Leadership & Service
Jason Mockford (He/Him/His)
Jason Mockford is the senior director of Leadership & Service in the Division of Student Affairs at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. He is originally from Auburn, California and holds a B.S. in Graphic Communication and an M.A. in Counseling & Guidance, Higher Education, both from California Polytechnic State University.
Many key initiatives and programs have taken off during Jason's leadership of the department including the creation of the Center for Leadership, the launch of the College Corps: Coastal California Civic Leadership Consortium, expanded support for culturally-based student organizations, and the reimagining of inclusivity and anti-hazing curriculum for the fraternity and sorority community. As a part-time faculty, Jason has taught the Leadership & Consultation course and advised students in their fieldwork and internship requirements in Cal Poly's Higher Education Counseling & Student Affairs graduate program. For six years he was responsible for advising Cal Poly’s orientation board, Open House committee, and developing the nationally recognized orientation leader training program.
He has served in a variety of leadership roles both on the Cal Poly campus and in national and community-based organizations. Jason currently serves on ACPA's Mid-Level Community of Practice Directorate Board and will be the chair-elect of MLCOP in 2023-24. Previously, he has been involved in a leadership role with NODA, the Association for Orientation, Transition and Retention in Higher Education as a Transfer Services Network Chair from 2011-2014 and as a member of the Annual Conference Advisory Committee in 2014. He has been a certified community mediator with Creative Mediation in San Luis Obispo and served on their Program Advisory Board for many years. Most recently, Jason joined the Board of Directors as a founding member of Collective Good, a conflict resolution and facilitative mediation training non-profit organization based on the Central Coast of California.
Nicole Aichele (She/Her/Hers)
Nicole Aichele is the Administrative Coordinator for Leadership & Service. She is a driven problem solver with a passion for higher education administration. Nicole is accomplished in project management, process improvement, and team coordination within the CSU. Over the last 3 years, Nicole has gained progressive experience working as an administrative support coordinator here at Cal Poly, and currently leads the administration coordination for the Leadership & Service team. She is originally from the Los Angeles area and holds a B.A. in Political Science from University of California Santa Barbara. Having worked in both the public and private sector, Nicole has a diverse array of experience ranging from hospitality management to customer service to marketing to human resources. She enjoys learning new things, and when she isn’t at work she is probably at the dog beach or on a hike with her family.
Center for Leadership
Kerri Mahoney (She/Her/Hers)
Program Coordinator, Center for Leadership
Kerri Mahoney is the Program Coordinator for the Center for Leadership. A true Mustang with generational ties to Cal Poly and the San Luis Obispo community. She is elated to be working with Cal Poly students' side by side, coaching, encouraging, and supporting them as they build their leadership skills from the inside out. She is the Co-Founder of Connect Be Well, an innovative grass roots organization that creates high impact solutions to identify systematic challenges in student/family well-being. Her expertise is building programs to meet the needs to help strengthen social and emotional well-being for students to learn and thrive. Her passion is to share and teach the importance of Emotional Intelligence, and how this knowledge will help all students in their academic and personal endeavors. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Human Development from Cal Poly, a Certified Professional Coach, and is a successful entrepreneur. But most importantly, she treasures being a perfectly imperfect mom, human, and friend.
Center for Service in Action
Bradley Kyker (He/Him/His)
Bradley Kyker is assistant director of Leadership & Service for the Center for Service in Action at Cal Poly. He leads the team in offering service programming locally, nationally, and globally, which affords students an opportunity to grow professionally while learning how to be mindful global citizens. He truly enjoys working with highly motivated students, and providing them with opportunities to make meaning out of their learning through service. Bradley has worked at Cal Poly since 2003, and was previously an academic counselor and director of a student center for academic support. Prior to his time at Cal Poly, he was an academic counselor at CSU, Long Beach. He is a 1992 alumnus of Cal Poly with a BS in Human Developmental Psychology. He received an MS in Counseling for Student Development in Higher Education from CSU, Long Beach in 2003.
A singer since childhood, Bradley has sung with many local choral programs, including the San Luis Obispo Master Chorale and OperaSLO. He is grateful for his amazing family: his wife Nicole, his sons Samuel & Abram, and his yellow lab Egan.
Emma Haley (She/Her/Hers)
Emma Haley is the program coordinator for the CSA and recently graduated with a Master of Science in the Higher Education Counseling and Student Affairs program at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. She is originally from Los Osos, California and holds a B.A. in Visual Public Art, minoring in psychology from California State University Monterey Bay.
Emma discovered her passion for service-learning and working with students while attending CSU Monterey Bay and serving the local neighborhoods of Seaside, Marina, and Salinas. After traveling the world and bartending for almost ten years, she decided it was time to make her passions a reality and further her education to obtain her dream job of counseling students and serving the local community in which she grew up.
