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Picture of Dr. Sherri RodriguezDr. Sherri Rodriguez 
Associate Dean, Special Programs

As Dean of Special Programs, Dr. Rodriguez is responsible for program planning, implementation, compliance and evaluation for EOPS, CARE, NextUp and Guardian Scholars.

Prior to coming to Los Angeles Valley College, Dr. Rodriguez worked at a variety of educational institutions including El Camino College, USC, UCLA and UC Santa Barbara. Before her career in education, Dr. Rodriguez was a media buyer for a performing arts center and a promotions director for a radio station.

She earned her Bachelor’s degree at California State University, Fullerton in Communications and her doctorate degree at UCLA in Educational Leadership.

Dr. Rodriguez may be reached at (818) 947- 2726 or e-mailed at rodrigsa@lavc.edu.


Jessica AraujoJessica Araujo
Counselor, EOPS/CARE

As an EOPS Counselor, Jessica Araujo is responsible for providing academic, career, transfer and personal counseling to EOPS/CARE students. She is also the primary counselor for the CARE Program by verifying eligibility and planning all events, workshops, conferences and fieldtrips.

Prior to Valley College, Jessica was a counselor at Los Angeles Mission College in the Teacher Pathways program. In addition, she has over six years’ experience working in EOPS/CARE programs at various community colleges. She was also a Professional Growth Plan Advisor/Counselor at Los Angeles Universal Preschool Workforce and Professional Development where she managed the increase of Early Childhood Education degree awareness and attainment for those interested in the Los Angeles County.

After earning her Associate’s degree at Los Angeles Mission College, she transferred to California State University, Northridge where she earned her Bachelor’s degree of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Family Studies. She obtained her Master’s degree in Educational Counseling from University of La Verne.

Jessica Araujo can be reached at (818) 947-2432 or e-mail at araujoj@lavc.edu.


Picture of Anaid MushegyanDr. Anaid Mushegyan 
Counselor, EOPS/CARE

An Associate Professor of Counseling, Dr. Mushegyan has been providing academic, career, transfer and personal counseling to EOPS/CARE students for 11 years.

Before coming to Los Angeles Valley College, she worked as a pre-school teacher at Northridge Hospital Child Development Center.

After earning her Associate’s degree at Valley College, she transferred to California State University, Northridge where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Child Development as well as her Master’s degree in Educational Psychology and Counseling with an option College Counseling.  She continued to obtain her Doctorate from Alliant International University in Educational Leadership.

Dr. Mushegyan can be reached at (818) 947-2432 or e-mailed at mushega@lavc.edu.


Picture of Alma Olivares-LueraAlma Olivares-Luera 
Counselor, EOPS/CARE

As an EOPS Counselor, Alma Olivares-Luera is responsible for providing academic, career, transfer and personal counseling to EOPS/CARE students.

Professor of Counseling, Alma Olivares-Luera, has been an EOPS counselor at Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) since 1997. She began her career as a counselor fresh out of graduate school at LAVC as part of a Title III grant.

She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English at UCLA and her Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology and Counseling with an option in Career Counseling at California State University, Northridge.

 

Alma Olivares-Luera may be reached at (818) 947-2432 or emailed at olivaram@lavc.edu.


Jessica Ruiz

Jessica Ruiz
Counselor, EOPS/CARE/NextUp/Guardian Scholars

As an EOPS Counselor, Jessica Ruiz is responsible for providing academic, career, transfer and personal counseling to EOPS/CARE/NextUp students. She is also the primary counselor for the NextUp/Guardian Scholars programs by verifying eligibility and facilitating Meet-Up's, events and workshops.

Before coming to Los Angeles Valley College, Jessica worked at Santa Monica College as a career counselor where she continues to teach career planning courses as an adjunct faculty. As a paraprofessional,  she served students in the Disabled Students Program and Services (DSPS) at Los Angeles Southwest College.  She was also a Career Advisor for the Career Center at Pasadena City College.  

