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Pre-Admission Counseling Staff

Cal State East Bay's pre-admission counseling staff travel to high schools and community colleges to assist prospective students with admission information. The Welcome Center staff is available to meet with students by appointment. Please contact the counselor who serves the area where you attend school or your area of residence.

To help us to respond to you more quickly, when contacting a counselor, please select the one that is assigned to servicing your geographical area.

Enrollment Counselors

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Samantha Brown '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.

A California native, Samantha is originally from Riverside but has lived in the Bay Area for more than 20 years. Prior to joining Cal State East Bay, Samantha worked at Kaiser Permanente for over nine years and was an active member of their Regional Labor Management Partnership committee, representing Northern California, as well as an elected member of the SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West Executive Board. She has been a continuous advocate for youth and families through her work in the nonprofit sector, helping to build and support programs for underserved communities. Samantha earned her B.A. in sociology in 2011 from Cal State East Bay and plans to pursue an M.A. degree in education with a concentration in equity and social justice.

Since joining the staff in 2014, Samantha has continued to encourage students and ensure they have a positive experience. She is a Kaleidoscope mentor and uses every chance she can to empower others and promote higher education. She stands by the ideal that, “A person can do anything through education.”

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, eating cake, and traveling to places she has never been before, even if it's down the street. Samantha loves the view from campus because it is a reminder of all the possibilities higher education has to offer.


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Lena Korn-Clark

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 a master of science in recreation and tourism with a focus on running a visitor's center. The first in her family to go straight from high school to college and the first to hold a master's degree, Lena has been working in the Welcome Center for over three years and loves every moment of it.

Originally a transfer student, Lena understands the value of transfer support programs and getting involved on campus. She believes passionately in the CSU system and especially Cal State East Bay. She is an advisor for clubs on campus and oversees student ambassadors who give campus tours on campus. Her motto is, "Get involved early and often." College is not just about growing your mind but your whole self. 

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.


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Kumar Krishan

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. Also, Kumar is a Cal State East Bay graduate, having earned a B.S. in business administration with options in accounting, finance and corporate management, and a B.A. in art studio option. As a former transfer student from Chabot College, Kumar is aware of students' struggles and challenges and helps them focus on what it takes to transfer to Cal State East Bay, as well as provide them with a road map to success. An excellent resource for students and counselors, he can also provide his personal experiences as a Cal State East Bay Pioneer. Kumar is also an avid San Francisco 49ers fan and season ticketholder and rarely misses a game.


Louise Martinez

Service Area: Hayward, Union City, Newark, and Fremont, including Chabot, Laney, Los Positas and Ohlone Community Colleges; 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.


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Cindy Salinas '12

Service Area: Central Valley Northern Region (High Schools), Berkeley City College and Merritt College

Originally from Escondido, Cindy started her undergraduate studies as a first-time freshman at Cal State East Bay, graduating in 2012 with a B.S. in recreation leisure management and a minor in youth administration. Cindy participated in a variety of clubs, organizations and programs including 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. College is a time to grow mentally, professionally, and emotionally. She believes college is a pathway to success if you take advantage of opportunities, join an organization, start a new club, take on new leadership roles and shine to your fullest potential. 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.


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Ilana Samuels

Associate Director of Recruitment Initiatives

Service Area: Concord and Walnut Creek High Schools  

Ilana has been actively involved in education both as a volunteer for the last 12 years in her children's schools and in her career. She started out working in early childhood before moving to higher education. For 10 years she taught parent classes in Walnut Creek. She has an M.A. in education, curriculum and instruction, completed as part of a concurrent teaching credential program. Before coming to Cal State East Bay, she coordinated a teacher preparation program, including the roles of curriculum designer, course instructor, new teacher supervisor, and senior recruiter. Ilana is excited to be at East Bay because of her passion for equal access and accessibility for all students. She encourages students to believe in themselves and make their dreams a reality. Ilana loves spending time with her family, three cats and her dog, and has enjoyed helping her own children make the transition to college.


Marc Strong

Service Area: San Francisco and San Mateo counties, Alameda, and Oakland; 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.


Open position

Service Area: Santa Clara County, San Jose, South San Mateo, and Napa Valley College; 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 For pre-admission advising, contact the Welcome Center at 510.885.2556 or

Southern California

And other regions not identified above 

For presentations, college fairs, and school visits contact For pre-admission advising, contact our Welcome Center at 510.885.2556 or

Maria Elena Dominguez ‘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 about Cal State East Bay—from its flowers, plants, and trees, to its beautiful hilltop view of the Bay, as well as artwork across the campus created by current students and graduates. 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


Abigail Jelavich

Director, 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 at Cal State East Bay. 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


LD Larkins ‘16

University Operator

Originally from West Covina in Southern California, LD started his undergraduate studies as a first- time freshman at Cal State East Bay in 2012. He graduated in 2016 with a bachelor of science 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 very involved on campus, serving as an Educational Opportunity Program peer mentor for three years. He loves Cal State East Bay’s great location just 40 minutes away from San Francisco and San Jose, and walking around the campus with its view of Hayward Hills. He is passionate about helping others and advocating for education. His favorite part about moving to the Bay Area is the amazing weather and diverse population. LD enjoys watching and playing his favorite sports, football and basketball, and traveling to new places to explore other cultures.


Roz Maestri ‘00, M.A. ’13

Office Manager

A San Francisco transplant, Roz moved to the East Bay decades ago to start her family.  Recognizing that she enjoys being a lifelong learner she balanced home and parenthood to return to school and earned her BS in business management in 2000, becoming the first in her family to complete a college degree. She and her husband have focused their lives on raising their two children and traveling, and now have two grandchildren. She has continued her education and in 2013 earned a master’s degree in hospitality and tourism, and in the spring of 2016 became a member of CSUEB Pioneer. Roz supports the department’s administrative needs and is nourished by her role supervising and mentoring student assistants.


Leticia Pagán

Recruitment Events Coordinator

Leticia earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a double minor in neuroscience and ethnic studies from the University of San Francisco and her master of science in health education from Columbia University in New York. Leticia's passion for working in education stems from her rich cultural ancestry and the hardships  her family endured so she could pursue the best possible future. She was raised with the belief that through education, all things are possible and encourages students to be open-minded and respectful of the diverse places, people, and perspectives they encounter on their educational journey. She has worked with diverse youth, adults, and communities across the Bay Area in program and event coordination, recruitment and admissions, measurement and evaluation, continuous quality improvement, and leadership development. Leticia plans and organizes all recruitment events such as Preview Day, Welcome Day, WACAC and Education Summit College Fairs, counselor breakfasts, information sessions, and the CSU Counselor Conference and College Night. Outside of work, Leticia pursues her love of dancing. She has performed, taught, and competed professionally in standard and Latin ballroom and Polynesian dance. She also enjoys international travel, music, great food, and time with her family and friends.


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