Loren 2018Loren Edwards, Senior Academic Advising Coordinator

Hi Toros, I’m Loren-a girl who loves sports, her alma mater, and being a Toro day in and day out! Originally born in San Diego, I moved to the Southbay in the Fall of 2001 to attend Long Beach State University where the “Six Year Plan” earned me an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology-Exercise Science and a minor in Human Development.  Shortly after graduation I was awarded the opportunity to work as an academic advisor for the Department of Kinesiology at CSULB. It was through this work that I developed my deep love of advising and student services and concocted the perfect Van Wilder-esque plan to  stay in college forever (get a job at one!) . In the Fall of 2010 I was blessed again with the opportunity of a lifetime to come North 13.7 miles (thanks Google Maps!) and begin work here in the University Advisement Center at CSUDH. Though challenging and often a handful, I wake up daily forever in love with my job and honored to have been given the chance to be a part of one of the most incredible accomplishments of your life! Forever a family; always in Dominguez spirit and pride - GO TOROS!


Stephanie G 2018Stephanie Flores Gonsalves, Academic Advisor

Stephanie earned her Bachelors of Arts degree in Human Development from Long Beach State University, and her Master of Science in Higher Education from California State University of Fullerton. Her background includes orientation, advising, mentoring incoming college freshmen, and outreach. She is passionate about working with a diverse population of college students and strives to help students reach their maximum potential. She feels fortunate to dedicate her time to empowering students, giving back to her community, and assisting students in their progress toward graduation. Stephanie is enthusiastic about joining the CSUDH community and looks forward to making a positive impact on campus.



 Anete 2018Anete Klintsone, Academic Advisor

Anete serves as the Academic Advisor within the University Advisement Center where her extensive educational background in various areas has provided the opportunity for her to hold multiple positions such as: College Specialist for Kinesiology, Sociology, and Psychology, International Student Academic Advisor, and Program Coordinator for Dominguez Hills First-Year Experience. As an Academic Advisor, she serves to educate and empower students to develop educational plans that are consistent with their academic, professional, and personal goals. She is committed to student success and to ensuring the development of expertise, accountability, critical thinking and life-long learning skills, all while embracing DH’s unique campus diversity. As an International Student herself, who was educated within the UC and CSU system, she is passionate about supporting all students and believes in the evolution of the education system.  


Stephanie C 2018 Stephanie Chito, Academic Advisor

Stephanie Chito is an East Coast native who calls Philadelphia, Pennsylvania home. Stephanie attended The Pennsylvania State University for her undergraduate studies, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies. After college, she relocated to Chicago, IL, where she started her professional career as a leasing manager, but quickly realized she had little interest in climbing the corporate ladder and changed career paths. She began working for Chicago Cares Inc., a non-profit, as the Children’s Education program coordinator for a time, before relocating to Washington D.C. and serving as a House Life Coordinator for The George Washington University, while pursuing her Master’s in Higher Education Administration, Student Affairs and International Education. She’s worked for the Institute of International Education’s Department of Fulbright Exchange Scholar and Professional programs. She was the Assistant Director for the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, prior to working at California State University, Dominguez Hills, where she now serves as an academic advisor for the University Advisement Center (UAC), and program manager for its First-Year Experience program for transfer students, the Dominguez Hills Transfer Learning Community (#DHTLC). As an academic advisor, it is her primary mission is to help students navigate successfully through their academic careers while exploring their educational and career options. It is her belief that this is best accomplished by working in partnership with students through a collaborative process that identifies the most comprehensive path towards academic success. Additionally, she is student-centered and believes in utilizing and integrating best practices found throughout higher education and student development fields. Her advising philosophy leans heavily on taking a holistic approach to the overall development of students so that they are achieving their full potential, not just in their academics, but as individuals in society. 

