Matador Achievement Center

  • Matador Achievement Center
  • Matador Achievement Center
  • Matador Achievement Center
  • Matador Achievement Center
  • Matador Achievement Center

Staff Members

Lindsey Schantz, Director of Athletic Academic Advising

Team: Baseball


LaShandra Batiste, Assistant Director of Learning Support

LaShandra is the Assistant Director of Learning Support and Lead Learning Specialist who works with individual student-athletes to provide intensive academic support. She assists student-athletes by developing time management skills and learning styles to better support the students academically. Additionally, she provides oversight, leadership, and direction for the curriculum development and implementation of the Learning Specialist Program.


Kevin Green, Senior Athletic Academic Advisor

Kevin Green joined the Matador Achievement Center as a Senior Athletic Academic Advisor in March of 2020. Green comes to CSUN from Pepperdine University where he served as an Academic Services Coordinator. Green began his career at Pepperdine in March 2014 at the OneStop Office as an advisor before moving to Athletics in 2015.Green previously worked in academic advising at various institutions based in Chicago.Originally from Chicago, Green received his associate's degree from Elgin Community College in 2000, his bachelor's degree in psychology from Augustana College in 2003 and his master's of education in counseling (college student development) from DePaul University in 2009. Green was a student-athlete himself, having played baseball both at Elgin and Augustana. Kevin also oversees the Summer Success Program for incoming Student-Athletes. 

Teams: Women's Basketball, Women's Soccer, Softball, Men's and Women's Track, and Men's and Women's Cross Country


Robert Lopez, Senior Athletic Academic Advisor 

Robert Lopez joined CSUN as a Senior Athletic Academic Advisor in the Matador Achievement Center in 2020, working primarily with Men's soccer, Men's and Women's Volleyball and Beach Volleyball. Robert also oversees Objective and Structured Study Hall.

Teams: Men's Soccer, Men's Volleyball, Women's Volleyball, and Beach Volleyball


Maddi Ittner, Athletic Academic Advisor 

Maddison Ittner was named to the position of Athletic Academic Advisor in CSUN’s Matador Achievement Center in spring of 2020. She began her time in the MAC as an Assistant Learning Specialist working with student-athletes to better develop their academic skills. Ittner then moved on to a Graduate Assistant role in the MAC working with Men’s Basketball, where her research and teaching experience could be applied to the overall goal of academic successes for student athletes. Ittner received her Bachelor's degree in Sociology with minors in Communication studies and Gender/Women’s Studies from CSUN. While she was working towards her degree she competed as a shot put and hammer thrower for the CSUN Track and Field team. Ittner is currently finishing her M.A. in Sociology and will graduate in May 2020. She looks forward to a bright future in the MAC and at CSUN.

Teams: Women's Tennis, Women's Water Polo, Men's and Women's Golf. 


Melissa Olsen, Academic Specialist

Melissa Olsen joined the Matador Achievement Center in 2019 as an Academic Specialist working primarily with Men's Basketball.

Teams: Men's Basketball


Downie Tech, Learning Specialist


Jolleen Hartman, Administrative Support Coordinator


Catherine Rosa, Administrative Support Coordinator 

Catherine Rosa is the Administrative Support Coordinator for the Matador Achievement Center, fifth floor. She manages the Travel Letters, Equipment Checkout, as well as the Textbook Loan Library programs for the Student-Athletes.