Meet Our Team
Interim Director of Public and Governmental Relations, Marketing and Communications
Office: Oceanside, Room 1055
A San Diego native with a passion for California Community Colleges, Kristen Huyck brings her professional experience as a public affairs practitioner and career dedicated to education to the team. Kristen has been directly involved in and overseen the development and implementation of public education and persuasive campaigns in both the public and private sectors. With over a decade working for an elected official at the County and State levels she always remained in the classroom through her capacity as a part-time faculty member. Kristen graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara with a dual bachelor of arts in political science and sociology and a master of arts in political science from California State University where she studied advocacy and governmental relations. As a graduate of Pepperdine University, she earned a doctorate with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership. Her dissertation, Incentives for Part-time Faculty to Participate in the Shared Governance within the institution of California Community Colleges (CCCs) was centered on higher education.
Coordinator of Communication Design
Office: Oceanside, Room 1057
Gabe Waite graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in art and an emphasis in graphic design. After graduating, Gabe quickly landed the opportunity to work for a design agency located in Old Town, San Diego. During his time at the design agency, he contributed design layouts for the San Diego Zoo's Zoonooz magazine. Gabe then spent 11 years as the senior designer at another San Diego design firm specializing in corporate identity, communications and signing for the architectural, engineering, housing, hospital, and cable television industries. As Coordinator of Communication Design at MiraCosta College, Gabe oversees the implementation of the college's brand; plans, designs and executes marketing campaigns; is lead designer on major publications including credit schedules and annual reports; interfaces with faculty and staff to promote courses and events; and is responsible for district-wide signage. In his off time, Gabe enjoys camping, hiking and exploring the Anza-Borrego Desert.
Graphic Designer/Photography Coordinator
Office: Oceanside, Room 1058
Soon after Alex graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, he began traveling the world with his twin brother Nick, performing their original comedy variety show “Doubble Troubble.” After almost seven solid years of traveling, Alex returned to the United States where he was director of photography on his first feature film, Olive Juice, and a few years later as producer for his second feature titled R.S.V.P. Alex then moved to Las Vegas, where he and his brother performed for more than 11 years. During this time, he returned to his roots in design and photography. He launched and continues to run VegasAuditions.com and Vegas Report Magazine, two entertainment-related companies in Las Vegas. For more than six years, he worked at Wynn Las Vegas Casino’s communications department’s as a creative supervisor and resident photographer. Currently, Alex resides in San Diego where he works as graphic designer and photography coordinator for MiraCosta College. He freelances as a food and beverage and product photographer in the greater San Diego area and is a licensed photographer for Getty Images.
Writer and Digital Marketing Specialist
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Office: Oceanside, Room 1056
France Magtira is a higher education marketing professional specializing in online, email and content marketing. France first joined MiraCosta College as a student and began her student employee position in the Public Information Office (PIO) in fall 2009. As a student employee, she helped develop and grow MiraCosta College’s social media presence, which resulted in improving the college’s online visibility. Her efforts earned her the award of Student Worker of the Year in 2010. That same year, she graduated with an Associate of Arts in Literature and Japanese, then transferred to UC San Diego where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in communication in 2012. France received her Master of Arts in communication from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) in 2015. France is passionate about higher education and loves learning how students succeed and strengthen themselves to beat the odds. She is currently working on her doctoral degree in educational leadership, also at CSUF. France loves traveling, listening to music, napping, and her orange cat.
Marketing Assistant/Switchboard Operator
Office: Lobby, Building 1000
Request Schedule: 760.795.6615
At the information desk in the Administration Building, Susan is one of the first people students meet and she enjoys getting them excited about coming to MiraCosta by telling them about the academic advantages, free programs, services, events and money available at MiraCosta to help them succeed. Susan also co-edits college publications including web pages, newsletters, class schedules, brochures and other printed materials produced by PIO, she is the “swag” coordinator for college-related events, and has been the voice of MiraCosta since 2009. Susan began working at the college in 1998. She earned an AA in business administration from MiraCosta in 1999 and received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a minor in American studies from SDSU in 2001. Susan is a news junkie and a sci-fi geek, especially all things Star Trek. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling the world to see total solar eclipses and has seen them on all seven continents.
Office: Oceanside, Room 1056
A California native, Ruth “Ruthie” Dean is a second-generation MiraCosta College employee and first-generation MiraCosta College graduate. Ruthie began her time with MiraCosta College as a student graduating with an associate of arts degree in social and behavioral sciences. She then went on to San Diego State University where she earned her bachelor degree in sociology with a minor in social work. With the exception of three years, Ruthie has worked for MiraCosta College since 1986. Pior to joining the Public Information Office team, she worked in the financial arena. Ruthie is pursuing her passion to become a commissioned Chaplain to help those in need in our community. Happily married, Ruthie loves spending time with her family, which consists of a husband Rob, daughter born of the heart, Prerna, and her furry pet child, GiGi the teacup Chihuahua!
Katie is making her debut as a student worker for the Public Information Office. After nearly five years of hopping around from class to class with no direction, she finally set her sights on a Media Arts and Technology major, where she realized she belonged all along. In her spare time (what little she has these days), Katie enjoys watching movies, playing video games, goofing off in Photoshop, and going to theme parks. She hopes to one day develop her own animated series for the web.