Staff Bios

Kevin Huie, Director of Student Success Initiatives

Kevin M. Huie is a seasoned teacher, trainer, speaker, facilitator, advocate, activist, consultant, counselor and administrator. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Kevin has been mentoring, coaching, and advising students throughout his 20 year career in higher education focusing specifically on their academic achievement, personal development, leadership potential, and overall sense of cultural well-being. He also has provided numerous trainings for academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and thriving businesses. Kevin has a Masters’ degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and Multicultural Counseling from Loyola University Chicago, an Executive Leadership Management Certificate from Rockhurst University, is a certified Diversity Trainer and Mediator, and has a Certificate in Strengths-Based Leadership from the Gallup Organization.

Kevin has a strong passion for contributing to the holistic, transformative development of each and every student and organization with whom he works. He has previously worked for both of his alma maters, the University of Notre Dame and Loyola University Chicago, serving as an Assistant Director and Director respectively within the schools’ Student Affairs’ Divisions. More recently, Kevin served as the Executive Director of the Cross-Cultural Center at UCI where he specialized in the development and execution of premier leadership and diversity programs, and provided strategic direction for the Dean of Students and the Vice-Chancellor of Student Affairs on campus issues and diversity related matters. Kevin has also taught extensively at the university level, contributing as a lecturer in the Department of Education and the School of Humanities at UCI, the School of Education at Loyola, and the Department of Psychology at Notre Dame.

In his spare time, Kevin enjoys working out, playing and watching sports, and hanging out at the pool or beach with his family.

Office: 2300 Student Services II
E-mail: khuie@uci.edu

 

Joanna M. Hernandez, TRIO Project Director

Joanna completed her Masters in Higher and Postsecondary Education from the University of Michigan and her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and Latin American and Iberian Studies. Joanna comes to UC Irvine with several years of service to the UC system. Prior to her current appointment, Joanna worked as an Educational Opportunity Program Counselor at UC Santa Barbara, assisting first generation, low-income students in maximizing their educational experience. Joanna’s graduate research focused on the first generation student experience, intersectionality, and identity development.  She is passionate about empowering historically underrepresented students in developing self-efficacy skills and achieving lifetime success.

If you have any questions about the TRIO Scholars Program at UC Irvine or are interested in participating please contact Joanna Hernandez.

To Book an Appointment:  http://joannahernandez.youcanbook.me

Office: 2300 Student Services II
E-mail: joanna.hernandez@uci.edu

 

Evani Chavez, TRIO Scholars Advisor

Evani completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Irvine where she earned her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and Chicano/Latino Studies. She completed her Master of Science in Counseling: Student Development in Higher Education at California State University, Long Beach.  Evani is passionate about working with students and has dedicated her education and career to placing education and community first. She is excited to be working at her alma mater and hopes to use her experience to make a positive impact on campus.

If you have questions about the TRIO Scholars program, please contact Evani Chavez.

To Book an Appointment: https://trioadvisoruci.youcanbook.me/

Office: 2300 Student Services II
E-mail: molinae@uci.edu

 

 Iliana Zepeda, TRIO Scholars Tutor Coordinator

Iliana graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelors of Arts in International Studies, Education Sciences and a minor in Anthropology. Through her college career, Iliana took advantage of various opportunities such as UC Education Abroad Program, the Summer Academic Enrichment Program, and other research opportunities. She was also involved in organizations on-campus and off-campus. During her undergraduate career, she became an NASPA Undergraduate Fellow and gained a better understanding and appreciation of higher education and student affairs. It was through her experience in this program that her career goals were cemented. Iliana is passionate about mentoring and advocating for students. Iliana is not new to the TRiO family. During high school, she was part of Cal State Fullerton’s Upward Bound Program and attributes her success to this program and others of its kind. It is through this program that she was able to find role models and mentors that helped her pursue her education and ultimately join the UCI family after graduating. She is excited to become a support system and play a positive role in students’ development here at UCI.

Office: 2300 Student Services II
E-mail: zepedai@uci.edu

 

Tameyka Love, Counselor

Tameyka was a re-entry student who transferred to UC Irvine from Irvine Valley College in Fall 2006. She graduated with a B.A. in Sociology, a minor in Psychology, and a certificate in Planning and Human Services in June 2008.

