Administrative Staff

Celeste R. Townsend
Interim President

T. Robert Przeklasa, Ph.D.
Vice President of Academic Affairs

T. Robert “Dr. Bob” Przeklasa has been with California Indian Nations College since the early planning stages. He serves as the Vice President of Academic Affairs, focusing on all aspects of the College’s academics. Dr. Bob ensures course offerings are ready for each coming term while building towards eventual accreditation and securing partnerships with local colleges and universities. He has worked closely with Southern California tribal communities and organizations through his academic research on the political history of the local Indian Country. Przeklasa received his doctorate in Native American History from the University of California, Riverside in 2015 and serves as a board member of the Native American Land Conservancy.

Daisy Ocampo
Registrar & Recruitment Director

Daisy Ocampo is here to support student success! Her community outreach builds positive relationships with various local tribes to create education opportunities for Native students. She is the primary point of contact to inquire about class offerings, registration, financial aid, textbook purchases, Disability Services, and transcript reviews. Daisy is from the Caz’ Ahmo Nation from the state of Zacatecas in Mexico and grew up in her community in Los Angeles. She moved to Riverside, CA to pursue a college career and is now is a Doctoral Candidate in the UCR History Department. Daisy is passionate about transforming education to increase Native student representation in higher education. Upon meeting Theresa Mike and learning of her educational vision for a tribal college, Daisy became a Founding Member of the California Indian Nations College.

Ryan A. Mariano
Administrative Operations Specialist

Ryan Mariano has worked in academia for the past five years and has experience working in higher education. He has done clerical work, administrative work, and event coordinating. Ryan is excited to embark in this new chapter in his life by joining the California Indian Nations College. Ryan hopes that he can being his expertise to help create an institution that will help students with their educational aspirations.

Nicholas Rajen – Diné, B.S Physics, M.S. Materials Science and Engineering
Development Associate

Nicholas Rajen joined the CINC team in the fall of 2017. His current work focuses on conservation and empowerment of underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, with an emphasis towards social-environmental sustainability. Nic is Kinyaa’áanii Diné and Oneida Iroquois, and found his way to the beautiful California desert from Albuquerque New Mexico. He spent several years working in materials science labs, researching computational physics, and organizing Indigenous science, education, ecology, and art conferences.

Kristine Specht
Human Resources & Academic Personnel Officer

Kristine Specht joined the team in March 2019. Kristine received her B.A. in Public Policy from University of California, Riverside (UCR). Kristine has over 13 years of Human Resources and Academic Personnel experience in the UC setting, including 7 years at UCR, and 5 years at UCLA, David Geffen School of Medicine. Kristine is excited to bring her knowledge of policies, procedures, best practices, benefits, leaves, wellness, health and academic personnel to recruit, hire, retain and provide structure to staff and faculty.

Iselda Salgado
Student Affairs & Academic Advising Officer

Carol Park
Academic Administrative Associate

Park is the Academic Administrative Associate at California Indian Nations College providing support in research, tutoring, grading, teaching writing workshops, and public relations efforts. Park joined CINC’s staff in June 2019.

Park is also the author of two books: “Korean Americans: A Concise History,” (2019, Korea University Press/YOK Center, UCR) and “Memoir of Cashier: Korean Americans, Racism, and Riots,” (2017, YOK Center, UCR). Park also helped lead the Korean American Oral Histories Project at the YOK Center, UCR; she and a team of academics, researchers, and interns interviewed 50 subjects and created an online platform and repository for the video and audio files. The project was completed in March 2019. Park is also a filmmaker and researcher and wrote and produced two short documentaries: “Footsteps of Korean Americans,” (2018) and “The 1992 L.A. Riots: Reflections on our Future,” (2012). Park graduated from the University of California Riverside with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in 2011. Park is also a lecturer and researcher and was part of a team of academics that received an Academy of Korean Studies Grant in 2014.

Park is also a former journalist. She has written award-winning articles for the Press Enterprise Co. and its publication The Business Press. Her articles have appeared in various publications including: The Press Enterprise; The Orange County Business Journal; Inland Empire Magazine; KoreAm Journal; Audrey Magazine; and Builder Architect Magazine. In her free time, Park enjoys practicing martial arts and eating.

Ronald A. Stewart, Ph.D.
Professional Consultant

Ronald A. Stewart holds a Doctorate in Organizational Behavior Studies, Leadership & Philanthropy from The Union Institute and University, a Master of Nonprofit Organizations from Case Western Reserve University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric and Communications from Kent State University.

Among the hallmarks of Dr. Stewart’s consultation work within the private, nonprofit and public sectors are his tailored, practical solutions for organizations, staff and volunteers. His services include a wide array of capacity building interventions such as training, executive coaching, executive search, board development, planning, evaluation, discussion facilitation, and fundraising.

A native of rural southeastern Ohio, Dr. Stewart is keenly aware of the need to engage young people, especially those from Appalachia, in the consideration of contemporary global issues and to encourage their participation in the delivery of local and global solutions inspired by these increased awarenesses. In 2010, Dr. Stewart established the Ronald A. Stewart Fund for International Study and Service at Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences to award qualified students with scholarship assistance so that they may engage in study and service around the globe.

Dr. Stewart resides in southern California’s Morongo Basin near the Joshua Tree National Park.

Steve Clute, BA & College Athlete at UCR, MA at Webster College, Naval Officer/Aviator Volunteer

Steve Clute is grateful and appreciative for the opportunity to volunteer with the California Indian Nations College. The Students are engaged, enthusiastic and performing well! The Teachers present quality lessons which incorporate the College’s Purpose, Mission, Vision and Values! The Leadership and Staff are dedicated, competent, visionary and here for all the right reasons!