Meet the Staff
Mary Avalos, Student Services Coordinator and Advisor to Student Government, has been with Golden West College since 2004 and with the Coast Community College since 1998. Mary is a Coastline Community College alumna before transferring to California State University, Long Beach where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Vocational Education and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.
Dennis Nañez, Student Activities Staff Assistant, has been an employee at Golden West College since 2005. Dennis enjoys playing sports such as baseball and basketball, and enjoys watching his favorite sports team, the La Dodgers. Dennis and his wife are the proud parents of a baby girl, Leilani Samantha! He is working toward earning his degree in Business at Cal State Fullerton, and is a proud alum of Golden West College—he earned his A.A. in Business Administration in 2007. If you have questions regarding campus events, clubs, or student leadership, Dennis is glad to help.
Lorena M. Ortega, Intercultural Program and Student Activities Staff, has been an employee at Golden West College since 2006—where she began in the Intercultural Center. Lorena has worn many hats while both a student and an employee of GWC. She is the recipient of the R. Dudley Boyce Student of the Year award in 2009: the same year she earned her A.A. degree in English Education. She earned her B.A. degree in Chican@/Latin@ Studies at CSULB in May of this year. In her spare time, Lorena enjoys spending time with her family, photography, and being a steward in her community. Lorena feels passionate about providing students opportunities to learn about other cultures through field trips, community collaborations, and interactive campus events.
Carlo Tomàs has been part of the Student Activities team since 2010. Carlo is the type of employee who is always willing to lend a hand to anyone who needs him. He can often be found changing the marquee, maintaining the Student Center in tip-top shape, and helping to make sure that events on campus run smoothly. Carlo’s interests are spending time with family and friends, outdoor activities such as grilling and sports, art, and music. Carlo’s goal is to complete his Certificate of Achievement in Digital and Audio Media. He enjoys working for Golden West College & keeping the environment safe and clean for the campus community.
Heather Sanchez has been an employee of Golden West College since 2010. Heather can always be found with a smiling face and a cheerful demeanor when dealing with both students and staff on campus. She enjoys helping students navigate through the steps they need to take to ensure that events on campus are successful. Heather is a graduate of Golden West College with her A.A. degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Social and Behavioral Science. She is currently in the Paralegal Program at Coastline and loves to spend time with her family.