Dr. Rick Trevino
Dr. Rick Trevino is a Higher Education professional with a passion for student development and enhancing student success. He is a first-generation college student that earned a B.S. in Kinesiology and M.P.A. from California State University Northridge, as well as an Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership from California Lutheran University where his dissertation focused on first-generation students in First-Year Experience programs. Dr. Trevino has spent over decade overseeing areas such as Student Life, First-Year Experience, and Student Success Programs. Dr. Trevino most recently served as the Associate Director of the First-Year Experience for USC Dornsife.
Lucy Rinard is a higher education professional with over a decade of experience. She is dedicated to promoting the growth and development of students by creating a supportive space where they feel listened to. Raised in South Los Angeles, she is a proud graduate of the USC Leslie and William McMorrow Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI). Lucy is a first-generation college graduate and is a double Trojan, having earned a BA in History and Political Science from the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences and an M.Ed. in Educational Counseling from the Rossier School of Education. Prior to joining the Norman Topping Student Aid Fund, Lucy was the Assistant Director of First-Year Advising at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences.
Alejandra Tenorio-Rosas is dedicated to students’ holistic success. She is a first-generation college student that earned a double BA in Media and Cultural Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies from the University of California, Riverside, as well as an M.Ed. in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from USC. As a native of South-Central Los Angeles, she believes representation matters in higher education to achieve one’s fullest potential. Alejandra empowers students to explore both their studies and identities, serving as a trusted advocate throughout their academic journey. In her role as NTSAF’s Student Advisor, she aims to foster a safe, inclusive space for student growth and achievement.
Governing Board Chair 2023-2024
Antonio Okeke is a graduate student with enthusiasm to make further progress in empowering and supporting low-income, first-generation, and transfer students. He is a double Trojan from a first-generation, Black family; he recently completed his Bachelor of Science in Public Policy this past May (2023). He is currently earning his Master’s in Public Administration. Okeke is honored to have previously worked with and supported first-year students as a Residential Advisor in the Office of Residential Education, transfer students as a Transfer Liason for the Transfer Student Assembly, and multicultural students as a Justice Equity Diversity Inclusion Peer Educator in the Office of Student Equity and Inclusion Programs. As Chair, he intends to foster community, promote adaptability, and encourage practicality during the 2023-2024 academic year.
Daisy Castillo is a graduate student in the Educational Counseling Masters program. She identifies as Mexican-American, first-generation, a transfer student, Topping Fellow, and Latino Alumni Association (LAA) Scholar. A native of Ventura County, Daisy attended Ventura Community College where she later transferred to the University of California, Santa Barbara to earn her Bachelor of Arts in Chicana/o/x Studies with a minor in Educational Studies. Passionate about educational equity and underrepresented student advocacy, she has spent much of her time serving the undocumented, transfer, unhoused, and first-generation communities.
Dr. Erica Lovano McCann
Assistant Vice Provost for Student Success and Retention
Dr. Erica Lovano McCann oversees the Norman Topping Student Aid Fund, Kortschak Center for Learning & Creativity, Academic Honors and Fellowships, and the Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellows in Government Service Program. Dr. E graduated from the University of San Diego with a BA in Sociology and minors in gender studies and non-profit management. She earned a Masters in Education for Postsecondary Administration in Student Affairs and her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from USC. Her dissertation focused on first-generation college students and the influence of high impact practices on their perceptions of, access to, and participation in higher education.