Meet the VRC Staff!

 

Administration

 

Dr. Elaine Lipiz Gonzalez

Dr. Elaine Lipiz Gonzalez

Interim Dean of Student Support Services

Dr. Elaine Lipiz Gonzalez has dedicated her career to helping students from diverse backgrounds succeed in higher education. Prior to her current position, she served as the Director of EOPS/CARE and CalWORKs at Cypress College and also previously worked at UC Irvine as the Director of the SAGE Scholars Program and Community College Programs through the Center for Educational Partnerships. In addition, she has served as adjunct faculty at Santa Ana College and the UC Irvine School of Social Sciences. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at UC Irvine,  Master’s degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Student Development in Higher Education at CSU Long Beach, and doctorate in Educational Leadership at CSU Fullerton.

Scott Thompson

Scott Thompson

Student Services Specialist, full-time

Scott Thompson is motivated to continue promoting student veteran success at Fullerton College. He has been providing educational services for student veterans and students with disabilities since 2010. He is an 8 year United States Army veteran who served active duty from 2005-2009 and served in the reserves from 2010-2013 as a Cavalry Scout. Scott has worked in the Veteran Resource Center as well as Disability Support Services at Fullerton College and has a wealth of knowledge regarding campus and community resources. Scott has earned his Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management from Ashford University and is currently working through his Master of Arts in Education with a specialty in Higher Education.

Tania McKeown

Tania McKeown

Certifying Official, full-time

Tania McKeown has dedicated her career to working with students. She has demonstrated her passion and devotion towards education while serving in the Disability Support Services Office and transitioning into the Veterans Resource Center. She feels a strong sense of responsibility towards veterans as she has one son who served in the United States Marine Corps. She has a strong sense of responsibility toward students, which she has gained through her college career, personal experience, and work ethic.

 

Counselors

 

Dr. Nick Arman

Dr. Nick Arman

Counselor, full-time

Dr. Nick Arman, has worked with our nation’s veterans in various capacities since 2000. He is a veteran of both the U.S. Marine Corps and the Army National Guard, and is a combat veteran of the Iraq War.  Before coming to Fullerton College, Dr. Arman worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs as a readjustment counselor with prior academic advising and counseling experiences at different levels of higher education such as California State University Northridge and Los Angeles City College. He is committed to providing his students with compassionate and quality guidance in their academic journey. Dr. Arman received his doctoral degree from Brandman University in Education with a concentration in Organizational Leadership, and holds a Master of Science in Counseling degree from the California State University, Northridge.

MiaSarah Cesena, M.S.W.

MiaSarah Cesena, M.S.W.

Counselor, part-time

MiaSarah has worked as a Counselor at various community colleges within the region. Her experiences range from working with Athletes to Articulation, and everything in between. MiaSarah started out as a Social Service Practitioner in San Bernardino County, focusing on case management and crisis intervention. As a result, MiaSarah offers a multitude of qualities that enable her to address a variety of student concerns. MiaSarah is invested in helping students excel academically, and is honored to contribute to the success of our Veteran population. MiaSarah earned her Baccalaureate Degree from Loyola Marymount University, and her Master’s Degree from California State University Fullerton.

Dr. Miatta R. Snetter

Dr. Miatta R. Snetter

Psychologist - Outside the Wire, volunteer

Dr. Miatta R. Snetter is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, providing free mental health services on Fullerton College’s campus, in the VRC. As the OC Coordinator of the U.S. Vets, Outside the Wire (OTW) Program, she assists student veterans in pursuit of their academic goals, by helping them manage problems that sometimes “get in the way” of academic success.   Free services are offered to veterans and their family and significant others, in a private and CONFIDENTIAL office in the VRC. A graduate of Pepperdine University, where she earned both her Master’s and Doctoral Degrees, Dr. Snetter is honored to provide free mental health services to our Nation’s Veterans. So, come by the VRC and join her and other vets at a monthly “Circle Up” or for individual or couples therapy. Until then, Be Well!

 

Veteran Work Studies

 

Nathan Chin

Nathan Chin

VA Work-Studies, part-time

Nathan Chin served in the Army as a medic for 4 years. He is currently a student at Fullerton College and is excited about being back home and being able to help veterans.

Andrea Maciag

Andrea Maciag

VA Work-Studies, part-time

Andrea Maciag is a full-time student at Fullerton College, pursuing a career in teaching, majoring in History. Andrea served in the Marine Corps as a Signals Intelligence Analyst primarily in Hawaii. She is originally from Michigan, but moved to Southern California to take advantage of the abundance of educational opportunities. She is excited for the opportunity to work with and assist fellow veterans at the Veterans Resource Center.
Travis Mahaffey

Travis Mahaffey

Veterans Work Study, part time

Travis Mahaffey is a full-time student at Fullerton College majoring in Computer Information Systems. He joined the Army National Guard at 17, and has done deployments to Kosovo and Iraq. Travis eventually plans to transfer to a 4 year university to earn his Bachelor’s Degree and work in the IT field.

Ana Reyes

Ana Reyes

VA Work-Studies, part-time

Ana Reyes is currently a full-time student at Fullerton College, perusing a career in Computer Science. Ana served in the United States Marine Corps for four years, primarily out of Okinawa, Japan. Ana believes in giving back to the veteran community and is excited and proud to be able to do that through the Veterans Resource Center.

Krizia Feraren

Krizia Feraren

Veteran Work-Studies, part-time

Sam Mendivel

Sam Mendivel

Veteran Work-Studies, part-time

Sam served in the United States Navy and was stationed at Coronado Island, Naval Air Station. She is pursuing a career in Physical Therapy and is excited to help and assist veterans at Fullerton College.

Sherry Pope

Sherry Pope

Veteran Work-Studies, part-time

Tyler Rogers

Tyler Rogers

Veteran Work Study, part-time

Tyler Rogers served in the Marine Corps for four years. He is currently a full time student at Fullerton College and is majoring in psychology. He is excited for the opportunity to help veterans out as much as possible by working at the Veterans Resource Center.

 

Tutors

 

Cassandra Vargas

Cassandra Vargas

Math Tutor, Part Time

Cassandra has been a math tutor at Fullerton College for 3 years. She graduated with her AS-T in mathematics and is currently continuing her education at CSU Fullerton. She aspires to become a math teacher.

 

 

Graphic Designer

 

 

Eli Hebert

Eli Hebert

Graphic Designer, part-time

 

Eli is a graphic designer who received his Associates in Arts from Fullerton College, and is pursuing a Bachelors of Fine Arts at California State University Fullerton. He aspires to design for the movie or video game industry, and to eventually become a design instructor.