Our Team



Britt-team(1)
CONTACT:
britt.ortiz@sa.ucsb.edu




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




Robert-team
A LITTLE ABOUT ME:
I grew up in Orange County (the bad parts) and have three kids (all grown up!) I am a former middle and high school teacher who loves to read and write, book clubs, computer games and some YouTube streaming!

WHY I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT EAOP:
I feel that to "earn my oxygen" I need to somehow make the world better each day in some way. I love kids and try to help them as my way to make a difference. I love to have an opportunity to give kids meaningful help that can potentially put their dreams within rea​ch.

MY FAVORITE QUOTE:

"When you're looking around for a hero to save you, look in the mirror."


​CONTACT MR. BARRERA: barrera-r@sa.ucsb.edu



Luis-team
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



mikayla-team
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



Alma-team

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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LOCATION: Santa Maria High School, Santa Maria, CA



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



Eunice-team
A LITTLE ABOUT ME:
I was born and raised in Santa Maria, CA. I graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chicana/o Studies. I enjoy playing tennis, writing, and on occasion performing spoken word poetry.

WHY I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT EAOP:
I am passionate about EAOP because it is important that youth are provided the resources and knowledge to further their education. As a first generation college student, I understand the importance of receiving guidance and support to go to college---EAOP provides just that.

MY FAVORITE QUOTE:

"Books saved my sanity, knowledge opened the locked places in me and taught me first how to survive and then how to soar." -Gloria Anzaldua

LOCATION: Santa Maria-Bonita School District, Santa Maria, CA
CONTACT ​MS. GONZALEZ: ​​eunice.gonzalez-sierra@sa.ucsb.edu



Rosa2-team(1)
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: Carpinteria High School, ​Carpinteria, CA
CONTACT ​M​S. MENDOZA: ​rosa.mendoza@sa.ucsb.edu



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



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LOCATION: ​Rio Mesa High School, ​Oxnard, CA



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: ​South High School, ​​Bakersfield, CA
CONTACT ​M​S. ​MENDIOLA: ​​catalina.mendiola@sa.ucsb.edu



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



2015-​2016 EAOP Interns
ELCC2016-Interns
  • Diana Figuroa
  • Teresa Espinosa
  • Alexis Teodoro
  • Jessica Manzano
  • Damaris Sanchez
  • Yvette Franco
  • Raquel Galindo