Katrina 2018Dr. Katrina Hermoso, Program Coordinator, Thru In Two

Dr. Katrina Hermoso is the Program Coordinator for Toro Ambassadors Thru In Two Program.  She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from California State University, Long Beach, and a Master of Arts degree in Multicultural Education from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and a Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Southern California.  She possesses a multitude of experience working in the public education sector, with 5+ years in K-12, 1+ years in Higher Ed advancement, and 9+ years in Higher Ed student affairs.  Having begun her educational journey as a transfer student herself, Dr. Hermoso is excited to launch Thru In Two in its first year at CSUDH.  In her role, she will ensure that program participants attain their baccalaureate degree in 2 years, while maximizing their college experience and liberal education at CSUDH and constructing a clear plan to achieve their next set of goals.  


Elsa 2018Elsa Sanchez, Academic Advisor

Elsa earned her BA in History and Political Science from Trinity College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland. She is currently working on her Master of Science in Counseling, Student Development in Higher Education from California State University, Long Beach. Her background includes working with at-risk youth, programming for non-traditional students, and study abroad advising. She previously worked at CCEO YouthBuild in Lennox, California and the CSU Office of the Chancellor. Elsa specializes in GE advising and is the College Specialist for the College of Arts & Humanities and the College of Education. She aims to support students in harnessing the strengths, skills and values that they bring to CSUDH in order to reach their personal and educational goals and receive their diploma.


YaneliYaneli Townsend, Retention Specialist

Yaneli earned her Masters in Social Science with an emphasis in Student Services at CSU Chico & her Bachelors in Sociology with an emphasis in Education from UC Santa Cruz. She decided to become an advisor because of the guidance her teachers and counselors provided to help her become the first in her family to go to college and also to get her Masters of Art degree. Yaneli wants to ensure every student has a good support system to assist them in reaching their educational goals. Yaneli believes the most rewarding part of her job is seeing her students motivated after a successful advising session. Currently, she is working to support first-year students in the College of Education and the College of Arts and Humanities.



Janelle 2018Janelle Viray, Retention Specialist

Janelle has been working in the field of higher education for six years. She graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and minor in Education and three years of experience as a Peer Advisor for prospective transfer students at El Camino College. Born and raised in Carson, CA, it has been an incredible opportunity for her to be able to support students from her community. Now as the Retention Specialist for the College of Health, Human Services, and Nursing at CSUDH, she is grateful for the opportunity to continue supporting students from Carson and the surrounding cities. It is her dream that one day, all students will have equal opportunity to pursue a higher education and meaningful personal and professional careers. Her advising philosophy is to combine leadership with students as they navigate their way through academic and personal barriers. She is a strong advocate for equality in education and committed to doing everything she can to increase student achievement, graduation, and access to higher education.


Aimee 2018Aimee Vaquera, Academic Advising Assistant

As an Academic Advising Assistant for the University Advisement Center, Aimee adheres to all of DH’s diverse students’ needs as well as the needs of the center. With her educational and professional background in criminal justice administration, higher education and the transfer process, Aimee is able to support students at a unique level. Within her role, she specializes with the Toro Undocumented Student population and keeps staff and faculty up-to-date with information that affects the undocumented student population and mixed-status families, along with serving the transfer and first-year program student cohorts within the University Advisement Center and across campus departments. Aimee is committed to student success and in taking a holistic approach in empowering students and supporting life-long learners that will obtain their degrees, apply them, give back to the community and create future leaders


Tanae 2018Tanae Aubry, Administrative Support Coordinator

Tanae Aubry earned her BA in Psychology in May 2017 from CSU Dominguez Hills. She currently serves as the Administrative Support Coordinator, for the University Advisement Center. Tanae was incredibly involved on campus during her undergraduate years, which included working as a student assistant in the University’s Office of the President, serving as a Campus Liaison for the Millennium Momentum Foundation and a Lead Peer Academic Coach for the Dominguez Hills First-Year Experience Program. Tanae’s advising philosophy has always centered on student needs and development professionally, personally and academically. In her current role, she ensures that the Advising Staff is well supported so that they may fully support every student who comes through the doors.