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Meet Our Team


Denise Wong


Denise Wong is the coordinator for the College of Science Student Service Center. She brings with her a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from CSU, Los Angeles and M.S. degree in Counseling, emphasis in Adult and Career Development from CSU, Hayward. Prior to this position, she was an EOP counselor at CSU, East Bay for twelve years. She was a counselor and coordinator for CalWORKs, CARE and EOPS program at Ohlone, Merritt and College of Alameda. She enjoys working with low- income, first-generation college students and watching them develop and move towards their goal of graduating. She is fluent in Tagalog and Mandarin. During her free time, she enjoys gardening, cross stitching, knitting, traveling and reading. One advice she gives to students is "know who you are and what you want for your future. Acknowledge your strengths and weaknesses and don't be afraid to ask for help." She highly encourages her students to seek internships.

Biology, Chemistry/ Biochemistry Advisors

Mayra De La Cruz


Mayra De La Cruz is an advisor for Biology, Chemistry, and Biochemistry. She is currently working towards a Master's degree in Public Administration. Mayra completed her bachelor's degree in Business Administration at Cal State East Bay. When she is not working or at school, she enjoys rollerblading. Her advice for all students is "resources are your best friend, look for them and take advantage of them."

Avel Perez


Avel Perez is an advisor for Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry. He brings with him a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Corporate Management from Cal State East Bay. In his spare time, Avel likes to travel, create youtube videos, and go surfing. His advice for all students is “remain focused on the reason that you’re here as you prepare to go to school and graduate.”

Health Sciences and Undeclared- Interest in Nursing Advisors

Asma Gowher


Asma Gowher is an advisor for Health Sciences and Undeclared- Interest in Nursing. She brings with her a bachelor’s degree in Speech-language pathology and audiology from Cal State East Bay and experience working with college students from diverse backgrounds. Asma is fluent is Hindi and Urdu. When she is not working, she enjoys art & crafts, watching cooking shows, and trying out new restaurants. Her advice for all students is “figure out what you really enjoy doing, not what you think you should be doing. Don’t let the fear of failure hold you back."

Bethany Villafuerte


Bethany Villafuerte is an advisor for Health Science and Undeclared- Interest in Nursing. She brings with her a degree in counseling from St. Mary’s College and experience working with both high school and college students to explore academic and career options and plan for the future. When she is not working, she enjoys: traveling, spending time with her dogs and cooking. One suggestion she has for all students is that “anyone can find success if they are willing to work for it. Your grades and degree help light the way but you still have to put one foot in front of the other.”

Student Assistants

Karyl Calamiong

Major: Psychology
Minor: Biology

Karen Cruz

Major: Kinesiology

Elecca Enzon

Major: Nursing

Cristel Mendoza

Major: Nursing

Clarissa Patino

Major: Biology
Minor: Chemistry

Cindy Torres

Major: Health Sciences
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