Office of Student Affairs Staff

Brian Carlisle

Vice President for Student Affairs
Scott Hall 123
Open Office Hours: Fridays, 3-4 p.m.

Brian came to Pitzer in July 2013 after serving as dean of students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Prior to his service at UW-Eau Claire, Brian served as associate vice president and dean of students at the San Francisco Art Institute and as associate dean of students at UCLA. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The University of Alabama and a juris doctor from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles. Brian loves fishing and riding his bike to campus. He enjoys traveling the world and names New Zealand, Iceland, and Sweden among his favorite countries.

Gabriella Tempestoso

Gabriella Tempestoso, MA

Associate Dean of Students & Director of Academic Support Services (PASS)

Dan Hirsch

Associate Dean of Students for Campus Life
Gold Student Center 104

Dan joined the Pitzer community in July 2015 after making the 4000-mile trek across the country from Maine where he was serving as the Associate Director for Campus Life at Colby College. Dan earned a BA in Philosophy from Carleton College and then served for two years with an AmeriCorps program called City Year in San Jose, California. He began his Higher Education career by earning a Master’s in Education from the University of Southern California and then worked at Grinnell College in Iowa as a Residence Director and the Assistant Director of Residential Life. He then moved to Maine before returning to Southern California and is currently pursuing a PhD in Education at Colorado State University. Dan is originally from outside Chicago and is a die-hard Cubs fan. Go Cubs!

Rudolph Ganaden

Rudolph Ganaden I

Coordinator for Academic Support
Scott Hall 120

Katie Tewell

Assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs
Scott Hall 120

Melissa Burrows

Melissa M. Burrows

Assistant to the Dean of Students

Alayna Session-Goins

Alayna Session-Goins

Director of Student Activities and Orientation
Gold Student Health & Wellness Center 204

Emphasis Areas:

  • Student Activities (PAct, SAC, Event Staff, Registered Events)
  • Orientation Adventure
  • New Student Orientation
  • Sophomore Year Experience
  • Campus Life Committee
  • 5C Orientation Directors Committee
  • 5C Student Activities Directors Committees

Alayna grew up in the San Francisco bay area and then came to southern California for college. Alayna initially fell in love with student affairs during her undergraduate experience at Azusa Pacific University, where she served as a Resident Assistant and Community Assistant to first-year students. After being encouraged by a few mentors to turn her passion for helping college students into a career, she decided to pursue her master’s in college student affairs at APU. While in graduate school, Alayna worked in Student Activities and Chapel Programs and got experience in Career Services, Learning Support Services, and Community Relations. After finishing her master’s program, Alayna moved to Portland, Oregon, where she worked for three years as a Residence Director/Program Coordinator at Pacific University Oregon. After weathering the cold northwest, she returned to southern California in 2011 to join the Residence Life team at Pitzer, where she served as the Mead RD and West & East RD. Alayna loves her role in Student Activities and Orientation and working closely with student transition programs and the on-campus co-curricular social experience. Besides spending her time with Pitzer students, Alayna keeps herself busy going to concerts, traveling, going to the beach and mountains, being involved at her church, hanging out with her nephew and siblings, and spending time with her wife and three dogs.

Kirsten Carrier

Director of Residence Life and Summer Programs
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Kirsten is from Madison, Wisconsin and Sitka, Alaska originally.  She attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for her undergraduate degree in Spanish, Global Cultures, and Integrated Liberal Studies.  Kirsten spent her whole junior year abroad in Seville, Spain and in her senior year discovered a passion for working with students in higher education during her time as a Resident Assistant.  Kirsten continued her education at Indiana University where she received a Master’s Degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs.  Kirsten then moved to Southern California and worked at Pitzer College for two years as a Residence Director in Mead and P.A.S. Halls.  She went on to serve as an Assistant Director for Residential Housing at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.  Kirsten is thrilled to be at Pitzer College and looks forward to continue serving the amazing students of Pitzer as their Director of Residence Life and Summer Programs.

Tressi Mehana Chun

Tressi Mehana Chun

Assistant Director of Residence Life & Summer Programs
E. Sanborn C228

Emphasis areas:

  • Housing
  • Summer Programs
  • External Studies Committee
  • Marquis Library
  • 5C Residential Life Dean’s Meeting

Tressi has been a part of the Pitzer community since 2001. Originally from Hawaii, Tressi attended the University of La Verne where she was active in the Greek life community and worked in the Office of Academic Support and Retention. It was during her undergraduate experience that she knew she wanted to pursue a career in higher education.

