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John Muir College Academic Advising Staff

Meet our professional and student staff.

Professional Staff

  • Doug Easterly, Ed.D.

    Doug Easterly, Ed.D.

    Dean of Academic Advising 

    -  Personal pronouns: He | Him | His
    -  Originally from San Diego, CA (Paradise Hills and Lakeside)
    -  UC Santa Cruz | UC San Diego
    -  Major: English Literature | Teaching and Learning
    -  At Muir College since 2003
  • Cathy Báez

    Cathy Báez

    Assistant Dean of Academic Advising 

    -  Personal pronouns: She | Her | Hers  
    -  Originally from Calexico, CA
    -  UC San Diego | University of San Diego
    -  Major: Sociology, Minors: Spanish Lit. & Communication | Counseling in Higher Education
    -  At Muir College since 2012
  • Karla Kastner

    Karla Kastner

    Senior Academic Advisor

    -  Personal pronouns: She | Her | Hers  
    -  Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Canada and Poway, CA
    -  San Diego State University
    -  Major: Liberal Studies, Minor: Biology
    -  At Muir College since 2010
  • Cindy Hsu

    Cindy Hsu

    Senior Academic Advisor

    -  Personal pronouns: She | Her | Hers  
    -  Originally from San Jose and Saratoga, CA
    -  UC San Diego | San Diego State University 
    -  Majors: Psychology & Language Studies (Spanish) | Educational Leadership w/ Specialization in Student Affairs
    -  At Muir College since 2013 
  • Alyssa Patricio

    Alyssa Patricio

    Senior Academic Advisor

    -  Personal pronouns: She | Her | Hers  
    -  Originally from Temecula, CA
    -  UC San Diego | San Diego State University
    -  Major: Psychology, Minor: Health Care Social Issues | Educational Leadership w/ Specialization in Student Affairs
    -  At Muir College since 2012
  • Joseph Villegas

    Joseph Villegas

    Orientation & New Student Programs Coordinator, Senior Academic Advisor

    -  Personal pronouns: He | Him | His  
    -  Originally from Pearl City, Hawaii
    -  UC San Diego | Ashford University
    -  Major: Mathematics, Minor: Sociology | Organizational Management w/ Specialization in Leadership 
    -  At Muir College since 2014
  • Mya D. Hines

    Mya D. Hines

    Academic Advisor

    -  Originally from Southeast San Diego, CA
    -  University of North Carolina - Charlotte | Argossy University | currently Azusa Pacific University
    -  Major: Political Science | Higher Education 
    -  At Muir College since 2018
  • Ivette Bautista

    Ivette Bautista

    Academic Advisor

    -  Personal pronouns: She | Her | Hers  
    -  Originally from Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, CA
    -  San Diego State University 
    -  Majors: Public Administration & Spanish
    -  At Muir College since 2018
  • Sierra Ríos

    Sierra Ríos

    Assistant Academic Advisor

    -  Personal pronouns: She | Her | Hers  
    -  Originally from San Diego, CA
    -  UC San Diego
    -  Major: Cognitive Science
    -  At Muir College since 2019
  • Sandy Jimenez

    Sandy Jimenez

    Assistant Academic Advisor & Graduate Assistant

    -  Personal pronouns: She | Her | Hers | Ella  
    -  Originally from Los Angeles, CA
    -  UC Los Angeles | San Diego State University
    -  Major: Communication Studies, Minors: Spanish & Mexican Studies
    -  Career or Grad School goals: Academic Advising, Pre-College Programs, and Residential Life

Student Staff

  • Mitchell Gonzales

    Mitchell Gonzales

    Senior Academic Advising Intern

    -  Personal pronouns: He | Him | His  
    -  Originally from Whittier, CA
    -  Major: Biochemistry- Cell Biology
    -  Career or Grad School goals: Pre-med
  • Esmeralda Morales

    Esmeralda Morales

    Senior Academic Advising Intern

    -  Personal pronouns: She | Her | Hers  
    -  Originally from Pico Rivera, CA
    -  Major: Applied Mathematics
    -  Career or Grad School goals: Actuary & Teaching
  • Evelin Lima

    Evelin Lima

    Senior Academic Advising Intern

    -  Personal pronouns: She | Her | Hers  
    -  Originally from Farmersville, CA
    -  Major: Behavioral Neuroscience
    -  Career or Grad School goals: Pre-med
  • Xally Alvarez

    Xally Alvarez

    Academic Advising Intern

    -  Personal pronouns: She | Her | Hers  
    -  Originally from Turlock, CA
    -  Major: Communication
    -  Career or Grad School goals: Law school
  • Kayleen Amimoto

    Kayleen Amimoto

    Senior Academic Advising Intern & Peer Advisor

    -  Originally from Fountain Valley, CA
    -  Major: Human Biology
    -  Career or Grad School goals: PA school
  • Bianca de Almeida

    Bianca de Almeida

    Senior Peer Advisor

    -  Personal pronouns: She | Her | Hers  
    -  Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    -  Major: International Business, Minor: Psychology
    -  Career or Grad School goals: Work for the Olympics
  • Arun Dhingra

    Arun Dhingra

    Senior Peer Advisor

    -  Personal pronouns: He | Him | His  
    -  Originally from Sunnyvale, CA
    -  Major: Psychology, Minor: Biology
    -  Career or Grad School goals: Pre-med
  • Daisy Gonzalez

    Daisy Gonzalez

    Peer Advisor

    -  Personal pronouns: She | Her | Hers  
    -  Originally from Visalia, CA
    -  Major: Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience
    -  Career or Grad School goals: Optometry