Advisory Board

The Master of Education in Educational Counseling (EC) advisory board provides curriculum recommendations to ensure that EC students are prepared to meet advising and counseling needs within the current landscape of postsecondary education.The board includes professionals from colleges, universities and non-profit organizations including California State University, Dominguez Hill, the Los Angeles Community College District, Mt. San Antonio College and the Campaign for College Opportunity.

Board Members


Ryan Cornner, EdDRyan Cornner, EdD
Los Angeles Community College District
Los Angeles, California

Ryan Cornner currently serves as the vice chancellor for educational programs and institutional effectiveness for the Los Angeles Community College District. The District is comprised of nine community colleges serving nearly 250,000 students a year. In his position, Cornner oversees the District functions related to curriculum development, academic and student support services, research, planning, accreditation and information technology.

His current projects include the launch of the LA College Promise, the development of the District Strategic Plan and the partnerships with the CSU system to develop a reverse transfer pilot. Over the past decade, he has served as dean of institutional effectiveness at East Los Angeles College, associate vice president for strategic planning and innovation at Pasadena City College and as a part-time instructor with Los Angeles Pierce College, East Los Angeles College and the USC MEd Educational Counseling program. Cornner received his MSW in 2006 and his EdD in 2010 from the University of Southern California (USC).

Vivika DemelVivika Demel
Santa Monica College & Los Angeles Harbor College
Los Angeles, California
Vivika Demel is currently an adjunct counselor/faculty at Santa Monica College (SMC) and Los Angeles Harbor College (LAHC). At SMC, she is an outreach counselor who works with high school, out-of-state and returning students who are interested in enrolling at SMC. She also teaches classes on college success and job success skills. At LAHC, she works as a general and transfer counselor.

Prior to working as a community college counselor, Vivika was the assistant director of undergraduate admission at the University of Southern California (USC). She completed her MEd in Educational Counseling and MS in Applied Psychology at USC. She is currently a second year student in the EdD in Educational Leadership program at the USC Rossier School of Education, with a concentration on higher education administration.

Diana DzibDiana Dzib
Mt. San Antonio College
Los Angeles, California
Diana Dzib is a high school coordinator at Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC). Dzib received her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Southern California (USC), and she went on to earn a JD and a MA in curriculum and instruction. Dzib recently took the oath of office in February 2017 as the newest member of the Baldwin Park Unified Board of Education. At Mt. SAC, Diana assists with accreditation activities, serves as a classified staff senator and is a member of the Adult Education Block Grant consortia, which includes representatives from Baldwin Park Unified.

She is a former college adjunct instructor and juvenile hall substitute teacher. She volunteers as an advocate for special education students within the juvenile justice and foster care systems through the Los Angeles Education and Developmental Rights program led by the juvenile division of the Los Angeles Superior Court. She also has served as a consultative school board member for St. John the Baptist School for eight years, an appointed post that supports the school in establishing a strategic plan, policies and procedures. A committed advocate, Diana believes that education is the great equalizer and will continue to work to ensure that education equity, access, and resources are provided for all students. Diana and her husband, Luis have been residents of Baldwin Park for more than 20 years. Together, they have one son, Eric, who is a junior at Whittier College.

Donté MillerDonté Miller
Indiana University
Los Angeles, California
Donté Miller is a PhD student in Higher Education at Indiana University (IU), Bloomington and hails from Rialto, CA, an hour outside of LA. He is the son of a single mother and incarcerated father. Donté currently serves as a project associate for the National Survey of Student Engagement and as a live-in house advisor for Sigma Pi Fraternity, International at IU. His research interest are black male college access and retention, education and social policy, sociology, mentoring, students of color, counseling/advising, incarceration, and campus organizations and engagement of highly involved students.

He graduated from UCLA in 2015 as a sociology major and education studies minor and was highly active with the UCLA Black Male Institute led by Tyrone Howard, PhD. In summer 2014, he received a certificate as a Public Policy and International Affairs Program Fellow at the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy. He is a 2017 the University of Southern California (USC) Rossier alumnus of the MEd Educational Counseling program and completed a thesis under the guidance of Kristan Venegas, PhD titled: A Phenomenological Study of Black Student Leaders in a Predominantly White Institution.

