Samantha earned her Bachelors degree in Political Science with a minor in Sociology from the University of California Irvine in 2008. She later continued her education and earned her Master in Business Administration in 2010 in order to advance her leadership and management career.
Samantha has been a college advisor for the past five years specializing in the business, healthcare, counseling and education field. She also enjoys assisting military students to help them understand how they can match their experience with a career in civilian life.
Samantha is the Chair of the Community Advisory Commission with the City of Milipitas in Northern California. Samantha is also an active member of the American Cancer Society's, Relay for Life, designed to raise money and awareness for cancer. Building a strong sense of community awareness is important to Samantha because she feels that every opinion is valuable and together the best results are found. Some of Samantha's biggest accomplishments are earning her Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and being part of the West Point Military summer academy.
Jason holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Marketing. He has been working as an Academic Advisor for over 10 years and has worked with Counseling and Nursing students for a large portion of that time.
He has a passion for supporting the ongoing education of students wanting to better their careers and lives. Working at Empowered UCLA Extension allows him to support students in their learning so that they can successfully achieve their goals.
Jason was born and raised in San Jose, CA, but is currently living in Livermore, CA. He is happily married to his wife of 11 years and has two children ages seven and nine. In his free time, Jason enjoys gardening and growing his own vegetables, which are used to create his own salsa.
Jennifer received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Gustavus Adolphus College and her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas. She has been working in higher education for a number of years, the last few years focused on advising students while completing their program. The thing that Jennifer really loves about being a Student Advising Sr. Manager is having the chance to hear about students’ experiences and seeing how education is making a difference in their lives.
The best career advice Jennifer has ever received is to never stop asking yourself: "What do I want to be when I grow up?"
Her father asked himself this question well into his 60's and always encouraged Jennifer to do the same.
Jennifer's advice to anyone looking for a career change is:
"Do not be afraid to challenge yourself. You do not need to be an expert in the field or be the perfect candidate right away. If there is something you are passionate about pursing, you can work to become that expert or to become a great candidate. You just have to not be afraid to try, not be afraid to make mistakes and just continue to push forward towards your goal."