Meet the DSA Staff

Dr. Anna Gonzalez

Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

With over 25 years of experience in higher education, Dr. Gonzalez is the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at HMC and is currently the program director and faculty member for Claremont Graduate University’s graduate program in Student Affairs Educational Justice.  She previously served as the dean and vice president for student affairs officer at Lewis & Clark College, the associate vice chancellor at the University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign, the associate dean of students at the University of California, Irvine, and sailed four times as the dean of students with Semester at Sea. She was also the founding faculty and program director of the  Student Affairs Program at Lewis & Clark College’s Graduate School.   Dr. Gonzalez is then lead co-editor of the 2018 publication Transformational Encounters: Shaping Diverse College and University Leaders, has authored numerous articles and book chapters, and has received numerous awards including NASPA’s Pillar of the Profession and the Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Dean. Through partnerships with on- and off-campus stakeholders, Dr. Gonzalez is guided by the vision of advancing the educational mission of higher education, creating an accessible educational experience for all individuals and helping students to become global leaders of the 21st century.

Dr. Leslie Hughes

Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs

Dr. Leslie Hughes serves as the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs. Leslie provides oversight for the offices of Campus Life, Health and Wellness, and Housing and Residential Life, and the College’s Incident Response Team. Leslie provides guidance in student behavioral matters and advises the disciplinary board chair in all aspects of the judicial process. She also provides advocacy and support to students as chair of the Care Team, a multidisciplinary team that works to assist students in need of personal and/or academic resources. In her work, Leslie focuses on integrating principles leadership development and holistic wellness designed to promote a robust and well-balanced student experience. Leslie has taught courses in student leadership, social change, and teaches in the Student Affairs & Educational Justice program at Claremont Graduate University. Leslie holds an Ed.D. in Organizational Change and Leadership from the University of Southern California, a M.Ed. in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a B.S. in Art Therapy from Indiana Wesleyan University.

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, selling bike locks and generally engaging students with witty repartee. Kim earned her bachelor of arts degree in political philosophy and art history from Scripps College.

Elizabeth Alvarado-Ramirez

Administrative Assistant for Student & Academic Affairs

Liz assists students, staff and faculty with a myriad of requests, questions and tasks. Included in her multi-dimensional responsibilities are making appointments with DSA deans and staff members, helping manage the Leonard Fund, assisting with student reimbursements and course overload forms, submitting driver applications for students seeking to drive Mudd vans and generally anything else she can do to be helpful. Liz earned dual bachelor of arts degrees in criminal justice and psychology from California State University San Bernardino.

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.

Dennis Kamakana III

Coordinator for Student Accessibility Services

Dennis is a graduate of Lewis & Clark College, earning both a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology and a Master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration. He has a wide range of experience in Student Affairs, including Student Support Services, Orientation, and Academic Success. Dennis is excited to join the Harvey Mudd community and is looking forward to building and enhancing relationships with the students, faculty, and staff that make HMC a great institution.

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

Sarah Park

Director of Career Services

Sarah has over 16 years experience in higher education administration and student development programming. Her love for higher education began as a student at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and continued while earning a master’s degree at the University of Iowa in student development in postsecondary education. She has worked in residential living, academic advising, international student and scholar advising (F-1 and J-1 visas), diversity and inclusion, and career development at various institutions ranging from small liberal arts institutions—like Pomona College and Claremont McKenna College—to large research universities, like UCLA and University of Georgia. Sarah believes the whole student experience is important and strives to make resources accessible to all students. She oversees career development, employer relations and recruiting at HMC.

Lillian Nguyen

Associate Director of Career Services

Lillian began her career at the University of Notre Dame, where she earned her degree in Japanese and Asian studies and worked as a student career assistant at the ND Career Center. After graduation, she spent a year teaching English in Japan through the JET program, then moved back to the U.S. to complete her master’s degree in higher education administration at the University of Illinois. While at Illinois, she worked at the Career Center as a career counselor and employer relations member connecting students to opportunities and helping them to achieve gainful employment after graduation. Lillian then moved to the University of Notre Dame, where she helped redesign a career strategy course for MBA students and also served as a career coach to students interested in the general management career path. Prior to moving to Southern California, she spent three years in Cambridge UK with her family. As associate director of Career Services, she hopes to contribute to the growth of the office.

Jeanette Martinez

Program/Employer Relations Manager

As the program/employer relations manager 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.

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

Dr. Jennifer Alanis

Associate Dean for Institutional Diversity & Title IX Officer

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 wellness peers 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 wellness peers, 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

Dr. Marco Antonio Valenzuela

Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residential Life

As the associate dean of students and director of residential life, Marco oversees and manages the operations, policy development, administration, and processes and programs related to housing, residential life, and health and wellness for the Division of Student Affairs. He has worked in higher education and student affairs for over 15 years and has experience in housing and residential life, sorority and fraternity life, advising student government, student wellness, leading alternative spring break trips, campus-wide programming and student conduct. 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.

Karen Romero Sandoval

Assistant Director of Housing and First-year Experiences

As the assistant director for housing and first-year experiences, 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.

Family Handbook 2019–2020