Jessica is a former Valley College and EOPS student. She attended LAVC and transferred to California State University, Northridge (CSUN) where earned her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Sociology.  Additionally, she earned her Master’s of Science degree in Educational Psychology and Counseling with an option in Career Counseling at CSUN.

Jessica Ruiz can be reached at (818) 947-2432 or e-mailed at ruizj@lavc.edu


Alex Ojeda

Miguel Sandoval
Counselor, EOPS/CARE

As an EOPS Counselor, Miguel Sandoval is responsible for providing academic, career, transfer, and personal counseling to EOPS/CARE students.

He has worked as an Academic Specialist, Math Intervention Counselor, and Career/Transfer Counselor at Los Angeles Mission College.  At Los Angeles Pierce College he had multiple roles working as a Foster Youth Liaison.  At Pasadena City College he has served as a General Counselor and is currently working for the Program for Academic Support Services, which is a federally funded TRIO program.  At Los Angeles Valley College he has assisted students in the STEM and Non-Credit departments. 

He is a Los Angeles Valley College graduate, earned his Bachelor Science degree from the University of California Los, Angeles and a Master Science degree from California State University, Northridge.  He has varied experience having worked in many community colleges and looks forward to helping students reach their academic goal(s).

Miguel Sandoval can be reached at (818) 947 – 2432 or e-mailed at sandovma@lavc.edu


Picture of Veronica Enríquez

Veronica Enríquez 
Student Services Assistant, EOPS/CARE

As Student Services Assistant of EOPS/CARE, Veronica Enríquez is responsible for the EOPS/CARE Tutoring Center. She supervises the tutors, maintains supplies and assists students with general EOPS/CARE questions.

Before coming to Los Angeles Valley College, Veronica worked with various non-profit WIA organizations as a Case Manager. She helped clients obtain short-term training in various disciplines, such as Certified Nurse Assistant training and Licensed Vocational Nurse training, which allowed them to enter the workforce.

She earned her Bachelor’s degree at California State University, Stanislaus in Sociology and her Master’s degree in Educational Counseling from University of La Verne.

Veronica Enriquez can be reached at 818-947-2338 or e-mailed at enriquv@lavc.edu.


Carissa Gonzalez

Carissa Gonzalez
Student Services Assistant, EOPS/NextUp

As the Student Services Assistant for EOPS/NextUp, Carissa is responsible for supervising the clerical student workers. She also provides assistance and support for the NextUp, foster youth program within EOPS.

Prior to working in EOPS, Carissa worked as a financial aid assistant at Los Angeles Pierce College. In addition, she has over five years’ experience working in admissions and records here at LAVC. She also works as a community liaison for a food pantry, in which she works with low income and homeless individuals/families.

Carissa is a former Valley College student.  After earning Associate’s degrees at Los Angeles Valley College, she transferred to California State University, Northridge where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with an option in Social Welfare. She then went on and obtained her Master’s degree in Educational Administration with an option in Higher Education at CSUN.

Carissa Gonzalez can be reached at (818) 947-2732 or e-mail at gonzalcj2@lavc.edu.


Alex Ojeda

Alex Ojeda
Coordinator, NextUp/Guardian Scholars

As the NextUp/Guardian Scholars Foster Youth Program Coordinator, Alex Ojeda is responsible for identifying current and former foster youth attending Los Angeles Valley College and ensuring their needs are met. 

Mr. Ojeda was a transfer student from Los Angeles Mission College and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Chicana & Chicano Studies from California State University Northridge (CSUN). He is currently pursing a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership & Policy studies.

Currently, Mr. Ojeda is a professor of Sociology at CSUN and is the Executive Director of the CSUN MOSAIC program which provides university student mentors to “at-risk” youth attending continuation/alternative high schools in the San Fernando Valley.  In addition, he has facilitated Independent Living Program (ILP) courses for current foster youth at Los Angeles Mission College. 

Mr. Ojeda may be reached at (818) 778-5763 or e-mailed at ojedaa@lavc.edu