Meet the Staff

This is a team of people who are passionate about service and justice. Each year we plan a variety of programs and initiatives, with both educational and hands-on components, to encourage active citizenship and get students involved in serving their communities.

Mindy Le
CEL Student Intern
Jeanie Maidona, M.A. (She, Her(s), Ella)
Coordinator for Civic Engagement & Leadership

(805) 493-3067


Jeanie Maidona is committed to supporting student development and retention in higher education. She is passionate about advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging throughout her work. Jeanie is excited to work with Service and Leadership at Cal Lutheran to educate and develop leaders and changemakers dedicated to making a difference in the community. 

Passion Areas
Engaging and empowering students through advocacy, service, and involvements that encourage leadership, community, and development. Challenge and support students through learning opportunities, critical thinking, and reflection. 

M.A. Student Affairs Administration, Michigan State University
B.S. Biological Sciences, California State University San Marcos

 Sarah Garcia
Sarah Garcia, M.S. (She, Her, Hers)
Assistant Director for Student Life: Cultural Engagement & Inclusion

(805) 493-3483


Sarah is an educator, innovator, and change agent dedicated to creating and sustaining environments that allow all to thrive. As the Assistant Director of Student Life, Sarah leads both the Center for Cultural Engagement & Inclusion and Civic Engagement and Leadership. With over 4 years of experience leading diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts within higher education institutions, she is excited to help advance Cal Lutheran's mission of developing global leaders dedicated to service and justice. Sarah also serves on Cal Lutheran's Incident Response Team and Core DEI Team, which leads CLU's institutional DEI efforts and initiatives. 

Passion Areas
Leading and supporting systems change efforts, social justice education and advocacy, leadership development, civic engagement, and equity in student success

M.S. College Student Services Administration, Oregon State University
B.A. Communication and Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
A.A. Communication Science and Liberal Arts: Science & Mathematics, Santa Barbara City College