Meet the Staff


Carrie Tate-Meyer


Picture of Director Carrie Tate-Meyer

I am Carrie Tate-Meyer, and I am a spouse of an Army Veteran who served over 20+ years. I started my college career at Grossmont Community College in San Diego as a first-generation college student. I earned an Associate Degree in General Education, then moved on to the University of Wyoming to earn a Bachelor of Science in Political Science, and pursued a law degree at the University of Wyoming. As a lifelong learner, I have received a master’s in Public Administration and am currently working toward a Leadership Studies Ph.D.

As a military spouse, I spent over 20+ years supporting military families and military personnel in various capacities within various organizations: the Department of Defense, Army, Department of Labor, and United Services Organization (USO).  I believe in the military values of Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honesty, Integrity, and Personal Courage, and I appreciate the sacrifice made in serving our country. I love serving students, and in particular veteran students. When I am not serving students, I spend time with my two boys (18 and 13), my spouse of 27 years, and stretch my comfort zone by learning to ride a motorcycle. I am committed to supporting COD's Veteran population and helping them achieve their educational and career goals, and I look forward to serving you all. (760) 862-1398

Ariana Gonzalez

Instructional Support Specialist

Ariana Gonzalez Instructional Support

Mrs. Ariana Gonzalez received her Master’s in Sociology at San Diego State University. Ariana has been championing student-centered initiatives for over a decade; specifically, Mrs. Gonzalez has served first-generation students, students with differing abilities, and Veteran students. Ariana has an unwavering commitment to service, and her goal is to positively impact students and push them to achieve the goals they have laid out for themselves. In her previous roles, Ariana has served as Veteran Student Coordinator, Director of Diversity, Academic Advisor, and Institutional Research Analyst. Mrs. Gonzalez enjoys tending to her farm and garden in her free time. 

Mariana Montes

Program Secretary

TRIO VSSS Program Secretary

Hi, My name is Mariana Montes, I am the Trio Veterans Program Secretary. I am really looking forward to helping and offering support to all of the veteran students here at COD. 

Before joining the Trio Veterans team, I was a Program Technician for the USDA Farm Service Agency; where I administered various disaster programs that helped farmers in both Riverside and San Diego counties. 

When I’m not in the office, I’m usually home with my daughter and significant other or out enjoying a concert, sporting event and/or camping. 


Evelyn Trejo

TRiO Veterans Counselor


My name is Evelyn Trejo and I am the TRIO Veterans Counselor at College of the Desert. I am a proud College of the Desert alumni! I completed both my Bachelor of Arts in Biological Psychology and Masters of Science in Guidance and Counseling at CSU San Bernardino. I am a first-generation college student and am so honored to be a part of TRIO Veterans at College of the Desert. I have worked as a counselor with many diverse student populations including veterans, international students, and nursing students. I have also worked at other community colleges in the county, but College of the Desert has always felt like home. 

Outside the office you will find me spending valuable time with my family, enjoying a good movie, and or dreaming about my next trip to the Disney Parks! I look forward to meeting with you to to explore career possiblities, plan your courses, discuss transferring, and to serve as an ally to you through your educational journey here at College of the Desert. For questions, please email me at: