Beatrice Zamora is a retired educator with 32 years of service with a special focus upon students who face challenges of being low-income, educationally underprepared, and under-represented in college. Beatrice has served in various roles in higher education including the Dean of Counseling and Student Services, professor, and counselor. In 2015, Beatrice received the honor of Woman of the Year – Higher Education, bestowed upon her by the California State Legislature, an acknowledgement of her dedication and service to the students of California. Bea understands that cultural diversity is a strength and she has explored her Native American heritage through the Aztec dance and culture of Mexico and collecting Native American stories. She has a passion for creating equality and helping students reach for their dreams.
Dr. Marsha Fralick has been recognized as an Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition for excellence in teaching, curriculum development, and leadership over the last 43 years. She has brought together research in psychology, education, neuroscience, health, and career development to provide students with strategies for college, career, and lifelong success. Her college and career success materials are now used by community colleges and universities nationwide and in Canada. She has a doctorate from the University of Southern California with an emphasis in career counseling, a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Redlands, and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and English from Arizona State University. She has a passion for helping students achieve their goals and dreams in life through developing a positive self-concept and increasing both their skills and motivation to achieve success.
As a member of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, Larry Gauthier was raised in the Woodland Cree traditions and incorporates traditional First Nations value and beliefs systems into student support programs. Larry has spent over 20 years working in student support services and most recently at the senior executive level with Southeast College in Saskatchewan. His passion has always been student retention and success.