Our Board

The EOPS Association executive board is comprised of volunteers who concurrently are employed by EOPS in one of the 114 statewide EOPS programs.  In addition to meeting four times per year, our association leadership actively contributes to local & state policy and furthers the mission of EOPS.

Meet The Executive Board

  • Danita Scott

    President 2020-2022

    San Joaquin Delta College

    Dean of Student Support Services

    danita.scott@deltacollege.edu

    (209) 954-5151, ext. 2669

    Danita began her 29 year tenure in the California Community College system as a classified staff member.  She has served EOPS nearly 21 years—17 of them as an educational administrator, managing EOPS/CARE and DSPS programs.

  • Omar Orihuela

    Past President

    Southwestern College

    Director of EOPS & Special Populations

    oorihuela@swccd.edu

    (619) 482-6360

    Omar serves as the Director of EOPS & Special Populations at Southwestern College. He oversees various programs including EOPS, CARE, CalWORKs, Fresh Success, Guardian Scholars Program and Adelante Estudiante (for undocumented students). Omar’s journey into higher education began through the community college system. As an immigrant from Mexico, unaware of the higher education system in the United States, he found a place within the community college environment that offered him the opportunity to thrive. This is the reason why he is extremely committed to moving the philosophy and mission of EOPS forward. He considers EOPS to be the premiere program among the opportunities provided in community colleges.

  • Cecilia Alvarado

    President - Elect

    Orange Coast College

    EOPS/CARE/CAFYES/GS/CalWORKs Director

    calvarado28@occ.cccd.edu

    (714) 432-5817

    Cecilia Alvarado is a California resident.  Her professional experience includes 20 years in the California Community Colleges system as well as 5 years high school and 3 years at CSUF. Cecilia is a proud mother to two daughters and blessed to have raised one foster daughter. Her parents are immigrants from Mexico, she is fluent in English and Spanish and her upbringing stems from a humble home.  In regards to her EOPS history.  She is a former CSUF EOP, Rio Hondo College EOPS and Welfare recipient and she wears those titles with pride.  Her EOPS career started as part time EOPS faculty coordinator for Santa Ana College in 2003. After Santa Ana College she left to work as the Fullerton College EOPS/CARE Manager.   While at Fullerton College EOPS she served many EOPS roles.  For EOPS region 8, she originated, and managed the non-profit status and later held the position of treasurer and president.  She also held the position of Region 8 State representative. In 2010 she transitioned to Region 9 as the Riverside District EOPS Director/ Dean and later to EOPS Director/ Vice President.  Ten years later she made the decision to come home to Orange County and applied to an EOPS Director job in Orange County, currently  the Orange Coast College EOPS Director.
    > Her work philosophy is “What’s in the best interest of the student.” 

  • Libby Cook

    Vice President

    Folsom Lake College

    EOPS.CARE.NextUp Coordinator

    cooke@flc.losrios.edu

    (916) 608-6721

    Libby began her 20+ years in education at the high school level as an English teacher and then a counselor before moving on to community college. She has been Folsom Lake College’s EOPS.CARE.NextUp Coordinator since 2016.

  • Yesenia Balcazar

    Treasurer

    Mira Costa College

    EOPS Faculty Director

    ybalcazar@miracosta.edu

    Yesenia began her career in the California Community College system in 2005 as a classified staff member for EOPS/CARE. She has served as the EOPS Faculty Director since 2014 managing EOPS/CARE, CalWORKs and RAFFY.

  • Rejoice Chavira

    Secretary

    Crafton Hills College

    Director of EOPS

    rchavira@sbccd.cc.ca.us

    (909) 389-3456

    Rejoice has served EOPS for 28 years.  She began her tenure in the California Community College System as an EOPS Student Services Specialist and eventually became an EOPS Director.

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  • Joan Thompson

    Scholarship Co-Chair

    Bio pending

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    San Diego Miramar College

    Retiree

    kb6cut@cox.net

  • Marcia Chaney

    Scholarship Co-Chair

    Bio pending

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    Cerritos College

    Retiree

    namamarcia@gmail.com

"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other"

John F. Kennedy

Our Regional Reps

Statewide, the 114 EOPS programs are divided into 10 regions.  Each regional representative is voted in by their peers and serves a 2-year term.

