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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); born in the old Balboa Park Naval Hospital
    -  BA: UC Santa Cruz | MA and EdD 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
  • Mya D. Hines

    Mya D. Hines

    Senior 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

    Academic Advisor

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

Student Staff

  • Xally Alvarez

    Xally Alvarez

    Senior Academic Advising Intern 

    -  Originally from Turlock, CA
    -  Major: Communication | Minor: Business
    -  Year at UCSD: 4th
  • Andrea Mansilla

    Andrea Mansilla

    Senior Peer Advisor 

    -  Originally from Redondo Beach, CA
    -  Major: Cognitive Science w/ specialization in Neuroscience  |  Education Studies
    -  Year at UCSD: 4th 
  • Christine Chacon

    Christine Chacon

    Peer Advisor 

    -  Originally from Van Nuys, CA
    -  Major: Education Studies | Sociology - Culture & Communication
    -  Year at UCSD: 3rd
  • Mohamed Elfaki

    Mohamed Elfaki

    Peer Advisor 

    -  Originally from San Diego, CA
    -  Major: Economics
    -  Year at UCSD: 2nd
  • Sophia Higareda

    Sophia Higareda

    Peer Advisor

    -  Originally from San Fernando, CA
    -  Major: Human Developmental Science | Minor: Psychology
    -  Year at UCSD: 3rd
  • Karla Sanchis

    Karla Sanchis

    Peer Advisor (for Transfer Students)

    -  Originally from Placentia, CA
    -  Major: Psychology
    -  Year at UCSD: 2nd