2020-2021 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 Life at Bakersfield College
CCCSAA Member since August 2014 (6 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 Student Development & Activities at Evergreen Valley College
CCCSAA Member since March 2017 (3 years)
(408) 223-6768 | email@example.com
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 the relationship between racial identity development, campus sense of belonging, and academic achievement as they relate to community college access and student success for men of color enrolled in California Community Colleges. In her spare time Raniyah can be found traveling abroad and spending time with her pup, Canelo.
Chris Dela Cruz
Director of Finance
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.
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.
Director of Public Relations
Miriam is a full time Student Services Specialist at Imperial Valley College. Miriam has been involved with CCCSAA as of Fall 2001 while being part of the Associated Student Government at Imperial Valley College. Miriam has been involved with Student Government for the past 19 years & has a strong passion for student advocacy.
Miriam was born & raised in a rural area in Southern California and understands the importance of higher education in her area. She strives to give each student attending a community college an enriched college experience.
In her spare time, Miriam is involved with various organizations including MANA of Imperial Valley, Venue Wrestling Entertainment; where she is training Lucha Libre and is the first female referee in her area. Additionally, Miriam works with various non-profit organizations.
Northern Area Director
Ryan Shook is the Student Life/Peer Mentor Coordinator at Gavilan College. His roles include ICC Advisor and oversees the Student Welcome Center/Peer Mentor program. Ryan is a California native and started his education at Gavilan College as youngster in the pre-school program while his mother attend Gavilan College. Ryan returned to Gavilan College in 2011 where he completed an A.A. in Liberal Arts: Behavioral and Organizational Studies. Ryan has a B.A. in sociology from UC Santa Cruz and a Master of Social Work from CSU Monterey Bay. In his time as a student at Gavilan, Ryan was extremely involved with student clubs and organizations, and as student worker, he helped get the Student Welcome Center up and running, which he now oversees. Ryan and his wife are recently empty nesters. Last year two children went off to college, and this year, his son has gone into the Navy. In this time of Covid, Ryan has taken up the art of Bonsai, and has far too many trees to count.
Southern Area Director
Learning Assistance Center Coordinator at Cerro Coso Community College
CCCSAA Member since 2018 (2 years)
(760) 384-6381 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Tyson was raised in Northern California where he started his educational journey at Modesto Junior College as a student-athlete. He spent time in Atchison, KS where he completed an undergraduate degree in history, returned to California to complete a second degree in French and a MAEd in Educational Studies, and an EdD in Curriculum and Instruction. Tyson has worked in the field of education in numerous capacities: general education faculty, program director for an associate of arts and general education program, a learning resource center director, athletic director, SGA advisor, and in his current faculty role as Learning Assistance Center Coordinator at Cerro Coso Community College.
When he is not working, Tyson enjoys working out, playing video games, but most of all, spending time with his wife, Jessica, and two kids, Sawyer (4) and Sterling (1).