After completing her BA in social science at the University of La Verne in 2001, she began her career at Pitzer College and worked in the Office of the Registrar for five years. In 2006, Tressi transitioned over to the Office of Student Affairs as the housing coordinator and feels that it was the best move she ever made. It was during that time that she decided to pursue a Master’s Degree in Education and received her M.A. in Education with an Emphasis in Student Affairs from Claremont Graduate University.  Being able to build relationships with students and parents is one of the most rewarding aspects of her job. She feels fortunate to be able to work in an environment that allows her to branch out in various areas in the Student Affairs field.

In addition to her housing responsibilities, Tressi works with the residential life program and summer programs, oversees the Marquis Library, and is also a member of the External Studies Committee and the 5C Residential Life Dean’s Committee.

You will likely interact with Tressi if you have any questions about housing, the Marquis Library, or if you need any other questions answered and you are not quite sure where to go!

Desiree Ross

Desireé Ross

Residence Director, Mead Hall
Mead Hall 109

Desireé Ross is from Pomona, CA and has lived in California most of her life. She attended California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA), receiving her B.A. in English and Literature. At CSULA, Desireé worked in the Gender & Sexuality Resource Center and Cross Cultural Centers, where she was exposed to concepts such as social justice, advocacy, activism, and this career opportunity called Student Affairs. Soon after, Desireé became a Trojan and continued to develop her skills and talents at the University of Southern California (USC). At USC, she served as an Assistant Residence Coordinator and Assistant Residential Area Supervisor and discovered that her desire to influence social justice education and inspire activism could flourish in residence life settings—so ResLife kind of grew on her. She earned her Masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs and is now so happy to be a part of the Pitzer family. When Desireé is not serving as the Mead Hall Residence Director, you can find her working out, listening to music, reading, and hanging out with her partner. Desireé is looking forward to how she will positively impact and be impacted during her time here!


Valerie Schirro

Valerie Schiro

Residence Director, Pitzer, Atherton, and Sanborn Halls (PAS)
Pitzer Hall D319

Valerie Schiro is a Lake Elsinore, California native who took a quick detour to the other side of the country. As an undergraduate student, Valerie attended UC San Diego’s Sixth College where she worked for two years as a resident assistant in the first year residence halls. She then travelled to the University of South Florida in Tampa to pursue her Masters of Education in College Student Affairs. There she served as an Assistant Residence Life Coordinator and was able to fully explore her passion for creating a unique and inclusive residential experience. When she has the time, Valerie enjoys crafting of all kinds, trying out new restaurants, visiting her family, and playing with her puppy, Audre. Valerie is very excited to be here at Pitzer as the Residence Director for Pitzer, Atherton, and Sanborn Halls, and she is looking forward to welcoming the incoming first years to their new home!

Josh Scacco, Residence Director, East, West, and Skandera Halls

Josh Scacco

Residence Director, East, West, and Skandera Halls
West Hall, P217

Josh is from Corvallis, Oregon, where he obtained his Bachelor’s at Oregon State University while finding a passion for student leadership, social justice, and community development. He traveled to the Midwest where he gained a Master’s of Education at Wright State University in Ohio, serving as the founding staff member for the Office of LGBTQA Affairs. He has experience supporting a wide functional array of student life including Orientation, Athletics, Study Abroad, Student Activities, Career Services, Cultural Centers, and Housing. He spent a summer internship at Pitzer as an Assistant Residence Director and loved the welcoming community and campus feel. He is most interested in helping students grow aware of their leadership potential while also educating around issues of privilege and allyship. Josh is ecstatic about supporting the Pitzer community in balancing the core values and the dynamic community found in East, West, and Skandera Halls.

Warren Biggins

Warren Biggins

Sustainability Manager
Gold Student Center 201

Brad Tharpe

Director of Career Services
Scott Hall 126

Brad arrived at Pitzer in March 2015 after serving for nearly 3 years as one of the chaplains to The Claremont Colleges.  Prior to joining the Consortium,  Brad served as Associate Director of the Master of Arts in Bioethics program and as Administrative Director of The Center for Bioethics, Health and Society at Wake Forest University. Both the academic center and graduate program are designed to facilitate ethical exploration, analysis, and research by persons working in health care, biotechnology, and the basic sciences. From 2004–2008, he worked in college chaplaincy as Director of the Office of Spiritual Life at DePauw University. Previously, he was Assistant Director of the Pro Humanitate Center at Wake Forest University, where he facilitated vocational discernment among students, faculty, and staff.  Brad received a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Classics from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Divinity degree from the Wake Forest University School of Divinity.  He enjoys spending time with his family, especially on long car trips, and taking advantage of the wonderful cultural resources in the LA area.

