Our Team



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CONTACT:
britt.ortiz@sa.ucsb.edu




Rosa-team
CONTACT:
rosa.martinez@sa.ucsb.edu




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A LITTLE ABOUT ME:
I was born and raised in Watsonville, CA. I enjoy playing and watching soccer, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends.

WHY I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT EAOP:
I am passionate about EAOP because the program is changing lives by providing support and services that motivate, inspire, and inform students about the opportunities they have. I believe in the power of opportunity and support to change lives in low income communities, and EAOP is out there providing the support needed.

MY FAVORITE QUOTE:

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."

CONTACT MR. MELGOZA:
luis.melgoza@sa.ucsb.edu



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A LITTLE ABOUT ME:
I grew up in Temecula, CA. With both of my parents being immigrants (my mother from Mexico and my father from Germany), I was incredibly lucky to have traveled the world from a young age. Visiting family meant going to different countries and taking the time to explore unfamiliar ones along the way.  

Having been raised with the need to explore the unfamiliar, I went to the furthest college from home that was still in California, Humboldt State University. I graduated with a BA in History and a minor in Studio Art. At HSU I discovered my passion for teaching and decided to continue my education at Azusa Pacific University where I obtained my single subject teaching credential in Social Science and an MA in Education.

In my free time I enjoy reading, traveling, listening to my vinyls, kickboxing, and running (proud 2016 LA Marathon finisher!). 

WHY I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT EAOP:
I still remember being in high school and feeling so overwhelmed by the idea of college and how I was going to make it happen. I didn't have the perfect 4.0 GPA and I definitely didn't have the money to pay for school. There was a time when I truly believed that college wasn't going to happen for me. EAOP is providing the support and services that I wish I had when trying to figure out the big scary world that was my future. I want every student to feel that their dreams are possible and to make the whole process a little less overwhelming. 

MY FAVORITE QUOTE:
"You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending." - C.S. Lewis

CONTACT MS. LUEBECK: britney.luebeck@sa.ucsb.edu



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A LITTLE ABOUT ME:
I grew up in Woodland, CA and moved to Santa Barbara to attend UCSB. I graduated with a ​Bachelor's in Communication and a Minor in Spanish, and am happy to still be on campus doing what I love! In my free time, I enjoy cooking, reading cookbooks, line dancing, and country music.

WHY I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT EAOP:
A people person at heart, it has always been a passion of mine to care for others. I knew I needed to work in a job where I felt like my efforts were making a difference in some way. EAOP has been the perfect place for me to channel my design and marketing talents in a way that benefits students and helps them achieve their own successes!

MY FAVORITE QUOTE:

"Sometimes, we need to stop in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy."

CONTACT MIKAYLA: mikayla.molinaro@sa.ucsb.edu



Fatima-team
A LITTLE ABOUT ME:
I was raised in the beautiful city of Guadalupe. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my wonderful family, reading books, and traveling. I love being surrounded by loving and happy people whose energy inspires me to be a better person. This is why I love my job!

WHY I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT EAOP:
I am incredibly proud to be a part of EAOP because I get the chance to give back to the community that gave me so many opportunities. I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and experiences with the students who are on their path towards success.

MY FAVORITE QUOTE:

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela

LOCATION: Pioneer Valley High School, Santa Maria, CA
CONTACT ​MS. ZARATE: ​fatima.zarate-zavala@sa.ucsb.edu



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A LITTLE ABOUT ME:
Prior to joining the UCSB EAOP team, ​I served as the Corporate and Foundation Partnerships Associate for Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. In​ this role, ​I coordinated Corporate and Foundation stewardship activities, solicited donors, developed executive fundraising strategies and helped raise over 500K for college support as well as student programs/scholarships in one year. 

I graduated in 2005 from the University of California Santa Barbara and received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Minor in Applied Psychology.  ​I am a graduate of the Kern County Network for Children Leadership Development Program, the Just Communities - Institute for Equity in Education and am a certified parent liason after completing the Family Engagement Network Leadership Training. 

