Meet Your Academic Advisors

Andrea Peeters, Ph.D., Director of Undergraduate Advising, Advising Generalist

Andrea PeetersHello! I joined the Baksin Advising team in January of 2021 as director of undergraduate advising. In my role, I lead the Advising team in all efforts and work closely with senior administration on long-range planning, overall department management, and also advise students. Prior to coming to UCSC, I served in a variety of roles including dean of students, director of student success, admissions counselor, adjunct faculty, and as a high school guidance counselor. I am a first-generation college student and received my Ph.D. from Capella University in Higher Education Leadership, my Master's Degree from Loyola Marymount in Counseling, and my Bachelor's Degree from Washington State University in Communications. When not serving students, you can find me walking the beach, hitting the gym, or playing with my dog, Kona. I look forward to working with you all!

Monique Vairo, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Advising, Advising Generalist

Monique VairoHi!  I am the assistant director of undergraduate advising. I am in charge of the day to day operations of the Advising Office, and work closely with the academic advisors and also the faculty in the School of Engineering who support undergraduate students. I started working in the Advising Office as a Department Advisor in Fall of 1997, which was the same year that the Baskin School of Engineering was established.  Prior to working at UCSC, I worked all over Santa Cruz County as a K-12 teacher. I received my teaching credential from San Jose State University, and Bachelor's Degree from UCSC in American Studies.  Some of my interests outside of work are walking/hiking with my dog Sally, practicing yoga, and enjoying time with family and friends. 

Andrea Legg, Lead Academic Advisor

Andrea LeggI have been with the Baskin School of Engineering since October 2005, and joined the Advising team in June 2006. As an undergraduate advisor, my first and foremost role is to advise students. I get excited about guiding students in exploring the options available to them and empowering them to take ownership of their education and future to achieve their goals! In addition, I also act as a liaison to the Computer Science and Engineering faculty for the Computer Science major, and manage the School of Engineering peer advisors. I am a first generation college graduate and an alumna of UC Santa Cruz, and loved my experience so much that I wanted to stay and help future students love it too! As a UCSC student, I was affiliated with Crown College and graduated with a degree in Psychology and Education. When I am not spending time supporting students, I enjoy movies and doing anything that involves taking in the beauty of Santa Cruz.

Young Kim, M.S., Lead Transfer Advisor

Young KimHola, Slug Nation! I have had the wonderful opportunity of working with engineering students at the Baskin School of Engineering, UC Santa Cruz since 2004. I currently serve current students as an academic advisor. Additionally, I am fortunate to have the opportunity to engage with prospective students and applicants on a regular basis.  I am in constant awe of the meaningful life and world changing research and education that our faculty and students are engaging in the field of engineering.  My past role includes working for Teacher College — Graduate School of Education, Health and Psychology, Columbia University in the City of New York, and at a congressional office at Capitol Hill, in Washington DC. In my free time, I follow Manchester United, Lakers, and Angels sports teams.  I am a huge fan of Costco pizzas, energy drinks, and frequent late-night visits to taquerias and street taco vendors at 2:00 a.m.

Koreatown (K-Town)/Pico Union, Los Angeles, California
Anaheim, California


  • M.A., Higher and Postsecondary Education, Columbia University, New York
  • M.A., Political Science, California State University, Fullerton
  • B.A., History, Political Science, California State University, Fullerton
  • A.A., Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, California

Favorite quote or saying:
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Greta Hull, Academic Advisor

Greta HullHi! I’ve been an academic advisor in the Baskin School of Engineering for four years. I currently work with the Applied Mathematics department, the Biomolecular Engineering department, the Technology and Information Management department, and advise on the first year Baskin Engineering proposed major status policy. I graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Bioengineering. I was born and raised in San Francisco but enjoy now living in the Santa Cruz area.

Elaina Boncich, Ed.M., Academic Advisor

Elaina BoncichI joined the Baskin Engineering advising team in August 2020 as an undergraduate advisor. I primarily advise for the Computer Engineering and Network and Digital Technology majors, but am happy to help all engineering students! I earned a Bachelor's Degree from The College of New Jersey in Marketing, and a Master's of Education from Rutgers University New Brunswick in Student Affairs. I am a New Jersey native, and previously worked in New York at Wagner College and NYU Langone. On weekends, you’ll find me on a hike, planning my next trip with friends and family, or relaxing on the beach.

Imelda Meza, M.S. Academic Advisor/Program Coordinator

Imelda MezaHello! I joined the Baskin Engineering Advising team as an undergraduate Advisor in August of 2021 and work with all undergraduate Engineering majors. I am deeply passionate about supporting college students and empowering students from marginalized and underserved backgrounds. I grew up in Santa Cruz and attended Cabrillo College before transferring to UC Santa Barbara where I earned a Bachelor's degree in Sociology. I discovered my passion for higher education and social justice when I was a community college student and later pursued a Master's degree in Higher Education Counseling and Student Affairs from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Outside of work, I enjoy attending live sports events and traveling while it is safe to do so.

Todd Hicks, M.P.A., Academic Advisor

Todd HicksI joined the team in 2021 and look forward to assisting you in achieving your academic goals. Although I will be the point person for Electrical Engineering, Robotics, and Applied Math majors, I am excited to support students across all of the Baskin Engineering programs.

I am fascinated by different cultures, and I have lived in four regions of the US. My most enjoyable travels have been with Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village program, and the two years spent in the Peace Corps. Along the way I earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado, M.P.A. from the University of Wyoming, and a Certificate in College Admission and Career Planning from UC Berkeley. When not working with students, I enjoy time in the mountains with my partner and our dog, building community, and cooking.