LFSA Membership Directory

Alejandro CalderonAlejandro Calderon-Urrea- I was Born in Pradera, and grew up in Cali, Colombia. Since very early I developed an interest in biology and after attending Universidad del Valle, I graduated with a degree in Biology with emphasis on Genetics. I was accepted at the Molecular Biology Institute of Vrije Universiteit in Brusseels, Belgium, to undertake a master's project.

After the completion of my master's I returned to Colombia to develop a Plant Molecular Biology laboratory in the Biotechnology Research Unit. I received a fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation to undertake PhD studies at Yale University. I graduated in May 1996 and moved to California to work on my post-doctoral work with Dr. Barbara Baker. In 1997 I started my faculty career at Fresno State.

Elsa CastilloElsa Castillo- I was born and raised in Guatemala City, Guatemala. My immediate family and I came to live in California in 1980, and we have lived in Fresno since 1987.

Professional and Leadership Chair. Lecturer at the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures (1995-Present). Currently doing research on the use of archaic terms in Spanish spoken in the San Joaquin Valley.

Interested in bilingualism, second language acquisition, linguistic discrimination.

Fulbright-Hays Scholar (Summer Seminar in Chile, 2000)

Central Valley Foreign Language Teachers Association (CVFLA), President(2000-02)

California Language Teachers Association (CLTA), Board Member (2000-02)

Alfredo Cuellar Alfredo Cuellar was born in the border city of Matamoros, Mexico. Since his early education he became bicultural and bilingual, by attending American schools in Brownsville, Texas in the morning, and Mexican schools, in the same level, in the afternoon.

He obtained a Bachelor, a Master, and a Ph.D. Degree at the University of Alabama.

He is the author of numerous scholar publications in the United States, Mexico and other countries in topics related to Mexicans in US, Mexican culture, Mexican immigrants, education, social science, higher education, and educational policies.

Currently he is a senior instructon in the Master Degree in Educational Administration and former Chair of the Department of Educational Research and Administration at the Kremen School of Education.

Jose DiazJose Diaz- Prior to joining the Music Faculty in 1982, Jose A. Deaz was actively engaged as a performing musician with orchestras and chamber ensembles in Mexico and across the state of Texas. Since coming to Fresno he continues to contribute to the professional musical and cultural life of the central San Joaquin Valley as performer, adjudicator, clinician, and guest speaker for various musical organizations.

Since 1986 he has held the Hon. Edward and Anita Shanahan Principal Oboe Chair with the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra, one of California's most prominent regional orchestras, and performs regularly with the Fresno-based Orpheus Chamber Ensemble and the California Wind Quintet.

Marco DiazMarco Antonio Diaz (Tony)
Title: Graduate Recruitment Coordinator

Personal Interest: Chicano/Latino Studies, Technology, and Travel

Background: Native from Central Valley (Hometown: Cantua Creek), attended Tranquillity High School, San Jose State University, Universidad de Guanajuato and California State University, Fresno.

tonyTony J. Garduque- is a retired EOP Counselor and had been a Student Services Professional at California State University, Fresno for over thirty-five years. He is honored with a reputation as a caring counselor, knowledgeable academic and career advisor, and mentor of student leaders.

Mr. Garduque is a native of Fresno's Golden West-Side and a graduate of Edison High School. Upon his honorable discharge from the army, he returned to Fresno to pursue a higher education. Under the G.I. Bill, he earned an A.A. degree from Fresno City College, and continued on to Fresno State to earn both a B.A. and M.S.W. degrees.

In August 2010, Tony and his lovely wife Frances will be celebrating their 29th year of marriage. They are the proud parents of four children, Miguel, Tania, Omar, and Emilio, and they often enjoy the company of their two beautiful grand-daughters, Priscilla 7 yrs. and Avaeda 5 months.

Luz GonzalezLuz Gonzalez- is from Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Born to a migrant farmworking family who traveled between California, Oregon, and Montana following the harvest, she only received an 8th grade education.

In 1975 she enrolled at West Bible College in Fresno. By 1979, she had completed a bachelor's degree in Christian Education.

By 1983, Luz had earned a second bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies and a credential. While teaching full time for Fresno Unified School District, she also completed a Master's Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision.

During her tenure at Fresno State, she served as Chair of the Department of Chicano and Latin American Studies and Associate Dean of the College of Social Sciences. Since 2003, Luz Gonzalez has served as Dean of the College of Social Science.

Andy HernandezAndy Hernandez- I'm a a 5th generation Tejano who decided to break with family tradition and actually move away from the state of Texas. I have worked in higher education in the Bay Area and the Central Valley for over 13 years and am currently the Associate Director of Admissions at CSU Fresno.

I received my bachelor's from Yale, my master's from San Jose State, and just completed my doctorate from the University of San Francisco. My research focused on the transfer rates of Latino students from community colleges to CSU campuses. In my little free time I try to spend as much time with my beautiful wife and my two small boys who seem to have discovered the secret of perpetual motion.

