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Julia Stanton received her master’s in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University and has worked in orientation, first-year experience programs, residential life, student conduct, and student activities. After moving to California, Julia got involved with CCPA, supporting spring institute planning. In 2017, she won the award for Outstanding Service to the Association and served as CCPA’s Director of Professional Development from 2017-2018. She previously was an Associate Director for the Office of Orientation Programs at the University of Southern California and currently serves as the Director of Orientation Programs at Loyola Marymount University.
Chris Trudell is the First-Year Experience Manager at San Francisco State University. Chris received his BA from California State University, Chico in English Language and Literacy Development and an M.Ed. at Clemson University in South Carolina in Counseling and Student Affairs. He has worked within student orientation, academic advising programs, associated students, as a college writing and counseling instructor, and currently in First-Year Experience. Chris recently returned to California in 2016 to work with a San Francisco startup “Guidebook” that consulted universities on the development of mobile apps for higher education institutions. Chris has a vested interest in the student developmental implications of technology in and out of the classroom and believes the contemporary Student Affairs Professional needs to engage their competencies in technology to meet the needs of college students today. While technology is an interest, you can find Chris exploring the outdoors, cooking, cycling, (admittedly) still an active gamer, and spending quality time with his French Bulldog, Ham.
Queena Hoang has the privilege of serving as the inaugural Student Basic Needs Coordinator at the University of Southern California. Prior to this role, Queena has worked in student activities and cultural advocacy work for nearly 10 years. Queena is a proud Gaucho alumna of UC Santa Barbara, where she received her BA in sociology. After being introduced to student affairs as a resident assistant, Queena moved to Vermont to pursue her M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of Vermont. She is currently finishing up her doctorate in Educational Leadership at USC, focusing on addressing housing and food insecurity within an equity framework. In her down town, Queena loves to craft and practice calligraphy, with the dream of one day creating her own side business.
I first found my love of student affairs and student leadership very early in my freshman year where my orientation leader convinced me to join the Student Program Board and I was elected to my House Council. While drinking the student affairs “kool-aid” I earned my B.S. in Human Resources with a Minor in Studio Arts at Oakland University. I was lucky to have many strong and encouraging mentors as an undergraduate student, great opportunities to see the inner workings of a university environment as well as get a lot of student leadership experience in my tool box. As a natural event planner, and with a strong belief that one’s college education experience is what they make of it, I decided to pursue this career and received my M.Ed. at the University of Central Missouri in the College Student Personnel Administration program and was an active graduate member of MCPA. I have worked in a wide variety of areas, from being an RA to being an assistant director of residential life and operations, from mentoring student affairs graduate students to student activities to new student orientation. Moving in 2005, my first California home was at the University of San Francisco and now I work at California College of the Arts as the Associate Director of Student Life. While I will always go back a few times a year to Missouri to have my beloved Kansas City barbecue, I now call the Bay Area home.
Nicole Whitner, Ed.D is excited to serve as the 50th Anniversary Celebration Chair for CCPA. Nicole hails from sunny San Diego, CA but now calls the Bay Area her home, residing in Oakland. Nicole is currently the Dean of Students at Holy Names University. Since completing her BA at Cal, Nicole has worked in all levels of education, serving in extended-day and college-prep programming in various K-12 environments, but has found that higher-ed is her where her heart lies. After coming to this realization, Nicole went on to earn both her Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership & Administration from Capella University, and most recently her Doctorate in Education in Organizational Change & Leadership from the University of Southern California. Having previously served as Director of Professional Development and President of CCPA, she is looking forward to a continued opportunity to engage higher-ed professionals at the state level, especially around topics of equity and social justice in our educational systems.
Ryan is a born-and-raised Californian from the stunning Monterey Bay area, with a BA in political science from, UCLA and Masters in Student Personnel in Higher Education from the University of Florida. After grad school, Ryan got a taste of the Jesuit experience as a Community Development Coordinator at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. Longing for a lighter winter, Ryan returned to his alma mater in 2012 as a professional staff member in UCLA New Student & Transition Programs, where he remains and works to provide a positive beginning at the university for new students and their families. Ryan’s time in higher ed includes a wealth of experiences in residential life, orientation and transition, advising and training, and inclusion. Ryan loves to conference and can usually be found at NODA and ACPA conferences, often as a presenter. Additionally, Ryan has served on committees and commissions within NEACUHO, and his professional home, ACPA. Ryan is a proud nerd, avid reader, willing traveler, serious board gamer, enthusiastic dog lover, glutton for delicious foods, and above all, loves to laugh.
Soua Xiong is currently an Assistant Professor of Student Affairs and College Counseling at California State University, Fresno. He has over 10 years of student affairs experience, primarily in academic advising, working for TRiO and other educational opportunities programs at 2- and 4-year institutions. He completed his MS in Counseling from California State University, Fresno and his PhD is in Higher Education from the Joint PhD program in Education between Claremont Graduate University and San Diego State University.
John Bacolores is the Career Advisor for the Attallah College of Educational Studies at Chapman University. A proud El Camino College alumnus, he received a BA in Psychology at UC Berkeley and an MA in Educational Studies with an emphasis in Urban Pedagogy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. As a former K-5 educator and college admissions consultant, he decided to transition to a career in higher education while attending USC. He previously worked as a GA at Cal Poly Pomona (CPP) and USC. He recently earned his Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership – Educational Psychology concentration from USC. His dissertation focuses on Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander college students and their perspectives on AAPI culture centers. For self-care, John appreciates balance: he’s an avid baker who’s also in yoga teacher training courses.
Christopher Johnson has worked in the field of higher education since 2008. He started his professional career with the University-Student Union at California State University, Los Angeles, where he coordinated on and off campus art, music, entertainment, and community service events. In this role, he discovered his passion for working with first-time freshmen to help close their retention gap, and developed the Freshman Activities Board to program community-building events specifically for this population. From there, Christopher joined New Student and Parent Programs, where he is able to focus his efforts to assist first-year students. In addition to overseeing new student orientation, Christopher also coordinates the campus’ parent programs, implementing a year-long workshop series for parents and family support members, as well as social events and volunteer opportunities. Cal State LA’s parent programs are offered in both English and Spanish (and are looking to expand to other languages) in order to make the resource information as accessible as possible. He also coordinates a peer mentoring program that provides social and academic support for first-year African American freshmen and transfer students and their allies.
Christopher currently serves as the founding director for New Student and Parent Programs, and the Interim Executive Director for Associated Students, Inc. at Cal State LA. He completed his bachelor’s degree at Duke University and his master’s degree at the University of Southern California. Christopher has served on the regional leadership team for ACUI, the regional conference planning committee for NODA, and is very excited to be joining the leadership team for CCPA.