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Provost Office

  • Kate Antonovics, Ph.D. (she/her)

    Kate Antonovics, Ph.D. (she/her)

    Hometown: Chapel Hill, North Carolina

    Provost Antonovics received her undergraduate degree from Brown University and her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin. In addition to being the Provost of Seventh College, she is also a Professor of Economics.

Academic Advising

  • Shannon O'Brien, Ph.D.

    Shannon O'Brien, Ph.D.

    Dean of Academic Advising
    Triton Transfer Ally
    Hometown: Brielle, New Jersey

    Shannon received her B.A. in Psychology, M.A. in Counseling, Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, and is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and a California Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Her research focused on the impact of internet and social media use on the academic experience of college students.

    See Shannon ForDegree requirements, University policies, academic opportunities, major exploration

    Advice to Seventh College students: Pursue educational opportunities that interest you, ask for help when you need it!

  • Cyrus Steele, M.S. (He/Him)

    Cyrus Steele, M.S. (He/Him)

    Assistant Dean of Academic Advising
    Hometown: San Diego, California

    Cyrus graduated from UC San Diego with degrees in Economics and Psychology. Afterwards, he completed his M.S. in Academic Advising from Kansas State University.

    See Cyrus ForDegree requirements, University policies, academic opportunities, major exploration

    Advice to Seventh College students: Try something new, whether it be a new hobby or joining a student organization that interests you!

  • Stephanie Pineda, M.A. (She/Her/Ella)

    Stephanie Pineda, M.A. (She/Her/Ella)

    Senior Academic Advisor
    First-Generation College Student, Triton Transfer Ally, Additional Language Spoken - Spanish
    Hometown: Escondido, California

    Stephanie graduated from UC San Diego with B.S. in Human Biology and completed receive a MA in Higher Education Leadership at the University of San Diego. Her research focused on disrupting deficit thinking in higher education with Latinx cultural wealth.

    See Stephanie forStudent Leader - Orientation Leader, Academic Peer Advisor, and Campus Ambassador, Seventh College degree requirements

    Advice to Seventh College students: Take risks, enjoy your undergraduate experience, and never be afraid to ask for help!

  • Kristin Guzman (She/Her)

    Kristin Guzman (She/Her)

    Academic Advisor
    Triton Transfer Ally
    Hometown: San Diego, California

    Kristin graduated with honors from the University of California, Irvine, with a BA in Education Sciences, and BA in Criminology, Law, and Society. 

    See Kristin for: Seventh College degree requirements

    Advice to Seventh College students: Breathe in moments of stress, seek help in moments of confusion, and to laugh at the little things.

  • Claire Sun (She/They)

    Claire Sun (She/They)

    Assistant Academic Advisor
    Triton Transfer Ally
    Hometown: San Diego, California

    Claire received her B.S. in Biochemistry and Marine Biology from UCLA and returned to San Diego to work. 

    See Claire for: Aacademic Advising questions through the Virtual Advising Center (VAC,

    Advice to Seventh College students: Be flexible when planning your schedule and goals - things don't always go according to plan, and that's okay!

Student Affairs

  • Josh Brimmeier, M.Ed. (He/Him/They)

    Josh Brimmeier, M.Ed. (He/Him/They)

    Dean of Student Affairs
    First-Generation College Student, Transfer College Student, Triton Transfer Ally
    Hometown: Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

    Josh received an Associate's degree in Business from Central Penn College, a B.S. in Psychology from Penn State University, and a M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies from Iowa State University.

    See Josh for: Questions about anything related to UC San Diego, I may not know the answer, but I can point you in the right direction!

  • Carey Wallace, M.S. (She/Her)

    Carey Wallace, M.S. (She/Her)

    Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
    First-Generation College Student, Triton Transfer Ally
    Hometown: Almond, Wisconsin

    Carey earned her BA in Communications and MS in College Student Development.

    See Carey for: All things related to student life: student leadership opportunities, student organization advising (7CSC, Photosynthesis, new organizations), student conduct, access to campus resources.

    Advice to Seventh College students: Explore your out-of-class opportunities and get involved right away - it is easier to add co-curricular experiences from the start than it is to try squeezing things in later in the quarter.

  • Jasmine Belleza, M.Ed. (She/Her)

    Jasmine Belleza, M.Ed. (She/Her)

    Coordinator of Student Activities
    Hometown: Los Angeles, California (West Covina/626 area)

    Jasmine earned her BA from San Diego State University and M.Ed. from UCLA. She enjoys working with Seventh students and staff on event coordination, leadership development, and establishing meaningful traditions at the College. 

    See Jasmine for: Leadership development opportunities, building community at Seventh College

    Advice to Seventh College students: Get involved and explore your passions!

  • Perry Palleja, M.A.  (He/Him)

    Perry Palleja, M.A. (He/Him)

    Student Care & Accountability Specialist
    First-Generation College Student
    Hometown: San Diego, California

    Perry received his BA in Communications from CSU San Marcos, and a MA in Postsecondary Education Leadership with an emphasis in Student Affairs from San Diego State University. 

