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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jeff Fox

    Jeff Fox

    Academic Advisor

    -  Personal pronouns: He | Him | His
    -  Originally from San Francisco Bay Area, CA
    -  University of Colorado at Boulder | University of San Diego
    -  Major: English Literature | Higher Education Leadership
    -  At Muir College since 2022
  • Gage Gamboa

    Gage Gamboa

    Assistant Academic Advisor

    - Personal pronouns: He | Him | His
    - Originally from Carlsbad, CA
    - UC San Diego
    - Major: Urban Studies & Planning
    - At Muir College since 2022

     

  • Xally Alvarez

    Xally Alvarez

    Assistant Academic Advisor

    - Personal pronouns: She | Her | Hers
    - Originally from Turlock, CA
    - UC San Diego
    - Major: Communication
    - At Muir College since 2022

Student Staff

  • Mohamed Elfaki

    Mohamed Elfaki

    Senior Peer Advisor 

    -  Originally from San Diego, CA
    -  Major: Economics
    -  Year at UCSD: 3rd
  • Sophia Higareda

    Sophia Higareda

    Senior Peer Advisor

    -  Originally from San Fernando, CA
    -  Major: Human Developmental Science | Minor: Psychology
    -  Year at UCSD: 4th