Academics & Student Affairs Staff

Office of the Vice President

Shawn Ragan, MA (Ph.D. candidate)
Shawn Ragan, MA (Ph.D. candidate)Vice President, Chief Operations Officer

760-895-0137

Shawn Ragan began working with California Indian Nations College as an academic consultant in July 2019 before taking on his current role. Drawing on over two decades of non-profit and higher education experience, VP Ragan oversees Academics, Accreditation, Admissions, Enrollment Management, Institutional Effectiveness, IT, and Student Affairs. VP Ragan works with faculty, students, and administration to build academic and student programs that address the specific needs of tribal students and ensures successful transfer to four-year institutions. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of the West in Rosemead, CA and the President of the Riverside and Inland Empire local society of the Archaeological Institute of America.

VP Ragan has a B.A. in History from Boise State University, an M.A. in History from the University of California, Riverside, and is currently completing the final chapters of his Ph.D. dissertation, “Inter Divos Referri : Roman Imperial Cult in the Third Century C.E.,” which examines the intersection of politics and religion in periods of crisis.

Outside of the academy, he enjoys spending time with his family and three dogs, enjoys early and mid-century Americana, and is an avid Nebraska Cornhuskers football and Sevens Rugby fan.

Jordan Solis (Lummi Nation)
Jordan Solis (Lummi Nation)Administrative Assistant to the Vice President

760-282-2425

Jordan Thomas-Solis (Tsx Wiiqwieh) is an enrolled citizen of the Lummi Nation in Washington State and a dedicated professional with a strong commitment to education and community service. She currently serves as the Administrative Assistant to the Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of the California Indian Nations College (CINC), Shawn Ragan, and fulfills the role of Librarian at the institution.
Jordan is an alumna of the California Indian Nations College and College of the Desert, class of 2023, and holds an AA degree in Sociology. Her academic journey continues as she prepares to pursue a BA in Sociology at California State University of San Bernardino in the Fall of 2024.
In addition to her work at CINC, Jordan balances a second job as the High Limit Slot Cashier at Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage. Despite her busy schedule, she finds strength and motivation in being a mother to her 3-year-old son, Josiah.
One fun fact about Jordan is that she has been on a weight loss journey shortly after her son was born in 2021. Her passion for health and fitness drives her daily, and she aspires to eventually establish a Native Health Club in the Coachella Valley, practicing traditional ways of health and nutrition to combat against diabetes in the Native community.
Jordan’s dedication to CINC is like no other; she has been with the college since its inception in 2015 and recently had the honor of emceeing the 5th Annual CINC Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2024. She is committed to keeping her grandmother Theresa Mike’s fire burning by contributing to the growth and success of CINC for many more years to come.
In her limited free time, Jordan enjoys spending time at the gym, or quality moments with her son at the park, Disneyland, or Universal Studios. Her multifaceted roles and aspirations highlight her unwavering dedication to her community, her family, and her personal growth.

Academics

Roseanne Rosenthal (Tewa/ Apache)
Roseanne Rosenthal (Tewa/ Apache)Assistant Professor, Anthropology (Department Chair)
Roseanne Rosenthal, a Tewa/ Apache by lineage and a CINC alumnus of the class of 2019, is a certified Forensic Nurse and Crime Scene Investigator with a background in nursing and healthcare administration. Currently completing a graduate degree in Cultural Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside, her research focuses on intergenerational trauma and the impact of laws like NAGPRA and ICWA have on Native American communities. She volunteers with organizations such as the Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center and Global Medical Brigades in Ghana. She actively participates in various Native American student associations at the University of California, Riverside. Roseanne serves as a mentor and advisor to Native American students, offering academic and personal support.
Feta Rowe
Feta RoweRegistrar

760-664-0526

Greetings from Coastal North Carolina. After years of career transfers and more relocations than I care to remember, I made it back home. My hobbies and interests include shelling, exploring the small towns of North Carolina and the Eastern Seaboard, and visiting and climbing lighthouses. My newest adventure is photography. Wish me luck!
I am Mom to four daughters and grandmother to five grandchildren ages 19-7. They are a little further away than I would like, but it gives me the opportunity to travel. I have had the wonderful experience of visiting 49 of our 50 States, and my hope is to mark that one off my list in the next year or so.

