Dean's Staff

Located in Humanities 211, the Dean's Office is open 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. For questions and appointments, stop by the office or call (657)278-3528. 

Dean Sheryl Fontaine

Sheryl Fontaine

Dean of The College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Sheryl Fontaine earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego in English and American Literature with a specialization in Composition Research and Pedagogy. Prior to her appointment as dean, she served as interim dean of the College; associate dean of administration; department chair and vice chair of the Department of English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics; writing center coordinator; and director of the University Learning Center. She received the 2012 Faculty Leadership in Collegial Governance Award, and has served on a wide range of University committees since joining Cal State Fullerton in 1990.





Associate Dean Jessica Yirush Stern

Jessica Yirush Stern

Associate Dean for Student Relations

Jessica Stern is a Professor of History and Associate Dean of Student Relations for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at California State University, Fullerton. She earned her B.A. in History from Reed College and her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. Her research examines the interactions between Native Americans and British settlers in the colonial period. She is the author of The Lives in Objects: Native American and British American Cultures of Production, Exchange, and Consumption in the Southeast, 1660-1763 (University of North Carolina Press, 2017). In her capacity as Chair and Associate Dean she has spearheaded retention and graduation initiatives such as the interdisciplinary general education model, Explore Core; the first-year retention project, Leap into Sophomore Year; and an augmented transfer student orientation design, Spring Transfers in Transition.




Associate Dean Patricia A. Pérez

Patricia A. Pérez

Associate Dean for Faculty

Patricia A. Pérez is a Professor in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies and Associate Dean for Faculty at CSU Fullerton. Dr. Pérez' research interests focus on U.S. higher education inequities with an emphasis on students and faculty of color. She is the editor or co-editor of “The Tenure Track Process for Chicana and Latina Faculty: Experiences of Resisting and Persisting in the Academy,” “Facilitating Educational Success for Migrant Farmworker Students in the U.S.,” and “Higher Education Access and Choice for Latino Students: Critical Findings and Theoretical Perspectives,” published by Routledge in 2019, 2017 and 2015, respectively. She is the recipient of several awards including recognition for exceptional teaching, service, scholarship, and honors for outstanding mentorship. Dr. Pérez received an MA and PhD from the UCLA GSE&IS in Higher Education and Organizational Change. She also holds an Ed.M. with a concentration in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University, and a B.A. in Chicana/o Studies from UCLA.



Assistant Dean Brittney Hofer Swanson

Brittney Hofer Swanson

Assistant Dean for Student Academic Services



Business Manager Pat Balderas

Pat Balderas

Business Manager


Staff Member Janet Aguirre-Rocco

Janet Aguirre-Rocco

Administrative Support Assistant


Staff Member Pia Claudio

Pia Claudio

Development Coordinator


Staff Member Jaycee Cover

Jaycee Cover

Experiential Learning Specialist

Staff Member Emilia Gaskell


Emilia Gaskell

Assistant to the Dean


Staff Member Natalie Gharibian

Natalie Gharibian

Research Grant Specialist


Staff Member Melody Lim

Melody Lim

Career Specialist


Staff Member Danielle Majam-Finch

Danielle Majam-Finch

Program Coordinator and Advisor, HSS Online Degree Completion Program



Senior DIrector of Development Melissa Martinez

Melissa Martinez

Senior Director of Development




Staff Member Ciara Mosca

Ciara Mosca




Staff Member Natalie Oliva

Natalie Oliva

Retention Specialist



Reyna Perez, Graphic Designer

Reyna Pérez

Graphic Designer














Staff Member Joanna RoweJoanna Rowe

Administrative Resources Manager


Staff Member Adriana SifuentesAdriana Sifuentes

Administrative Support Assistant for the Student Success Center



Staff Member Sean TaitSean Taitt

College Advisor

Staff Member Cindy TogamiCindy Togami

Administrative Analyst/Specialist

Staff Member Alan Van FleetAlan Van Fleet

Lead Graphic Designer

Staff Member Julianne VartanianJulianne Vartanian

Retention Specialist

Staff Member Mai WarrenMai Warren

Graduation Specialist