Katharina Lynch (She/Her/Hers)
AmeriCorps VIP Fellow
Katharina Lynch is the lead AmeriCorps VIP fellow for San Luis Obispo County, currently serving in the Center for Service in Action. Originally from the Bay Area, Katharina graduated from Cal Poly SLO in 2022 with a B.S. in Child Development and a minor in Psychology. Throughout her time at Cal Poly, she was heavily involved with New Student & Transition Programs, as well as Fraternity & Sorority Life as a member of Delta Gamma. After her time at Cal Poly, Katharina was inspired to continue learning by doing good through being the AmeriCorps VIP lead. Katharina is pursuing a career in student affairs in hopes to support adolescents through pivotal times in their lives.
Allison Priola (She/Her/Hers)
Allison has spent over 20 years working with nonprofits in creating, equipping, and empowering teams. She is a seasoned organizational leader, developer, facilitator, and coach, She is driven by a desire for individuals and teams to identify and fulfill goals and aspirations, as well as holistically developing others to make a meaningful impact. She is recently joined Cal Poly (her alma mater) as the AmeriCorps Programs Manager. She will not only be managing the AmeriCorps VIP program but also launching the brand new CollegeCorps Program. She lives in San Luis Obispo with her husband, three teenage kids and two adorable labradoodles. She loves the beach and good coffee!
AmeriCorps Administrative Assistant
John-o Roberts is Administrative Assistant for the AmeriCorps program at Cal Poly. He helps students get involved with a variety of volunteer programs across the county, giving them the opportunity to strengthen their leadership skills while helping their community. John-o is a San Luis Obispo local who graduated from CSU Long Beach in 2020 with a BA in Political Science. Since his failed run at elementary school president at the age of 10, he has been involved in political activism from the local to federal levels and is currently a graduate student in the Master of Public Policy program at Cal Poly expected to graduate in 2024. John-o makes sure to stay active in serving his community, but only if he's done with his homework and walked his corgis.
Molly Pendley (She/Her/Hers)
Molly Pendley is the program coordinator for the AmeriCorps program. She is a Cal Poly Alumni and holds a B.S. in Social Sciences and a minor in Spanish. Before joining the Americorps team, Molly worked in the legal field in immigration law, family law and contract law and in non-profit work as an educator and volunteer manager for Lumina Alliance. Molly grew up in San Luis Obispo County and loves serving her community.
Clubs & Organizations
Ashley Jones (She/Her/Hers)
Coordinator, Clubs & Organizations
Ashley Jones is the Coordinator of Clubs & Organizations within Leadership & Service at Cal Poly, and in this role she will serve as the advisor for each of the 28 Club Sports teams and Club Sports Council. Ashley is originally from Rocklin, CA and earned her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Cal Poly SLO in 2014.
Prior to returning to Cal Poly, Ashley spent 5 years working for the County of SLO Behavioral Health Department supporting youth development programming across the county, and then ventured into the world of higher education as an Internships Coordinator at Cal State Fullerton. She accepted her current position for the opportunity to integrate her passion for sports and fitness along with leadership development for students.
In her free time, Ashley enjoys all that the Central Coast has to offer with her partner Alex, as well as spending time in the gym, movie theater, and downtown SLO with friends & family.
Sarah Hawkins (She/Her/Hers)
Sarah Hawkins is the Assistant Director, Clubs & Organizations in the Leadership & Service department at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. Sarah is originally from Fresno, California and holds a B.S. in Kinesiology and an M.A. in Kinesiology – Sport Psychology, both from Fresno State. Sarah has worked in Student Affairs since 2006, working with student organizations, club sports, and campus recreation at Ithaca College, San Jose State, Cuesta College, and Cal Poly. She has also taught as a lecturer at Fresno State, Ithaca College, and San Jose State and was the first person in the world to teach Aquatics for Children with Challenges (ATRI) Instructor Training for college credit.
Sarah also holds leadership roles with Kidney Donor Athletes, Inc. and the C.L. Smith Elementary PTA and volunteers her time with the San Luis Obispo County Search and Rescue team.
In her free time, Sarah enjoys training for and competing in triathlons. She has completed 20 so far, and plans to do her first IRONMAN in October 2022. She is also a gold medalist at the Transplant Games of America.
Fraternity & Sorority Life
Elizabeth Aiello-Coppola (She/Her/Hers)
Interfraternity Council Advisor
Elizabeth Aiello-Coppola is the Assistant Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life, and has been working with Cal Poly FSL for the past 3 years! Elizabeth received her bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University, and is a proud Chi Omega alum. She received her Master’s degree from University of San Diego in Higher Education Leadership, and while she was there served as the Graduate Assistant for Fraternity & Sorority Life. She loves working with this community every day, and ensuring our students leave a positive legacy within FSL and Cal Poly.
Equity and Inclusion Coordinator
United Sorority & Fraternity Council Advisor
Seth Murawsky (He/Him/His)
Leadership and Assessment Coordinator
Panhellenic Council Advisor
Seth Murawsky is the Leadership and Assessment Coordinator for Fraternity and Sorority Life. He attended the University of Oregon for both his undergraduate and graduate programs, earning bachelor’s degrees in History and Education along with a master’s degree in Education. During his undergraduate experience, Seth was a founding member of Sigma Alpha Mu (aka Sammy) and heavily involved in Oregon’s Fraternity and Sorority Life Office. He is very excited to get to work with this amazing community and is eager to promote the mission of FSL and Cal Poly.