Meet the Team

 staffAmy Leisenring, Ph.D.

Dr. Amy Leisenring joined ACCESS as the director in August 2016. She also serves as a Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Social Sciences and has been a member of the faculty at SJSU since 2005. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Colorado in 2004, where she also received certification in Women's Studies and the Graduate Teacher Training Program. She holds a B.A. in sociology from Miami University of Ohio (1994) and an M.A. in sociology from New Mexico State University (1998). 

She has published multiple articles in the areas of violence and victimization, focusing particularly on the experiences of women who have experienced intimate partner violence and the criminal justice system response to domestic violence. Her more recent scholarship is in the area of the sociology of higher education, focusing particularly on race, gender, and class-based inequalities and the way that they shape students’ experiences.


 MelMel Brown, M.Ed 
Assistant Director/Academic Lead

Before coming to ACCESS, Mel had been been working at SJSU for fifteen years as an Academic Advisor in Academic Advising & Retention Services. In that role, he served as an Orientation Advisor, College of Business Liaison, and Campus Late Drop & Withdraw Coordinator. He received a B.A. in Social Science here at San Jose State University and a Masters Degree in Education, Emphasis Higher Education Leadership at Northcentral University. He has also taught First-Year Experience courses Science 2 and Science 90 here at SJSU. Mel is also a Part Time Online Adunct Faculty at Southern New Hampshire University and Bakers College.


staffRandy Caldwell, M.A.
Academic Advisor 

Randy came from Big Bear High School in Southern California, Graduated with his B.A. in Psychology in 1990, and finished his Masters Degree in Educational Counseling in May of 2016, both here at San Jose State University. Randy also coordinates ACCESS Center Peer Advisors, and the Social Science 90 Course.





Joe Fessehaye, M.ED
Academic Advisor/Graduation Specialist

Joe graduated with his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Film Studies and his Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from the University of Missouri. Prior to joining the ACCESS Success Center, Joe served as an Academic Advisor in the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. Joe comes from Columbia, MO and is devoted to student success. He is excited to join San Jose State University. In addition to advising, Joe will also serve as a Graduation and Retention Specialist for  ACCESS. 


Rose hunterRose Hunter, M.A. 
Academic Advisor 

Rose graduated from SJSU with a B.A. in Behavioral Science in 2012, and earned a Master’s Degree at SJSU in Counselor Education in May 2016. She is looking forward to working with students in the Social Science majors to assist them in accomplishing their academic goals.




staffJoel Morales, M.A.
Academic Advisor

Joel graduated with his Bachelor of Arts in Intensive Psychology from University of California Santa Cruz and his Master of Science in Counseling from California State University Bakersfield. His previous roles include human resources and coordinator for job an internship placement for a community college. His passion lies in helping students find their passions, develop their interests, and succeed in their goals. Joel comes from Bakersfield, CA and is excited to apply his knowledge and skills in developing and enhancing programs at SJSU. 


tabia shawel ACCESS Tabia Shawel, M.S. 
Academic Advisor 

Tabia grew up in Southern California and attended Cal State LA where she received a B.A. in African American Studies. In 2012, she moved to the Bay Area to work with the AmeriCorps program which brought her to the SJSU campus. Since then, she's gained invaluable experience working with amazing departments and campus organizations. In addition to advancing professional endeavors, she has earned a Masters Degree in Justice Studies at SJSU.



gabriela quintero ACCESS Gabriela Quintero, B.A.
Administrative Assistant 

Gabriela Quintero is a Mexican-American first-generation college student who moved to San José from the small town of Salinas, CA, also known as "The Salad Bowl". As an undergraduate student at San José State University, she majored in Psychology. In her previous role as Program Coordinator of TRIO SSS at Mission College, Gabriela provided leadership, direction and coordination for the program and developed partnerships with staff, faculty and helped provide an inclusive climate supportive of first-generation, low-income, and students with disabilities. She enjoys making authentic connections with students, staff, and administrators in an effort to ensure a welcoming institutional culture is developed and sustained. Gabriela will soon apply for her Master's degree in Counseling Education at SJSU.


 staffMaya Moore, M.A.
AARS Liaison
Wed & Thurs 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm                     

Maya comes to us from Academic Advising & Retention Services.
She is in the office part time assisting ACCESS with acadmemic advising.



sandra career counselor portraitSandra De Leon, M.A.
Career Center Liaison
Wednesdays 1:00pm - 3:00pm                

Sandra come to us from the Career Center. She is in the office part time assisting ACCESS with Career Counseling.