The Counseling Department can be contacted at:

  • Fremont campus: (510) 659-6110;
    Student Services Center (Building 7), Room 7302, third floor
  • Newark Center: (510) 742-2341;
    Newark Student Services Center, Room NC1312, first floor, Wing 3

Fremont Campus Counselors

Name Contact/Bio
Diane Berkland

Counselor, Online Orientation
Room 7350, Building 7, third floor
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Job Description: General Counselor
  • Interests/Hobbies: Softball, Music, Travel & Family
  • Favorite Quote/Saying: "Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture. Do not build up obstacles in your imagination. Do not be awestruck by other people and try to copy them. Nobody can be you as efficiently as you can." -Norman Vincent Peale
Nadia Dadgar

Nadia Dadgar.
Counselor, Instructor
Room 7349, Building 7, third floor
  • Languages Spoken: English, Farsi/Dari, Urdu/Hindi
  • Job Description: General Counselor, Instructor for Personal Development 113 Strategies for Succeeding in College
  • Interest/Hobbies: Traveling and spending time with family, Music and International Movies, Sports - basketball & volleyball
  • Favorite Quote/Saying: "Life is a process to be enjoyed, Not a race to be won." -Author unknown
Maria Dawson

Maria Dawson.
Adjunct Counselor, Career Counselor
  • Job Description: Adjunct Counselor, Career Counseling Specialist
  • Interests/Hobbies: Cooking international food, Watching Formula 1 Racing, Hiking, and hanging out with my cats Jenson and Lulu
  • Favorite Quote: “ ‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers - That perches in the soul - And sings the tune without the words -And never stops - at all – “ Emily Dickinson
Jennifer Harper

Jennifer Harper.
Counselor, Instructor
Dawn Harris

Dawn Harris
Adjunct Counselor, UMOJA Counselor and Instructor 
  • Building 7, third floor
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Job Description: Adjunct General Counselor
  • Interests/Hobbies: Music, cooking, watching sports…basketball and football are favorites, and spending time with family and friends.
  • Favorite Quote/Saying: "You may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated." -Maya Angelou
Yvonka Headley

Counselor, Instructor
  • Room 7345, Building 7, third floor
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Job Description: General Counselor for student-athletes; Instructor for Personal Development 150 Career Planning and Personal Development 241 College Success for Athletes
  • Interests/Hobbies: traveling, creative writing, sports: track & field and basketball
  • Favorite Quote/Saying: "Inner happiness is the fuel of success." -Author unknown
Lenore Landavazo

Lenore Landavazo.
Adjunct Counselor, Instructor
  • Room 7327, Building 7, third floor
  • I have a background in Social Work, foster family agency. I very much enjoy accompanying students with career/major exploration. Enjoy the Journey!!
  • Job Description: General Counselor, Academic Standing Program Coordinator, Instructor for PD-113 Strategies for Succeeding in College and PD-150 Career and Life Planning, College Connection Coordinator
  • Interests/Hobbies: Family and friends, my precious Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, snowboarding, reading, travel and exploring, church, walking, laughing, cupcakes…
Jinmei Lun

Jinmei Lun.
Adjunct Counselor, International Counselor 
  • Room 7325, Building 7, third floor
  • Languages Spoken: English, Cantonese, Mandarin
  • Job Description: General Counselor, International Student Counselor
  • Interests/Hobbies: Hiking, biking and spending time with family and friends
  • Favorite Quote: We can do anything we want to, if we stick to it long enough.—Helen Keller
Jesse MacEwan

Jesse MacEwan.
Counselor, Assessment Coordinator
  • Room 7356, Building 7, third floor
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Job Description: General Counselor, Assessment Coordinator
  • Interests/Hobbies: Eating/cooking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family
  • Favorite Quote: "Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he will eat for a lifetime." -Chinese Proverb
Susan Myers

Susan Myers.
  • Room 7344, Building 7, third floor
  • Job Description: General Counselor, Online Counselor
  • Interests/Hobbies: Music, Dancing, Reading, Baking
  • Favorite Quote: “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today”. Malcolm X
Linh Nguyen

Linh Nguyen.
Adjunct Counselor
  • Fremont Campus, Building 7, 3rd floor
  • Language Spoken: English and Vietnamese
  • Job Description: General counseling. I support Promise Scholarship and Starfish Early Alert students.
  • Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, cooking, reading, and movies.
  • Favorite Quote: “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
Stephanie Ramos

Counselor, Transfer Coordinator
(510) 659-6110

Room 7352, Building 7, third floor

  • Language Spoken: English
  • Job Description: General Counselor, Transfer Center, Instructor for Personal Development Courses
  • I support dreamers. If you are an undocumented student, call or email me and I will do everything I can to support you. See also Undocumented Students (AB 540).
  • Interests/Hobbies: Travel, kayaking, concerts and festivals
  • Favorite Quote: It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else. -Erma Bombeck
Brenda Arteaga Reynoso

(510) 659-6110
  • Room 7348, Building 7, third floor
  • Language Spoken: English, Spanish
  • Job Description: General Counselor
  • Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, reading, and dancing.
  • Biography
Wayne Takakuwa

Wayne Takakuwa.
Counselor, Athletics Counselor
Mandy Kwok-Yip

Mandy Kwok-Yip.
Counselor, International Counselor and Instructor