Meet the Staff
|Asst. DIRECTOR:||Mardel Baldwin|
|LOCATION:||Educational Opportunity Program
Science Bldg. 52, Room E7
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Assistant Director of Student Academic Services/Director of EOP
Hi! My name is Mardel Baldwin, Jr. I was born and raised in Long Beach, CA… the best city in the world! My college journey began at Long Beach City College and I later transferred to California State University Dominguez Hills, where I earned a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration. During my time at CSUDH, I served as the student body president for Associated Students, Incorporated. That experience changed my life and helped me develop a strong passion for supporting underrepresented students with their transition to college. That passion also led me to pursue my master’s degree in Higher Education at California State University, Fullerton. My goal as the Assistant Director of SAS is to provide support and quality programming to ensure that each of you walk across the commencement stage with your college degree! I look forward to meeting you during your time here at Cal Poly, please be sure to stop by and say hello. Go CAVS!
Senior Operations Analyst
EOP Admissions Coordinator
Hi! My name is Angela, and I am from Huntington Beach, CA. I studied at Golden West College, CSULB and CSUF. I also did a semester abroad in Florence, Italy. I have lived on the Central Coast for 15 years, and I can't imagine being anywhere else! I have so much fun exploring the area with my husband and son, and I love reading, movies, and Sunday brunch. I am incredibly happy to be here at Cal Poly and I encourage you to come by any time to ask questions, make an appointment with a counselor or just say hi!
Hi everyone! My name is Lyzette Martin, I grew up in Visalia CA, but the central coast is now my home. I am a proud first generation college student. I started my educational career at a community college and then transferred to Fresno State where I earned my Bachelor’s in Psychology. I then moved to beautiful San Luis Obispo and earned my Master’s of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Counseling and Guidance. I view my counseling role as an educator, a coach, a mentor and as a supporter. It is my goal to treat each student as a unique individual and take into account all aspects of their lives. During my free time, I love watching baseball (GO DODGERS!), I enjoy being outdoors, and spending time with friends and family. I have a daughter who bring so much joy to mine and my husband’s lives. I am proud to work with such hardworking and motivated students and I’m excited to learn more about you!
Hola! My name is Nury and I was born in Michoacán, Coalcomán de Vázquez Palleres, México. My family and I lived in México for the first two years of my life and then we moved to the United States. Navigating higher education as an undocumented first-generation student was challenging, but I connected with individuals who believed in my potential. I graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a bachelor’s in Agriculture Science and master’s in Counseling and Guidance for Higher Education.During my free time, I enjoy being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with my family. My passion is to support students personal and professional goals. Sí se puede!
Hello everyone! My name is Cynthia Paz, I was born and raised in Guadalupe, CA. I began my higher education at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria where I received a degree in Liberal Arts. I then transferred to Cal State Northridge and received a degree in Child & Adolescent Development. After working with preschool age children I quickly realized I wanted to work with older students. I attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where I earned a Master’s of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Counseling and Guidance: Higher Education & Student Affairs. My career goal was to become an Academic Counselor and serve underrepresented students in the Central Coast area. I began my work at Allan Hancock College, working for various departments as an Academic Counselor for over three years. It is one of my greatest accomplishment to be able to work for EOP and this population of students. I love working with students and being part of their educational experience.
When I am not at work I enjoy wine tasting and spending time with my family. I have identical twin boys that are my world. They keep me on my toes and inspire me to be the best person that I can be.
I can’t wait to meet you all!
EOP Student Assistants
Major: Agriculture Education
Hi! My name is Victoria Garcia and I am second year student in the Agriculture Science department. After graduation I plan to enter the Masters for Agriculture Education and become an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor. I'm from Nipomo, CA and I like to go on hikes, knit, crochet, sew, and quilt.
Major: Anthropology and Geography
Hi! My name is Sierra Ramer. I am a second year Anthropology and Geography student with a concentration in Environmental Studies and Sustainability. I hope to travel anywhere and everywhere after I graduate. I am from the East Bay Area and love to hike and stay outside. Some things I love to do include painting, listening to music, watching movies and going to the beach.
Major: BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Hi! My name is Jessica Huang. I am a first generation EOP student born and raised in San Francisco, California. I was a participant for Summer Institute 2017. I am currently a second year Business Administration student hoping to concentrate in either Information Systems, Accounting, or Management and Human Resources. A few of my hobbies include playing basketball, listening to music, and being adventurous!
Major: BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Hi everyone! My name is Anh Cao and I am a second year Business Administration student. I am a first generation college student from Tustin, CA and I enjoy going to the beach, exploring new foods and restaurants, playing soccer, and drawing. I am also involved in Alpha Kappa Psi, a co-ed professional business fraternity here on campus. In the future, I hope to fulfill my dreams of traveling all over the world.