Dean of Students Staff

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
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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.

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Daniel Caballero
Assistant Director, First-Generation & Undocumented Student Programs
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Joelle Balthazar
Joelle Balthazar
Assistant Dean of Students, 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.

Maura McDinger
Maura McDinger
Assistant Dean of Students, Junior Class Dean

Maura McDinger joined Pomona College in 2021 and serves as the Junior Class Dean. In this role, she provides individualized support for students as they manage academic and personal challenges during their time as students at Pomona. Maura works closely with the class deans, student affairs team and faculty to coordinate efforts and provide consistency and continuity in student support. Maura also partners with the junior class president and student leaders to encourage student-led initiatives and events that build as sense of community within the junior class. Additionally, Maura serves as a co-advisor to the Judicial Council. She holds a B.A. in child development from Tufts University and a master’s degree in human development & psychology from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Adaly Reyes Martinez
Director of Accessibility Services
Erica Moorer
Erica Moorer
Associate Dean and Title IX Coordinator
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Destiny Marrufo
Assistant Director, CARES

Destiny 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 such as the CARES Peer Educators and the Project Sister Campus Advocates. The Assistant Director serves as a Teal Dot facilitator and provides support to the CORE Blueprint Committee.

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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Janine Blackmur
Administrative Services Coordinator, Dean of Students

Janine provides a broad range of administrative support to the Dean of Students Office, including budgetary support and processing, administrative scheduling, and event planning. She directly supports the Associate Dean of Student Mentoring and Leadership, Brandon Jackson, and the Associate Dean Title IX Coordinator, Erica Moorer.

Brittney Britt
Brittney Britt
Administrative Services Coordinator, Dean of Students

Brittney provides a broad range of administrative support to the Dean of Students Office, including budgetary support and processing, administrative scheduling, and event planning. She directly supports the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Dean of Students for Academic and Personal Success, Tracy Arwari, and the Director of Accessibility Services, Adaly Reyes Martinez.

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Destiney Ellerman
Receptionist, Dean of Students

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