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

PDF icon2022 Organizational Chart

  • SSU President
    Mike Lee, Ph.D.

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

      • Executive Assistant to the Vice President & Lead for the Office of the Vice President Rachel Carbone

      • Executive Director, Associated Students

        • 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

      • Admin/Financial Planning
        Anna Reynolds-Smith, M.P.A., Director

      • Assessment & Strategic Operations
        Laura Monje-Paulson, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President

        • Career Center, Audra Grady Verrier, Ph.D., Director

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

        • Confidential Advocacy​

      • Student Access & Educational Equity
        Gerald L. Jones, J.D., Associate Vice President

        • Center for Academic Access & Student Enrichment

          • Disability Services for Students, Brent Boyer, Director

          • DREAM Center, Alma Sanchez-Carreno, Coordinator

          • Educational Opportunity Program, Khou Yang-Vigil, Interim Director for EOP & PUERTA

          • PUERTA Centro For Diversity in Teaching, Khou Yang-Vigil, Interim Director for EOP & PUERTA

          • Seawolf Scholars, 

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

          • Pre-Collegiate Programs, Susan Wandling, Sr. Director

            • Academic Talent Search, Carolyn Peruta, Program Director, Sonoma & Mendocino

            • TRIO Training Programs, Shannon Smith, Director

            • Upward Bound Programs, Sonoma and Napa County

          • Upward Bound Programs, Lake and Mendocino County

        • Student Success & Advising

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

          • Military & Veteran Resource Center, Alvin Nguyen, Director

          • Orientation & Family Programs, Colleen Mahoney, Coordinator

      • Student Engagement / Dean of Students
        Ryan Jasen-Henne, Ph.D., Dean of Students

        • Campus Recreation, Shelbi Long, 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.