Staff

Our dedicated staff is committed to helping our students with their transition from high school to Moorpark College.  If you have questions, please stop by the Student Success Center.  We look forward to beginning this journey with you!
 

Student Success & Support Supervisor

Dr. Jesus Vega

Picture of Jesus Vega with a green plant backgroundDr. Jesus Vega is the Student Success & Support Supervisor for Moorpark College.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of California Irvine, a Masters of Arts in Chicano Studies and his Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from California State University Northridge.  For the past eight years, he assisted high school students navigate higher education through the Dual Enrollment Program at Santa Barbara City College.  For the two years, Dr. Vega has been providing college-going information to local middle school and high school students as well as adult learners in the community. 

 

 

 

GPS Counselors

Pam Kennedy-Luna

Picture of Pam Kennedy-Luna outsidePam began her college career at a community college, earning an associates degree before transferring to UC Santa Barbara. At UCSB she earned her BA in Psychology, Masters in Counseling Psychology and her Pupil Personnel Service Credential. Pam worked a number of years as a Counselor and then Program Coordinator at UCSB. She also worked as a Middle School Counselor and High School Counselor before finding her ideal job at Moorpark College. Born in Ventura, Pam was raised in Santa Paula, California. She is married and has a daughter in high school. “This is going to be a great year for GPS. Yes, you will have questions and concerns along the way, but remember we are here for you.”

 

 

 

 

 

Eddie BeltranPicture of Eddie Beltran in a park

As a first generation college student, Eddie understands the struggle others like him face from that first day on campus. What to do? Where to get help? How to succeed?

Eddie is a first-generation college graduate with over eight years of professional experience supporting the academic, personal and vocational objectives of students within diverse campus populations. He earned his Masters of Science in Counseling and Guidance specializing in College Student Personnel from California Lutheran University (CLU).  His passion to serve is again demonstrated through his current enrollment as a Doctoral candidate in Higher Education Leadership. “I believe education is a critical vehicle and important precursor to social change and upward mobility for all communities. My current area of study has further prepared me to be an advocate within my own community and provide resources to students within a framework that bridges counseling and education theory to practice.”

With almost 10 years as an educator, including teaching within the P-20 pipeline and most recently providing counseling services at the community college and four-year university settings, Eddie is excited to support Moorpark College’s GPS Program and its diverse student population. “My effort is to provide a student-centered approach to counseling that promotes access and achievement for all students.”

 

GPS Coaches

Stephanie Caranica

Picture of Stephanie Caranica outsideStephanie Caranica is a Success Coach in the GPS Program, a writing and speech tutor at the Moorpark College Learning Center, and the Campus Wellness Correspondent for Student Health 101, the student health and wellness magazine on campus. She transferred from Moorpark College in 2013 and completed her Bachelor’s in communication studies at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2015. Stephanie loves photography and using visual communication to encourage students. She was recently admitted to California Lutheran University, where she will study to become a counselor at community colleges.

You can reach Stephanie by email at stephanie_caranica1@vcccd.edu or at (805) 553-4058.

 

 

 

Rachelle Goetz

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Rachelle Goetz attended the University of Miami (FL), where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and Criminology with a minor in Sport Administration.  For the last decade, she pursued a career in entertainment, working in pre-theatrical release feature marketing, DVD special features, TV promo, and trailers.  Along the way she worked as a mentor for her college student-athlete peers, as well as the First Year Production Manager at the American Film Institute.  Currently in pursuit of her Master’s in Counseling for Marriage and Family Therapy, Rachelle is very excited to be a part of the GPS team, helping you on the way to success with your academic and career goals!
 
You can reach Rachelle by email at rachelle_goetz1@vcccd.edu or at (805) 553-4799.

 

 

 

Kelly LittlePicture of Kelly Little outside

Kelly is a first generation college student, and has worked in higher education for the past 14 years. She graduated from Santa Monica High in 2002, and was accepted to California State University, Northridge (CSUN), as a first time freshman. Kelly worked as a student assistant while she took a full time class load each semester, until she graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2007 (which took her 5 years to earn!). She transitioned from a student assistant into a CSUN employee in 2006, where she learned about student services, international and domestic evaluations and admissions, enrollment, and so much more. She then went on to earn her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at CSUN in 2013, and decided to leave the university that year to become an Academic Advisor for the Kuwait Cultural Office. She oversaw many student scholarships for a little over 2 years. Kelly's love of student services has led her to her current role as a Student Success Coach for Moorpark College. There is nothing that brings her more joy and fulfillment than helping student succeed!

You can reach Kelly at klittle@vcccd.edu or at (805) 553-4059.