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Gustavo Oceguera Gustavo Oceguera
Associate Dean, Grants & College Support
(951) 739-7885

Mr. Oceguera earned a Bachelor’s Degree of Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona in 1993 and a Master’s in Management from Redlands University in 2004. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Southern California (USC). Prior to joining Norco College, he worked for the University of California, Riverside where he served as Director of the Trio Programs, Assistant Director of Community Relations, and also served as President of the Southern California Western Association of Educational Opportunity Personnel (WESTOP). Mr. Oceguera serves as the Project Director for the Title V Grants and is chair of the Norco College Grants Advisory Committee. Gustavo currently resides in Fontana with his wife Diana and two sons, Anthony and Alexander.

Kevin Fleming Kevin Fleming, Ph. D.
Dean, Career & Technical Education

(951) 739-7880

Dr. Fleming supports all Career & Technical Education programs at Norco College as well as CTE curriculum development for multiple state and federal grants. He also serves as the Principal Investigator for the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Supply Chain Technology Education. Dr. Fleming’s professional background includes experience working in higher education at community colleges as well as both public and private 4-year universities. Beginning his career in academia within student services, he has experience in classroom instruction, fundraising/foundations, economic development, academic affairs, and professional speaking/training. He most recently analyzed industry and workforce needs providing customized labor market research for the California Community College system through the Centers of Excellence.

Kevin Fleming earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University; a Master of Arts in Educational Policy & Leadership at The Ohio State University, a Master of Business Administration at the University of Redlands, and a Ph.D. in Education at Claremont Graduate University.

Lorena Patton Lorena Patton
Project Director, Title III STEM


Ms. Lorena Patton joins us with over ten years of experience working on federally funded projects. Much of her work experience is with student support service programs that service low-income students and underrepresented students including: Hispanic and racially and ethnically diverse students. Lorena’s work history with categorically funded programs at the California State University, Northridge and the El Camino College Compton Center included the implementation and oversight of new grants in programs such as Educational Talent Search (ETS), Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math Science. Lorena is passionate about STEM as she received both her bachelors and master’s degree in STEM related fields. She received her bachelor’s degree in Natural Science from Loyola Marymount University with an emphasis in pre-physical/pre-occupational therapy.  She received her master’s degree in Public Health and has merged her work and educational endeavors to provide exceptional student support services. Lorena is currently a doctoral student in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. Her field of study includes Educational Leadership with a specific concentration in higher education administration. 

Hortencia Cuevas Hortencia Cuevas
Student Support Services Project Director (SSS)
Eva Amezola Eva Amezola
Upward Bound Director (Norte Vista)

Eva Amezola holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Literature and Latin American Studies from the University of California, San Diego, and a master's of arts in Education with an emphasis on Multicultural Counseling from San Diego State University. Eva has worked with social equity outreach programs for eight years in the capacity of a counselor and coordinator. She currently serves as the Director of Upward Bound for the Alvord Unified School District.

Julie Mendez Julieta Mendez
Upward Bound Director (CNUSD)

Ms. Julie Mendez manages the Corona-Norco Unified School District Upward Bound at Norco College. She earned her BA in Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles and her M.A. in Guidance and Counseling at Loyola Marymount University.


Monica Esparza Grants Administrative Specialist
(TRiO Programs)
(951) 372-7163
Elena Santa Cruz Grants Administrative Specialist
(Title V, Title III, NSF)
(951) 739-7811
Anthony Muniz Assistant to the Upward Bound Director
(Centennial - CNUSD)
(951) 739-7801
Gabriela Ramirez Student Success Specialist
(Title V, Title III, NSF)
(951) 739-7804
Rowana Thompson Assistant to the Upward Bound Director
(Norte Vista - AUSD)
(951) 739-7821
Diann Thursby Grants Administrative Specialist
(Title V, Title III, NSF)
(951) 372-7045