Dean of Students Staff

Office of the Dean of Students

Avis Hinkson
Avis Hinkson
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Dean Hinkson oversees the Dean of Students office, governing: student affairs, campus life, residence halls, the dining program, Career Development Office, Smith Campus Center, programs like KSPC, Asian American Resource Center, Draper Center for Community Partnerships, Queer Resource Center, the Title IX coordinator and related support services, the Women’s Union, Outdoor Education Center and policy and non-academic compliance matters. With more than three decades of higher education experience, including at Barnard College and UC Berkeley, she was an associate dean of admissions at Pomona from 1990-1994.

Tacy Arwari
Tracy Arwari
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Dean of Students for Academic and Personal Success

The Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Dean of Students for Academic and Personal Success provides support and counseling for students across all class years via the Class Dean model. The Assistant Vice President oversees the “on-call deans” system, on-call assessment team, and training for staff, faculty, and students on proactively identifying, responding to, and supporting students in distress. She also supports faculty development related to diversity and mental health issues; serves as liaison to Student Health Services, and Monsour Counseling, Health Education Outreach; sits - Title IX Task Force, and chairs the JED Campus Mental Health Task Force and the ADA Audit Task Force.

Mike Manalo-Pedro
Mike Manalo-Pedro
Associate Dean and Director of the Asian American Resource Center; Interim Title IX Coordinator
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Celina Rosas
Executive Assistant to Vice President and Dean of Students

The Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students provides support services for the Student Affairs division, while providing administrative and financial budgetary support for the Dean of Students office.  As well as coordinates and oversees student enrollment in SHIP; coordinates special events, and retreats for the Student Affairs division; managing the Vice Presidents schedule/calendar and making travel arrangements. She also organizes materials while providing support for SAC, the Management Team, and the Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees.

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Brandon J. Jackson
Associate Dean of Students for Student Development and Leadership

Brandon came to us from Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA, where he was the Associate Director of Cultural & Community Centers since 2016. He serves as lead support and point person for Pomona student mentoring groups, including the International Student Mentoring Program (ISMP), First Generation/Low income network (FLI/Scholars), Multi-ethnic, Multi-racial group exchange (MERGE), the Indigenous Peer Mentoring Program (IPMP) and the South Asian Mentoring Program (SAMP). He is co-adviser to the Judicial Council with the Dean of Campus Life. He supervises the Assistant Director, First-generation and Undocumented Student Programs, Daniel Caballero, and the Director of the Queer Resources Center, Sharon Chia Claros.  He also serves as a liaison to the Office of Black Student Affairs, Chicano/Latino Student Affairs, and the 7C International Student Community Programs Council.

Joelle Balthazar
Joelle Balthazar
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, First-Year Class Dean

The Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, First-year Class Dean is responsible for a comprehensive program of advising and class management for the first-year students. The first-year class dean collaborates with faculty, staff, students, and community members to support equitable, inclusive, and sustainable learning environments. The first-year class dean works closely with other campus offices to both inform and enhance resources and services in support of student learning and engagement.

Anthony Ferreria
Anthony Ferreria
Assistant Dean of Students

The Assistant Dean of Students – Second Year oversees support for the second year class.  Providing support around academic success as well as linking students to resources and referrals both on and off campus. They also work with students from all classes to coordinate their Leave of Absences.

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Maura McDinger
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Junior Class Dean

Maura has most recently served as the Case Manager for Student Services at Harvard University's Graduate School for the Arts & Sciences. Previously, she served as an academic coordinator and sophomore advisor at Harvard University, and an academic advisor at Northeastern University. She holds a B.A. in child development from Tufts University and a master’s degree in human development & psychology from Harvard University. Maura serves as the class dean for the Junior Class. Providing support around academic success as well as linking students to the resources and referrals both on and off campus.

Rita Shaw
Rita Shaw
Assistant Director, Campus Advocacy Resources Education and Support (CARES)
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Rita is responsible for the planning, coordination and implementation of training and other holistic education programs to help prevent violence on campus.  She plays a key role in building and strengthening student leadership programs, namely, the CARES Peer Educators and the Project Sister Campus Advocates. Rita also serves as a Teal Dot facilitator and provides support to the CORE Blueprint Committee. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development, a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management and a Master of Arts degree in Social Justice Higher Education Administration. 

Merryann Bishop
Merryann Bishop
Administrative Assistant, Dean of Students

The Administrative Coordinator provides budgetary support for the Dean of Students Office, which includes processing invoices, reimbursements and student payroll. She processes Emergency Grant Funding, and the McCann Loans.

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Jenny Kimbell
Administrative Coordinator, Dean of Students

The Administrative Coordinator provides administrative support for the Senior Associate Dean, which includes managing the schedule/calendar, making travel arrangements, processing leaves of absence and other administrative needs.  She assists students in setting up disability accommodations, serves as administrative support on the Academic Standards Committee and provides budgetary support for Co-Curricular Funding which includes processing reimbursements and student payroll. 

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Janine Blackmur
Administrative Services Coordinator, Dean of Students

The Administrative Coordinator handles a broad range of administrative support for the Dean of Students Office, Associate Dean of Student Mentoring and Leadership Brandon Jackson, and Associate Dean Title IX Coordinator Sue McCarthy, including budgetary support and processing, administrative scheduling, and event planning.

Brittney Britt
Brittney Britt
Receptionist for the Dean of Students Office

The Receptionist in the Dean of Students Office is responsible for providing clerical and administrative support services to the office staff and Assistant Deans.