Nancy Alamo, Ed.D.
Nancy Alamo, Ed.D., ('91, '93, '94) has worked in education for over 25 years. She started as a bilingual teacher’s assistant in LAUSD, and has worked for the Clark County School District (CCSD) in Las Vegas, NV for 23 years. She has served the ELL/diverse student population as a bilingual school psychologist and in the administrative positions she has held: ELL Coordinator, ELL Director, Human Resources Director of Applications/Recruitment of related services and diversity recruitment, and later HR Director of Substitute Services. She has been the President of Hispanic Educators Association of Nevada for almost 2 decades. Other community board positions include: Chicanos Por La Causa-Nevada, Goodwill of Southern Nevada, PACT-NV, and member of Alpha Delta Kappa (ADK) for educators. She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in alcohol/drug studies, and her master's degrees in counseling and educational psychology from LMU. She obtained her Ed.D. in educational leadership with a minor in bilingual education from Nova Southeastern University. Nancy enjoys traveling, going to concerts, reading, and spending time with her pets, family, and friends.
Armando Wm. Argandoña
Armando Wm. Argandoña recently retired from the Los Angeles Unified School District after 37 years of service as a preschool teacher in the School Readiness Language Development Program and a TK support teacher, among many other roles. He also served as a consultant/facilitator to the Family Literacy Support Network at the Los Angeles County Office of Education. Armando has experience as a PK-5 teacher, bilingual/school improvement coordinator, staff/curriculum developer, literacy coach, categorical program advisor, content expert within a bilingual support unit, school administrator, and director of the Conservatory of Fine Arts at CSULA. Armando is a past president of the California Kindergarten Association and a National Board Certified Teacher, Early Childhood Education Generalist. Armando is trilingual. He earned a bilingual certificate of competency and bachelor's degree from LMU and teaches in the TK/early childhood education certificate program at LMU. He earned his MFA in dance at CSULB and studied in Spain and France. His undergraduate studies include Lewis University in Illinois and Schiller College/La Universidad de Madrid. He works as an advocate for literacy and a parent educator with Bring Me a Book Foundation. He is a fourth term master of the Japanese floral art form of Ikebana (the Ohara School), and he continues his study of dance at the Colburn School in Downtown Los Angeles.
Natasha Bayus has been passionately involved in educational and non-profit endeavors for over 12 years. She recently joined one of the world's leading medical educational companies, EM:RAP, as a project manager for several physician education programs, as well as supporting the company's global outreach initiatives to bring emergency medicine to developing countries. Natasha previously served as the Director of Education with School on Wheels, a non-profit dedicated to enhancing educational opportunities for homeless students. She earned her master's degree in school counseling and Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential from LMU in 2010, and bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. Natasha continues to volunteer as a tutor with School on Wheels and in her daughter's elementary school. She also enjoys playing French horn in local community bands.
Kenzo Bergeron, Ed.D., Ex Officio Member
Kenzo Bergeron, Ed.D. ’16 is representing the Doctoral Alumni Council on the SOE Alumni Association Board. Kenzo has worked for several independent schools in the Los Angeles area, including Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences, Wildwood, and the Willows Community School. Currently, he is the Lead Math Specialist at Village School in Pacific Palisades.
A lifelong Angeleno, he graduated from Hamilton High School’s Humanities Magnet and went on to run cross-country and track and field for the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he majored in Black Studies and minored in History. He completed a master’s degree in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, and Peace-Building at California State University, Dominguez Hills, and earned his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership for Social Justice at Loyola Marymount University in 2016. His recently published book, Challenging the Cult of Self-Esteem in Education, examines “common sense” assumptions surrounding the notion of self-esteem and questions the historical, political, philosophical, and pedagogical forces that have shaped this psychological construct in education.
Maggie Bove-LaMonica, J.D.
Maggie Bove-LaMonica, J.D., is an educator, innovator and bridge-builder. Committed to public service and engagement, she serves on the Hermosa Beach City School District as an elected board member, is a board member with the LMU School of Education Alumni Association and Harris School of Public Policy at Univ. of Chicago. She has worked in all levels of the education spectrum as a classroom teacher, coach, and administrator. Maggie earned her Master's degree in Secondary Education and California teaching credential from LMU and her J.D. from Loyola Law School. She earned her bachelor's degree from Loyola New Orleans and her Master's degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. Maggie enjoys family dinners, travel, surfing, reading the Sunday paper, and pondering unsolvable policy questions.
