2018 CCCSAA Board of Directors
The following list of contacts are volunteer board members and staff for the California Community College Student Affairs Association and they are here to help you. Feel free to contact us, any time!
Dr. Sean C. Pepin
Director of Student Development at West Valley College
(408) 741-2185 | Sean.Pepin@westvalley.edu
CCCSAA Member since March 2015 (3 Years)
In 2015, Sean completed his PhD in Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to doctoral work, Sean has worked at campuses in Washington, Michigan, and Florida, all in areas of student engagement and student development. Sean’s professional and scholarly interests include: issues of social justice, student activism, and democratic education.
Student Leadership Coordinator at Golden West College
(714) 895-8261| email@example.com
Mary is a student affairs professional who has dedicated her career to developing programs and services that promote and support student success, equity, sustainability, and the needs of the community. She currently serves as the Student Leadership Coordinator at Golden West College. She credits the California Community College system for the opportunity to transfer to CSULB where she earned a B.S. degree in Vocational Education and Master's degree in Public Administration. As CCCSAA President-elect, she is committed to working with student affairs professionals across the state of California to strengthen student leadership and advocacy programs and services.
Director of Student Development & Activities at Evergreen Valley College
CCCSAA Member since March 2017 (1 year)
(408) 223-6768 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Raniyah was raised in the Bay Area and spent the past 8 years in the Midwest before returning to San Jose for her role as Director of Student Development & Activities at Evergreen Valley College. A proud Boilermaker alumna, Raniyah obtained her B.A in Sociology/ Law and Society from Purdue University and her M.A. in Organizational Leadership in Higher Education Administration from Lewis University. She is currently working towards her Ed.D in Community College Leadership at Morgan State University, where her research is focused on student activism, social justice, and student engagement as they relate to community college access and student success. In her spare time Raniyah can be found traveling abroad, volunteering with the Bay Area Urban League Young Professional affiliate group, and studying the works of scholars within the African Diaspora.
Dr. Winnie LaNier
Director of Finance
Faculty Coordinator of Student Life and Leadership at Cosumnes River College
CCCSAA Member since August 2002 (16 years)
(916) 691-7669 | email@example.com
Winnie LaNier is the Faculty Coordinator of Campus Life at Cosumnes River College since July 2002. She is the first in her family to graduate from college and to earn a doctoral degree in Educational and Organizational Leadership from The University of LaVerne. Winnie’s passion to nurture the human spirit stimulates her activism as a cultural proficiency and leadership development specialist who uses interactive approaches to help people increase self-awareness and move from animosity to curiosity about differences. Prior to her current position Winnie has over a decade of experience in higher education and community based organizations. Dr. LaNier volunteers as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for a community school non-profit organization and CCCSAA.
Chris Dela Cruz
Director of Public Relations
Student Services Specialist, Student Development Office
at El Camino College
(310) 660-3593 X 5254 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Dela Cruz is the Student Services Specialist for the Student Development Office at El Camino College. His roles include advising the Associated Students Organization, Inter-Club Council, Student Equity Advisory Council, and student clubs, as well as, coordinating the operations of the Warrior Pantry. As a TRiO Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound Math and Science alumnus, his roots in student affairs run as deep as his second year of high school. Chris’ student affairs journey includes roles in educational access programs and academic advising. He earned his B.A, Psychology from UC San Diego and M.A., Postsecondary Educational Leadership with a specialization in Student Affairs from San Diego State University. Outside of the academic life, Chris enjoys playing ukulele, basketball, and spending time with his family.
Dr. Nicky Damania
Director of Legislative Affairs
Director of Student Life at Bakersfield College
CCCSAA Member since August 2014 (4 years)
(661) 395-4051 | email@example.com
Nicky Damania began his career at Bakersfield College in August 2014. He hails from the rocky mountain state, Colorado. He attended Colorado College where he doubled majored in biology (emphasis in pre-med and electron microscopy) and drama (emphasis in technical theatre and directing). He earned his Master's Degree in Career and Technology Education, Training and Development of College Students, at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and completed his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership, Research, and Policy at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. His focus areas are on developing student leadership and creating effective and efficient student organizations. Other than long hikes in the mountains, he enjoys college life and everything that life has to offer him.
Northern Area Director
Student Engagement & Veterans Coordinator at West Valley College
(408) 741-4694 | Melissa.Ceresa@westvalley.edu
Melissa studied Child Development and completed the IGETC path at Foothill and De Anza Colleges before transferring to the University of California, Santa Cruz. At UC Santa Cruz, Melissa focused on education, public policy, and social justice issues while earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies. Melissa began her career at West Valley College in March of 2000 with the Center for Advanced Transportation Technology and Energy (ATTE). In 2013 Melissa joined the EOPS Department where she oversaw the PAL Academy, student tutors and CARE Program performing outreach to recruit students and provide opportunities for their academic success. She currently serves as the Student Engagement and Veterans Coordinator.
Southern Area Director
Director, Student Life & Outreach at Coastline Community College
(714) 241-6134 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Nathan Brais is Director of Student Life & Outreach at Coastline College. His background in student affairs goes back to Cal State Long Beach where he started as a Peer Advisor in EOP, EOP Summer Orientation Advisor, and Grad Assistant in Student Life & Development. He earned his Masters of Science in Counseling, Student Development in Higher Education in December of 2011 and started his first full-time position in the California Community College system in August of 2012. Nathan is a father of two children, has been married ten years (as of August 2018), and enjoys reading spiritual books and playing music with a variety of bands.