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!
I am a first generation transfer student who grew up in Venice, worked in community recreation in Santa Monica and advocated for students in underrepresented high schools in the Los Angeles Harbor schools, Compton, Norwalk and Long Beach. Even as I assisted students in the Santa Monica Malibu districts, I have learned that student has hope and that is my goal as your EOP counselor ~ to help you in the completion of your degree and to prepare you to the world beyond Cal Poly as well help you realize your full potential as a leader.
Cindy Ruiz Catalan
Hi, my name is Cindy and I’m from LA. I’m an incoming, second year, majoring in Construction Management. I really like crafts such as crocheting and paintings. I also really enjoy spending time with friends and going out.
Cristina Rashell Ruiz
Hey, guys! My name is Cristina (she/ her) and I am a 2nd year, CS major. I was raised in LA and some of my hobbies consist of running, finding new songs, and traveling.
Hello, my name is Omar Gonzalez. I am a second-year, Computer Engineering major with a minor in Mathematics. I was born and raised in the Central Valley in a small town called Earlimart. I like to spend time with my friends and family. On my off time, you can find me in the recreational center working out. I enjoy food and I am always open to any new suggestions!
“What’s up SIers!, my name is Fatima Rosas, I am from Bakersfield, CA. I am a Psychology Major with a Minor in Law and Society. Im excited to see all of you!”
Hey! My name is Susanne Cervantes, but most people call me Suzy and my pronouns are she/they. I'm from San Diego, CA, entering my second year at Cal Poly, and I'm majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Some fun facts about me: My dream is to work for Disney Imagineering in the future, I love to learn about history, and I'm seeing Taylor Swift in concert soon!!! I'm super excited to see all of you during Summer Institute!!
Hello! My name is Yarazet Bucio and I am 19 years old. I was born in LA, but have moved to Mexico and then back to the U.S. in Napa, and then Santa Maria. During my free time you can catch me reading or writing. My favorite book is 1984 by George Orwell and I love to write short fiction pieces as well as play around with poetry. I hope to get my Ph.D. to be able to teach Literature or Ethnic Studies at a college level (at one of the Ivy Leagues, hopefully).
Year & Major: 4th year architecture
Hometown: Redwood City, CA
Fun Fact: I have 5 piercings and am hoping to get more :)
Mariana Joanna Perez
What’s up, my name is Mariana Perez, and I am from Templeton, CA. I am a second-year Ethnic Studies major interested in urban planning and development. Some of my hobbies include jewelry making, staying active, camping, and exploring the beautiful outdoors. I am a first-generation, Latina student and am excited for SI 2023!
Briant Avalos Franco
I am a student who likes to play sports, and stay physically active. I like to eat food, but I’m not a foodie. I like to spend quality time with family as well.