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.”

Jerome Narvaez


 Jerome Narvaez is an advisor for Health Science. He brings with him a degree in Sociology from University of California Berkeley. His past experience includes working with the Upward Bound Program at both UC Berkeley and Mills College in Oakland, and he himself is a former TRIO student as well. His advice for all students is “to follow the 3 'D's to success, Desire, Discipline, and Dedication."