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Student Outreach Staff

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:

Cal State East Bay Service Area Counselor List

Outreach Director

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Abigail Jelavich

Director of Student Outreach

A proud Missouri native, Abigail earned her bachelor of science degree in economics from Missouri State University in Springfield and her master of science in organization development from the University of San Francisco. Prior to joining Cal State East Bay, Abigail worked for Missouri University of Science and Technology, Oregon State University, and most recently the University of San Francisco in admissions-related roles. Abigail is passionate about access to higher education and is excited to lead the Outreach team. A musical theater buff, Abigail sees productions frequently in the Bay Area and New York. Her favorite shows are Wicked (which she has seen six times and counting), Come From Away, Hamilton, and A Chorus Line. She also enjoys travel—most recently to Copenhagen and New Zealand—pour-over coffee, barbecue (Kansas City–style, of course), and spending time with her spouse and Australian Shepherd mix.

Email: abigail.jelavich@csueastbay.edu

Outreach Counselors

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Samantha Brown B.A. '11

Service Area: High schools in Contra Costa and Solano counties; Community colleges in Contra Costa County, including Diablo Valley College, Los Medanos College, Contra Costa College, Solano Community College, and Santa Rosa Junior College.

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.

Email: samantha.brown@csueastbay.edu

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Lena Korn-Clark M.S.

Service Area: Castro Valley High School 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.

Email: lena.kornclark@csueastbay.edu

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Kumar Krishan B.S., B.A.

Service Area: High schools in Oakland, San Lorenzo, San Leandro, Berkeley, West Contra Costa County (including Contra Costa College), and community colleges in Central Valley North and Napa Valley College 

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.

Email: kumar.krishan@csueastbay.edu

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Louise Martinez

Service Area: Hayward, Union City, Newark, and Fremont, including Chabot, Laney, Los Positas and Ohlone community colleges; Western University Exchange (WUE) recruitment in Oregon and Washington

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.

Email: louise.martinez@csueastbay.edu

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Cindy Salinas BS '12

Service Area: Central Valley Northern Region (high schools), Berkeley City College and Merritt College

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.

Email: cindy.salinas@csueastbay.edu

Marc Strong

Marc Strong

Service Area: San Francisco and San Mateo counties, Alameda, and Oakland; Western University Exchange (WUE) recruitment in Nevada    

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.

Email: marc.strong@csueastbay.edu

Open position

Service Area: Santa Clara County, San Jose, South San Mateo, and Napa Valley College; Western University Exchange (WUE) recruitment in Arizona and Colorado. 

While we work quickly to hire a new outreach counselor for this area, please contact the following people and offices. For presentations, college fairs, and school visits contact outreach@csueastbay.edu. For pre-admission advising, contact the Welcome Center at 510-885-2556 or admissioncounseling@csueastbay.edu.

 

Southern California

And other regions not identified above 

For presentations, college fairs, and school visits contact outreach@csueastbay.edu. For pre-admission advising, contact our Welcome Center at 510.885.2556 or admissioncounseling@csueastbay.edu

Outreach Staff

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Maria Elena Dominguez BS ‘15

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.

Email: mariaelena.dominguez@csueastbay.edu

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Laura Hansen

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. 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.

Email: laura.hansen@csueastbay.edu

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LD Larkins BS '16

University Operator

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.

Email: LD.Larkins@csueastbay.edu

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Roz Maestri MS ’13

Office Manager

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.

Email: roz.maestri@csueastbay.edu

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