Our Team

Summer Community Assistants

Crisdel Aguila
Crisdel Aguila
Summer Community Assistant

I love to eat and I love being a woman. I love the beach. Cheesecake is everything. I'm excited to be working here.

Dejaney McDonald
Dejaney McDonald
Summer Community Assistant

Dejaney is a fourth-year Mass Communications major. She enjoys reading, writing and watching TV.

Esmeralda Mercado
Esmeralda Mercado
Summer Community Assistant

I love hiking, reading, eating, going to the gym, trying new things, and rewatching "That 70's Show."

Evelyn Toro
Evelyn Toro
Summer Community Assistant

I am a Business major with an emphasis in Management. I love to write poetry and listen to music.

Jesus Aguilar
Jesus Aguilar
Summer Community Assistant

I recently graduated in the Class of 2019 in Kinesiology and will hopefully enter a graduate program in Occupational Therapy.

Karina Varela
Karina Varela
Summer Community Assistant

I am a criminal justice major and this is my junior year. I gradute spring 2020 with a Bachelor's and plan to be in law enforcement.

Kennet Souvannarith
Kennet Souvannarith
Summer Community Assistant

2nd year Summer Community Assistant. Computer Info Systems IT major. Loves anime, video games, long walks on the beach and deep fried memes.

Lauren Diana
Lauren Diana
Summer Community Assistant

I am a second-year. I'll be majoring in Television, Film, and Media Studies with a focus in Journalism and minoring in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. 

Omar Edwards
Omar Edwards
Summer Community Assistant

Graduating senior majoring in Liberal Studies and minoring in Pan African Studies. Competed on the Cal State LA Track team, 2 of which I was team captain. Housing resident since 2015.

Porscha Vines
Porscha Vines
Summer Community Assistant

I am happy to be employed by Cal State LA Housing and Reisndet Life! Wooooo!! I am an English major and I am a 5th-year senior.

Student Staff

Celine Dino
Celine Dino
Office Assistant

Celine is a fourth-year Child Development major. Her hobbies include being outdoors, swimming, hiking, doing anything active and beach days.

Christian Avendano
Christian Avendano
Marketing Assistant & Videographer

Christian is a senior majoring in Television, Film and Media. His hobbies include Taekwondo, video games, and anime.

Destiny Martinez
Destiny Martinez
Office Assistant

Destiny is a fourth-year Child Developement major. She likes hanging out with friends and having a good time.

Diana Yoon
Diana Yoon
Office Assistant

Diana is a fourth-year student majoring in Business Administration with a focus in Accounting.

HaEun Lee
HaEun Lee
Marketing Assistant & Graphic Designer

HaEun is a third-year Art major with an emphasis on Graphic Design. She enjoys watching her favorite shows on Netflix and loves to eat. Her Instagram feed is full of dog, cat and food posts.

Jessica McDonald
Jessica McDonald
Office Assistant

Jessica is a second year Urban Learning major who enjoys going to Disneyland and spending time with her family.

Khy-Lan Patton
Khy-Lan Patton
Office Assistant

Khy-Lan is a fourth-year student majoring in Political Science with a focus in Pre-Law and minoring in Pan-African Studies, Real Estate and Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is from Long Beach and loves playing The Sims 4. 

Ojene Basmadjian
Ojene Basmadjian
Marketing Assistant & Videographer

Ojene is a Communications major. She has a passion for media and entertainment because she's been exposed to and fascinated by them all her life.

Rudy Galindo
Rudy Galindo
Facilities Assistant

Rudy is originally from Ojai. He's a senior studying Mechanical Engineering and enjoys hiking, movies and the beach.

Professional Staff

Rebecca Palmer
Rebecca Palmer
Director of Housing and Residence Life
Phone/Ext:
323-343-4804

Rebecca likes taking her dogs to the dog beach on the weekend. Her passion is focusing on students' growth and creating socially-just environments where everyone can succeed.

Nadine Kelley
Nadine Kelley
Associate Director of Business Operations
Phone/Ext:
323-343-4818

Nadine enjoys traveling with great friends and family. She intends to experience the various cultures of the world through her travels.

Steph Kaneen
Steph Kaneen
Assistant Director
Phone/Ext:
323-343-4812

Steph is originally from Orange County, CA. Steph is a proud transfer student where they received their associates from Cypress College, bachelors and masters from California Lutheran University. Steph is a total geek and enjoys board and video games, Harry Potter and RuPaul’s Drag Race. What Steph enjoys the most is spending time with their wife, Heather, newborn baby,Finn, and their miniature dachshund, Kona!

Mark Facio
Mark Facio
Assistant Director of Facilities
Phone/Ext:
323-343-4805

Mark is a proud parent of two pups.

Demontea Thompson
Demontea Thompson
Resident Director
Phone/Ext:
323-343-4817

Demontea is passionate about igniting conversations and collaboration across fields to solve problems students face. He enjoys performing slam poetry, writing and storytelling.

Fernando Garcia
Fernando Garcia
Resident Director
Phone/Ext:
323-343-4803

Fernando is originally from Riverside, CA. He completed his undergraduate studies at UCSB and graduate work at SDSU. He enjoys traveling the world and experiencing other cultures with his wife. He is also an avid fan of live music and loves going to concerts to unwind.

Rich Ramón
Rich Ramón
Assistant to Director
Phone/Ext:
323-343-4822

Rich enjoys exploring new food, traveling and camping with family. He also loves to paint and write fiction. 

Maria Ruiz
Student Relations & Outreach Coordinator
Phone/Ext:
323-343-4810

Maria is a huge fan of pop culture and celebrities. She also loves to travel.

Tiffany Thomas
Summer Conferences Coordinator
Phone/Ext:
323-343-2527

Tiffany is your go-to person for all things related to Summer Conferences.

Kimberly Taylor
Assistant Assignments Coordinator
Phone/Ext:
323-343-4814

Ms. Kim is a huge fan of board games.

Monica Corona-Michel
Resource Coordinator
Phone/Ext:
323-343-5210

Monica is a first-generation Mexican American alumna of Cal State LA. She enjoys working with numbers and is currently pursuing her Master's in Public Administration at Cal State LA.

Anne Gonzalez-Vazquez
Assistant Resource Coordinator
Phone/Ext:
323-343-4811

Anne has been working in the Office of Housing and Residence Life for over 10 years.

Miguel Mota
Miguel Mota
Facilities Lead

Miguel believes that we are all people, so we should live up to good ethics and values.

Angel Birrueta
Angel Birrueta
Maintenance Mechanic

Angel enjoys playing paintball and restoring his 1967 Chevelle.

Fausto Esquivel
Fausto Esquivel
Maintenance Mechanic

Fausto enjoys the freedom and value of this great country.

Jonathan Sanchez
Jonathan Sanchez
Maintenance Mechanic
Phone/Ext:
323-343-4809

Johnathan is a well-rounded, skilled tradesman. He enjoys outdoor activities with family and friends in his spare time.

Keith Schwab
Keith Schwab
Facilities Maintenance Mechanic

Keith enjoys working on home-improvement projects and recently built a gazebo in his backyard.

David Vazquez
David Vazquez
Faclities Worker

David likes spending time with his family and dancing salsa. He also likes eating taquitos with guacamole and ceviche.