Meet Our Team
Inez J. Barragan, Project Director
Inez is a first generation college graduate with 20+ yrs. experience working to advance Latinx and other underrepresented students into STEM careers, under all three CA higher Ed systems: CSU, UC and Community Colleges. She has lived in Michoacán Mexico and northern CA for most of her life; loves spending free time with family and friends, hiking, cycling, cooking, attending basketball games, concerts, swing dancing and watching movies.
Contact: (408) 855-5060; Inez.Barragan@missioncollege.edu
Lusyna Narvaez, Grant Office Coordinator
Lusyna helps take care of all administrative and processing duties for the HSI STEM and the AANAPISI grant, Prior to coming on board with HSI-STEM, Lusyna was the interim Sr. Administrative Assistant for AANAPISI. Lusyna graduated from Mission College in 2015 with an A.S in Early Childhood Development; graduated with her B.A in Human Development specializing in Early Childhood and Adolescents from Pacific Oaks College in 2017. She is currently working on her Master's degree also at Pacific Oaks College in Leadership in Education and Human Services, set to graduate in Summer of 2018. Lusyna enjoys spending quality time with her 2 yr.-old daughter Islah and husband Lionel.
Contact: (408) 855-5526; Lusyna.Narvaez@missioncollege.edu
Mario Flores, HSI-STEM High School Outreach Coordinator
Mario is from Chualar, CA, a former CAMP student at CSUMB where he worked directly with first-generation, migrant, low income freshmen to provide a smooth and welcoming transition from HS to college life. More recently, Mario worked for Santa Clara University, responsible for supporting various student employment processes and implementing policies affecting nearly a 2000 SCU student workforce. In his free time, Mario enjoys spending time with his wife and newborn daughter, loves sports, watching movies, and being outdoors.
Contact: (408) 855-5059; Mario.Flores@missioncollege.edu
Raiida Thompson, HSI-STEM Transfer Alliance Coordinator
Raiida has an extensive background in grant program development and higher Ed. as an instructor. Formerly, she managed the internship program at NASA/Ames, moved onto Career Counseling for the College of Engineering at San Jose State University (SJSU). In her new role, Raiida is developing the Mission College partnership with CSU East Bay, working closely with STEM Faculty, counselors and transfer experts from both sites, plus oversee “transfer-bridge” experiences for STEM majors. In her free time, Raiida likes running trails, biking, hiking, reading, attending a live event e.g. theater, music, opera, ballet, tasting craft beer or wine with good friends, plus traveling near and far.
Contact: (408) 855-5366; Raiida.Thompson@missioncollege.edu
Marcelo Sanchez-Heredia, HSI-STEM Counselor
Marcelo is a former community college student who successfully transferred to UC Davis under the Transfer Admissions Guarantee (TAG) program. In 2013 he graduated from UC Davis with a BA in Psychology. He then went on to earn a Masters in Counseling which an emphasis in College Student Services from St. Mary’s College of California. Marcelo comes from a family of educators and was inspired by his mother to follow in her footsteps as a Community College Counselor. In his free time Marcelo enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee at the club and professional levels. He is also the current head coach the Las Positas College team. Marcelo splits his Counseling position between Mission and Las Positas College.
Contact: (408) 855-5522; Marcelo.Sanchez@missioncollege.edu
Stevie Jones, HSI-STEM Counselor
Stevie joined the Mission College HSI-STEM Project in Fall 2017. She earned her B.S. in Business Administration from CSU East Bay, and her M.A. in Counseling and Student Personnel from SJSU. Previously, Stevie worked with the STEM and Outreach departments at De Anza College, and still currently works as a counselor with their EOPS Program. Stevie is passionate about assisting students in discovering and pursuing their educational goals, and helping students achieve their highest potential. She considers herself a life-long learner, so Stevie continues to take classes and enjoys reading (HUGE Harry Potter fan). Stevie also likes watching movies, traveling, playing cards/board games and spending time with her loved ones and pup.
Contact: (408) 855-5308; Stevie.Jones@missioncollege.edu
Brian Goo, HSI-STEM Research Analyst
Brian holds a degree in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from UC Irvine and an M.Ed. in Higher Education from Loyola University, Chicago. He’s worked as an Academic Advisor, has coordinated articulation processes, taught first year seminar courses and served as the STEMCore Coordinator at Mission College prior to joining the HSI-STEM team. Brian is passionate about our students’ experience within the sciences and has a strong desire to help them reach their goals through the HSI-STEM Project. He’s also a northern CA native, from Manteca, CA, using his free time to hike, SCUBA dive, go on long distance bike rides, spend time on the beach and travel internationally.
Contact: (408) 855-5261; Brian.Goo@missioncollege.edu