Nancy Martinsen is the Asian Pacific American Student Success Coordinator. She coordinates the AANAPISI grant program and leads various campus Asian Pacific Islander initiatives. She attended CSU Monterey Bay for her undergraduate degree in Journalism and Media Studies and San Jose State for her M.A. in Education. She is currently working on her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from San Francisco State University. Her dissertation focuses on the lived experiences of Pacific Islander students in higher education. Nancy is Filipino American. Her mother’s family is from Cebu. Nancy is proud of her Filipino roots and she cooks a mean chicken adobo and pancit! Nancy is the Staff Co-Chair for the Asian Pacific Islander Faculty/ Staff Association (APIFSA) on campus. She is the staff advisor to Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and a co-staff advisor for the Asian Pacific Islander Club. She is also the President of the Northern California Chapter of the National Pacific Islander Educator’s Network (NPIEN).
Favorite quote: “Love who you are right now.”Favorite toy as a kid: Her most favorite toy was her pink and white bicycle. She would even tie shoestrings on the handle bars and pretend it was a horse.
Annie Hoang has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with an option in Public Management and Policy Analysis at California State University, East Bay where she also received a BA in Political Science with an option in Pre-Law. Before attending CSUEB, she was a student at College of Alameda trying to figure out her major. She went from Pharmacy to Veterinarian and finally decided that Political Science was what she wanted to study in. After transferring to California State University, East Bay, she became one of the students in the Student Service Operation for Success (SSOS) program’s very first cohort, 2011-2012. Annie is a 1st generation college student and also the first in her family to obtain a master’s degree. Her parents are Chinese Vietnamese from North Vietnam; however, she does not know the Vietnamese language as she speaks Cantonese and English. In 2012, Annie started working as a Student Administrative Assistant and after she graduated, she started working as the Administrative Support and Data Management for SSOS. Annie’s goal is to help create a learning environment where students can develop strong ethical decision-making skills, as well as enhancing a program’s offering.
Favorite Quote: “When words fail, music speaks.” By Hans Christian AndersenFavorite toy as a kid: A stuffed panda that her dad got her when she was 4 years old. Her parents were going on a trip without her and her dad bought her the stuffed panda to comfort her. Today, her stuffed panda is proudly displayed in her room.
Seini graduated from Cal State East Bay with her Bachelor's degree in Ethnic Studies and a minor in Sociology. Throughout her undergraduate career, she was an advocate for social justice and for the representation of Pacific Islanders in higher education. She owes her love of service to her experiences with the Chabot College Forensics Team, the SSOS Program, EXCEL, the Asian Pacific Islander Club, and Latinos Unidos Sin Frontera. As a Chabot College alumni and proud Tongan-American woman, she understands the challenges API transfer students face when adapting to new institutions. As the Outreach/Career Specialist for Transfer APASS, Seini promotes academic excellence, cultural representation, civic engagement, and plans to better prepare our students for their careers after college.
Favorite Quote: "We write to taste life twice." -Anais Nin
Favorite toy as a Kid: The backyard swing on Polk Avenue!