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SRS Leadership Team

  • Dr. Ebonée P. M. Williams

    Dr. Ebonée P. M. Williams

    Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Retention and Success

    Dr. Ebonée Williams currently serves as the interim Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Retention and Success at UC San Diego.  By providing leadership to this cluster, she can impact first-generation students, traditionally underrepresented minority students, military connected students, transfer students, undocumented students and foster students.  Dr. Williams has contributed to UC San Diego for nearly 15 years, through the Jacobs School of Engineering, Sixth College and the Graduate Division, as well as the UC-wide Council of UC Staff Assemblies.  For the last decade, Dr. Williams served as Director of the Gordon Engineering Leadership Center at UC San Diego’s Division of Engineering, and is an active member of the American Society of Engineering Education, the Community of Practice for Leadership Education for the 21st Century Engineer, the National Association of Multicultural Program Advocates, and the National Society of Black Engineers. Dr. Williams holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington, an M.S. in Industrial Business Management from Lille Business School in France, and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Brown University.

  • Daniel Arturo Alfaro Arellano

    Daniel Arturo Alfaro Arellano

    Program Manager, Undocumented Student Services Center

    Daniel is the current Program Manager of Undocumented Student Services at UC San Diego. The focus of his work is to ensure the retention and success of undocumented students through effective practices and holistic services. He is passionate about getting to know students individually and being an active participant in their success. Since 2016, Daniel has been able to successfully increase foot-traffic to the Undocumented Student Services Center, which is a factor that has led to the higher usage of the services provided by his program. As part of his role as Program Manager of Undocumented Student Services, he conducts presentations for the campus community and other higher education institutions on how to become an ally to undocumented students. Daniel has dedicated his career to working with immigrant communities. He has extensive knowledge of immigration policies and has worked managing programs that bring together resources to inform and protect immigrants. Through his various roles, he has worked in close collaboration with government, public, and private entities. Daniel is an active participant in immigrant rights networks and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Counseling from California State University, San Marcos.

  • David Artis, Ph.D.

    David Artis, Ph.D.

    Dean, Undergraduate Research Advancement

    David Artis, Ph.D., Dean of Undergraduate Research Advancement, came to the Office of Academic Enrichment Programs (AEP) in November 2000, from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. There he had served as a faculty member, graduate school administrator and Director of Academic Services in the School of Public Health. At UC San Diego, he has overseen steady growth in the number of AEP programs and services, including coordinating more scholarship opportunities for students in all fields, increased participation in AEP-sponsored undergraduate research conferences, and more collaborative program efforts with other campus units. Dr. Artis is a graduate of Yale and Stanford.

  • Iris Ayala-Swindell, M.S.Ed

    Iris Ayala-Swindell, M.S.Ed

    Program Manager, Student Veterans Resource Center

    Iris Ayala-Swindell is the current Program Manager for the Student Veterans Resource Center. In this role, Iris manages initiatives and resources to support the success of military-affiliated students, which includes service members, veterans, ROTC cadets, spouses, and dependents. Iris started supporting the military population while in the military herself. Iris served ten years in the U.S. Navy – four years on active duty as a Logistics Specialist and six years on reserve duty as a Unit Career Counselor. In this role, she managed the Career Development Program for her unit, supporting the success of military members as they pursued career and educational goals. Since transitioning out of the military, Iris has dedicated her higher education career to helping military-affiliated students thrive at the university and community college level. Through her previous roles as a military student advisor, academic and career advisor, program advisor, and program coordinator, Iris has helped students successfully enroll, persist, and attain their educational and career goals. Iris has also served as a career development and first year success instructor. Iris received her M.S.Ed. from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale and B.S. from University of Delaware. She also completed her Graduate Certificate in Academic Advising from Kansas State University.

  • Charles Lu, Ph.D.

    Charles Lu, Ph.D.

