My role at Cal State San Marcos
As a career counselor, my goal is to assist students in identifying a strategic plan that will increase the chances of gaining employment in the profession of their choice. In my role as liaison to the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences (CHABSS) I work with faculty and administration to develop resources and programming for students in several core disciplines in the arts, humanities, and social and behavioral sciences, and interdisciplinary programs.
My career path
My work experience has continuously encompassed the development of students. Prior to joining the Career Center; I spent five years working in Student Life & Leadership coordinating leadership programs, supervising peer educators and advising student organizations. I am an adjunct faculty for the Office of First-Year Programs teaching GEL 101: A Course for Facilitating Academic Success. I have had many jobs along the way that led me to this career including a Lifeguard, Polynesian dancing and Sports Broadcaster.
I completed my bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies, with an emphasis in Pacific Island studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, prior to earning my master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, with a Vocational Evaluation emphasis from the University of Northern Colorado.
The rewards in doing what I do
I find great pleasure in witnessing the growth of individuals. The opportunity to connect with CSUSM students and have a potential impact on their journey energizes me.
My words of wisdom to students
As a former student-athlete I was exposed to a lot of quotes to inspire me to do better. One quote my father told me that has stuck and served true over the years is… “Do what you need to do today, to do what you want to do tomorrow.”
In my free time
I entertain my four kids Jaylani, Jordynn, Jahkoa and JaVonte’ with my beautiful wife Julianne usually at the beach or a park. FaceTime my Mom in Hawaii and pretend like I know how to play the Ukulele with my brother. I also play basketball at 4am Friday-Sunday with the Oside Breakfast Club at the 24Hour in Oceanside, join us.