Meet the Staff
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!
Hello EOP Family! My name is Drexler Alcantara. I was born and raised in Porterville, CA. My college journey began at Porterville College where I earned my associate’s degree in Administration of Justice, then transferred to Chico State where I earned my bachelor's degree in Social Science. I then went on to graduate school where I earned my master’s degree in Educational Counseling at Cal State, Bakersfield. I have had career changes and worked several jobs throughout my life. From working at local grocery stores, restaurant businesses, elementary and middle schools, maintenance, retail, and now higher education.
From my lived experiences I have learned that it takes grit, resiliency, discipline, and a growth mindset to respond to and overcome adversity. Most importantly, I have learned that it takes a support system who genuinely cares about you to help find YOUR purpose and achieve YOUR goals. I am humbled to serve as your EOP Counselor. It is my social responsibility to equip you with the necessary tools, resources, and connections for you to not only be successful at Cal Poly, but to also prepare you for this ever-changing society. Rest assured that I always be in your corner cheering you on in whatever YOU choose to do in life!
Moreover, when I am not in the office, I enjoy working out, spending quality time with family and friends, going on road trips, playing sports, and exploring the central coast!
I look forward to connecting with you all!