Christina HerreraCristina Herrera- received her Ph.D. in English from Claremont Graduate University.

Cristina's research focuses on contemporary Chicana and Latina fiction; currently she is at work on a manuscript based on her dissertation that examines mother-daughter relationships in literature by Chicana writers. She teaches in the Department of Chicano and Latin American Studies.

Maria LopesMaria-Aparecida Lopes is assistant professor at California State University, Fresno. She graduated (BA) from the Pontifeicia Universidade Cat-lica de Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1992. She obtained her PhD degree from El Colegio de Mexico (Mexico City, 1999).

In 2001 she spent one semester at the University of California, San Diego as a Researcher Fellow in the Center for US-Mexican Studies, where she started her present research that deals with trade relations between the United States and Mexico in the nineteenth century. Apart from researching on Mexico, she has also done work comparing the Brazilian and the Mexican independence movements, on the creation and evolution of urban centers in South America, and on the Brazilian land laws in the nineteenth century.

Maritere LopezMaritere L-pez is an associate professor and the Graduate Coordinator at the Department of History.

Originally from Puerto Rico, she moved to the US in 1989 to attend college. Dr. L-pez received her Ph.D. in 2003 from the University at Buffalo in New York state, where she lived for thirteen years prior to moving to sunny California. Her scholarly research focuses on the history of women in early modern Europe, and she is presently working on several essays on representations of love and sex in Italian Enlightenment conduct manuals.

Gloria Medina-SanchoGloria Medina-Sancho is Associate Professor of Spanish at CSU, Fresno. She holds a Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. She obtained her M.A. at the University of Iowa and her B.A. at the Universidad de Chile.

Her field of expertise is 19th to 21st Century Latin American Literature with an emphasis on Southern Cone Narrative, Women Studies, Testimonial Narrative and Film Studies. She has published several articles in national and international journals, and her book on Southern Cone Women Writers is forthcoming by Editorial Cuarto Propio. Dr. Medina-Sancho was born in Santiago, Chile, and visits her country regularly.

Shane MoremanShane Moreman is originally from South Texas and joined Fresno State's Communication department in 2003.

He teaches Intercultural Communication, specializing in Latina/o issues. His favorite saying is "ya pa' que; his favorite food is carne guisada; and his childhood nickname was Chango. He often daydreams about sitting on the beach at Padre Island looking out at the Gulf of Mexico at sunset. As LFSA's first president, he hopes to help the association grow in membership, increase in visibility and swell with pride for our latinidad.

Raul MorenoRaul Z. Moreno is the President of the Education and Leadership Foundation a non-profit organization that provides leadership training, community service, professional development, and scholarships for students seeking a higher education. For additional information please contact:

Education and Leadership Foundation
(559) 291-5428


Raul is also the coordinator of University Migrant Services. It provides admission assistance, support services, and professional development for all migrant students enrolled at Fresno State. To qualify for UMS, simply submit an online application. You will be considered for admission to the program regardless of your academic level or your immigration status.

Special Assistance:

AB540 Students
Professional Development
Community Service
Leadership Development
Parent Orientations

Christine OrtizChristine Ortiz- California State University, Fresno (CSUF),

Department of Nursing, Assistant Professor

vrhVirginia Rondero Hernandez- is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work Education and a Faculty Researcher/Evaluator for the Central California Social Welfare Evaluation, Research and Training Center.

She has also held teaching posts at Texas State University, San Marcos and the Worden School of Social Service at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Rondero Hernandez has taught at the university level for 18 years and specializes in teaching research, policy and human behavior. Her social work career includes service in clinics, hospitals, hospice, schools and community-based agencies. She has conducted research related to fetal alcohol syndrome, maternal-child health services, child health disparities, Latino mental health, and substance abuse services.

Ambar SotoAmbar A. Soto

Degree Advisor, Evaluations Office


(559) 278-6097

Degrees: M.S. Counseling, Counseling & Student Services

Masters Project Title: Developing Chicano Youth Leaders: The Story of Sal Castro and the 1968 Los Angeles School Walkouts

BA History & Chicano Studies

Research Interests: Latino Leadership and issues affecting first generation college students

Personal Interests: Reading, spending time with my husband, family, and friends, road trips, scrapbooking, and developing my relationship with God

Background: Both my parents were born and raised in Mexico

Hometown: Born in Santa Barbara, CA and raised in Santa Maria, CA

Oscar VegaOscar Vega- Born in Santiago, Chile, a little after Pinochet's coup d'etat.

Has a Licenciatura en Ciencias con mencion en Matematicas from Universidad de Chile, and a PhD in Math from The University of Iowa. Has been at Fresno State's math department since 2007, as an assistant professor. Research in a mix of geometry, algebra and combinatorics called finite geometry, but also interested in graph theory, knot theory and other topics.

Besides loving math, also loves music (used to be a radio DJ) and soccer.