Meet The Staff

ETE Staff Mayra Soriano

Mayra Soriano

Associate Director

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Telephone: (310) 243-3689 

Hi Toros! I am happy to be part of the DH family and support students’ academic and professional goals. I was born in El Salvador and raised in Los Angeles. I love L.A.! I received my Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. After dedicating six years to the nonprofit sector, I decided to continue my education. At California State University, Northridge I earned my Master of Science in Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services credential. Before coming to CSUDH, I worked as a high school counselor for six years. I truly enjoy supporting students and hope to be able to make a difference in your life. When I’m not working, I like to hike, read, explore L.A., and spend time with my son, Aidan and family.

Deliberative – Input – Responsibility – Adaptability - Learner

ETE Staff Tyfaaney Houng

Tyffanye Hoang

Office Coordinator

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Telephone: (310) 243-2626

I was born in Vietnam and migrated to Pomona, CA at a young age. I was the first in my family to graduate from college and attend graduate school. I am an alumna from CSU Dominguez earning my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and currently pursuing my Master of Science in Counseling with an option College Counseling at CSU Dominguez Hills. Like our motto says, “Once a Toro, always a Toro!” My career goal is to become an Academic and Career Counselor where I can assist students with academic requirements for their career path. During my spare time, I like to do woodworking, hang out with my dogs, and shopping. I am always open to learn and grow from others as well as see my future students thrive in their endeavors.

Harmony – Individualization – Futuristic – Relator - Discipline

ETE Staff Silvia Alvarez

Silvia Alvarez

Academic Advisor

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Telephone: (310) 243-3692 

Greetings Fellow Toros! I am a native of Compton (Straight Outta Compton!), Banana Slug and Proud Toro. I graduated with my Bachelor’s from UC Santa Cruz in Politics/Latin American and Latino Studies. I am currently in the Master of Science in Counseling program here at CSUDH. My passion for social justice and my community lead me to my current position here at ETE as an Academic Advisor.  Seeing my students succeed and attain their degree is one of my biggest passions! Other passions and pastimes of mine include traveling, discovering new coffee shops, and live music. I invite any students curious about studying, living, or working abroad to come speak with me.

Harmony – Communication – Activator – Woo – Context


ETE Staff Zada Chio Gallardo

Zada Chio-Gallardo

Academic Advisor

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Telephone: (310) 243-2759

Hi Toros, my name is Zada, you can also call me Zee. I am born and raised in Los Angeles and grew up in Glassell Park near the Dodger Stadium, let’s go Dodgers! I am a first generation college student and the first in my family to attend graduate school. I completed my B.A. at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) double majoring in Latin American and Latino Studies and Film and Digital Media. I first discovered my passion for supporting and empowering college students as a Peer Mentor for the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at UCSC, where I mentored my peers for two years. After taking a two year break post-graduation, I decided to pursue this passion and entered a two year master’s program in Educational Counseling at the University of Southern California (UCS) where I earned my M.Ed in 2015. I absolutely love being part of the DH family and have so much fun working at ETE! Outside of my daily job, I also support undocumented students as the Co-Advisor for E.N.F., the undocumented student organization here at DH. My cultural roots are Mexican and Filipino and am the proud daughter of two immigrant parents, to whom I am eternally grateful for. Their sacrifice, hard work, and encouragement has led me to follow my dreams. My door is always open, I love talking to students about their own passions and encourage you to please stop by and visit me at the ETE center!

Connectedness – Relator – Developer – Input - Empathy

ETE Staff Gloria Gandara

Gloria Gandara

Academic Advisor

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Telephone: (310) 243-2322

I was born and raised in Los Angeles and received a BA in History with a Latin American Studies minor from Occidental College.  I completed my graduate work here at CSUDH, attaining a Master’s degree in Education with a Counseling emphasis, a PPS and CWA credential, and a College Counseling Certificate.  I am proud to continue my professional career as a Toro and excited to be part of the ETE program, where I look forward to helping students reach their full potential. Outside of work, I like to spend my time being a nerd by watching the History Channel, cooking, and spending time with my loved ones.

Learner – Input – Achiever – Harmony – Responsibility

ETE Staff Catherine Jermany

Catherine Jermany

Academic Advisor

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Telephone: (310) 243-3305

Hi Toros, my name is Catherine and I earned both my Bachelors of Arts degree in Child and Adolescent Development, and my Master of Science in Counseling: College Counseling/Student Services from California State University, Northridge. My background includes new student orientation, student clubs and organizations, and financial aid. I am passionate about working with students from diverse backgrounds, and helping students reach their full potential. I am enthusiastic about joining the CSUDH community, and I’m excited to be a part of the ETE team. GO TOROS!

Achiever – Competition – Focus – Communication – Discipline

ETE Staff Monica Hernandez

Monica Hernandez

Academic Advisor

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Telephone: (310) 243-3256

Hello! My name is Monica Hernandez. I have been with the ETE program since March of 2016 and really enjoy working with each and every one of my students. I received my bachelors degree from California State University, Long Beach and recently graduated with my masters degree in Educational Counseling from the University of Southern California. On my free time I enjoy traveling internationally, eating and hiking. I look forward to working with you!

Relator – Harmony – Empathy – Developer - Maximizer

ETE Staff Tiffany Lara

Tiffany Lara

Academic Advisor

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Telephone: (310) 243-3656

Hello Toros! I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Latin American and Latinos Studies with a minor in Education at UC Santa Cruz and my Master of Science degree in Counseling with an option in Student Development in Higher Education from CSU Long Beach. I was born and raised in South LA and am a first generation college graduate. Some of my hobbies include hiking, playing soccer, and traveling. My goals are to assist students through their personal and academic development through a holistic counseling approach that will help students grow as individuals to reach their fullest potential in life. I’m always open to learning from my students and enjoy developing professional relationships that allow me to see students’ growth over time. I am excited to be part of the DH family. GO TOROS!

Communication – Discipline – Relator – Achiever - Connectedness

Meet our SI Leads:

ETE SI Leads

Toumik Asatoorian, English SIL Coordinator  |  (310) 243-2894

Monica Huerta, MATH SIL Coordinator  |  (310) 243-2643

Chris Torres, Math SIL Coordinator  |  (310) 243-3345