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Mario Chacon, EOPS/CARE, CalWORKs, & CAFYES Associate Dean
Pearl Lopez, EOPS & CARE Counselor/Coordinator

Pearl Lopez

Dr. Pearl Lopez is a former EOPS student and former EOPS student worker who now serves as the department Chair. She is a first generation college student and is familiar with the many struggles EOPS students experience. She gives EOPS a lot of credit for her success and wants to return the favor by helping EOPS students. After receiving her Associate's Degree from Grossmont College, Pearl transferred to SDSU and completed her Bachelor's degree in English with an Applied Linguistics Certificate. She then obtained her Master's degree at SDSU in Counseling through the Community Based Block program with an emphasis in multicultural counseling. She received her doctorate degree from SDSU in 2014 in Educational Leadership. Pearl has been working for the Grossmont College District since 1993 in many different capacities. She has been an EOPS Counselor since 2004. Pearl also speaks, reads and writes Spanish fluently.  You can reach Pearl by emailing her at

Michael Perez, EOPS & CARE Counselor/SIP & CARE Coordinator

Michael Perez

Michael Perez transferred from Santa Barbara City College to San Diego State University where he earned a BS degree in Criminal Justice Administration. Michael returned to San Diego State obtained his MS in Counseling through the Community Based Block program with an emphasis in multicultural counseling and school counseling. Michael is the first in his family to graduate from college and has successfully demonstrated the ability to overcame many obstacles, which include a learning disability. He understand the many struggles students face today and strives to motiate and teach the skills necessary to assist students obtain their educational and personal goals. He has been with Grossmont's EOPS program since September 2000. You can reach Michael by emailing him at

Brian Woolsey, NextUp Coordinator - Counselor
Jamila Schmidt, EOPS & CARE Counselor
Ava Gill, EOPS & CARE Counselor
Maite Valladolid, EOPS & CARECounselor
Lorena Malo, EOPS & CARE Counselor
Maria De La Cruz, EOPS/CARE Program Specialist
Lina Kern, EOPS & CARE Counselor

As a first generation, low-income, young single mom I always questioned whether or not obtaining my education was realistic. School became the place where I learned resiliency, strenght, and courage as I fought to overcome every obstacle so I could provide my children with a better life and more opportunity. 

After graduating from San Diego Mesa College with my Associate's in History and Psychology, I transferred to San Diego State University where I obtained my Bachelor's in Psychology with a minor in Religious Studies and a certificate in Cultural Competency. I then went on to recieve my Master's Degree in Counseling with an emphesis in social justice and advocacy. 

Using both my personal experience and formal education my dream and passion is to let every student know that anything is possible if we can just learn to trust the process. You are here for a reason and education is for everyone, I am living proof. We ar all capable of amazing things, especially when we allow ourselvs to be led by our dreams. We are all worthy of being here!

And remember: "He who is not couragous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life." - Muhammed Ali

Last Updated: 09/25/2017
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