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Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership

Meet Some of Our Currently Enrolled Students

Kristina Barger

Kristina Barger 

Online Cohort 4: Class of 2022

  • Research Interests: White Supremacy in Higher Education
  • Professional Role: VISTA Program Manager, CSU Chancellor's Office
  • Hometown: Livermore, CA
  • Current Location: Long Beach, CA

Edie Brown

Edie Brown

Online Cohort 5: Class of 2023

  • Research Interests: Advising students of color in a predominantly white 4 year higher education institution, Diversity, equity and inclusion in Student Affairs with a focus on student services, How unions and universities can co-exist while serving students
  • Professional Role: Union President
  • Hometown: San Francisco, CA
  • Current Location: Santa Rosa, CA

Eve Castellanos

Eve Castellanos 

Face-to-Face Cohort 11: Class of 2020

  • Research Interests: Female Leadership in Higher Education, Women of Color as Administrators in Higher Education, Resiliency in Leadership Program Evaluation
  • Professional Role: Program Coordinator
  • Hometown: Sanger, CA

 

My Kou Chang

My Kou Chang

Online Cohort 3: Class of 2021

  • Research Interests: Hmong Men in the High School Counseling Profession
  • Professional Role: High School & Community College Counselor
  • Hometown: Porterville, CA
  • Current Location: Sanger, CA

Jennifer Chinander

Jennifer Chinander

Online Cohort 4: Class of 2022

  • Research Interests: Equity, Connection between behavior and engagement, Achievement Gap and English Learners
  • Professional Role: Assistant Principal
  • Hometown: Clovis, CA
  • Current Location: Santa Margarita, CA

Brittany Clason

Brittany Clason

Face-to-Face Cohort 12: Class of 2021

  • Research Interests: Student self-efficacy in higher education 
  • Professional Role: Clinical education coordinator for Fresno State’s Athletic Training Program
  • Hometown: Clovis, CA

 

AmyK Conley

AmyK Conley

Online Cohort 3: Class of 2021

  • Research Interests: Literacy and equity issues, social-emotional learning and problem-solving to decrease exclusionary disciplinary practices, distance learning and educational technology; 
  • Professional Role: Instructional coach at Fortuna High, Instructor in credential programs at Humboldt State University
  • Hometown and Current Location: Fortuna, CA

Ariel Davis

Ariel Davis

Online Cohort 4: Class of 2022

  • Research Interests: First-generation college students, Black and underrepresented students, underresourced students, colorism, misogynoir and dismantling systems of oppression 
  • Professional Role: Coordinator, Outreach and Relations with Schools 
  • Hometown: Wilmer, LA
  • Current Location: San Bernardino, CA

Jennifer J Enns

Jennifer J Enns

Face-to-Face Cohort 12: Class of 2021

  • Research Interests: Research Interests: Educational and Organizational Psychology, Organizational Leadership, asset-based approaches that empower individuals and organizations, Teacher Retention
  • Professional Role: Executive Leadership Coach, CSI (Office of the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools)
  • Hometown: Merced, CA
  • Current Location: Clovis, CA

 

Eleanor Esquada

Eleanor M Esquada

Face-to-Face Cohort 14: Class of 2023

  • Research Interests: Early Childhood Education, Equity and Access to programs and SEAL support
  • Professional Role: General Ed Teacher, Kindergarten
  • Hometown and Current Location: Fresno, CA

Nathan Evans

Nathan Evans

Online Cohort 3: Class of 2021

  • Research Interests: College promise programs, postsecondary access and completion, educational equity
  • Professional Role: Chief of Staff & Senior Advisor for Academic and Student Affairs, CSU Office of the Chancellor
  • Hometown: Spencer, WV
  • Current Location: Irvine, CA 

Jen Evans

Jen Evans

Online Cohort 4: Class of 2022

  • Dissertation: Dissenting in Educational Practice: An Evaluation of Free Speech and its Limitations Among Educators
  • Professional Role: 5th grade teacher
  • Current Location: Arroyo Grande, CA 

   

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Corinne Folmer 

Face-to-Face Cohort 12: Class of 2021

  • Research Interests: Human resources and teacher retention
  • Professional Role: P-12 Administrator
  • Current Location: Sanger, CA 

