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Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership

Current Students

Meet Some of Our Currently Enrolled Students

Lydia Gonzalez

Lydia Alaniz-Gonzalez

She/Her/Hers

Face-to Face Cohort 13: Class of 2022

  • Dissertation: Factors that Influence Latinx High School Graduates in Obtaining a College Degree
  • Research Interests: Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices
  • Professional Role: AP Psychology Educator
  • Hometown: Reedley, CA
  • Current Location: Clovis, CA

Vincent Alcantar

Vincent Alcantar

He/Him/His

Face-to-Face Cohort 15: Class of 2024

  • Research Interests: School improvement and instructional leadership, Latinx school leaders
  • Professional Role: High School Math Teacher
  • Hometown and Current Location: Porterville, CA

Amy Allen

Amy Allen

She/Her/Hers

Face-to-Face Cohort 15: Class of 2024

  • Professional Role: Associate Director - Student Involvement at Fresno State
  • Hometown: St. John, Virgin Islands
  • Current Location: Fresno, CA

 

Sara Baramy Constantinescu

Sara Baramy Constantinescu

She/Her/Hers

Online Cohort 6: Class of 2024

  • Research Interests: Hispanic/Latinos in Higher Education, South East Asians in Higher Education, Pathway Programs, Undergraduate Student Research Programs, Student:Faculty Mentorships, Faculty and Staff of Color Experiences in Higher Education, Organizational Theory in Higher Education
  • Professional Role: Graduate Studies Coordinator
  • Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA
  • Current Location: Oceanside, CA

Kristina Barger

Kristina Barger 

She/Her/Hers

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

She/Her/Hers

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

 

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Elissa Caruth

She/Her/Hers

Online Cohort 4: Class of 2022

  • Professional Role: Department Chair, Professor of English

 Cynthia Cervantes

Cynthia Cervantes

She/Her/Hers

Online Cohort 6: Class of 2024

  • Research Interests: Facilities staff impact on residential students, affordable housing for students, first-gen students 
  • Professional Role: Executive Director, Office of Housing Administration at San Diego State University
  • Hometown: San Lorenzo, CA
  • Current Location: San Diego, CA

Brian Childs

Brian Childs

He/Him/His

Online Cohort 4: Class of 2022

  • Research Interests: International student experiences with oppression
  • Professional Role: Director - International Student & Scholar Services, CSU Monterey Bay
  • Hometown: Canton, OH
  • Current Location: Marina, 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

Corry Colonna

Corry Colonna

He/Him/His

Online Cohort 6: Class of 2024

  • Research Interests: Mid-level Lead Staff Development
    Studies in student well being to increase joy and mental thriving
  • Professional Role: Executive Director, Housing & Residential Life
  • Hometown: Punxsutawney, PA
  • Current Location: Long Beach, CA

Ariel Davis

Ariel Davis

She/Her/Hers

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

 

Eleanor Esquada

Eleanor M Esquada

She/Her/Hers

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

Jen Evans

Jen Evans

She/Her/Hers

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 

 Rashonne Founts-Saenz

Rashonne Founts-Saenz

She/Her/Hers

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

   

Anayali Gomez-Navarro

Anayeli Gomez-Navarro

She/Her/Hers

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

 Omar Gutierrez

Omar Gutierrez

He/Him/His

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

She/Her/Hers

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

 

Amie Hammond

Amie Hammond

She/Her/Hers

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

TJ Hurley

T'Nesia TJ Hurley

She/Her/Hers

Online Cohort 6: Class of 2024

  • Research Interests: Equity focused financing and student achievement.
  • Professional Role: Assistant Superintendent of Business
  • Hometown: Oakland, CA
  • Current Location: Redding, CA

Rafael Iniguez

Rafael Iniguez

He/Him/His

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

 

Erika Ireland

Erika Ireland

She/Her/Hers

Face-to-Face Cohort 15: Class of 2024

  • Research Interests: Educational pipeline of dietetic students in higher education
  • Professional Role: Faculty & Dietetic Internship Director
  • Hometown: Fresno, CA
  • Current Location: Clovis, CA

