Current Staff Advisory Team – 2014

Trish AportelaTrish Aportela, Administrative Assistant, GSTILE-Language and Professional Programs

 Trish works in the Language and Professional Programs (LPP) office and spends her time       providing administrative support to the LPP team.  Trish works directly with students to provide pre-arrival information, including student housing, tuition payments, textbooks, etc.  Trish is a Salinas native and returned to the area after graduating from CSU, Sacramento in 2012. In her off time she enjoys going to the beach, spending time with her family and eating out with friends.


020 Samuel Bravo – Maintenance and Groundskeeper, Facilities Management

 Sam has worked at the Monterey Institute of International Studies for 17 years. He came to the Institute after working for the City of Modesto, the City of Salinas and 17 years at Dole Fresh Fruits and Vegetables. Sam’s mission is to keep the entire campus up and running for the faculty, staff and students. Sam is very happy to be here because each day feels like his first day, full of the excitement of meeting new people from around the world. In his spare time, Sam likes to learn new languages. Currently, he is learning Russian and Arabic. He enjoys reading and vacationing with Mrs. Bravo.




M. Osorio PhotoMaria Osorio – Student Services Associate, Student Services

Maria works in the Office of Student Services, helping students with the non-academic side of things. She provides assistance with housing, health and wellness, on-campus and local resources and all aspects of student life. She is involved closely with New Student Orientation and student life programming – helping to organize useful and fun activities. She enjoys interacting with students and contributing to positive experiences. Maria is a Monterey native and graduated from UC Davis in 2010 with a degree in Sociology. She also spent a year abroad in France and is in love with French culture!

In her spare time, Maria enjoys speaking Spanish and French, traveling, cooking, live music, spending time with family and friends and enjoying the outdoors.


Lauren Patron, Lauren PatronAssistant to the Dean of the Graduate School of International Policy and  Management

Lauren Patron-Castro is the Dean’s Assistant for the Graduate School of International Policy and Management.  Lauren holds a B.A. in Human Communications with a concentration in Journalism and Media Studies and a minor in Tele-dramatic Arts and Technology from CSU Monterey Bay.  Her professional experience encompasses various administrative roles in diverse educational and non-profit settings, including two years of service with the AmeriCorps program, Public Allies Silicon Valley.

Lauren’s role on campus allows her to serve as the face of the GSIPM School, providing support for faculty, staff, and students on a variety of different needs.  If you should have any questions in regards to the department and its policies, Lauren is a great resource and would love to speak with you.  When not on campus, Lauren enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing board games, going to the movies, and finding new creative projects to complete.


AngieAngie Quesenberry, Assistant to the Dean of the Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation and Language Education

I have been around campus for 12 years now assisting students, faculty and staff. I love my position as assistant to the Dean of GSTILE. It is very gratifying to hear “if you have a question, go ask Angie, she knows everything!” I have been customer service oriented all my life starting out as a waitress, to managing one of Fairmont Hotel’s dining rooms, I have been a PBX operator for Pebble Beach Resort to running their golf instruction camps for resort guests. However, I am happiest here at the Institute, where my organizational and secretarial expertise is both valued and rewarded.



Catherine Snapp, ACatherine Snappdmissions Officer, Admissions Office

Catherine has worked as an Admissions Officer since August 2011. She is part of the Admissions Team that processes the graduate studies applications for admission. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. She was born in Carmel and has returned home to the Monterey Peninsula after working at CHOC Children’s Hospital of Orange County as an Administrative Assistant in the Information Systems Department. When not at work, she enjoys gardening, reading, going to the movies and out to dinner with friends and family.


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