Rashonne Founts-Saenz

Rashonne Founts-Saenz

Online Cohort 4: Class of 2022

  • Research Interests: First Year Student Success, Transitional summer programs that support first year students 
  • Professional Role: Educational Opportunity Program Academic Advisor, Summer Bridge Program Coordinator, Lecturer, Multidisciplinary Studies at Stanislaw State University 
  • Hometown and Current Location: Manteca, CA 

Nick Fuentes

Nick Fuentes

Online Cohort 2: Class of 2021

  • Research Interests: Adult learning, continuing education, lifelong learning, education for healthy aging. I am researching lifelong learning programs and the older adult students that attend them. I am seeking to identify barriers that prevent older adults from participating and help programs create a more welcoming and enjoyable environment for a much more diverse audience.
  • Professional Role: Seeking my next adventure
  • Hometown: Ventura, CA

 

Danielle Gamez

Danielle Gamez

Online Cohort 3: Class of 2021

  • Research Interests: Dissertation: The lived experiences of students in schools while navigating homelessness
  • Professional Role: District Enrollment Manager
  • Hometown: Saginaw, MI
  • Current Location: Port Hueneme, CA 

Angelica Gil

Angelica Gil 

Face-to-Face Cohort 12: Class of 2021

  • Research Interests: College & Career Readiness, Career Counseling; Dissertation Topic: Intersectionality in HE Among First-Gen. Latinx Students
  • Professional Role: Career Counselor
  • Hometown: Fresno, CA

Anayali Gomez-Navarro

Anayeli Gomez-Navarro

Online Cohort 4: Class of 2022

  • Research Interests: Women Leaders, Underrepresented Minorities, First Generation College Students, Latinas in Higher Education
  • Professional Role: Academic Advisor
  • Hometowns: Mexico City & Arvin, CA
  • Current Location: Bakersfield, CA

 

Lydia Gonzalez

Lydia Gonzalez 

Face-to Face Cohort 13: Class of 2022

  • Research Interests: Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices
  • Professional Role: AP Psychology Educator
  • Hometown: Reedley, CA

Hank Gutierrez

Hank Gutierrez

Online Cohort 3: Class of 2021

  • Dissertation: The Enactment of Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: A Case Study of Two Schools
  • Professional Role: Deputy Superintendent, FCSS
  • Current Location: Fowler, CA 

 

Omar Gutierrez

Omar Gutierrez

Face-to-Face Cohort 14: Class of 2023

  • Research Interests: Budget, finance and full impact on students access
  • Professional Role: VP Administrative Services
  • Current Location: Visalia, CA 

  

Andrea Hall-Cuccia

Andrea Hall-Cuccia

Face-to-Face Cohort 14: Class of 2023

  • Research Interests: Academic factors impacting time to graduation at California Community Colleges (major switching, academic load, summer sessions, DFW, math/writing placement, total credits), particularly pre- and post- AB705 and Guided Pathways
  • Professional Role: Institutional Researcher, UC Merced
  • Hometown and Current Location: Merced, CA

Belinda Hammond

Belinda Hammond

Online Cohort 3: Class of 2021

  • Dissertation: Development and implementation of virtual child life community practicum experiences.
  • Professional Role: Lecturer
  • Hometown: Van Nuys, CA
  • Current Location: Lompoc, CA

Amie Hammond

Amie Hammond

Online Cohort 4: Class of 2022

  • Dissertation: Work Values, Organizational Change, White Supremacy and Systems of Oppression within Organizations, Career Development
  • Professional Role: Associate Director of Career Counseling and Education, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
  • Hometown: Palo Alto, CA
  • Current Location: Paso Robles, CA

 

Esra Hashem

Esra Hashem

Face-to-Face Cohort 12: Class of 2021

  • Research Interests: Critical discourse analysis in higher education media
  • Professional Role: Director of Marketing and Communications at California State University, Bakersfield
  • Hometown: Fresno, CA
  • Current Location: Bakersfield, CA

Doreen Hatcher

Doreen Hatcher

Online Cohort 3: Class of 2021

  • Research Interests: Gendered Racial Experiences of Black Women Attending Hispanic-Serving Institutions
  • Professional Role: Director, Student Transition & Engagement Programs
  • Hometown: El Paso, TX
  • Current Location: Moorpark, CA

Debi Hill

Debi Hill

Online Cohort 3: Class of 2021

  • Research Interests: Shifting the culture of rape on college campuses
  • Professional Role: Associate Vice President Equity & Transition - Student Affairs
  • Hometown: Visalia, CA
  • Current Location: Arroyo Grande, CA

