MCC Alumni Attendees
Arts and Media
79 Stephanie Casher scasher<at>ucsc.edu
Oakes College, Bachelors Degree, Sociology, Education, 1998
Psychology Department Manager, UC Santa Cruz
I graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 1998 with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and a minor in Education. After graduation, I became a staff member on campus, and now with thirteen years of service under my belt, I am currently Department Manager in the Psychology Department at UCSC. In addition to my work for the University, I nurture my creative spirit and passion for the written word by moonlighting as a writer, publisher, and freelance editor. In December 2009, I partnered with two fellow writers to start a publishing and author services company, The Pantheon Collective (TPC), LLC, and to date we have published four novels -- SELLOUT by James W. Lewis, which explores how racial prejudice and stereotypes impact the relationships of three individuals from different backgrounds; A HARD MAN IS GOOD TO FIND by James W. Lewis, an erotic comedy; ONE BLOOD by Qwantu Amaru, a horror novel about a curse terrorizing a group of people unaware of their hidden connections; and my debut novel WHEN LOVE ISN'T ENOUGH, set at UCSC, a heartbreaking tale of true love, terrible timing, impossible choices, and how you find the strength to go on when you discover that, sometimes, love just isn't enough. (For more information, visit http://www.pantheoncollective.com) I am a firm advocate of thinking outside the box and pursuing your dreams, and am happy to speak with anyone about the rewards and challenges of starting a small business.
116 Karen Lacey lacey_k<at>sbcglobal.net
College Eight, Bachelors Degree, Literature, 1998
Video Program Producer and Website Designer, Self
I have worked in the movie industry in Los Angeles. I have owned my own fashion photography business. Currently, I write articles, design websites, produce and edit programs for TV that support environmental causes and inspire active participation for the health of our environment. I enjoy being part of a team that inspires active participation regarding environmental health of our community.
72 Pallavi Somusetty
Oakes College, Bachelors Degree, Literature (Creative Writing), Journalism, 2002
Media Production Associate & Trainer, ConnectEd
Pallavi Somusetty is an Oakland-based filmmaker focusing on documentary video production for ConnectEd, an educational non-profit in the San Francisco Bay Area. At ConnectEd Pallavi has produced several short-form documentaries exploring Linked Learning and project-based learning as an approach to making education accessible for all students. She is heavily invested in empowering youth and other allies to use media to further their own goals. She trains social justice organizers in media production, and manages an internship program to help empower high school and college students through media production. On the side, Pallavi has produced several narrative and documentary projects, including Pretty Tied Up, which screened at the SF 3rd I South Asian Film Festival in 2011. Pallavi was born and raised in the SF East Bay and has spent several years living in NYC and India. She has a BA in Creative Writing and a minor in Journalism from UC Santa Cruz. Upon graduation, she worked as a journalist for a South Bay newspaper and then moved to NYC to work in advertising, producing market research and corporate videos. She left the corporate world to focus on documentary work in her personal and professional life. In her free time, Pallavi enjoys writing, rock climbing, board games, movie marathons, kitchen experiments, hiking and exploring personal relationships on camera.
61 Andrew Voogel andrewvoogel<at>me.com
Stevenson College, Bachelors Degree, Literature, 2005
Grad Student, San Francisco Art Institute
After graduating from UCSC, I moved to Australia where I worked in arts management, with a focus on education for over seven years, working with some of the major art institutions in Australia. After many years abroad, I have now moved back to the US to pursue my graduate studies as an artist and educator in the Bay Area.
Business and Management
115 Carolina Camarena carolina_camarena<at>yahoo.com
Merrill College, Bachelors Degree, Psychology, 1996
Marketing Representative, City of San Jose
106 Zachary Peters zacharypeters<at>gmail.com
Oakes College, Bachelors Degree, Philosophy, 2009
Account Manager, CBS Administration
In regards to academia, I was blessed to have received an education that taught me to think deeply and follow my passions. In the professional realm of sales I learned to listen and to give first. To those still in education struggling with the looming questions of 'what is my purpose' or 'what should I do'. My biggest advice is to help others, to witness the difference you make in their lives and your own. For the question both concerns your relation to society as well as societies relation to you.
107 Dom Siababa dsiababa<at>aol.com
Merrill College, Bachelors Degree, Sociology, 1975
Manager, Training, E2open
I am a management professional with ~30 years of experience working in various sized organizations – from a Fortune 11 company with 350,000 employees to a private held company with 350 employees. I have held a number of management positions in primarily support functions in the utility and high tech industries and am currently the Manager, Training, at E2open, a small software company. It has been an interesting ride from being at an organization where once people hired on, they expected to retire from that company, to going through the hiring/lay off cycles of high tech. In addition to taking advantage of networking, I’ve found how useful it is to take a product approach to marketing myself in the job market. Do you know what your value proposition is? Your differentiators? Your strengths and weaknesses and how to cover come objections? Can you sell honestly and convincingly sell yourself? Do you target industries and employers and customize your resume and cover letter each time you apply? As many of you know, it’s an extremely competitive job market. Working smarter is just as important as working harder.