Gus Leonard

Gus Leonard

He/Him/His

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

She/Her/Hers

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

He/Him/His

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

Cruz Madrigal Trejo

Cruz Madrigal Trejo

She/Her/Hers

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

 

Kenzie Major

Kenzie Major

She/Her/Hers

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

He/Him/His

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

She/Her/Hers

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

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

Tracey Mayfield

Tracey Mayfield

She/Her/Hers

Online Cohort 4: Class of 2022

  • Research Interests: Women leaders in higher education with a focus on women of color; Ethical uses of information in higher education (including intellectual property, copyright, open educational resources, etc.)
  • Professional Role: Associate Dean, University Library, California State University, Long Beach
  • Hometown and Current Location: Anaheim Hills, CA

Kymbee Mckay

Kymbee McKay

She/Her/Hers

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

 

Lupe Mendoza

Lupe Mendoza

Face-to-Face Cohort 15: Class of 2024

  • Research Interests: Impact of dual enrollment in Latinx community; Latinas in leadership roles in higher eduction
  • Professional Role: High School Vice Principal
  • Hometown: Dos Palos, CA
  • Current Location: Clovis, CA

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Tasneem Mohamed

Online Cohort 5: Class of 2023

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

Gretchen Monke

Gretchen Monke

She/Her/Hers

Face-to-Face Cohort 15: Class of 2024

  • Research Interests: Using YA literature to discuss contemporary social justice issues and build academic discussion skills, Positive psychology in education, Building positive teacher-student and peer relationships to support students academically and emotionally
  • Professional Role: English Teacher
  • Current Location: Clovis, CA

 

 Oronne Nwaneri'

Oronne Nwaneri

She/Her/Hers

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

She/Her/Hers

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

He/Him/His

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

 

Cindy Monroy

Cindy Osuna Monroy

She/Her/Hers

Face-to-Face Cohort 13: Class of 2022

  • Research Interests: First-generation, Social Emotional Learning, Policy & Practice, Disenfranchised & Marginalized populations, Systemic Inequities
  • Professional Role: Principal
  • Hometown and Current Location: Visalia, CA

Edgar Parilla

Edgar Parilla

He/Him/His

Face-to-Face Cohort 15: Class of 2024

  • Research Interests: The impact inmate education has on the Latino male population in our community. Finding correlations between this inmate education population and recidivism.
  • Professional Role: Grants and Research Analyst 
  • Hometown and Current Location: Visalia, CA

George Rodriguez

George Rodriguez

He/Him/His

Face-to-Face Cohort 15: Class of 2024

  • Research Interests: Superintendent longevity and school district success 
  • Professional Role: Director of Educational Services
  • Hometown: Selma, CA
  • Current Location: Kingsburg, CA

 

Cynthia Rodriguez

Cynthia Rodriguez

She/Her/Hers

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

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Jolene Sagan

She/Her/Hers

Online Cohort 6: Class of 2024

  • Professional Role: Case Manager
  • Hometown: Westwood, CA
  • Current Location: Long Beach, CA

Saul Salinas

Saul Salinas

He/Him/His

Face-to-Face Cohort 13: Class of 2022

  • Research Interests: Research Interest: Critical Race Theory, LatCrit Theory, Multicultural Organizational Development, Organizational Theory, and Program/ Policy Evaluation; Dissertation Topic: Mexican American/ Chicano higher educational achievement in a marginalized community
  • Professional Role: Coordinator Community Relations, Clovis Unified School District
  • Hometown and Current Location: Fresno, CA

 

 Yadi Sanchez

Yadi Sanchez

Online Cohort 5: Class of 2023

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

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Soki Siv

She/Her/Hers

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

 

Ia Xiong

Ia Xiong 

Face-to-Face Cohort 15: Class of 2024

  • Research Interests: AsianCrit and males in community college 
  • Professional Role: Adjunct Counselor
  • Hometown and Current Location: 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