2019-2020 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!
Director of Student Development & Activities at Evergreen Valley College
CCCSAA Member since March 2017 (2 years)
(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.
Student Leadership Coordinator at Golden West College
CCCSAA Member since TBA
(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 Past President, she is committed to working with student affairs professionals across the state of California to strengthen student leadership and advocacy programs and services.
Dr. Nicky Damania
Director of Student Life at Bakersfield College
CCCSAA Member since August 2014 (5 years)
(661) 395-4051 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Director of Finance
Student Personnel Assistant, Student Leadership & Development Department at Sacramento City College
CCCSAA Member since TBA
Haley Lepper is a Student Personnel Assistant at Sacramento City College in the Student Leadership and Development Department since June 2017. She is the first member in her family to graduate from college and to earn a master’s degree. She will be graduating from California State University East Bay in May 2019 from the Educational Leadership master’s program. Prior to her positions at Sacramento City College, she worked for 9 years in the Recreation field. She has coordinated community special events, coordinated and managed the contract for international excursions, coordinated and implemented adult programming and youth programming. She has also served as a liaison between the City of Lompoc and large special events such as the Aids Lifecycle Ride from 2009-2014.
Director of Legislative Affairs
Student Activities Specialist at Santiago Canyon College
CCCSAA Member since August 2017 (2 years)
Rob Bustamante is the full-time Student Activities Specialist at Santiago Canyon College's (SCC) Office of Student Life & Leadership, where he has been employed since 2015 and advises the SCC Associated Student Government. Born in Rome, Italy as the son of a U.S. diplomat, Rob grew up as a citizen of the world, living in Italy, Uruguay, Trinidad & Tobago, and Chile. A SCC alumnus and former ASO member, Rob earned his B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside in 2014. His previous professional experience includes interning for the U.S. Department of State and working for 9 years with the John's Hopkins Center for Talented Youth program. As the CCCSAA Director of Legislative Affairs, he will work to keep the CCCSAA membership informed of relevant legislation, support the CCCSAA board, and work with the SSCCC to improve their organizational effectiveness.
Chris Dela Cruz
Director of Public Relations
Student Services Specialist, Student Development Office
at El Camino College
CCCSAA Member since August 2016 (3 years)
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.
Northern Area Director
Coordinator, Student Government Programs at Santa Rosa Junior College
CCCSAA Member since TBA
Southern Area Director
Dean of Student Life at East Los Angeles College
As the Dean of Student Activities, Sonia’s role is multifaceted. One of her most important roles is the advisor to student government at East Los Angeles College, a position she has held since 2006. In this capacity, she serves as a role model for her students. Like many of her students, she is the first in her family to attain a college degree. She is currently working on completing her doctorate in Educational Leadership from California State University, Los Angeles, where her research is focused on the experience of students who participate in student government and student clubs. The ultimate goal of her research is to get the AACU to recognize participation in student organizations as a High Impact Practice. She is looking forward to getting back to bike riding, hiking, and reading for personal enjoyment.