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Director of TRIO Student Support Servies DSPS

Tula Marin, M.A., P.P.S.C.

Director of TRIO SSS DSPS
760-636-7974 Extension 2152 or 760-537-5142 Phone and text

About Tula:

I am the TRiO DSPS Director. I am also an advisor for TRiO Club. I am excited to be able to work with each and every single one of you.

I have worked within Federal TRiO grants for 15 years, and my passion is creating student success and building a TRiO family. I started in the field of education as an AVID Tutor, then became an Earth Science Teacher, Counselor, Coordinator and now TRiO Director. Each experience has been a wonderful because I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with students and share my story and experiences. For my own education, I attended the University of Redlands for my Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies and minor in Physical Education. After my Bachelor’s Degree, I continued at University of Redlands where I earned my Master’s Degree in Counseling. I attended San Diego State University for additional courses to enhance my experiences in community college counseling.

I am a true believer of and am passionate about Higher Education. Many of you have seen me on campus when I was the TRiO EVC Coordinator, Counselor, and Project Director. I was previously located at the Mecca Thermal Campus serving TRIO EVC students. I am very excited to be the Director of TRiO DSPS SSS.

Kimberly Brooks

TRiO SSS DSPS/Adjunct Counselor
619-800-4283 Phone and text

Kimberly Bolanos

TRiO SSS DSPS/ Instructional Support Specialist
760-537-0310 Phone and text

About Kimberly:

I am thrilled to return to a TRiO-SSS program as the Instructional Support Specialist. Before I transferred to University of California, Santa Barbara I served as a Student Worker for TRiO-EVC. I was born and raised in the Coachella Valley and attended College of the Desert where I completed my general education. At UCSB I graduated with a double major in Sociology and Feminist Studies and a minor in Educational Studies with Applied Psychology. As a product of TRiO-ACES, I am eager to give back to a similar program and assist students that exhibit the drive, dedication and perseverance to earn a college degree. My next goal in my life is to attend graduate school and work towards becoming an educational counselor to further assist students in achieving their academic goals.

Dani Ward

TRiO SSS DSPS/ Program Secretary
760-537-5142 Phone and text or 760-636-7974

About Dani:

Born and raised in New Jersey, Ms. Ward relocated to the Coachella Valley in Spring 2019 and joined COD that fall. She brings to our program, many years of administrative experience, most of which was acquired while working in the TRIO Program at Seton Hall University and in the School of Business and administrative offices at Saint Peter's University on the east coast. Additionally, as a mother of four recent college graduates, Ms. Ward has learned to navigate post secondary education from a unique perspective, that of a parent. TRIO students hold a special place in Ms. Ward's life and she is always eager to lend a hand or her ear when needed.