Teiana Jones

Senior Associate Athletic Director, Academic Services

(Bio coming soon.)

Mandie McConkey

Director of Academic Services for Student-Athletes

Mandie McConkey joined Academic Services for Student-Athletes Department in 1995 and became the supervisor of the department in 2000. She works with Women's Golf, Men's Soccer, Men's Volleyball, Softball and collaborates with other Advisors when teams require special attention. Mandie received both her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from CSUN as well as her Master's Degree in Educational Psychology and Counseling with an emphasis in College and Career Counseling.

Cristi Allen

Athletic Academic Advisor

Cristi joined ASSA in August of 2015 and is an Academic Advisor for Men's Golf, Women's Basketball, Women's Soccer, and the Women's Tennis program. She also coordinates professional development workshops for the student-athlete population. Cristi transferred from the Matador Achievement Center where she held the role of the Mentoring Coordinator from the MAC's inception in Fall of 2013 to August 2015. While earning her Bachelor's in Economics from CSUN, she also competed as a pole vaulter for the Women's Track and Field team. She then went on to pursue her Masters of Public Administration at CSUN. 

Lindsey Schantz

Athletic Academic Advisor & Freshman Specialist

Lindsey joined the ASSA team in August 2014 as an Academic Advisor for the Baseball, Men's Basketball, Women's Indoor Volleyball, Sand Volleyball, and Water Polo programs. A San Diego State University alum, she earned her Bachelor's in Communications while competing as a Volleyball student athlete from 2004-2008. Lindsey also completed her Master's in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University 2012.

Sima Sadafi

Athletic Academic Advisor

Sima Sadafi has been advising CSUN students in various offices across campus since 1990.  She originally joined the ASSA advising team in 2001 and worked with various teams for 2 years before transitioning to another position on campus.  She returned to ASSA in 2015 where she is currently working with athletes from Men's and Women's Indoor/Outdoor Track and Cross Country.  She’s a CSUN alum with Bachelors' degrees in Psychology and Child Development, and a Master’s in Educational Psychology and Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Sean James

Athletic Academic Advisor

(Bio coming soon.)

Larry O'Connor


Larry O’Connor has been with Academic Services for Student Athletes since 2010, but has worked on the CSUN campus for a number of years in various capacities.  From his time in the University Testing Center and the Office of Admissions and Records, he brings a well-rounded institutional knowledge that benefits ASSA directly and Athletics as well.