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.

Rebecca recently rejoined the Riordan Programs team under the capacity of Senior Assistant Director of Programs, in her previous role as Program Specialist she worked with the College to Career program and as the producer, host, and editor of the first ever  Riordan Podcast . Prior to rejoining the Riordan team Rebecca was involved in higher education, serving as an Adjunct Professor for a local community college's First Year Experience program. Rebecca received her Master's in Public Policy from Pepperdine University and her BA from Lewis and Clark College.   

Tandia Elijio is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology. 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.