Tony Aguilar
Tony AguilarCurriculum & Catalog Specialist

760-278-8146

Academic Advising

Ronson Souza (Native Hawaiian), MSW
Ronson Souza (Native Hawaiian), MSWLead Academic Advisor

760-278-8312

Ronson Souza was born and raised in the small towns of Kailua and Hilo, Hawai’i. He relocated to the Coachella Valley in 2014 in search of adventure and affordable education. As a first-generation college student, he relied heavily on academic advisors to understand graduation requirements. Thanks to the assistance of passionate educators, he graduated from College of the Desert with an Associate of Arts Degree in Sociology. He then transferred to California State University, Los Angeles, where he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work and a certificate from the Honors College. He received his advanced standing Master’s degree in Social Work at Columbia University. Thanks to his education, Ronson has gained experience working in Tribal government and providing crisis intervention to at-risk populations. Ronson is dedicated to assisting students in navigating the hidden curriculum of higher education.

When he is not at work, Ronson can be found in Irvine eating Korean BBQ, watching movies, scouring public libraries for new books to read, or curled up on the couch with his 13-year-old German Shepherd.

Johnathan Arroyo
Johnathan ArroyoAcademic Advisor

442-301-7216

Johnathan Arroyo was born in Palm Springs, CA and raised in the eastern part of the Coachella Valley. He graduated from College of the Desert with an Associates of Arts; Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Humanities & Communication. He continued his studies at Cal State San Bernardino where he obtained his Bachelors of Arts; Career and Technical Studies. With a background steeped in business and finance, Johnathan brings a wealth of experience to the education sector, currently serving as an academic advisor. His passion lies in guiding students towards their academic and professional aspirations, drawing from his diverse expertise to offer personalized guidance and support. As a first-generation high school and college graduate, Johnathan’s journey has granted him a unique perspective, enabling him to effectively mentor and empower individuals on their educational paths.

Outside of work, Johnathan can often be found at local music venues, indulging his strong appreciation for all genres of music. He believes in the transformative power of music, capable of transporting or altering one’s state of mind to any desired mood. Apart from music, Johnathan enjoys hiking trails, playing tennis, practicing yoga, and cherishing quality moments with friends, family, and his beloved two-year-old golden doodle, Aster.

Johnathan looks forward to meeting and collaborating with the entire California Indian Nations College Community.

Gino Barichello (Mvskoke)
Gino Barichello (Mvskoke)Academic Advisor

442-286-0455

Gino Barichello, a member of the Mvskoke Nation of Oklahoma, has enjoyed a career in Education since he first became an Academic Advisor over two decades ago. He prepared for his role in education by studying at the University of California at Berkeley and continued on with a Masters degree in educational leadership from Cal-State, East Bay.

A proponent of higher education his entirely lifetime, Gino joins CINCollege with the goal of helping Native students pursue their educational aspirations and career objectives. As a reader for both UC Berkeley’s Office of Undergraduate admissions and the Eloise Cobell scholarship, Gino is well equipped to help all students navigate the higher education process.

Outside of the educational landscape, Gino is the coordinator of the Annual Indigenous Peoples Day Powwow and Indian Market in Berkeley, CA (home to the first-ever Indigenous Peoples Day across the nation) and holds a seat on the board of the Native American Health Center in Oakland, CA.

When not working, Gino enjoys traveling to Oklahoma to participate in tribal ceremonies or traveling to Italy’s Veneto region to visit family and eating Italian cuisine. Holding community service near to his heart, he serves as the “bingo-caller” for the monthly Elder’s Luncheon at the Inter-tribal Friendship house in Oakland. He is also enrolled in tribal Mvskoke language classes and enjoys hiking, movie watching, learning about diverse cultural/tribal customs.