Teresa Flores Roberts

Teresa Flores Roberts

Assistant Director, Career Services
Scott Hall 126

Emphasis areas:

  • Career Advising/Coaching
  • Claremont Colleges On-Campus Recruiting Program
  • Career Workshops
  • Career Events
  • Claremont Colleges Career Center Programs

Originally from the Northern California town of Fremont, Teresa has many roles as the Assistant Director of a four-person office. Teresa is an ardent multi-tasker. She plans, organizes and facilitates career-related programming including panels with alumni, the On-Campus Job Fair, Nonprofit & Public Service Career Fair, and the Senior Etiquette & Networking dinner. Additionally, she manages the Claremont College’s On-Campus Recruiting program and job and internship databases using ClaremontConnect & NIC (NaceLink/Symplicity platforms). She markets and advertises a variety of Career Services programs using social media websites such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. She counsels students and alumni on writing resumes, finding internships, improving interview skills, and job search strategies. Students should particularly contact her if they are interested in the Claremont Colleges On-Campus Recruiting Program and/or want to plan joint events.

Linda Bunch

Career Counselor
Scott Hall 126

Linda has been working in the college career services field for over 20 years. She is a former career center director (11 years) and prides herself on the fact that she grew the budget 25% every year (or 225% over 9 years.) How? Just ask! And always work with others having a “win-win” attitude for all involved. She has an MA Ed. with an emphasis in Student Affairs and a certificate in Career Education and Counseling. She has the distinction of being a Master Career Counselor (MCC) with the National Career Development Association (NCDA). Her favorite career assessment tool is Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). She is currently pursuing the MBTI Master Practitioner Credential with Consulting Psychologist Press (CPP). Interested in law school? Linda is the Pre-Law adviser, and if she does not know the answer to your questions, she knows the experts who do. Additionally, she works one day a week at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) for a group out of New York City , “Career Transition for Dancers,” where she helps professional dancers transition to new careers.

Tammy Muir

Administrative Assistant, Career Services
Scott Hall 126

Tammy graduated with a degree in economics and English from Albion College in Michigan. She pursued graduate work in English and received her masters degree at the University of Michigan. Tammy taught at the community college level for 23 years before pursuing a job in Career Services at Pitzer and she still teaches writing in the part-time in the evenings at Chaffey Community College.

You will interact with Tammy at the Career Services front desk. Tammy is also in charge of sending out communications advertising the latest events and workshops that Career Services offers. She is also the one to contact for any information about the programs Career Services offers and to determine who the right staff member in Career Services will best meet your particular needs.

Linda Lam

Linda Lam

Center for Asian Pacific American Students (CAPAS)

Mead Hall 132

Before coming to Pitzer, Linda was the Community Engagement Coordinator at the Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies at The Claremont Colleges where she was responsible for developing relationships with community partners and assisting IDAAS faculty. She worked closely with students to coordinate community projects with adults and youth in nearby cities and organized community programs such as the Intergenerational Mentor Program with Pomona College’s Asian American Mentoring Program and Artist/Activist-in-Residence program.

Linda graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Psychology and Asian American Studies. At UCLA, Linda found her passion for addressing issues facing Asian American/Pacific Islander students and communities. She was involved with Asian American student organizations as well as the student of color coalition, Office of Residential Life, and student government. After UCLA, she worked in non-profit organizations in her hometown of Los Angeles.

When she is not spending her time at CAPAS, Linda is involved with community organizations such as mentee+mentor project, Chinatown Kung Fu & Lion Dance Troupe, and Chinatown Community for Equitable Development.

Zenia Guitiérrez

Grove House & Shakedown Café Kitchen Manager
Gold Student Health & Wellness Center 202

Emphasis Areas:

  • Grove House Kitchen
  • Grove House Committee
  • Sustainability Committee

Zenia realized at a young age that food was a way to express oneself as well as manifest what had been passed down from generation to generation. Raised in a diverse family atmosphere, the restraints on what was tradition and experimental began. Having a family garden, knowing where the food was coming from and putting the work into it helped her desire to get “down and dirty” when she needed to. At 16, Zenia was enrolled in culinary school and high school completed both at 18. She worked full time and volunteered at Shiners’ Children’s hospital. Working at the hospital was a remarkable experience that gave her the opportunity to meet beautiful children who don’t let life get them down; it motivated Zenia to continue her work with children and students.

Zenia believes that sharing with others without restraints and embracing diversity is what helps create unique and delicious food, a universal language. At the Grove House, students are now in the process of creating an ever-growing cookbook with recipes used in the Grove House kitchen. This has also encouraged students to ask for more technical teachings in food and the history of many regional foods. Pitzer’s student kitchens are a great example of teaching outside the classroom.

Cindy Bennington

Dining Services Manager
McConnell Kitchen

Kathleen (Kathy) Kile

Mail Center Supervisor
Atherton Hall 101

Bryce Sternquist

Mail Center Clerk
Atherton Hall 101