Division of Student Affairs 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.

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

Joelle has most recently served as an Area Coordinator with Mills College and previously was a Community Director with Arizona State University. She holds a B.A. in psychology from Mount Saint Mary's University and a master’s degree in higher education from Harvard University. Joelle oversees support for the 1st year class. Providing support around academic success as well as linking students to the resources and referrals both on and off campus. She also serves on the Orientation committee.

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.

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Brittney Britt
Receptionist for the Dean of Students Office

Brittney most recently served as an Administrative Assistant for Advanced Technology Company in Pasadena. She holds a B.A. in creative writing from the University of La Verne. Brittney serves as the receptionist for the Dean of Students office and support staff for the 1st year, Sophomore, and Junior class deans.

Asian American Resource Center

Mike Manalo-Pedro
Mike Manalo-Pedro
Associate Dean and Director of the Asian American Resource Center; Interim Title IX Coordinator
Asena Taione-Filihia
Asena Taione-Filihia
Assistant Director of the Asian American Resource Center
Sarah Miralles
Sarah Lynn Miralles
7C AAPI Advisory Board (AdBoard) Coordinator

Career Development Office

Hazel Raja
Hazel Raja
Associate Dean & Senior Director of the CDO
Wanda Gibson
Wanda Gibson
Assistant Dean & Deputy Director of the CDO
Jason Jeffrey
Jason Jeffrey
Assistant Director, Fellowships & Career Advising
Susanne Filback
Susanne Filback
Associate Director, Preprofessional Programs & Pre-Law Advisor
Kerry Martin
Kerry Martin
Assistant Director, Alumni Services & Career Advising
Paul Hardister
Paul Hardister
Associate Director, Employer Relations & Experiential Programs
Chelsea Ahn
Chelsea Ahn
Assistant Director, Experiential Learning & Career Advising
Jenny Rodil
Jenny Rodil
Assistant Director, Employer Services & Career Advising
Kendra Pintor
Kendra Pintor
Manager of Communications & Digital Media

Draper Center

Sefa Aina
Sefa Aina
Associate Dean and Director of the Draper Center
April Mayes
April J. Mayes
Associate Professor of History
Elena Nourrie
Elena Nourrie
Assistant Director, Native Initiatives
Jessica Rashidi
Jessica Rashidi
Program Assistant for the Draper Center
Stephanie Rios
Stephanie Adams-Rios
Assistant Director of the Draper Center, Educational Outreach
Diana Rodriguez
Diana Rodriguez
Post Baccalaureate Fellow, Educational Outreach Programs

Office of Housing and Residence Life

Frank Bedoya
Frank Bedoya
Sr. Associate Dean of Campus Life and Director of Housing and Operations
Jasa Cocke
Jasa Cocke
Drug and Alcohol Counselor
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Josh Eisenberg
Associate Dean of Students & Dean of Campus Life
Steven Jubert
Steven Jubert
Associate Dean of Campus Life and Director of Residential Life

Outdoor Education Center

Queer Resource Center

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Manuel A. Diaz
Assistant Dean of Students and Director, Queer Resource Center

Smith Campus Center & Student Programs

Ellie Ash-Balá
Ellie Ash-Balá
Associate Dean of Campus Life and Director of the Smith Campus Center
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Sean Dixon
Graduate Assistant of the Smith Campus Center
John Lopes
John Lopes
Assistant Director of Smith Campus Center
Denise Machin
Denise Machin
Assistant Director and Ballroom Dance Instructor
Susan Sellons
Susan Sellons
ASPC Administrative Coordinator

Student Mentoring and Leadership

Ric Townes
M. Ricardo Townes
Associate Dean, Student Mentoring and Leadership
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