Caren Fernandez
TRiO Director
cfernand@yccd.edu
(530) 661-5731

I was raised in Prunedale, CA. My educational journey started at Hartnell Community college after a year and half, I transferred to Chico state, where I graduated with a BA in Psychology, BS in Business Administration with an option in MIS and an MA in Education. I am currently in my second year of the Doctorate of Educational Leadership program at Sacramento State. As you can tell I love to learn. I have 19 years working in higher education and the TRIO programs. I enjoy my job and working with students. I have an open door policy, so please feel free to stop by and say hi.
Maria Garcia-Gonzalez
TRiO Assistant Director
mgarcia-@yccd.edu
(530) 668-2587

I graduated from California State University, Chico with my bachelor degree in Liberal Studies in 2014. But I soon discovered teaching was not where I saw myself and decided to pursue a career in TRiO. I have now been a part of TRiO for 9 years as a participant and professional. I am extremely excited to be here at Woodland Community College and I can’t wait to work with you all.
Meagen Reveles
TRiO Administrative Secretary II
mreveles@yccd.edu

I grew up in Stockton, CA and moved to Woodland in 2010. Being a young mother of 3 I did not think college education was a possibility for me. My husband I were able to go back to school because of the CalWorks program. I graduated with an Associate's Degree in Business Administration from Woodland Community College in 2016. I appreciate and support any program that helps students be able to continue their education, which is why I love being a part of the TRiO family.
Educational Talent Search (ETS)
Uriel Delgado
ETS Specialist, Woodland Community College
udelgado@yccd.edu
(530) 668-2590

I grew up in the San Fernando Valley and went to Poly High School where my graduating class was 800 students. Attending such a large school made it extremely difficult to have adequate mentors and resources. Being low-income and first generation added to the challenges of navigating through the college admission process. This experience motivated me to pursue a career in education so that other students like me will not have a similar educational experience where they feel lost or unworthy of a college education. I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Chicano/a studies with a minor in Education at the University of California, Davis. I plan to continue my education so that I can better serve students as a mentor and bridge the gap of educational equity.
Alison Saechao
Substitute ETS Specialist, Colusa County Campus
asaecha@yccd.edu
(530) 668-2512

I was born and raised in Oroville, CA and I graduated with a Bachelor’s in History and Asian Studies at CSU, Chico. Currently, I am completing my Master’s in History at Chico State. I come from a low-income, first-generation background and was a TRiO student myself back in high school. With the help and resources I got from Educational Talent Search, I became the first person in my family to attend and graduate from college. During my undergraduate years at Chico State, I also got the chance to work for the Upward Bound program and so my experience and knowledge about TRiO has spanned over ten years as both a participant and staff member. I plan to use my experience and time with TRiO to encourage students to pursue a college education.
Student Support Services (SSS & SSS-ESL)
Laura Briones
TRiO Support Specialist
lbriones@yccd.edu
(530) 661-2285

I was born and grew up in Querétaro, Mexico. While living a happy life with my family, I earned my bachelor´s degree in Modern Languages in Spanish and my master´s degree in Anthropology from the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro. I worked for 6 years as a Spanish and Culture Teacher for Foreigners before I moved to the United States in 2013 with my partner. Though I have over 10 total years of experience as a teacher, I knew I found my true passion when I first worked for Upward Bound at The University of Iowa. I immediately fell in the love with the mission of the TRiO Programs because of how I could relate to the students as a first-generation, low-income student myself. I am now very excited to work for TRiO Programs here at Woodland Community College!
Neli Gonzalez-Diaz
SSS Counselor, Woodland Community College
ngonzale@yccd.edu
(530) 661-2529

I have eleven years working at Woodland Community College (WCC). I began as the EOP&S/CARE Program Specialist, during that time also served as Interim SSS Counselor for the TRiO Program. I later became the EOP&S/CARE Interim Counselor Coordinator, and also a College Success Instructor. I am a former low income educational disadvantage and first generation college student. I am a strong believer in the value of a college degree and the amazing impact it can have on students’ lives.

I received my BA in Liberal Studies from California State University, Chico and a Master’s Degree from the University of Laverne in Educational Counseling. I am now a full time TRiO Counselor. I am married with two daughters my oldest graduated from Sac State and my youngest graduated from Chico State.
Joanna Ramirez
SSS-ESL/General Counselor, Colusa County Campus
jramirez1@yccd.edu
(530) 668-2504

My first college experience began at Sacramento City College, where I obtained an Associate of Arts in Administration of Justice. I then transferred over to California State University, Sacramento, where I obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Soon after I attended Saint Mary’s College of California and obtained a Master of Arts in Counseling with a specialization in College Student Services. I have seven years of experience working for different California Community Colleges. I’ve had the pleasure of working for Sacramento City College, Consumes River College, Laney College, and Woodland Community College (WCC). I currently have been with WCC for a little over a year, working at their Colusa County Campus (CCC) in Williams, California. At CCC I am the TRiO SSS-ESL Program/ General Counselor.
Upward Bound (UB)
Fatima Armenta
UB Specialist, Colusa County Campus
farmenta@yccd.edu
530-473-5369 ext.11300

I grew up in Willows and after High School decided to attend UC Davis. During my time there I danced ballet Folklorico, played soccer and was a part of a music group that played different Samba music from various regions in Brazil. I began working for TRiO, my third year of college as an ETS Tutor/ Peer Mentor. During the summer I was an Upward Bound tutor working and building close connections with the students. Being a first-generation student as well as low income, I felt a connection to these students and could see myself reflected within them. Being able to share my experiences, and guidance has made my job very rewarding. I look forward to working with students and helping them transition into college.