The Support Team

Here to assist you on your journey!

Dr. Elaine Lipiz-Gonzalez

Dr. Elaine Lipiz-Gonzalez

Dean, Student Support Services

Dr. Elaine Lipiz Gonzalez has dedicated her career to helping students from diverse backgrounds succeed in higher education. Prior to her current position, she served as the Director of EOPS/CARE and CalWORKs at Cypress College and also previously worked at UC Irvine as the Director of the SAGE Scholars Program and Community College Programs through the Center for Educational Partnerships. In addition, she has served as adjunct faculty at Santa Ana College and the UC Irvine School of Social Sciences. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at UC Irvine, Master’s degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Student Development in Higher Education at CSU Long Beach, and doctorate in Educational Leadership at CSU Fullerton.

Dr. Gilbert Contreras

Dr. Gilbert Contreras

Vice President, Student Services

We enthusiastically welcome you to Hornet Nation! Fullerton College is a vibrant college campus that takes pride in our “radically student-centered” approach to help students reach their educational and career goals. Our entire team works tirelessly to help students “CROSS THAT STAGE” at graduation and at Fullerton College we live by the motto “Once a Hornet, Always a Hornet!” We have been helping students transform the world for more than a century. Welcome home to the Fullerton College family—where tradition, innovation, diversity, equity, and excellence thrive!

Dr. Queen Peterson

Dr. Queen Peterson

Counselor

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Andre Strong

Andre Strong

EOPS Coordinator

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Arnetta Smith

Arnetta Smith

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Arnette Edwards

Dr. Arnette Edwards

EOPS Counselor

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Edward Clarke

Edward Clarke

Faculty

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Gilbert Valencia

Gilbert Valencia

Coordinator – Cadena Cultural Center & Grads To Be Program

Gilberto joined the Cadena Cultural Center in July 2019.  An Orange County native, Gilberto did his undergraduate work at California State University, Fullerton where he earned a BA in Public Administration and a Minor in Political Science.   He then earned an MA in Higher Education & Student Affairs from the University of Connecticut.  His professional experience includes Residence Life, Multicultural Affairs, and Leadership Development.  His hobbies include baking, watching sports, traveling, and spending time with his wonderful partner and kids.

Linda Kelly-Mandich

Linda Kelly-Mandich

Counselor

Hi there! This is Linda Kelly-Mandich, UMOJA Counselor. I only take pictures of myself working out or in vacation. Linda Kelly-Mandich has been a community college Counselor for 29 years. She has worked with student athletes, honors students, and with the FC UMOJA community for the past 5 years.