About the Team

The heart of the Hub is our staff - a group of caring faculty and staff that reach out to students directly to discuss how our college can support them better and suggest programs and resources from which they would benefit. Pirates: if our team calls or texts you, please connect! Helping students is our favorite!


You can connect with us through:

  • Connect through Starfish: Learn about Starfish here
  • Call or Text Us at: 714-716-1747
  • Send an email to: thehub@occ.cccd.edu
  • Visit Us In-Person at: Watson Hall Room 110
    • The Hub can be found on the first floor of Watson Hall, first door on the left!

Our team of Peer Mentors and Success Coaches are available to assist virtually through phone/email and in-person on a drop-in basis!


Success Coaches are seasoned professionals making their career in education. They can help provide you with a success plan and check in with you regularly to help you stay successful. If you don’t even know where to start, or are feeling like you don’t have what it takes, Success Coaches can build you a success plan to ensure that you know what to do to stay the course and be successful.   

A success plan might consist of, for example, a combination of to-do items like developing your next semester course registration plan with an Academic Counselor, enrolling in and visiting the Student Success Center for free tutoring, attending a time management workshop with one of our coaches, meeting your Financial Aid specialist, and more. We know that all of our students are different and one plan doesn't fit all; your plan will be customized for your needs. 

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Tina Rodgers (She/Her)
Retention Specialist

My bio is still in a work in progress!

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Arlene Mondragon Naranjo (She/Her)
Hi, my name is   Arlene! I'm a first-generation college graduate. I graduated from Orange Coast College in the Spring of 2021 and transferred to Long Beach State University where I obtained my B.A in Human Development. Being a part of the Hub team allows me to support students from the same community that I was once a part of. I'm passionate to support students  throughout their academic journey and help them succeed as great future leaders.
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Micaela Munn-Perez (She/Her)
Hi! My name is Micaela (Mica) and I am excited to help you help you navigate your OCC journey! My own educational journey has had many twists and turns, so I know firsthand that our paths might not always be linear. I am passionate about supporting students and helping them navigate higher education.


These are folks that are on your team and can help with quick questions, and give peer-to-peer advice from the prospective of a fellow student. What have they found helpful on their journey? When is your registration window open? Which department should you contact for help with a parking pass? They got you.

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Alfonso (He/Him)
Hi, I'm Alfonso Martinez, an international student at OCC. I'm a peer mentor here at the Hub and I'm ready to assist you with anything you need. The Hub is YOUR place to go and get whatever help you need, even if you just want to come and have a chat. Don't be afraid to come and say hi, we are all pirates after all.
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Alyssa (She/Her)
Hi! My name is Alyssa. I've been working at the Hub since Fall 2021 and I can say that working here has always been an incredible experience. The positive work environment at the Hub is like a breath of fresh air because of the people that I work with - making each day enjoyable and motivating. The Hub also advocates personal and professional growth so we learn something new every day!
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Andres (He/Him)
Hello! I'm Andrés. I'm studying Business Administration at OCC. I come from Colombia and understand the struggles of adapting as an international student. The Hub is a unique resource that sets our college apart. What makes it more special for me is that I have the chance to provide students the help I once needed, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to make their journey smoother.
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Elise (She/Her)
Hey! My name is Elise Newton and I am a student at OCC studying Kinesiology. I understand that every student has different learning styles and needs. School can feel overwhelming and complicated. I hope to be a resource in any way I can to help you navigate your education. I recently completed the EMT program on campus and am interested in paramedics as a career and available if you have questions regarding the allied health programs as well!
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Tasha (She/Her)
I am a Hubster because I understand that very student has a unique background and story behind their school career. I believe that every student should be able to succeed in their goals, and we are here to help you achieve them with guidance suited to your needs. Every question is a good question. We are happy to help you succeed!
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Tessa (She/Her)
"Hi there! I’m Tessa, Peer Mentor at your service!” is what I’ll say at my super cool day job at the Hub, but between us? I’m really just an introvert and master procrastinator, so I know how hard it can be to just talk to someone, let alone ask for help (with really anything.) I’ll let you in on a little secret: Here at The Hub, we hold our hands out to students who have trouble reaching out. We’re just at Watson Hall on your left, the very second you step into the building! P.S. For my fellow introverts, a simple email will work! From one student to another, just know you’re not alone. With that, I hope to see you around campus or the Hub! Happy sailing!
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Ximena (She/Her)
As a student, I know that we need somebody to guide us at the beginning of a new chapter. It is very helpful to have people around who would support us in a variety of things and that is what the team at The Hub is for. It is our privilege to help students succeed in college and learn new skills which will help them with their future.
Last updated: February 2024