EOPS/CARE and LINC Counselor
(562) 860-2451 ext. 2403
Marisol is an EOPS and LINC Counselor at Cerritos College and provides students academic, career and personal counseling. Her goals as a counselor are to meet the student where they are at, make them feel comfortable, and have a conversation about their goals and what they need to do to achieve them. She earned a Bachelor's degree from California State University, Long Beach in Journalism and a master's degree from California State University, Northridge in Counseling. She enjoys working with foster youth and other underserved student populations. She enjoys hiking, running, snorkeling, traveling and eating at new restaurants.
Steve Brooks is currently an adjunct counselor and professor at Cerritos and Fullerton Colleges. He has served as a middle and high school English Language Arts teacher, counselor, Magnet Coordinator and other administrative roles. In addition, he has served as a counselor at Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles Southwest College, Santa Monica College and Rio Hondo College.
Kristine P. Aslanyan
(562) 860-2451 ext. 2410
Kristine is an EOPS/CARE Counselor at Cerritos College and provides students academic, career and personal counseling. She has earned a Bachelor's and Master's degree from California State University Los Angeles. She enjoys hiking, reading, listening to podcasts, and viewing Pinterest.
Dr. Henrietta Hurtado
(562) 860-2451 ext. 2380
Henrietta is an EOPS/CARE Counselor at Cerritos College and provides students academic, career and personal counseling. She also teaches various counseling courses including Dynamics of Leadership with a Social Justice and Service learning emphasis. Her mission is to empower students through their own strengths of success. She has earned a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences: Psychology and Spanish from San Diego State University and a Master's degree in Education Counseling from the University of Redlands. She enjoys flamenco dancing and singing, friends, public speaking, traveling, learning, art, cooking and volunteering.
Carmen Maravilla is an adjunct EOPS/CARE Counselor at Cerritos College. She provides academic, career and personal counseling. Carmen earned a Bachelor’s degree, Career Certificate and a Master’s degree at California State University of Los Angeles. She is passionate about empowering student and helping them reach their educational and career goals. When she is not working at Cerritos, she enjoys cooking, traveling and spending quality time with her family.
Beatriz is a part-time EOPS Counselor at Cerritos College. She provides academic, career, transfer, and personal counseling services to EOPS/CARE students. Beatriz earned her Bachelor’s in Sociology, Master’s in Counseling, and Career Education and Counseling Certificate from California State University, Northridge. She is passionate about working with special populations and empowering students to achieve their academic and personal goals. Beatriz enjoys working out, traveling, dancing, and personal/professional development opportunities.
(562) 860-2451 ext. 2378
Raul is an EOPS/CARE Counselor at Cerritos College and provides academic, career and personal counseling. He also teaches counseling courses. He has earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine and Master's degree from California State University, Fullerton in Counseling. He helps students with sensitivity and a little humor.
EOPS Specialist and CARE Coordinator
(562) 860-2451 ext. 2384
Stephanie is an EOPS Specialist and CARE Coordinator at Cerritos College. She is passionate about advocating for and empowering underserved student populations to promote student success and positively impact future generations. Through mentorship she helps students navigate the college experience, and connects disadvantaged students to resources to overcome barriers to academic achievement. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from UC Irvine in Biological Sciences, with a minor in Psychology. She loves new adventures that push her beyond her comfort zone, and enjoys reading, cooking, painting, gardening, sewing, traveling, and quality time with her family.
Richard Garcia, Ed.D
(562) 860-2451 ext. 2385
Richard is an EOPS Specialist at Cerritos College and navigates students along their
college journey. He values community, equity, and education. He provides one-on-one
mentoring and monitors student progression and compliance within the program. He has
earned an Associate's degree from Cerritos College in Administration of Justice, a
Bachelor's degree in English from California State University, Dominguez Hills, a
Master's degree in Leadership Development from Chapman University, and a Doctorate
in Education Leadership, Administration, & Policy at Pepperdine University. He enjoys
doing family activities, following his favorite sports teams, and watching movies.
EOPS Program Assistant
(562) 860-2451 ext. 2333
Zoey is the EOPS Program Assistant at Cerritos College she provides support to a variety of administrative and technical duties related to the day-to-day operation and services to the EOPS/CARE/LINC Programs. She has earned an Associate’s degree from Cerritos College in
Business Administration & Liberal Arts and Science, a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration: Management & Human Resources from California State University, Dominguez Hills and a Master's degree in Educational Counseling from the University of La Verne. She is passionate about education and the success of college students. She offers genuine care in helping students navigate the educational system to help reach their educational goals. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching documentaries/movies, health/fitness, good laughs and alone time.
Dr. Patricia Robbins Smith
EOPS/CARE/LINC Assistant Director
(562) 860-2451 ext. 2525
Dr. Patricia Robbins Smith is the Assistant Director and oversees the EOPS, CARE & LINC programs. She has been a part of the Cerritos College family for 19 years. She has worked as the Director of Foster & Kinship Care Education, and Director of Community Education, and is now excited to be a part of the EOPS/CARE/LINC team as the interim Assistant Director. Patricia has a Bachelor's degree from UCLA in Psychology, a Master's degree from CSUF in Counseling and a Doctoral degree in Educational Administration from UCI/UCLA (joint program).
Dr. Lui Amador
Dean of Student Equity and Success
Dr. Lui Amador serves as the Dean of Student Equity and Success at Cerritos College. He is proud to work with the EOPS/CARE/LINC team and to serve our students. Dr. Amador received his Bachelors in Politics from UC Santa Cruz, a Master’s degree in Cultural Studies from Claremont Graduate University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from California State University, Long Beach. Lui enjoys having adventures with his wife and children, and the head of the family, their cat Mufasa.