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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: Paul Limson, BTO All Tiers Peer Mentor
Major/Minor: Psychology
Tutoring Subjects: 

I CAN….provide guidance and support to help you attain academic success here at Cañada"

Bio: Born and raised in the Philippines, I am a first generation college student and a Navy veteran. I began my academic journey here at Cañada in the summer of 2015. I am a psychology major and gearing up for transfer to a UC or CSU in the fall of 2018. I will be pursuing a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Social Work and minor in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Counseling. My goal is to work for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Palo Alto, California to serve and help my fellow veterans uplift their quality of life by becoming self-sufficient, financially independent, and land a stable job across the Bay Area and beyond. As a veteran mentor, I am here to guide and support you achieve academic success and connect you to all the amazing resources the campus has to offer. Welcome to the BTO family!



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!



Name: Marvin Nieto-Cruz, BTO Peer Mentor
Major/Minor: English Literature Major
Tutoring Subjects: English

"I CAN...connect you to resources so you can lead your own success"

Bio: I am a first generation student and first American citizen in my family. I am an English Literature Major and aspiring to instruct students with English as a second Language. I am currently learning a new language. I will transfer to a four year university after two more semestera. Aside from being a BTO Mentor, I volunteer at the DREAM Center, a space that welcomes undocumented students and allies, in there, I provide guidance to resources they may be in need of.




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!

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: Chelsey Brown, BTO Peer Mentor 
Major: Psychology/Pre-med
Tutoring Subjects: Human Biology, Statistics, Interpersonal Communication, and English.

“I there for you while you work towards your goals!”

Bio: Hi there! My name is Chelsea Brown and I am a first-generation college student who is coming back to school after several years of being out of school. It was hard at first but getting involved on campus really helped make my transition back to school a lot easier and way more fun. Now I am majoring in Psychology with a Pre-med focus and my goal is to transfer to a 4-year university. I know that balancing school, work, and your personal life can be a challenge for any student, but I want you to know you are not alone and there is support for you. I really care about connecting with other students and being a part of the great campus community we have. I can’t wait to get to know other students and support them while they work towards their goals. A few random facts about me: I love Game of Thrones, my favorite musician is Amy Winehouse, and I love cooking.



Name: Gianfranco Gastelo, BTO Peer Mentor 
Major: Literature, Psychology, Socilogy, Theology, Philosophy, and Economics
Tutoring Subjects: P
hilosophy, Literature, Spanish, English, Sociology, Psychology, Linguistics, Basic and Intermediate Mathematics.

"I you be academically successful"

Bio: My name is Gianfranco Gastelo, a fourth-year student at Cañada College. My majors include Literature, Psychology, Sociology, Theology, Philosophy, and Economics. Within a year, I aspire to transfer to University of California, Berkeley and earn a Bachelor of Arts in Literature. As a student, I self-identify with the typical challenges that cross on academic progress such as time management, self-study skills, procrastination, development of research papers, writing or reading strategies. My knowledge of the student support services at Cañada College in conjunction with my four-year academic experience will be two major components I will contribute as your mentor.

I honor your commitment as a college student, and I look forward to working with you towards exceeding your goals.


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: Travis McIntosh
Major: Biology, Computer Science 
Tutoring Subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Math

"I make your time here a positive experience."

Bio: My name is Travis McIntosh, and I am a first generation college student in my fifth and final year at Cañada. I plan to double major in Cell and Molecular Biology, and Computer Science once transferring to a four-year university, with a goal of continuing on to graduate school to study bioinformatics.



Name: Elsa Salgado, BTO Peer Mentor 
Major: Sociology
Tutoring Subjects: Sociology/English

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

Bio: Hello, My name is Elsa Salgado and I am currently in my path towards transferring to a four year university with a Sociology degree. My passion for sociology roots from my craving towards trying to understand the social world around us. I am captivated by the different perspectives among the social groups that constitute the norms and beliefs within our society. I became a mentor in order to help others obtain a clearer perspective regarding their academic and personal goals. My mission is to help motivate my mentees and show them their true potential in achieving anything they set their minds to. Within this program I aspire to build strong and positive relationships, as well as work with a team oriented mindset in order to fulfill the greatest good for my team and my mentees. I look forward to meeting new faces and working one on one with students in order to assist them towards their journey for success. 




Name: Josh Gialis, BTO/STEM 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!

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Name: Jessica Yu, BTO Peer Mentor 
Major: Bioengineering
Tutoring Subjects:

"I CAN…help you achieve your goals”

Bio: Hi, my name is Jessica Yu and this is my second year studying in Cañada College. My intended major is bioengineering and I plan to transfer to one of the UC schools in the future. This will be my first year as a BTO peer mentor and I am looking forward to this exciting journey! I have friends who have been BTO mentees and mentors. According to their experience, being mentees and mentors has been really beneficial in their process of learning. I wish to share the upcoming year with fellow students as a BTO peer mentor! 

 BTO Staff


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