Cyndie has worked in student affairs in California colleges and universities for 33 years, 24 of them here at SSU. Her background includes several fields within student services, including career and academic advising, financial aid, first year experience/new students, and finally, residential life. As a mother of two millennial children, Cyndie is fascinated with the millennial generation, our current student population, and attempts to utilize current research in the programs and services offered in the residential community.
Cyndie earned her MS in Counseling from San Francisco State University and her BS from UC Davis in Community Education/Development. Her outside interests include traveling, (favorite places are warm weather countries like Mexico, Fiji and Australia), and enjoys participating in the lives of her two college aged children, Corinne and Kalene, and her spouse John.
HI! My name is Mo and I have been at SSU since 1997! I started out as the RLC in Zinfandel, and I have been fortunate to supervise the continuing student villages, work with Student Leadership, help support and challenge students and help provide opportunities for students to learn, grow, see the area and have some fun, through planning events and trips since 2000! We have a great campus and so many opportunities for students to enhance the curricular with the co-curricular!
I was raised in Wisconsin and attended both the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and Northern Arizona University for my undergrad and Masters Programs. I studied Recreation Administration for my undergrad, and Counseling with an Emphasis in Student Personnel for my Masters. I love pop culture, attending SSU and professional sporting events, reality TV, and Nick at Night! I have two amazing kids, who have grown up at SSU and who I think know more people on campus than I do! I absolutely love SSU and am blessed to say that I get up every day and say "I get to go to work today"! GO Seawolves!!!
Hi everyone! My name is Jesse Andrews and I am the Community Conduct Coordinator for Residential Life. That means I oversee the student conduct process for the residential community. I am a product of the CSU system myself and earned my B.A. in Elementary Education with a minor in Human Development from San Diego State University (Go Aztecs!). From there I moved to the beautiful Pacific Northwest where I worked professionally and earned my M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Washington State University (Go Cougs!). I am now in my fourth year at Sonoma State, having spent my first three years as a Residential Life Coordinator.
I love to get outdoors and am an avid cyclist and hiker so living in northern California works pretty well for me. I am an Olympics junkie and have been to three different Olympic Games (Beijing 2008, Vancouver 2010, and London 2012). I also love to just relax at home with a book, unless it is Sunday and then football is on the TV.
Hello! I have been working here at Sonoma State University in the Residential Life Office since 2007. I started off as a RLC for Cabernet Village and I am currently the Community Development Coordinator. I oversee and work directly with the Sauvignon CommUNITY Cooperative (Co-op) Program. In addition, I oversee the residential community Service Desks, located in Zinfandel and Tuscany Villages
I am originally from the East Coast but love living in Northern California. My love of and passion for working in Residential Life started when I became a Resident Advisor in college. Since then I have had the opportunity to work with some really amazing students. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
Colleen Zak, Service Desk Assistant Coordinator
Hey everyone! My name is Colleen and this will be my third year working with Residential Life at Sonoma State University. I spent the last two years as a Community Service Advisor in the Sauvignon East and Zinfandel Villages! I recently graduated with Environmental Studies major and am returning for the credential program!
My summers are spent at camp and in my free time I enjoy going on bike rides, hikes, and any other outdoor adventure.
I grew up in Marin but hope to one day move to New Orleans and become a teacher there and help create curriculum with an environmental emphasis.
Stanley Weir, Assistant Conduct Coordinator
Hello everyone, my name is Stanley Weir. I was born and raised in Dublin, CA and joined the Sonoma State community as a freshmen in 2008.
I have just graduated with a BA in Chemistry and now in the credential program at SSU wanting to become a high school chemistry teacher. This is my first year being involved in residential life as the Conduct Officer Graduate Assistant ,but I look forward to the new experience.
Being at SSU for five years I was involved in Greek Life, IFC, and AS Student Government. Usually I spend most of my free time either working out at the gym or in my house watching either sports or Big Bang Theory.
Residential Life Coordinators
Greetings Seawolves! My name is Alvin Nguyen and I am the Residential Life Coordinator for Tuscany Village. I earned my B.A. in Organizational Communications from Sacramento State and my M.A. in Higher Education Administration from San José State. My passion for Residential Life has allowed me to work at some great institutions before my arrival to SSU. I worked in Residential Life at San José State, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and Suffolk University which is located in beautiful downtown Boston.
As a bay area native (San José), I am truly excited to be back on the west coast. I enjoy the weather and all that this area has to offer -- outdoor activities, food, sights, shopping, and the list goes on. I love traveling/backpacking, spending time with friends/family, video games, and automotive hobbies just to name a few. As someone who is familiar with the area, the CSU system, and Residential Life, I hope you stop by my office with questions or to simply say "hello!" Go Seawolves!
