Adriana Cervantes-González, Ed.D.
Dr. Adriana Cervantes-González has been an educator for the past 18 years serving faculty, students, and families in K-12 and higher education settings throughout the Central Valley of California. Dr. Cervantes-González is an Adjunct Professor at CSU-Fresno for the Kremen School of Education & Human Development. Dr. Cervantes-González also serves as the CLEAR Advisory Board Chair, and is a member of the CLEAR 2020 Strategic Planning Task Force Team.
Adriana’s professional career has included positions with the Office of University Grants and Research at Fresno State where she coordinated efforts of federal, state, and local grants. Adriana has previously held counseling and adjunct faculty positions at Fresno State, and Porterville Community College. Adriana has also served as a Learning Director and Counselor for Tulare County schools. Adriana earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) at Fresno State. Her research interests include equity, social justice, and Latina/o students’ educational pipeline schooling experiences in shaping college choice. Adriana’s passion is to continue working collaboratively with preK-20 practitioners, community stakeholders, and research scholars towards improving college access and opportunities for all students, with an intentional focus on students of color.
Jesús González Jr., Ed.D.
Dr. Jesús González Jr. currently serves as Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction at Visalia Unified School District’s largest comprehensive high school. He also serves as a Fresno State Adjunct Professor for the Kremen School of Education & Human Development working with Graduate student teacher candidates seeking a secondary school credential. Jesús began his career as an educator nearly 20 years ago at an inner city school with Fresno Unified School District, and has since held various teaching positions in the primary, intermediate, and secondary grade levels. Jesús has held the positions of teacher, coach, coordinator of second language learners, and teacher on special assignment. After having served students as a teacher for 11 years, Jesús assumed leadership roles as migrant coordinator, then area administrator for the Tulare County Office of Education, Migrant Education Department. His responsibilities encompassed working with multiple school districts in Kings and Tulare Counties to ensure equity in educational opportunities for migrant students and families.
Jesús earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D) at Fresno State. His research interests include college choice of high achieving students of color attending selective universities, cultural competence, equity and leadership training for school leaders. Jesús also serves on the CLEAR 2020 Strategic Planning Task Force Team.
Christina Luna, Ed.D.
Dr. Christina Luna is currently an Assistant Professor at CSU Fresno, where she is an instructor in the Educational Leadership Program. Dr. Luna has been an adjunct professor for the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University in Orange and for the MAT program at the University of Southern California. She has dual bachelor’s degrees in Child Development and Mexican American Studies, teaching and administrative credentials, and a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Cal-State University Los Angeles. She earned her doctorate degree at the University of Southern California in Learning and Instruction.
Dr. Luna is a career educator with over thirty years of experience at the University and in PK-12 public schools in Los Angeles, Orange and Central Valley counties. She has held position ranging from classroom teacher to Superintendent.
Janell Morillo, Ed.D.
Dr. Janell Morillo is the Associate Vice President for Student Health, Counseling and Wellness for Student Affairs Administration at Fresno State. Janell has over 22 years of higher education experience serving as an administrator, center director, program coordinator and faculty member. Previously, she served as the campus coordinator of Academic Advising, where she conducted a university report, “Fresno State Advising Report: An Examination of the Practices and Opportunities to Support Student Success.”
Prior to that, she was coordinator of the Liberal Studies Program, lecturer in the Department of Counselor Education and Rehabilitation, and director of the Education Student Services Center. She was recognized in 2006 with the University’s Outstanding Advisor Award, served as two-time President of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, and has served on numerous University committees, including chairing the Student Success Summit committee.
In addition to her involvement with the CLEAR Mentoring Program, Dr. Morillo serves as a mentor in the University Mentoring Program, and has contributed to various student success initiatives. She is a Central Valley native whose passion has been in education and advising, while becoming a three-time alumna at Fresno State.
Darlene Murray, Ed.D.
Dr. Darlene Murray is the Student Equity Coordinator at Reedley College. In 2013, Dr. Darlene Murray earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Fresno State. She currently serves as Student Equity Coordinator at Reedley Community College where she works to improve access, course completion, ESL/ basic skills completion, degree and certificate completion and transfer for Reedley’s disproportionately impacted students. Previously, she served as the Graduate Program Assistant for Fresno State’s Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership and she continues to assist doctoral students by hosting workshops using NVivo software for qualitative data analysis. In 2015, Dr. Murray was awarded the WESTOP Trio Achievers Award. She is passionate about education equity, improving academic achievement for men of color and foster youth in higher education.
Linda Vang, Ed.D.
