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.

Degree: BS Business Administration with an emphasis in Corporate Management

 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 Psychology. 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.”

Kristen Fu

Kristen Fu is an advisor for Psychology, Environmental Sciences, and Geology. Born, raised, and educated in the Bay Area, Kristen brings with her a Bachelor's degree in Media Studies from UC Berkeley, and a Masters degree in Education (International and Multicultural Education) from the University of San Francisco. For over six years, she worked at College Track Oakland, providing academic coaching and college access programming to high school students, majority of whom were first generation students and from low-income backgrounds. She is passionate about educational equity, and supporting students towards their goals and being their most empowered and liberated selves. She enjoys cooking, traveling (mostly for food), hiking, experiencing live music, and going to museums.

Tu Ngo


Tu Ngo is an advisor for Health Science and Public Health.

Serves students with last names A-L

Degree: BS in Sociology and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from CSU, Long Beach.


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. 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

Serves students with last names M-Z

Degree: BS Sociology with an emphasis in Social Services from CSU East Bay,


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 and has more than 10 years of experience working with students at a Community College. 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 “Don't give up on your dreams, it is never too late to go back to school and become a professional.”