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SSHA Academic Advisors

SSHA Academic Advisors

Meet your SSHA Academic Advisors!


Brenda Maldonado-Rosas

Director of Students Services, Lead Academic Advisor

About Brenda:

Brenda Maldonado-Rosas grew up near UC Merced in Livingston, California. She attended the University of California, Davis (Go Ags!) and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish. She then headed to California State University, Sacramento where she completed her Master of Science in Counseling, with a specialization in Career Counseling.

"What I enjoy the best about my job is assisting students find the connection between what they want as a career and their major and experience at UC Merced. There is no set road for people to get to their dreams and goals, so being able to show students their different paths on how to get there makes my job worthwhile."

“Failing to plan is planning to fail" ― Alan Lakein


Amandip Singh

Student Engagement Coordinator

About Amandip:

Amandip Singh grew up in the Central Valley in the small town of Ripon, California. She is an alumna from the University of California, Merced and completed her Bachelor of Science in Management and Business Economics with a Public Health minor. She is currently working on receiving her Master of Business Administration with a Leadership emphasis from Grand Canyon University.

"UC Merced has always felt like a place I could call home. I received many wonderful opportunities as a student that allowed me to recognize my passion for higher education. As a first-generation college graduate, I find it to be such a rewarding and invaluable experience to contribute to a student's success, and that is why I love advising! This university has helped me grow in so many ways and I am proud to have the opportunity to make a positive impact on this campus."

"Strength doesn't come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't." ― Rikkie Rogers


Carolyn Barranco

Transfer Coordinator

About Carolyn:

Carolyn Barranco grew up in Los Angeles, California. She is an alumnus from the University of California, Merced and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She later attended California State University, Fresno where she completed her Master of Science in Student Affairs and College Counseling.

“I love the field of advising because it gives me the opportunity to interact with students in a way that is impactful towards their academic career. It also allows me the opportunity to share my experiences in hopes of inspiring other students to attain personal and educational success despite life’s adversities. Advising opens the pathway for me to make an impactful change in the life of a student.”

“Challenges is what makes life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful” ― Joshua J. Marine


Lorena Mejia

About Lorena:
Lorena Mejia joins us from Fresno State, where she has received her Bachelor's degree in English Education and is currently working towards completing her Masters in Student Affairs and College Counseling. Lorena is from Delhi, CA so she is no stranger to the Merced County community. In her previous roles, she has worked with students with accessibility needs. She aspires to give back to her community in each and every role she takes on. 
“I enjoy advising because it allows me to be a part of the students' academic journey. I get to refer them to resources to equip them for their futures. As well as guide them to advocate for themselves and others. It's always rewarding to see them graduate, accomplish their goals, and push past boundaries they never thought possible.”
“When we listen and celebrate what is both common and different, we become wiser, more inclusive, and better as an organization”. – Pat Wadors

Lauren Brackett

Student Success Coordinator

About Lauren:

Lauren Brackett grew up in southern California (Victorville, CA and LA County), and is forever fan of the Los Angeles Lakers! Lauren attended California State University, Fresno and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and a Master of Arts in Higher Education, Administration, & Leadership.

"I love the field of advising because of the interaction I get to have with students. I, myself, was a struggling student, and I want nothing more than to share my experiences and help students find their pathways to personal success. Advising allows for me to share the knowledge that I have gained and hopefully create opportunities for students to thrive in their college career."

“Everything negative - pressures, challenges - is all an opportunity for me to rise.” ― Kobe Bryant