 

Rafael Iniguez

Rafael Iniguez

Face-to-Face Cohort 13: Class of 2022

  • Research Interests: Career Technical Education, Mindfulness, Dual Enrollment, first-generation students, migrant students, Latinx students
  • Professional Role: Career Technical Education Coordinator
  • Hometown: Parlier, CA
  • Current Location: Fresno, CA

Gus Leonard

Gus Leonard

Online Cohort 3: Class of 2021

  • Research Interests: Language and Culture learning; technology-enhanced learning. Dissertation Topic: Understanding Intercultural Competence in Civic Engagement/Citizenship through Photovisual Elicitation of Study Abroad Student Photoblogs
  • Professional Role: CSU Monterey Bay, Language Lab Coordinator
  • Hometown: Burlington, VT
  • Current Location: Del Rey Oaks, CA

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Sierra Lewis

Online Cohort 5: Class of 2023

  • Professional Role: Associate Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Hometown: Boise, ID 

 

Cyndie Luna

Cyndie Luna

Face-to-Face Cohort 13: Class of 2022

  • Research Interests: The impact of culturally-competent teacher immediacy on disproportionately impacted students
  • Professional Role: Dean, Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, Fresno City College
  • Hometown: Simi Valley, CA
  • Current Location: Fresno, CA

Aaron Luna

Aaron Luna

Face-to-Face Cohort 13: Class of 2022

  • Research Interests: Effects of music education on academic achievement, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic; Student social and emotional outcomes that are influenced by instrumental music
  • Professional Role: Band Teacher & Adjunct Professor
  • Hometown and Current Location: Selma, CA

Kenzie Major

Kenzie Major

Online Cohort 4: Class of 2022

  • Research Interests: Culturally Responsive Literature and Teaching
  • Professional Role: Teacher
  • Hometown and Current Location: San Jose, CA

 

Jose Maldonado

José A Maldonado

Online Cohort 5: Class of 2023

  • Research Interests: Undocu Students, Transfer Success, Student Resources, Collaboration Between Community and Campus, Connecting Students to Opportunity
  • Professional Role: Full-time faculty
  • Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
  • Current Location: Ventura, CA

Monica Malhotra

Monica Malhotra

Online Cohort 4: Class of 2022

  • Research Interests: Women Leaders in Higher Education: Surviving at the Top and Shaping Bold leadership
  • Professional Role: Director, Strategic Analytics
  • Hometown and Current Location: La-Palma, CA

Ricardo Marmolejo

Ricardo Marmolejo

Cohort 11: Class of 2020

  • Research Interests: Social justice in higher education
  • Professional Role: Director of Special Grants Project – Title V, West Hills College Lemoore
  • Hometown: Riverdale, CA

  

Kymbee Mckay

Kymbee McKay

Online Cohort 5: Class of 2023

  • Research Interests: Home/school connections for elementary students; best teaching practices in primary classrooms
  • Professional Role: Teacher
  • Hometown: Amherst, TX
  • Current Location: Valley Center, CA

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Tasneem Mohamed

Online Cohort 5: Class of 2023

  • Professional Role: Academic Advisor
  • Hometown: Oakland, CA
  • Current Location: Marina, CA

Oronne Nwaneri

Oronne Nwaneri

Online Cohort 5: Class of 2023

  • Research Interests: Black Student Success, Experiences of Black International Students, Affects of COVID on low income college and university students
  • Professional Role: Director, Upward Bound Programs, Pasadena City College
  • Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
  • Current Location: Pasadena, CA

 

Monica Ocampo

Monica Ocampo

Online Cohort 4: Class of 2022

  • Research Interests: First-gen students, Latinx students, HSIs, first-gen professionals, college access (outreach), student-parents
  • Professional Role: University Culture Pathways Activity Director, CSU Channel Islands
  • Hometown and Current Location: Oxnard, CA

Michael Ornelas

Michael Ornelas

Face-to-Face Cohort 13: Class of 2022

  • Research Interests: Stigma and Impact of Career and Tecnical Education on minority groups
  • Professional Role: Manufacturing Technology Instructor
  • Hometown: Visalia, CA
  • Current Location: Kingsburg, CA

Stephanie Sandoval Peoples

Stephanie Sandoval Peoples

Online Cohort 3: Class of 2021

  • Research Interests: Social Justice in Education,Organizational Psychology and Educational Technology
  • Professional Role: Child and Family Education Instructor at Antelope Valley College
  • Hometown: Yorba Linda, CA
  • Current Location: Stevenson Ranch, CA

