Dean of Graduate Studies

Karin Elliott Brown
Karin Elliott Brown, PhD
Associate Vice President and Dean of Graduate Studies

Dr. Karin Elliott Brown currently serves as the Dean of Graduate Studies. Prior to this appointment she served as the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research for three years, Director of the School of Social Work at Cal State LA for five years, Director of the BA in Social Work program for six years, and as a faculty member in the School of Social Work for 15 years. She has over 25 years of experience within the field of social work as an educator and practitioner. Her practice experience has been in public child welfare and medical social work. 

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Professional Staff

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Andrew Chavez, M.A.
Coordinator, Graduate Resource Center

Andrew Chavez is the Coordinator of the Graduate Resource Center. Prior to this role, Andrew served as the WSCUC Support Assistant and helped to prepare Cal State LA for its 2019 Accreditation Review. Andrew holds an M.A. in psychology from Cal State LA and completed his master's thesis on minority students' intersecting social identities and their relationships to academic outcomes. He also serves as a lecturer in the Department of Psychology. In addition to current events in higher education, Andrew closely follows LGBTQ+ issues, the impact that climate change has on endangered species and their ecosystems, and pop culture.

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Veronica Ramirez, B.S.
Office Manager

Veronica Ramirez has worked at all levels of education since 2000, having worked at USC, USC Head Start, Long Beach Day Nursery, and California State Preschool Program before coming to Cal State LA. She has a bachelor's degree in Human Services and Management from the University of Phoenix, and is currently researching potential master's degree programs. She is a parent advocate and enjoys spending time with her daughters.

Graduate Student Assistants

Ma Ledi Ham Loot
Ma Ledi Ham Loot
Graduate Student Assistant & M.S. Candidate, Healthcare Management

Ma Ledi Ham Loot is an international graduate student in Healthcare Management. Prior to locating in the United States, she was a nurse supervisor in a government hospital in the Philippines and a clinical instructor at a nursing school. She was an active youth leader and has represented the Philippines during the Jenesys 2.0 Medical Service course in Japan in 2014. She studied verbal abuse in the workplace as part of her Master of Arts in Nursing program, which she finished in 2015. She did several advocacy talks about family planning, HIV/AIDS, STD prevention, and teenage pregnancy in villages in the Philippines as part of her outreach efforts. Currently, she is the Chief Communications Officer of the Leadership Development Association of the College of Business and Economics.

Sara Johnson
Graduate Student Assistant & M.S. Candidate

Sara Johnson is a graduate student in the department of Geosciences and the Environment with a certificate in Geographic Information System (GIS). At CSULA, she is a graduate researcher in the NASA DIRECT-STEM program, and an active member in  Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU)-Lambda Pi chapter. Her interests are in water management, climatology, and sustainable cities.

Writing Consultants, Spring 2020

Gabriel Avila
Writing Consultant; M.A. Candidate, Art History

Gabriel Avila holds a BA from California State University, Long Beach, and an AA Degree from Santa Monica College, both in Art History. He has been the recipient of various scholarships and awards, including the Edith Macho Art History Award while at CSULB, the Simon Trust Scholarship award at SMC, The Artists Showcase award at LA Valley College, and was the banner holder for the College of the Arts at CSULB, an honor reserved only for the outstanding Graduate students at commencement. He was a founding docent at GLAMFA 2017, and volunteers at MOLAA in Long Beach. Mr. Avila has worked with LA Based Noted Recycle artist Luis Villanueva as assistant curator for 10 years while at annual festival. Mr. Avila has been featured at the Merlino Gallery in a group exhibition in 2015, and is also a performing artist specializing in Folklorico performance, art, history, and cultural awareness. Mr. Avila has worked extensively in the LA basin, and has travelled throughout the Continental United States with performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Disney Concert Hall, The Broad Stage, The Smothers Brothers Theatre, The Hollywood Bowl, The Ford Amphitheater, The Dolby Theater,  and The Grammys.  Mr. Avila owns a dance company comprised of 20 dancers who perform throughout the year culminating in an annual recital for friends family and fans. 

Michiko Soto
Writing Consultant; M.A. Candidate, Latin American Studies
Billy Sooksavath
Writing Consultant; M.A. Candidate, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Thesis Reviewers, Spring 2020

Christine Pallette
Thesis Reviewer/Graduate Student, Department of Communication Disorders

Christine is studying to be a speech language pathologist. She has an MA in English Literature from the University of Chicago. Following that, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer and teacher in Uganda. She has also worked as a tutor and freelance editor. In her spare time, she likes to garden and read.

Victor Bustamante
Thesis Reviewer/Graduate Student, Department of Accounting