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 Center Director

Dr. Jesus Vega

Education and Policy Studies, Ed.D

Likes: Food, laughing, spending time with my family and students

Dislikes: Lack of effort, messiness, healthy food

My role at GPS: Make sure that students have the best possible experience in the program and Moorpark College

What I love about working at GPS: The students, staff and family culture we create

 

 

 

Counselors

Pam Kennedy-Luna

Counseling Psychology and Pupil Personnel Service, M.A.

Picture of Pam Kennedy-Luna outside

Likes:  Warm days, The Andy Griffith Show, family, lemon meringue pie, "old school" music, being a mom

Dislikes: Cottage cheese, grumpy people, procrastination

 

My role at GPS: Master of the air conditioner/heater, doing what I can to motivate, educate, and support students toward reaching their academic goals and potential

 

What I love about working at GPS: The close family/team atmosphere, getting to know all the great, wonderful GPS students

 

 

 

Eddie Beltran

Counseling and College Student Personnel Services, M.S. [In progress: Educational Leadership, Ed.D)Picture of Eddie Beltran in a park

Likes: Food, time with family, making others laugh, laughing, connecting with students

Dislikes: Getting pied in the face, healthy food, cold food

 

My role at GPS: Helping students plan their educational path, being a mentor to inspire and motivate my students

 

What I love about working at GPS: The opportunity to support students in their educational journey, the food

 

 

Student Success Coaches

 

Daniella Rodriguez

Political Science, B.A.

Likes:  Eating, cooking, traveling, cheese fries from In-N-Out (specifically cheese only), long conversations with friends and family, Amazon Prime

Dislikes: Waiting in line for brunch, watching previews for movies, folding my clothes, indeciveness, mayonnaise, washing my hair

 

My role at GPS: Help students successfully achieve their educational goals by being their friend and advocate

 

What I love about working at GPS: Fun and friendly staff, interesting and diverse cohort, seeing students grow and succeed at Moorpark College!

 

 

 

Elizabeth Ceja

Psychology, B.A. [In progress: College Counseling and Student Services, M.S.]

Likes: Traveling, being outdoors, enjoying peaceful time with family, chips (especially lime hot Cheetos), Target, Disney, cheese fries (specifically animal style fries from In-N-Out without grilled onions)

Dislikes: Onions, waiting in line for rides at Disneyland, disorganization

 

My role at GPS: Work with students and provide them with the resources they need to succeed in their college career

 

What I love about working at GPS: The fun energy that the students bring, the funny times shared with coworkers, office is full of life and positivity that brings joy to every workday!

 

 

Karyn Titus

Dramatic Arts, B.A. [In progress: Clinical Psychology, M.A.]

Likes: Theatre, hiking, being in nature, Disney, learning about people, delicious food, fresh squeezed orange juice, cheese fries (specifically animal-style fries from In-N-Out with extra grilled onions)

 

Dislikes: People who dislike onions, cookies and cream ice cream, close-mindedness

 

My role at GPS: Be my student's biggest advocate and cheerleader

 

What I love about working at GPS: Working with such delightful students, being part of an amazing program, helping people, being so close to In-N-Out

 

 

 

Kelly Little

Educational Leadership Policy Studies, M.A. [In progress: Education Ed.D]

Likes: Cats, nature, astrology, Halloween, sweater weather, hugs!

Dislikes: Cilantro, impatience, being clumsy, candy corn, forgetting my chapstick

My role at GPS: To empower, motivate, support, and connect with students on their educational journey

What I love about working at GPS: Absolutely everything, the students I get to meet with, the wonderful staff that we have in our office, feel so unbelievably lucky to be a program that embodies Moorpark College's philosophy of STUDENTS FIRST

 

Rachelle Goetz

Communication, Broadcast Journalism, B.S. [In progress: Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, M.S.]

Likes: Exercise, Shaquille O’Neal, shopping, sunshine, traveling, your mom jokes, shoes, inspirational quotes

 

Dislikes: Sour milk, bad hair days, bad grammar in text messages, overripe bananas, SF Giants (Go Dodgers!), not getting enough sleep

 

My role at GPS: Duchess of the back corner desk, to inspire and facilitate positive energy in academic and creative environments and propel students to new breadth and depth in their lives

 

What I love about working at GPS: Witnessing our students’ growth and change, seeing the excitement upon their successes, and our awesome team spirit (including whipped cream pies!)

 
 

 

 

Stephanie CaranicaPicture of Stephanie Caranica outside

Communication Studies, B.A. [In progress: Counseling and College Student Personnel Services, M.S.]

Likes: Mornings, handmade journals, flossing my teeth, snail mail, being with my family

Dislikes: Waking up early, the "Would You Rather" game, slow computers, boardgames (unless it's chess)

My role at GPS: Website updater, seeing each student's potential and encouraging them to achieve their goals, raising awareness about awesome resources to help students succeed

What I love about working at GPS: Walking into a room full of positive energy each day, celebrating our students' little and big accomplishments

 

 

Student Staff

Elizabeth Bugtai

Likes: Fresh flowers, fun socks, music, fuzzy blankets with hot chocolate, Twix candy, pandas, an organized work space

Dislikes: Olives, forgetting stuff at home, difficult people, hat hair

My role at GPS: Making appointments for the students, giving them the best experience possible at Moorpark College, assisting the Student Coaches, Counselors, and Administrators, helping the students get acquainted with the college lifestyle

What I love about working at GPS: The snacks, the people and warm welcoming I received right when I started working here, the on-field experience, sense of community in the college setting

 

 

Andrea Romero

Likes:  Outdoors, food, animals, clothes, movies, hugs

Dislikes: Soggy bread, raisins, unkind people, animal and human cruelty

 

My role at GPS: Create a comfortable environment for those around, be as helpful as I most possibly can, always share smiles, hugs, and love

 

What I love about working at GPS: The positive and upbeat atmosphere, that we are all here for each other as a family, our amazing boss Jesus, that we can all crack jokes and still remain on top of business

 

Angie Ramirez

Likes: Sunflowers, dark chocolate, puppies, pecan ice cream, Sunday mornings

Dislikes: Bugs, bad drivers, parking my car, late nights

 

My role at GPS: Provide the support that students at Moorpark College require to succeed

 

What I love about working at GPS: The welcoming environment that the students and staff provide, having the opportunity to interact with students, being able to offer help using my experience at Moorpark College as the framework

 

 

 

 

Kathy Guerra

Likes:  Daisies, Disneyland, fried chicken, books

Dislikes: Rain, cockroaches, mayonnaise, rude people

 

My role at GPS: Helping students check in and make appointments, helping the coaches, spreading kindness

 

What I love about working at GPS: The family feeling you get coming into the office, working with everyone in the office