Academic Advisors/Tutors

Academic Advisors

Academic Advisors

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Front Row from l to r: Ashley B, Caroline A, Jazmin R
Back Row from l to r: Rachel M, Marisa G, Richard S, Laura G
Not pictured: Xilo M, Cristian M

Amanda Diaz

Hello, my name is Amanda Diaz. I am majoring in Health Science with an emphasis in Health Care Management. I decided to pursue this career because I have a love for health and education. After I complete my Bachelor's degree, I plan to obtain my Master's in Public Health. This is my first year working with GEARUP and I am proud to be apart of a team that is devoted on academically influencing students to higher education.  

Briana Sedano

I was born and raised in San Bernardino for all of my life (with the exception of the two years I lived in Billings, Montana). I graduated from Pacific High School back in 2012. During those four years I was in AVID and Upward Bound. I am a first generation college bound/graduate raised by a single parent mom. I recently graduated from CSUSB in the spring of 2017, with a BA in Psychology. I have been working with the GEAR UP program for going on three years; my first two years I worked at a tutor, and now going into my third, an academic advisor. I really enjoy writing and art. I feel that I can really relate to the students because I have grown up in the same area as they are and know what their struggles are both academically and environmentally. San Bernardino has a bad reputation, but I hope to lead by example to my students that good can come from adversity.

Sabino Montero

I graduated from Slover Mountain High Continuation School, then transferred from San Bernardino Valley College with my A.A in Social Sciences to Cal Poly Pomona. I graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with my B.S in Anthropology. I AM THE FIRST in my family to go to college AND THE FIRST TO GRADUATE. Education is important to me because it allowed me to have so many positive experiences and meet amazing people that truly cared about my educational career. Graduate School is my next educational goal! Growing up in the Inland Empire, there weren’t many options for me, but I know that education was going to be my way to give back to my community once I became successful.

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Jennifer Hernandez

My name is Jennifer Hernandez, I was raised in Rialto, California, and I graduated from Carter High School in 2015. I am a first generation college student, currently enrolled in my third year here at CSUSB. I am majoring in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Special Education.  My career goal is to become a High School Special Education Teacher. 

Samantha Cannon

Hello, my name is Samantha. I was born in California where I attended Rancho Cucamonga High School. My educational journey has taken me to SDSU right out of high school. Although things didn't work out there, I transferred to Chaffey College to obtain two AA degrees. Lastly, I transferred to CSUSB where I completed my undergrad in Sociology and I am currently a graduate student in the Counseling and Guidance program. I say this to let you know that the journey can be long, but it is still possible to achieve greatness! I can't wait to meet you and lets have a wonderful year together! 

Brianna Mendoza

My name is Brianna Mendoza this is my 3rd year at CSUSB and I am studying communications. I was born and raised in Rialto and I went to Carter High school and I am an Upward Bound Alumna. I am excited to be able to help this new generation class of 2020 achieve anything that they put their minds to because they all have a great future ahead of themselves and I want them to feel supportive and comfortable knowing they have a whole group of people that want to see them do great things in life. A little bit about myself is that I love to always help in any way possible, I love soccer & tennis and I like trying different types of foods.

Alondra Reyes

I am currently attending CSUSB from which I expect to graduate in 2019 with a degree in Human Resources management.  As a GEAR UP tutor, I want to help the younger community with any questions they might have about school, college, or life.  I want to make sure to provide our students with the best academic support they can have, because that is what our community deserves!

Jose Orellana

I was born in Covina and raised in San Bernardino.  I graduated from Rialto High School in 2015 and am currently a sophomore at the University of La Verna, where I am majoring in Political Science.  I aspire to become a prosecutor at the federal level, and one day maybe Attorney General of the United States.  I enjoy learning about our history, and hope to share this passion with our GEAR UP students.

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Isabel Mora

I am currently starting my second year at CSUSB, where I am majoring in Liberal Studies.  I was born in Fontana and raised in Rialto, and I enjoy playing musical instruments (especially the violin), as well as listening and being there for others.  A fun fact about me is that I have a twin brother.  I enjoy working with our GEAR UP students and hope to help them get into college!


Nancy Morales

I attend Cal Poly Pomona, where I am in my third year as a Sociology major.  After completing my BA, I plan on attending CSULA and pursuing a Master’s Degree.  I played basketball in high school, and I love doing my nails and change the color of my hair frequently.  I can’t wait to kick off another year with our GEAR UP students.

Andrea Reyes

I am in my third year here at CSUSB, where I am majoring in Nursing.  My favorite hobbies are drawing Disney characters and going out to new places to try new things.  I’m also very outgoing and like to help people.  GEAR UP has a special place in my heart because I am a GEAR UP alum!

Patrick Huynh

My name is Patrick Huynh.  I was born and raised in Van Nuys, California, and later moved to Fontana, where I attended Kaiser High School.  I graduated from high school in 2010, and was accepted into CSUSB, where I originally studied as a Nutrition Major.  Sadly, things didn’t go as planned, and after my first two years at CSUSB, my grades began to slide as a result of family and health issues.  I was not proud of myself, but the following year I began to turn my life around.  I started working out, got better grades, and even got a job with GEAR UP!  I changed my major to Liberal Studies, with a Criminal Justice minor, and graduated in the spring of 2016!  I am currently working to get into a credential program so that I can continue working with students.

Jazmin Romo

I am from the San Bernardino area, where I attended Arroyo Valley High School.  I also recently completed a B.A. in Political Science at UCI.  In the future I would like to work in the legal field, but at the moment I am working for GEAR UP during the week, and at Denny’s on the weekends.  I am trilingual in English, Spanish, and Sign Language, and I love dancing and travelling.

Patrick Sichter

Hello, my name is Patrick.  I am a recent graduate from CSUSB with a dual Master’s in English Composition and English Literature.  I have worked as a tutor for both the Writing Center at CSUSB and for the CSUSB Upward Bound program, and also teach freshman English at the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus.  I enjoy working with students and helping them to find the joy in writing.  In my spare time I am an amateur artist and creative writer.

Evelyn Witrago

I am a second year student at CSUSB, where I am majoring in Liberal Studies in the hopes of becoming a math teacher.  I was born in San Bernardino, raised in Rialto, and I love going to the beach.  I am always supportive and encouraging when it comes to education.

Sinai Estrada

I am a Liberal Studies major in my second year here at CSUSB.  I want to be a teacher at Eisenhower High School, and I like playing soccer, hanging out with friends, and going to concerts.  I am excited to start my second year working with our GEAR UP students!


Selina Sanchez

I am going to be the first in my family to receive a college degree this upcoming spring, and I am very excited!  I never believed I would reach this far, and I want to inspire other students to believe, and strive for their dreams.  I enjoy watching movies in my spare time, and going on hiking adventures.  I am really looking forward to working for the GEAR UP Program.

Deziree Luera

I am a first generation college student and am excited to start my first job here with the GEAR UP Program.  College has been an amazing experience so far, and I can’t wait to encourage students to come to college.  Some of my favorite hobbies include hiking, taking pictures of nature, and studying/practicing Tae Kwon Do.

Laura Gonzalez

Hello, I am a recent graduate from UC Irvine, where I studied Psychology with an emphasis in cognitive science.  Like many of our students, I am the first in my family to attend college.  I am excited to work with GEAR UP since I am an Upward Bound alumna, and know how much of an impact programs like this can have on students.