Michael Cersosimo, Ed.D.
Michael Cersosimo, Ed.D., serves as the Assistant Director of the Center for Undergraduate Teacher Preparation within the School of Education at LMU. He has worked at LMU since 2010. He earned his B.F.A. in film production from Chapman University and his M.A. in guidance and counseling from LMU. In 2018, he earned his Ed.D. in educational leadership with a concentration in higher education administration from USC. Dr. Cersosimo’s research interests include first-generation students and mentoring. He is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, Kappa Delta Pi, and NACADA. In his free time, he volunteers at Venice Arts mentoring low-income youth in filmmaking classes. In 2014, he was honored for his volunteer work in the organization as an artist mentor. He also enjoys running marathons and listening to The Beatles.
Ernesto Colín, Ph.D., Ex Officio Member
Ernesto Colín, Ph.D. – M.A. ’01, B.A. ’99 is representing the SOE Faculty on the SOE Alumni Association Board. He is a visual artist, Aztec Dancer, world traveler, trail runner, and Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Education at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. He teaches courses dealing with critical issues of diversity in schools, Anthropology of Education, current events in school reform, and qualitative methodologies. Previously, he was a high school Spanish teacher and soccer coach in both comprehensive-public and charter high schools in Southern California. He holds B.A.’s in Chicana/o Studies and Spanish, and an M.A. in Secondary Education from LMU. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology of Education from Stanford University and his research interests include indigenous education, culturally responsive pedagogy, instructional technology, and teacher education. For a CV or more details see www.linkedin.com/in/profetc/ or follow on Twitter @ProfETC.
Rudy Cuevas, Ed.D.
As the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) & Principal at YouthBuild Charter School of Ca, Dr. Cuevas currently oversees the Academics for a network of 21 charter school sites. Via a unique collaboration with YouthBuild programs and 150 charter school staff, Dr. Cuevas has led the development and implementation of a disruptive instructional model that features contextual community transformation as the learning focus across 19 sites in California.
In addition to his work as a charter school executive, Dr. Cuevas also pursues investments related to private school management, development, and real estate via Cuevas Capital, LP.
Christian DeLarkin, Ed.D.
Christian DeLarkin, Ed.D., serves as Principal at St. John Bosco High School. Prior to that, he began his career in education in 2005 as a teaching assistant at Lennox Middle School and recently served as principal of Junipero Serra High School. He is a native Angelino who realized his vocation to serve in schools by watching his father's career in education. Christian is a triple alumnus. He earned his bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees from LMU and is a graduate of the PLACE Corps program within the School of Education. Christian is also a member of the African American Alumni Association. His dissertation title is "A Study of Teacher Buy-In and Grading Policy Reform in a Los Angeles Archdiocesan Catholic High School." Aside from his passion for curriculum and instruction, Christian enjoys spending quality time with his wife Iliana and his daughter Naima, his family, drumming, cycling, and a good steak.
Michael Farber, Ed.D.
Michael Farber, Ed.D. ’16 began his educational career as a teenager working at his mother’s pre-school. It was a natural fit. He was able to keep the children engaged for hours playing, running, singing, dancing and having all sorts of fun. The teachers loved him being there and offered him his first job as an educator. Over the next nine years, while growing up in New York and under his mother’s guidance, he worked at her school as an aide in the after-school program, a teacher’s aide in a special needs program, school accountant, school photographer, assistant to physical and occupational therapists and a teacher of children with special needs.
Michael went on to complete his Undergraduate Degree in Early Childhood Education, Psychology and Writing with a minor in Theater in Boulder, Colorado. Over the next four years, he worked in a number of educational support roles serving all ages from early elementary to adults.
He then moved to Los Angeles where he began his career as a secondary educator. Over the past seventeen years, he has taught high school mathematics at various urban charter schools in Los Angeles, Lawndale and Chatsworth. He served as an instructional coach for Reseda High School and Alliance College Ready Public Schools, and most recently a Director of Mathematics for Alliance College Ready Public Schools (6th-12th grade), and ICEF Public Schools (TK-12th grade) in Los Angeles. Michael earned his M.A. in curriculum and instruction, secondary math credential and an Ed.D. from LMU in School Leadership with an emphasis on social justice.