Hi! My name is Margaret Plummer, but I prefer Maggie! My family lives in Spanaway, WA and Seattle, WA. I most recently moved from the Boston area in Massachusetts where I was working at another college for the past five years.
I received my B.S. in General Science from Seattle University in Seattle, WA and my Masters in Education with a concentration in Administration of Higher Education from Suffolk University in Boston, MA.
I enjoy just relaxing with a good book or movie on my free time and hanging out with recently made friends and friends from college! I am a Celtics fan too, go Ray Allen! I also like to bake, so if you stop by my office, I might have some! My office is in the Colombard Building in Sauvignon East, so just stop by and chat sometime!
Greetings! My name is Tony Farmer and this is my third year at Sonoma State. I worked for two years at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro after receiving my bachelor's and master's degrees from Ball State University. After spending time in the Midwest and up and down the east coast (born in New England) I am thrilled to be in Northern California and working for this amazing institution. I'm a former sports writer who enjoys challenging others to "think outside the box".
In my free time I love watching sports (especially the Boston Red Sox or San Francisco 49ers) and documentaries. Other passion areas include graphic design, writing, learning, communication, alternative health, and organic food.
Hello! My name is Khou Yang-Vigil and I am the Residential Life Coordinator for Zinfandel and Cabernet Villages. I grew up in Santa Rosa, California right next door to Rohnert Park. I am a PROUD SSU alumna and received my Bachelor of Arts in American Multicultural Studies (AMCS) in 2006. In 2010, I received my Master of Science in Student Affairs and Higher Education at Indiana State University. I worked as a full-time RLC at Humboldt State University from 2010-2011 and started my full-time work here in January 2012.
In my free time, I love to spend time with my two children, Bella and Vinny, and my husband, Antonio. I love to read and walk whenever I am able to. I also enjoy exploring and visiting new places, whether it is going to a new vacation destination or trying out a local restaurant in town. I have a passion for working with students and being a part of the higher education field and am happy to be giving back to my community. My office is located in Barbera 17. Please feel free to stop by and say, “Hi.”
Hello! My name is Jonathan McGonagle and I am the Assistant RLC for Cabernet Village. I graduated with my English degree from Sonoma State in May 2013 and am now in the teaching credential program. I am excited to come back to Cabernet where I started my undergraduate career in the Education FIG. I also look forward to continuing with Sonoma State Leadership, where I have worked as a CSA and Peer Mentor over the last few years.
Outside of school, my passions consist mainly of sports. I am an aspiring high school basketball coach as well as a sports enthusiast that always tries to catch as many games as I can of my favorite teams. As a person who was born in Massachusetts, I am mainly a fan of Boston sports but also a very dedicated Warriors fan. I find interest not just in the entertaining competition of sports but also their history and importance to our culture today. Come by my office anytime to talk school, life or sports!
My name is Kosar Soufi and I am the Assistant Residential Life Coordinator (ARLC) for Verdot Village.
Originally from North Africa, I moved to Southern California at the age of twelve where I continued my education and earned my Bachelor degree in Psychology. I am currently pursuing my Master degree at SSU in Organization Development. I like spending time outdoors in nature, reading, learning new things, swimming, driving, exploring new places, traveling, and helping others. Don't hesitate to stop by and say hello!
Hey Everyone! My name is Usha Gubbala and I’m the Assistant Residential Life Coordinator for Beaujolais West. I’m also currently a graduate student at Sonoma State in the Organization Development program. I am curious and passionate about learning the inner workings of organizations and finding leverage points to affect positive change.
My bachelor’s degree was a special major in Human Nature, integrating the disciplines of biology, psychology, and holistic health. I enjoy hearing people’s stories and learning more about who they are, why they do what they do, and how they can create healthy, thriving, and meaningful lives.
I immensely enjoy spending time with my friends and family, singing, reading books and articles, and discovering random things about the world. If you have said random things to share, or if you just want to say hello, swing by my office!
Hi! My name is Sara Healy and I was born and raised in the Bay Area (Redwood City, CA). I have been involved in Residential Life at SSU as a Community Service Advisor (CSA) for the past two years and am excited to continue my journey in Residential Life as the Assistant Residential Life Coordinator for Beaujolais East this year.
In May I received a B.A in both Psychology and in Early Childhood Studies from SSU. I am very proud to be one of the first three students at SSU to graduate with the new ECS major! I am a student in the Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential at SSU working towards becoming a kindergarten or preschool teacher. My dream is to one day open up my own preschool.
In my free time I enjoy baking (I am known for my scrumptious cookies), running, hiking, swimming, volleyball, going to the beach, and hanging out with family and friends. I also enjoy scrapbooking and am always down for a last minute adventure. Feel free to stop by my office anytime!