Sacramento Area K-12 Schools Program Staff

Rosalyn D. Earl Clark, PhD

Rosalyn Clark

MESA Center Director

Dr. Rosalyn Clark recieved her Ph.D. in School Organization and Educational Policy with a designated emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research from UC Davis. Dr. Clark has worked at both CSU and UC campuses to enhance college pipeline programs.  She has over 10 years experience in working with college access, gender, equity and STEM related institutional frameworks. As the MESA Schools Program Director, Dr. Clark oversees the overall structure of the program, K-12 District and Industry Coordination, MESA Day, MESA Teacher Professional Development Workshop Series, and the UC Davis Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH) Pathways/Academy Program. 

Maira G. Pulido, M.A.

Maira Pulido

MESA Program Coordinator/Student Affairs Officer

Maira received her M.A. in Educational Policy from UC Davis. Maira is from Central California and has experience as a Lead Admissions Assistant at UC Merced where she worked specifically with AVID, Upward Bound, and the Parent Empowerment Program. As the MESA Schools Program Coordinator, Maira assists with our MESA K-12 Academic Excellence and College Preparation Workshops, and our MESA Parent/Community Engagement Workshops. 

Thomas Hanns, Jr.

Thomas Hanns, Jr

MESA Program Student Outreach & Communications Assistant

Thomas is a transfer student from Sacramento City College where he studied graphic design and studio art. As a current student at California State University, Sacramento, he is working on his baccalaureate in communications with an emphasis in Public Relations. As the MESA Schools Program Student Outreach and Communications Assistant, Thomas works to enhance marketing, communications, college volunteers, and college advising to K-12 students.

Nikko Mendoza

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MESA Program Student Assistant

Nikko is a third year Aerospace Science and Engineering major from Santa Rosa, California. Nikko has been highly involved with his fraternity Nu Alpha Kappa (NAK), and Chicano and Latino Engineers and Scientists Society (CALEES). After receiving an undergraduate degree in Aerospace Science and Engineering, Nikko plans to pursue a MBA. As a MESA Schools Program Student Assistant, Nikko hopes to leave an impact on first generation college students by showing them that achieving higher education is possible despite having obstacles. 

Cecilia Ajoku

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MESA Program Student Assistant

Cecilia is a Geophysics major from Los Angeles and has always held education to a high esteem. She believes science and mathematics are fundamental learning blocks in education and plans to become a Curriculum Coordinator in order to contribute to STEM/STEAM instruction and curriculum. As a MESA Student Assistant, she is given the opportunity to work with students and make an impact on the development of their interest in STEM.

Tyson Coffey

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MESA Program Student Assistant

Tyson is a third year chemical engineering major from Atwater, CA. Tyson has become integrated in many student organizations on campus such as the Davis Club Rugby Team, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AiChE), as well as the Black Engineers Association. Although Tyson plans to obtain a degree in engineering, he carries a vision to enroll in medical school in hopes of becoming an orthopedic surgeon. As a MESA Schools Program Student Assistant, Tyson hopes to inspire and influence first generation college students to never give up on their educational and career goals.

Lara Aboud Syriani

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MESA Program Student Assistant

Lara is a third year student. She is pursuing a B.S. degree in cell biology and she is planning to go to medical school. She is originally from Syria, and she has always been interested in helping other students from disadvantaged backgrounds and first generation communities. She appreciates the chance to give back to the community that offered her opportunities after she moved to the U.S.

Marissa D. Rodriguez

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MESA Program Student Assistant

Marissa is a second year Human Development major with an emphasis in pre-medicine student at UC Davis. Marissa is from Central California and has always been interested in medicine and improving the lives of people in her community. As a MESA Schools Program Student Assistant, Marissa has become passionate about how college outreach programs can impact and influence first generation students into STEM related fields.

Alexis Roberson


MESA Program Student Assistant

Alexis Roberson is a fourth year Chemical Engineering student at UC Davis.  Alexis has always had a passion for giving back to her community. Alexis has been involved in organizations such as the Black Student Union and Black Engineers Association. Alexis is working to improve the academic experience for students of color and first generation college students. As a student assistant for MESA, Alexis continues to work with students to help them achieve their goals in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Ceasar Chavez

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MESA Program Student Assistant

Ceasar Chavez is a third year Biology major with an emphasis in Psychology from Palmdale, California. Ceasar has been very involved in his Fraternity, Nu Alpha Kappa (NAK). After receiving his undergraduate degree, Ceasar plans to continue his education and pursue a PsyD in NeuroPsychology. As a MESA student assistant, Ceasar hopes to inspire and motivate first generation college students to pursue higher education, especially in the STEM fields.