Meet the Staff



Naomi Elvove

Naomi Elvove, Director of Academic Advising and Achievement
P: 415.257.1380
F: 415.257.0177
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Naomi meets people where they are and helps them navigate to where they want to go. From teaching literacy and language skills to women and their preschool children in Brooklyn, New York to managing a large resource center at Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Naomi has dedicated her career to supporting student success. She earned a BA in English from University of New Hampshire and a MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Teachers College at Columbia University. Here at Dominican, Naomi works with students, staff, and faculty to make sure that the student experience is everything that it can possibly be.



Accessibility and Disability Services
P: 415.485.3296
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Kristen Coleman

Kristen Coleman, Coordinator of Learning Services, Teaching and Learning Center
P: 415.257.0153
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Kristen earned a BS in Mathematics from Dominican University of California. She has worked at Dominican for 19 years, starting as Dominican’s first professional tutor, still tutoring in Mathematics, and now managing the Teaching and Learning Center. Kristen arranges for tutors in writing, math, and other subjects as available; and manages drop-in tutoring in the TLC, the Science Center, and other campus locations . She manages the administration of placement tests, in collaboration with Admissions, Financial Aid, Registrar, and IT; and collaborates with faculty across the disciplines to ensure high standards of academic support for all students.


Lisa Haydon

Lisa Haydon, MEd, Adult Degree Completion Advisor, CLEP Administrator, Director of Prior Learning Assessment
P: 415.257.1317
F: 415.257.0177
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Lisa earned a BS in Occupational Therapy and a MSED from Dominican, a Master's Certificate in Academic Advising from Kansas State University, and a Master's Certificate in Prior Learning Assessment from DePaul University, in Chicago. She is a licensed occupational therapist. She advises for the Adult Completion Program, as well as undeclared transfer students. Lisa is the professional advisor for transfer students. She administers academic excellence workshops. Lisa oversees all Prior Learning Programs including the CLEP Program and Experiential Learning Portfolio Program. Other areas of expertise: Students with learning disabilities and those needing help learning to study and life skills for academic success.


Cheramie Leo

Cheramie Leo, MA, Integrative Coach and English Professor
P: 415.458.3760
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In 2003, Cheramie Leo enrolled at Dominican as a freshman majoring in Literature with a creative writing emphasis. She graduated in 2007 and returned in 2010 to earn her M.A. in Humanities with an English emphasis. In 2010, DU hired Cheramie as a professional tutor, and in 2012, the English department invited her to teach composition and literature classes. In 2015, she began with working with Dominican's TORCH program and with the service-learning program. In 2016, received the Adjunct Teacher of the Year award. Outside of her work with Dominican, Cheramie tutors students at Canal Alliance and facilitates writing workshops for incarcerated juveniles through the non-profit organization The Beat Within. Over the years, she has gathered many stories about her times at Dominican, and has found a surprising and natural joy in working with students.


Christina Mayes

Christina Mayes, MS, Digital Portfolio Specialist and First-Year Advisor
P: 415.458.3781
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Christina holds a BA in Sociology and minor in Anthropology from UC Santa Barbara (2002) and a MS in Counseling Psychology from Dominican (2008). She brings over 15 years of higher education experience as well as three years of clinical counseling experience. Oversees Digital Portfolio development for all incoming first-year students and Peer Mentors. Serves as main Digital Portfolio support for Academic Programs. Advises Undeclared/Explorer undergraduate day students. Advises and counsels students on academic probation/warning as well as students opting to change their major, add a secondary major or explore minor possibilities. Oversees operational processes for registration of all incoming first-year students.