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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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Traves Butterworth

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

Originally from Tennessee, Traves earned his Bachelor of Social Work degree at Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, Virginia. He went on to complete his MFA in Choreography at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Traves is thrilled to be part of the recruitment team at CSUEB and to work with students to help them prepare for their college experience.

The University Theatre is one of Traves’ favorite places on campus. The theatre is host to numerous musicals, theatre, dance, orchestral and vocal performances. Traves loves the excitement of performing and supporting friends in their artistic endeavors. The Bay Area is full of unlimited opportunities and diversity. Get out there and explore your world!


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Samantha Brown

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, Napa Valley College, and Santa Rosa Junior College.

A California native, Samantha is originally from Riverside but recently marked her 20 years living in the Bay Area! Prior to joining us at CSUEB Samantha worked at Kaiser Permanente for over 9 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 non-profit sector, helping to build and support programs for underserved communities. Samantha earned her B.A. in Sociology in 2011 from CSUEB and plans to pursue an M.A. degree in Education with a concentration in Equity and Social Justice.

Since joining CSUEB as staff in 2014, Samantha has been able to continue encouraging students and help ensure they have a positive experience. She is a Kaleidoscope mentor and uses every opportunity 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 you can find Samantha either spending time with family or enjoying one of the many random hobbies she has, 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's favorite thing about CSUEB is the view 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 all visitors of the Welcome Center on campus

Lena is from a tiny town in California and transferred to northern California for college. She holds two Bachelor's of Science degrees in Marine Biology and Zoology from Humboldt State University. She worked in the animal care field before returning to higher education. She graduated from Cal State East Bay with a Masters of Science in Recreation and Tourism with a focus on running a visitor's center; she is the first in her family to go straight from high school into college and the first to hold a Masters degree. She has been working at Cal State East Bay in the Welcome Center for over 3 years and loves every moment of it!

Lena was originally a transfer student so she knows the value of transfer support programs and getting involved on campus. She believes passionately in the CSU system and Cal State East Bay in particular. She is an advisor for clubs on campus and oversees student ambassadors who give tours on campus so she has a unique connection to the students here on campus. Her motto is get involved early and often in order to have a unique experience unlike any other. 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: Oakland, San Lorenzo, San Leandro, Berkeley, West Contra Costa County (including Contra Costa College), and Community Colleges in Central Valley North

Kumar was born in the Republic of Fiji and raised in the East Bay Area specifically in the dynamic city of Oakland. He comes to Cal State East Bay with several years of experience assisting students to find their path to higher education. Additionally, Kumar is a CSUEB graduate, having earned a BS in Business Administration with options in Accounting, Finance and Corporate Management, and a BA in Art Studio option.

Kumar came to CSUEB as a transfer student from Chabot College. As a former transfer student he is aware of the struggles and challenges students face and can help students focus on what it takes to transfer to Cal State East Bay, as well as to provide them with a road map to success. He serves as an excellent resource for students and counselors. He can also provide his unique personal experiences as a Cal State East Bay Pioneer.

Kumar is also an avid San Francisco 49ers fan and season ticketholder, so he rarely misses a game.


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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 (KPE), 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

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

Originally from Escondido, CA, Cindy started her undergraduate studies as a first-time freshman at Cal State East Bay. She graduated in 2012 with a BS in Recreation Leisure Management and a minor in Youth Administration. Cindy participated in a variety of CSUEB clubs, organizations and programs including Orientation team, Welcome Center Lead Student Ambassador, and event coordinator for Relay for Life. She looks forward to completing her Masters Degree in Fall 2015, and is the first in her family to have completed a Bachelors and Masters 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 the opportunities that are provided; be a part of an organization, start a new club, take on new leadership roles and shine to your fullest potential. College is fun and exciting! 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 CSUEB.


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Ilana Samuels

Associate Director of Recruitment Initiatives

Service Area: Concord and Walnut Creek High Schools  

Ilana is 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 the field of higher education. For 10 years she was an instructor of parent classes in Walnut Creek. She has a MA 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 looks forward to 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 BA in International Relations. Marc also has an MA in Political Science from Howard University where he began his career teaching in prestigious 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 CSUEB's many excellent major subject offerings. He advises students to find a mentor or internship to build real-world job skills prior to graduation, job search, or pursuing a graduate education.

Marc enjoys Lake Merritt in Oakland, art house movie theaters, and dining out in his former San Francisco "college day" stomping grounds.


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Cynthia Marvilla

Service Area: Southern California

A California native from Los Angeles, Cynthia has worked in education for over 10 years, beginning as an undergraduate Bruin Advisor at UCLA, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree. She continued as a high school History Teacher before returning to higher education as a Site Coordinator for UCLA’s EAOP program, and Coordinator for CSULB’s EAP program. Pursuing her passion in creating access to higher education, Cynthia is currently completing a Master’s degree in College Counseling from CSUDH. She now joins the Cal State East Bay team as the new Southern California Regional Counselor.

 As the first in her family to earn a Bachelor’s degree, Cynthia is aware of the struggle many first generation students face. She encourages students to research schools, reach out to college reps, join outreach programs, and ask lots of questions. She looks forward to working directly with students and hopes to serve as resource for all.


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