Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration & Student Affairs

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  • Who Are We?

    Meet Your PASA Network Executive Board

    Victoria Alexander


    Hometown: Beacon, New York


    Student Affairs Interest(s): Racial and social equity, student leadership and innovation


    Undergraduate Institution: Northeastern University


    Assistantships/Internships: Graduate Assistant for USC Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Development, Intern House Director at Stanford University


    Bio: Hi! My name is Victoria, or Tori. In my free time I can be found reading, running, enjoying live music, listening to social/political podcasts, or taking a workout class. I am interested in social equity and hope to pursue my PhD this coming Fall. I hope to see you at some of the USC events planned this year! Fight on!

    Annelise Werhel

    Vice President

    Hometown: Danville, California


    Student Affairs Interest(s): STEM education, academic advising/student services, residential education


    Undergraduate Institution: University of Southern California


    Assistantships/Internships: Graduate Assistant for USC Dornsife Office of Advising, Student Services Graduate Assistant for USC Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Resident Assistant for USC Residential Education


    Bio: My name is Annelise, and I am the Vice President of PASA Network. As a two-time Trojan, I am passionate about all things USC. I am a big NCAA football fan, and you can find me at all the football games and PASA Network tailgates. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, hot yoga, going out to brunch, and trying to pet every dog I see.

    Ashlynn Fields

    Special Events

    Hometown: West Orange, New Jersey


    Student Affairs Interest(s): Women of color in athletic administration, student-athlete welfare


    Undergraduate Institution: Boston College


    Assistantships/Internships: Graduate Assistant for USC Athletics - Student-Athlete Academic Services


    Bio: Ashlynn is a 2nd Year PASA student born and raised in West Orange, NJ. She is a college sports fanatic with a passion for enhancing the personal and professional development of student-athletes. She also has a love for baby sloths, the moon and spoken word poetry!

    Keturah Prowell


    Hometown: Chicago, Illinois


    Student Affairs Interest(s): First year experience, academic affairs, student populations: students of color, first-generation students, low-income background


    Undergraduate Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


    Assistantships/Internships: Graduate Assistant of Academic Services - Viterbi Admission & Student Affairs


    Bio: Hello, first years and 2nd year colleagues! My time in PASA has been a great experience academically, professionally, and personally. I'm excited to begin my 2nd year in the program and I look forward to having a larger role in supporting PASA students and friends by planning events and helping them build connections. If you have any questions, concerns, or ideas, do not hesitate to reach out to your e-board!

    Kimberly D. Alvarez

    Non-Traditional Student Liaison

    Hometown: Los Angeles, CA


    Student Affairs Interest(s): Support and advocacy for students with dependents, first-generation college students, low-income student resiliency, transfer student retention, inclusive and equitable student support services


    Undergraduate Institution: California Polytechnic State University, Pomona


    Assistantships/Internships: Student Affairs Graduate Assistant for USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, Graduate Assistant for USC Orientation Programs, and Graduate Assistant for USC Student Support and Advocacy


    Bio: coming soon

    Keith Domon

    Alumni Relations

    Hometown: Cerritos, California


    Student Affairs Interest(s): International students


    Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Irvine


    Assistantships/Internships: Student Programs Graduate Assistant at USC International Academy


    Bio: Hello! Welcome to my bio! I am so excited to be your PASA Network Alumni Relations Chair for this year! I chose this role specifically because mentorship has always been such a significant part of both my undergraduate and graduate experience. Ensuring that alumni can contribute their knowledge of life outside of PASA is crucial in benefitting the PASA program. I believe that alumni play such a huge role in connecting incoming and current PASA students to positions and roles on campus. I want there to be as much transparency as possible between alumni and students for this upcoming year. Outside of being the PASA Network Alumni Relations Chair, I serve as an RSO Senator where I contribute to bringing fresh ideas into the Rossier School of Education. Both my positions as an Alumni Relations and RSO Senator have given me the opportunity to give back to both the PASA program and the Rossier School of Education. I look forward to making this such a great year for all of you! Let's make this year a memorable one!

    Daniel Anthony Garcia

    Finance Chair

    Hometown: Alhambra, California


    Student Affairs Interest(s): Study abroad


    Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Santa Barbara


    Assistantships/Internships: Pomona College Office of Study Abroad, USC International Academy


    Bio: Finance Chair Daniel Garcia, born and raised in Alhambra, California, studied Global Studies and Spanish at UC Santa Barbara. Having previously studied in Argentina and worked in Costa Rica and Colombia, he is now focusing his research on and pursuing a career in study abroad. His hobbies include playing soccer & Settlers of Catan. Daniel’s favorite movie is Liar Liar, favorite soccer player is Paulo Dybala, and if he could have one superpower it would be to fly so he did not have to spend money on any more airplanes.