Admissions

Courtney Hampton, MBA
Courtney Hampton, MBADirector of Admissions, Director of Adult Education

760-834-1040

Courtney Hampton, a Palm Springs native, is California Indian Nations College Director of Adult Education and Communications Specialist. She holds a B.A. degree in Communication Studies and a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Project Management. In addition to teaching all Business courses, Courtney comes with over 10 years’ experience in college and university settings. She brings a wide range of knowledge and skill sets both in operational management as well as student support specialist, advisor, coach and mentor in communicating with a diverse population of students. She is dedicated and committed to carrying out the overall college mission and helping each and every student accomplish their educational and career goals.

Randy Avila (Klamath-Modoc Tribes)
Randy Avila (Klamath-Modoc Tribes)Admissions Specialist

760-636-8253

Randy (Howling Wolf) Avila is an enrolled member of The Klamath-Modoc Tribe. He is currently a student of California Indian Nations College. He has spent most of his life in the Coachella Valley and is very involved with the local tribes. Randy is an advocate for his community and participates in volunteer work. He believes that finding an outlet in sports can help Native youth become more involved and engaged in their community. He acts as an advocate, coach, and athletic coordinator in youth sports. He encourages Native youth to play sports and become involved in after-school programs because they are an easy way to be a part of the community, learn responsibilities, and learn time management. Randy’s goals are to lead Native youth in bringing out the best that they can be through their heritage, a positive attitude, and an enlightened mind. Randy has passed down his values to his children, the most important of which is: Elders pave the way to cultural awareness.

Albert Martinez
Albert MartinezAdmissions Support Associate & Teachers Assistant
442-259-0002

Albert A. Martinez is an Admissions Support Associate & Teachers Assistant with California Indian Nations College. Albert was born and raised in the Coachella Valley and proudly represents his Hispanic Community. He graduated from CINC in 2023 with an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Business & Technology. As CINC Alumni, he hopes to reach the masses and beyond Southern California spreading the message, programs and support CINC has to offer. He feels this is his way to show gratitude and give back to the college that helped him accomplish his personal goals.

Albert hopes to earn his Bachelor’s degree one day and perhaps even a Master’s in Business or the Liberal Arts so that he can continue to support CINC in advanced positions like teaching, counseling/ advising, or administration.

When Albert is not working, he trains in the martial arts of Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu and loves to be the life of the party, meeting, office, you name it, there is never a dull moment.

“Shoot for the stars, and aim for the moon!”

Government Relations

Claudia J. Armenta Santoyo (Mexica Name: Citlali)
Claudia J. Armenta Santoyo (Mexica Name: Citlali)Student Associate
760-530-3895

Born in Mexico, she immigrated to the Coachella Valley at a young age. She comes from a long bloodline of Mexica (Aztec) dancers and advocates. Her passion towards the Eastern Coachella Valley and Social Justice is the reason she became a community organizer at the age of 16.

She holds a certification in Entrepreneurship and Non-Profit Management from the University of California, Riverside (UCR) and a certification in Mental Health Aid from the Riverside University Health System. She obtained two associate degrees in political science from College of the Desert and Social & Behavior Science from California Indian Nations College in 2023.

Armenta served as an officer in Alas Con Futuro at COD and Student Government at CINC. She has worked in the non-profits, government, and education sectors. Currently, Armenta is working towards her accreditation with the Department of Justice to file USCIS forms and continuing her studies in Public Policies and Behavior Science at UCR. She plans to obtain her Masters and Juris Doctor to become a Lawyer and Public Policy Advocate in effort to teach youth about policies and helping the community.

Armenta has been working at CINC since 2022 and has assisted in several departments such as Academic Advising, Social Media, Development, Government and Tribal Affairs.

On the personal side, she co-founded a Mexican Indigenous non-profit organization with her sister Gabriela Armenta (CINC Alumni, UCR Student, City of Indio Commissioner.) Armenta has been with her partner, Erick Lemus Nadurille (Political Campaign Consultant, Community Organizer, Event Producer, School Board Member) for six years and both reside in the City of Indio along with Claudia’s Service Animal.

