Meet the Staff

Mike Tocydlowski, director of financial aid, was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from Goldey-Beacom College, a master’s degree in higher education from Drexel University and all but dissertation for his doctorate in education from Northeastern University. Mike’s academic research focuses on the impacts and methods of increasing financial support to underserved student populations. Mike started his higher education career at his alma mater and hasn’t looked back. He has spent the past 15+ years working in admissions, financial aid, academic advising, and registrar’s offices. In his free time, Mike enjoys spending time outdoors with his husband and dog, traveling, and spending as much time possible at the beach.

Nancy Medina, Associate Director of Financial Aid

Nancy Medina, sr. associate director of financial aid, was born and raised in Bell Gardens, California and graduated from Bell Gardens High School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Occidental College. While a student at Occidental, Nancy was a work-study student in both the Admission and Financial Aid offices. After graduating, she worked as a Financial Aid Counselor at Occidental and was there for eight years before coming to Pitzer. Nancy’s tasks include managing overseeing the office’s software system, reviewing aid eligibility, and counseling students and their families. Nancy is also fluent in Spanish and is available to counsel Spanish-speaking families. When not at work, Nancy stays busy by caring for her son, dog and two cats. They are all a handful!

Catherine Acosta

Catherine Acosta, assistant director of financial aid, was born and raised in Sanger, California and graduated from Sanger High School. She is a Pitzer alumna and earned a combined degree in Organizational Studies and Sociology. While a student at Pitzer, Catherine worked as a student assistant in both the Office of Admission and the Office of Student Affairs. Catherine’s day-to-day tasks include managing outside scholarships, processing educational loans and meeting with students and their families to discuss how to finance an education at Pitzer College. In addition, Catherine oversees the Federal Work-Study Program. When not at work, Catherine enjoys reading, baking and spending time with her family (especially her nieces).

Carla Hernandez, financial aid specialist, was born and raised in Southern California. After graduating from Henry J. Kaiser High School, she attended Chaffey Community College and later transferred to Cal State San Bernardino where she earned her degree in Communication Studies. During her time at Cal State San Bernardino, Carla spent a semester abroad in South Korea. After graduating in 2016, she was eager to work in the world of higher education and was thrilled to find an opportunity to do so at Pitzer. In her free time, Carla loves playing basketball, planning road trips with her family and hanging out with friends.

Carina Salgado, Financial Aid Counselor, was born and raised in Pomona, California. She graduated from Montclair High School, attended Mt. Sac, and transferred to Cal Poly Pomona, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies. During her time at Cal Poly Pomona, she worked as a Learning Strategist for EOP, which sparked her interest in the higher education workforce. Carina’s tasks include managing the Cal Grant program, Work-study, file review, and counseling students/parents. In her free time, Carina likes to travel, journal, thrift, and upcycle clothes.