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Meet The Team

Jackie Varela

Jacqueline Gardner

Interim Director

Jackie Varela joined the Office of Student Engagement in November of 2017. She received her BS at Georgia Southern University in Biochemistry and Masters of Science at the University of Tennessee in College Student Personnel.  Jackie is a proud member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Women’s Fraternity and is passionate about reading, fitness and all things Disney.  She brings 6 years of experience working with fraternities and sororities, leadership development and large scale event planning for students. Jackie is committed to a student-centered advising approach and supporting students in authoring their own college experience. She directly oversees the Interfraternity Council.

Michelle Jalali

Michelle Jalali

Student Engagement Coordinator-NPHC, MGC, Panhellenic Council and Pan-African Affinity Groups

Michelle joined the Office of Student Engagement in October of 2018. She is originally from Toronto, Canada and grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations with a Business Certificate from the University of South Florida. She then earned her Masters of Science in College Student Affairs from Nova Southeastern University and she plans to soon pursue her doctorate. Michelle brings personal and professional experience in large and small scale programming, Greek life, and leadership. She has a passion for initiatives focused on diversity and inclusion and takes pride in serving as an advocate for her students. She is a proud university diversity trainer and directly oversees Pan-African organizations, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Multicultural Greek Council, and Pahellenic Council.

Dion Webb

Dion Webb

Student Engagement Coordinator-Commuter Students & National Student Exchange Program

Dion joined the Office of Student Engagement in July of 2017. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelors of Science in Paralegal Studies and a Journalism Certificate. Dion then earned his Masters of Art from the University of Central Florida in Higher Education Policy Studies. His passion is with student involvement and programming, as evidenced by over 5 years of experience. He is committed to student success and loves working closely with students on their growth and development.  Dion enjoys both watching and playing basketball (go Lakers). He also loves attending music concerts and going to the movies. Originally from Ohio, Dion has always desired to live on the West Coast.

Dana Franklin

Dana Franklin

Finance and Administrative Support Coordinator

Dana joined Office of Student Engagement in April of 2014. She came to CSUSB with 10 years of professional experience in the auto industry; giving her a strong sense of the importance of customer satisfaction. Dana enjoys translating that emphasis to the CSUSB campus community whom she has the opportunity to work with every day. Dana makes it her priority to provide a helpful and positive experience to all students, staff, faculty, and off campus guests that visit Office of Student Engagement. Dana provides administrative support to Office of Student Engagement staff as well as student programs including student organizations, Greek life, Commuter/Transfer programs, and campus events. She is also excited to support the campus wide use of the student involvement platform Coyote Connection. Her favorite part of her role here at CSUSB is having the opportunity to watch the student’s growth through-out their academic and co-curricular journey and having the opportunity to support that success in any way she can. 

Dana considers herself a true “Cali” girl, in which she is proud to say she was born and raised! She loves cheering for her daughter at her soccer and softball games and going for walks with her children and their little Yorkie Angel.

Mia Robles

Student Assistant

Major: Psychology

Class Standing: Junior

Interests: I love video games, anime, going to local shows and art! 

Damaris Zepeda

Student Assistant

Major: Biology

Class Standing: Sophomore

Interests: I enjoy movies, Marvel, concerts and The Weeknd. I love the beach! I want to travel the world.