Meet the Career Staff

The career staff are professional staff members who have earned advanced degrees in higher education. The career staff supervises the peer staff and supports the coordination of programs and services offered by EOP.


Julie Agosto-King

Julie Agosto-King, M.Ed. (she/her/hers)

  • Director, Center for Education Opportunity Program and Centers for Opportunity Scholar Success
  • Hometown:  New York
  • City University of New York – Baruch College Master of Science in Higher Education Administration
  • Long Island University, Post campus - Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Public Relations
  • Identities: Afro-Latinx, First Generation College Graduate
  • Hobbies: Watching marathons of sitcoms, and power walking

Assistant Director

Candice E. Brooks, Ed. D.

Candice Brooks, Ed. D. (she/her/hers)

  • Assistant Director, Center for the Educational Opportunity Program
  • Hometown: Virginia
  • Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Master of Education, Higher Education Leadership, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Bachelor of Arts, African and African-American Studies, University of Virginia
  • Identities: Black, First-Generation College Graduate, Queer, Women's Basketball Fanatic
  • Hobbies: I enjoy cycling, doggie snuggles, delicious foods, libraries, the LA Lakers, and spending quality time with friends and family.

Academic Success and Retention Specialists

Lauren Cristobal

Lauren Cristobal, M.A. (she/her/hers)

  • Academic Success and Retention Specialist
  • Hometown: Vallejo, CA
  • Master of Arts in Teaching, University of Southern California
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, UC Davis
  • Identities: Filipinx American, First Generation College Graduate, Cis Woman of Color
  • Hobbies: I enjoy writing, traveling, eating new and favorite foods, watching reality competition shows and Korean dramas, and spending time with my loved ones.
Teresa Hernandez, M.A.

Teresa Hernandez, M.A. (she/her/hers)

  • Academic Success and Retention Specialist
  • Home town: Chico, CA
  • Master of Arts in Education concentration in Equity and Social Justice from San Francisco State University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Latino/a Studies, Minor in Race and Resistance from San Francisco State University
  • Identities: Mexican, First-Generation College Graduate, Sports fan and true crime enthusiast.
  • Hobbies: I love to read, go to the gym for stress, discover new eateries, sneaker shopping, museum trips, movies, quality time with friends and family and live sports games when I can!  

Administrative Coordinator

Michelle Santoro, M.A.

Michelle Santoro, M.A. (she/her/hers)

  • Administrative Coordinator
  • Hometown: Ventura, CA
  • Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts, San Diego State University
  • Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, UC Berkeley
  • Identities: Italian-American, First-Gen, Cis Woman
  • Hobbies: I love making textile arts and crafts, spending time with friends and family, reading, gardening, and learning new food recipes.

Community Counselor

Jon De Paul Dunbar

Jon De Paul Dunbar, L.C.S.W. (he/him/his)

  • Community Counselor
  • Hometown: Sacramento, California
  • Cosumnes River College (Community College  - Transfer)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, California State University, Sacramento
  • Masters in Social Work (MSW), California State University, Sacramento
  • Identities: Black Queer Man, Veteran, Geek
  • Hobbies: Hiking, writing, reading, going to the movies, amusement parks, comic book fanatic, anime and manga.