Meet the Staff

Project RAISE is facilitated by four full-time staff members and and many undergraduate student staff members. The project director is responsible for all functions of the grant, including budget management, staff supervision, and reporting. The transition coordinator collaborates with community college partners, oversees the Undergraduate Research Program, and supervises the peer advisors. The academic success coordinator manages the RAISE Transfer Program and Internship Preparation Program, collaborates with campus partners, and creates marketing materials. The administrative assistant supports all aspects of program administration. 

Project RAISE is supported by two grants, Project RAISE and Project RAISER. Project RAISE was secured by Principal Investigator (PI) Dr. Mark Filowitz and co-PI Dr. Susamma Barua in 2016. Project RAISER was secured by PI Dr. Megan Drangstveit and co-PI Dr. Sang June Oh in 2021.

Project RAISE Staff

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Dr. Megan Drangstveit 

Principal Investigator & Project Director

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Steven Virgo

Adminstrative Assistant 

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Position currently Vacant

Transition Coordinator

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Marlene Leyva

Academic Success Coordinator

PROGRAM Assistants

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Sean Tan

Project RAISE Student Assistant

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Dahlia Serrato

Project RAISE Student Assistant

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Yvonne Martinez

Project RAISE Student Assistant

Peer Advisors

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Czara Baker

Major: Biochemistry

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Carlyle Ezepeleta

Major: Computer Engineering

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Daniel Lopez

Major: Mechanical Engineering

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Gloria Castanon

Major: Biological Science

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Kyle Whynott

Major: Computer Science

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Miguel Zeron

Major: Civil Engineering

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Oscar Sosa

Major: Civil Engineering

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Sara Amin

Major: Human Services

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Samantha De Guzman

Major: Biological Science

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Sarah Echevarria

Major: Marine Biology

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zushila Laforteza

Major: Business Management




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