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Promise Scholars Program

Meet the Team

Staff

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Allie Fasth

Title: Director of Pathways & Promise
Responsibilities: Oversee the Promise Scholars Program  
Years at CSM: Since 2016
Education:  M.P.A., San Francisco State University
Other Interests: Spending time with family & friends, hiking, cooking, reading, traveling

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Warren Shelby

Title: Retention Specialist
Responsibilities: Helping students, staff, and faculty take full advantage of Career and Student Support Services at CSM
Years at CSM: Since the 1990s
Education: A.A., Radio TV BCST., A.A. & Certificate, COMM Studies, College of San Mateo
Other Interests: Praising the Lord, playing piano, songwriting, collecting sports cards, laughing/smiling/loving and advocating for folks!

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Priscilla Menjivar

Name: Priscilla Menjivar
Title:
 Program Services Coordinator, Promise Scholars Program
Responsibilities: Supporting Promise Scholars throughout their degree or certificate completion journey at CSM, collaborating and connecting with CSM resources and services, and much more!
Years at CSM: Since 2017
Education: M.A., Higher Education & Student Affairs
Other Interests: Spending time with family and friends, traveling, and trying new foods

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Deborah Nguyen

Title: Financial Aid Program Services Coordinator, Promise Scholars Program
Responsibilities: Assist students with their financial aid applications and documents. Process all Promise incentives, book vouchers, and tuition and fees.
Years at CSM: Since 2019
Education:  B.A., Communication, B.A., International Studies-Economics, University of California, San Diego 
Other Interests: Traveling, hiking, discovering new restaurants, attending concerts, festivals, and musicals

Counselors

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Melissa (Ehm) Aliu

Title: Counselor, Promise Scholars Program
Education: A.A., Social Science, A.A., Interdisciplinary Studies, A.A-T., Sociology, College of San Mateo; B.A., Sociology, Minor in Education, UC Santa Cruz; M.S., Counseling, San Francisco State University
Other Interests: Jesus, Pacific Islander/Oceania indigenous studies and community organizing, dismantling white supremacy

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Leo Cruz

Title: Counselor, Promise Scholars Program
Responsibilities: Individual counseling to develop Student Educational Plans (SEP), teach counseling courses, develop and implement workshops, refer students to campus resources, and help students clarify and reach personal, academic, and career goals.
Years at CSM: Since 2018
Education: B.A., Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, M.S., College Counseling, San Francisco State University
Other Interests: Traveling, watching new tv shows, and exploring SF.

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Manny Delgado

Title: Counselor, Promise Scholars Program; Coordinator, Brothers Empowering Brothers (BEB); Instructor, IDST 110 College 1
Responsibilities: As a counselor/coordinator/instructor/educator I work collaboratively with students to provide holistic support, that both challenges and encourages students in achieving their own unique potential while creating a meaningful educational experience that supports their goals, dreams and aspirations.
Years at CSM: Since 2019
Education: M.S., Counseling, San Francisco State University; B.A., Sociology, San Francisco State University; A.A., Sociology, Cañada College
Other Interests: Fan of all Bay Area sports teams (Warriors, Niners, Giants, Sharks). Playing pick-up basketball games at local park/gym. Hip Hop Music. Huge foodie (though I don’t know how to cook, I love to eat!). Being in community with others (love to listen and learn through/about other people’s experiences). Love to travel (experiencing new sites and tasting new foods). Being a service to my community through civic engagement and community service.
Languages: Spanish and English
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Dionicio Garcia

Title: Counselor, Promise Scholars Program; Co-Coordinator/Counselor, Brothers Empowering Brothers
Responsibilities: Supporting our students and the greater community with Career and Support Services at CSM.
Years at CSM: Since 2018
Education: B.S., Hospitality of Tourism Management, M.S., Counseling, Emphasis in Career Counseling, San Francisco State University
Other Interests: Family, cars, football, movies, music

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Doris Garcia

Title: Counselor, Promise Scholars Program; Coordinator, Katipunan @ CSM
Responsibilities: Meeting with first-time college students and making sure they get the support they need to reach the goals they set for themselves, teaching COUN 240 (College and Academic Success), and serving as an advisor for the Filipino student organization, Katipunan.
Years at CSM: Since 2019
Education: B.S., Sociology, Minor in Education and Asian American Studies, UC Irvine; M.S., School and College Counseling, San Francisco State University
Other Interests: Plant mama, Peloton fan, Passion Planner enthusiast, 90s Hip-Hop and R&B, and hype woman to family, friends, and students

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Andy Gomez

Title: Counselor, Promise Scholars Program; Coordinator, Brothers Empowering Brothers
Responsibilities:  Provide academic, career, and personal counseling and empower students to meet their educational and career goals and instruct IDST 110 College 1 
Years at CSM: Since 2018
Education: M.S., Counseling, San Francisco State University; B.A. Psychology, San Francisco State University;
A.A., Foothill Community College
Other Interests: Being active (soccer, running, outdoors), reading, listening to podcast, always learning, spending time with family, friends and always committed to empowering others
Languages: Spanish and English

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Sunny Martin

Title: Counselor, Promise Scholars Program
Responsibilities: Working with Promise Scholars to assist them in achieving their educational goal and making sure they get connected with all that CSM has to offer
Years at CSM: Since 2018
Education: M.A., San Jose State University; B.A., University of California, Berkeley
Other Interests: Watching (not playing) sports, exploring new places and activities with family