Dr. Linda Vang has been an English and AVID teacher at Selma High School in Selma Unified School District for over 11 years. As a veteran teacher, she has extensive experience in implementing SDAIE, SIOP, Kagan structures, and thinking maps with diverse student populations. Dr. Vang is also currently an adjunct English professor at Fresno City College and has taught literacy classes for Fresno State’s single subject credential program. In addition to being a member of California Teachers Association, Dr. Vang also serves as an advisory board member for CLEAR.
As a Hmong-American woman and the daughter of Hmong refugees, Dr. Vang is passionate about teaching, education, and (multi-)cultural issues. Her dissertation, “The Impact of Culture and Acculturation on the Academic Achievement of Hmong American College Students,” was presented at the 2016 AERA Conference in Washington, D.C. She greatly values diversity and is committed to providing equity and access to students.
Jesse Molina, J.D.
Jesse currently servers as general counsel for FocusVision, an international technology company that provides cloud based quantitative and qualitative data collection platforms with offices in the U.S., Shanghai, Singapore, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, and the United Kingdom.
Jesse also serves as special education advocate and is on the leadership council for GOPublic Schools Fresno, a nonprofit organization that addresses K-12 educational policy and equity concerns and advocates for historically under-served communities. Additionally, Jesse is a member of Fresno State’s University Board and the Board of Trustees for San Joaquin College of Law.
Kenneth Magdaleno, Ed.D. – Executive Director
Dr. Kenneth R. Magdaleno serves as Director of the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at California State University, Fresno in addition to serving as Co-Director of the Collaborative Online Doctorate in Educational Leadership (CODEL) under development at CSU Channel Islands and CSU Fresno. Dr. Magdaleno earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership from UCLA and is the founding Executive Director of the Center for Leadership, Equity, and Research (CLEAR). Published works include Educational Leaders and the Acknowledgement Gap (in press, Journal of School Leadership, 2015) and Mentoring Latina and Latino Leaders in Keeping and Improving Tomorrow’s School Leaders (Rowman and Littlefield Education, 2010). His primary research interests are areas of critical race theory, social justice, leadership mentoring and developing educational leaders of color.
Mahmoud Suleiman, Ph.D. – Editor of the CLEARVoz Journal
Dr. Mahmoud Suleiman is a professor and Chair of the Advanced Educational Studies Department at California State University, Bakersfield. He earned his Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 1993. He previously taught at the Maricopa Community College District, AZ; Arizona State University, Tempe; and Fort Hays State University, KS. He joined CSUB in 1999 and has taught a variety of credential and graduate courses in the areas of multiculturalism, reading/literacy, second language acquisition among others. During his tenure at CSUB, he served as Director of the Multiple Subject Credential Program and as Chair of the Teacher Education Department. He is a Fulbright Scholar (2009/2010) and completed his residency at the Bahrain Teachers College, University of Bahrain, Bahrain. He is currently the Advanced Educational Studies Department Chair at CSUB.
Dr. Suleiman’s research interests include action research, instructional leadership in diverse settings, second language acquisition, teacher induction, multicultural education, social justice and equity, global education, and literacy development. Over the years, he published several articles, three books, book chapters, edited professional journals, served as a review board member, and reviewer for professional journals. Dr. Suleiman can reached at 661-654-3032 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz Molina – Program Manager and Community Liaison
Liz Molina is CLEAR’s new Program Manager and Community Liaison. She is an alumna of Fresno State where she received her B.S. degree in Health Science with a focus on Community Health. Liz brings with her more than 15 years of working in the corporate environment and non-profit world. Her experiences range from: grass roots and government funded community outreach; to working on finance committees and fundraising campaigns; to executive and HR support for a multinational corporation. Most importantly, she’s an engaged Central Valley community member giving her time to working on social justice causes, community empowerment, and community alliances.
Jenny Vue – Program Coordinator
Jenny Vue, became part of CLEAR in August 2012. Jenny started as Executive Assistant, and her role has been ever changing and evolving. As Program Coordinator, she is responsible for assisting in the development and evaluation of programs. Jenny also sits on the Advisory Board of CLEAR. She has a Master’s in Social Work and PPS Credential.
Tiffany Jennings – Executive Assistant
Tiffany Jennings is the Administrative Support Coordinator II Supporting the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at Fresno State. She has worked with Dr. Magdaleno since October 2013. She has been with Fresno State since 2008, working in Accounting and now as Support Staff to the Ed.D. program. Tiffany looks forward to working as the Executive Assistant to CLEAR, supporting the organization in its mission.