Meet the ALAS team

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Gina Ponce de León, Ph.D.

ALAS Project Director
Office location: McDonald Hall 214
Telephone: 559-453-7183

  • Executive Director, Budget Signatory, and founder of the ALAS Program and Team
  • Associate Professor of Spanish and the Spanish Program Chair at FPU
  • Extensive research and publications on the work of notable Colombian writer Alvaro Mutis.
  • Recent research focuses on the Latin American narrative of the 21st century on what is considered postmodernism and post-colonialism.
  • Publications on this topic also include exploration of the female aspiration to overcoming the dominant in social, political, and cultural dimensions.

Manuela Gabriel, Ph.D.

ALAS Assistant Project Director
Office location: Intercultural Learning Center, SCC 122

  • Responsible for the marketing of the ALAS Program, recruitment of program participants, and supervising the coordination of the ALAS Team and Title V Grant execution.
  • PhD specializing in international migration, gender equality, public policy, diversity, and intercultural competencies.
  • Speaks four languages: English, Spanish, French and Italian.

Francisco Del Canto Viterale, Ph.D.

ALAS Project Coordinator
Office location: Intercultural Learning Center, SCC 122

  • Responsible for providing required services to all ALAS Program participants, keeping track of participant records, and assist in the development of workshops for students as well as faculty and staff.
  • Ph.D. specializing in International and Intercultural studies as well as Latin American studies.
  • Experience working as a university lecturer in international migration and Latin American studies; and also as a researcher in topics related to international scientific relations and innovation policy.

Javier Patino

ALAS Academic Supervisor
Office location: Academic Support Center, MAR 112
Telephone: 559-453-7169

  • Responsible for assisting students with time management, organization study skills, and campus engagement.
  • First generation FPU alumni: B.S. in Business Management (2015)
  • Dedicated to investing in the education of students enrolled.

Martha Reyes

ALAS Career Counselor
Telephone: 559-453-7157

  • Responsible for providing students with information about jobs, internship opportunities, and information on careers related specifically to their academic program.
  • Specializes in developing resumes, cover letters, and strengths tests to determine the best career path for each student.
  • First generation FPU alumni, B.A. in Spanish, B.A. in Psychology (2012)
  • Experience and desire to serve students is rooted in empowering youth to succeed and become productive professionals of the Central Valley.

Erin Clarke

ALAS Research Analyst
Telephone: 559-453-7167
Office: Institutional Research, KBH 110

  • Responsible for performing statistical analysis of data and interpretation of results; also maintains student records and tracks participation
  • Provides each member of the ALAS Team with the necessary information to ensure student success.
  • FPU alumni; B.A. in Social Science Secondary Teaching (2015)