Palomar College Learning For Success

Meet the Team

Program Staff

Riham Mathieu : Project Director

Riham Mathieu

Project Director

I am a proud first-generation student. I received a Master's in Education with an emphasis in Counseling and Leadership from Point Loma Nazarene and a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University. I am most passionate about uplifting students that come from disadvantaged backgrounds and helping students push through barriers to provide equitable opportunities. My family immigrated from Egypt when I was in middle school, and I relied on programs like TRIO to get to where I am today. I am forever grateful for the support and I want to provide the same opportunities to more students. In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors, spending time with my family and dog and going to concerts.


Phone: (760) 744-1150, Ext. 3670

Omar Sanchez : Outreach Coordinator

Omar Sanchez

Outreach Coordinator

I was born in Escondido, California. I was raised in the city of Solana Beach, California. I am a first-generation student. I received my associates degree in Sociology at Mira Costa College. I transferred to California State University Northridge and received my bachelor’s degree in Sociology. I am currently finishing my master’s degree at San Diego State University in Education with an emphasis in Counseling. My goal is to become a program director for programs like TRIO SSS and EOPS who focus on helping students of disadvantage backgrounds. I hope I can continue giving back to my community and continue helping all students of disadvantage backgrounds succeed in their educational journey. Some quick facts about me, I am the middle child, I was born on New Year’s Eve, I am a Capricorn, I like to surf, I like to play soccer, I like to dance, and I play the acordeon. I look forward in meeting you all and always happy to help – Omar Celerino Sanchez  


Phone: (760) 744-1150, Ext. 3678

Kaylee Galindo : Program Specialist

Kaylee Galindo

Program Specialist

 I graduated from Oceanside High School in 2015 and went on to UC Santa Barbara to study Sociology and Feminist Studies. As a first-generation, low-income student, I encountered obstacles that I was not equipped to overcome myself. With the help of my teachers, counselors and FAFSA, I was able to better navigate post-secondary education. My goal with TRIO is to foster a supportive environment where students can discover their interests and continuously set and reach their goals. Aside from academics, I enjoy baking anything that involves chocolate, finding new music on Spotify and staying active with weight training and walks. Feel free to reach out to me with your questions; I am here to serve my community (you!). 


Phone: (760) 744-1150, Ext. 2761


Counseling Staff

Jamila Schmidt : Counselor

Jamila Schmidt


I'm a community college transfer student. I started at the local community college where I grew up, moved and completed my requirements at Grossmont College. After many hiccups, I successfully transferred to SDSU where I received my BA in Sociology and MA in Education. I'm a first- generation college student which is why working with TRIO Student Support Services is my passion. I love working with students and helping them navigate their educational journey, and encouraging and supporting them through the trials that come along with pursuing higher education.


Phone: (760) 744-1150, Ext. 2761

Isabella Feldman : Counselor

Isabella Feldman


I am a previous Palomar College TRIO/SSS student. I transferred to CSUSM, and then SDSU for graduate school. I understand the journey of being a community college student and then transitioning to higher education. It is not always easy, but with the right programs and guidance it can be done. Therefore, I love the TRIO/SSS program; it works! We have helped numerous people accomplish their goals and become part of the program's family. I love everyone I work with, and could have not accomplished my own goals, without the help of TRIO/SSS. On my free time, I love watching movies and love exploring different cultural foods. I welcome different cultures and traditions and have had students bring me authentic foods from their culture. I love staying educated on family traditions, and welcome new learning opportunities. I'm a huge animal lover and dogs are my favorite. I love the way a dog will bond to their owner and miss them when they are gone. I even welcome animals into my office. Anyone or any animal that comes into the TRIO/SSS office, will become part of my work family!


Phone: (760) 744-1150, Ext. 2761

Alexis Calderon-Ferrino : Counseling Intern

Alexis Calderon-Ferrino

Counseling Intern

I began my higher education at a local community college and transferred to UC Riverside where I completed my B.S in Business Administration. After working for an educational outreach program, I realized that I finally found my calling in student support services. Following a lot of trial and error, I decided to further my education, which led me to pursue a M.A in Education at SDSU.As a first-generation student, navigating the higher education ladder was difficult. Luckily, there are programs like TRIO that were created so you don’t have to do it on your own! As a future counselor, one of my goals is to help soften the educational journey for students, to make it as least intimidating as possible, and to inspire you to get excited about it! I genuinely believe that we are all destined to serve a purpose and that we all deserve to be happy, I want to help you search for what makes you happy.


Phone: 760-744-1150 ext. 2761

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