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Meet the SEA Team



elizabeth sanchez
Elizabeth R.
Sanchez-Reyna, M.Ed.
(she, her, ella)
Elizabeth is a Student Success Specialist/Foster Youth Liaison for Imperial Valley College's Student Equity and Achievement.
Elizabeth is a fellow Desert Warrior, having obtained her A.A. in Psychology from Imperial Valley College. She then went on to SDSU-IV to obtain her B.A. in Psychology and PLNU to obtain her M.Ed. with a concentration in College Counseling and Student Development. She is here to support all IVC students and support them through their academic journey. As a Student Success Specialist, Elizabeth works with each individual student to understand their unique situation and provides equitable support services to help them succeed in their educational journey.
Elizabeth is committed to supporting IVC Students by building upon the resources that can help our students thrive. You can contact her at


Lesly TiradoLesly Tirado-Robles, MSW
Student Success Specialist (She, Hers, Ella)
Lesly is a Student Success Specialist for Imperial Valley College's Student Equity and Achievement Department. Her current assignment is the ESL department. She recently graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with a Master's Degree in Social work. In her previous role as a Social Worker, Lesly had the opportunity to work closely with children and families, providing support and advocating for their well-being. Having once been an ESL student herself, Lesly is passionate about minimizing the barriers that individuals who identify English as their second language may have. She firmly believes in creating an inclusive and supportive learning environment for all students. She looks forward to start working with you! You can contact her at

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I may remember. Involve me and I will learn." - Chinese Proverb

Lesly es nuestra Student Success Specialist de Student Equity and Achievement Department de Imperial Valley College. Su asignación actual es el departamento de ESL." Recientemente se graduó de la Universidad Loyola de Chicago con una Maestría en Trabajo Social. En su función anterior como trabajadora social, Lesly tuvo la oportunidad de trabajar estrechamente con niños y familias, brindándoles apoyo y abogando por su bienestar. Habiendo sido estudiante de ESL, a Lesly le apasiona minimizar las barreras que enfrentan las personas que se identifican con el inglés. como su segundo idioma. Ella cree firmemente en crear un ambiente de aprendizaje inclusivo y de apoyo para todos los estudiantes. ¡Espera comenzar a trabajar con usted! Puedes contactarla

"Dímelo y lo olvidaré. Enséñame y quizás lo recuerde. Involúcrame y aprenderé". - Proverbio chino

Gina Alvarez
Gina Alvarez
Outreach Specialist - Student Equity and Achievement
As an Imperial Valley College alumna, Gina is determined to proactively assist those who wish to begin their college journey and also those that are currently enrolled. Her goal is to guide students to all the resources available that will contribute to their success here at IVC. Having the opportunity to contribute to our students' triumph is something she values and is committed to.
When Gina is not helping students, she likes to travel, bake and garden. You can contact her at

Clarissa Chipress
Clarissa Chipress, M.Ed.
Outreach Specialist - Student Equity and Achievement
Clarissa Chipress is an Outreach Specialist for Student Equity & Achievement. She began her journey at Imperial Valley College in September 2021. Clarissa was born and raised here in Imperial Valley and graduated from Calexico Highschool in 2013. She is an alumna from Imperial Valley College Class of 2015 and from San Diego State University-IV Campus Class of 2017 with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. Clarissa currently graduated from San Diego State University-San Diego with her Master's degree in Education with a focus in Counseling and with two certificates in Restorative Justice practices and Trauma-informed care. Clarissa is here to serve students and support them in their academic journey here at Imperial Valley College. You can contact her at

Sara Gonzalez
Sara Gonzalez
Outreach Specialist - Student Equity and Achievement
Sara is an Outreach Specialist for the Student Equity and Achievement Department. Sara has been with us since 2015. She has worked at the Counseling Center and the DSPS program in addition to collaborating and assisting other IVC departments.

Sara grew up in Mexicali and knows the struggles of someone living on the border. She understands the need for resources and the importance of support to underserved populations. She is an alumna of IVC, received her Bachelor's Degree in Human Services from Columbia College and is currently working on her MSW at Western New Mexico University. She loves helping students and staff overcome obstacles and achieve their dreams. You can contact her at

John Moreno
John Moreno Jr., MSW
(He, Him, His)
SEA Specialist - Student Equity and Achievement


John is a SEA Specialist in Student Equity and Achievement. His primary focus is the Basic Needs Center, which supports students experiencing challenges ranging from homelessness and food insecurity to lack of access to technology and textbooks. John has been in this position for the past three years.

John graduated with his Associate's Degree in Psychology from Imperial Valley College. He then went on to earn his Bachelors Degree in Psychology; and most recently a Master's of Social Work (MSW) from San Diego State University. Go Aztecs!!!

As a Specialist in the Basic Needs Center, John strives to understand every students' unique situation and challenges; and seeks to creatively and promptly assist the student in resolving the issues at hand. Do not hesitate to stop him if you see him on campus. He is committed to the success of the diverse student population that he works with every day. You can reach out to john at

Carlos Urena
Carlos Urena, MSW
Program Specialist - SEA Basic Needs


Carlos Urena is a Program Specialist for the Student Equity and Achievement Basic Needs Program at Imperial Valley College. Carlos graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Northern Arizona University and a Master's in social work from Arizona State University. Carlos is very passionate about his career in Social Work and is devoted to helping vulnerable individuals, groups and communities overcome any challenges they may face. His goals and aspirations are to advocate for change within Imperial Valley College to provide students with quality service to meet their needs. You can contact him at

Spanish:Carlos Urena es un especialista muy dedicado para el programa de Student Equity and Achievement de Basic Needs en Imperial Valley College. Carlos se graduó con una Licenciatura en Trabajo Social de Northern Arizona University y una Maestría en Trabajo Social de Arizona State University. Carlos es muy apasionado por su carrera en el trabajo social y se dedica ayudar a las personas, grupos y comunidades vulnerables a superar cualquier desafío que puedan enfrentar. Sus objetivos y aspiraciones son abogar por el cambio dentro de Imperial Valley College para proporcionar a los estudiantes un servicio de calidad para satisfacer sus necesidades. Puedes contactarlo en

Rafael Montano
Rafael A. Montaño
(name, he, him, his)
Program Specialist - Restorative Justice


Rafael is our Program Specialist for our Restorative Justice Program (formerly IVC Prison Program). After earning his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from San Diego State University, Rafael came on board ready to expand access to basic needs on campus. In his role, he directly supports students that have been Justice Impacted, formerly incarcerated, and those that participate in our Inside/Out Program (Local County Jail students with outside students), our Prison Program, and Juvenile Hall.

Rafael comes with experience and a background in Basic Needs while working in various positions. He has been instrumental since the start and been a lead worker in our Food Pantry. He is dedicated and committed to students ensuring that their needs are met to succeed at IVC. Rafael's hobbies include Taco and Barbecue competitions, listening to and playing music. You can contact at

Rafael Montano
Luis Rivera
Program Specialist - Restorative Justice


Luis is a Program Specialist for our Restorative Justice Program (formerly IVC Prison Program). After earning his Certificate and associate degree in Alcohol and Drug Studies, He is continuing his education in Psychology and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree. Luis actively works to incorporate the unique needs of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated students into the California Community College system and its equity initiatives.

Luis has thirteen years of experience working at Imperial Valley College. Luis has experience working with programs like, E.O.P.S program, Counseling Center as a Student Services Technician and just recently came from working in the Military & Veteran Success Center. Luis is very passionate about working with Special Population groups. You can contact him at



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Location: Building 401
Office hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Phone: (760) 355-1826
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