Doctoral Students

Cohort 11 - Student Information

Jessica Baker
Jessica Baker

Jessica Baker

Research Interests: My research interests include looking at transfer student transition to the CSU, proactive advising approaches, and student generational differences and how they influence advising practice.

Job Title: Senior Professional Advisor

Place of Employment: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, California State University, San Bernardino

Leadership Quotes: “The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves”—Ray Kroc 
My other favorite is “Suck it up, buttercup”—Me

Cynthia E. Britt
Cynthia Elizabeth Britt

Cynthia Elizabeth Britt

Research Interests: To explore the effects of Neurofeedback, an alternative non-invasive treatment to medication for students that struggle with the ability to sustain attention, are easily distracted, experience excessive activity, or display difficulties with controlling behavior.

Job Title: District Bilingual School Psychologist

Place of Employment: Bear Valley Unified School District

Leadership quote:  "Authentic leaders genuinely desire to serve others through their leadership. They are more interested in empowering the people they lead to make a difference than they are in power, money, or prestige for themselves. They are as guided by qualities of the heart, by passion and compassion, as they are by qualities of the mind." -Bill George

Christina Castro
Christina M. Castro

Christina Marie Castro or

Research interests: Effective teaching strategies on engagement and performance within students in low socioeconomic status areas.

Job Title: 1st Grade Teacher

Place of Employment: REAL Journey Academies – San Bernardino Public Charter Schools for a Better Education

Leadership Quotes: "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." -Nelson Mandela 
"Be the change you wish to see in the world." -Ghandi

Karen Childers
Karen Childers

Karen Childers

Research Interests: Career Technical Education (CTE), Career Education, Workforce Development, Workforce Readiness, career counseling. My dissertation interest is factors that influence the choice of CTE field of study for community college students who go on to get a job in a CTE field.

Job Title: San Bernardino Valley College Director of Development and Community Relations

Place of Employment: San Bernardino Valley College

Leadership Quote: "If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion". -Dalai Lama XIV

Cecile Dahlquist
Cecile Dahlquist

Cecile Dahlquist

Research Interests:My research interests include improving access to the full spectrum of effective, affordable contraception to reduce unplanned pregnancy in the United States.  

Job Title: Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

Place of Employment: California State University, San Bernardino - Palm Desert Campus, Student Health Center

Leadership Quote: "Leadership is not about a title or a designation.  It's about impact, influence and inspiration.  Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire team-mates and customers."
                                                                                               - Robin S. Sharma

Herb English
Herbert L. English, Jr.

Herbert L. English, Jr.

Research Interests:  I am very interested in the experiences (academic, social, professional) of African American (Black) Male Students in Higher Education

Job Title: Dean, Student Equity and Success

Place of Employment: Victor Valley College                   

Leadership Quote: "There can be no mystery about the role we must play in the millennium. We are the role models. We are the mentors. We are the gatekeepers and the stewards of the progress and hope for the next generation. There is no one to whom we can 'pass the buck', but many to whom we must pass the torch." -Hazel J. Harper DDS, MPH

Theresa Gonzales
Theresa Gonzales

Theresa Gonzales

Research Interests: My research interests include educational technology and how it can help English Language Learners in 2nd language acquisition. 

Job Title: English and EL Teacher

Place of Employment: Perris High School

Leadership Quote: “We as women should shine light on our accomplishments and not feel egotistical when we do. It's a way to let the world know that we as women can accomplish great things!” -Dolores Huerta

Laura Raskin Graff
Laura Raskin Graff

Laura Raskin Graff

Research Interests: I am interested in looking at ways to narrow the education access gap for Latina/o/x students through outreach and mentoring.

