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Gil Gonzalez


Gil Gonzalez, MFA

Associate Dean of Academic Support and First Year Programs
Professor of Acting and Directing
Department of Theatre and Communication Arts
Shannon Center 110


Samantha CasanasSamantha Casañas ’20, M.Ed.

Assistant Director of Academic Support

Casañas oversees the Student Athlete Peer Mentor (SAPM) and Tutoring Programs in addition to providing general support for CAAS. 

At Whittier, Casañas majored in sociology and was a four-year student-athlete on the softball team. She recently completed her master of education in postsecondary administration and student affairs from the University of Southern California. 

Jessica HernandezJessica Hernandez ’19, M.S.

Associate Director of Academic Support

Hernandez oversees the new student registration labs in fall and spring, the Academic Success Program, and the First-Year Enrichment Program. Hernandez also serves as the lead representative for the CARE Team (formerly PEAP) for CAAS. 

At Whittier, she earned a bachelor' degree in business administration and economics, with a minor in Spanish. She was heavily involved as a student leader on campus. She earned a master’s degree in college counseling and student development from Azusa Pacific University. As a graduate student, she served as a graduate intern in CAAS, the Office of the Registrar, and the Veteran Resource Center at Whittier. She looks forward to continuing to serve students at her alma mater and sharing her own campus experiences. 

martinezChristina Martinez ‘13 

Academic Support Coordinator

Christina oversees the daily operations of CAAS and coordinates programming coming out of the Center. 

At Whittier, she earned her bachelor’s degree in social work and completed a 400-hour senior internship at the Kaiser Permanente Educational Outreach Program. As an undergrad, Martinez was involved in the Thalian Society, Spirit Squad, Social Work Council, and Phi Alpha National Honor Society. Since graduation, she has worked within the non-profit industry. Most recently she was with the UCLA Tarjan Center--a disability advocacy and research institute.