Domino Perez (Agua Caliente & Anza)
Domino Perez (Agua Caliente & Anza)Student Associate

442-325-5919

Hello, my name is Domino Perez, and I am a first-generation college student in my family. I am from two bands of Cahuilla, Agua Caliente in Palm Springs and Anza. My goal at the California Indian Nations College is to get my AA in Political Science and then transfer to The University of Redlands for my upper grad. My main goal is to become a lawyer but not just any lawyer, a Tribal Lawyer. I would also like to help grow Indian Country by participating in politics. I have a family of my own, me and my wife, no kids, might be a guinea pig soon. We live out in Banning and got married on September 5th, 2023. My wife also attends the California Indian Nations College. I have a lot of hope for the future of Indian country and what the California Indian Nations College will do for Native people. I’m happy to be part of this monumental change in history. We’re making big changes, and anyone can be a part of it, so don’t hesitate to call with questions or just apply and wait for the phone call from your academic advisors.

Institutional Effectiveness

Rebecca Pesko, EdD
Rebecca Pesko, EdDInstitutional Researcher & Assessment Specialist

760-282-2488

Rebecca Pesko has worked in higher education for over ten years, with the last five years in Institutional Effectiveness. Originally from Northern California, she has successfully supported community college assessment and accreditation efforts in North Carolina. Rebecca holds a Doctorate in Education, Leadership and Professional Practice from Trevecca Nazarene University, and a Masters in Business Administration, Finance, from CSU Sacramento. She is looking forward to serving in the capacity of institutional research and assessment to support CINC in its efforts toward accreditation. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys spending time on the water with her husband and two sons.

Student Services

Linda Cotton, MS PPS
Linda Cotton, MS PPSStudent Success Coordinator

760-282-2264

Linda Cotton spent her childhood years in Oklahoma before moving to Redlands, California in her early teens. She has over 20 years of experience in Native Education. She originally worked with Kumeyaay students in the San Diego area before moving back to the San Bernadino/Riverside area where she worked for 19 years as an Instructional Liaison and Alternative Education Manager for the Morongo Band of Mission Indians. Linda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services and a Master of Science degree both from the University of Phoenix. She also holds a Pupil Personnel Services credential from the University of Redlands. Linda has also been involved with the Intertribal Education Collaborative for the past 7 years. Linda brings a wealth of knowledge from every level of education as well as counseling and research skills. She is an advocate for education. Her passion is assisting students to overcome their obstacles in order to reach their goals.

Linda is the mother of 5 children, 3 daughters and 2 sons. She lives in Loma Linda with her husband, 2 sons, 5 cats and 2 dogs. She is an avid reader and loves to read books in her free time. Linda loves to be out in nature. She enjoys hiking and going to the beach. Linda is also a history lover and enjoys learning about the history and culture of different areas. She loves traveling and visiting museums. Linda loves learning and believes that there is always more to learn. One can never have too much knowledge.

Faith Morreo (Cahuilla)
Faith Morreo (Cahuilla)Cultural & Student Engagement Coordinator
760-636-8253

Faith Morreo is a proud member of the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians Tribe of Southern California. Serving her Tribe, non-profit organizations, tribal programs, and private sector in various capacities for the past 25+ years she is honored to serve as the Recruitment and Outreach Specialist. Faith is a graduate of College of the Desert with two Associates of Arts Degree programs in Business Administration and Liberal Arts with emphasis in Arts, Humanities and Communication. She is primarily responsible for recruitment and outreach. This includes creating partnerships to continue the success of CINC in providing unique opportunities in education. Faith is also a cultural preservationist, teaching Desert Cahuilla language within the local tribal communities. Please reach out to her if you have any questions about enrollment and outreach event.

Kim Marcus (Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians)
Kim Marcus (Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians)Elder in Residence

Kim Marcus is an enrolled Tribal Elder with the Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians and his grandfather was an enrolled member of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. He is married with three children and four grandchildren. He is a retired California Credentialed Native Language Teacher and counselor. Mr. Marcus is a traditional singer/dancer, and culture bearer of the Serrano and Cahuilla rituals, customs, and traditions.