"Good advising may be the single most underestimated characteristic of a successful college experience."
Academic Advising Staff
Kaitlyn Baumgartner Lee
Graduation Initiative Team
Curriculum Advisory Board
Enrollment Management Advisory Committee
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 earned her M.A. in Education in 2012 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. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Educational Leadership at University of California, Davis. Over the years Kaitlyn has served on Academic Senate, Educational Policies & Programs Committee(EPPC), Enrollment Management Operations Group, and the University Catalog Committee.
Liaison to the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Anna graduated with a Bachelor’s in Social Work (BSW) in 2015 and a Master’s in Social Work (MSW) in 2016, both from CSU, Chico. As a transfer student from Butte Community College, Anna continued her involvement in student clubs and organizations during her undergrad at Chico State. Two in particular, L.E.A.D. (Leaders Educating for the Advancement of Dreamers) and REACH (Raising Educational Achievement in Collaborative Hubs), gave her the opportunity to work with first generation students to achieve their educational goals through self-advocacy. It was this involvement that encouraged her to apply for an internship as a student intern with the Academic Advising Programs in January 2014 as well as serving as a Peer Advisor for the Summer Orientation Program. Upon graduating with her MSW, Anna became a full-time Advisor with the Academic Advising Programs in 2016. In the transition from intern to professional, Anna will continue to serve diverse student populations by providing them resources and guidance needed for academic success. Along with her role as Liaison to the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Anna will also play a key role in working with undeclared students, helping them “try on” different majors by way of exploring general education courses. Anna enjoys reading historical novels, sewing and scrapbooking, and is a big fan of British television, especially Dr. Who.
Jasmany "Jas" Garcia
Jasmany was born and raised in South Los Angeles and is a proud Californian. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 2003 and moved to Chico soon after to begin his collegiate career. He graduated from CSU, Chico in 2009 with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in History and Latin American Studies. Jasmany worked for Chico Unified School District for 7 and ½ years where he worked as a Targeted Case Manager advocating for low income and second language students/families. Jasmany is one of our newest Academic Advisors and he is ecstatic to return to his Alma Mater where he can assist students in achieving their academic goals. Jasmany’s hobbies include spending time with family and friends, the outdoors, soccer and Judo.
Liaison to the College of Agriculture, and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts
Javier received an M.A degree from Chico State in Physical Education with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology and Pedagogy. He grew up in the bay area and transferred to Chico State from West Valley College. While completing his undergrad, Javier played soccer as a midfielder for the Wildcats for two years. He started working on campus in 2006 working with (ETS) Educational Talent Search. After nine years with ETS, Javier joined Academic Advising in August 2015. He is excited about the opportunity of working with students in a new capacity. Some of his responsibilities are liaison to the College of Agriculture, Coordinator of AACE’s program and GE advising. Javier met his wife (who is also an Alumnus of Chico State) while attending the university. They love spending time with their two children, family and friends and enjoying the great outdoors.
Liaison to the College of Natural Sciences
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.
Academic Advising Faculty Coordinator
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.
Amanda was born and raised here in Chico, CA. She began pursuing her Bachelor of the Arts Degree in English Education at Chico State in the fall of 2008. During her time as a college student, Amanda worked in the Cross-Cultural Leadership Center, Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Center, Chico State English Department, and studied abroad in beautiful London. Amanda graduated in the Spring of 2013 and began working as an Assistant Program Coordinator for the Student Life and Leadership Office the following fall semester. Amanda earned her Master of the Arts Degree in English in December 2016, and shortly after began working as an Academic Advisor in Academic Advising Programs. When she’s not saving the world, Amanda enjoys reading a good book, hiking in Upper Bidwell, or spending some quality time with her partner and their fur baby, Mayor Whiskers.
E-Advising & Associate for Advising (ADT) Coordinator
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.
Liaison to the College of Communication and Education
Pablo is originally from rural Northern California where he was born and raised. He began his educational journey by attending CSU, Chico as a transfer student from Sonoma State. While attending Chico State, he worked in construction as well as working as a Tutor and Mentor for various Pre-College Programs assisting low income and first generation students. After graduating from Chico State, Pablo continued onto California State University, Bakersfield where he received a Master of Arts Degree in Sociology. Upon graduation, he returned home to CSU, Chico and became an Assistant Resident Community Coordinator for University Housing. After a short time there, he once again sought to pursue his passion in providing an educational path for low income and first generation students. Pablo moved to the Bay Area and became the Coordinator for an Upward Bound Program based out of Diablo Valley College where he provided a framework of success for disadvantaged students. Now that he is back at Chico State, he is eager to continue this work as an Academic Advisor. Outside of work Pablo enjoys spending time with friends and family as well as playing soccer, running, and hiking.
Graduation Initiative 2025 Coordinator
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.
James 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.