Michael currently serves as a committee member of the California Math Council working to support the transition to Common Core throughout Southern California and regularly facilitates Professional Development workshops at various math conferences, schools and teacher development programs.
Brian Johnson serves as a Fieldwork Instructor within the LMU School of Education and Coach for Tier II Administrative Credential students in UCLA's Center X. He has also worked with Tier I Administrative Credential students in the LMU School of Education. Brian began his career as an elementary teacher in LAUSD and then served in the Lennox School District for 35 years as a teacher, counselor, elementary and middle school administrator, and assistant superintendent. He served on numerous LMU and School of Education committees and is a charter member of the LMU Kappa Delta Pi education honor society. Brian has been an LMU Presidential Donor for 20 years and also strongly supports Homeboy Industries, Ignatian Volunteer Corps, and the Diabetic Youth Foundation. He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in counseling from LMU. He studied Spanish at the Instituto Colectivo de Lengua y Cultura and has attended the Principal's Center at Harvard University, as well as multiple Association for California School Administrators (ACSA) academies. He holds credentials in teaching, counseling, BCLAD, and administration. In his spare time Brian loves reading, exercising, traveling, and the Dodgers.
Chris Jones, Ed.D.
Chris Jones, Ed.D., is Deputy Superintendent of Wiseburn Unified School District, coordinating the academic articulation with the Da Vinci Schools. He has served students and families in public education since 1985. He began his career as a middle school teacher at Culver City Middle School, also serving as assistant principal. Chris became an assistant principal at El Segundo Middle School, followed by principal appointments at Hermosa Valley School in Hermosa Beach and at Juan de Anza Elementary School in the Wiseburn Unified School District. Chris completed his bachelor's degree and earned a teaching credential at LMU. Always a lifelong learner, Chris completed a master's degree in school administration at UCLA and earned his doctorate in institutional management at Pepperdine University. He continued his studies through the University of Southern California, earning a certificate for school business management.
Paul Jordan serves as the Assistant Principal for Student Life and Director of Counseling at Loyola High School of Los Angeles. He has worked at Loyola throughout his entire professional career of 24 years and also matriculated from the school as a student. He has served as a teacher, assistant admissions director, coach and administrator. Paul completed his bachelor's degree in business administration at USC. He earned his master's in education, master's in school administration, California teaching credential, and California administrative credential from LMU. He also earned a certificate in college counseling from UCLA. He is currently completing his Ed.D. in interdisciplinary leadership at Creighton University. He has been married to his beautiful wife Megan for 18 years and is the proud father of four wonderful daughters - Lucy (15), Clare (13), and identical twins Anna (11) and Charlotte (11).
Allison Kargas, M.A., Ex Officio Member
Allison Kargas, M.A. ’07 – M.A. ’14 is representing the PLACE Corps Alumni Council on the SOE Alumni Association Board. Allison serves as Principal at St. Anthony Parish School in Long Beach and has been an educator in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for the past thirteen years. She began her teaching career as a member of the LMU PLACE Corps and has continued to stay involved with PLACE as the Vice-Chair of the PLACE Alumni Council. She was awarded the Fr. Koppes Alumni Award in 2017 in recognition of her continued work with Catholic education and PLACE. She returned to LMU in 2011 to participate in the ISLA program which develops leaders and administrators for Catholic Schools. Allison earned a master’s degree in Early Education and a master’s degree in Catholic School Administration at LMU. She holds a multiple-subject teaching credential and an administrative services credential. She is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu and Kappa Delta Pi honor society. Allison enjoys spending time at home with her partner and puppy, seasonal living, and hanging out at Disneyland.
Samantha Kollar teaches kindergarten for the Los Angeles Unified School District. This is her twelfth year teaching elementary school. She obtained her bachelor's in liberal studies in 2003 from California State University, Monterey Bay, and her teaching credential in 2006 from the University of San Diego. She earned a master's degree in educational studies and a reading specialist certification from LMU in 2014. She recently completed the National Board Certification process and is looking forward to all it entails. She enjoys putting on events and engaging with community service organizations, as well as spending time with friends and family, hiking, camping, going to the beach, scrapbooking, and wine tasting.