    Director, Office of Academic Support & Instructional Services (OASIS)

    Dr. Charles Lu was appointed director of the Office of Academic Support and Instructional Services (OASIS) in 2017. Previously, he was an executive director in the academic diversity initiatives portfolio of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Lu has also served as a clinical assistant professor, teaching courses on research methods, organizational leadership, and social entrepreneurship in education. A published author, Dr. Lu’s research on STEM, college preparation and completion, and diversity in higher education has been highlighted in popular media and peer-reviewed academic journals. Over the years, Dr. Lu has served as an educational researcher and consultant, school director, academic coach, middle school science teacher, and was the recipient of the Toyota International Teacher of the Year award, where he created a virtual curriculum on environmental sustainability in the Galápagos Islands. In his spare time, Dr. Lu enjoys CrossFit, hiking with his dog, watching Netflix, exploring new restaurants, and traveling the world. Dr. Lu received his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and B.S. in Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin, and his M.A. in Secondary Science Education from Loyola Marymount University.

  • Lindsay Romasanta, Ed.D.

    Lindsay Romasanta, Ed.D.

    Director, Student Success Programs

    Dr. Lindsay Romasanta joined the UC San Diego Student Retention and Success Team as the Director of Student Success Programs in the fall of 2016, having worked in a variety of public service settings ranging from grass roots community non-profits to large state universities. Like many first-generation college students, she stumbled upon her professional passion of choice — higher education — by chance. Since that discovery, she has dedicated her professional and scholarly work helping college students achieve their dreams of higher education. Dr. Romasanta's research interests are first-generation college students, resilience, retention of underserved students, and anti-deficit approaches in higher education. She is currently working on publishing her research in book chapters and an academic journal. Dr. Romasanta is a proud Pilipina, low-income, first-generation college graduate. She received her bachelor's degree in social work and a certificate in Asian American studies from Arizona State University, her Masters of Public Administration degree from Georgia State University, and her Doctorate of Education in Leadership and Innovation from Arizona State University.

  • Ken Tomory

    Ken Tomory

    Management Services Officer, Student Retention and Success

    Ken received his bachelor’s degree in public relations with a concentration in business administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) in 1995. As a student senator at UNLV, he proposed a mandatory student health fee to the student senate, and it was eventually proposed the fee to the Board of Regents which was passed and enabled the Student Health Center to triple in size and expand its services greatly. He eventually became the first business coordinator for the UNLV Health Center. At UC San Diego, Ken has served as the division administrator for the Divisions of Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology; Cardiology Researchers; & Global Public. In 2013, he became the management services Officer for the Institute of Engineering in Medicine, the Bioengineering Institute of California, and the Center for Drug Discovery Innovation. In November 2016, Ken joined the Student Retention and Success (SRS) Leadership Team, where he serves as an administrative officer to the SRS Units. Reporting directly to the assistant vice chancellor, Ken develops and manages the administrative, financial, and human resources infrastructure of SRS, which includes 100 career staff members, 200–300 student staff, and an annual budget in excess of $15 million.

  • Belinda Zamacona, M.A.

    Belinda Zamacona, M.A.

    Program Manager, Chancellor’s Associates Scholars Program (CASP)

    Belinda has served as founding staff person for the Chancellor’s Associates Scholars Program (CASP) since 2014. Her responsibilities as the Program Manager for CASP include the creation, development, and implementation of a comprehensive retention program to support students who receive the Chancellor’s Associate Scholarship, which recognizes and supports talented students with financial need who have great potential and motivation to succeed at UC San Diego. Belinda is a proud first-generation, English-language learner student, born in México. Belinda has been part of UC San Diego since 2009. She is passionate about issues of access and equity in education. Her professional background includes working with parents and families, community relations, and access, yield and retention programs. Belinda is a proud member of the leadership team for NASPA’s Socioeconomic and Class Issues in Higher Educational Knowledge Community, and an Advocate in the Advocacy Group for NASPA’s Center for First Generation Student Success. She is also a member of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.