to take an active role in advisement. You are responsible for making and following through on your own decisions.
1. See an Advisor on a regular basis and show up on time to the appointment.
2. Check your CSULA email regularly. This is the official means of communication used by the University. (You can find step-by-step instructions to forward your CSULA email to your personal account at the following link: Forwarding CSULA email to personal email)
3. Arrive to advisement sessions with a list of questions and issues to discuss with your Advisor.
4. Know the requirements for staying in good standing.

Expectations of Advisors:
1. Assist with major, general education, and university requirements.
2. Review your selection of classes to make sure courses are appropriate.
3. Help you develop strategies for academic success.
4. Provide information regarding University requirements, policies & procedures.