Meet the DSA Staff

Marco Antonio Valenzuela, Ed.D

Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

With over 18 years of experience in higher education, Marco serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students and is currently an adjunct faculty member at Claremont Graduate University.  He previously served as the associate dean of students and director of residential life at Mudd, and worked at a number of other colleges and universities, including Pomona College, Woodbury University, The Ohio State University, UC Irvine, Johns Hopkins University, Hawai’i Pacific University and the University of La Verne.  Marco is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, with B.A.s in film studies and psychology. Marco received his master’s in higher education student affairs from The Ohio State University and his doctorate in educational leadership from UCLA.

Kim Nykanen

Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students

Kim assists students in many ways, some of which include making appointments with the different deans in the Division of Student Affairs, managing the student health insurance program, submitting driver applications for students seeking to drive Mudd vans, and generally engaging students with witty repartee. Kim earned her bachelor of arts degree in political philosophy and art history from Scripps College.

Ana Guillen

Administrative Assistant for Academic and Student Affairs

As the Administrative Assistant for Academic and Student Affairs, Ana assists students in various ways. Some of these include approving flyers to be posted around campus, submitting driver applications for students to drive Mudd vans, and helping students find the offices and DSA staff members in Platt. Additionally, Ana processes student/staff/faculty reimbursements for the Leonard Fund and schedules appointments for students to meet with the various Deans and staff members of DSA.

Academic Resources & Student Success

Amy Bibbens

Associate Dean for Academic Resources and Student Success

As the associate dean for academic resources and student success, Amy serves as a connection point for students seeking academic resources and support, coordinates outreach efforts for students who are struggling academically, and provides workshops and programming for students and faculty. Amy’s work focuses on developing the whole student and creating an environment where every student has the opportunity to thrive. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her master’s degree from Cornell University.

Katie Rogers

Coordinator for Student Accessibility Services

As the Accessibility Services Coordinator, Katie is responsible for the coordination and management of accommodations and accessibility support. She serves as a liaison between students and faculty, provides academic coaching and support, and engages in campus-wide outreach to ensure the needs of all students are met. Katie has a passion for inclusivity and self-authorship, and believes the student is the expert of their experience. She received her bachelor’s degree from Cal State San Bernardino and her master’s degree from Brandman University. She is currently a graduate student at University of Redlands.

Campus Life

Chris Sundberg

Associate Dean of Students and Director of Campus Life

Chris, who has been at Harvey Mudd College since fall 1997, is the associate dean of students and director of campus life. He directs and coordinates the gamut of campus life activities, including the New Student Orientation programs, Associated Students of Harvey Mudd College (ASHMC) advisement, Linde Activities Center/Gym (LAC) management, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) physical education classes and the DSA Muchachos Student Activities Team (on-campus social programming). Chris has bachelor’s degrees in business administration and art from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and a master’s degree in college student affairs from Azusa Pacific University.

Evetth Gonzalez

Assistant Dean for Campus Life

As the assistant dean of campus life, Evetth creates purposeful student opportunities for connection, involvement and leadership through the oversight and advisement of New Student Orientation, campus activities, including the DSA Muchachos, the student government (ASHMC), the Linde Activities Center, the Harvey Mudd College mobile application, and by serving as a live-on dean. She also is an inaugural member of the Claremont Colleges Teal Dot Committee that focuses on bystander intervention strategies for students, faculty and staff. Evetth is a student affairs professional with a career spanning nearly a decade during which she has specialized in student leadership and development, orientation and transition, quality programming, social justice advocacy and assessment. Gonzalez received her B.A. in communication studies at Biola University and her M.S. in college counseling and student development from Azusa Pacific University.

Career Services

Jeanette Martinez

Assistant Director of Employer Relations and Recruiting

As the assistant director of employer relations and recruiting in the Office of Career Services, Jeanette is responsible for supporting relationships with outside organizations and to plan and coordinate a variety of campus events linking students with opportunities for internships, research and full-time positions. She also provides administrative programmatic assistance for OCS. Jeanette has worked in higher education and in career services for the past four years. At UC Riverside’s Career Center, she worked as the on-campus interview and events coordinator and as the client outreach and career advisor overseeing recruitment efforts for 11 major career fairs and provided counseling to all UCR students. Jeanette has a B.A in political science and law and society.

Natasha Jones

Career Advisor & Educator

As a Career Advisor and Educator, Natasha does One-on-One career advising appointments with students and alumni. Appointment topics can include resumes, cover letters, interviews, job/internship searching, networking/making industry connections, applying to graduate school, and many other career-related topic. She also leads and coordinates educational workshops. Prior to coming to Mudd, Natasha worked as a Career Advisor at California Institute of the Arts. She earned her M.S. in Education with a concentration in Higher Education from California State University, Fullerton, where she also worked as a Career Coach. Natasha attended the University of California, San Diego, where she earned a B.A. in Communication with minors in Cognitive Science and Education Studies.

