EOPS Faculty and Staff
Yesenia Balcazar, Faculty Director
The Faculty Director is responsible for the general functioning of EOPS and CalWORKs services with special emphasis on community contact and recruitment of EOPS students. The Director acts as an advocate for change in the educational system and community, and serves as an EOPS representative on and off campus
José L. Mota, Student Services Coordinator & Associate Counselor
The EOPS Student Services Coordinator oversees the day-to-day operations of the EOPS program and assists the EOPS/CalWORKs Faculty Director with the development and implementation of student service-related programming and service delivery. The EOPS Student Services Coordinator also oversees the day-to-day operations of the Textbook Loan Program and supervises EOPS Liaisons and Textbook Loan Program Assistants.
Marisol Renovato, Secretary Clerk III
The Secretary Clerk III is responsible for the day to day operations of the front desk. She is the first point of contact for students. The secretary clerk provides general information about program qualifications and answers questions related to EOPS and/or MiraCosta College
Kate Coleman, Student Services Specialist
The Student Services Specialist performs specialized and technical duties in support of CALWORKs, CARE and EOPS services.
Candy Owens, EOPS/CARE Counselor/Facilitator
In addition to providing the same services as EOPS Counselors, Candy also works with CARE students. She is responsible for recruiting CARE students, as well as remaining their main contact in EOPS. Candy also offers specialized workshops for CARE students.
Larry Burns, EOPS Counselor/CalWORKs Facilitator
The EOPS Counselor provides academic and personal counseling to EOPS students. The counselor administers and interprets study skills assessments. The EOPS counselor also provides career guidance and information to the students. The counselor is responsible for developing and facilitating study groups. Larry coordinates all CALWORKS services on campus.
Nancy Diaz, EOPS Counselor
The EOPS Counselor provides academic and personal counseling to EOPS students. The counselor administers and interprets study skills assessments.The EOPS counselor also provides career guidance and information to the students.
Jaymie Gonzaga, EOPS Counselor/Foster Youth Liason RAFFY
In addition to providing EOPS counseling services, Jaymie specializes in assisting current former foster youth with transition to college.
Under the supervision of the Student Services Coordinator, the EOPS Student Liaisons facilitate program services and provide academic support and mentoring for new and continuing EOPS students. They also assist with outreach efforts on campus and the community.