Counseling Staff, Office of Prospective Student Services
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.
Amanda has been working in education for over 10 years, beginning as a student assistant in the counseling offices at Hartnell College and later at Fresno State where she earned her Bachelor’s degree. She later earned her Master’s degree in Educational Counseling from San Jose State University. Now as the Director of Enrollment Development & Communications, she enjoys working with students of all ages to educate them about the CSU system, CSUEB, and the many benefits of earning a college degree. She recommends students talk with their families about going to college to build positive support at home, research schools early on and visit before making a decision, and establish a connection with their university of choice by reaching out to their local admission representative.
Amanda's favorite place on the Hayward campus is Redwood Grove. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the many hiking trails with her family, and taking advantage of all the outdoor activities that The Bay has to offer!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Service Area: WUE Recruitment in Hawaii; Hayward Campus Welcome Center Program Development Coordinator
Originally from Ohio, Nancy studied at University of Colorado, Boulder, then transferred to CSU Monterey Bay to earn her BA in Communications. She completed an MA in Education Counseling at SJSU. She previously worked at CSU Monterery Bay as an admissions counselor, and has worked with the Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound programs. She began working at Cal State East Bay in 2008 and is now the Welcome Center Program Development Coordinator.
The Recreation and Wellness Center also known as RAW is Nancy's favorite place on campus, where students, staff and faculty can enjoy working out in a huge sustainable building. She appreciates being able to run on the indoor track, lift weights, play badminton, get a massage, and drink Jamba Juice all in one building. Nancy loves the Bay Area for its diversity, authentic ethnic foods, dancing, and the Oakland A's games. Nancy's advice to students is don't be shy! Make some phone calls; if you have a question, you seek the answer, not your parents.
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.
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!
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.
Service Area: Southern California
Originally from Pasadena, CA, Hazina graduated from John Marshall High in Pasadena in 2005 and went to Cal State East Bay as a freshman. She graduated in 2011 with a BS in Criminal Justice and a minor in Sociology. While attending school, Hazina participated in a lot of clubs and organizations including Peer Advocates for Wellness (PAW) where she was the peer advocate for ATOD (alcohol tobacco and other drugs), the Orientation Team where she served as the communications lead, and she served with a community service based co-ed fraternity. She worked on campus at the Bookstore, Student life and Leadership, University Police Department, and the Welcome Center.
Hazina understands how it feels to go to an area where you are unfamiliar, leaving everything you know behind. She can assist with that process and make it as easy as possible. She loves helping students explore a life outside of Southern California, and encourages students to discover their full potential.