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Tessa Carmen De Roy, Ed.D.
Executive Director
California College Guidance Initiative

T: 323.999.7161
E: tderoy@CaliforniaColleges.org

 
 
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California College Guidance Initiative

Staff and Primary Contacts

 
 
  Executive Staff  
 
 



Tessa Carmen De Roy, Ed. D.
Executive Director

T: 323.999.7161
E: tderoy@CaliforniaColleges.org

Ms. De Roy is responsible for strategy, partnership, and fundraising, as well as all core executive management functions that allow her team to thrive, including budgeting, infrastructure, and staff development and mentoring. She brings two decades of experience to this role, with an emphasis on complex, multi-stakeholder initiatives. Ms. De Roy has spent the last decade focused on issues related to college access and success.

Ms. De Roy received her Educational Doctorate from UCLA in 2011, where she focused on systemic approaches to college readiness and success in the K-16 educational pipeline.


 
 
 
  Data and Technology Staff  
 
 



Michael Burton, MBA
Director of Technology and Data Management

T: 916.325.8567
E: mburton@CaliforniaColleges.org

Mr. Burton has spent the last eight years managing the state’s college planning portal, www.CaliforniaColleges.edu. In that capacity (and as the sole staff person until CCGI was launched), he managed everything from content management, marketing and communications, and technical assistance to the full range of user groups. Mr. Burton maintains responsibility for vendor and technology development, and leads the data sharing dimension of CCGI’s partnerships with K-12 and higher education partners.

Prior to joining www.CaliforniaColleges.edu, Mr. Burton managed communications for a mid-sized print management firm, and has been a contracts analyst and negotiator for both a U.S. software company and a global oil field services company. He received his BA from Stanford University and his MBA from Thunderbird, The Garvin School of International Management.


 
 
 
  Operations Staff  
 
 



Meredith Curry, MBA
Director of Operations

T: 408.272.2285
E: mcurry@californiacolleges.org

Ms. Curry oversees CCGI’s statewide operations including content and curriculum development, implementation in our K-12 partner districts, and support for counseling professionals statewide in the use of the website and associated lesson plans. She is additionally responsible for the initiative’s project management, data, and CRM infrastructure, as well as the protocols and systems necessary to support CCGI staff in the field.

Ms. Curry previously served as the Executive Director of South Central Scholars, a highly successful college access and success program in South Los Angeles. She brings nearly a decade of experience mentoring low-income youth through from the college planning process to degree completion, and understands firsthand the complexities of partnering effectively with schools and school districts. Ms. Curry completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA and received her MBA from California State University, Long Beach.

 

Laurel Papke
Administrative and Data Manager

T: 408.963.6500
E: lpapke@californiacolleges.org

Ms. Papke is responsible for providing administrative support to all CCGI team members and partners, as well as maintaining our CRM database and managing operational protocols. Additional responsibilities include updating content on californiacolleges.edu and the CCGI mobile app, and the management of marketing materials.

Prior to joining California College Guidance Initiative, Ms. Papke was the Business Development Coordinator for a full-service international law firm located in the Silicon Valley, where she supported the Corporate & Securities - Technology, China, and Estates & Tax practices. She received her BA in Communications from Arizona State University.


 
 
 
  Regional Staff  
 
 

Maya Ramos Clayton
Regional Manager - San Gabriel Valley

T: 213.256.5316
E: mclayton@californiacolleges.org

Ms. Clayton serves as Regional Manager responsible for the San Gabriel Valley region, including current partnerships in El Monte, El Rancho, Hacienda La Puente and Pomona Unified School Districts. She is the primary liaison with school districts and higher education partners in the San Gabriel Valley region, responsible for communications, training, and ongoing user support. She is additionally a lead curriculum writer for the initiative, creating lesson plans for integration of CaliforniaColleges.edu in various formats for 6th-12th grade students.

Prior to joining CCGI, Ms. Clayton was Program Director at The Posse Foundation, Inc., Los Angeles, a leading national college access and youth leadership development program. She earned her B.A. from Smith College where she has served as a Director for the Alumnae Association of Smith College. She was also a founding member of Smith's Diversity Advisory Group. Ms. Clayton is currently pursuing her M.S. in Professional Writing at New York University.

Terri Iler
Regional Coordinator - West Los Angeles

T: 949.212.2214
E: tiler@californiacolleges.org

Ms. Iler is responsible for all training and user support of www.CaliforniaColleges.edu in the Southwest section of the Los Angeles region, shepherding an initial partnership with the Culver City School District.

Prior to joining the California College Guidance Initiative, Terri worked as both a professional academic advisor and program administrator at California State University, Long Beach. In February 2009, Terri joined the Destination Graduation Project at CSULB’s University Center for Undergraduate Advising, which used intensive and preemptive advising to raise the six-year graduation rates of native CSULB students. Most recently, she’s served as Assistant Director of CSULB’s University Honors Program, facilitating every component of the program from curriculum building to budgeting, extra-curricular programming, and student mentoring.

Terri received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in English Education and Italian Studies from CSULB, and she is currently pursuing an Educational Doctorate at the University of California, Los Angeles, through their Educational Leadership Program.

Anacany Torres, M. Ed.
Regional Coordinator - Orange County

T: 714.955.9683
E: atorres@californiacolleges.org

Ms. Torres is responsible for all training and user support of www.CaliforniaColleges.edu in Orange County, with an initial emphasis in her home town of Santa Ana, California.

Prior to joining the California College Guidance Initiative, Ms Torres served as an advisor in several University-based college outreach programs including, the Early Academic Outreach Program at UC Irvine and the Educational Talent Search program at University of Southern California.  In both roles she fostered partnerships with local schools and facilitated college planning and preparation workshops for students and families.  She has also worked with the Office of Outreach and Educational Partnerships at Rio Hondo Community College.

Anacany received her undergraduate degrees from UC Irvine and received her Masters of Education from the University of Southern California.


 
 
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