If you have questions about LARC Scholarships, our Book Loan Program, our Peer Educator program, or services and opportunities for adult learners, please contact Tameyka Love.

Office: 2300 Student Services II
E-mail: tlove@uci.edu

 

Janet Perez-Molina, Counselor/Program Coordinator — Summer Bridge and Foster Youth Resilience in Education (FYRE)

Janet attended California State University, Fullerton (Go Titans!) where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Human Services. Janet has several years of professional experience working as an Academic Advisor for Pre-Collegiate TRiO Programs at Cal State Fullerton.  She also served as Academic Coordinator for the CSUF GEAR UP Program. She completed her Master of Science in Counseling: Student Development in Higher Education at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). Janet is dedicated to helping underrepresented students from low-income backgrounds to prepare and succeed in postsecondary education. Janet loves to connect students to resources and networks that will provide that support and help them thrive in college. Janet hopes to be a resource for you all throughout your time at UCI. If you have any questions about the Foster Youth Resilience in Education (FYRE) Program at UC Irvine or are interested in participating, please contact her.Office: 2200 Student Services II
E-mail: jvperezm@uci.edu

 

Tiffany Pranajasa, Program Coordinator — Foster Youth Resilience in Education (FYRE)

Tiffany transferred from Mount San Antonio College to UC Irvine and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Social Behavior. She has been involved with the UC Irvine Career Center, Campuswide Honors Program, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, Washington D.C Summer Internship Program and was a previous Peer Educator for the Transfer Student Hub. She is passionate about guiding and assisting students with any personal or professional questions!

If you have any questions about the Foster Youth Resilience in Education (FYRE) Program at UC Irvine or are interested in participating, please contact Tiffany Pranajasa.

Office: 2200 Student Services II
E-mailtpranaja@uci.edu

 

Lizette Espino Bardales, Program Coordinator — First Generation Student Programs

Lizette graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Social Behavior and Education Sciences. As a first-generation, low-income student, Lizette overcame various obstacles throughout her undergraduate career and developed a strong passion for helping students succeed in higher education. She held multiple leadership positions with the Undergraduate/Undeclared Advising Office, Counseling Center C.O.A.C.H. Program, Student Success Initiatives, and various campus organizations. Lizette is dedicated to being a resource and support system for students at UCI.

If you have any questions regarding First-Generation Student Programs, please contact Lizette Espino Bardales.

Office: 2200 Student Services II
E-mail: lespinob@uci.edu

 

 

Dianna Mendoza, Office Manager.

Dianna has worked at UCI for 25 years all within the Division of Undergraduate Education. Since Fall 2011, she has been working as the Office Manager for Student Success Initiatives and Transfer Student Hub. Dianna is excited to meet the students our office serves and help them achieve their goals while at UCI.

If you have general questions about Student Success Initiatives, please contact Dianna Mendoza.

Office: 2300 Student Services II
E-mail: dmmendoz@uci.edu

 

Rocio Zamudio, Coordinator
Office: 2200 Student Services II
E-mail: rmzamudi@uci.edu

Rocio transferred from Santa Ana College to California State University, Fullerton (Titan Pride!) where she earned a B.A. in Sociology. Additionally, she earned her M.S. in Counseling from California State University, Long Beach (Go Beach!), where  she completed her thesis on Latinas in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) who have persisted through community college and 4-year universities.  Her research and experience working with transfer students at Santa Ana College has ignited her passion for working with first-generation, low-income, and non-traditionally aged students who have overcome a variety of obstacles to reach their academic goals.  Her commitment to student success has inspired her to pursue a doctorate in the near future in order to change the institutional barriers faced by these students.

 

Valerie GomezCounselor
Office: 2200 Student Services II
E-mail: gomezv@uci.eduValerie transferred from Cerritos College to the University of California, Los Angeles where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology. She recently completed her Masters in Counseling with an Option in Student Development in Higher Education from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). As a graduate student, she engaged in research which culminated in a thesis exploring how anti-immigrant discourses impact the experiences of undocumented students. Prior to her current appointment, Valerie worked at the Dream Success Center at CSULB. There, she provided support services that enabled the academic success of undocumented students. Valerie is dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly low-income and first generation students, have access to a postsecondary education.