Saleem Gilmore


The Program Director has chief administrative responsibility for the function and general operation of the EXCEL Program and serves as a liaison between the Program, the U.S. Department of Education, and the various CSUEB offices and programs that serve EXCEL students..


Vanessa Abayon and Veronica Fong

Academic Life Planning Counselors

The Academic Life Planning Counselors provide EXCEL participants with major program services, consisting of academic, career, scholarship, and graduate school advising, as well as personal counseling and guidance. The Counselors' work with program participants is characterized by a holistic approach in individual and group settings. The combination of their professional competence and knowledge of University academic requirements and regulations contributes to the successful retention and graduation of program participants.


Esther Fultz

Academic Engagement Coach

 The Academic Engagement Coach will support EXCEL students through relationship building and connecting them with resources in any areas they may be facing challenges. The Engagement Coach will support the Academic Life Planning Counselors by ensuring students' needs are being met so they can successfully achieve their goals. The Engagement Coach will also support the Student Access Programs Office Manager with admissions.


Yvette Yarbor

Student Access Programs Office Manager

The Office Manager for Student Access Programs will be the initial point of contact for students, parents, and campus members visiting the Student Access Programs office. The Office Manager will be a reference for academic resources for EXCEL students, as well as supervising Student Assistant staff in performing general office operations. The Office Manager will work closely with the Director on the EXCEL admission process, as well as supporting the Academic Life Planning Counselors with student academic plans and appointments.