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Washington State University High School Equivalency Program

Meet the HEP Team

Lori Manzanares, Director

My parents Gabriel and Maria were born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. They married and moved to Caldwell, Idaho where I was born and raised. I graduated from the University of Idaho with BA degrees in Spanish and Political Science and began my career in higher education in 2000 as an admissions representative.  Since then, I have worked in various areas of student affairs including recruitment and enrollment management; advising; assessment services; career services; conduct; clubs and organizations; crisis counseling; disability services; student government and Title IX.

I am passionate about working with first generation college students and underrepresented populations, and I hope to continue working in student affairs. In my free time, I enjoy working as a counselor, traveling, watching minor league baseball, listening to Tejano music and spending time with my family and friends and my dog.

Credentials: Master of Arts, Counseling, Boise State University; Education Specialist, Adult Organizational Learning and Leadership, University of Idaho; Licensed Professional Counselor, State of Idaho; K-12 Pupil Personnel Certification, School Counseling, State of Idaho

Carol Ndambuki, Instructor

After growing up in Pullman, I graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Business Administration and then moved to Mexico where I taught English Foreign Language and Social Science classes at the TEC de Monterrey on their Leon, Guanajuato campus.  Upon returning to the US, I finished graduate school at WSU where I worked as a Teaching Assistant for two professors in the College of Education in the areas of pedagogy and bilingual literacy.  After graduation we moved to Vancouver, WA where I again worked for the College of Education for several more years before transitioning to public schools as an ESL teacher in the Battle Ground School District.  As an ESL teacher, I had many years of supporting students in their math, social studies, science and English classes.  It is that experience I bring with me now to HEP. There is nothing more exciting to me than seeing a student master a new concept and apply it to new situations. Life is indeed all about learning.

Daniel Licona, HEP Recruiter/Outreach Specialist

I was born and raised in the small town of Atotonilco el Grande in Hidalgo, Mexico.  When I was 12 years old, my parents made the decision to move our family to Sunnyside, WA where my brothers, sisters, and I received our education through high school graduation. While trying to obtain my Bachelor of Arts from Heritage University, I worked as a farm worker in the Yakima Valley and the Columbia Basin and as a paraprofessional for the Granger School District.  After finishing my degree, I transitioned to working with Migrant out-of-school youth; helping to reconnect those individuals to organizations that could help them finish their education.  I have enjoyed working with youth and making a positive impact in their lives by helping them develop and pursue their educational goals.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my wife Graciela and our four kids, playing and coaching youth soccer, and reading about current events.

Adrian Pantaleon, HEP Resident Advisor

Adrian Pantaleon Sandoval is in his second year at Washington State University, and currently a HEP Resident Advisor. As a Resident Advisor, he facilitates the social, academic, and personal adjustment of students to the residence hall and University. Adrian is originally from Wenatchee, WA. As a high school Running Start participant, he graduated from Wenatchee High School and Wenatchee Valley College with his Associates Arts & Sciences Degree. Adrian is majoring in Political Science with a minor in Communications & Human Development.

Abril Aznar, HEP Resident Advisor