Cal State East Bay's outreach counseling staff travel to high schools and community colleges to assist prospective students with admission information.
To help us to respond more quickly, when contacting a counselor please select the one that is assigned to servicing your geographical area where you attend school or live, from the following list. Service areas listed by county include all high schools and community colleges in that county served by the representative unless otherwise noted.
Service Area: Contra Costa County (Antioch, Brentwood, Concord, Lamorinda, Martinez, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, San Ramon Valley and Walnut Creek); Solano and Sonoma Counties
Samantha is originally from Riverside and has lived in the Bay Area for more than 20 years. Samantha worked at Kaiser Permanente for over nine years. She has been a continuous advocate for youth and families through her work in the nonprofit sector. Samantha earned her B.A. in sociology in 2011 from Cal State East Bay and plans to pursue an M.A. degree in education. Since joining the staff in 2014, Samantha has continued to encourage students and ensure they have a positive experience. When not working, Samantha either spends time with family or enjoys one of her many hobbies, such as hiking, reading, dancing, visiting museums, watching action/adventure movies, and traveling.
Service Area: Southern California, Out of state inquiries and Welcome Center visitors
From a tiny town in California, Lena holds two bachelor of science degrees in marine biology and zoology from Humboldt State University, and worked in the animal care field before returning to higher education. She graduated from Cal State East Bay with an M.S. in recreation and tourism with a focus on running a visitor's center. The first in her family to attain a college and master's degree, Lena has been working in the Welcome Center for over three years. Lena loves to travel the world with her college sweetheart. They usually can be found in Disneyland or on a cruise in the Carribean when they're not at home hanging out with friends and their cats.
Service Area: Alameda County (All high schools in Alameda, Albany, Oakland, San Lorenzo, San Leandro, and San Lorenzo); Central Valley North (Community colleges - Merced, Modesto and San Joaquin Delta)
Kumar was born in the Republic of Fiji and raised in the East Bay in the dynamic city of Oakland. He comes to Cal State East Bay with several years of experience helping students find their path to higher education. A Cal State East Bay graduate, he earned a B.S. in business administration and a B.A. in art studio option. As a former transfer student from Chabot College, Kumar is a good resource for students and counselors, and can offer his personal experiences as a Pioneer. Kumar is also an avid San Francisco 49ers fan and season ticketholder, and rarely misses a game.
Service Area: Alameda County (All high schools in Hayward, Fremont and Union City; Chabot, Laney, Los Positas and Ohlone Colleges)
Louise has worked for Cal State East Bay for 14 years, and as an enrollment counselor for more than four years. She attended Ohlone College, then transferred to CSU Hayward (now Cal State East Bay). She received her degree in kinesiology and physical education, inspired by her original major, physical therapy. Louise's favorite place on campus is in the University Union, which is always buzzing with students. By encouraging students to ask many questions, Louise enjoys demonstrating that attending college at Cal State East Bay is a real possibility for their educational and career goals.
Service Area: Santa Clara County ( All high schools in San Jose, Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Los Altos, Cupertino, Mountain View; Evergreen, Missions, San Jose City, De Anza, West Valley and Foothill Colleges)
Originally from Antioch, CA, Jamee attended college out of state (Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT), and received her B.S. in Business Management, and is currently working on a M.S. in Business Administration. Jamee believes that college is an important opportunity for students. She enjoys making connections with students and helping them identify their career goals with the many programs at Cal State East Bay. While the college selection process can be tough, Jamee likes serving as a resource to help students through the application, major selection, and admission journey. She enjoys partnering with high school and college counselors to help make the transition for students as smooth as possible. Jamee encourages students to come visit the beautiful campus and meet the students, faculty and staff to see if being a Pioneer is the right fit for them.
Service Area: Alameda County (Berkeley City College and Merritt College; All high schools in Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton)
Originally from Escondido, Cindy graduated from Cal State East Bay in 2012 with a B.S. in recreation leisure management and a minor in youth administration. She participated in a variety of clubs, organizations and programs including the Orientation team, Welcome Center Lead Student Ambassador, and event coordinator for Relay for Life. She is the first in her family to have completed a bachelor's and master's degree. Cindy encourages students to step out of their comfort zones and try new things. Passionate about helping students through this new chapter in their lives, Cindy hopes to make a difference for students as they explore their opportunities at Cal State East Bay.
Service Area: Alameda County (College of Alameda and St. Joseph's Notre Dame, Encinal and Alameda High Schools)
Marc studied at San Francisco State University and received his B.A. in international relations. He also has an M.A. in political science from Howard University where he began his career teaching in high school programs as an instructor for the National Young Leaders Conference and the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. Marc enjoys advising students about admission, and helping them identify their career choice by highlighting Cal State East Bay's many major subject offerings. He advises students to find a mentor or internship to build real-world job skills prior to graduation, a job search, or pursuing a graduate education. Marc enjoys Lake Merritt in Oakland, art house movie theaters, and dining out in San Francisco, his college stomping grounds.
And other regions not identified above
For presentations, college fairs, and school visits contact email@example.com. For pre-admission advising, contact our Welcome Center at 510.885.2556 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Fulfillment Center Coordinator
Maria grew up in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area in Hayward. She entered Cal State East Bay as a first-time freshman, and was the first in her family to graduate from college, earning her bachelor of science in health sciences with a focus on administration and management. The affordability and close commute made Cal State East Bay an ideal choice for her. The campus’s beauty is what Maria enjoys most, from the beautiful landscape to the hilltop view of the Bay. When not working, she savors her time with friends and family or cuddling on the couch with her 80-pound lap dog, binge-watching Netflix.
Marketing and Communications Specialist
Laura earned her B.A. in Fine Arts from Indiana University, M.B.A. from CSU Bakersfield, and studied Integrated Marketing at UC Berkeley. Laura has worked at Cal State East Bay for 11 years and is a Bay Area native. Her passion is to help students achieve their higher education goals. She enjoys live music, art museums and the great outdoors. Favorite hobbies include sampling restaurants, landscape painting, and visiting the beaches of San Mateo County.
Originally from West Covina in Southern California, LD graduated in 2016 from Cal State East Bay with a B.S. in criminal justice and a minor in sociology. He is the first man in his family to attend and graduate from a four-year university. As an undergraduate, LD was involved on campus, including serving as an Educational Opportunity Program peer mentor for three years. He loves Cal State East Bay’s location and great views, and walking around the campus. He is passionate about helping others and advocating for education. His favorite part about the Bay Area is the weather and diverse population. LD enjoys watching and playing his favorite sports, football and basketball, and traveling to new places to explore other cultures.
A San Francisco transplant, Roz moved to the East Bay decades ago to start her family. Being a lifelong learner, she balanced home and parenthood to return to school and earned her B.S. in business management in 2000, as the first in her family to complete a college degree. She and her husband have focused their lives on family and traveling, and now have two grandchildren. Roz has continued her education and in 2013 earned a master’s degree in hospitality and tourism. She supports the department’s administrative needs and is nourished by her role supervising and mentoring student assistants.