Student Coordinator & Graduate Assistants

Gabby Danis

Gabby Danis
Class Standing: Graduating Senior
Major: Journalism w/ minor in business management
Career Aspirations: Personal Publicist
StrengthsQuest ThemesInput, Empathy, Achiever, Maximizer, and Relator

I am a graduating senior in the college of Arts, Media, and Communication. I grew up in northern California and decided to move to southern California to pursue my career in public relations.  CSUN has expanded my ability to get involved and to develop my leadership skills. I have held leadership positions within Associated Students, the Greek community, and within the NSO program- as an Orientation Leader and a TAKE XXV cast member. I am grateful for all of the relationships with students, faculty, staff and administration that I have fostered during my time here. CSUN has changed my life for the better; I would not be the leader I am today without all the opportunities offered on campus.  


Plutarco 'Paco' PinedaPlutarco 'Paco' Pineda

Class Standing: Senior

Major: Hospitality and tourism management
Career Aspirations: Director of sports events and operations
StrengthsQuest Themes: Harmony, analytical, maximizer, deliberative and consistency

Going into my fifth year in the New Student Orientation program, I could not be any more proud of the path I have paved. I owe an immense amount of gratitude to this program for all the networking, insight, and opportunities it has offered me throughout my time at CSUN. I entered the university as a civil engineering major and have just switched over to hospitality and tourism management. Now that I have completed the traditional four years of college, I have been shaped by the experiences I have gone through and in less than a year, I will be the first university graduate in my family. We all have our story that is filled with different chapters, dealing with distinct obstacles, and enduring the ups and downs of our respective lives. Although there continues to be change throughout each day that passes by, I always keep my core values at the helm of my journey. Laughter, harmony, love, charity and Esteem. And with these values, I continue to look for improvement in whatever I do, while always looking to have the respect of everyone that I am fortunate enough to meet. And yes, "I will make things awkward."

Peter MoraPeter Mora
Class Standing: Graduate
Major: Counseling
Career Aspirations: Licensed marriage and family therapist
StrengthsQuest Themes: Achiever, competition, connectedness, learner and restorative

I'm a 23-year-old graduate student here at CSUN. I graduated with my bachelor's in psychology from CSUN, and I am now earning my Master's of Science in Counseling with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy. Growing up near this campus, I always knew about this university and the opportunities that it offered its prospective students. I am a first-generation college student and with campus programs such as the Educational Opportunity Program and the New Student Orientation (NSO) program, I was able to make this campus a second home for myself. Now, entering my fifth year with NSO, I am the lead Student Coordinator for the 2014 New Student Orientation. My inspiration to successfully complete my schooling career is derived from my family. Completing my scholastic career is also setting an example for younger nieces and nephew. Lastly, I strongly believe that my education path is an example of how first-generation minorities can succeed in the United States. 

Stacey BelloStacey Bello
Class Standing: Senior
Major: Family and consumer science
Career Aspirations: Interior Designer
StrengthsQuest Themes: restorative, empathy, intellection, adaptability and input

I am a senior at CSUN studying interior design. My hope is to become a professional interior designer. Alongside interior design, another one of my passions is dancing and I am currently minoring in dance performance. I take delight in visual and performing arts and my aspirations within these fields are fueled by my values. My faith shapes every aspect of my life and has molded me to become the woman I am today. In addition to my faith, the love from my family encourages me to thrive personally, academically and professionally. I enjoy the company of my parents and our bond grows stronger with each passing day. Furthermore, my mother is my rock and my absolute best friend. I also have an older brother, Steven, who graduated from CSUN in 2006. I often look to Steven for guidance and trust his opinion. My interests and the people in my life have helped me throughout my collegiate career and throughout my journey of self-discovery. The ultimate goal of my life is to be a living example of God's love. It is my hope, that in fulfilling my purpose, I am able to positively impact the lives of others and share my sincere joy for life.  

Cat PlacenciaCat Placencia
Class Standing: Graduate Student
Major: College Counseling and Student Services
Career Aspirations: Student Affairs
StrengthsQuest Themes: Woo, Communication, Arranger, Relator, Responsibility

I am a graduate student earning my master’s degree in College Counseling and Student Services. My hometown is Ridgecrest, California, a small desert town with less people than CSUN’s student population! I love the small town values I was raised with, but was also really eager to see how CSUN would become a part of my life. After transferring from Cerro Coso Community College to CSUN, my experience here was largely shaped by campus involvement and becoming more active within my major. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development where I encountered amazing leaders in the department. Through their leadership, campus involvement, and becoming a peer mentor and peer advisor for the department, I found my true passion for helping college students. I cannot wait to start as a professional in the field of student affairs and empower college students to make the most of their time in college! 

Other areas of importance in my life are my faith in God, sports, children, spending time outside – camping and fishing, photography and scrapbooking, saving money, humor, country music, reading, and my family. I am fortunate enough to be blessed with parents who remain two of my best friends today. Whether you have tons of support, or are looking for more support in your life, I hope you find and expand your family here!

When asked what my favorite part of CSUN is, my answer is immediately support! Being a first-generation college student, there was a lot I wanted to explore about being at a university. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and ask for help. And lastly, in the words of Maya Angelou, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” 

Nicole Samani
Class Standing: Graduate
Major: College Counseling and Student Affairs
Career Aspirations: Student Affairs Professional
StrengthsQuest Themes: Deliberative, Relator, Arranger, Harmony, Individualization

I'm a 22 year-old graduate student, born and raised in Los Angeles. I am pursuing my master's degree in counseling, with a specialization in college counseling and student services here at CSUN. During my undergraduate career, I became very involved in the campus community, and grew to love helping students. I love contributing to a student's success and helping one achieve their goals and reach their full potential. Through working at CSUN, I am exposed to several different areas of student affairs, and am developing both professionally and personally in attempts to discover how I can make the largest difference possible in this field. I am surrounded by incredible faculty, staff, and students that motivate me to reach my full potential as a professional, and make me strive to contribute to the campus community, in all ways possible. I am excited to continue my journey at CSUN, and to find the path that best suits my passion to help students and contribute to their success.