Dr. Anna Gonzalez is the Dean of Students and Chief Student Affairs Officer at Lewis and Clark College, a small highly selective liberal arts college in Portland, Oregon. She is also a founding faculty member and program director for the Master’s Program in Student Affairs administration for L&C’s Graduate School of Counseling and Education. She brings 24 years of experience in higher education working first at the University of California Irvine, then the University of Illinois before coming to L&C. During those years, she also served as chief student affairs officer for 4 voyages of the Semester at Sea Program. Her expertise and areas she oversees include athletics, housing, auxiliaries services, student retention and success, career development, orientation and first-year experience programs, diversity education and cultural centers, counseling and wellness services, and alumni and parents program.
Dr. Gonzalez received her BA at Loyola Marymount University and Ph.D. at Claremont Graduate University. She is passionate about working with students and has mentored hundreds of young people to pursue a career in higher education. The quality of her leadership has been recognized on a national level with two prestigious awards, NASPA’s Pillar of the Profession and the Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Dean. She has served on a number of local and national boards including the NASPA National Board of Directors, Junior League of Champaign-Urbana, and Youth, Rights, and Justice of the State of Oregon.
Her research was included in the NASPA publication Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Higher Education: Research and Perspectives on Identity, Leadership, and Success (Ching and Agbayani, 2012) and her forthcoming edited book titled Transformational Leadership will be published on January 2018.
As a first generation U.S. college student who immigrated to this country at the age of 10, she knows first hand the role higher education plays in transforming communities. Through partnerships with on and off campus stakeholders. Dr. Gonzalez has been guided by the vision of advancing the educational mission of higher education, creating an accessible educational experience for all individuals, and working with students for them to be global leaders of the twenty-first century.
Tamara Ko is the Program Director & Executive Assistant for the Dean of Students, and has been at Lewis & Clark College (and in the higher education field) for nine years. She received her B.A. from Willamette University and her M.A. from Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education & Counseling. She loves reading young adult books, traveling, and going to the movies.
Amy Alvarado-Martinez ’21 is exploring the many different majors offered at LC. She has a passion for helping others, especially the Latinx community. She was born and raised in NE Portland. On her free time, she likes to hike and spend time with her family.
Dennis Kamakana ’18 is one of the graduate assistants in the office, and graduated from the College of Arts & Sciences with a sociology/anthropology major. He was born in Molokai, Hawaii and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dennis enjoys listening to music and relaxing.
Eric Hawkins ’18 one of the graduate assistants in the office, and graduated from the College of Arts & Sciences with is a psychology major. He also works for student support services and is a LEAP mentor. In his free time, he enjoys playing sports and hanging out with friends and family.
Kelly Boyer is a temporary administrative assistant in the Dean of Students office. She graduated from Portland State University with a bachelor’s degree in conflict resolution. A Portland local, she enjoys Digital Art and surfing the web.
Liz Brandel ’21 is an undecided major on the pre-med track. She is involved in FSU and plays violin in the Lewis & Clark orchestra. She was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and enjoys hiking and skiing.