EOPS Staff

Yesenia Balcazar, Interim Faculty Director
The Faculty Director is responsible for the general functioning of EOPS services with special emphasis on community contact and recruitment of EOPS student. The Director acts as an advocate for change in the educational system and community, and serves as an EOPS representative on and off campus.

Jose L. Mota, Interim Student Services Coordinator
The Student Services Coordinator works in cooperation with the EOPS Faculty Director to provide educational, personal and career resources to the EOPS students, as well as the selection, training and supervision of the Peer Advisors and Program Aids.

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


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.

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.

Peer Advisors

Peer Advisors/Recruiters
This part of the EOPS team is supervised by the EOPS Student Services Coordinator. The Peer Advisor/Recruiter provides a link between EOPS students and the EOPS staff, the campus, and the community. This group is trained by the Student Services Coordinator, College Administrators, representatives from various departments on campus, and by several community services organizations.