SSRC Staff 

Laura Gil-Trejo, M.P.H., M.A.
Director

Laura Gil-Trejo Laura Gil-Trejo, the Director of the Social Science Research Center at California State University, Fullerton, began her career at the Center when she was hired as a Research Associate in 2004. She was promoted to Associate Director in 2007 and to Acting Director in 2008 where she has maintained her position and grown the program in a very positive direction over the last three years. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine; two Master's degrees-- one in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine and the other in Public Health from San Diego State University; and is presently working towards her PhD in Program Evaluation and Applied Research Methods at the School of Behavioral Organizational Sciences, Claremont Graduate University. Her teaching experience includes CSU Fullerton and Santiago Canyon College. Laura has several journal publications to her credit and has presented at both local and national conferences. Laura has written many professional technical reports including over two dozen reports for diverse programs including academic departments in most of CSUF's colleges and various research and service centers on campus. She has been consistently responsible for obtaining and managing grants and contracts that average over a million dollars each year.

Frederick Rose, M.P.H.
Research Operations Coordinator

Frederick Rose
Mr. Rose joined the SSRC in 2012 as a Project Manager and currently serves as Research Operations Coordinator. Frederick holds his Master's degree in Public Health from CSU Fullerton.  Prior to completing the program at CSUF, Mr. Rose obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Chapman University.  Frederick provides support in various steps of the research process, including survey instrument design and refinement, sample preparation and management, technical support with regard to survey programming and data management, as well as report production. Frederick is also involved in training SSRC interns and staff in these diverse aspects of the research process.

Lizette Sanchez, M.P.A.
Administrative Operations Manager

Lizette Sanchez
Titan Excellence Award recipient Lizette Sanchez has been with the SSRC since 2001. Ms. Sanchez earned her B.A. degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Public Administration from California State University, Fullerton.  As the Administrative Operations Manager, she provides administrative support and budgetary management. She also produces fiscal reports and projections, prepares payroll, supports fiscal and personnel transactions, and prepares and maintains all center records and reports regarding personnel and project accounts. Ms. Sanchez is also responsible for hiring and quality control  of the department's CATI-Lab.

Rachel Parker
Assistant Project Manager

Rachel Parker
Rachel Parker joined the SSRC in August 2017. She started her journey with the SSRC as an intern and is now an Assistant Project Manager for the center. Rachel has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton. Rachel manages project development, provides data management and research support, and assists with survey instrument design and refinement. Rachel also provides support and project management for evaluation projects. For these evaluations, Rachel is responsible for collecting, processing, and analyzing the data.

CATI Lab Staff

The SSRC employs one Quality Assurance Supervisor, two Shift Supervisors, and three Assistant Supervisors to manage the center's 26-station telephone interviewing laboratory. Shift supervisors ensure compliance with CATI-Lab policies and procedures and maintain a consistently high standard for data collection. 

Emily Melgar
Quality Assurance Supervisor

Emily Melgar
Emily joined the SSRC in March 2020 as an Assistant Supervisor and has recently been promoted to Quality Assurance Supervisor as of June 2020. She joins the center with vast knowledge and experience in project management, office administration and Information Technology. Her hope is to use her skills and experience to help support the research center and contribute to its continued success. She helps the lab sustain quality and growth and provides Interviewers and Supervisors with additional operational support.

Carlos Hernandez
Supervisor

Carlos HernandezCarlos joined the SSRC as a Telephone Interviewer in October 2018. He received his promotion to Supervisor in March 2020. He provides leadership to the interviewers and support to upper management by ensuring the lab runs efficiently while working with the supervisor team to promote a healthy work environment. He is towards the end of his journey in receiving a Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in Psychology and plans to work in the research field. He is positive that his time at the SSRC will contribute to his success later in life.

Herllaine Asistio
Supervisor

Herllaine Asistio
Herllaine Asistio joined the SSRC in March of 2017 as a research assistant/telephone interviewer. As of February 2018, she got promoted to the position of Assistant Shift Supervisor and received another promotion to Shift Supervisor in February 2020. She graduated with a B.S. in Health Science from CSUF in 2017 and is a certified Health Scholar for St. Joseph’s of Orange and a Certified Medical Assistant. She supports the research center as the main liaison between interviewers and upper management and operates daily administrative tasks that contribute to the goal, vision, and growth of the Social Science Research Center.

Reanna Kremer
Assistant Supervisor

Reanna KremerReanna joined the SSRC in Spring 2018 as a Telephone Interviewer and is currently an Assistant Supervisor as of Spring 2020. She shares her own experiences and insight of interviewing techniques for the new interviewers who come on board with the SSRC. Reanna is currently a Child and Adolescent Development Major with an emphasis on Family and Community Settings at California State University, Fullerton. She hopes to continue providing the CATI lab with support and assistance it needs to continue reaching project goals and deadlines.

Michael Suarez
Assistant Supervisor

Michael Suarez
Michael Suarez joined the SSRC in Spring 2018 as a Telephone Interviewer and is currently Assistant Shift Supervisor as of Fall 2018. As of Spring 2020, Michael earned his B.A. degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from California State University, Fullerton. He provides support and constructive feedback to new hires to help them adjust to their roles as Telephone Interviewers. His experiences with the SSRC team have helped hone his ability to align with team members to work towards a common goal.

Jeffrey Sithi-Amnuai
Assistant Supervisor

Jeffrey Sithi-Amnuai
Jeffrey joined the SSRC in Fall 2017 as an SSRC intern. After spending some time as a Telephone Interviewer, he was promoted to the position of Assistant Supervisor in Fall 2018. He provides assitance to the Shift Supervisors, employing the knowledge he has gained during his tenure at the SSRC to maximize lab performance on all projects. Jeffrey graduated from CSUF with his Bachelor's degree in Health Science and a minor in English.

Telephone Interviewers/ 
Research Assistants

The SSRC's CATI-Lab consists of 80 telephone interviewers/research assistants. Telephone interviewers are hired to collect data in a consistently standardized manner. Telephone interviewers/research assistants may also conduct face-to-face interviews or assist with other research tasks.

SSRC Interviewers