I Am A First Faculty and Staff Bios

Angie Covarrubias Aguilar, Upward Bound

I grew up in the San Gabriel Valley and luckily enough when I was in high school I participated in the HMC Upward Bound program. Upward Bound is a federally -funded program for first generation, low income college bound students. The goal is to help students develop the skills and motivation necessary to success in […]

Alyssa Newman, HSA

I’m a total product of the California public education system. Growing up in Sacramento, I was lucky enough to participate in the Early Academic Outreach Program where students from UC Davis came to my high school and mentored us about college application requirements. Even though my parents and grandparents hadn’t gone to college themselves, my […]

Maureen Ruiz-Sundstrom ’10, Admission

I was lucky because I grew up under the assumption that I’d go to college. My parents grew up in Nicaragua and did not get the opportunity to study so they always hoped their children (they only had me) would have a traditional college experience. Navigating the college application process on my own (not just […]

Tim Hussey, Communications & Marketing

I grew up in a small town in rural Alabama and attended the university in my hometown, Troy University. There, I majored in print journalism with a contract in public relations. I knew from an early age that I wanted to attend college, but at the time, I was convinced I was going to be […]

Evelyn Real, ISS

I am a first gen, low income person of color from a single parent household. Although I had initially been accepted to UCSD for pre-med (my dream school), I was unable to attend because I couldn’t afford it. I opted for the much cheaper option of community college, Palomar College, where I found a new […]

Joseph Vaughan, CIS

Undergraduate institution: Trinity College Dublin Home town: born in Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Ireland My Dad was a primary school teacher and taught all of his eight children for at least three years each. When he was trained as a teacher in Ireland, it was two years of preparation and did not involve a university degree. […]

Christina Albrigo, Facilities and Maintenance

Hello! My name is Christina Albrigo. I was raised in La Verne, Ca. Neither of my parents or grandparents graduated from a four-year college. As a child, my dreams included graduating from college and becoming a lawyer. My mother always communicated to me, that I could accomplish anything I desired. Although my family supported my […]

Lucas Bang, Computer Science

I grew up in Las Vegas and began living independently while still in high school, working at a restaurant washing dishes to pay rent. I pretty much expected to have a career in cooking (I eventually became a kitchen supervisor), but one of my high school teachers convinced me to speak to an admissions counselor […]

Jae Hur, Biology

I was born in South Korea and despite not having had much opportunities, my parents overcame the odds and immigrated to the US in 1984. Since then, we’ve made the greater Los Angeles area our home. Maybe because they had never had the opportunities that we did, my parents were always very supportive of my […]

Nabel Villafana, Registrar

Nabel Villafana grew up in Chino, CA and received her B.A. in Communications from the University of California, San Diego in 2012 and her MBA at the University of La Verne in 2016. She decided to pursue higher education because of her passion for learning and continuous growth. The biggest influences in her life are […]