Staff Directory

Summer Community Assistants

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Alexandra Strong
Summer Community Assistant

Alexandra is from San Jose, CA. She is a third-year Computer Science major. She enjoys playing video games, designing games, creating computer programs, traveling, and trying new foods.

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Christina Law
Summer Community Assistant

Christina is from Sacremento, CA. She will be graduating in December with a degree in Psychology, with which she hopes to become a counselor in the future. In her free time, she enjoys writing and cooking. 

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Esmeralda Mercado
Summer Community Assistant

Esmeralda is from Compton, CA. She is a first-generation college student who is majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in Political Science. She enjoys going to the gym and listening to music, and she loves classic cars.

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Evelyn Toro
Summer Community Assistant

Evelyn is from Lynwood, CA. She is a Business major with a passion for poetry. It is her fourth year of college.

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Felipe Segura
Summer Community Assistant

Felipe is from South El Monte, CA. He is a sophomore majoring in Criminal Justice. His hobbies include working out, stargazing, and playing soccer and video games.

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Jesus Aguilar
Sumer Community Assistant

Jesus is from San Diego, CA. He is majoring in Kinesiology with a focus in Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation; it is his fourth year of college. In his spare time, he enjoys playing the guitar. 

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Joseph Buckner
Summer Community Assistant

Joseph is from Palmdale, CA. He is in his fourth year of college, pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice, and he has experience as a sheriff explorer. He is an avid gamer. 

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Kennet Souvannarith
Summer Community Assistant

Kennet is from Los Angeles, CA. She is majoring in Computer Information Systems with a focus in Information Technology. She enjoys playing video games, going out, cooking, and trying new foods.

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Omar Edwards
Summer Community Assistant

Omar is from Sacramento, CA. He is a fourth-year Liberal Studies major. He is the team captain of Cal State LA's Track & Field Team. He enjoys video games, sports, singing, and drawing. 

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Te'Juana Johnson
Summer Community Assistant

Te'Juana is from Austin, Texas. She completed her undergraduate education at Howard University and is now attending Cal State LA in pursuit of a Master's degree in Televison, Film, and Theatre, with a focus in Acting. In her spare time, she liked to attend live performances, go to the movies and hike. 

Student Staff

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Ceejay Garcia
Office Assistant

Ceejay likes any type of food and the beach.

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Christian Avendano
Marketing Assistant & Videographer

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

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Dani Crockett
Maintenance Assistant

Dani likes memes and long walks on the beach.

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Dejaney McDonald
Office Assistant

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

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Evelyn Felix
Office Assistant

Evelyn enjoys traveling, hanging out with friends and going on adventures.

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Julissa Amezquita
Office Assistant

Julissa is a fourth-year Spanish major who likes going to the rodeo on the weekends.

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Kelly Tsoi
Marketing Assistant & Graphic Designer

Kelly likes Star Wars, Harry Potter and sleeping.

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Ojene Basmadjian
Marketing Assistant & Videogarpher

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.

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Patrick Bedolla
Maintenance Assistant

Patrick likes to make people laugh.

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Rudy Galindo
Maintenance Assistant

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

Professional Staff

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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.

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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.

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Sam Prater
Associate Director of Residence Life, Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Phone/Ext:
323-343-4812

Sam enjoys spending time with his 13 siblings, eating and live music. He’s passionate about social justice, education and advocating for students.

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

Mark is a proud parent of two pups.

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Betty Arias
Resident Director
Phone/Ext:
323-343-4808

Betty has a B.A. in Communications. She enjoys doing arts and crafts and spending time with family.

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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.

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Tait Brooks
Resident Director
Phone/Ext:
323-343-4819

Tait is a native of Texas, but has lived in six states. He believes that exposure leads to enlightment, and encourages all students to explore and become more educated through travel.

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Resident Director
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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. 

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Stephanie Abraham
Communications Coordinator
Phone/Ext:
323-343-4813

Stephanie is an alumna of Cal State LA. While she was a student here, she completed an MA in Cultural Studies and founded the campus' feminist magazine LOUDmouth.

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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.

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Gabriela Contreras
Assignment Coordinator
Phone/Ext:
323-343-4800

Gabriela graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a Bachelor's in Communications. She recently completed a Master’s in Counseling.

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

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 10 years.

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Miguel Mota
Facilities Lead

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

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Angel Birrueta
Maintenance Mechanic

Angel enjoys playing paintball and restoring his 1967 Chevelle.

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Fausto Esquivel
Maintenance Mechanic

Fausto enjoys the freedom and value of this great country.

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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.

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Keith Schwab
Facilities Maintenance Mechanic

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

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David Vazquez
Faclities Worker

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