73 Alma Sifuentes alma<at>ucsc.edu
Stevenson College, Bachelors Degree, Economics, 1986
Duke University, MA, Public Policy Studies, 1989
Associate Vice Chancellor & Dean of Students, UC Santa Cruz
Alma Sifuentes assumed the role of Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students effective January 1, 2007. As the principal of the Campus Life Unit, Alma provides leadership to a team of four Executive Directors, over forty directors and managers and a total team of over two hundred professional staff, and budget oversight for approximately 22 million dollars. Alma received her BA in economics from UC Santa Cruz in 1986. In 1985 and 1987, she held the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship in Public Policy Studies from Princeton University and Harvard University, respectively. Alma also earned an MA in Public Policy Studies from Duke University in 1989. Alma has over 20 years experience in Student Affairs, specifically in the area of academic advising, residential life, student development, student activities, housing, dining, child care and campus life. She is bi-lingual in English/Spanish, and demonstrates a strong commitment to diversity and cultural issues. Prior to serving as Associate Vice Chancellor/Dean of Students, Alma served the UC Santa Cruz community in the following positions: - Assistant Vice Chancellor/ Dean of Students for six months - Special Assistant to Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs for one year - Executive Director for Residential, Dining and Family Services for five years - College Administrative Officer at Stevenson College for seven years. Alma is married and the mother of two children.
78 Desmond Stockard quiinne<at>gmail.com
Porter College, Bachelors Degree, Economics, 2006
Data Analyst, Cisc
I live in Santa Cruz and work sometimes. Workout sometimes too.
118 Elisa Torate etorate<at>gmail.com
College Nine, Bachelors Degree, Sociology, 2011
Analyst, Marketplace Insights, Levi Strauss & Co.
110 Lluvia Esparza lluviaesparza<at>yahoo.com
Merrill College, Bachelors Degree, Sociology, 2001
Samuel Merritt University, MSN, FNP, , 2012
Family Nurse Practitioner, Wellspace Health
65 Yolanda Jacobs yolanda_jac<at>yahoo.com
Oakes College, Bachelors Degree, Molecular, Cellular and Dev. Bio., 1997
UCSF, PharmD, , 2002
Pharmacist, Kaiser Permanente
Yolanda had to CANCEL, if you are interested in networking with her contact her by email. 2/13
95 Marlon Marcelo mmlon408<at>yahoo.com
College Eight, Bachelors Degree, Molecular, Cellular and Dev. Bio., 2004
SJSU, CLS Program, , 2006
Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Genomic Health Inc.
I am Clinical Laboratory Scientist II in Genomic Health. I've been working in a biotech company for 6 years. It has been quite exciting working in a company that is ever evolving. I am fortunate that that my MCD B.S. in UCSC has help me understand what I do everyday. After graduating UCSC, I continued on to graduate school in SJSU. The program I was enrolled in was the Clinical Laboratory Scientist Training Program at San Jose State University. San Jose State also offer a new called the Clinical Genetic Molecular Biologist Scientist, that is similar to the CLS program. The CLS program is a 12 month training program that prepares students to take the ASCP national exam for Clinical Laboratory Scientists. The training program is a 40 hour per week commitment with an emphasis on hands-on learning in the hospital setting. Most of time is spent in the hospital training, and 1 day a week in lecture. Here is a brief overview of what I do at my work: The CLS is responsible for performing high complexity laboratory testing on patient specimens, interpreting and reporting patient results, performing quality control and quality assurance procedures and complying with all applicable local, state and federal laboratory requirements. The high complexity nature of the work requires excellent attention to detail, effective written and verbal communication skills, the ability to multi-task and be flexible with tasks and schedules and the ability to work independently in a team environment.
63 Annette Pizano
Oakes College, Bachelors Degree, Molecular, Cellular and Dev. Bio., 1997
Physician Assistant, La Clinica de la Raza
109 Nancy Saldivar nsaldivarnp<at>gmail.com
Crown College, Bachelors Degree, Anthropology, 2001
Columbia University School of Nursing , MSN, BSN, RN, Nursing, 2012
Nurse Practitioner- Women's Health & Adult, Planned Parenthood
Since 1997 I have been working and volunteering with non-profit youth education and community-based health care organizations. I am currently working as a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner at Planned Parenthood Shasta-Pacific. In addition to several years in youth development, I have worked as a fertility counselor in a non-profit sperm bank serving alternative families and single-mothers-by-choice. I have also worked at a complementary alternative medicine clinic serving low-income women with cancer. I believe that my undergraduate education in Anthropology prepared me to be a more culturally competent healthcare provider with a holistic approach. My career advice would be to volunteer in areas that interest you. The networking, mentoring, professional, and people-skills development will be invaluable as you figure out where you would like to be.
86 Dale Villasenor drdaledds<at>gmail.com
Oakes College, Bachelors Degree, Molecular, Cellular and Dev. Bio., 1991
Columbia University, DDS, , 2002
General Dentist, Self
Dr.Dale is a Bay Area native, who now lives and practices in Walnut Creek. He grew up in SF and attended Lowell High School. He graduated from UCSC with a BA in MCD Biology. From there, he spent three and a half years working in several professions ranging from veterinary medicine to optometry to orthodontics. After much self reflection, Dr. Dale decided to pursue the field of dentistry. He graduated in 2002 from one of three Ivy League dental schools in the country, Columbia School of Dental and Oral Surgery in NYC. He also completed an Advanced Education in General and Cosmetic Dentistry program at Columbia University. He specializes in cosmetic dentistry, but also enjoys seeing patients ranging in age from small children to seniors.
