Meet the Staff

Brian Carlisle

Brian Carlisle
Vice President for Student Affairs
Scott Hall 123
Open Office Hours: Mondays, 3-4 p.m.

Brian came to Pitzer in July 2013 after serving as dean of students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Prior to his service at UW-Eau Claire, Brian served as associate vice president and dean of students at the San Francisco Art Institute and as associate dean of students at UCLA. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees from The University of Alabama and a juris doctor from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles. Brian loves fishing and riding his bike to campus. He enjoys traveling the world and names New Zealand, Iceland, and Sweden among his favorite countries.

Moya Carter

Moya Carter
Dean of Students
Director of Campus Life
Scott Hall 121

Emphasis areas:
• Residential life and housing
• New student orientation
• New student mentor program
• Pitzer Activities (PAct)
• 5C Residential Life Dean's Meeting

Moya had her first introduction to student affairs while an undergraduate at Azusa Pacific University. Heavily involved in both the music and student leadership programs, she found her passion for working with college students while involved with the orientation program and as a resident assistant. Moya continued to find ways to stay connected with students while she completed a masters of education in college student affairs and went on to be a residence director for freshman girls in San Diego, California. Moya is currently pursuing her Ph.D in higher education at Claremont Graduate University.

Moya had the opportunity to join the Office of Student Affairs staff at Pitzer College ten years ago and characterizes her job as a generalist. She is the first to admit that she has the best job in the world. She works primarily within the campus life umbrella: residential life and housing, student activities, orientation, and the new student mentor program. She is also one of the primary judicial officers, works with Judicial Council and is a certified sexual assault counselor. She represents the Office of Student Affairs on the Diversity Committee and serves on the Staff Council Representative (SCR) committee. Moya has the opportunity to work with her 5C colleagues through the 5C Residential Life Deans, Activities and Orientation committees and is the OSA liaison for counseling and health services.

Jill Hawthorne

Jill Hawthorne, EdD
Associate Dean of Students and Director of Academic Support Services
Scott Hall 122

Emphasis areas:
• Academic support
• Tutoring, academic coaching
• Accommodations for students with disabilities
• Teaching and Learning Committee
• Academic Standards Committee

Jill established her roots in the Pitzer community as a student years ago. She majored in International Relations, studying abroad in Madrid, Spain and Lausanne, Switzerland.  At Pitzer, Jill was involved with various campus activities including the new student mentor program, planning Kohoutek, and playing for the Braineaters ultimate frisbee team. Following her time at Pitzer, Jill earned a master’s in Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, which helped launch her career in Student Affairs.  Following positions in residential life at Santa Clara University and Pomona College, Jill returned to school to earn a doctorate in Education from the University of California, Irvine.  Most recently Jill served as the Assistant Dean of Students with primary responsibility in Academic Support Services at Scripps College.

Jill’s personal interests include spending time with her family and friends camping, riding bikes and dancing.  Jill also enjoys teaching art to kids, volunteering as an art teacher at her son and daughter’s elementary school.

Students should contact Jill when experiencing difficulties in their academic performance.  Jill can provide information about tutoring, other academic resources and counseling.  Students with disabilities should contact Jill to arrange academic accommodations and discuss resources available at Pitzer and The Claremont Colleges.

Jason Engel

Jason Engel
Academic Support Coordinator
Scott Hall 120

Jason grew up in Pueblo, Colorado and attended Centennial High School. He is a Pitzer alumnus of the class of 2013 and earned his degree in Organizational Studies. While at Pitzer Jason enjoyed working for several departments, however, he found his service as a Resident Assistant during his sophomore year the most rewarding. In addition, Jason studied abroad in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where he studied the language and traveled throughout Southeast Asia. In his spare time Jason loves playing soccer and traveling the world (fifteen international countries thus far!). He also loves his cats, Roxy and Luke, watching sports, Mexican food and experiencing life’s adventures with family and friends.

Jason works with Associate Dean of Students Jill Hawthorne to provide exceptional academic support services in tutoring, academic programming and accommodations for students with disabilities.

M. Sue Grier

M. Sue Grier
Scott Hall 120

Emphasis areas:
• Proctoring exams/scheduling
• Staff Recognition Team
• Commencement Committee

Sue comes to Pitzer from Harvey Mudd College where she served in the capacity of Development Assistant/Information Aide in the Office of College Advancement for 17 years. In 2000 she received her B.S. in Organizational Management and in 2006 her M.S. from the University of La Verne, in La Verne, California.

