Project CHESS

Collaborative for Hispanics in Higher Education & Student Success

Project Team

To contact the project team, please email or call (805) 493-3792.

Cal Lutheran 

Interim Project Director:

Jolivette Mecenas, Ph.D

Project Coordinator:

Menyon Abraham-Scott

Men's Initiative:

Dan Tillapaugh, Ph.D, Associate Professor & Chair, Counselor Education Program

Heidi Coronado, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Counselor Education Program

Andrew Lorelli, Graduate Student, Counselor Education Program Intern

Interim Faculty Learning CIRCLE:

Jolivette Mecenas, Ph.D

Additional Implementation Team Members:

Jessica Lavariega Monforti, Ph.D., Dean College of Arts and Sciences

Paloma Vargas, Ph.D., HSI Director & Assistant Professor of Biology

Kelly Owens, Ph.D, Director, Office of Sponsored Research and Projects

Matt Ward, Ph.D., VP of Enrollment Management and Marketing

Moorpark College

Project Manager:

Eddie Beltran, Ed.D.

Administrative Assistant:

Philip Koscak 

Student Success Specialists:

Adriana Gonzalez

Anne Wheatley


Traci Allen

Rosa Sanchez

Faculty Learning CIRCLE:

Eddie Beltran, Ed.D.

Additional Implementation Team Members:

Claudia Sitlington, MA, Student Success & Support Services Supervisor

Khushnur Dadabhoy, Ph.D, Dean of Student Support