Meet our Staff
Come by and visit the Outreach office.
Ryan Shumaker - Student Success Coordinator
Hello! My name is Ryan Shumaker and I am the Student Success Coordinator here at Cuyamaca College. I absolutely love what I do and the people I work with. I worked hard to get where I am and I am proud of my accomplishments. I graduated from West Hills High School and attended Cuyamaca College where I majored in University Transfer Studies while also playing basketball and competing on the track and field team. I was also a Student Ambassador while attending Cuyamaca. While still at Cuyamaca College, I earned a track scholarship to Southern Illinois University- Carbondale where I studied Business Management and then continued on to complete my Masters of Business Administration. The mid-west definitely gave me a better appreciation for the great life I have here in southern California. I have come to appreciate the helpfulness of the people as well as the beauty of the campus at Cuyamaca College. I am a resident of East County San Diego where I live with my beautiful wife Cassie.
Vanna Putrus - Outreach Assistant
Hi there, my name is Vanna Putrus and I am the High School and Community Relations (Outreach) Department Assistant at Cuyamaca College. I have been working at Cuyamaca since 2012, where I started in the Counseling Department. I graduated from Valhalla High School in 2009. I was never really involved but I was an A student and I did enjoy school and learning. However, I knew I wasn’t ready to go to a daunting university because I didn’t have a clear idea of what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I decided to attend Cuyamaca to complete my GE requirements and save money so I could later transfer to San Diego State University. I started at Cuyamaca having a couple majors in mind. When it was time to transfer to SDSU, I decided on one of my choices: Interior Design. I enjoyed it, but I quickly learned about the many problems within the program and the job market for Interior Design. However, I feel like that was the excuse I needed to switch my major to Sociology so that I could later go for my Master’s in counseling. Working at Cuyamaca peaked my interest in becoming an academic and personal college counselor from the moment I began. Even though I feel like I knew this is what I was meant to do, I don’t feel like my time in the Interior Design program was wasted because I truly believe that everything happens for a reason and everything that we encounter teaches us something. I will graduate from SDSU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a minor in Art/Art History in May 2015, and I will be the first person in my family to graduate from college. Then I will move on to get a Master’s degree in a Counseling Program. I’m beyond excited to see what the future holds!
Yndira Gallegos - Data Specialist
Hello, My name is Yndira Gallegos and I am 22 years old. I was born and raised in San Diego. I am the Data Specialist in the High School and Community Relations Department at Cuyamaca College. I attended Valhalla High School and graduated in 2010. I started my college career at Cuyamaca College where I was able to receive two Associates degrees, one in Behavioral Sciences and the other in Psychology. Cuyamaca was a great place to start my college career due to the wonderful teachers and beautiful campus. I then transferred to San Diego State University where I currently attend and am majoring in Psychology hoping to become a Preschool teacher. I am planning on returning to Cuyamaca College to get my associates in Child Development. I am attempting to become a preschool teacher in hopes of helping children's’ development and future. I believe that you should “Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later” - Og Mandino
Mickey McClain - Student Ambassador
Hey there. My name is Mickey and I am a Student Ambassador for Cuyamaca College. I'll spare you my life story and cut to the point; the summer of 2010 wasn't the finest phase of my life. I was graduating from Valhalla high school, true, but had no sense of direction nor purpose- those four years of incessant, crushing apathy had caught up to me. So after a tidal wave of encouragement from my counselors and teachers, I took a lead from my brother- grudgingly, of course, as he's my brother- and enrolled at Cuyamaca College to see where the wind would take me. I honestly wasn't expecting much, but it turned out to be one of the few decisions in my life that wasn't a mistake. That insane drive for more knowledge resurfaced from all those years ago when I was a kid foraging through the sagebrush of San Diego. I realized just how much I could help others by applying all that knowledge. As of today, I've transferred to SDSU as an English major and will head into the teaching program as soon as I've completed my bachelor's degree.
Ashley Soto - Student Ambassador
Hi, my name is Ashley Soto and I am a Student Ambassador for Cuyamaca College. I started my high school career in Tehachapi, a small town in central California, and then transferred to Granite Hills High School during my junior year. I graduated in 2010 and I have always been involved with sports and clubs, like tennis and color guard. Moving schools opened a new perspective in my life and I decided that my best avenue to go to college would be through Cuyamaca College. Attending college here gave me the essential skills I needed to transfer to San Diego State University. I am currently majoring in Painting and Print-Making at SDSU and have already used my training from Cuyamaca to help me win painting awards and prestige at my new University. I have also participated in not-for-profit activities encouraging students to paint their feelings on the subject of human trafficking which became the centerpiece of a campus wide effort to raise awareness. I love my time at SDSU and am looking forward to graduating with my B.A. in 2015.
Miguel Martinez - Student Ambassador
Hello, my name is Miguel Martinez. I am 22 years old and I was born and raised in Southern California. I enjoy downhill mountain biking and visiting my family in Mexico during my spare time. I graduated Valhalla High School and then attended Cuyamaca College where I completed my general education. I transferred to San Diego State University where I am preparing myself to become a Financial Planner. I am currently a Student Ambassador for the High School and Community Relations department at Cuyamaca. I enjoy traveling to our local area high schools and encouraging the students to attend college and making the first year experience here a blast!
Jennavie Branstetter - Student Ambassador
Hey there! My name is Jennavie Branstetter and I am a student ambassador for Cuyamaca College. I graduated from Monte Vista High School in 2012. I was very involved while in high school and I was your average B or C student. Also, I was on the cheer team all four years, I did track and field, I was in AVID for all four years, and I was also in many clubs. Many people had high expectations for me about leaving to a four-year university… but I wasn’t quite ready to leave home yet. So that was when I knew that Cuyamaca College was the best choice for me. I am currently a nursing major and I am getting my general education done at Cuyamaca. Then, I am still debating on if I want to transfer over to San Diego State and apply for the nursing program or apply for the nursing program at Grossmont College.
Jaclyn Marlow - Student Ambassador
Hi there! My name is JJ. I graduated from Valhalla High School in 2012. I am currently attending Cuyamaca College and I absolutely love it! In high school I wasn't involved in anything but once I started attending Cuyamaca I became part of the Associated Student Government and in the past two years I've made so many encouraging friends and together we have been able to improve our school and take advantage of the full college experience. I will be transferring to SDSU and plan on being involved as much as I can. If there is one thing I learned it would be that whatever you put into college is what you get out of it. I am majoring in Communications because I love understanding how to interact with others and constantly being in a social environment. I really enjoy playing golf and hiking when I'm not working. I am also a hostess at Hooleys, which is a lot of fun. I work a lot during the week but I enjoy both of my jobs and always make time to study and have a social life. I hope one day I will be a counselor at a Community College so I can continue to help students with their education, sometimes all a student needs is for someone to show them that the path to college isn't scary but can be fun.