Linda VasquezLinda Vasquez
The Campaign for College Opportunity
Los Angeles, California
Linda Vasquez currently she serves as regional affairs director for the Campaign for College Opportunity, a non-profit advocacy organization focused on shaping California higher education policy, where she leads the organization’s strategic implementation efforts of critical statewide student success policies in the greater Los Angeles and Inland Empire regions. Linda has over ten years of experience with college access programs, with a strong record of building partnerships and forming alliances with cross-sector organizations to expand educational opportunities for low-income, first-generation college students like herself.

Prior to her current role, Linda held posts at ACT, Inc., New Futuro, Rio Hondo College and California State University, Fullerton. She holds a political science BA from California State University, Fullerton, with minors in Spanish & Chicano/a Studies and an MA in Leadership, Policy and Politics from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Marcelo Vazquez, EdDMarcelo Vazquez, EdD
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Los Angeles, California
Marcelo F. Vazquez is currently the associate vice president of student life and dean of students at California State University, Dominguez Hills. As the new associate vice president at Dominguez Hills (started on June 2, 2017), Vazquez leads eight departments towards strengthening the inclusivity, persistence and graduation success of undergraduate students at Dominguez Hills. Previously, Vazquez was the founding associate dean of students at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he leads six student life areas focused on creating a college graduation culture.

Vazquez’s 21 years in four-year public post-secondary institutions have included 15 years working on three different campuses with undergraduate populations comprised of at least 50% historically underrepresented groups, focused on strengthening K-12 competitive college access and building college graduation cultures. Vasquez is a frequent speaker on competitive college preparation and undergraduate persistence, having presented for such organizations as The College Board, the National Association for College Admissions Counseling, NASPA and the National Council for Community & Education Partnerships. Vazquez received his BA from California State University-Northridge, MA from Prescott College, and EdD from the University of Southern California (USC).

Kristan Venegas, PhDKristan Venegas, PhD
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California
Kristan Venegas is an assistant dean for strategic initiatives and evaluation and a professor of clinical education at the University of Southern California (USC), Rossier School of Education. She serves as the curriculum coordinator and program chair for the Educational Counseling program. She is an expert in the areas of college preparation and planning, higher education, financial aid policy and college advising. Her research agenda focuses on college access and financial aid for low-income students of color. Her most recently funded research projects are related to the role of college preparation programs in providing financial aid information and graduate student loan indebtedness.

She has recently collaborated on policy briefs related to undocumented students and the emerging issues in federal higher education law. She has served as the faculty director for the Master’s programs at USC Rossier and as a special projects assistant to Dean Karen S. Gallagher. Prior to joining the USC Rossier faculty, she served as an assistant professor of educational leadership at the University of Nevada, Reno. With more than 20 years of experience in student services, she teaches courses related to postsecondary administration, student affairs and educational counseling. In 2013-14, she was named an expert in Latino education by the National Hispanic Media Coalition and was selected as an American Council on Education Fellow. She completed her fellowship at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in the office of the vice provost. Venegas earned her PhD in Higher Education Policy Analysis at USC.

Jonathan Wang, EdDJonathan Wang, EdD
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California
Jonathan Wang is the Center Director for the Asian Pacific American Student Services (APASS) department at the University of Southern California (USC). At APASS, Jonathan oversees diversity, inclusion and social justice programs and initiatives targeted for the University’s Asian Pacific American community. Jonathan also serves as a representative for USC’s Provost Diversity and Inclusion Council and has worked previously in USC’s Office for Residential Education and Marshall School of Business. Jonathan received his MEd in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs and Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from USC.

His dissertation explores Asian American college students’ well-being at elite institutions. Jonathan has coauthored articles, presented on supporting underrepresented student populations and lead diversity trainings and workshops for students, staff and faculty.