The Staff

Roxanne Mendez is the 5th Executive Director of the Riordan Programs. She has been with the Riordan Programs since 2007, first serving as Associate Director. In addition, she is also certified Career Management Coach. Ms. Mendez was selected for the Next Generation Latino Philanthropy Leaders Program by Hispanics in Philanthropy. In 2015, she was a member of Leadership California for its California Issues & Trends Program; a prestigious, yearlong program for women leaders from across the state of California. Her previous experience includes working in college outreach at the University of Southern California and as grant consultant, establishing a pre-medical school program for underrepresented populations.  Roxanne is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with a B.S. in business administration. She received her graduate degree from the University of Southern California.

Margie Cruz is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a B.S. in English Education with an emphasis in Secondary Education. She received her M.Ed. in Post-secondary Administration and Student Affairs at the University of Southern California. Margie has a wide range of work experience in teaching, programming, advising, recreation, management, and various positions within student affairs. Her interest include initiatives to assist underrepresented and first-generation students, as well as providing a rich student experience.

Tandia Elijio is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology. She is currently pursuing her M.S. in the College Counseling program at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Prior to coming to the UCLA Anderson School of Management, Tandia gained experience in community outreach, advising, programming, event planning, volunteer management, and conflict resolution. Her interests include assisting underrepresented, first generation students within higher education to succeed.

Stephanie J. Guzman is a graduate from California State University Northridge with a B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences. She continued her education by pursuing her M.S. in Higher Education Administration from Syracuse University. Stephanie has experience working with students, faculty, parents, event planning and community engagement. She has worked in student affairs with diversity and inclusion program, multicultural affairs, career services, student development as well as with non-profit organizations and federal college access and readiness programs. Her passions include working with underrepresented students and creating avenues to bridge the secondary to post-secondary opportunities for marginalized communities.

Rebecca Stuart is a graduate of Lewis & Clark College with a B.A in International Relations. She later received her M.P.P from Pepperdine University. She has five years of experience in nonprofit and youth development. She got her start in the professional world as an Intern for the United Nations and eventually worked her way up to being an Intern Manager, and has worked with youth ever since. Mostly recently she worked in Student Affairs as an Assistant Resident Director, and prior to that worked as a college advisor.