Meet the Advising Staff
Director of Academic Advising
Sue Saunders is the Director of Academic Advising and Learning Support Services and has been with the Channel Islands campus since March 2000. Before arriving at CI, Sue had worked in the educational field for more than 20 years. She was the founding member of the Advising Center and with a lot of hard work, turned a concept into a reality for students who need assistance. Her office is located on the first floor of the Bell Tower. Her passion is student-centered advising, and she — along with her staff — is committed to providing quality advising services to all undergraduate students.
Assistant Director of
Barbara Duffin joined the advising center staff in 2002. Before coming to CI, Barbara worked in higher education for over 8 years. She enjoys working with our students and helping them reach their academic goals. Outside of the office she loves astronomy, going to Gem and Mineral shows and collecting rocks.
Beth has worked at CI since December 2007. She has worked in the public sector for almost 25 years including 10 years as a 911 dispatcher. She enjoys helping students, staff and visitors find what they are looking for on campus. When she’s not on campus she enjoys spending time at the beach, exercising with her Xbox Kinect, reading, traveling or just kicking back listening to music. She also considers herself a lifelong learner so you may see her in one of your classes.
Special Populations Coordinator
Monica Rivas first interned with our department in August 2006 from California Lutheran University as part of her Master's in Counseling and Guidance program. She joined the Advising Center staff in January 2007. Prior to her employment at CI, Monica worked for four years as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties and interned at CLU's Career Center. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UC Santa Barbara. Monica loves assisting students in reaching their educational and career goals, so feel free to contact her with any advising questions you may have! On her free time, she loves to watch her daughters play soccer and volleyball, read mainly fictional novels, watch midnight movie releases and be outdoors!
Todd Oberson is quite familiar with the CSU system, having completed his Bachelor's degree at CSU Long Beach and his Master's degree in Educational Leadership at San Diego State. Todd worked in international education at San Diego State and San Jose State. Prior to coming to CI, Todd worked for an Italian university, in particular with U.S. students and faculty interested in studying or collaborating in Italy. Todd spends his free time running, cycling and swimming; if he's not in his office check the University Glen running path. Todd's a true advocate for student success and helping students reach their goals.
Emily Pack joined the advising staff in 2011. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University in English-Creative Writing. She earned her Master’s in Higher Education from the University of Denver and is very excited to be back in California and the CSU system. Prior to CI she has been an academic advisor, new student orientation coordinator, and financial aid advisor, as well as working as an archivist in publishing. She enjoys working with students to plan and achieve their educational and career goals. In her free time she loves to play tennis and spend time with her husband and cat. She also loves discussing books and considers herself a lifelong English major!
Sarah Johnson joined our staff in 2011. Prior to coming to CI, she worked in academic advising, retention and student engagement, and residential and housing services. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her Master’s degree in College Counseling and Student Development. Sarah enjoys working with students to persist and successfully reach their educational goals. In her free time she enjoys traveling and spending time with friends.
Blake Buller came to CI with almost a decade of experience working with young adults in a variety of supervisory, mentoring and advising capacities, including time spent working in Career Services and Residence Life at California Lutheran University, where he also earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Guidance, with a College Student Personnel Specialization. Prior to that, he attended five colleges and universities in pursuit of his undergraduate degree, before graduating with a Bachelor’s in Organizational Leadership from Biola University. Blake enjoys spending his free time with his lovely wife, family and friends, reading and learning new things, watching sports, and being active outdoors. He is excited to serve the CI community!