Leadership Experience and Programs Office (LEAP)
Roberta G. Veloz Center
Building B - 1st Floor (next to Bookstore)
Connect to Whittier's Event Management System
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Ettinger Student Lounge (located next to The Spot)
Monday - Friday, 10:00a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday, Noon to 11:00 p.m.
Shauna T. Sobers, Ed.D., M.Ed.
Job Title: Director
Poet Since: January 2012
Primary Tasks: Oversee all LEAP operations, Student Government (ASWC) Advisor, ASWC Program Board Advisor, INTD 150, 160, & 180 Instructor, Supervisor of Poet Entertainment Tech Staff & Campus Center
Hometown: Born in St. Michael, Barbados / Raised in New York City, NY
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a minor in Dance from Bucknell University, PA
Graduate Degrees: Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Administration & Leadership with an emphasis in Student Affairs from University of the Pacific, CA; Masters of Education in College Student Affairs from Azusa Pacific University, CA
Background: Shauna has 12 years of experience working in student affairs specifically in the areas of student activities and residential life. Shauna worked at Azusa Pacific University, Pomona College, Chapman University, and University of the Pacific before joining the staff at Whittier College. Prior to working in higher education Shauna spent 4 years in working at production/multi-media companies doing lighting design, performing arts, and videoconferencing work.
Other Interests: Shauna enjoys Latin partnered dancing, Bikram yoga, being outdoors, and Disney/Hallmark movies
StrengthsFinder™ Signature Themes: Achiever | Learner | Harmony | Significance | Intellection
Debbie J. Allison, M.S.
Job Title: Assistant Director
Poet Since: August 2014
Primary Tasks: Inter-Club Council (ICC) Advisor, Media Council / Media & Publications Advisor, INTD 150, 160, & 180 Instructor, Sports Fest Co-Chair, Student Activities Fair Coordinator, Student Organization Coordination & Communication
Hometown: La Verne, CA
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Communications from University of La Verne
Graduate Degree: Master of Science in College Counseling & Student Development from Azusa Pacific University, CA
Background: Debbie was highly involved in student life as an undergraduate student. She was a member and officer of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority, served as a new student orientation leader as well as both Executive Vice President & Vice President of Communications of student government. Prior to joining the Poet family, Debbie worked at Pomona College where she advised the College’s Program Board.
Other Interests: Debbie enjoys playing with her 3 year old Chihuahua Chewie, trying new restaurants, and watching reality TV.
StrengthsFinder™ Signature Themes: Context | Empathy | Positivity | Communication | Developer
Jenny Guerra, M.S.
Job Title: Assistant Director
Poet Since: August 2015
Primary Tasks: Inter-Society Council (ISC) Advisor, Social Justice Coalition (SJC) Advisor, INTD 150, 170, & 180 Instructor, Supervise Campus Center / Ettinger Lounge Staff, Helping Hands Day Coordinator
Hometown: South Gate, CA
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science in Food Marketing Agricultural Business & Animal Science from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA
Graduate Degree: Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from Florida International University, FL
Background: As an undergraduate, Jenny was involved with Greek Life, orientation, cultural centers, and Vagina Monologues; Jenny has 3 years of professional experience student life; 1 year working in a Women’s Center and 2 years in Residential Life. Currently, she is a Survivor Advocate, Ally for LGBTQ and Dreamers
Other Interests: Jenny enjoys hiking, running, playing with her Boxer, Jack, traveling, and exploring local restaurants.
StrengthsFinder™ Signature Themes: Individualization | Achiever | Discipline | Activator | Learner
Job Title: Office Manager / Program Coordinator
Poet Since: August 1992
Primary Tasks: LEAP Front Desk & Resource Center Management, LEAP Office Assistant Supervisor, Event Management System (EMS), Coordinates Excursion Bus Trips, Coordinates Blood / Toy/ Can Food Drives, and Liaison for Vendor Relations (tabling on-campus)
Hometown: Whittier, CA
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Whittier College
Background: When Eva first started at Whittier College she worked in the Public Relations Office, then Student Financing, however she found her niche at the Leadership Experience and Programs Office (formerly the Office of Student Activities).
Other Interests: Eva enjoys walking, running with her Black Labrador Shadow, and spending time with family and friends
StrengthsFinder™ Signature Themes: Input | Connectedness | Focus | Belief | Arranger
Job Title: Technical Coordinator (evening and weekend events)
Poet Since: January 2011
Primary Tasks: Event set up campus center; training and staffing of Poet Entertainment
Hometown: Bellflower, CA
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media from California State University, Dominguez Hills
Background: Former A1 engineer, multimedia tech and bartender; ARMs Vice President; AES member; ordained minister
Other Interests: Chris enjoys playing music in his band, playing baseball and hockey, and competing in fantasy sports leagues. Chris describes himself as a foodie who loves to travel. His recent adventure is brewing his own beer.
StrengthsFinder™ Signature Themes: Context | Harmony | Analytical | Arranger | Individualization