Our Team

Academic Advisors

Maria Anzaldo
Maria Anzaldo
Academic Advisor

Maria Anzaldo has a diverse background in management, program development, and advisement of students in higher education.  Ms. Anzaldo encourages students to do one or all of the following: volunteer, internships, research programs, study abroad, and work opportunities that will help students apply school learning to meaningful work after graduation.  She strives to create an environment where students feel supported in achieving their educational and career goals.  Her educational background consists of the following:

Master of Public Administration (in progress)

MS Counseling opt. Rehabilitation

        Career Counseling Certificate

BA Sociology opt. Law and Society

AA Social and Behavioral Sciences

Ana Fernandez
Ana Fernandez
Academic Advisor

Ana completed her bachelor’s degree in Sociology, with a concentration in Education at Cal State Fullerton. She then completed her Masters of Science in Counseling, in Student Development in Higher Education (SDHE) from California State University, Long Beach. Working at CSULA presented a fantastic opportunity to get involved within her community, and she is loving being a Golden Eagle. 

Being a first-generation low income student herself, completing her degrees took a long time!  However, like many students, she persevered with the help of excellent academic advising and a lot of hard work.  Her commitment and passion for helping students access and navigate the higher education system comes from her own personal experiences, and she is committed to helping our students change their lives by achieving their goals.

In her free time, Ana enjoys spending time with her family!

Bobbie Galaz
Bobbie Galaz
Academic Advisor

Bobbie is an alumna of CSULA holding a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree in Psychology. Bobbie has been serving the students and faculty of CSULA for over ten years. In this time, she has served as Psychology Department Advisor, a general advisor for the UAAC (University Academic Advisement Center), Infrastructure Subcommittee for Semester Conversion, a Vocational Assessor for a non-profit organization, and has also taught for the College of Health and Human Services: HHS 101. Currently, she coordinates the Probation and Disqualification Procedures for the NSSAAC. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family. 

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Jeremy Sermeno
Academic Advisor

Jeremy is an alumnus of CSULA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Public Relations. He started off at Cal State LA in Fall of 2010 where he then was working as a student assistant for the Cashiers and Disbursement office. Jeremy graduated in Fall of 2012 and started working as a full-time staff member here on campus for the Graduation Office as a Graduation Evaluator in January of 2013. He discovered a passion in helping out students and applied here to the NSS Advisement Center where he is now a part of our NSS Advisement team. Jeremy strives to keep our students on track toward graduating and will continue to assist them in all their educational needs. On his spare time, Jeremy enjoys exercising and being around his family and friends, but most importantly he loves spending time with his beautiful daughter and taking her to the movies. 

Rick Urban
Academic Advisor

Rick Urban is an alumni from CSULA.  He went to CSULA for his BA degree and went to grad school here for Psychology.  Rick has worked for the University for some time in many different capacities.  He has worked in Arts and Letters as a faculty advisement specialist and worked in their advisement center before coming to the NSS Advisement Center.  Since Rick’s background is in the Social Sciences, he has much knowledge to give students that are interested in pursuing a higher education degree.  Rick is also a successful entrepreneur who does E-Commerce with his free time.  Rick is currently finishing up a Master’s degree in Education Technology Leadership.  He is expected to graduate in Fall 2017 (Congrats Rick)!  One last thing about Rick that nobody knows about is, he always donates to good causes and gives back to the community.


Elizabeth Velasco
Academic Advisor

Elizabeth Velasco started her career helping students while still an undergraduate at Cal State L.A. She was an outreach assistant in the Office of Outreach and Recruitment, helping new students through the admissions process while working on her degree. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration option in Management and minors in Economics and Sociology. 

Upon graduation, Elizabeth continued her passion for working with students by taking a full time position as an Administrative Assistant and later was the interim Administrative Coordinator with the Charter College of Education (CCOE).  She further expanded her experience working with students by interning with the Office for Students with Disabilities. There, she provided appropriate procedures used in the prescription of support services and reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. She continued her education by enrolling in the Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling program and graduating in 2014 with a degree and a Career Counseling certificate. 

Elizabeth takes pride in serving first generation students who come from multicultural and underrepresented backgrounds. She aspires to become a changing agent for future generations and continue assisting and empowering students in accomplishing their educational and career endeavors.

Administration and Operations

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Gene Sandan
Director of Student Success and Advising

Gene joins the Golden Eagle community with over 16 years of progressively responsible experience as a collaborative leader and passionate student success advocate.  He most recently served as the Assistant Dean of Academic Advising at UC San Diego’s Thurgood Marshall College.  At UC San Diego, Gene researched and implemented innovative uses of technology to meet the advising needs of students, led an initiative to provide a more cohesive advising experience for new transfer students, and established the College’s undeclared workshop series.  In his role as a student advocate, he develops a strong trust and rapport with his students with his easy-going nature and professional philosophy of validating students’ prior knowledge and experiences.  

Gene has a Master of Arts degree in Postsecondary Educational Leadership from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies and Planning from UC San Diego.  He is currently a Doctor of Education candidate at the USC Rossier School of Education. Gene’s identity as a first-generation college graduate influenced his current research interests on the role of student services practitioners in addressing equity on college campuses.

Michael Sizemore
Intake and Operations Coordinator
Summer Brantner
Student Assistant