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Meet the BTO Peer Mentors and Staff (2016-2017)


Start Strong

Peer mentorship is provided to students transitioning into their first year at Cañada to build their academic toolkit for success.



Name: Mayra Gonzalez Contreras, BTO Peer Mentor 
Major: Speech Pathology
Tutoring Subjects:  

 "I CAN help you get more informed about programs on campus and get involved."

Bio: My name is Mayra Gonzalez Contreras and I was born and raised in the bay area. I’m a first generation student. I graduated from Sequoia High School and came to Cañada right after high school. My first year at Cañada was a bit scary because I wasn’t familiar with the campus and the college life. I knew that to be able to succeed in my first year on campus I had to join a club or get involved. BTO was one of the programs I joined that helped me a lot during my 3 years in Cañada. This will be my 2nd year being a BTO Mentor and I couldn’t be happier. I love helping my mentees by connecting them to resources or just supporting them. I'm excited to meet you all and help you get more involved on campus!




Name: Andres Aguilar, BTO Peer Mentor
Major/Minor: Communication Studies
Tutoring Subjects: N/A

 "I CAN…help you succeed!"

Bio: My name is Andres Aguilar, this is my 2nd year at Canada College and my first year as a BTO Mentor. I’m a first generation student and I am majoring in Communications and planning on transferring to a 4 year institution next fall. A fun fact about me is, I’m originally from Southern California and I’m a big animal lover and a big sports fan. I just want to be able to help students make the transition to college go as smoothly as possible……..GO COLTS!!!!!!




Name: Jennifer Zaragoza, BTO Peer Mentor
Major/Minor: Math and Economics
Tutoring Subjects: Math

"I CAN... inspire and motivate you to make your college experience great!"

Bio: Hello everyone! my name is Jennifer Zaragoza and I'm a first generation student. My major is financial mathematics/economics and I'm planning to transfer to a UC in fall 2018. Last year, I was a mentee for BTO. Aside from the fact that I found BTO to be a really helpful program in acquiring your success, I really enjoy guiding students through any situations they might feel like they can’t overcome, which is why I am really looking forward to mentoring students and meeting new people. I also have a passion for being outdoors, animals, and volunteering. Hope to see you guys in BTO!


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Name: Jiayun “Anny” Li, BTO Peer Mentor
Major/Minor: Mathematics
Tutoring Subjects: Mathematics, Economics, Accounting, Music

"I CAN…integrate you into a larger college community and keep motivating you."

Bio: Greeting to everyone! My name is Jiayun Li. You can also call me Anny (my nickname). I was born in China. I started my international student journey by attending Cañada College since Fall 2015. I appreciate the golden chance of studying at Cañada College. I really gained a lot and widened my view at here. My major is Mathematics, and I’m planning to transfer to The UC System in Fall 2017. I'm willing to help you navigate a new environment, integrate you into a larger college community and successfully transfer to a 4-year University. I will provide you not only academic support but also useful strategies for success through my personal experiences. We are looking forward to your affiliate. Can’t wait to meet you!! ; )



Name: Josh Gialis, BTO Peer Mentor
Major/Minor: Computer Science
Tutoring Subjects: Computer Science, Math, English

"I CAN…Help you unlock your potential to succeed!"

Bio: My name is Josh Gialis and I’m planning on transferring to a UC in 2018, with a computer science degree. Being a first generation college student is tough road for any who are on it, but being on my last couple semesters, let me tell you --  it is well worth it! I’m new to the BTO program and I really look forward to providing guidance, meeting new people, making connections and learning from my mentees this semester. A couple things that I’m passionate about are cars, and music, and up until recently, knowledge/learning. There is always something new to learn. Hope to see you in BTO!


Stay Strong

As students continue with their college education, peer mentorship is provided to encourage students to persist with their education, motivate them to continue to excel academically in order to reach their transfer and graduation objective.



Name: Benita Kayembe, BTO Peer Mentor 
Major: International Development 
Tutoring Subjects:  

“ I CAN… help you succeed as you will help me succeed”

Bio: Hello, my name is Benita and this is my second year at Canada College. I am very excited, because this year will be my first year working with BTO as a “stay strong” peer mentor. I am actually working on getting Associate Degrees in sociology & International studies, while working toward transferring to a 4 year University in International Development. My passion for people around the world is what motivated my choice of major, and it is the same passion that is motivating me to be a BTO peer mentor. I am looking forward to working with as many students as I possibly can, so that we may help each other to stay strong in the pursuit of our academic goals.



Name: Victor Infante, BTO Peer Mentor 
Major: Early Childhood Education
Tutoring Subjects: 

"I CAN…mentor you through your hardships."

Bio: Hello, my name is Victor Infante I am a first generation student I have been taking courses at Cañada College for the past 5 years. I am an ECE major. I am bilingual; I speak both English and Spanish. I applied to BTO because one of my passions is being able to help people and share my knowledge. Working together we can reach our academic goals, and strive. 

