Educational Opportunity Program

Educational Opportunity Program Staff

For general EOP questions please email us at or call us at (831) 582-4456

EOP Admissions

Martine Armstrong - Retention Advisor

  • Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
  • Email:
  • Phone: (831)582-4153
  • Began Working with EOP: January 2009
  • Educational Degree: Bachelor of Arts - California State University, Monterey Bay
  • Professional Goal: I plan to continue to help low-income, 1st generation and historically disadvantaged students get into college, be successful, and graduate.
  • Quote or Advice for Students: Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me. ~ Michael Scott from The Office

May Her - Admissions Specialist

  • Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
  • Class Standing: Senior
  • Major: Collaborative Health and Human Services, Interdisciplinary concentration in Social Work, Public Administration, & Non-Profit Management
  • Professional Goal: I plan on providing assistance to disadvantaged college students. 
  • Quote or Advice for Students: Live today like you won't regret it tomorrow, whether that means taking a break or going on an adventure. 
May Her - EOP Admissions Specialist

EOP First, Second & Third Year Students

Ana Alvarez - Retention Advisor 

  • Pronouns: Ella/She/Her
  • Email:
  • Phone: (831)582-3112
  • Educational Degree: CSU Monterey Bay, BA 
Kimberley Aguilar - Peer Mentor

Kimberley Aguilar - Peer Mentor

  • Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
  • Class Standing: Sophomore
  • Major: Collaborative Health and Human Services with a concentration in Social Work.
  • Professional Goal: To someday work in the social work field.
  • Quote or Advice for Students: "You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space." ~ Johnny Cash
Leonardo A. Diaz - Peer Mentor

Leonardo A. Diaz - Peer Mentor

  • Pronouns: He/his/him
  • Class Standing: Junior
  • Major: Cinema Art
  • Professional Goal: My goal is to succeed in the arts while making myself, my family, friends, and everyone happy about life. 
  • Quote or Advice for Students: Communication is key for everything you do. Also, be open-minded and take every resource that is at your disposal.

EOP Fourth, Fifith Year & Guardian Scholar Students

Keyiona Ritchey - Retention Advisor

  • Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
  • Email:
  • Phone: (831)582-5042
  • Began Working with EOP: 2018
  • Educational Degree: Masters in Education from the University of Vermont (Burlington, Vermont)
  • Professional Goal: My goal is to continue to grow the Guardian Scholars Program so former/current foster youth know they have a family that is ready and willing to support them throughout their higher education journey.
  • Quote or Advice for Students: Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare. ~ Audre Lorde

 Jessica Guzman - Peer Mentor

  • Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
  • Class Standing: Senior
  • Major: Molecular Biology
  • Professional Goal: I wish to pursue a career in medicine. I am looking into the Physicians Assistant Program at CSUMB or medical school.
  • Quote or Advice for Students: Knowledge is having the right answer, Intelligence is asking the right question ~ Unknown
Jessica Guzman - Peer Mentor

EOP Sixth Year & Transfer Students

Berj Amir - Retention Advisor 

  • Pronouns: He/Him/His
  • Email:
  • Phone: (831)582-5148
  • Began Working with EOP: 2006
  • Educational Degree: Master of Social Work, California State University, Monterey Bay
  • Professional Goal: I plan to continue to meet students where they are, and help them realize their goals and dreams.
  • Quote or Advice for Students: Be present. We are surrounded by opportunities to be kind every day. Look for them, and when you see one, do something good.
Delinda Watkins - Peer Mentor

 Delinda Watkins - Peer Mentor

  • Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
  • Class standing: Senior
  • Major: Visual & Public Art
  • Professional goal: To become an art educator within my community through a non-profit organization and also continuing my practice within the art of photography.
  • Quote or Advice for Students: "Your dreams become your destiny when your plans become your action!" ~ Manprit Laur 


Jacqueline Lopez - Peer Mentor

Jacqueline Lopez - Peer Mentor

  • Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
  • Class Standing: Senior
  • Major: Humanities & Communications major with a concentration in Journalism & Media Studies
  • Professional Goal: Journalist
  • Quote or Advice for Students: "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." ~ Maya Angelou