Sue's primary responsibility is greeting students and welcoming visitors, faculty and staff to the Office of Student Affairs. She also is on the Commencement Committee; seniors prepare for graduation during the spring semester and Sue provides them with support including measuring for caps and gowns and helping plan and coordinate Commencement activities. She also assists the Pitzer Activities Committee (PAct) with promoting fun events and trips for students.

Two things you may not know about Sue:
1. The initial "M" stands for Marcella.
2. She starting playing the clarinet when she was 10!

You will be warmly greeted by Sue the next time that you stop by the Office of Student Affairs.

M. Sue Grier

Katie Tewell
Assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs
Scott Hall 120







Alayna Goins
Director of Student Activities and Orientation
Holden Hall 108

Emphasis Areas:
• Student Activities (PAct, SAC, Event Staff, Registered Events)
• Orientation Adventure
• New Student Orientation
• Sophomore Symposium
• Campus Life Committee
• 5C Orientation Directors Committee
• 5C Student Activities Directors Committees

After a very brief time away, Alayna is back in the Pitzer community as the new Director of Student Activities and Orientation.

Alayna grew up in the San Francisco bay area and then came south for college. Alayna initially fell in love with student affairs during her undergraduate experience at Azusa Pacific University, where she served as a Resident Assistant and Community Assistant to first-year students. After being encouraged by a few mentors to turn her passion for helping college students into a career, she decided to pursue her master’s in college student affairs at APU. While in graduate school Alayna worked in Student Activities and Chapel Programs, and got experience in Career Services, Learning Support Services, and Community Relations. After finishing her master’s program, Alayna moved to Portland, Oregon, where she worked as a Residence Director/Program Coordinator for three years at Pacific University Oregon. After weathering the cold northwest, she returned to southern California in 2011 to join the Residence Life team at Pitzer, where she served as the Mead RD and West & East RD. Alayna is excited to move into her new role in Student Activities and Orientation. She is excited to invest in Pitzer students and work closely with student transition programs and the on-campus co-curricular social experience. Besides spending her time with Pitzer students, Alayna keeps herself busy going to concerts, traveling, going to the beach and mountains, being involved at her church, hanging out with her nephew and siblings, and spending time with her partner and three dogs.

Tressi Chun

Tressi Chun
Housing Coordinator
E. Sanborn C228

Emphasis areas:
• Housing
• External Studies Committee
• Marquis Library
• 5C Residential Life Dean's Meeting

Tressi has been a part of the Pitzer community since 2001. Originally from Hawaii, Tressi attended the University of La Verne where she was active in the Greek life community and worked in the Office of Academic Support and Retention. It was during her undergraduate experience that she knew she wanted to pursue a career in higher education.

After completing her BA in social science at the University of La Verne in 2001, she began her career at Pitzer College and worked in the Office of the Registrar for five years. In 2006, Tressi transitioned over to the Office of Student Affairs as housing doordinator and feels that it was the best move she ever made. Building relationships with students and parents is one of the most rewarding aspects of her job. She feels fortunate to be able to work in an environment that allows her to branch out in other areas of Student Affairs.

In addition to her housing responsibilities, Tressi is a part of the residential life program, oversees the Marquis Library, and is also a member of the External Studies Committee and the 5C Residential Life Dean's Committee. She is currently pursuing a master's in education with an emphasis in higher education/student affairs at Claremont Graduate University.

You will likely interact with Tressi if you have any questions about housing, Marquis Library, or if you need any other questions answered and you are not quite sure where to go!

Drew Herbert

Drew Herbert
Associate Dean of Students for Campus Life
Gold Student Center

Emphasis areas:
• Leadership programs
• Co- and extra-curricular experiential learning
• Co-curricular assessment
• Outdoor Education
• Orientation
• Student-sponsored festivals
• Grove House
• Green Bike Program
• Music Practice Rooms
• CPR and first-aid instruction

Drew hails from the Pacific Northwest, but has traversed the West Coast for school, work and pleasure. In the verdant Willamette Valley he completed his undergraduate studies at Willamette University concentrating on sociology and ethnic studies. Willamette University afforded him with the opportunity to play D-III baseball, be actively involved with campus clubs and work in residence life. While pursuing his master's degree in education at the University of California, Berkeley he thoroughly enjoyed the farmers markets, the diversity, the scenery and the general enthusiasm for life present in the Bay Area. Since 2007 he has collectively called Pitzer College, the Los Angeles Basin and Inland Empire his home.

