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Location: Bell Tower, Room 2560
Telephone: 805-437-8536
Fax: 805-437-8549
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The purpose of the Vice President’s office is to provide vision, leadership, and strategic direction to areas, programs, and personnel within the Division of Student Affairs, which includes Associated Students Incorporated, Campus LifeHousing & Residential Education, Retention, Outreach & Inclusive Student Services, and Wellness & Athletics.

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The Division of Student Affairs is committed to on-going and continuous improvement. As part of our evaluation process, we invite you to share feedback regarding your experience with our programs, services and staff support by completing the Division of Student Affairs Feedback Form.

Vice President for Student Affairs Office Staff

Dr. Genevieve Evans Taylor, Interim Administrator in Charge for the Division of Student Affairs

Dr. Evans Taylor

 Dr. Genevieve Evans Taylor serves as the Chief of Staff to the President and is the interim Administrator in Charge for the Division of Student Affairs (DSA).  As the Chief of Staff, Dr. Evans Taylor oversees the Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness Office; directs and coordinates project management for the President; coordinates the University’s CI Connect program; and researches key policy/program matters for use by the President. 

As the DSA Administrator in Charge, Dr. Evans Taylor oversees a multi-faceted Division of Student Affairs including areas of intercultural engagement, disability accommodations and support services, veterans affairs, student support services, student health, student counseling, campus recreation, student housing, student conduct, threat assessment protocols, educational opportunity program (EOP), career and leadership development, orientation, foster youth support programming, student clubs and organizations, student government and student union facilities.  Her work in this area is highly collaborative across Divisions with a keen focus on increasing student retention rates, decreasing the time to graduation, and eliminating the achievement gap.   

Prior to joining CSU Channel Islands in 2009, Dr. Evans Taylor worked at the University of South Dakota (USD) where she served in various roles including the Muenster University Center Director, Student Activities Center Assistant Director, Fraternity and Sorority Life Coordinator, and Orientation Coordinator.  Dr. Evans Taylor earned her Doctor of Education degree from USD.

Dr. Evans Taylor has extensive leadership curriculum development and facilitation experience.  She has developed comprehensive programs, served as a keynote speaker and facilitated workshops all focused on leadership development.  She has worked with a wide range of agencies including the Youth Congress Leadership Program, Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast, WACUHO (Western Association of College and University Housing Officers), Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY), Ventura County Leadership Academy, and the Alpha Phi international fraternity. 


Dottie Ayer, Special Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs & Strategic Operations Administrator

Dottie Ayer

Dottie Ayer, Special Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) & Strategic Operations Administrator, earned a B.A. in Political Science, a B.A. in Legal Studies, and minor(s) in Integrative Liberal Studies and Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and her M.A. in Educational Leadership-Higher Education concentration from CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI). Dottie joined CSUCI and the Division of Student Affairs (DSA) in December 2012. Prior to CSUCI, Dottie worked as a Policy Analyst with the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Academic Senate for five years.

Dottie provides oversight to the Division's budget and staff resources, professional staff training, and assessment programs.  Additionally, Dottie serves on the VPSA Council, providing support and counsel to the VPSA, as well as assisting with research and ongoing projects.  


Andrea Coppinger, Support Analyst to the Vice President for Student Affairs

Andrea CoppingerAndrea Coppinger, Support Analyst to the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA), earned her B.A. in Liberal Studies at CSU Channel Islands in 2013.  While working towards her degree, Andrea was employed as a student assistant at CSUCI in both the Financial Aid Office, and later, University Auxiliary Services.  Upon graduating from CSUCI, Andrea earned her M.A. in Elementary Education from Loyola Marymount University in 2016.  Andrea returned to CSUCI and joined the Division of Student Affairs in October 2017.  Prior to returning to CSUCI, Andrea worked as a Project Manager at Freedom Choice Development, building Charter Schools throughout South and East Los Angeles. 

In her current role, Andrea provides a full range of high level administrative support to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Division Area Heads.  In addition, Andrea also represents the VPSA office on various Division and campus-wide initiatives as well as conducting research for the VPSA and VPSA Council, preparing reports for recommended courses of action.


