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COTA Dean's Office Staff

COTA Administrators:


Robin Bargar

Dr. Robin Bargar - Dean

Dr. Robin Bargar joined the CSULB College of the Arts leadership team near the end of July 2020 and comes to CSULB from the University of Salford in Greater Manchester, England, where he served as university director of digital and creative industry collaboration, as well as a professor in the School of Arts media with a joint appointment in the School of Computing Sciences. Robin received his master’s degree in music from the Ohio State University and his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His background in music has led to multiple professional and academic recognition, including an Oscar nomination for Best Short Film in 1996 for his musical composition work with Chris Landreth on “The End.” Before moving to Manchester, Robin was dean of the School of Media Arts and a professor of Interactive Arts and Media at Columbia College Chicago. He is excited to be in Long Beach and specifically at California State University Long Beach because, as he says, “the size, breadth, and scope of CSULB and its location in the heart of Southern California makes this the perfect place to engage in relevant, real-world creative work that can have a larger impact.” 


Margaret Black


Margaret Black - Associate Dean

Margaret Black joined the College of the Arts at CSULB in 2006 as a Professor of Graphic Design in the School or Art. She served as Associate Dean for the College of the Arts for five years prior to stepping into the role of Interim Dean from 2018-2020. She is in the final months of her current turn as Associate Dean and will shortly return to the School of Art and the classroom. Originally from the Central Coast of California Margaret was born in Palo Alto and raised in Monterey. She is a fifth-generation Californian and earned her BFA in Cinema Production from USC, her BFA in Communications Design from Otis College of Art and Design, and her MFA in Graphic Design from Yale. 


Johannes M. Stosch


Johannes M. Stosch - Interim Associate Dean

Dr. Johannes Müller Stosch comes to the college office from the CSULB Bob Cole Conservatory of Music. As its director, he led the conservatory comprised of 26 tenure-track faculty, 70 adjunct instructors, 12 staff, and 550 students for five years. Important initiatives of his work were a renewed emphasis on community engagement, collaboration with partners in the arts and campus communities, an entrepreneurial initiative to enhance the conservatory’s curriculum, and the growth of the conservatory’s national recognition through sustained excellence. In addition to his work in administration, Johannes is an in-demand music director and conductor. In 2019 he was named Music Director and Conductor of the Orange County Youth Symphony, celebrating their 50th anniversary as the oldest and one of the largest and most prestigious youth orchestras in California. He has an active guest-conducting schedule when his duties permit and maintains his strong interest in performance practice and early music. 


COTA Staff:

Theresa Stanberry

Theresa Stanberry - Administrative Services Manager

Theresa Stanberry was born and raised in Los Angeles. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Administration from CSUDH, where she also worked for over 15 years in Academic Affairs. Theresa comes to CSULB as the Administrative Services Manager in the College of the Arts, after serving in various financial capacities over 15 years for the County of Orange. 


Erwin Antonio


Erwin Antonio - Interim Executive Assistant to the Dean

Erwin Antonio has worked in the education sector for the past six years, including positions with Pasadena City College, Cal Poly Pomona, and CSU Dominguez Hills. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at UCLA and has studied abroad during the summer at Yonsei University in South Korea. In his spare time, he enjoys streaming shows and is an Apple products and technology enthusiast. Prior to the pandemic, he enjoyed visiting museums, movie theatres, food festivals, and botanical gardens, but during the lockdown mostly spent time with his three dogs – Bubbles, Brownie, and Buddy.

Roberta Bogart

Roberta Bogart - Fiscal & HR Analyst

Roberta Bogart began her career at CSULB in 2009. She worked in the Controller’s Office and with the departments of Religious Studies and Women’s Gender and Sexuality prior to joining the College of the Arts staff in 2016. She is a CSULB alum, with a degree in Accountancy. Prior to working at CSULB, she worked in Terminal and Fiscal operations for a private company in the Port of Long Beach for 14 years and has accumulated more than 30 years experience in operations, human resources, and accounting. During the pandemic, Roberta adopted a dog she named Roxie Marie and she credits her puppy with helping to maintain her sanity during the lockdown. 


Pedro Castro


Pedro Castro - Scholarship and Curriculum Analyst

Born and raised in Mexico City, Pedro Castro moved to California and learned English as a second language when he was 19. He is a CSULB alum with an MA in Educational Technology and Media Leadership and began working for the College of the Arts in August 2014. Prior to coming to CSULB Pedro worked at both CSU Los Angeles and CSU Dominguez Hills. Pedro was honored with the 2020 CSULB Outstanding Staff Award. He enjoys adventure – he has jumped off bridges and planes (bungee jumping and sky diving). He also very much enjoys ice cream! 


