Matt Daines, Lead Admissions Counselor
Territories: Amador, Alpine, Butte, Calaveras, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Placer, Sacramento, San Benito, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne
About Matthew: Matthew graduated from Cal State Monterey Bay in 2005 with a B.A. in Liberal Studies. Growing up in the local area, he transferred to Cal State Monterey Bay because it allowed him the opportunity to remain close to his family, and he also enjoyed the idea of being part of a new and developing campus. He first realized he had an aptitude for helping students and their families learn more about college while working as a tour guide his senior year at Cal State Monterey Bay. Aside from work, he enjoys collecting vinyl records, playing basketball, and going to an occasional 49ers and Golden State Warriors game.
Favorite Place on Campus: View from the tee pad at hole #9 on the Oaks Disc Golf Course.
Purvi Shah, Admissions Counselor
Territories: Alameda, Contra Costa, Gilroy, Marin, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma
About Purvi: Purvi graduated from Cal State Monterey Bay in 2017 with a B.A. in Psychology. Being a first generation student, she didn’t know what to expect from college, but here she found all the support that she needed to succeed in her academics. A few of these programs were the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), Cooperative Learning Center (CLC), and many more. As a student she was a founding member of the Asian Pacific Islander Association, the Asian Pacific Islander Graduation Celebration, was an Orientation Leader, a tour guide & campus tour coordinator in the Office of Admissions, and not surprisingly, the list could go on. Through her involvement in various departments she realized her passion in helping first generation students and families gain more knowledge about college and the various resources that are offered to students. When Purvi isn't at work, she enjoys Bollywood dancing, exploring new places, hiking, and eating.
Favorite Place On Campus: View from the 3rd floor of the library
Liz Luna, Admissions Counselor
Territories: Alpine, Butte, Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, Humbolt, Imperial, Lake, Lassen, Los Angeles (South), Mendocino, Nevada, Orange, Plumas, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity.
About Elizabeth: In 2011 Elizabeth came to California State University Monterey Bay as a freshman. Being a first generation student, she didn’t know what to expect from college, but here she found all the support that she needed to succeed in her academics. Four years flew by, and in 2015 she graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology and now she is one of our admissions counselors. In her position, Elizabeth is eager to help future students learn about what makes CSUMB such a great school. Her favorite thing about the university is the numerous opportunities available for students to study abroad and to participate in exciting hands-on research. As a student, Elizabeth made her dream of studying abroad a reality. She studied in Puerto Rico for one semester, and also went to Yucatan, Mexico for a summer to conduct research with select Mayan communities. She describes these two as some of her “most amazing, life changing, and also fun experiences ever”. Outside of CSUMB, Elizabeth also loves traveling, hiking, going to the beach, and playing with her pets: Bambi, Rex, Bunny and Tita.
Favorite Place On Campus: Monte’s Restaurant (loves their garlic fries), and the aquatics center.
Marquise Crear, Admissions Counselor
Territories: Los Angeles (North), Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Stanislaus, Ventura, Yolo, Pacific Grove, Carmel
About Marquise: Marquise is an East Oakland, California native with a passion for education and serving his community. He graduated from Cal State Monterey Bay in 2017 with a B.A. in Global Studies, and a Minor in Psychology. As a first generation student he was nervous about how he would fit into campus life. To his surprise, with almost 80+ clubs, 12+ Greek fraternities and sororities, and 10+ intramural sports, it was all too easy. His highlights include winning the championship for intramural flag football, joining Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., and becoming the President of the CSUMB chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). His biggest tip to any incoming student is to just say “Yes” for the first 6 months of attending (moral awareness to be advised). While off the clock, Marquise enjoys Marvel movies, traveling, trying new food, Call of Duty, and the gym.
Favorite Place on Campus: Top of the Freeman Stadium