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Join the 2022 CCPA Leadership Team!

Submit an application to join the CCPA Leadership Team in 2022! We are currently accepting applications for vacant positions. If you have questions regarding CCPA collaborations, positions, or projects, we invite you to reach out via email to [email protected] Our team consistently draws a very talented group of higher education professionals interested in networking across the state of California and serving a membership of 800+ professionals.


2022 CCPA Leadership Team

DR. TRACY PASCUA DEA | UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY | PRESIDENT

Dr. Tracy Pascua Dea (she/her) is currently the Academic Climate Program Director at University of California, Berkeley. Prior to this role, she was the Chief Diversity Officer and Executive Director in the School of Journalism at UC Berkeley and Assistant Vice Provost for Student Success and Co-Director of the High Potential First Generation to College Program at Saint Mary’s College of California. She also teaches part-time at Northeastern University. Her research and teaching focus on diversity, equity, inclusion , belonging and justice; student success with an emphasis on first generation and historically marginalized student populations; strengths-based institutional change, first generation professionals with special interest in the Asian Pacific Islander community, and the power of narratives for social change. She has developed on-ground and on-line, domestic and international graduate and undergraduate programs and collaborated with Fortune 500 and non-profit organizations. Throughout her career, Tracy has been active in service to the community and has held leadership roles in professional organizations. Her family immigrated to the U.S. from the Philippines. She is the first in her family to attend college in the U.S. Tracy earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and B.A. in Psychology from Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. She is co-author of NextGenFirstGen.com.


ChriZtopher Johnson  | California State University, Los Angeles | PRESIDENT-ELECT

Chriztopher Johnson has worked as a professional in the field of higher education since 2008. He started his 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, Chriztopher helped to create a new department, New Student and Family Engagement, where he currently serves as its founding director and is able to focus his efforts on equitable retention programs designed to support first-year students. In addition to overseeing new student orientation, Chriztopher and his team also coordinate the university’s family engagement efforts, implementing a year-long workshop series for parents and family support members, as well as social events and volunteer opportunities. He also coordinates a peer mentoring program that provides social and academic support for first-year Black freshmen and transfer students and their allies, and leads a cross-divisional workgroup that focuses on the success of young men of color. Chriztopher completed his undergraduate degree at Duke University and his graduate degree at the University of Southern California. Chriztopher previously served as the Awards Coordinator, Member-at-Large, and Director of Membership for CCPA, and is a recipient of the ACPA Innovative Practice Award.


JULIA STANTON | LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY | PAST-PRESIDENT

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 in 2013, 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, coordinating CCPA’s institute on Intersectionality & Inclusion. She has worked for three different universities in California and currently serves as the Director of Orientation Programs at Loyola Marymount University. 

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 in 2013, 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, coordinating CCPA’s institute on Intersectionality & Inclusion. She has worked for three different universities in California and currently serves as the Director of Orientation Programs at Loyola Marymount University. 

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 in 2013, 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, coordinating CCPA’s institute on Intersectionality & Inclusion. She has worked for three different universities in California and currently serves as the Director of Orientation Programs at Loyola Marymount University. 


SOLOMON MATTHEWS | UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA | DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

Solomon Matthews is a higher education professional from New Orleans, Louisiana who currently serves as an Associate Director for USC’s Office of Orientation Programs. With over five years of experience in higher education, Solomon specializes in new student and family programs and student leadership development. Solomon believes that the key to student success is centering students in every aspect of program development and outcomes. Solomon graduated from USC as a Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs. During his time at USC, he served as Vice President of USC’s Black Graduate Student Network and regularly attended higher education events such as NASPA and NODA Regional and Annual Conferences. As a first-generation college student, Solomon attended Northwestern State University of Louisiana where he faced racial and socioeconomic adversity, but also discovered his passion for student affairs during his time as a student leader. Previously, Solomon was the Academic and Career Specialist for predominately BIPOC students in the USC Rossier School of Education Master’s Programs Office where he received Outstanding Staff Member for two consecutive years.


LINA ANASTASOVITOU | SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY| Director of professional development

Lina Anastasovitou (she/her) is a Greek-American, first-generation graduate, educator, community organizer, Student Affairs professional, and a doctoral student in Higher Education Leadership. She earned a Master’s in Social Work with a specialization in Student Community Development from Stony Brook University, NY, and undergraduate degrees in Elementary Education and Theology, from Greece. Passionate about student learning, development, and success, she advised and mentored students, while providing vision and strategy at institutions across the U.S. and the U.K. Lina is an advocate for a holistic, culturally responsive student experience, and inclusive excellence. At San Jose State University, as an Academic Initiatives Coordinator, she oversees the Faculty-in-Residence program and Themed Communities of Black Scholars, Rainbow Village, Sustainable Spartans, and others. Her research interests are in assessment, academic program planning, online teaching and learning, transitions and first-year experience, and first-generation students. Chaired the Women of WACUHO regional conference in 2020 and the WACUHO Assessment and Research Committee. She is currently active in ACPA/CCPA, NASPA, and the Online Learning Consortium. Serving in the steering committees of Appreciative Advising and Advising in Hispanic Serving Institutions at NACADA, the Equity Diversity and Inclusion committee at WACUHO, and as co-Chair of the Mid-level Professionals at WACUHO.


Jose L. medina III | DirECTOR of MEMBERSHIP

Jose L. Medina III (he, him, his) was the Assistant Coordinator for the University Transfer Scholars Program at California State University, Fresno (Fresno State).

Jose received his Master of Science in Counseling with an emphasis in Student Affairs and College Counseling in May 2022. He received a Bachelor of Art in History (‘20) from Fresno State and an Associate of Art for Transfer in History and Psychology (‘18) from Merced Community College District (Merced College). Jose has worked in Auxillary Services, Career Services, Orientation Programs, and Undergraduate Admissions Programs and Services. He previously served as a Graduate Student Representative for CCPA.


RICARDO RICO | CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, CHANNEL ISLAND | MEMBER-AT-LARGE

Rico currently serves as the Educational Opportunity Program Counselor at CSU Channel Islands where he provides holistic advising for first generation students whose educational and economic circumstances have limited their college opportunities. He created the Student Success Center Men’s Group which is a support program for men of color on campus. Ricardo also serves on the undocumented students task force and serves as the advisor the Improving Dreams. Equality. Access and Success. (IDEAS). Additionally, Ricardo can be seen on the campus soccer field where he serves as the CSUCI Men’s Soccer Club Coach and Advisor. As a First Generation College Student, Ricardo attended California State University Channel Islands where he received his Bachelors of Art in Psychology and then graduated from California Lutheran University with a Master of Science with an emphasis in Counseling and College Student Personnel. Ricardo is passionate about working with first generation students and providing support and guidance as they navigate the higher education setting.


VACANT | SEEKING TALENT | DIRECTOR OF EQUITY & SOCIAL JUSTICE

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RYAN W. TAYLOR | UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO | GRADUATE REPRESENTATIVE

Ryan Taylor (he/they) is a first year graduate student at the University of San Francisco in the Higher Education & Student Affairs program. They currently serve as a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Community Living as an Assistant Residence Director in a first year residence hall. Ryan is excited to be involved with ACPA & CCPA and looks forward to getting to know other folks in the field through their role as Graduate Representative. Ryan has a B.A. in Psychology from San Jose State University and served in various student leader roles during their undergraduate studies, cultivating passions in curriculum development, orientation & transition, assessment, and recruitment initiatives.