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 reading. 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.

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

Education:

  • 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:
4ver Young

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.

Imelda Meza, M.S., Academic Advisor

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 Hicks I 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.

Crissy Diaz, M.A., Academic Advisor

Crissy DiazHey y’all! I’m very excited to join UCSC and Baskin Engineering as an undergraduate advisor! My passion for working with students started back in my own undergraduate days, and I can’t wait to continue that experience as I support and work with you here! I’m passionate about expanding access to higher education and helping folks connect to many different resources during their educational journey and, ultimately, achieve their goals. 


I graduated from UC San Diego with a bachelor's degree in communications and political science and received my master's degree in higher education from Santa Clara University. I’ve worked in Silicon Valley for over 15 years in tech and higher education roles. I’ve had the great opportunity to help folks take the next step in their career journey, advised Stanford engineering students, and worked with new and continuing students across many different colleges over the years. I love spending time at the beach with my family and our dog, baking with my daughter, and searching for all the good pizza and tacos places that I can find in Santa Cruz since moving here a few years ago. 

Dianne Brumbach, M.A., Academic Advisor

Dianne BrumbachHi everyone! As one of the newest members of the Baskin Engineering Advising team, I am looking forward to helping students find all the information they need to complete their major requirements on time and prepare for the career of their dreams. I've been at UCSC for about 14 years and just recently worked in the MCD Biology Department, where I was able to help thousands of students understand and meet their major requirements. I also spent many years in the UCSC Office of Admissions where I presented admission information to prospective students and their families and helped them navigate the application process for both frosh and transfer applicants. I am a graduate of Cleveland State University (B.A., human communications) and San Jose State University (M.A. speech communication). I love hiking, yoga, kayaking, and most anything outdoors in Santa Cruz! I am also active in local community events, festivals, and performances. As an avid commuter cyclist, I can be seen riding my neon-leopard-print fur-covered e-bike named Bucephalus!

Solange Ramirez, M.A., Assistant Academic Advisor

Solange RamirezHello! In summer 2022, I joined our wonderful Baskin Engineering team as an assistant undergraduate advisor. Prior to working at UCSC, I grew up in Fairfield, CA, before receiving my bachelor’s degree in linguistics with a minor in deaf education from San Jose State University (Go Spartans!) and a master’s Degree in teaching with my teaching credential from Santa Clara University. After working as a K-12 educator for 7+ years, I found my sense of belonging in the world of education and social justice. As a first generation college graduate myself, I am thrilled to be here in higher education as a support for you all. When I am not working with students, you can find me painting, salsa dancing, and making fresh pasta by hand!