Crista Fisher, Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs office

Crista FisherCrista Fisher, Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) office, earned her B.A. in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Education from San Diego State University (SDSU).  At SDSU she worked as a Student Assistant in the College of Extended Studies and after graduation was employed by the SDSU Graduate Division and Research Department.  She brings with her years of experience in worker's compensation, as well as elementary education. 

In her current role, Crista provides recruitment, training, evaluation and project management of the VPSA Student Assistants.  She represents the VPSA office on various Division and campus-wide initiatives while providing a full range of administrative support functions to the VPSA office.  She provides daily assistance to students, faculty, staff and the community regarding general CSU Channel Islands and Division of Student Affairs information.  


 Linda Demyan, Training Analyst

Linda Demyan

Linda Demyan, Training Analyst in the Vice President for Student Affairs office, earned a B.A. in Sociology from CSU Northridge in 2008 and a Graduate Certificate in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University in 2014. Linda has worked in the field of education (primarily high school) for over 20 years. Her passion for higher education was developed during her pursuit of her Bachelor’s degree and nurtured during her graduate studies. Linda worked as a Grant Specialist in the Graduate School of Education at California Lutheran University before she joined CSU Channel Islands as the Administrative Assistant for Assessment & Strategic Operation in January 2015.

In her current role at CI, Linda will provide leadership and support for the planning, implementation, and assessment of Division-wide professional and student staff training and development.


Courtney Ellis, Staff Resources Specialist

Courtney Ellis

Courtney Ellis, Staff Resources Specialist, earned her B.A. in Communication at CSU Channel Islands in 2010. While working towards her degree, Courtney was employed at CSUCI in both Housing & Residential Education and the Vice President’s office as a student assistant. After graduating, Courtney continued working in the VPSA office in progressively responsible administrative support roles until she was hired into her current position in November 2014.  Courtney is currently working towards a Master's degree in Higher Education. 

In her role, Courtney can assist with recruiting and hiring staff as well as personnel changes, serve as a resource for questions regarding Human Resources and Payroll issues or concerns, and assist with space and furniture planning for the Division of Student Affairs. 


Khatira Assil Tarvirdian, Assessment & Evaluation Analyst to the Vice President for Student Affairs Office

Khatira TarvirdianKhatira Assil Tarvirdian, Assessment & Evaluation Analyst for the Division of Student Affairs (DSA), earned an A.S. in Psychology with an emphasis in Neuropsychological Assessment from Moorpark Community College, earned a B.A. in Sociology with an emphasis in Race, Inequality, and Language in Education from CSU Northridge (CSUN), and earned a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in Higher Education with an emphasis in Assessment and Critical World Languages at CSUN.  Khatira joined CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) and the DSA in April 2017.  Prior to CSUCI, Khatira worked as a Domestic Advisor & Residency Specialist at CSUN and Critical World Language Curriculum Specialist for the Department of Defense (DOD). 

Khatira's primary responsibilities include assisting with research, analysis, planning and implementation of assessment-related initiatives on behalf of the DSA, supporting staff with the planning, implementation, and assessment of Division programs and services, reviewing program aims, objectives, outcomes, strategies, and additional assessment related reports, serving as the point of contact for the Division's Comprehensive Program Review (CPR) process, training and guiding Division members on the CPR review model, monitoring the areas' progress and providing ongoing assistance for completing the process, and also serving as the point of contact for the DSA data centralization requests.  


Dianne Wei, Budget and Operations Analyst

Dianne Wei

Dianne Wei, Budget and Operations Analyst, earned a B.A. in Communication with an emphasis in Entertainment from the University of Southern California in 2003. After graduation she moved back to her hometown of Ventura County and worked as the Executive Assistant to the President for a small non-profit company named Film Clips Spirit of America. In November 2004, Dianne joined CSU Channel Islands (CI) as the Development Assistant in the Division of University Advancement. While in University Advancement, she held two other positions: Development and Special Events Coordinator and Administrative and Budget Analyst. It was in her role as Administrative and Budget Analyst that she found her passion for budgets and analysis. She managed the CI Foundation budget and collaborated with many individuals across campus.

Dianne joined the Division of Student Affairs in August 2013. In her current position, Dianne assists with the management of budgets within the Division of Student Affairs. Additionally, she assists with the development of streamlined processes and procedures, and provides support to the Student Fee Advisory Fee Committee, Recreation and Athletic Fee Committee, and Student Health Advisory Fee Committee.