Kirsten Laufenberg

Kirsten Laufenberg
Director of Residence Life and Summer Programs
Pitzer Hall D302

Kirsten is from Madison, Wisconsin and Sitka, Alaska originally.  She attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for her undergraduate degree in Spanish, Global Cultures, and Integrated Liberal Studies.  Kirsten spent her whole junior year abroad in Seville, Spain and her senior year discovered a passion for working with students in higher education during her time as a Resident Assistant.  Kirsten continued her education at Indiana University where she received a Master’s Degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs.  Kirsten then moved to Southern California and worked at Pitzer College for two years as a Residence Director in Mead and P.A.S. Halls.  She then went on to serve as an Assistant Director for Residential Housing at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.  Kirsten is thrilled to return to Pitzer College to continue serving the amazing students of Pitzer as their Director of Residence Life and Summer Programs. 

Letty Moldanado

Leticia Maldonado
Residence Director, West and East Halls

Leticia is from Santa Cruz, California and a recent graduate of the Student Affairs and Higher Education Master’s Program at Colorado State University.  She did her undergraduate degree at the University of California San Diego, where her commitment to issues of educational equity, institutional racism, and social justice began.  Leticia is particularly interested in learning about and supporting social movements involving indigenous communities such as the Ejercito Zapatista de Liberacion Nacional (EZLN) from Chiapas, Mexico and student-led activism in Latin America. She has worked for non-profit organizations and colleges such as UC Santa Cruz, UC San Diego, Iowa State University, and Colorado State University in housing, access, activities, and diversity initiatives. Her future goals include obtaining a PhD in the history of student activism, focusing on students from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) from 1960-1980.  She is excited to be part of the Pitzer family and serving and supporting students as the Residence Director for West and East Halls.

Annie Greaney

Annie Greaney
Residence Director, Mead Hall

Annie is a transplant to California, previously residing in Massachusetts. Annie earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Youth Development from Springfield College, and then earned her Master Degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  Annie fell in love with Student Affairs while serving as an orientation leader, student government representative and a challenge course facilitator at her undergraduate institution, and decided to switch to residence life when she attended graduate school. While working as a Residence Director in graduate school, Annie worked with both first year students and their Honor College programs.  In her spare time, Annie enjoys hiking, paddle boarding and going on many a walks with her puppy, Parker James. She also loves exploring the Claremont area and being a foodie.  Students can reach out to Annie anytime, particularly if you have questions about Mead Hall, the First Generation Program, are looking for support, have ideas for building a stronger Pitzer community, or you simple want to say hi and hang out with Parker James.

Bruce Aquino

Bruce Aquino
Residence Director, Pitzer, Atherton & Sanborn Halls
319 Pitzer Hall

Bruce grew up an hour southeast of Claremont in town called Temecula. He then attended the University of California, Irvine for his B.A. in East Asian Cultures. During his time at UCI he found his passion for student affairs through student government, new student orientations, residence life, and summer conferences. At Ohio University he pursued his M.Ed. in College Student Personnel to continue assisting those who sought higher education.  In his spare time Bruce sings with the 2009 Choir of the World, the Westminster Chorus, based out of Westminster, California.  Bruce is excited to be the new Residence Director for the Pitzer, Atherton, and Sanborn Halls and cannot wait to assist the incoming students to Pitzer College.

Matt Donato

Matt Donato
Director of Career Services, Associate Dean of Students
Scott Hall 126






Teresa Flores Roberts

Teresa Flores Roberts
Assistant Director, Career Services
Scott Hall 126

Emphasis areas:
• Career Advising/Coaching
• Claremont Colleges On-Campus Recruiting Program
• Career Workshops
• Career Events
• Claremont Colleges Career Center Programs

Originally from the Northern California town of Fremont, Teresa has many roles as the Assistant Director of a four-person office. Teresa is an ardent multitasker. She plans, organizes, and facilitates career-related programming including panels with alumni, the On-Campus Job Fair, Nonprofit & Public Service Career Fair, and the Senior Etiquette & Networking dinner. Additionally, she manages the Claremont College's On-Campus Recruiting program and job and internship databases using PitzerLink & NIC (NaceLink/Symplicity platforms). She markets and advertises a variety of Career Services programs using social media websites such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. She counsels students and alumni on writing resumes, finding internships, improving interview skills, and job search strategies. She creates and distributes the center's weekly online newsletters, Pitzer Planet Online – Jobs and Internship Editions.