101 Bernadette Zavala bszavala<at>elgatito.com
Stevenson College, Bachelors Degree, Psychology, Sociology, 1979
San Jose State , Master Public Healt, , 1982
Public Health Educator/Administrator, Retired
I am currently living in Santa Cruz County and managing a horse boarding facility and real estate that our family owns. I retired from a career in Public Health to raise my two daughters, both now attending UC campuses. I transferred to UCSC from a community college in LA and was very focused on getting my degree. I loved my education at UCSC however I wish I had explored other things the campus had to offer, participating more in campus activities and checking out other disciples. For over twenty years I have been involved in the organic farming movement and still can't believe I never visited the gardens or the program while a student at UCSC.
130 Jessica Delgado jdelgado<at>ado.sccgov.org
Merrill College, Bachelors Degree, Politics, 95
UC Berkeley, J.D., , 98
Attorney, Santa Clara County Public Defender
Jessica Delgado has been a public defender for fifteen years. She is currently assigned to the Homicide Division in the Alternate Defender's office.
69 Jessica Delgado jessicadelgado<at>me.com
Merrill College, Bachelors Degree, Politics, 95
UC Berkeley, JD, Law, 98
Attorney, Office of the Alternate Public Defender
I was a Bridge student from Cabrillo College, transferring to UCSC in 1992. The assistance of SAA/EOP and, specifically, Rosie Cabrera were monumental in my academic successes and cultivation of opportunity that would culminate in my voyage to law school and my career as a public defender. I was the first person to graduate from college in my family. In retrospect, I wish that I had understood the realities of standardized testing prior to my transition into a graduate degree program. I look forward to talking with anyone about the decision to apply to attend law school, the realities of that educational process, the variety of career options available with a law degree. I am most passionate about the intersection of legal careers with social justice work as I have spent my entire life working in social justice movements.
81 Kelvin Filer kfiler<at>lasuperiorcourt.org
Stevenson College, Bachelors Degree, Politics, 1977
UC Berkeley, J.D., , 1980
Judge, State of California
I graduated in 1977 from UC santa Cruz, went to law school and graduated in 1980. Passed the California Bar Exam and worked for two years with the State Public Defenders Office. I argued/won a case before the California Supreme Court in 1982. I opened private law practice in Compton from 1982 thru 1993. I was hired as a Municipal Court Commissioner in 1993. In 2000, was elevated to a Superior Court Commissioner. Then, in 2002 , I was appointed as a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge by Governor Gray Davis. I preside over a felony criminal calendar in the Compton Courthouse. I am divorced and have two beautiful daughters - Brynne(26) and Kree(22). I recently published a book of poetry - "Race Ipsa Loquitur"
91 Amandalynne Paullada
Crown College, Bachelors Degree, Linguistics, Economics, 2012
59 Maria Segarra msegarra[at]apilegaloutreach.org
College Nine, Bachelors Degree, Psychology, 2006
UC Berkeley Law, JD, , 2010
Staff Attorney, API Legal Outreach
108 Yvette Brooks gordas666<at>yahoo.com
College Ten, Bachelors Degree, Sociology, Education, 2006
NSCC SELPA Executive Assistant/MIS Technician, Santa Cruz County Office of Education
I currently work for the Santa Cruz County Office of Education. My path to where I am now has been what I would like to imagine a typical path of a newly graduated college student, one with lots of dead ends and feelings of hopelessness. It is with that being said that I would like to share my journey, help students know where to look in the county for positions and stress that student must understand the hard work that will need to be done once they come college graduates. The point it is all about networking, and it invigorating to know that these events take place.
129 Elisa Carias elisa.carias<at>pro.sccgov.org
Merrill College, Bachelors Degree, Sociology, Latin American and Latino Studies, 1997
Santa Clara University, Juris Doctorate, , 2006
Supervising Probation Officer, County of Santa Clara
117 David De Leon slugalumdave<at>gmail.com
Porter College, Bachelors Degree, History, 2012
Paint Associate, Orchard Supply Hardware
I moved here to attend UCSC and even after graduation I loved it so much I stayed here longer than I needed to! I am still active with the campus as I am apart of the ROUTES research project for the digital hummanities here at UCSC. I am working in a field in which I have been employed in for the last several years and while I have not made the jump into my intended field of occupation, it is my background in home improvement retail that has allowed me to stay here in Santa Cruz. It is crucial to take advantage of every opportunity while attending at UCSC.
104 Laurene Dominguez ldomingz<at>sfsu.edu
Merrill College, Bachelors Degree, Psychology, 1991
San Francisco State University, LCSW, Social Work, 2002
Coordinator, SFSU~ Counseling & Psych Services~The SAFE Place
I am originally from East San Jose, and was the first person in my family to attend a University. I am a proud Alumni of EOP Bridge and was very active in student organizing, working with MEChA and the Third World Coalition on campus. While on campus I felt the work i did within the community was as critical as what was being taught in the classroom. I feel blessed to have been apart of campaigns that targeted diversity issues on the campus & continue to do this work as staff at SFSU. Since graduating from UCSC I have done community organizing, program evaluation work and therapy within the SF/Oakland areas. I am currently a therapist working with college students dealing with trauma, and continue to find ways of integrating my passion for social justice issues & indigenous healing practices into the work I do.
113 John Gutierrez john<at>burbankchurch.org
Porter College, Bachelors Degree, Community Studies, 1973
USC School of Social Work, MSW, , 1975
social worker/casemanager, retired
retired social worker/casemanager,'02/06. currently working part-time as an advocate support person for adults with disabilities.
