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.
WSCUC (WASC) Staff Support

Andrew Chavez is a recent M.A. graduate from Cal State LA’s Department of Psychology, where he is currently an adjunct professor. He examines issues in multicultural psychology from social and counseling psychology perspectives and his research focuses on the relationships between social identities, discrimination, and academic outcomes among college students. He has served multiple roles in the Office of Graduate Studies since March 2015. Currently, he provides administrative support to the different committees and teams who are working on WSCUC accreditation, program review, and assessment.

Jessica Dennis
Jessica Dennis, PhD
Director of Assessment

Dr. Dennis has been a professor at Cal State LA since 2005, where she was also a post-doctoral researcher and adjunct faculty from 2003 to 2005. Her research focuses on development in emerging adulthood with an emphasis on cross-cultural issues in family and peer relationships and the ways in which these relationships impact academic and psychosocial outcomes.

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Andrea Gutierrez, MFA
Coordinator, Graduate Resource Center

Andrea Gutierrez is a seasoned higher education professional and college instructor. She has worked with undergraduates and graduates at colleges and universities throughout California, including the Claremont Colleges, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Riverside, and now Cal State LA. She earned a B.A. in German Studies at Scripps College in Claremont and an MFA in Creative Writing at UC Riverside. In addition to her work as an educator, Andrea is a writer, editor, and audio producer.

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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

Sara Johnson
Graduate Student Assistant & M.A. candidate, Geography
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.

Writing Consultants, Fall 2018

Priscilla Contreras
Writing Consultant & M.A. candidate, English
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Adam Kendall
Writing Consultant & M.A. candidate, History

Adam Kendall is a graduate student in History, specializing in American and World History. For over a twenty years he has been a keen student of fraternal societies, and has published widely on the subject in academic journals such as the European Journal of American Culture. He has also lectured at symposia throughout the U.S., Canada, and western Europe. For ten years prior to relocating to Los Angeles from San Francisco, he was the director of a museum specializing in mid-19th to 20th century California history as told through the lens of American fraternal orders. In addition, fascinated by his own family’s long history, his interest in California extends to the study of Californio and other Hispano societies of the western U.S.­

Alexandria Vickery
Writing Consultant & M.A. candidate, Education

Thesis Reviewers, Fall 2018

Christine Pallette
Thesis Reviewer & Postbac Student, 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.

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Natalie Vindivich
Thesis Reviewer & M.A. candidate, Anthropology

Natalie is a third-year graduate student in the Anthropology department. She looks at cultures from a historical and sociocultural point of view and helps to interpret their stories in a way that might be beneficial to the world today. Her current research involves examining her time spent collecting data in Alaska and she aims to eventually pursue a PhD. Natalie received her B.A. from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania, in English Literature in 2008, where she worked as a writing center consultant. In addition to her work at Cal State LA, she freelances as a member of the Screen Actors Guild, is an AirBnB host, and enjoys playing guitar and banjo.  

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Wil Schimmeyer
Thesis Reviewer & M.M. candidate, Music