Chaké Kouyoumjian serves as the Assistant Vice Provost of Graduate Studies at LMU. Prior to that, she served as Manager of Academic Reports in the LMU Registrar's Office from 1995 to 1997. She is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) Graduate Deans, Association of Graduate Schools in Catholic Colleges and Universities (AGSCCU), Alpha Sigma Nu, Kappa Delta Pi, and Armenian International Women's Association (AIWA). She serves on several university committees, including Marketing and Communication. She earned her bachelor's degree in chemistry from the American University of Beirut and her master's degree in education administration from LMU. In her spare time, Chaké enjoys hiking, reading, scrabble, and traveling, as well as volunteering in the community.
Kadar Lewis, Ed.D.
A first-generation college graduate, Dr. Lewis grew up in a low-income single-parent household where education was always prioritized by his mother. Kadar earned his B.A. in Philosophy from Harvard, and his M.A. in Educational Technology from California State University, Los Angeles. In 2016, he earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Loyola Marymount University, publishing a dissertation on the college to career transition. Dr. Lewis currently serves thousands of students in Los Angeles and Las Vegas on the executive team of the Fulfillment Fund; a nonprofit organization working to make college a reality for underrepresented students of color.
Stephen McCray, Ed. D.
Involved with K-16 education for over 30 years, Dr. Stephen McCray has served as a bilingual teacher, administrator in the public schools, lecturer for the School of Education at California State University and field consultant for School Support Services at the California Department of Education. He has worked as a national consultant, keynote speaker and trainer on student achievement, leading change, high impact instructional leadership, safe schools, parent involvement, and cultural relations in educational communities. With an unwavering commitment to educational innovation, equity of access, and social justice, Dr. McCray’s most recent areas of focus have been Innovative Schools that Work for Low-Income Students of Color, High Achieving Low Income Students, The Power of Dialogic Classrooms, Student and Parent Voices for Empowerment, Healing Race in Education, and Preparing Students of Color for 21st Century College and Career Success. Co-author and presenter of two videos on successful learning communities and safe schools, he received a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a Master’s in Education from UCLA, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from LMU. Formerly a Principal in the Lawndale School District, Executive Director of School and Community Relations, and winner of the CSBA Golden Bell Award for creating Family Friendly Schools, Dr. McCray is currently serving as the Director of Instructional Support Services for Para Los Niños, educational consultant, and a keynote speaker.
Rosemarie Nassif, SSND, Ph.D., Ex Officio Member
Rosemarie Nassif, SSND, Ph.D., serves as the new Executive Director of the Center for Catholic Education at Loyola Marymount University School of Education. As a School Sister of Notre Dame, she worked most recently at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, serving as Program Director for the Catholic Sisters and Catholic Schools priority areas from 2012 to 2017, during which time she led the granting of $90 million to Catholic Sisters in 23 countries and $25 million to Catholic schools in the U.S.
Prior to joining the Foundation she served as senior advisor to the Assistant Secretary at the Department of Education where she had lead responsibility for achieving President Obama’s 2020 College Completion goal. She was president of two universities, Notre Dame of Maryland in Baltimore and Holy Names University in Oakland. She was also president of the Fund for Educational Excellence that developed a whole school reform model, which was instrumental in improving student achievement in Baltimore City public schools. She has had professional experiences in Japan, Honduras, China, Rome, Korea, London, Italy and Israel as well as in six countries in Africa. She earned a Ph.D. in physical chemistry at the Catholic University of America. She has authored publications, made national and international presentations and received numerous fellowships and awards.
Danitza Pantoja, Psy.D.
Danitza Pantoja, Psy.D., currently is a Program Specialist for the Antelope Valley Union High School District. Prior to that, she was the lead school psychologist for Partners in Special Education, serving Options for Youth and Opportunities for Learning and Pathways in Education public charter schools. She was also a Bilingual School Psychologist for Palmdale School District for three years and worked for Assemblywoman Cindy Montanez. Danitza currently serves on the Board of El Centro De Amistad. Danitza has served as a commissioner for the Parks, Wellness, and Community Service Commission and the Education Commission in the City of San Fernando. Additionally, she has served as an advisory board member for Ready, Set, Read! Danitza earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Master's degree in School Counseling from LMU. She also earned a Master's degree in School Psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute and a Doctorate in Psychology from Alliant International University. Danitza also holds a certificate in Assistive Technology from California State, Northridge.
Ana Ponce, Ed.D.
