About Us


The purpose of the Division of Student Affairs at Sonoma State University is to provide programs, services, and initiatives that ensure student success, promote a sense of belonging, and foster holistic student development.


  • Advance a community that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.
  • Provide quality programs, services, initiatives, and infrastructure that ensure student success, progress towards degree completion, and timely graduation.
  • Deliver purpose-driven co-curriculum and leadership cultivation integral to Sonoma State's community Learning framework.
  • Provide physical and mental health care, early intervention, and prevention education to promote health, wellbeing, and safety.
  • Ground our work in current research and best practices as scholar-practitioners in the field of higher education.
  • Provide university leadership in areas of student and community safety, student development, health, wellbeing, and citizenship.
  • Be good stewards of our fiscal and personnel resources.
  • Pursue a culture of evidence and continuous improvement.
  • Provide opportunities to neighboring communities to encourage access and degree completion.

Organizational Chart

  • SSU President
    Mike Lee, Ph.D.

    • Vice President for Student Affairs
      Gerald L. Jones, J.D.

      • Executive Assistant and Student Affairs Strategic Project Specialist, Rachel Carbone, M.A.

      • Executive Director, Associated Students, Erik Dickson, M.A.

        • Associated Students Productions, Mariah Atkins

        • Basic Needs Initiatives, Michaela Bietz

        • The Children's School, Melissa Nelson

        • Join Us Making Progress, Michaela Bietz

        • Student Government, vacant

      • Financial & Business Operations
        Anna Reynolds-Smith, M.P.A., Assistant Vice President

      • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
        Laura Williams, Psy.D., Director

        • Confidential Advocacy, Kellie Douglas

      • Student Access & Educational Equity
        Dr. Sarah Ellison,  Associate Vice President for Student Access & Success

        • Center for Academic Access & Student Enrichment (CAASE
          Khou Yang-Vigil, Director of Equity & Access Programs

          • Disability Services for Students, Brent Boyer, Director

          • DREAM Center, Alma Sanchez-Carreno, Coordinator

          • Educational Opportunity Program, Khou Yang-Vigil

          • Military & Veteran Resource Center, Yvonne Kang-Lopez, Veteran Services Advisor

          • Seawolf Scholars, Shelly Gomez, Seawolf Scholars Manager

          • Student Support Services, Rosemarie Calzontzi, Interim TRIO SSS Operations Manager

            • Pre-Collegiate Programs, Jesus Maldonado, Sr. Director

              • Eshawn Zuniga, Associate Director of Business Operations

        • Student Success & Advising

          • The Advising and Transfer Center, Michael Balasek, Director of the Advising Center

          • Student Success & Retention Programs, Alvin Nguyen, Director

          • Career Center, Becky Sandoval Young

      • Student Engagement / Dean of Students
        Ryan Jasen-Henne, Ph.D., Assoc Vice President & Dean of Students

        • Campus Recreation, Ben Ellis, Interim Director

        • Residential Education & Campus Housing, Erin Hunter, Director

        • Student Involvement, Mo Phillips, Director

        • University Conduct, Ben Ellis, Director

      • Student Health Center

        • Laura Williams, Psy.D., Interim Director


Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan 2025

The Student Experience

Discover SSU

From the world-class Green Music Center to the beautiful Lakes, SSU is a shining example of what makes Sonoma County one of the world’s most desirable locations. The stunning beauty of the 269-acre campus is just part of what makes Sonoma State a unique liberal arts university. The residential campus houses one-third of its students, with plenty of on-campus activities and off-campus excursions throughout the Bay Area. SSU’s unique programs and small class sizes ensure you’ll get the individual attention you need to succeed. We invite you to come see for yourself what makes Sonoma State one of the California State University’s most popular campuses.