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.

Avel Perez


Avel Perez is an advisor for Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry. He brings with him a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Corporate Management from Cal State East Bay. His advice for all students is “remain focused on the reason that you’re here as you prepare to go to school and graduate.”


Bethany Villafuerte

Bethany Villafuerte is an advisor for Environmental Science, Geology and provides GE advising only to Psychology Fall 2020 new transfer students. 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.”

Tu Ngo


Tu Ngo is an advisor for Health Science and Public Health. She recently moved to Cal State East Bay after spending over 10 years with the College of Engineering at Cal State Long Beach. She brings with her a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from CSU, Long Beach. Tu Ngo assisted many students at CSULB with their academic, career, and professional development throughout the years. She enjoys connecting students with professional mentors and bringing diverse speakers to inspire young engineers. She has been a reliable resource to all engineering organization chapters at CSULB with their events, outreach, and socials. She was able to inspire students in 2017 to start a SASE (Society of Asian Scientists & Engineers) collegiate chapter, (which now is over 150 members), number of created events that brought and still brings STEM AAPI students together to move forward through their college careers. Tu can see the potential of what SASE community can bring to campuses across the US and would like to spread that message to encourage other academic faculty to inspire their students to do the same.

Her past experience includes working with the Upward Bound Program at CSULB and she herself is a former TRIO student as well.  Her advice to students is “always believe in themselves”. She enjoys teaching meditation to students. 

Yari Gonzalez


Yari Gonzalez is an advisor for Health Science and Public Health.  She is a first-generation college student and graduated from Cal State East Bay with a Bachelor’s in Sociology emphasis in Social Services. After graduation, she spent over six years working with community-based organizations in Alameda County providing assistance to low-income families. She decided to go back to the educational environment, and for the past seven years, she was working at Chabot College as a Financial Aid Advisor. As a member of the CSCI student center advising team, she would like to share her knowledge and experience with students to help them achieve their career goals.

Her advice to students is “not to give up on your dreams and is never too late to go back to school and become a professional”.