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Director of TRIO Student Support Servies DSPS 
Tula Marin, M.A., P.P.S.C.
Director of TRIO SSS DSPS
(760) 396-2152 or (408) 384-3328 Phone and text

I am the TRiO DSPS Director. I am also an advisor for TRiO Club and Alas con Futuro. I am excited to be able to work with each and every single one of you.

I have worked within Federal TRiO grants for 15 years, and my passion is creating student success and building a TRiO family. I started in the field of education as an AVID Tutor, then became an Earth Science Teacher, Counselor, Coordinator and now TRiO Director. Each experience has been a wonderful because I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with students and share my story and experiences. For my own education, I attended the University of Redlands for my Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies and minor in Physical Education. After my Bachelor’s Degree, I continued at University of Redlands where I earned my Master’s Degree in Counseling. I attended San Diego State University for additional courses to enhance my experiences in community college counseling.

I am a true believer of and am passionate about Higher Education. Many of you have seen me on campus when I was the TRiO EVC Coordinator, Counselor, and Project Director. I was previously located at the Mecca Thermal Campus serving TRIO EVC students for the last four years. I am very excited to be the Director of TRiO DSPS SSS.

Kimberly Brooks​
TRiO SSS DSPS/Adjunct Counselor
(619) 800-4283 Phone and text  


Kimberly Bolanos
TRiO SSS DSPS/ Instructional Support Specialist
(760) 537-0310 Phone and text

I am thrilled to return to a TRiO-SSS program as the Instructional Support Specialist. Before I transferred to University of California, Santa Barbara I served as a Student Worker for TRiO-EVC. I was born and raised in the Coachella Valley and attended College of the Desert where I completed my general education. At UCSB I graduated with a double major in Sociology and Feminist Studies and a minor in Educational Studies with Applied Psychology. As a product of TRiO-ACES, I am eager to give back to a similar program and assist students that exhibit the drive, dedication and perseverance to earn a college degree. My next goal in my life is to attend graduate school and work towards becoming an educational counselor to further assist students in achieving their academic goals.


Dani Ward
TRiO SSS DSPS/ Program Secretary
(760) 858-3436 Phone and text or (760) 636-7974