"Good advising may be the single most underestimated characteristic of a successful college experience." – R.J.Light

Academic Advising Staff

Kaitlyn Baumgartner LeeKaitlyn Baumgartner Lee

Interim Director

Liaison to the Liberal Studies Department

Born and raised in Chico, Kaitlyn graduated from Sonoma State University in 2006 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration.  While at Sonoma, Kaitlyn worked in Student Outreach & Recruitment, coordinating the student tour program and participated in the Summer Orientation Program. Kaitlyn recently earned her M.A. in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum & Instruction from CSU, Chico. Her Thesis: “What Advisors’ Need to Know: Perceptions of Underserved Populations’ Needs in Professional Allies,” examined the advising relationship through the eyes of underserved students, paraprofessional and professional academic advisors. Kaitlyn serves as the department representative on the Academic Senate, Educational Policies & Programs Committee(EPPC), Enrollment Management Operations Group, University Catalog Committee, and is the liaison to the Chico Student Success Center(CSSC).

Javier GarciaJavier Garcia

Academic Advisor
AACE Program Coordinator

Liaison to the College of Agriculture, and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts

I received my M.A degree from Chico State in Physical Education with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology and Pedagogy.  I grew up in the bay area and transferred to Chico State from West Valley College.  While completing my undergrad, I played soccer as a midfielder for the Wildcats for two years.  I started working on campus in 2006 working with (ETS) Educational Talent Search. After nine years with ETS, I joined Academic Advising in August 2015.  I am excited about the opportunity of working with students in a new capacity.  Some of my responsibilities are liaison to the College of Agriculture, Coordinator of AACE’s program and GE advising.  I met my wife (who is also an Alumnus of Chico State) while attending the university.  We love spending time with our two children, family and friends and enjoying the great outdoors.

Shannon HallShannon Hall

Academic Advisor
Intern Coordinator

Liaison to the College of Natural Sciences, and the College of Communication and Education

Shannon graduated from CSU, Chico in 2007 with a Master’s Degree in Communications Studies. While an undergraduate and graduate student at Chico State Shannon served as a Teaching Associate in the department of Communications, a public contact assistant and tour guide in the Office of Admissions, and served as Co-Director and Peer Advisor for the Summer Orientation Program. Before joining Academic Advising Programs, Shannon served as an Admissions Counselor and Athletic Academic Advisor at Sacramento State for five years. Prior to her time at Sacramento State, Shannon was an Athletic Academic Advisor at Fresno State serving over two hundred Division I student-athletes. Shannon is very excited to be one of the newest members of the Academic Advising team; and is thrilled to return to her Alma Mater and assist students in reaching their educational and personal goals. In her spare time Shannon enjoys running, spending time with her husband, and three year old son, and taking weekend visits to the California coast.

damiDami Hammer

Academic Advisor
Academic Advising Faculty Coordinator

Liaison to the College of Behavioral & Social Sciences

Dami holds a Master’s Degree in Social Science with an emphasis in Student Services and a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from CSU, Chico. Having raised four great (now grown) sons while completing her degrees, Dami brings a special perspective that helps her understand and relate to the many students she advises. She became a member of the Advising and Orientation staff in 2005 as a student intern and became a full-time Advisor in 2007. Dami genuinely loves her work and takes special satisfaction when students overcome temporary setbacks and become successful students and self-sufficient individuals. One of her primary responsibilities is helping undeclared students discover their major through outreach campaigns. Her hobbies include running, hiking, biking, and traveling. Dami’s #1 love is spending time with her family and friends.

Kelly McGregor Kelly McGregor

Academic Advisor

Liaison to the College of Business

Kelly graduated from CSU, Chico in 1999 with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Career and Life Planning. While a student at Chico State, she worked as a public contact assistant and tour guide in the Office of Admissions, interned in the Career Center, and served as a student leader for the Summer Orientation Program. Kelly’s professional higher education experience includes 8 years in the Office of Admissions at Chico State before joining Academic Advising Programs in August 2012 as an Academic Advisor. Kelly’s responsibilities include general advising, serving as the Liaison to the College of Business, and updating the office website. Kelly is proud to call Chico home and enjoys spending time with her husband and raising her three kids in such a great town.

Pablo SotoPablo Soto

Academic Advisor

I am originally from rural Northern California where I was born and raised. I began my educational journey by attending CSU, Chico as a transfer student from Sonoma State. While attending Chico State, I worked in construction as well as a Tutor and Mentor for various Pre-College Programs assisting low income and first generation students like myself. After graduating from Chico State, I continued onto California State University, Bakersfield where I received my Master of Arts Degree in Sociology. Upon graduation, I returned home to CSU, Chico and became an Assistant Resident Community Coordinator for University Housing. After a short time there, I once again sought out to pursue my passion in providing an educational path for low income and first generation students. I moved to the Bay Area and became the Coordinator for an Upward Bound Program based out of Diablo Valley College where I provided a framework of success for disadvantaged students. Now that I am back at Chico State, I am eager to continue this work as an Academic Advisor. Outside of work I enjoying spending time with friends and family as well as playing soccer, running, and hiking.

Jason StapletonJason Stapleton

Academic Advisor

Liaison to the College of Engineering, Computer Science, & Construction Management 

Jason holds a Master’s Degree in Social Science with an emphasis in Student Services as well Bachelor’s Degrees in Exercise Physiology and Health and Community Services from CSU, Chico.  He became a member of Advising and Orientation in 2001, as a student intern, and was hired on as a Staff Advisor in 2004.   Jason's primary responsibilities include the maintenance of the Online Orientation, supporting students with extenuating circumstances through means of Administrative Withdrawal and Academic Forgiveness. He is also the advising liaison for NCAA athletics, and assists with updating Major Academic Plans (MAPS).  Hobbies include watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.

 jamesJames Luyirika-Sewagudde jr.

National Student Exchange (NSE) Coordinator

James' primary responsibilities are in the Center for International Studies where he serves as International Student Adviser. James assumed the role of International Student Adviser in 1975. He also coordinates our campus participation in the National Student Exchange Program, a program he had the honor of establishing at Chico State in 1977. He has studied with the International Committee Institute in Portland.  He has completed two Master's Degrees from Chico State, one in Counseling Psychology and the other in Education. James is an accomplished tennis player. He was born in Uganda and came to the United States to pursue his education.  

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