  • Kintay Johnson

    Region I

    College of the Redwoods

    Director, Special Programs

    Kintay_Johnson@Redwoods.edu

    (707) 476-4560

    An former EOPS student blessed to be a Director of the greatest guided pathway programs in the nation. An advocate and ally, who believes in putting students first.

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  • Arthur Jenkins III

    Region II

    American River College

    EOPS Counselor

    JenkinA2@arc.losrios.edu

    (916) 484-8885

    Bio pending

  • Wanda Bynum

    Region III

    Santa Rosa Junior College

    CARE Coordinator

    wbynum@santarosa.edu

    (707) 527-4384

    Wanda began working in EOPS as a Student Aide in 1979, by 1980 a new Classified position as an EOPS Advisor was created.  Currently she is the CARE Coordinator and takes care of EOPS intake at Santa Rosa Junior College and loves the connection she has with the students.  She has been a part of the EOPS Program for 38 years.

  • April Henderson, Ed.M.

    Region IV

    Foothill College

    EOPS/CARE Supervisor

    HendersonApril@foothill.edu

    As a returning adult student, April was inspired by the education she received from caring faculty and counselors at DeAnza and Foothill colleges. Determining this kind of care would have made all the difference with her first attempt at college, she decided that she wanted to be that difference for others. Now proudly celebrating almost 20 years of service with EOPS/CARE.

  • Thom Gaxiola

    Region V

    Fresno City College

    Director of EOPS, CARE, and NextUp

    thom.gaxiola@fresnoictycollege.edu

    Bio pending

  • Cesar Flores

    Region VI

    Oxnard College

    EOPS & CARE Coordinator

    cflores@vcccd.edu

    Since 1997, Cesar’s professional roles with both the UC and the California Community College system grew to include outreach, recruitment, yield, and program development, coordination and program implementation.

    As a product of the EOPS program himself (while attending Santa Barbara City College), this has fueled his passion for serving students who have not always had access to higher education and viewed it as unattainable. Helping students with limited resources realize their full potential and create an avenue for educational, social and economic mobility brings him great fulfillment and pride.

    Cesar started serving as EOPS/CARE Coordinator in 2011 at Moorpark College and transitioned to Oxnard College in 2014 currently serving the same role there.

  • Tracye Jones

    Region VII

    Los Angeles Harbor College

    EOPS CAFYES (NextUp) Coord./Counselor

    jonestl3@lahc.edu

    Only 3% of Foster Youth ever achieve any post-secondary degree.  In her role as CAFYES Coordinator she ensures her students are above the 3%.

  • Efren Rangel

    Region VIII

    Saddleback College

    EOPS/CARE Coordinator

    erangel@saddleback.edu

    (949) 582-4376

    Efren has been serving EOPS students for 12 years. 8 years as a part-time counselor and 4 as the EOPS/CARE Coordinator at Saddleback College.

  • Joanne Hinojosa

    Region IX

    San Bernardino Valley College

    Director of EOPS/CARE

    jhinojosa@valleycollege.edu

    Joanne has worked with the EOPS/CARE Program for a total of 20 years. She started as a Recruitment Technician at Coastline College, followed by 16 years at Citrus College in two different positions, and is now the EOPS Director at San Bernardino Valley College. Joanne strongly believes in the power and importance of this program because she was once on the receiving end of EOPS and CARE services as a single-parent and first-generation college student. She gives full credit to the counselors, staff and peers of EOPS and CARE for encouraging her to go as far as she has in her educational journey. Joanne has an AA in social/behavioral sciences from Citrus College, a BA in sociology from Chico State University, and a master's degree in social work from Azusa Pacific University.

  • Leticia Diaz

    Region X

    San Diego Mesa College

    Director of EOPS

    ldiaz@sdccd.edu

     Leticia serves as the Director of EOPS at San Diego Mesa College. She has developed a passion and desire to increase awareness of the importance of higher education and student support programs and services. Leticia is strongly moved by the power of the community college system and is interested in the overall student access and achievement of higher educational degrees. She earned her Associate degree from Southwestern College (SWC); Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and obtained her Master of Arts degree in Higher Education from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Currently, Leticia is pursuing a joint Doctor of Educational Leadership degree at California State University, San Marcos and at the University of California, San Diego.

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