McNair Office Location: Student Success Center 120C
Get To Know The Team
Program Director, Kerry Klima, PhD
I am so grateful to serve as the Director for McNair Scholars at CSULB. I completed my Ph.D. at Bowling Green State University in Higher Education Administration. I have been at CSULB since 2017, and have been with the McNair project since it came back to campus in 2017 to support traditionally underrepresented students in graduate education. Prior to CSULB I have worked in a variety of student affairs areas at various institution types, with over 12 years of professional experience. My research interests are on staff wellbeing in student affairs and student affairs professionals professional development. I enjoy being able to blend my research experience within my administrative position as the Director for McNair. Most important to me, I truly enjoy supporting and working with our scholars as they prepare to enter graduate education and Ph.D. programs, while supporting their identity development through our programing and services.
Assistant Director, Janette Mariscal, PhD
I currently serve as Assistant Director for the McNair Scholars Program at California State University, Long Beach. I joined the team fall 2019. I am also a proud McNair Alumni from Washington State University (WSU). I come from a humble upbringing as the daughter and product of two Mexican migrant farm workers from Washington State. I am first generation college graduate and former participant of GEAR Up, College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), and Student Support Services (SSSP). I have previous work experience at the University of Arizona (UA) in K-12 and family college outreach and as a professor at Iowa State University in the Student Affairs program. My research and practice is centered on the role of higher education institutions, college choice, Latina/o/x parents/guardians, and families and underserved student groups, and asset based frameworks such as funds of knowledge, community cultural wealth and critical agency. I am deeply committed to students and in transforming the academy.
Faculty Coordinator, Amber Johnson, PhD, MPH
Dr. Amber Johnson serves as the Faculty Coordinator for the McNair Scholars Program. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Science at California State University at Long Beach. She has a PhD and MPH in Community Health Education received while receiving a BA in Psychology. Dr. Johnson’s research focuses on social epidemiology. Her research is guided by the weathering hypothesis, which examines how race-related stress contributes to health deterioration among Black populations. She is currently studying the relationship between racism, shame, and stress reactivity among Black women. Examining how Black women experience negative emotions such as shame can be instrumental in developing interventions that enhance the quality of life among Black women. Dr. Johnson also has previous experience working in Black communities conducting community-based participatory research projects, HIV prevention, CVD prevention education, and community health assessment and outreach. She brings over 15 years of research experience to provide training for McNair Scholars in quantitative and qualitative methodology, research ethics, and graduate school preparation.
Faculty Coordinator, Guido Urizar, PhD
I earned my PhD in Clinical & Health Psychology from the University of Florida and completed postdoctoral research fellowships at UCSF in the area of Public Service & Minority Mental Health and Stanford University in the area of Cardiovascular Disease & Epidemiology. I have been at CSULB since 2006 and I am the director of the PRO-Health Research Program (Partners in Research & Outreach for Health) in the Psychology department. The mission of PRO-Health is to implement innovative health programs in underserved communities, with CSULB students directing much of this work. I am very pleased to join the McNair Scholars Program as a Faculty Advisor where I assist with student outreach and help students strengthen their applications to the program. I am most excited about being part of the McNair Scholars Program because of our shared mission of providing traditionally underrepresented students with research training and skills that can be used to address social justice issues and health disparities in our community, as well as make them highly competitive for doctoral programs.
Administrative Assistant, Rosa Echeverria
I am delighted to serve as the Administrative Assistant for the McNair Scholars program. I was born and raised in Long Beach,CA and graduated from CSULB with my Bachelors in Social Work and a minor in Health Science. I am a proud CAMP Alumni and I have previously worked for other Trio programs. I am excited to join the McNair team and assist the program in meeting its goal of preparing students to enter Ph.D and graduate programs. I am delighted to serve as the Administrative Assistant for the McNair Scholars program. I was born and raised in Long Beach,CA and graduated from CSULB with my Bachelors in Social Work and a minor in Health Science. I am a proud CAMP Alumni and I have previously worked for other Trio programs. I am excited to join the McNair team and assist the program in meeting its goal of preparing students to enter Ph.D and graduate programs.
Social Media Student Assistant, Jessica Garcia
Jessica serves as the McNair Social Media Student Assistant. She will be helping us with social media throughout the year. Jessica, is a third year student majoring in Business Administration with an option in Finance. She is also a first generation college student, born and raised in the Central Valley. She is looking forward to providing for the McNair Scholars Program through highlighting students’ success on the social media platform.