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Student Engagement Center Room 148
Phone: (408) 855 - 5056, Email:

EOPS Counselors

Theresa Tran – Counselor
Phone: 408.855.5061

I was also a first generation college student; I was raised for a time by a single parent in a low-income household, and English was my second language when I came to the U.S. as a refugee from Viet Nam. I now hold both bachelor’s (UC Santa Cruz) and master’s degrees (Sofia University), but it took a lot of hard work and dedication. I’m here to support and guide you as you work toward your objectives, and know that with perseverance and the support of caring programs like EOPS, you too can achieve your educational goal!

Alejandro Zavala – Counselor
Phone: 408.855.5240

To use theories and ideas to grow others and share knowledge in order to allow others to make decisions and a meaningful difference in people's lives. - MBTI/Strong #MISSION Statement

EOPS Staff

Dr. Ajani Byrd – EOPS Director
Phone: 408.855.5190

School has always been a challenge for me. I rarely grasped new concepts quickly. However, I knew I was capable of excelling in the classroom; I just needed to dedicate myself to the struggle and push myself when times became difficult.  Embodying the meaning of my name (“he who wins the struggle”), I have continued to commit myself to achieving my educational goals. I am proud to say that support networks helped me to successfully navigate my undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral studies and become the first in my family to earn a Ph.D. I strongly believe everyone is capable of attaining great academic heights; it’s just about finding the right “roadmap” to get you there. I am proud and humbled to serve as your EOPS Director, because I get to lead a team that is devoted to helping you create your own roadmap.

Amanda Marshall – Program Specialist
Phone: 408.855.5055

Education is my passion! I am so happy to be here as part of a team that gives you tools and support to help you achieve your goals. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from San Jose State University. I am currently looking into programs to pursue a Master’s degree in Psychology, with the ultimate goal of becoming a therapist. I am here to help, so please reach out whenever you need assistance with EOPS or beyond! Taking advantage of the resources available to you is the best way to reach success. When you face an obstacle in your path, find a way over or around, but never give up on your dreams!