Meet the Staff
|LOCATION:||Educational Opportunity Program
Science Bldg. 52, Room E7
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Senior Operations Analyst
EOP Admissions Coordinator
Hi! My name is Angela, and I am from Huntington Beach, CA. I was a first generation college student and studied at Golden West College, CSULB and CSUF (go fellow transfer students!!!). I also did a semester abroad in Florence, Italy. I have lived on the Central Coast for almost 20 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 brings 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 am from Michoacán, Coalcomán de Vázquez Palleres, México. My family and I lived in México for the first two years of my life and we then moved to the small town of Nipomo. Navigating higher education as an undocumented first-generation student was challenging, but I connected with faculty/staff who believed in me. I graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with my Bachelors in Agriculture Science. I realized Agriculture was not my passion so I decided to go back to school. I received my Masters in Counseling and Guidance for Higher Education in Student Affairs at Cal Poly.
During my free time, I enjoy running, traveling, and spending time with my family/friends and my cat, Link! I am here to support you personally, professionally and academically. I have an open door policy so please stop by anytime!
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!
Hi! My name is Montana (she/her) and I am originally from San Diego, CA, though I spent a good chunk of my educational career in Los Angeles, where I attended undergrad and earned my Bachelor's in History. As a first-generation, low-income and former foster youth student, I can empathize with the different challenges that come with navigating higher education. For this reason, I decided to go back to school and earn my Master's in Higher Education Counseling and Student Affairs here at Cal Poly. My two biggest goals while working in higher education are to 1) make sure all individuals feel seen, heard and supported and 2) provide each individual with the tools and resources to help them succeed. During my free time, I enjoy hiking, painting, traveling, checking out new coffee shops, shopping for things I don't need at Target, and snuggling with my cat, Finn! I also believe in the power of authenticity and strive to make meaningful connections with all those around me, so please don't hesitate to reach out. There are no silly questions!
Hello. I am Liliana Perez (ella, she, her, hers). I was born in Santa Maria but raised in Guadalupe, CA. As a low-income and first-generation college student, I struggled to navigate the education sector. However, I was fortunate to be part of support programs similar to EOP that assisted me to be personally, professionally, and academically successful. After I graduated high school, I attended Allan Hancock College for three years and earned a degree in Liberal Arts. Then, I transferred to Cal State, Los Angeles, and earned a baccalaureate degree in Sociology. Due to the amount of support I received as I pursued higher education, I developed a greater interest in working in higher education. Thus, I sought and earned a Master's degree in Higher Education Counseling/Student Affairs (HECSA) from Cal Poly, SLO. I am excited to be part of the EOP/Cal Poly community. I am honored to have the opportunity to work with you and be part of your educational journey at Cal Poly. I am here to support you with the slightest or biggest questions you may have, so feel free to contact me or stop by.
Also, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, so many of my hobbies/activities include them, such as road trips, playing video games (Super Mario), reading, journaling, hiking, dancing, watching football and baseball, and watching the show Friends. I look forward to learning more about you.
Hello EOP Family! My name is Drexler Alcantara. I was born and raised in Porterville, CA. I am a proud Asian-American, first-generation college graduate. I began my educational journey at Porterville College where I earned my associate degree in Administration of Justice. I then transferred to Chico State where I earned my bachelor’s degree in Social Science with a primary concentration in Career & Life Planning. After working with a diverse group of students from all walks of life as a peer mentor, tutor, program coordinator, and student ambassador, I discovered my passion, which is helping and guiding students reach their personal, educational, and career aspirations. I earned my master’s degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Student Affairs at Cal State Bakersfield. There, I worked as a Graduate Assistant and Peer Advisor for the Department of Kinesiology and completed internships with the Office of Admissions, University Outreach, and EOP.
During my free time I enjoy hanging out with family and friends, working out, playing sports, the outdoors, and trying new places to eat!
I am here to bring the same passion and energy and to provide you all the necessary tools for you all to become great in whatever you choose to do, so feel free to stop by the office and come say hi!
EOP Program Assistant
Hello everyone! My name is Angela Mendez and I go by Angie. I am a third-year majoring in Business Administration concentrating in Management and HR with a minor in Psychology. I am a proud first-generation college student from South Gate in the Los Angeles area. I love spending time with my family and friends, going to the beach and I have a slight addiction to boba. I also enjoy going dirt-bike riding, skating, hiking and spending time outdoors.
EOP Student Assistants
Major: industrial engineering
Hi! My name is Georgia Holmes and I'm a second year Industrial Engineering student. I am from Austin, Texas and participate in Greek Life here at Cal Poly. After graduation, I am hoping to attend graduate school for financial engineering before working for an investment management firm in New York.
Major: Environmental Earth and Soil Sciences
Hello everyone! My name is Miguel Ramos (He/Him/His) and I am a second year Environmental Earth and Soil Sciences major with a minor in Indigenous Studies on Natural Resources and the Environment. I was born in Coalcomán de Vázquez Pallares, Michoacán, México. I was raised in Mexico for the first thirteen years of my life until my family and I took the opportunity to move to the United States. Now I live in Ceres, California which is a city in the northern part of the Central Valley. I am a first-generation college student here at Cal Poly and I am EOP proud! Some of the organizations that I am involved in are the club Latinos in Agriculture, where I will be the Vice-President of the club next year, and I am also part of soil judging team of the university. Some of my hobbies are running, working out, cooking, swimming, hiking, and basically anything that involves the outdoors! If you ever want to do any of these things or want suggestions of places to visit in San Luis Obispo reach out to me! I am excited to meet and work with y’all!