"I am originally from Crescent City, CA but have lived in the Central Valley for over 8 years. I attended CSU, Chico were I earned a B.A. in History and a M.A. in Social Science with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration. I enjoy spending time with my three dogs, wakeboarding, swimming and traveling. I came to work at UC Merced for the opportunity to build something new and focus on implementing services that meet students ever changing needs. Working at the SFC has given me the opportunity to study customer service and the overall student experience; through this I have worked with our team to develop a One Stop operation that is designed to promote self sufficiency and student success."
I was born and raised in Merced then moved to attend college at San Francisco State University. I earned my Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Management. On my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, and outdoor adventures. I believe in pursuing higher education. Being part of UC Merced has allowed me to assist students as they reach their educational goals.
Enrollment Service Advisor
I was born in Paramount, California but raised right here in Merced, California; watching my hometown grow into a university town has been a wonderful experience, so you can only imagine how excited I am to be a part of it. I am passionately working to graduate with a B.A. in Sociology so that I may continue to contribute to the beautiful, diverse culture easily found on this campus. In my spare time I enjoy traveling to places I've never seen or simply breaking bread with my hilarious and loving friends. I go to Disneyland as much as possible, enjoy penning prose or poetry, and can be found in a Green Bay Packer jersey on most game days. There are few foods I would not try. I quite enjoy learning. And I strongly believe that staying true to our innate curiosity is the only way to adventure through life. While I am here my goal is to touch the lives of students, faculty, and staff here at UC Merced with knowledge, light, and understanding. This world is full of possibilities: let's make a change together.
Assistant Director, UCOE Academic Records & Academic Support
I was born in Middle East however been in California for 20+ years, mostly in Fresno, Ca and the Bay Area. English is my fourth language. I come from a huge Armenian family and I have two beautiful kids in college and an awesome dog named Picasso. I have worked in higher education for over 13 years and it never gets old to help students achieve their educational goals. I am lucky to be working here at UC MERCED because this is an absolute GEM for our Central Valley students.
Enrollment Services Advisor, UCOE/Cross Campus
I have lived in this wonderful area know as the Central Valley all of my life. I attended CSU Stanislaus and earned a B.A. In Liberal Studies with a concentration in Early Childhood Development. I have had the privilege of working in higher education for over 19 years and enjoy every aspect of helping students obtain their educational goals. When I’m not working you can find me spending time with my family and friends, walking/hiking and exploring new places, trying new foods or spending time at the beach. A new hobby I am looking forward to trying is kayaking. I am excited to be part of UC Merced and working with you on this extraordinary journey.
Enrollment Services Advisor, Operations Manager
I was born in Fresno, California and came to UC Merced to complete my B.A. I majored in Economics and Psychology with a minor in Sociology. Immediately after graduation I went to Fresno State to complete my M.A. in Higher Education, Administration, and Leadership. While at UC Merced I worked as the Lead Student Assistant for the SFC, and after leaving I went on to coordinate Clubs and Organizations and Major Campus Events at Fresno State. I am passionate about student success, social justice issues, and making a difference in higher education. I supervisor our Enrollment Services Peer Mentor team. In my free time I like to travel, attend concerts, spend time with family and try new food places!
Enrollment Services Advisor
My name is Cheryl Petersen, I was born and raised in Merced County. I am a mother to 2 adult children and a Grandmother to 1 Grandchild. When I am not working, I am either spending time with my 93-year-old Grandmother and parents. I enjoy solving puzzles and watching crime shows on ID. I recently moved back home after living in Morgantown,WV for 13 years. I bring with me, to UC Merced, over 30 years of Customer Service experience, which more than 11 of those years are in higher education. I am excited to be apart of and work with, the UC Merced campus and community.