Deniz Fierro

dfierro@fullcoll.edu

Director of Educational Partnerships & Pathways (Promise)

Deniz is the Director of the Promise Program. She recently earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from California State University, Fullerton. She received a MA in Education and a BA in History from UCLA. She’s eager to support the success of all students as they transition to higher education and career development.

Ilinca Filimon

Ifilimon@fullcoll.edu

SDSI Counselor

Ilinca graduated from Cal State Long Beach with her MS in Counseling. She received her BA in Sociology from UCLA and had transferred with an AA in Economics from Santiago Canyon College.

 

Join SDSI to meet with Ilinca! More information at 
promise.fullcoll.edu/sdsi/ 

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Valerie Salazar

vsalazar@fullcoll.edu

Student Services Specialist

Valerie graduated from Azuza Pacific University with her MS in College Counseling & Student Development. She received her BS  in Human Services& minor in Child and Adolescence Studies from Cal State Fullerton. Her goal is to foster a positive postsecondary experience to students at FC!

Zoom Appointments:
calendly.com/fcvsalazar

Tuesdays 8:00am-10:00am
Thursdays 3:00 pm – 5:00pm

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Annika Shellenbarger

ashellenbarger@fullcoll.edu

Student Services Specialist

Annika graduated from the University of La Verne with a Masters in Educational Counseling with the PPS Credential. She graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a BS in Human Services. Her goal is to build student’s confidence during their FC journey.

Zoom Appointments:
calendly.com/ashellenbarger

Tuesdays & Wednesdays
4:00 pm – 6:00pm

Monica Gutierrez

mgutierrez@fullcoll.edu

Peer Mentor Coordinator


Monica received her MS in College Counseling and Student Development from Azuza Pacific University. She transferred from Fullerton College to Cal State Fullerton and graduated with her BS in Human Services. Her goal is to serve her community and empower students to be the best version of themselves.

Zoom Appointments:
calendly.com/mgutierrezz

Mondays 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Thursdays 10:00am – 12:00pm

Andrea Sadek

asadek@fullcoll.edu

Promise Coach &
Gear Up Ambassador

Andrea is currently pursuing her MS in Counseling in Student Development in Higher Education from CSULB. She received her BS in Human Services from CSUF and had transferred with an AA in Behavioral Sciences from Santiago Canyon College. Andrea is passionate about supporting community college students’ development both academically and personally.

Zoom Appointments:
calendly.com/fcasadek

Mon & Thur 2pm-3pm
Tue & Wed 9
am-10am

Juan Ramos

jramos1@fullcoll.edu

Promise Coach


Juan earned his Master’s in Educational Counseling from the University of La Verne. He graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a BS in Human Services and received his AS in Administration of Justice from Fullerton College. His goal is to become a community college counselor.

Zoom Appointments:
calendly.com/fcjramos1

Tuesdays and Wednesdays
8:00am – 10:00am

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Maricruz Santander

MSantanderazpeitia@fullcoll.edu

Promise & SDSI Coach

Maricruz is currently pursuing her MS in Education with a concentration in Higher Education from California State University, Fullerton. She graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with a BA in Political Science. Her goal is to positively serve and support students through their post-secondary education.

Connect with Maricruz through SDSI!
https://promise.fullcoll.edu/sdsi/ 

Zoom Appointments:
calendly.com/msantandera

Tuesdays 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Thursdays 9:00am – 11:00am

Janet Carreño

jcarreno@fullcoll.edu

Mentor Lead &
Gear Up Ambassador

Janet graduated from Fullerton College with an AA-T in Sociology in 2020 and CSUF with a BS in Human Services (Concentration in Mental Health) in 2022. Her goal is to get her Master’s in order to continue working for student support services in higher education.

Zoom Appointments:
COMING SOON

Promise Mentors

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Fatima Zaidi

Project Lead

Fatima graduated from Fullerton College with an AD-T in Psychological Science and continues her education at UCI. Her goal is to return to FC as a college counselor.

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Yvette Jurado

Peer Mentor

Yvette is attending Fullerton College and majoring in Sociology. Her goal is to transfer to a 4 year university to get a bachelors in sociology then get my masters in counseling

She enjoys hiking, spending time outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.

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Evelyn Darlene Penilla

Senior Peer Mentor

Evelyn graduated from Anaheim HS in 2018. She graduated from Fullerton College in Spring 2021 with an AA in Sociology along with 3 other certifications. She is currently attending Cal State Fullerton as a Human Services major. Her goal is to be a high school and community college counselor