About our staff


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Career Services  Coordinator


Catherine was born and raised in South Florida. She attended University of Central Florida where she earned a B.S. in Communicative Disorders, majoring in Speech Pathology and Audiology. After college, Catherine worked for the State of Florida as a case manager working in the area of foster care and adoptions. Catherine moved to California in 2003 and began working for the college district. She has professional experience in Financial Aid, Nonprofit and Human Resources. She earned her M.S. degree in 2012 in Organizational Psychology and Nonprofit Management. She finds great fulfillment in her current position as the Senior Program Coordinator for Career & Employment Services. Catherine truly enjoys working with students and helping to support them as they navigate DVC and beyond. When not at work, she enjoys camping, hiking, dancing and watching movies with her husband and two children.

Favorite quote:

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.

-Greek Proverb


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Transfer Services Coordinator


We know you have a ton of things to juggle. We welcome all DVC students to ask questions about transfer possibilities and about the transfer process. Check in with our office for news and events, and follow us on our social media sites and newsletter so you won’t miss out!

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Program Assistant


Sandra was born and raised in Delta, British Columbia, Canada. She attended the University of Victoria straight out of high school and majored in Child and Youth Care. After bouncing from job to job, she decided to move to Japan to see the world and experience another culture. After three years she returned to Canada where she got married and continued her work as an ESL instructor. In 2009, together with her husband, she moved to California, and was hired by DVC to work in the Career Center and later the Assessment Center. After five years, she moved into her current position in Career & Transfer Services. When she is not at work, she is out and about with her husband and two children, Kaden (6) and Micah (3). She is also currently in pursuit of her master’s degree in Mindfulness Studies through Lesley University. She loves the outdoors, ice cream, and her three cats and dog Zen.

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Student Worker


Vanessa was born in Berkeley, CA, but was raised in Concord, CA. She graduated from Ygnacio Valley High School in 2016. The summer right after high school, she started working at DVC’s Career and Transfer Center. She will be transferring for a major in Psychology and hopes to transfer into a UC in the Fall of 2018. She enjoys hanging out with her family and friends and eating Colombian food. She loves looking for new places to eat and shop.  


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Student Worker

Sabrina was born in Martinez, California and has lived in Concord all her life. She graduated from Ygnacio Valley High School in 2016. She is majoring in Psychology and Political Science. She hopes to transfer from DVC to a UC in the Fall of 2018. Her family is from Kabul, Afghanistan and she hopes to one day visit the country. She loves to travel and have gone to Sydney, Australia and has plans to visit Italy and other parts of Europe.

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Student Worker

Kyle attended Alhambra High School and graduated with the class of 2014. After high school he went through the EMT program at Los Medanos College, and worked as an EMT for the next year while attending DVC. He will be transferring for a major in Bio-engineering, and will be graduating from DVC with 7 associate of science degrees earned along the way. Amidst academics he enjoys studying martial arts and going on mission trips. He also loves to travel and hike, and recently returned from seeing the Grand Canyon and Arches National Parks!

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Student Worker


Sofia Elizondo graduated from College Park High School in 2015 and she is in her second year as a student at DVC. She hopes to transfer to the University of California in Irvine and pursue a degree in Quantitative Economics and then go on to become an actuarist. In her spare time, she loves hiking, running, painting and being in nature. She is really excited to be part of the career and transfer team so she can help fellow students with their educational and career paths.

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Student Worker

Christina also named as Xinlin Xiao was born in Guangdong China and graduated from Hastings High School Class of 2016 in Michigan as an exchange student. She is currently studying in DVC as an international student majoring in Business and she is a student assistant in Career and Transfer Center. She can fluently speak Mandarin and Cantonese. She likes to challenge herself. She really wants to try bungee jumping and sky-diving. And she also likes fashion and shopping, especially shopping online. If you want to talk to her, come to the Career and Transfer Center. She will be happy to make friends with you.

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Student Worker


This is Andrew's second year at DVC and he is a Business major. He is from Indonesia but has also lived in Singapore and now in the United States. He is able to speak three languages English, Mandarin, and Bahasa Indonesia. He is a fun and easy going person who loves to interact with other people. Feel free to talk to him whenever you are at the Career and Transfer Center!

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Student Worker


Melvinna is a student from Indonesia, specifically, Jakarta, which is the capital city. She is currently a second year student in Diablo Valley College majoring in food science and technology. The reason she chose this major is because, ever since high school, she loved all her classes with labs. She is also really intrigued by the processing of food and how it arrives on our plates. During her free time, she enjoys crafting and doodling. Moreover, she has been working in the center for about a year and is really excited to help you guys with any questions regarding career and transfer. Also, a fun fact about her is, she needs to constantly move so that she doesn’t doze off.

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Student Worker

Joesph is a Biology major pursuing to become a Pediatrician. He loves to work with his community and those around him. His dream is to connect his community and profession together and help as many people as he can. He enjoys playing soccer and his favorite ice cream flavors are chocolate and matcha green tea. He's also involved in various organizations on campus which include MESA, UMOJA, LSA, SACNAS and MOCA. He's fluent in both English and Spanish, and would love for people to teach him more languages and talk to him about their culture. He loves exploring the outdoors and learning as much as he can.

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Social Media & Marketing Intern

Hosna was born and raised in Concord, CA and is a first generation American. She is upcoming on her last year here at DVC and is majoring in Communications and minoring in Chemistry in pursuit to become a pharmacist. Hosna hopes to transfer to UC Davis to continue her education, and after finishing her bachelors she hopes to go to pharmacy school. Hosna is fluent in English, Farsi, and French and is currently learning other languages. She enjoys helping others and dedicating time to giving back to her community!