Ana Ponce, Ed.D., serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Camino Nuevo Charter Academy. Prior to Camino Nuevo, she was one of the founding teachers and administrators at The Accelerated School in South Los Angeles. A veteran of the charter schools movement in California, she serves on the board of the California Charter Schools Association. Ana earned her bachelor's degree from Middlebury College and master's degree in bilingual-bicultural education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She earned her Tier 1 administrative credential and second master's degree at UCLA through the Principal's Leadership Institute (PLI). She earned her doctorate at LMU. Her dissertation focused on understanding how Latino immigrant parents access college information, which she applied to improve outcomes for her students. Her research showed that with a better understanding of the aspirations, fears and challenges faced by Latino immigrant families, it is possible for a school to provide college knowledge in a form that is meaningful and honors the parents' existing funds of knowledge.
Jayne Quinn, Ed.D.
Jayne Quinn, Ed.D. has been a school principal for over 20 years serving Saint Rose of Lima School in Simi Valley, Saint Charles Borromeo School in North Hollywood, and Saint Philip the Apostle School in Pasadena. Jayne currently sits on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Inclusive Education Team and is a Board member of Saint John’s Seminary in Camarillo where she serves as chairperson of the Ministerial Formation Committee. She continues to serve on school accreditation teams, has taught at various Catholic and private schools, and worked in HR in entertainment companies that serve the public. She is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, Alpha Sigma Nu, and Phi Delta Kappa, and has been a member of the Glendale Community Center Board, TreePeople Teacher Advisory Board, and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Elementary School Advisory Council where she served as Chairperson and Secretary. Jayne earned her bachelor’s in child development from California State University, Northridge and was named one of CSUN’s Child Development department’s “Outstanding Alumni”. She earned her master’s in private school administration and CA Teaching Credential from the University of San Francisco. She earned her second master’s in Catholic Inclusive Education, along with her doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from LMU. Jayne’s dissertation, “The Catholic School Principal: A Quantitative Study”, focused on inclusive education in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. She remains an advocate for inclusive education and enjoys traveling and the outdoors.
Roy Quinto, Ed.D.
Roy Quinto, Ed.D., served for over 15 years as a Catholic school educator and administrator. He earned his bachelor's degree in rhetoric and composition from the University of California, Berkeley and his master's degree in education from Harvard University. He earned his doctorate in educational leadership for social justice from LMU. He is a Aspen-Pahara NextGen fellow and the member of multiple professional and civic organizations. He is currently working on his master's in business administration degree at the University of California, Los Angeles' Anderson School of Management. His interests include education policy, equitable college access, international education, LGBTQ rights, and project-based learning.
Delmy Ruiz serves as the Assistant Director in the Center for Catholic Education (CCE) within the School of Education at LMU. She has served as a Research Associate on various projects for the CCE and also advises the students in the Catholic Archdiocesan School Teachers (CAST) program and PLACE Corps program. She is a member of the California Association of School Counselors (CASC), Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society, and is a mentor in the First to Go Program at LMU. She earned her master's in counseling and Pupil Personnel Services Credential from LMU. She earned her bachelor's in sociology and Chicano/Latino Studies at the University of California, Irvine. She enjoys reading and playing basketball.
Irma Vazquez is a native Spanish-bilingual teacher with over 27 years of classroom teaching experience. She teaches Bilingual and General Education student teachers within the School of Education at LMU since 2006. Prior to that, she taught in the Lennox School District for over 15 years and founded My Escuelita: Spanish for Kids in 2006. She earned her bachelor's in liberal studies in 1991 and her master's degree in Bilingual/Multicultural Education from LMU in 1995. She also has a California bilingual teaching credential (BCLAD-Grades K-8).
LaDana Willis, M.A., Ex Officio Member
LaDana Willis, M.A. ’19 is representing the Graduate Student LMU Board on the SOE Alumni Association Board. LaDana is a current graduate student in the M.A. in Higher Education Administration program. With aspirations to one day become a double alumna of Loyola Marymount University, she attributes much of her secondary and post- secondary education and personal growth to the Jesuit tradition of educating the whole person.
As Vice President of GSLMU, she plans to improve the first year experience of graduate students and their social engagement with the large LMU community. She is passionate and committed to matters of equity and inclusivity, education reform, access to higher education, and the socioeconomic disadvantages of underrepresented communities.