Students should particularly contact her if they are interested in the Claremont Colleges On-Campus Recruiting Program and/or want to plan joint events.

Linda Bunch

Linda Bunch
Career Counselor
Scott Hall 126

Linda has been working in the college career services field for over 20 years. She is a former career center director (11 years) and prides herself on the fact that she grew the budget 25% every year (or 225% over 9 years.) How? Just ask! And always work with others having a “win-win” attitude for all involved. She has an MA Ed. with an emphasis in Student Affairs and a certificate in Career Education and Counseling. She has the distinction of being a Master Career Counselor (MCC) with the National Career Development Association (NCDA). Her favorite career assessment tool is Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). She is currently pursuing the MBTI Master Practitioner Credential with Consulting Psychologist Press (CPP). Interested in law school? Linda is the Pre-Law advisor, and if she does not know the answer to your questions, she knows the experts who do. Additionally, she works one day a week at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) for a group out of New York City entitled Career Transition For Dancers where she helps professional dancers transition to new careers.

Tammy Muir

Tammy Muir
Administrative Assistant, Career Services
Scott Hall 126

Tammy graduated with a degree in economics and English from Albion College in Michigan. She pursued graduate work in English and obtained a masters degree at the University of Michigan. Tammy taught at the community college level for 23 years before pursuing a job in Career Services at Pitzer and still teaches writing in the evenings part-time at Chaffey Community College.

You will interact with Tammy at the front desk of Career Services. You will hear from her as well in various emails advertising the latest events and workshops being offered at Career Services. She will be the one to contact for any information on what Career Service's has to offer and will get you to the right person in Career Services who can best meet your particular needs.

Zenia Guitierrez

Zenia Guitiérrez
Grove House & Shakedown Café Kitchen Manager
Holden Hall

Emphasis Areas:
• Grove House Kitchen
• Grove House Committee
• SRC Committee
• Aesthetics Committee
• Sustainability Committee

Zenia realized at a young age that food was a way to express oneself as well as manifest what had been passed down from generation to generation. Being raised in a diverse family atmosphere, the restraints on what was tradition and experimental began. Having a family garden, knowing where the food was coming from and putting the work into it helped mold the need to get down and dirty, when need be. At 16, Zenia was enrolled in culinary school as well as high school, and at 18 had completed both. She worked a full time and volunteered at Shiners' Children's hospital. Working at the hospital was a remarkable experience that gave her the opportunity to meet beautiful children who don't let life get them down; it motivated Zenia to continue to work with children and students.

Zenia believes that sharing with others without restraint and embracing diversity is what helps create unique and delicious food. This is what now needs to be passed down. Food has become a universal language among everyone. At the Grove House, students are now in the process of creating an ever-growing cookbook with recipes used in the Grove House kitchen. This has also encouraged students to ask for more technical teachings in food, as well as sanitization, and the history of many regional foods. Pitzer's student kitchens are a great example of teaching outside the classroom.

Zenia is currently enrolled at the University of Phoenix where she is completing her associate in business management, utilizing the on-the-job knowledge to further her educational knowledge.

Brendan Thyne

Brendan Thyne, MA
Substance Abuse Counselor
Mead Hall 107

Linda Lam

Linda Lam
Mead Hall 132

Before coming to Pitzer, Linda was the Community Engagement Coordinator at the Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies at the Claremont Colleges, where she was responsible for developing relationships with community partners and assisting IDAAS faculty. She worked closely with students to coordinate community projects with adults and youth in nearby cities and organized community programs such as the Intergenerational Mentor Program with Pomona College’s Asian American Mentoring Program and Artist/Activist-in-Residence program.

Linda graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Psychology and Asian American Studies. At UCLA, Linda found her passion for addressing issues facing Asian American/Pacific Islander students and communities. She was involved with Asian American student organizations as well as the student of color coalition, Office of Residential Life, and student government. After UCLA, she worked in non-profit organizations in her hometown of Los Angeles.

When she is not spending her time at CAPAS, Linda is involved with community organizations such as mentee+mentor project, Chinatown Kung Fu & Lion Dance Troupe, and Chinatown Community for Equitable Development.