    See Perry For:  Students' transition to college, promoting DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) work,  assisting students with crisis and emergency response. 

    Advice to Seventh College Students: Get involved in the campus community and in something you feel passionate about. Don’t overstretch your self with too many activities, but if you commit to one or two,  UC San Diego will start to feel more like a place that you can call home.

  • Kirstin Pianalto, M.A. (She/Her)

    Kirstin Pianalto, M.A. (She/Her)

    Senior New Student Programs Specialist
    Triton Transfer Ally
    Hometown: Riverside, California

    Kirstin received a B.S. in Psychology with a Specialization in Developmental Psychology from UC San Diego's Revelle College and an MA in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University. 

    See Kirstin for: New Student Orientation, Triton Day, social media requests for Seventh College

    Advice to Seventh College students: Pursue your passions, get involved, and ask for help when you need it!

  • Jordan Hinze (He/Him)

    Jordan Hinze (He/Him)

    Student Affairs Program Assistant
    Transfer College Student, Triton Transfer Ally
    Hometown: San Marcos, California

    Jordan attended CSU Sacramento and Palomar College, and then transferred to UC San Diego to earn his BA in Political Science and Minor in Environmental Studies.

    See Jordan for: Starting a student club or organization, resources/things to do in San Diego

    Advice to Seventh College students: Build a networks of staff, professors, and peers before graduating. Also, explore San Diego!

  • Tracy Dorfman

    Executive Assistant for Dean of Student Affairs

Residence Life

  • Cari Ann Urabe, Ph.D. (She/Her)

    Cari Ann Urabe, Ph.D. (She/Her)

    Director of Residence Life & Associate Dean of Student Affairs 
    Triton Transfer Ally
    Hometown: Mililani, Hawaii

    Cari received a BA in Business from Eastern Washington University, MA in Student Development Administration from Seattle University, and her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Bowling Green State University.

    See Cari forOpportunities to get involved in Residence Life (volunteer or paid positions), Feedback about the Seventh College Residence Life experience, Students of Concern, Connection to Resources

    Advice to Seventh College students: Take advantage of all the different opportunities that are available to you (join or start clubs, travel abroad, seek leadership opportunities, explore off campus resources, engage with people from different backgrounds, get to know faculty and staff on campus, etc.)

  • Michelle Hunter-Lancaster, M.S.

    Michelle Hunter-Lancaster, M.S.

    Assistant Director of Residence Life
  • Patty Lyczkowski, Ed.D. (She/Her)

    Patty Lyczkowski, Ed.D. (She/Her)

    Assistant Director of Residence Life
    First-Generation College Student, Triton Transfer Ally
    Hometown: Bridgewater, New Jersey

    Patty received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Rutgers, MA in Student Affairs from Ball State, and Doctorate in Education from the University of Southern California. 

    See Patty for: Support for Roommate and Apartmentmate Conflict, Assistance with Room Changes, Information on Residential Community Standards and Student Conduct Process

    Advice to Seventh College students:  Never be shy when it comes to asking questions and seeking guidance! Staff are happy to to provide support so students are successful.

  • Sarah Ruelas, M.Ed.

    Sarah Ruelas, M.Ed.

    Assistant Director of Residence Life
  • Sophia Mokhtarian (She/Her)

    Sophia Mokhtarian (She/Her)

    Residence Life Program Assistant
    First-Generation College Student
    Hometown: Bellingham, Washington

    Sophia received her B.S. in Human Biology from UC San Diego and is currently looking to get an M.D. specializing in ophthalmology or pediatrics.

    See Sophia for: Student conduct meetings

    Advice to Seventh College students: Don’t be afraid to try new things and step outside your comfort zone!

Synthesis Program

  • Jill Gladstein, Ph.D. (She/Her)

    Jill Gladstein, Ph.D. (She/Her)

    Director of Synthesis Program, Full Teaching Professor
    Changemaker Fellow
    Hometown: New Jersey

    Jill earned a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from University of Wisconsin - Madison. She graduated with a M.S. Ed. in TESOL and a Ph.D. in Reading, Writing and Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Brenna Gormally, Ph.D. (She/Her)

    Brenna Gormally, Ph.D. (She/Her)

    Associate Director of Project-Based Learning
    Triton Transfer Ally
    Hometown: Mountain Lakes, New Jersey

    Brenna received her BA in Biology from Pomona College and her Ph.D. in Biology from Tufts University. She is interested in breaking down the traditional classroom and empowering students through project-based learning. 

    See Brenna for: Synthesis 100, Teaching Assistant (TA) opportunities, project-based learning

    Advice to Seventh College students: Feel confident saying "I don't know," and be excited to discover the answer.

  • Nathaniel Edds, M.Ed. (He/Him)

    Nathaniel Edds, M.Ed. (He/Him)

    Program Coordinator
    Hometown: Singapore

    Nathaniel received his BA from Denison University and M.Ed. from University of Southern California. Nathaniel is passionate about interdisciplinary and innovative approaches to education and is thrilled to support the Synthesis Program

    See Nathaniel forInformation about Synthesis Program and writing programs, TA applications

    Advice to Seventh College students: Relish the beauty of learning!