Our Staff


Andrea Doffoney Anyanwu, M.P.P., M.A., Counselor and Financial Coach earned a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Pepperdine University as well as a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Dominguez Hills. Her professional interests include poverty reduction through regional government policy analysis as well as individual financial counseling.  Other professional interests include academic and career counseling to support poverty reduction. Prior to her work at SparkPoint, Andrea honed counseling skills at West LA College and North Orange County Community College District. Andrea also worked as a local government analyst in Southern California. anyanwua@smccd.edu  Skyline College Building One, Floor Two, Room 1217C.





Victor M. Barrios is a freshman at Skyline College in his second semester of studies, where he is working on transferring to a four-year-university. Victor is a Student Benefits Ambassador for the Benefits Access for College Completion (BACC) project, where he works with individuals and in group workshops to complete the application process for public benefits. Victor is proudly part of the TRiO, MESA, and EOPS learning communities, and continues to strive every day to become both a better student and individual. Victor’s goal and dream is to attend the University of California at Berkeley as an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science major. skybacc@smccd.edu 650-738-7172 Skyline College Building One, Floor Two, Room 1211.






Description: C:\Users\lamsonj\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.Word\DSC_0328.jpgMelanie Espinueva, M.S. Counseling, San Francisco State University. Melanie works as an Academic Counselor and Coordinator of Financial Education Services for the SparkPoint Center at Skyline College.  She first came to Skyline College as an academic counselor and co-advisor for the Kababayan Program Learning Community in 2008. She has since maintained this role while providing counseling services for other programs such as Early Alert, General Counseling, Student Success Program and the Center for Workforce Development.  She enjoys working with the greater community and integrating her passions for education, social work and counseling. espinuevam@smccd.edu 650-738-7033 Skyline College Building One, Floor Two, Room 1220.






Kenny Gonzalez, M.S. Marriage, Family and Children Counseling, San Francisco State University.  Kenny works as the English as a Second Language Counselor in the English Language Institute (ELI).  He has worked as the CalWORKS Counselor at College of San Mateo (1999-2001), Human Service Counselor at Cañada College (2001-04) and at Skyline College since 2004.  As a counselor, Kenny feels a sense of pride in steering non-traditional students towards their goals/dreams and helping them reach their full academic potential. gonzalezk@smccd.edu 650-738-4281 Skyline College Building One, Floor Two, Room 1217







Monique M. Hernandez is a sophomore at Skyline College pursuing an Associate’s degree in psychology, with the goal of becoming a clinical psychologist. Monique is a Student Benefits Ambassador for the Benefits Access for College Completion (BACC) project. She conducts individual appointments and workshops to assist participants in the BACC project with submitting online applications for public benefits to their county. This is her first semester at SparkPoint. In addition to attending school and working at SparkPoint, Monique is a proud mother of her 12-year-old son. skybacc@smccd.edu 650-738-7172 Skyline College Building One, Floor Two, Room 1211.






http://www.skylinecollege.edu/sparkpoint/about/images/image006.jpgJulie Lamson, B.S., San Francisco State University.  Julie is a Program Services Coordinator working as the Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) Database Site Administrator. Julie also works as a Financial Coach for SparkPoint at Skyline College. Julie graduated from San Francisco State University in 2010 earning a B.S. degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management.  Julie provides key technical support for the implementation of ETO and new client flow practices.  lamsonj@smccd.edu   650-738-7047  Skyline College Building One, Floor Two, Room 1221A. 








Leigh Anne Shaw, M.A, School for International Training. Leigh Anne is on the full-time faculty of the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) department at Skyline College.  Leigh Anne envisioned and spearheaded the launch of the English Language Institute (ELI), and its integration into the SparkPoint model. She provides ongoing leadership to deliver one-stop services for nonnative English speakers seeking education, careers, and financial stability. Additionally, Leigh Anne serves Skyline College as Vice President of the Academic Senate. sippell@smccd.edu  650-738-4408  Skyline College Building One, Floor Two, Room 1218.







Heather Drusilla Smith, M.P.A., Monterey Institute of International Studies. Heather Smith is SparkPoint at Skyline College’s Assistant Project Director. In this capacity, Heather leads the Benefits Access for College Completion (BACC) project which connects low-income students to public benefits, i.e. food, health care and cash assistance. BACC is part of a national pilot project directed by the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). It aims to demonstrate that when low-income students access additional financial support services to offset their cost of living, they realize greater success in school and in their future careers. Heather earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Sciences with a focus in Cross-Cultural Studies, and minors in International Relations and French. She has worked with the United Nations Environment Program in several capacities in Kenya, Germany and South Korea. Heather was a Peace Corps Master’s International student at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, earning a Master of Public Administration in International Management degree while serving as a Youth Development Peace Corps Volunteer in Belize City, Belize. She recently conducted research on cognitive and emotional challenges Belizean children face that impede integration into their schools and communities. Heather is proficient in French, Creole and English, and has basic Spanish skills. She serves as a member of Meridian Health Foundation’s Board of Directors, an organization for which she was a consultant for several years. smithh@smccd.edu 650-738-4240 Skyline College Building One, Floor Two, Room 1211.





Shandra Thomas serves as a Certified Credit Counselor at SparkPoint at Skyline College, as well as at several other SparkPoint centers around the Bay Area. Shandra is also the co-founder and Executive Director of Life OnTrak, a non-profit that provides financial education, focusing on credit counseling and debt management for families with low to moderate incomes. Prior to her work with the SparkPoint centers, Shandra was a licensed and successful Real Estate Agent for many years in Southern California. Her extensive background in credit and real estate provides clients who hope to one day become homeowners with an insider perspective on how to build or rebuild their credit. Shandra holds a B.S. in Small Business Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from the University of Phoenix. She is also seeking certifications in Financial Counseling and Housing Counseling to further serve her clients. Skyline College Building One, Floor Two, Room 1212.





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William Watson, Ed.D., San Francisco State University.  William directs SparkPoint at Skyline College, part of the United Way of the Bay Area's SparkPoint Initiative to cut Bay Area poverty in half by 2020. The model for SparkPoint is based on the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Center for Working Families. SparkPoint includes the English Language Institute, the Grove Scholars Program, the Center for Workforce Development, the Career Center and Employment Services and the Food Pantry.  As Director of the Center for Workforce Development, William has partnered with regional Workforce Investment Boards to serve youth, adult, and dislocated workers. He currently serves as a member of the San Mateo County Workforce Investment Board – Youth Advisory Council. William earned an Associate’s degree, a Bachelor’s degree majoring in Philosophy | Comparative Religion and Anthropology (which included study in Peru and Mali), and he earned a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology.  He recently conducted research on the role of social capital in Latino educational attainment to earn a doctorate in Educational Leadership from San Francisco State University. william.watson@smccd.edu  650-738-7035  Skyline College Building One, Floor Two, Room 1221.





Savannah A. Wilson is a Student Benefits Ambassador for the Benefits Access for College Completion (BACC) project. She conducts individual appointments and workshops to assist participants in the BACC project in submitting an online application for public benefits. She helps organize many outreach activities, including tabling and class presentations. Savannah also does daily data entry for BACC. This is her second semester working in the SparkPoint Center and attending Skyline College. Savannah is currently pursuing her Associate in Science degree with a major in Surgical Technology. She plans to eventually transfer to a four-year college to continue her education to become a Pediatric Surgeon. skybacc@smccd.edu 650-738-4240 Skyline College Building One, Floor Two,

Room 1211.