I am happily married to Edgar Miranda and am the proud mother of Eva Sophia Miranda. I am a life-long learner and enjoy photography, reading, music and spending time with my family.

WHY I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT EAOP:
EAOP's mission is to assist first-generation, socio-economically disadvantaged, and English-language learners by helping them prepare for post secondary education, pursue graduate and professional school opportunities, and achieve success in the workplace. I strongly believe in the power of education and I find a strong sense of satisfaction and passion in guiding our youth towards a path of options and opportunities. In turn, our future community leaders will be prepared to make responsible and educated choices for our society. 

MY FAVORITE QUOTE:
"If you are willing to do only what's easy, life will be hard, but if you are willing to do what's hard, life will be easy." - T. Harv Eker​

LOCATION: ​Ernest Righetti High School, Santa Maria, CA
CONTACT ​MRS. MIRANDA: ​alma.miranda@sa.ucsb.edu




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A LITTLE ABOUT ME:
Born in Watsonville, CA, raised in Santa Maria, CA. I love spending time with my family, my nieces and nephew are my pride and joy. I love to play basketball and travel whenever possible.

WHY I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT EAOP:
You cannot put a price on how rewarding it is to work with students and see them accomplish their goals. At the end of the day, I know I am making a change and that is all that matters.

MY FAVORITE QUOTE:

"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." -Albus Dumbledore

LOCATION: LOCATION: Santa Maria High School, Santa Maria, CA
CONTACT ​M​S. MENDOZA: ​rosa.mendoza@sa.ucsb.edu



Nancy-team
A LITTLE ABOUT ME:
Raised in the city of Santa Maria, CA, daughter to a single hardworking mother, who instilled in me the goal to go to college from a very young age, despite not having been able to gain an education beyond the sixth grade herself. I enjoy participating in my community with my fellow Lions Club International members. On a personal side, I enjoy running and hiking the beautiful sites that the Central Coast has to offer. I live by my two passions, education and travel.

WHY I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT EAOP:
I am passionate about EAOP because its mission reinforces my values and personal goal to reach out to as many students as possible and help them along their journey towards a higher education, just as my mentors and programs helped me.  I can say first hand that EAOP was one of the greatest factors that helped me reach my academic goals. In the 7th grade, I had the wonderful opportunity to be part of the EAOP program and visited my first college campus, UCSB. Thanks to this program, my goal to one day go to college was born! EAOP was there for me while I went through my 4 year education at UCSB by providing assistance and an opportunity to be part of the team as an intern. Now having graduated the University, EAOP is giving me the opportunity to grow as a professional in the Education filed.

MY FAVORITE QUOTE:
"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." -Saint Augustine

LOCATION: Santa Maria-Bonita School District, Santa Maria, CA
CONTACT ​MS. PACHECO: ​nancy-pachecho@sa.ucsb.edu



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Wendi Pacheco, College Site Coordinator 

LOCATION: Santa Maria Bonita School District
CONTACT MS. PACHECO: wendi.pacheco@sa.ucsb.edu



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A LITTLE ABOUT ME:
What do you get when you combine adventure, humor, determination, dedication, creativity, and passion? An unstoppable 7’ moose- or in reality, a 5’ Latina woman, who is fueled by perseverance.

I was born and raised in Santa Paula, CA., where at a young age I learned the importance of a higher education. Through my family's support and encouragement I graduated from Cal State Northridge with a Bachelor's of Science in Public Health Education. On my free time I love to travel the world especially Mexico, where my roots are.

WHY I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT EAOP:
I am passionate about EAOP, because it gives me the opportunity to guide students through their high education path. Being a first generation graduate I understand the struggles faced in the college journey and the importance of having guidance.

