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Administrative Profiles


Dr. Norma Ambriz-Galaviz

Dr. Norma Ambriz-Galaviz was appointed President of Merritt in January 2013. Prior to this appointment, she served as Vice President of Instruction for Mission College in Santa Clara and was employed for 17 years at Chabot College. As a resident of Hayward for the past 20 years, she is familiar with the challenges of urban and rural first- generation college students. She received an Associate of Arts degree from Hartnell College, in Salinas, both a B.A. and M.S. degrees from San Diego State University and, after working over 15 years in community colleges and beginning to raise a family, she returned to school to earn a doctorate degree in organizational leadership from the University of La Verne. Click here for full bio


Dr. Elmer A. Bugg

Vice President of Instruction
Dr. Elmer A. Bugg   joined Merritt College in August 2013 as the college’s Vice President of Instruction.  He has more than 20 years of community college leadership experience in program development and leading change management initiatives. He joins Merritt College after serving as the Dean of Workforce Development and Corporate Relations for Los Angeles Southwest College (LASC). Before Southwest College, he served as Executive Director and CEO of the Contra Costa Community College District’s (CCCCD) Regional Training Institute (RTI). Before this, he was with the Santa Monica Community College District (SMCCD) where his tenure included serving in multiple roles: as a Professor of Management Studies, President of SMC’s Academic Senate, a member of the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate for the California Community Colleges, and as Assistant Dean of the Office of Workforce & Economic Development. Click here for full bio


Dr. Arnulfo Cedillo

Vice President of Student Services
Dr. Cedillo began his assignment on July 14, 2014 following eight years of service at the College of Marin. In his role at the college, he had supervisory responsibilities over the health center, the Single Stop office and operations, the Veterans Services office, the associated students and related student clubs, the Puente Program, the emeritus program, and food services, plus budgetary and program responsibilities. In addition, he was a constant supporter of the Athletics Program. Click here for full bio


Dr. Tina Vasconcellos

Dean of Academic Pathways and Success
Dr. Tina Vasconcellos has been appointed to the position of Dean of Academic Pathways and Success, effective December 17, 2014. Tina has more than 20 years as an educator and 14 years within the Peralta District. In the last six years, she has served as a leader at Laney College where she was responsible for both academic and student services departments along with college-wide initiatives, including most recently SLO Assessment, Student Success and Support Program (SSSP) implementation, as well as the Student Equity Plan development.  During her tenure as a faculty member, she taught psychology and counseling classes and developed the Social Services Paraprofessional and Community Health Worker associate and certificate programs at Berkeley City College. Click here for full bio

Dean of Workforce Development and Applied Sciences


Dr. Dativa (Dettie) Del Rosario

Director of Business and Administrative Services
Dr. Dativa (Dettie) Del Rosario joined Merritt College as the official Director of Business and Administrative Services, prior to serving in that role in an interim position. Dettie has been with the District for more than 15 years, most recently as an employee of the Peralta District Financial Services Office and brings with her a well-rounded experience in fiscal and accounting operations. She started in the Laney College Business Office, then on to the Bursar position at Berkeley City College, and then to the District Office, first as District Budget and Attendance Analyst, then Supervisor of Accounts Payable and Enrollment Management. Click here for full bio

Romeo Garcia

Interim Dean of Special Programs and Grants
 Romeo Garcia was named Interim Dean of Special Programs and Grants in July 2015.  Prior to his new role at Merritt College, he  founded Transformational Consultancy which focuses on access and equity to achieve success and transformation in education and community development. Romeo was the Executive Director of the Peralta Colleges Foundation in Oakland from 2012 – 2014. From 2007-2012, he served as the Co-Principal and Executive Director of Oakland’s ARISE High School, a charter school he co-founded. From 1996-2007, he was the director of the Mills College Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search Programs (TRiO) serving 800 youth in the Oakland community. Click here for full bio

Dr. Lilia Chavez

Interim Director of Student Activities and Campus Life

Dr. Lilia Chavez joins the Merritt College family as the Interim Director of Student Activities & Campus Life. She is a Chicana/Latina, Social and Spiritual Activist/Educator who seizes each opportunity to work with underrepresented, underprepared, and underserved communities. She has an extensive teaching and professional record. Dr. Chavez has worked as an educator, counselor, consultant, administrator, cultural broker, and spritual guide. Click here for full bio