 

Kara Perkins

Kara Perkins

Online Cohort 3: Class of 2021

  • Research Interests: Financial Aid, Retention and Graduation at the CSU
  • Professional Role: Associate Vice President, Budget & Administration - CSU Long Beach
  • Hometown: Kennewick, WA
  • Current Location: Long Beach, CA

Cynthia Rodriguez

Cynthia Rodriguez

Online Cohort 5: Class of 2023

  • Research Interests: Providing access to culturally relevant social-emotional learning opportunities as well as making the educational space more equitable for all students. 
  • Professional Role: School Counselor
  • Hometown: Reedley, CA
  • Current Location: King City, CA

Sam Rodriguez

Sam Rodriguez

Online Cohort 3: Class of 2021

  • Research Interests: Examining the Lived Experiences of California Hispanic Agriculture Teachers
  • Professional Role: Agriculture Business Instructor, Reedley/Madera College
  • Hometown: Wasco, CA
  • Current Location: Hanford, CA

 

Steve Ross

Steve Ross

Online Cohort 3: Class of 2021

  • Research Interests: Job Satisfaction of Residence Hall Directors
  • Professional Role: Graduate Program Coordinator
  • Hometown and Current Location: Sacramento, CA

Yadi Sanchez

Yadi Sanchez

Online Cohort 5: Class of 2023

  • Professional Role: Manager of Outreach and Academic Services
  • Hometown: Fort Bragg, CA

 

Adriana Scherrer

Andriana Scherrer

Face-to-Face Cohort 12: Class of 2021

  • Research Interests: Instructional Coaching, New Teachers, Cultural Proficiency
  • Professional Role: Site administrator 
  • Hometown: Fresno, CA
  • Current Location: Sanger, CA

 

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Soki Siv

Face-to-Face Cohort 13: Class of 2022

  • Research Interests: Academic Achievement in PK-12
  • Professional Role: Principal
  • Hometown and Current Location: Fresno, CA

Mike Snell

Mike Snell

Face-to-Face Cohort 14: Class of 2023

  • Research Interests: Exploring youth workers in expanded learning programs and the role they play in teacher quantity, quality and diversity
  • Professional Role: CEO
  • Hometown: Fresno, CA
  • Current Location: Sanger, CA

Sara Soria

Sara Soria

Face-to-Face Cohort 11: Class of 2020

  • Research Interests: Academic achievement of Mexican American high school boys and the impact of parents and schools
  • Professional Role: Assistant Principal at Granite Hills High School,  Porterville USD
  • Hometown: Exeter, CA

 

Khat Assil Tarvirdian

Khat Assil Tarvirdian

Online Cohort 3: Class of 2021

  • Research Interests: Afghan Americans, Critical Race Theory, Diversity and Identity, Gender Issues, Assessment, testing and measurement, Intersectionality Higher Education, International and Comparative Education, Research Methods, Sociology navigating U.S. education,  Immigrants and Immigration, Data Sciences, Educational Policy, Diversity and Identity, South Asian Americans
  • Professional Role: Assessment & Evaluation Analyst
  • Hometown: Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Current Location: Simi Valley, CA

Cruz Madrigal Trejo

Cruz Madrigal Trejo

Face-to-Face Cohort 14: Class of 2023

  • Research Interests: Success of migrant students in higher education, Early Childhood Education and the importance of SEL
  • Professional Role: School Psychologist
  • Hometown and Current Location: Madera, CA

John Williams

John Williams

Face-to-Face Cohort 12: Class of 2021

  • Research Interests: CTE/Agriculture Education; Dissertation: Role Agriculture Education has on a Students Decision to Earn a College Degree
  • Professional Role: Full Time Lecturer CSU, Fresno. Part time instructor, Reedley College
  • Hometown: Los Alamos, CA
  • Current Location: Clovis, CA

 

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Jerry Vang

  • Face-to-Face Cohort 11: Class of 2020
  • Research Interests: Mindset Self-Efficacy
  • Professional Role: Teacher
  • Hometown: Fresno, CA

Ko Yang

Ko Yang

Face-to-Face Cohort 13: Class of 2022

  • Research Interests: Hmong Women in Leadership within Higher Education
  • Professional Role: Supplemental Instruction Assistant Coordinator
  • Hometown and Current Location: Fresno, CA