MY FAVORITE QUOTE:
“Life is an adventure, live it"​

LOCATION
: ​Carpinteria High School, ​Carpinteria, CA
CONTACT MS. NAVARRO: katalina.navarro@sa.ucsb.edu




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A LITTLE ABOUT ME: 
I was born in Mexico and migrated to the US at the age of 12. Graduated from UCSB with two Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and Spanish. I love spending time with my family. In my free time I enjoy reading and running.

WHY I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT EAOP:
EAO has given me the opportunity to provide many students with the tools, support and inspiration needed to achieve the american dream of becoming successful through Higher Education . As part of the EAO team I am able to change lives on a daily basis and that is my personal goals in making this world a better place. 
 
MY FAVORITE QUOTE: 
"Call me crazy, but I live to see other people happy and succeeding! Life is a journey, not a competition" - Unknown
 

LOCATION
: C​hannel Islands High School, ​​Oxnard, CA
CONTACT ​M​​RS. SANCHEZ: ​​griselda.sanchez@sa.ucsb.edu



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A LITTLE ABOUT ME: 
I grew up in Inglewood, CA , THE CITY OF CHAMPIONS. I am the third child of five children and the first in my family to graduate from college. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Mills College in Oakland, CA. I enjoy eating food and short walks to the refrigerator. 

WHY I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT EAOP:
I am passionate about Early Academic Outreach Program because it provides students the tools needed to transform their lives through a college education. As a first-generation college student myself, I can say that programs like EAOP are the reason I was able to attend college.

MY FAVORITE QUOTE:
“Luck Is What Happens When Preparation Meets Opportunity" -Seneca, Roman Philosopher

LOCATION: ​Rio Mesa High School, ​Oxnard, CA
CONTACT ​M​S. CORREA: ​karen.correa@sa.ucsb.edu



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A LITTLE ABOUT ME: 
I was born and raised in Oxnard, CA. From a young age, my family instilled in me the importance of a quality education. With tough love and unconditional support, I graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Minor in Educational Studies. I now spend my free time playing with my adorable niece, scrolling through Pinterest, and binge-watching Grey’s Anatomy.

WHY I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT EAOP:
EAOP gives me the opportunity to not only work on behalf of my Alma Mater, but to also give back and empower my own community in Oxnard. As a byproduct of the OUHSD and now a College Site Coordinator, I’m able to help first generation and socio-economically disadvantaged students turn their educational dreams into reality. It is so fulfilling and rewarding to be able to guide and support the future leaders and professionals of the future.

MY FAVORITE QUOTE:
“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today” -Malcom X

LOCATION: ​​Hueneme High School, ​​Oxnard, CA
CONTACT ​M​S. ​VASQUEZ: ​​
elizabethevasquez@ucsb.edu



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A LITTLE ABOUT ME: 
I grew up, mostly, in Oxnard California. I moved to Santa Paula for a short time but ended up moving back and graduating from Oxnard High School. I graduated from Cal State Channel Islands with a BA in Liberal Studies. I enjoy playing sports, fishing, camping, spending time with my wife and son, and I enjoy being apart of the young christian community in Ventura County as a Pastor.
 
WHY I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT EAOP:
I am passionate about EAOP because it is a program that helps build the bridge between dreaming about college and actually going to college. Sometimes students think that college is not for them. EAOP is there to illuminate the many paths to get to higher education. I am a first generation Latino grad and I know what its like to have the odds stacked against you; I know the importance of having people help you navigate through the challenges. Its exciting to be part of a team that helps young people see that their dreams can become reality. 

MY FAVORITE QUOTE:
"Let all that you do be done in love" -Bible


LOCATION: ​​Pacifica High School, ​​Oxnard, CA
CONTACT ​MR. TIRADO: jtirado@ucsb.edu




Omar_Martinez_006ARC
A LITTLE ABOUT ME: 
I am a native Californian I was born in Ventura, and raised in Santa Paula. Early on in my childhood my mom instilled in me the importance of higher education and love of reading. I attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology along with two minors: Education and Applied Psychology. I enjoy traveling when an opportunity arises, and spending my free time with friends out and about.