112 Shante Lewis
Cowell College, Bachelors Degree, Psychology, 2006
Johns Hopkins University, Masters of Science, Clinical Counseling, 2011
Therapist, Community Health For Asian Americans:RYSE Center
114 Xochitl Lomeli Xochitl.lomeli<at>gmail.com
Merrill College, Bachelors Degree, Sociology, Education, 06
San Jose State, Masters, PPSC, 09
Social Worker, Santa Cruz County
67 Alejandro Lucas Sluglax<at>hotmail.com
Oakes College, Bachelors Degree, Psychology, 1996
UCLA, MSW, , 03
Mental Health Therapist / Manager, Amanecer
Worked for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services as an Emergency Response Worker investigating Child Abuse. - Became interested in Crisis Work while at UC. Santa Cruz by volunteering and training to be a Suicide Hotline worker. - One of the biggest and best advice I ever received was being told that a proud, effective Latino man doesn't have to go around reminding everyone they are Latino, but to be Latino and do an excellent job in whatever I do.
121 sheila rpd sheilar<at>ucsc.edu
College Eight, Bachelors Degree, Anthropology, Anthropology, 12
llll, lllll, lllll, 2012
Internship Adviser, UCaareer Center
82 Franklin Williams santacruzdiversity<at>yahoo.com
Crown College, Bachelors Degree, Sociology, 95
San Jose State University, Student Counseling, , 07
Educational instructor/ consultant, UC Santa Cruz
93 Jorge Wong Jorge.wong<at>aaci.org
Oakes College, Bachelors Degree, Psychology, 89
Palo Alto University, Ph. D.Clinical Psych, , 2002
Director of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs, Asian Americans for Community Involvement
Dr. Jorge Wong is the Director of Behavioral Health Services at Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) in San Jose. He is a Licensed Psychologist who actively serves in numerous local, state and national organizations advocating for cultural competence in service delivery and social justice. He is an original Banana Slug, completed his undergraduate at UC Santa Cruz and Doctorate at Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto University where he is presently a Trustee and Clinical Faculty. Dr. Wong also presents and consults internationally on best practices in behavioral health program development and treatment strategies affecting Asians across the life span. He is on the American Psychological Association's (APA) Committee on Professional Practices and Standards (COPPS)helping develop practice standards for underserved and limited English speaking populations and editorial board for Div. 18. He is active in numerous adocacy and leadership roles with the California Psychological Association and is a current candidate for President Elect (2014). In his spare time he enjoys intramural volleyball, dragon boat, and marathons with his interns and trainees. Psychology has been an amazing career to date and stands to make a significant impact in the healthcare field nationally and internationally.
122 Bernard Delacruz madbard<at>warpmail.net
Oakes College, Bachelors Degree, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 1992
UC San Diego, PhD, Biology, 2000
Technical Writer / User Documentation Specialist, Medtronic Diabetes
[can i submit one later?]
123 Helen Yamamoto helen.e.yamamoto<at>gmail.com
Merrill College, Bachelors Degree, History, Astronomy and Astrophysics, 2009
University of Colorado at Boulder, Bachelors Degree, Physics and Astrophysics, 2013
Development Technician, Space Sciences Lab
I've taken advantage of a number of opportunities and have changed career paths at least five times by now. I'm currently in the physical sciences, which I enjoy quite a bit, but I'm still exploring my options. If you're unsure of where you'd like to be and what you'd like to be doing, I suggest looking around until you find something that makes you happy and otherwise suits your needs.
Teaching/Administration Higher Education
124 Yvette Brooks gordas666<at>yahoo.com
College Ten, Bachelors Degree, Sociology, Education, 2006
Executive Assistant/MIS Technician, Santa Cruz County Office of Education
I was lukcy enough to participate in this event last year. It was my pleasure to meet students from all walks of life. My professional career to this day continues to grow and blossom into the professional I want to be. With hard work, dedication and no fear I have moved up the latter at the SCCOE. I hope to bring my insight to those interested in pursuing a career in education and as a leader. I also would love to meet those students who are unsure about what they want to do after college, I am very much familiar with that and am more than happy to disucss.
75 Tracy Garcia
Merrill College, Bachelors Degree, Anthropology, 2012
90 Juan Garcia juang<at>csufresno.edu
Merrill College, Bachelors Degree, Anthropology, Psychology, 1972
STANFORD U, PhD MS MA, clinical-community psych, 1985
Professor Of Education, CSU FRESNO
Currently Professor of Counselor Education at CSU Fresno. Majored in Anthropology with BA, MA, PhD, but crossed over to Counseling in 1982 with MS degrees in clinical-community psychology. Became a licensed Marriage & Family therapist, MFT, 1991. Have been teaching for 25 years with no end in sight. Direct, various counseling organization, Fresno Family Counseling Center and Spirit of Woman Drug Rehabilitation,. Have started s nonprofit agency, Integral Community Solutions Institute, providing counseling services to indigent and immigrant populations. I am dedicated to evolutionary consciousness development in Latino community through men's initiation rites of passage.
120 Nancy Kim nikim<at>ucsc.edu
Merrill College, Bachelors Degree, American Studies, 1994
UCLA, M.A., Asian American Studies, 1999
Director, UCSC AA/PIRC
Nancy is a 1.9 generation Korean American who grew up in Los Angeles County. After receiving her Master degree from UCLA, she taught Asian American Studies courses at CSU Northridge, Scripps College and UCLA, before returning to Santa Cruz. A slug for life, she has been the Director of the Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center on campus for 13 years.