    Ricky Coles

    Social Chair

    Hometown: Sandy, Utah


    Student Affairs Interest(s): Admissions, teaching, and athletics


    Undergraduate Institution: Utah State University


    Assistantships/Internships: Recruitment Specialist for Utah State University, Graduate Assistant Student Athlete Academic Services (USC)


    Bio: Ricky is a 2nd year PASA student from Sandy, Utah. He loves long runs on the beach and enjoys hanging out with friends. He is known as #motivatingricky for his inspiring posts on social media. His passion is working with college students to create a better future for themselves. My favorite quote is "A Man Can Change His Starts." Which was said in my favorite movies, A Knights Tale. My future career aspirations are to teach leadership/confidence and physical education to college students.

    Kevin Giang

    Communications Chair

    Hometown: Dover, New Jersey


    Student Affairs Interest(s): Student governance, student leadership


    Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Los Angeles


    Assistantships/Internships: Graduate Advisor for USC Campus Activities with the Undergraduate Student Government, Site Placement Intern for USC Rossier Master of Arts in Teaching, Advisor for UCLA Residential Life PACURH Regional Leadership Conference-Technology & Public Relations


    Bio: Hi! My name is Kevin and I was born in New Jersey and then lived in North Carolina for a few years before starting college at UCLA. I studied anthropology in undergrad and enjoy learning about different communities and societies through an anthropological scope. I enjoy listening to music, trying new places to eat, and exploring LA!

    Susana Marquina


    Hometown: Alexandria, Virginia


    Student Affairs Interest(s): Diversity, equity, and multicultural affairs


    Undergraduate Institution: University of Virginia


    Assistantships/Internships: USC Admissions Center, USC SOL Price School of Public Policy, USC International Academy


    Bio: Susana Marquina is a 2nd-year PASA student from Alexandria, VA. She received her BA in psychology from the University of Virginia. She is currently a graduate assistant at USC's International Academy working in Student Activities. Her goal after graduation is to pursue a career in higher education focused on diversity/equity and multicultural affairs. She hopes to be an advisor and mentor to students of color at a university one day. Susana is also passionate about traveling and education so she hopes to keep discovering new places, meeting new friends, and continue learning throughout her life.

    Rachel Norris

    First Year Liaison: Special Events

    Hometown: Los Angeles, California


    Student Affairs Interest(s): Diversity and equity work that challenged euro-centric and highly privileged higher education norms. Survivor advocacy & consent education. Campus programming & residential education.


    Undergraduate Institution: Sonoma State University


    Assistantships/Internships: Graduate Assistant at USC Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services (RSVP)


    Bio: Rachel is from Los Angeles, California and is happy to return to her hometown after graduating from Sonoma State University in May of 2018. Although she was raised a Bruin, she is excited to begin her journey at USC in pursuit of educational equity in typically euro-centric, privilege based higher education environments. Rachel is also thrilled to serve as one of the Special Events first-year Liaisons this year, and would love to feed anyone with baked goods, talk about Disney, or have you meet her cat, Lumiere. Fight On!

    Cairo Briceno

    First Year Liaison: Special Events

    Hometown: Pasadena, California


    Student Affairs Interest(s): Recruitment, Retention, and Leadership Development of First-Generation Students


    Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Santa Barbara


    Assistantships/Internships: Graduate Hall Coordinator, Occidental College


    Bio: Cairo Briceno is a first year student in the PASA Program. In 2016, he completed his BA in Latin American Studies with a minor in History, at the University of California, Santa Barbara. During his time at UCSB, he was active in organizations aimed at the recruitment and retention of under-represented students to higher education. His work within the College Link Outreach Program, provided resources and support to over 400 underserved high school students. He is passionate to fight for educational equity for all communities. His past experiences include Student Life, Residential Education, Student Initiated Outreach Programs, and Latin American Areas Study. Currently, he works within Residential Education and Housing Services at Occidental College.

    Esteban Alcalá

    First Year Liaison: Finance

    Hometown: San Diego, California


    Student Affairs Interest(s): First-generation, non-traditional, DACA students, Transfronterizo students, racial & social equity


    Undergraduate Institution: University of California, San Diego


    Assistantships/Internships: Graduate Advisor | USC Undergraduate Student Government / Career Guidance Counseling Assistant | Los Angeles Harbor College


    Bio: Hello! My name is Esteban and I am from San Diego/Tijuana. I completed my undergraduate education at UC San Diego where I studied Psychology and minored in Sociology. I enjoy reading, listening to music, and spending quality time with loved ones. I am interested in creating equitable and just impact in higher education.

    Thomas Pilnik

    First Year Liaison: Social

    Hometown: London, England


    Student Affairs Interest(s): Research, race & equity, LGBTQ+, crisis response, leadership development, theory


    Undergraduate Institution: University of Virginia



    GA with Orientation Programs, fieldwork with Campus Activities (Elections)


    Bio: Hi everyone, my name is Thomas and I’m excited to serve on the PASA network board this year! I was born & raised in London but both my parents are Brazilian. I moved to the US in 2012 for my undergraduate degree, and have been here ever since. I’ve quickly fallen for LA, and hope to plant myself here for a while. Outside of school, I’m often found at any of the incredible restaurants, galleries, or events happening on the east side or lounging in Santa Monica. Future me wants to get a PHD, write books, educate people, and make art.

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