Meet the Advisors

To meet with an advisor, please schedule an appointment online, click on “Schedule an Advisement Appointment.”

Janet VeraDr. Janet K. Vera, 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 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.

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




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.

Joaquin FrancoJoaquin Franco, Professional Staff Advisor




Monica LeeMonica C Lee, Professional Staff Advisor




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.

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 the policies and regulations of the university, please check the university catalog.  If you are still unsure and 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 attending your appointment.
5. Plan ahead in order to make your time with an Advisor more productive.

Expectations of Students:
It is important for students to understand that they must take an active role in advisement. Students are responsible for making and following through on their own decisions. They are expected to
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 at advisement sessions with a list of questions and issues to discuss with the Advisor.
4. Know the requirements for staying in good standing.
5. Maintain accurate and complete advising records.

Expectations of Advisors:
1. Assist the student with their declared major and general education requirements.
2. Review the students’ selection of classes to make sure courses are appropriate.
3. Help the student develop strategies for academic success.4. Provide information regarding University requirements, policies & procedures.
5. Maintain accurate and complete advising records.