77 Patrick Lapid patrick.lapid<at>gmail.com
College Eight, Bachelors Degree, Sociology, Computer Engineering, 2001
San Francisco State University, MA, Economics, 2011
PhD Student, Economics, U.C. Berkeley
Originally from Vallejo, CA, Patrick's involvement with EOP, ACE, and the AA/PIRC supported and stimulated his learning experience at UCSC. After graduating, his professional journey has taken him various places, including interning in Washington D.C., hawking Macs at Apple Retail, teaching high school mathematics, and serving in Iraq as a Sergeant of Marines. As a high school teacher, Patrick had the opportunity to teach economics, which led him to pursue a master's degree at San Francisco State. With a boost from the American Economic Association's Summer Training Program, Patrick finished his MA in Economics, and is now pursuing a doctorate at UC Berkeley. His research interests in labor and public economics include college completion and the labor market experiences of veterans.
126 Ebony Lewis lewise<at>ucsc.edu
Oakes College, Bachelors Degree, Legal Studies, Politics, 2000
CSU Hayward, MPA, , 2006
Associate Director of Admissions, UC Santa Cruz
60 Tuyen Nguyen tnguyen<at>mpc.edu
Crown College, Masters Degree, Mathematics, 1994
Monterey Peninsula College, A.A. Degree, , 1990
Instructor, Monterey Peninsula College
98 Lilly Pinedo Gangai lillypin<at>ucsc.edu
Merrill College, Bachelors Degree, History, Education, 2005
EOP Academic Counselor, University of California Santa Cruz
Working for the Educational Opportunity Programs office as an Academic Counselor has been a great experience. It is a career that never gets boring because each day is a new challenge; the workday is never static. This field of work allows me to interact directly with EOP students on a daily basis. Addressing student needs and assessing where our student constituency needs the most support is an everyday endeavor, but it is an effort that I enjoy doing because I know that at the end of the day, students are grateful for the support; it is the most rewarding part of my career. The work definitely keeps you on your toes, but at the same time, it makes the day go by really fast! Before I know it, 8 hours has passed me by and there will always be more work to be done the following day. An important piece for anyone interested in this field of work is self-care. The work is emotional and can eventually be physically draining, but with discipline (taking breaks throughout the day, exercising, eating healthy, stretching) you will have the energy to best support students everyday needs.
80 Richard Vasquez richardfvasquez<at>yahoo.com
Oakes College, Bachelors Degree, Sociology, Education, 1973
UCSC Graduate School, , , 1974
Academic Counselor, Retired
Listening to my mentors as an undergraduate and later as a professional working for UC Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz. I always encourage others to do volunteer work wherever they live or work. volunteering has helped me personally and professional. My best career advice for those becoming educators is to go to work and give students a sense of hope, if you can't do that, stay home they don't need you.
125 Richard F Vasquez richardfvasquez<at>yahoo.com
Oakes College, Bachelors Degree, Sociology, Education, 1973
My professional development was due to having positive mentors and supervisors. My brief career advice is for students to do some volunteer work in a career they have chosen. I have and continue to volunteer in my community and UCSC. When you volunteer the message you are giving others is that you are willing to give and not just take from others. You don't have to volunteer 20 hours a week, 4-8 hours a week is fine, just be reliable and responsible with your time.
92 Sonia Verduzco soniaverduzco<at>gmail.com
Kresge College, Bachelors Degree, Community Studies, LALS/Global Economics, 2011
Long Beach City College, Associates, Liberal Arts, 1998
Financial Aid Adviser, UCSC
I am currently a Financial Aid Adviser in the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at UCSC. I attended UCSC as a transfer student from Long Beach City College from 1999-2002 and majored in Community Studies and Latin American and Latino Studies. Most of my professional experience has been in higher education at the community college level where I advised students in a number of different capacities including career services, EOPS, undocumented students, veteran students, international students, and financial aid. While at UCSC, I was active on campus in a variety of roles including resident life, undergraduate research, undergraduate teaching, student outreach and admissions, and El Centro. The best career advice I can offer current students would be to BUILD THAT RESUME now that you are a student. Utilize your resources including the Career Center on campus. Don't be afraid to venture off campus to find jobs and internships in the local community. DON'T BE SHY to make contact with your professors and your advisers ...and follow their advice! Find a mentor or mentors with whom you can really develop a long lasting relationship with. Collect those letters of recommendation now. Work on your people skills AS WELL AS your technical and applicable job skills. Remember that you are a student first. Don't let your personal life get in the way of completing your studies and achieving your long term goals. Most of all, enjoy the process!
66 Molly Arevalo mollyarevalo<at>gmail.com
Porter College, Bachelors Degree, Sociology, 1997
California State University, Los Angeles, M.A., Education (Bilingual/Multicultural and TESOL), 2007
Recruitment & Placement Director, Los Angles Urban Teacher Residency (LAUTR)
Molly had to CANCEL, if you're interested in networking with her contact her by email. 2/13 I am currently the Recruitment & Placement Director for the Los Angeles Urban Teacher Residency (LAUTR), an innovative, social justice-minded teacher preparation program affiliated with CSULA. Prior to that, I was a classroom teacher (2nd, 4th, and 5th grade bilingual, adult ESL) for nine years. I began my career in education through the Teach For America program, and was placed in South Texas for my two-year commitment. I am eager to connect with other education professionals, as well as fellow advocates for social justice in the non-profit sector.
