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EOPS Faculty and Staff

EOPS Counselors

"Discipline is doing what needs to be done, even if you don't want or feel like doing it".

B.A. Sociology; M.S. Educational Psychology with option in Student Development in Higher Education
-CSU Long Beach

First Generation College Student

Hobbies: Woodwork; cooking; gardening; hiking; reading; horror movies; loving on others; doggy parent; grandmother to a sweetie pie; playing poker; hanging with family; relishing my alone time with God.

"Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion."
 - Michael Jordan

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
-Cal Poly Pomona

Masters of Science, Educational Counseling
-University of La Verne

1st generation college graduate.

Hobbies: Music, reading/writing, fitness, camping/hiking, video games.

"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take"
-Wayne Gretzy
-Michael Scott

B.A. Public Administration
-CSU San Bernardino

M.A. P.P.S. Education: School and College Counseling
-Universty of Redlands

1st Generation College Student

Hobbies: Hanging out with friends and family, Eating delicious food, basketball and going to the beach.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world”

Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Social Work
-CSU San Bernardino

Master’s degree in Educational Counseling and Guidance
-CSU San Bernardino

I am first in my family to attend college

Hobbies: I like gardening, walking/hiking, and cooking with friends.

Administrative & Support Staff

Heather Jones

Heather Jones
Director, EOPS/CARE
Primary Undocu Liaison (DREAMers)
Foster Success Initiative Liaison (Guiding Light)

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
- Maya Angelou

B.A. Sociology
-Holy Names University

M.Ed. Counseling and Guidance
-Howard University

-Loma Linda University - in progress

1st generation college student

Fav thing: Playing with my son, Cooking/Baking, going to the beach, and laughing ‘til it hurts

Liliana Castro

Liliana Castro
Administrative Associate I

"Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?“
-Frida Kahlo

A.A. Social/Behavioral Science
-Mt. San Jacinto College

B.A. Sociology/Ethnic Studies
-UC Riverside

M.A. College Counseling
-Univeristy of Redlands

I am a 1st generation college student! 🙂

Hobbies: Reading, cooking vegan cuisine, and spending time with my one-year old baby, family, and dogs

Shehnaz Aguilar

Shehnaz Aguilar
Administrative Associate I

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
-Albert Einstein


A.S. Business Administration
-Mt. San Jacinto College


Hobbies: Cake and dessert decorating

Kathy Ponio

Kathy Ponio
Special Programs Assistant 

“In all negatives there is a positive, if you look hard enough you will find one.”

Cosmetology degree
-Mira Costa College

Office/Business Administration
-Mt. San Jacinto College -in progress

I have worked at MSJC since 1997 starting as a student worker and temporary employee, becoming a permanent employee in 2000.

First generation college student.

Hobbies: Dancing, karaoke, spending time with children and grandchildren, the beach

Juan Mata

Juan Mata
Special Programs Assistant

“What doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger”
-Friedrich Nietzche

A.S. Computer Drafting and Design
-ITT Technical Institute

1st generation student and first Upward Bound graduate

Hobbies: Family, travelling, and gardening

Betzi Miranda

Betzi Miranda
Marketing & Outreach Specialist

“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”
-Maya Angelou

A.S. Mathematics
-Mt. San Jacinto College

1st generation college student

Hobbies: Admiring nature, cheering from the sidelines