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Name: Jonathan Madley, BTO Peer Mentor 
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Tutoring Subjects: N/A

"I you find the tools to learning and success."

Bio: Hello, I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering. I am planning on transferring with an Associates in Mathematics, Physics, and Engineering to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo or to UC San Diego, those are my top choice in schools. I am a new mentor looking forward to provide aid to students, to help them maintain their academic path, and to help them achieve their academic goals. I strive to accomplish my goals no matter the struggles and obstacles I might face. I also enjoy learning about the evolution of technology and science.  




Name: Travis McIntosh
Major: Biology
Tutoring Subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Math

"I make your time here a positive experience."

Bio: I am a first generation college student. I am majoring in biology with a goal of double majoring in bioinformatics and cell and molecular biology once I transfer to a four-year university. I am also a tutor in the STEM Center and looking forward to working as a mentor as well. As an older student, I feel I can give other students a different and new perspective.

Finish Strong

Peer mentorship is provided to support students who are transfer-ready and can help them prepare to be academically successful at a 4-year university.



Name: Joanna Peet
Major/Minor: Kinesiology
Tutoring Subjects: 

 "I CAN…help you succeed!"

 Bio: My name is Joanna Peet. I am a first generation college student and was a member of the Cañada College Tennis team. I am a mother of 4 children, my 2 oldest are in college and my two youngest are in high school. I have been a BTO mentee since 2013, and now I have the privilege to be a mentor. I wanted to become a mentor so I can give back to students on what I was so fortunate to receive from BTO. My goal is to graduate from San Jose State with a Kinesiology Bachelor’s degree with a focus on Adaptive PE. My hope is to become a high school PE teacher to students who have disabilities and eventually get my masters and return back to Cañada to be part of their future Adaptive PE program.   



Name: Monica Bayasgalan
Major/Minor: Biology
Tutoring Subjects: 

"I you transfer."

 Bio: Hi! My name is Monica Bayasgalan and this is my second year at Canada College. I am majoring in biology and I plan on transferring into a four year university this coming fall. I hope to go into pre-med and attend a medical school after obtaining my bachelors degree in biology. This is my first year as a BTO finish strong mentor and I am extremely excited to help you through this process of transferring and achieve your academic goals.



Name: Chris Cai, BTO Peer Mentor
Major/Minor: Economics
Tutoring Subjects: Accounting & Music

"I you succeed."

Bio: My name is Chris Cai, and this is will be my last year at Cañada College. I am majoring in Economics and planning to transfer to UC Berkeley, UCLA or UC San Diego in Fall 2017. I am also a tutor in accounting and music in the Learning Center. I was a mentee in BTO in the past year, which really helped me a lot in many ways. Therefore, I want to share the knowledge that I learned from my mentor and help other mentees. I want to pass on the knowledge from student to student just like the of Olympic Torch. I also can use Mandarin to help you if you are a Chinese student. Hope to see you in BTO!



Name: Tanesha Gaines, BTO Peer Mentor 
Major: Business
Tutoring Subjects:  

"I CAN…inspire and prepare you for student success!"

Bio: My name is Tanesha Gaines and this is my last year here at Cañada College and I am very excited to work with students with goals of transferring. I enjoy meeting new people and sharing resources. During my time at Cañada, I have become a member of TRIO, and also a member of the honor society, Phi Theta Kappa. I am currently studying Business with a concentration in Accounting. I plan to transfer to CSU East Bay in 2017.



Name: Andre Robinson, BTO Peer Mentor  
Major/Minor: Criminal Justice
Tutoring Subjects: English

"I CAN…help you learn from me just as much as I can learn from you!"

Bio: My name is Andre Robinson and I am a first generation student. This is my last year at Cañada College and I am majoring in criminal justice. I am planning on getting my AA Degree and transferring to a four year university. I am looking forward to working with students and just meeting new people. I enjoy helping whenever I can so don’t be afraid to ask me anything. I am also part of Cañada’s basketball team so come support!.

 BTO Staff





Name: Patricia "Trish" Guevarra, Program Services Coordinator - BTO,VROC
Major: B.A. Social Sciences and a B.A. in Criminology & Criminal Justice,
CSU San Marcos
M.S. in College Counseling, San Francisco State University (anticipated 2018)

"I you build your community of support."

Bio:  It is a privilege that I am the currently Program Services Coordinator of Bridge to Opportunities Peer Mentorship. I have and continue to have many influential mentors in my life who support me through my personal, academic, and career growth. It is for this reason that I have developed a passion for mentorship. I recently moved up to the Bay Area from San Diego, CA where I received my Bachelors of Arts in Social Sciences and a Bachelors of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Cal State San Marcos in 2006. I am currently pursuing my Masters of Science in Counseling with an emphasis in College from San Francisco State University. 




Name: James Macale, Counselor - BTO, A2B, TRIO SSS
Availability: Tuesdays 10:30 am - 7 pm, Thursdays 1 pm - 7 pm