74 Dora Beyer dbeyer<at>breakthroughsv.org
Merrill College, Bachelors Degree, Latin American and Latino Studies, Politics, 2008
High School Program Coordinator, Breakthrough Silicon Valley
I began working with Breakthrough Silicon Valley in January 2013 after working for several years in other academic outreach and college-preparatory programs. As a UCSC freshman I began working at Pajaro Valley High School through the Early Academic Outreach Program. Upon graduating I began work with San Jose Cal-SOAP, providing resources in the areas of college-awareness, financial aid and career options for local middle and high school students. Since my experience began as an undergraduate, I highly encourage current students to acquire an internship in that time. Also start writing or updating a resume early-on and conduct informational interviews to network and investigate career fields of interest. Building and maintaining relationships with instructors, staff and other professionals is also key to identifying and landing your ideal job or role after college.
57 Joy Dardenelle (Banzon) dardenellej<at>cabrillo.k12.ca.us
Stevenson College, Bachelors Degree, American Studies, 1999
University of San Francisco, M.A. in Education, , 2002
Principal, Cabrillo Unified School District
I grew up in an immigrant Filipino family in East Palo Alto. As a child, my grandmother would often remind me in her stern, yet tender voice, "Study first. Study first." Despite my frustration with the educational inequalities that surrounded me, I held on to her belief that education was the key to finding opportunities. I was fortunate to be the recipient of grants and scholarships that afforded me the chance to be an educator myself. As a site administrator, I have the challenge (and honor) of ensuring the quality of education for all students. My one word of advice, "Networking."
94 Marques Dillard marquesdillard<at>gmail.com
Porter College, Bachelors Degree, Literature, Education, 1989
Arizona State University, M.Ed., Secondary Education, 1992
Educator, West Contra Costa Unified School District
1. What has helped me in everything I do is imagination. It has assisted me in creating worlds in my mind and ideas for curriculum. My hope is to share ideas that will motivate educators to move beyond the norm of educational solutions and address the needs of individuals directly.
119 Carlie Domingues carliecarlota<at>yahoo.com
Porter College, Bachelors Degree, Literature, History, 04
San Jose State, BCLAD, , 07
underemplyed, Route 1 Farms
My brief career advice would be to follow your heart and honor your intuition. Life is full of beauty, wonders, pleasures, and pains. The most important thing is to treat yourself and those around you with respect.
102 Julio Echeverria ejulman<at>comcast.net
Oakes College, Bachelors Degree, American Studies, 1995
Dominican University, Masters in Education, , 1999
Middle School Math Teacher, Santa Rosa City Schools
My name is Julio Echeverria, and I started my teaching career as a 4th and 5th grade bilingual teacher in Richmond, CA. My students had several challenges: English proficiency, low social economics, one parent household, limited education background, high transiency,etc. My goal was to hold my students to grade level standards while at the same time teach proficiency in both English and Spanish. My students rose above these challenges and exceled in school. I later moved back to Santa Rosa, CA and became a middle school math teacher because of a Supplemental Credential in mathematics. My present student body has very similar challenges: minority students with low social economics. The issues of gangs, drugs, and alcohol add to the obstacles for students to succeed in school. My goal was to offer structure in the classroom, and hope this wood translate to their households. I have been a Math Dept. Chair, and was also nominated for Middle School Teacher of the year in SRCS. This is my 10th year at my present location.
64 Areli Flores
College Eight, Masters Degree, Education, Language Studies, 2007
San jose state, MA, Personal Pupil services credential,
Elementary teacher, Escuela Popular
111 Rebecca Garcia garciabecca<at>aol.com
Oakes College, Teaching Credential, Politics, Education, 1982
San Jose State University, Masters, Education Administration , 1994
Was a hairdresser for 12 years because my high school counselor said I was too poor to attend college. He said I needed to become a secretary. Graduate of Cabrillo Community College (age 33) and transferred to UCSC. Received B.A. and Teaching credential from UCSC and Masters and Administrative Credential from SJSU. Taught for eight years in PVUSD. Was Vice Principal of Watsonville High School and Principal of Rolling Hills Middle School. Also, worked for Santa Cruz COE and Santa Clara COE. There is a lot of politics in education and need to become astute. For twenty years served as an elected Trustee for Cabrillo College Governing Board. Also, served on the State community college Board and served on the National community college Board. More politics. Currently volunteer to teach a class and tutor Cabrillo AB 540 students in their scholarship applications and Dream Act application. Addressing social justice is a must in any career chosen.
128 Rebecca Garcia garciabecca<at>aol.com
Oakes College, Teaching Credential, Politics, 1982
San Jose State University, Master's, Education Administration, 1994
My experience as a politics major at UCSC helped me in my career in education and with my commitment to public service. I served 28 years in K-12 education as a teacher and as an administrator. During that time I also served for 20 years as an elected official on the Cabrillo College Governing Board. Becoming politically astute both in education and as an elected official assisted with my success in both. Politics and social justice are two areas that need to be addressed in any career chosen.
83 Peter Hatch
Merrill College, Certificate Program, Literature, 1973
UCB, BA, , 1972
bilingual teacher, pvusd
I went to Guatemala three times to study Intensive Spanish to get my bilingual certificate.
96 Arlan Mendiola arlan.mendiola<at>gmail.com
Merrill College, Bachelors Degree, Molecular, Cellular and Dev. Bio., 2010
Middle School Program Assistant, Breakthrough Silicon Valley
Arlan is currently a Second Year Ally at Public Allies Silicon Valley/San Francisco, an AmeriCorps program that focuses on developing the next generation of leaders for different social justice issues. In this program, he is placed at Breakthrough Silicon Valley and works with highly motivated youth of color that hope to one day attend a four year university. During his time at UCSC, he was heavily involved in the Filipino Student Association and the Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center. Arlan will be pursuing his Master's Degree in Higher Education & Student Affairs next fall. The main advice Arlan would offer would be to take advantage of networking opportunities. Once you've graduated and go off to the world, unless you're being intentional and diligent, it is hard to meet new people and find opportunities that may be relevant to you and adhere to your own personal vision for yourself.