WHY I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT EAOP:
I am passionate about working through EAOP as it allows me to guide students in exploring their higher education pathway, and ultimately empowering them to make their own choices along their way. As the first generation University graduate in my family I understand the importance of programs like EAOP in our communities. Like the saying goes “Knowledge is power” and in the case of pursuing higher education the more we know the easier it is to bring ones goals into realization. I am delighted to be able to work with a team of supportive individuals who value higher education, and are actively making a difference in the lives of those around them.

MY FAVORITE QUOTE:
"Watch carefully, the magic that occurs when you give a person just enough comfort to be themselves”  -Unknown
 

 

LOCATION
: ​​​Isbell Middle School, ​​​Santa Paula, CA
CONTACT ​M​R. MARTINEZ: omarmartinez@ucsb.edu




Marisol(1)
A LITTLE ABOUT ME: 
I grew up in Santa Paula, California. My parents instilled in me at an early age the importance of hard work and education. I attended California State University, Channel Islands where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Spanish along with two minors: Chicano Studies and Psychology.  Soon after, I attended California State University, Northridge and obtained a Master of Arts in Educational Administration in Higher Education. I enjoy spending quality time with my loving familia, watching my favorite telenovelas and discovering new places to visit and explore.

WHY I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT EAOP:
I am passionate about the Early Academic Outreach Program because it provided me with a wonderful opportunity to help high school students with the college process. I am truly blessed to be a part of a team that values education and that seeks to ensure that all students have equal access to higher education. 

MY FAVORITE QUOTE:
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world” -Mahatma Gandhi

LOCATION: ​​Fillmore High School, ​Fillmore, CA
CONTACT ​M​S. LUNA: ​​mar​isol.luna@sa.ucsb.edu



Catalina-team
A LITTLE ABOUT ME:
I love learning, reading, traveling, running, hiking and taking pictures! In my community, I am involved in civic organizations that work to build relationships committed to making a more humane and just world.

WHY I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT EAOP:
EAOP works in collaboration with school staff to open doors of opportunity and possibilities that change the lives of students and those of their families, creating a pathway to college for future generations. Our EAOP staff is a passionate and driven team dedicated to expanding our students' imagination for what's possible. In the last nine years, it's been exciting to see families send their children to college and be part of a school community committed to helping students achieve their higher education goals.

MY FAVORITE QUOTE:
"There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not? -Robert F. Kennedy


LOCATION: ​Santa Paula High School, ​​Santa Paula, CA
CONTACT ​M​S. ​MENDIOLA: ​​catalina.mendiola@sa.ucsb.edu



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A LITTLE ABOUT ME:
Born in Los Angeles, raised in in Bakersfield, CA. I am a daughter of immigrant parents who have sacrificed everything so my siblings and I have the opportunity to obtain an education. I love spending time with my family and making life long memories with my loved ones. I enjoy traveling, dancing, watching soccer, and going to concerts. 

WHY I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT EAOP:
I like to believe that I am a product of student outreach programs such as EAOP. Thanks to all of the opportunities that were given to me throughout high school and college, I’ve been able to make my dreams a reality. Coming from a low-income and first generation household, I thought college was out of my reach until I met my EAOP coordinator. Thanks to EAOP, many doors opened and I was able to graduate from CSU Bakersfield with a major in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. I am passionate about EAOP because it gives the opportunity to guide and provide access to college resources to high school students. EAOP has definitely had a positive impact in many students/parent lives, and in the community.

MY FAVORITE QUOTE:
“Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others.” -Roy T. Bennett

LOCATION: ​South High School, ​​​Bakersfield, CA
CONTACT ​M​S. ​LOPEZ SANCHEZ: ​​​mirka.lopezsanchez@sa.ucsb.edu



Juan
Forever in our hearts, and forever a member of our EAOP team. 



2015-​2016 EAOP Interns