Job Title: Professor of Mathematics

Place of Employment: College of the Desert

Leadership Quote: “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest” ―Elie Wiesel
”One person of Integrity can make a difference.”― Elie Wiesel
“It is never too late to start good practices.”—Jim Berg

Deborah Grijalva
Deborah Dorado Grijalva

Deborah Dorado Grijalva, MPA

Research Interests: Traditional graduate school enrollment for the Latinx community, how we can begin to bridge the gap between the undergraduate degree and the post-baccalaureate degree.  
Job Title:  Adjunct Instructor at CSUSB
                      Doctoral Studies Graduate Assistant
                      ASI Graduate Student Advisory Committee Vice-Chair
                      Graduate Studies Strategic Planning Committee Student Representative

Place of Employment: California State University San Bernardino
Leadership Quote: "Great Leaders move us. They ignite our passion and inspire the best in us." - Daniel Goleman

L.A. Insley
L.A. Insley

L.A. Insley

Research Interests: Fostering Critical thinking Through Critical Advising: A type of academic counseling with the assumption, considering all things are equal, one is primarily unsuccessful in their professional endeavors, their professional and personal relationships, and their personal goals; due to a lack of emotional intelligence that is directly related to critical thinking.

Job Title: Generalist Counselor, Puente Program Coordinator, and Religious Studies Instructor

Place of Employment: Victor Valley College, Counseling & Guidance Center

Leadership Quote: John Quincy Adams: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more; you are a leader.”

Getachew Kiros
Getachew Kiros

Getachew Kiros

Research Interests: Policy-making and postsecondary education achievements and success in workforce Readiness for lower-income students

Job Title: Assistant Professor and Pastor

Place of Employment: Previously at, Concordia University, Irvine and now at Pacific Southwest District - Lutheran Church Missouri Synod

Leadership Quote: "A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way." -Maxwell

Alliance Gueming Nenkam
Alliance Gueming Nenkam

Alliance Gueming Nenkam

Research Interests: I am interested in closing the achievement Gap, and will like to explore and propose a model of practice, from teachers’ perspective, that can potentially help reduce and eventually close the achievement gap of black and brown students in K-12.

Leadership Quote: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” -Nelson Mandela 

Tod Larson
Tod Larson

Tod Larson

Research Interests: Interested in writing and becoming a liaison leader for LGBTQ employees in K-16 public educational settings.

Job Title: Guest Teacher

Place of Employment: Desert Sands Unified School district

Leadership Quote: "If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so we weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place". -Margaret Mead 1901-1978

Michael Nguyen
Michael Q. Nguyen

Michael Quoc Nguyen

Research Interests: My research interest is in ways to raise mathematics achievement scores through the adaptation of Common Formative Assessments (CFAs) to Claims and Standard of Mathematical Practices (SMPs).

Job Title: Teacher on Special Assignment: GATE/AVID

Place of Employment: Rialto Unified School District

Leadership quote:  "Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions." -Harold S. Geneen

Rebecca Parres
Rebecca Parres

Rebecca Parres

Research Interests: I am interested in educator's attitudes about the academic potential of student's with disabilities.  Do educators believe that student's with disabilities are capable of learning?  I would like to know if the attitudes of educators impact how a student can learn.

Job Title: Program Administrator of Special Education

Place of Employment: Balwin Park Unified School District

Leadership Quote: "Leadership is unlocking people's potential to become better." -Bill Bradley

Catherine Tamayo
Catherine Tamayo

Catherine Tamayo, M.Ed.

Research Interests: I am interested in learning how to improve education for the students and educators. Research interests include: Professional Development, Curriculum, Special Education, Effective and Positive Behavioral Interventions.

Job Title: Principal

Place of Employment: Alta Loma School District

Leadership Quote: Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. —Jack Welch

Frances Valdovinos
Frances Valdovinos

Frances Valdovinos, M.Ed.

Research Interests:  The purpose of my research is to discover the benefits on how the Puente Program provides first-generation community college students support to facilitate transfer.

Job Title: Student Academic Advisor - UC Riverside

Place of Employment: Graduate School of Education, University of California, Riverside

Leadership Quote: “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.”-Friedrich Nietzsche