131 Ryan Ruelas Ryan80ruelas<at>hotmail.com
Cowell College, Bachelors Degree, Politics, Psychology, 2003
California State University Fullerton, Masters, History, 2007
Educator, Anaheim Union High School District
I am a teacher in the Anaheim Union High School District and teach at Anaheim High School. I teach AP European History, AP Psychology, and College Preparatory Psychology. In 2012, I was Teacher of the Year for AUHSD and a semifinalist for Orange County's Teacher of the Year. One of the most significant things I am most proud of is being the advisor for BROS, a student run organization aimed at increasing the amount of Chicano/Latino male students at the university level. I am an active member of CABE, the California Association of Bilingual Educators, and hold a position in the Anaheim Secondary Teachers Association's (ASTA) executive board as a California Teachers Association State Delegate. I am a proud product of the school district that I teach in and highly encourage students to return to their home towns to make it a better place for themselves and the future generations. UCSC taught me that anything is possible, regardless of race, gender, or socio-economic status; this belief is one that has motivated me throughout my career as an educator and one that I teach to all my students on a regular basis. If you believe you can do it, you can do it!
97 Ryan Ruelas ryan80ruelas<at>hotmail.com
Cowell College, Bachelors Degree, Politics, Psychology, 2003
California State University Fullerton, Masters Degree, History, 2009
Teacher, Anaheim Union High School District
My name is Ryan Ruelas and I am a teacher at Anaheim High School in the Anaheim Union High School District. I have been teaching at AHS for 9 years and currently teach Advanced Placement European History, Advanced Placement Psychology, and college preparatory Psychology. I have a Masters Degree in History, having graduated from California State University Fullerton in the winter of 2009, and have written extensively on the memory of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, the topic of my thesis and subject matter I first became enthralled with after participating in the EAP program in Hungary during the 2001-2002 school year. While studying abroad, I also found my calling in life after working at the Institute of International Education, to be an educator. I am an active member of the California Teachers Association (CTA) and serve on the executive board of the Anaheim Secondary Teachers Association (ASTA), the union that serves educators in AUHSD. I am one of six original members of the eLearning program offered in my district, having developed online curriculum in both college preparatory Psychology and Advanced Placement Psychology; I am currently writing curriculum for Advanced Placement European History and anxiously await bringing this subject matter to the virtual setting so ALL student in AUHSD can take this class as opposed to just students at AHS. I helped create and am the advisor of an organization called BROS, a program aimed at increasing the amount of Chicano/Latino male students at the university level. In 2011-2012, I was the Teacher of the Year for AUHSD and was a semifinalist for Teacher of the Year for Orange County.
76 Lawrence Shin lawrence_shin<at>yahoo.com
Stevenson College, Bachelors Degree, Psychology, Legal Studies, 2001
Advisor, New Village Charter high School
I am an educator who humbly hopes to inspire not only students, but other educators and policy-makers to rethink education itself. After graduation from Stevenson College ('01), I attended law school with grand notions of effecting large-scale change, quit to follow the comforts of stability in the corporate world, and soul-searched my way toward a career in secondary education. After a few years of satisfactory career-trudging in a typical high school, I found myself "tricked" into working within the some of the most disorganized schools. It is within this mess and disorganization that I found myself truly thriving for the first time: there was so much to do, and I was trusted to do it. Sometimes, the most significant events can happen to you if you just answer "yes" to life, regardless of how the prospect looks at the time. There is not much I regret about my decisions at UCSC, but if anything, perhaps I could have said "yes" a bit more to the opportunities I didn't think I would have any interest in!
127 Vicky Tarumoto-Wallace vtarumoto<at>stliz-hs.org
Oakes College, Bachelors Degree, Psychology, Education, 2003
SJSU, UC Santa Cruz, MAs (3), , 2012
Assistant Principal, St. Elizabeth/Oakland Diocese
Assistant Principal of Enrollment and Student Life, St. Elizabeth High School Vicky graduated in 2003 from Oakes (Ooooooooakes) college and immediately went into the credential program at UCSC. For some crazy reason she decided to go back to school in 2007 to get her PPS credential and Counselor Education degree from SJSU. Some how she ended up back at SJSU in 2010 to pursue her Educational Leadership MA and credential. She has worked as a history/psychology teacher, guidance counselor and an administrator at a college prep charter high school in East San Jose before taking an Assistant Principal job in Oakland, CA. Being in student organizations/initiatives both local and statewide, as well as SUA and GSA in her years at UCSC taught her the skills needed in order to be proactive and successful in her career. Advice: The friendships and professional networking from UCSC has been priceless and invaluable so keep in touch. Never stop growing and learning as a professional, but most importantly do what you love and it will not seem like a job!