Alyssa Gee

Career Advisor & Educator 909.607.0366

Alyssa serves as a resource for Harvey Mudd students in their journey to graduate school, internships and careers. As Career Advisor and Educator she empowers students through career-related programs, events and 1:1 advising meetings. She also produces the office’s weekly newsletter and supports social media content creation. Prior to Mudd, she worked in  Amgen Inc.’s University Relations Department sourcing candidates, onboarding interns, and coordinating various programs. At Whittier College she developed marketing strategies and designed social media assets for their career center to promote events she also supported. Alyssa graduated from California Lutheran University with a B.A. in Marketing Communication.

Community Engagement

Gabriela Gamiz

Director of Community Engagement

As director of community engagement, Gabriela fosters new and current relationships with community organizations, coordinates student engagement and participation in community based learning activities and provides support for the development, implementation and assessment of service learning courses. Gabriela is a graduate of Pomona College and received her master’s in education from the Claremont Graduate University.

Danny Ledezma

Associate Director of Community Engagement

As the associate director of community engagement, Danny organizes, develops and supports community engagement programming on- and off-campus, including student-led and community-led programs. He also manages and supervises the Homework Hotline program by working collaboratively with school districts, educators and other members of the campus and external community. Danny received his B.A. in psychology from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and his M.S. in college counseling and student development from Azusa Pacific University.

Institutional Diversity

Jennifer Alanis, EdD

Associate Dean of Students & Title IX Coordinator

Jennifer serves as the associate dean for institutional diversity and Title IX officer. She focuses on creating an inclusive campus through programming, trainings, creating strategic plans and partnerships in the Claremont community. Jennifer has worked in higher education and student affairs for over 10 years and has experience in diversity, inclusion, intercultural relations, cultural and transfer student centers. She received her B.S. from Loyola University Chicago with a triple minor in Spanish, women’s studies and literature. Jennifer also received an M.A. in arts, entertainment and media management from Columbia College Chicago and an MEd in educational policy organizational leadership from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Most recently, she completed a doctorate of education (EdD) in higher education and organizational change from Benedictine University.

Arianna Figueroa

Assistant Dean for Institutional Diversity

As the assistant dean for institutional diversity, Arianna develops and manages programs, services and initiatives that promote diversity, inclusion and educational equity, as well as cultivates cultural understanding and competency. She is dedicated to developing programming centered on inclusive excellence and leadership development. She has done work in different areas of student affairs, such as student support services, multicultural affairs, new student orientation and residence life. Arianna is a graduate of Lewis & Clark College, where she received her B.A. in sociology and anthropology and her M.A. in student affairs administration.

Evelyn Real

Program Manager for International Students and Scholars

As the program manager for international students and scholars, Evelyn assists students on F and J visas to make sure that they have all their immigration documents in order. Evelyn advises on immigration regulations by individual appointment and group seminars. She also prepares legal documents that allow international students to gain work experience through practical training. She is committed to making sure that every international student feels Mudd becomes a home away from home where they can be comfortable to be themselves while still learning about the United States. Evelyn received her B.A. in sociology from California State University, San Bernardino and her M.A. in higher education from the University of Redlands.

Health & Wellness

Michelle Harrison

Assistant Dean for Wellness and Residential Life

As the assistant dean for health and wellness, Michelle oversees wellness programming on campus and work with the health educators and meets with students one-on-one to provide support and case management services. Michelle is a graduate of the University of Maryland, with a B.S. in public health. She also holds an MPH in health behavior and health promotion as well as an MSW in mental health and substance abuse from The Ohio State University.

Leah Nepomuceno

Assistant Director of Wellness

As the assistant director of wellness, Leah is responsible for coordinating wellness program activities and health promotion outreach on campus, supervising the Peer Health Educators and ProjectConnect Facilitators, and serving as a case manager for the campus. Prior to Harvey Mudd, Leah worked with San Diego State University’s Residential Education Office for five years as an academic mentor, resident advisor and assistant residence director. Leah is a graduate of San Diego State University, where she received her B.A. in biology and her MPH with a specialization in epidemiology.

Residential Life

Karen Romero Sandoval

Interim Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residential Life

As the interim associate dean of students and director of residential life, Karen helps to coordinate and manage student housing, the first-year experience program, campus events and programs, and New Student Orientation. Karen has worked at Cal State University, Fullerton (CSUF) at the Office of Student Life and Leadership as their sports club graduate assistant. Prior to Harvey Mudd and CSUF, Karen was heavily involved in student government and was a student assistant at the Latinx cultural center at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (CPP). Karen earned her master’s of science in higher education at CSUF. She has a bachelor of science in kinesiology, exercise science from CPP.

Vanessa Vallejo

Program Coordinator for Residential Life and Orientation Programming

As the program coordinator for both residential life and orientation Vanessa helps develop student engagement by coordinating and managing student housing, student leadership initiatives and New Student Orientation. Vanessa has worked as both a peer counselor and new student advisor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Prior to Harvey Mudd she was a graduate student worker at Claremont Graduate Admissions Office. She is a graduate of UCLA where she earned her B.A. in Political Science and Spanish and received her M.Ed. in Student Affairs and Educational Justice at Claremont Graduate University. Vanessa is excited to continue her work at Harvey Mudd College and is committed to help make Mudd feel like a second home for all students.

Family Handbook 2019–2020