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Peter Dinh - Computer Technician

Peter Dinh has worked in Information Technology for more than 20 years. He started with SAIC and Kingston Technology and then moved to CSULB where he’s worked for the College of the Arts for 15 years. Peter helps in computer support for both Windows and Mac hardware and software for COTA faculty and staff. Outside of work, Peter has been a dedicated Hot Yoga practitioner for more than 10 years.


Christina Hall


Christina Hall - Director of Development

Christina Hall came to CSULB in January 2020 from the Los Angeles Philharmonic and has a background in the visual and performing arts. With more than two decades in fund development and non-profit work, she brings a passion for connecting individuals to mission and a track record of securing philanthropic investment. She is a proud Arizona State University alumna, moving to Southern California in 2013 to explore her interest in sailing. Her work here at the College of the Arts includes leading a successful fundraising campaign and unifying the college’s fundraising vision and strategy through a community-centric lens. 

Noreen Kimura

Noreen Kimura - Safety & Facilities Officer

Noreen Kimura was born and raised in the Los Angeles area and is an alumna of CSULA where she began her career. At CSULA she worked in various production management positions within the Theatre Arts & Dance and Music departments, at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, and in the Luckman Fine Arts Complex. She has also freelanced as a theatre technician. Noreen came to CSULB in 2015 starting in the Theatre Arts Department then moving to the College of the Arts office, where she enjoys working on the various facility projects with the many departments and people on campus.  She enjoys theatre, traveling, eating, and, thanks to her grandfather, is a lifelong L.A. Dodgers fan. 


Steven Luis


Steven Luis - Chemical Hygiene Officer

Steven Luis received his bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from UCSC and started working at CSULB in late 2019. Prior to coming to the Dean's office, Steven worked at UCSC and CSULA in chemical and biological labs, working on chemical safety from students to employees. Steven enjoys trying new foods and experiencing new dining experiences whenever the opportunity is present.  


Natanya Nguyen


Natanya Nguyen - Administrative Assistant

Natanya Nguyen received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Anthropology from CSULB in 2019 and started work for the College of the Arts in 2020. In her role as Human Resources and Fiscal Coordinator she is involved with the payroll process, hiring contracts, and budgeting. Prior to working in the Dean’s Office, she was a House Manager for the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, worked in the CSULB Physical Therapy Department, and for the College of Health and Human Services Administration. She enjoys live performances, puzzles, and photography and has a love of all animals. 


Bobby Phan


Bobby Phan - Lead Technology Consultant

Bobby Phan was born and raised in San Diego. He began his career at CSULB in 2016. Prior to working at CSULB, he worked at San Diego State University and is also an alumni there. Bobby has played the piano for seven years and he enjoys traveling.

Joseph Phillips


Joseph Phillips - Administrative Coordinator

Joe Phillips is both alumni & a current student of CSULB. During his time as an undergraduate student, he was elected and served as President of the Associated Students, Inc. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in International & American Studies and is currently working on his master’s degree in Public Administration. He is an avid traveler and has been to 21 countries—with Berlin as his destination of choice, especially in December (The picture of Joe was taken in Berlin). Joe enjoys watching soccer and the NFL—he is a fan of Hertha BSC, OCSC, and the Los Angeles Rams. 


Bethany Price


Bethany Price - Communications and Outreach Coordinator

Bethany Price received her bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from CSULB and has used her public speaking, writing, and storytelling training throughout her career in arts management. She worked for the Long Beach Symphony immediately after graduation, as well as for the Long Beach Community Concert Association, and the Long Beach Business Journal. She came to CSULB as a staff member in 1998, starting in the Carpenter Center and then moving to the College of the Arts Dean’s Office. Bethany is mother to 3 adult children (all CSULB students or alums) and loves theatre, Pilates, and the MCU.


Jonathan Torres - Graphic Designer

Torres is the Senior Graphic Designer and Media Communications Specialist for the College of the Arts. In this position, he helps COTA departments create posters, branding, and motion design along with a plethora of other projects. He is currently an MFA candidate in the CSULB School of Art where he earned his BFA in Graphic Design. He enjoys being challenged, asking challenging questions, and loves to contribute ideas in feedback and discussions. When not at work he enjoys illustration, visiting museums, nitpicking typography in restaurant menus, and watching any action movie with Jason Statham. 


Julie Woods


Julie Woods - Fiscal Assistant

Julie Woods has been a part of the College of the Arts Dean’s Office staff for more than 20 years and provides administrative oversight, auditing, and processing of fiscal and travel items for the entire college. Prior to working at CSULB she worked at LBCC as an Accounting Tech II for the V.P. Office of Academic Affairs. While at LBCC she obtained Associate degrees in Business and Business Management with a minor in Photography. Originally from the Santa Cruz Mountains, Julie’s hobbies include photography, art, outdoor nature and adventure, and attending live music concerts.