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GEAR UP Front Office 

Luis Portobanco

Office Manager

I joined the Office of Pre-College Programs in November 2015 and work for the GEAR UP program.  As the Program Administrative Coordinator, I am responsible for day-to-day office tasks, supplies and services, student databases and documentation, travel arrangements, and special events support.

Student Assistant Julio

Julio Cadena

Student Assistant

My name is Julio Cadena, and I am an Office Assistant for the GEAR UP Program.  I am currently starting my fourth year at CSUSB with a major in Biology, and I plan to pursue an M.D. after completing my undergraduate studies.  I also volunteer at a Free Health Clinic to help better my community.

Student Assistant Alejandra

Alejandra Esquivel-Casillas

Student Assistant

My name is Alejandra Esquivel-Casillas. I was born and raised in San Bernardino, California.  I’m the first in my family to attend college, and a Trio Alumni so I understand the challenges a first generation student has to go through. I am in my Second year of College majoring in Sociology. My educational goal is to become a School Counselor one day and be able to support children with their dreams.

Student Assistant Jessica

Jessica Gonzalez

Student Assistant

Hello, my name is Jessica Gonzalez. I am a Student Assistant working for the GEAR UP program and I am in my third year at CSUSB. I am a First-Generation college student working towards my B.S. in Biochemistry with a minor in Anthropology. I am interested in medicine and forensics and my goal after graduating is to obtain a medical degree (M.D.), and then work on my fellowship in forensics. I strongly support self-improvement and I hope that I can make a difference by working for GEAR UP to help students reach their academic goals to better themselves for the working force.

Kathleen

Kathleen Gutierrez

Student Assistant

My name is Kathleen Gutierrez and I am currently attending CSUSB, as a third year and I am working on completing bachelors and majoring in Spanish with a concentration of business. My goal once I graduate, is to get my M.D. I recently joined and work for GEAR UP  as a student assistant. Some of my favorite things to do is travel and hanging out with my family and friends.

David

David Lopez

Student Assistant

I am a first generation college student and an Upward Bound Alumni, who is dual majoring in Criminal Justice and Accounting. In the near future, I want to purse a master's in Criminal Justice and using my Accounting degree to work as an accountant to get some funding to pay for the CJ master's program. After graduating from the master's program, I will purse and strive to work for a Law Enforcement Agency. I hope through my experience in studying criminal law and Accounting, that I can share my experience with the students and help them find an interest in those two field of study. Overall, working for GEAR UP  is a great and awesome opportunity, I hope that I can motivate students through my experience to never give and to pursue their dreams.

Razan

Razan Qaqish

Student Assistant

My name is Razan Qaqish, I am currently a student assistant for GEAR UP . I am at the start of my sophomore year and pursuing a Health Science  major. After my bachelors I plan on getting a Masters of Nursing degree in hopes to work in a trauma unit where I can help change lives.