62 Vicky Tarumoto-Wallace vtarumoto<at>stliz-hs.org
Oakes College, Bachelors Degree, Psychology, Education, 2003
SJSU, MA, Counselor Education, 2009
Assistant Principal of Enrollment and Student Life, St. Elizabeth High School
Vicky graduated in 2003 from Oakes (Ooooooooakes) college and immediately went into the credential program at UCSC. For some crazy reason she decided to go back to school in 2007 to get her PPS credential and Counselor Education degree from SJSU. She has worked as a history teacher, guidance counselor and an administrator at a college prep charter high school in East San Jose before taking an Assistant Principal job in Oakland, CA. Vicky is currently preparing to graduate in May from SJSU, completing her third master's degree in Education. Being in student organizations/initiatives both local and statewide, as well as SUA and GSA in her years at UCSC taught her the skills needed in order to be proactive and successful in her career. Advice: The friendships and professional networking from UCSC has been priceless and invaluable so keep in touch. Never stop growing and learning as a professional, but most importantly do what you love and it will not seem like a job!
58 Sandra Valle svalle<at>familiesinschools.org
Merrill College, Bachelors Degree, Women's Studies, 2010
Program Coordinator, Families In Schools
Sandra had to CANCEL, if you are interested in networking with her contact her by email. 2/13 While attending UCSC in 2009, I began working as the Program Coordinator for El Centro: Chicano Latino Resource Center under the supervision of Rosalee Cabrera. As an older re-entry student, I was able to utilize my previous professional experience as an Office Assistant and Teacher’s Assistant with the Los Angeles Unified School District to successfully work and finish my bachelor’s degree in Feminist Studies. Currently I work as a program coordinator with Families In Schools, an education based non-profit in Los Angeles. In partnership with Project STEPS, a federally-funded GEAR UP Program designed to offer students and their parents’ information to expand early awareness and readiness for college; I coordinate curriculum based workshops for parents and students at four different partner middle schools, as well as other family focused programming. Many of the activities and services we provide target first generation and low-income students, as was my experience growing up. Returning to higher education has been the best decision of my life, and it is this passion for education and social justice that fuels my work.
88 Mireya Arteaga midair<at>gmail.com
College Ten, Bachelors Degree, Economics, 2010
Market Research Analyst, EcoRebates
I finished my degree after a few years in the workplace and know firsthand what it's like to balance work, home and school life. After graduating I took on as many project and contract positions as I could which made me a flexible and employable graduate. I specialize in analytics, and have worked in bioscience, MMO game developmeent and software. Currently I work in market research. My role is to collect and review sales and demographic data to make insightful recommendations to the development team. Students, Take advantage of every resource that UCSC has to offer! Tutors, study groups, mentors, meetings. You will be pleasantly surprised how many people are willing and happy to help when you are struggling.
100 Arturo Cisneros artjcis<at>gmail.com
Crown College, Bachelors Degree, Electrical Engineering, 2006
San Jose State, MSEE, , 2010
Product Engineer, Linear Technology
I'm currently working as a Product Engineer for Linear Technology, specializing in Mixed Signal integrated circuits. As a PE I help develop new products from objective specification through wafer fabrication, die test, assembly, and final product test. My responsibilities are also to enhance product yield, failure analysis and any product sustaining issues. I thoroughly enjoy the dynamic nature of my job. Working in IC development, manufacturing and test offers me the opportunity to be involved with all facets of an IC's life cycle. On any given day I can be performing failure analysis on an IC sustaining issue using a scanning electron microscope; on a different day I can be in a meeting with a VP reviewing mile stone project dates for new products. While at UCSC I was fortunate to have interned in Professor David Kliger's Lab performing light abortion experiments of Vitamin A. I was also fortunate to intern at Center for Adaptive Optics as a UC LEADS Scholar and work under Professor Don Wiberg. At both undergrad and graduate the importance of doing internships and being involved with research and/or projects had a huge impact on me and my career. My advice would be to peruse a career that you can find both engaging and rewarding. Career satisfaction can come from working on challenging problems that help improve your skills and from being rewarded for your work ethic and effort.
99 Anselmo Ontiveros
Merrill College, Bachelors Degree, Computer Engineering, 2003
, Masters, Electrical Engineering, 2006
Technical Patent Analyst , RPX Corp
Get involved in student organizations and take leadership roles, communication skills are invaluable in Technology.
87 Kabir Sehgal kabirdasji123<at>gmail.com
Cowell College, Bachelors Degree, Business Management Economics, 2012
Product Quality Associate , Google
I transferred into UCSC in 2010 and graduated in 2012 at the age of 20. Currently I work at Google as a Product Quality Associate and am also the youngest on my team. Throughout my entire life I have had a passion for making connections and marketing not only myself but trying to help other market their skills and assets that they potentially have been hiding from future employers. While at UCSC I believe that the P.I.E program for field studies was a great stepping stone to Google as the company I interned for provided me with a vast variety of skill sets that i still use today. I am planning on eventually going to pursue my MBA and hope to attend one of the top 5 business schools in the world. If I were to give one piece of advice to future graduate it would be to have confidence in your self and always have goals higher than you know you can accomplish, only then will you attempt to push yourselves to greatness.
71 John Valmores valmoresjohn<at>gmail.com
Oakes College, Bachelors Degree, History, 1995
Glasgow University, Certificate, European History, 1994
Business Technology Application Support Analyst, University of California Berkeley
70 Roy Eric Xavier rdinvst<at>yahoo.com
Merrill College, Bachelors Degree, Sociology, History, 1977
U.C. Berkeley, M.A., Ph.D, Sociology - Communications, 1988
Research Scholar, University of California, Berkeley
Currently directing a project studying the history and diaspora (immigration) of the Portuguese-Macanese community in Asia. Utilizing a web/blog (FarEastCurrents.com), social media, and other digital technologies to track our progress and to provide a virtual archive of submissions from PM organizations around the world.