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Financial Aid Services
Meet the Staff

Claudia Menjivar Claudia Menjivar
Title: Director of Financial Aid Services
Responsibilities: Directs the daily operations of the Financial Aid office, performs Federal and State reporting, prepares anecdotal reports for campus administrator
Years at CSM: Since 1994
Education: Master's degree, Clinical Psychology, Notre Dame de Namur University
Other Interests: Enjoys going to the movies, playing basketball, and spending time with family and friends.
Karen Chadwick Karen Chadwick
Title: Financial Aid Technician/Scholarship Coordinator
Responsibilities: Processing Financial Aid applications and documents
Years at CSM: Since 2008
Education: Bachelor's degree, Business, San Francisco State University
Other Interests: Spending time with family and friends, going to SF Giants, 49er and Warrior games, and playing Wii.
Olivia Cortez FigueroaOlivia Cortez-Figueroa
*CURRENTLY OUT OF OFFICE ON A DETAILED ASSIGNMENT*
Title: Financial Aid Technician
Responsibilities: Processing & Awarding Financial Aid applications and documents and oversees the Federal Work Study/Project Change and Foster Youth
Years at CSM: Since 2012
Education: Bachelor's Degree, Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley
Other Interests: Enjoys hiking, crocheting, knitting, reading and spending time with family and friends.
Dianne Fernandez Dianne Fernandez
Title: Interim Financial Aid Technician
Responsibilities: Processing & Awarding Financial Aid applications and documents and oversees the Federal Work Study/Project Change and Foster Youth
Years at CSM: Since 2015
Education: Bachelor's degree, Business (Finance), San Francisco State University
Other Interests: Enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching Golden State Warriors basketball, anything Disney-related.
Eric Utsumi Eric Utsumi
Title: Financial Aid Technical Support Specialist
Responsibilities: Processing Financial Aid applications and documents/ACG
Years at CSM: Since 2008
Education: Bachelor's degree, Mathematics, San Jose State University
Other Interests: Enjoys running, golfing, playing basketball, watching Sharks hockey, 49ers football and Lakers basketball.

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Thanh Pitetta 
Title: Financial Aid Technician
Responsibilities: Processing Financial Aid applications and documents for Federal Work Study
Years at CSM: Since 2003 

Steven Liao 
Title: Financial Aid Assistant
Responsibilities: Assists in the daily operations of the Financial Aid Office, provides general financial aid information to students/parents
Years at CSM: Since 2020

Luanne Canestro
Title: Financial Aid Reconciliation Specialist
Responsibilities: Responsible for accounting support, reconciliation and maintenance of financial aid accounting documents, data and records for the District and College financial aid programs.
Years at CSM: Since 2014