College of Science Advising Center

Advising Staff

Our Advising Center team is committed to providing comprehensive advisement to undergraduate students pursuing majors and minors within the College of Science.


Provide innovative and equitable student advising experiences in collaboration with campus partners


Advocate and empower students for success through holistic and inclusive advising

Core Values

These are values upon which we make decisions, and interact with one another. The following values represent what is important to the COS Advising Center and how we support our vision and shape our culture.

  • Proactive
  • Accountability
  • Transparency
  • Integrity

Services Provided by the COS Advising Center

  • Personal one-on-one advisement sessions
  • Change of Major Advising
  • Assistance with completion of General Academic Petitions, Petition to Exceed Unit Cap, Grade Forgiveness, Request for Course Substitution, Class Withdrawal Request, and other forms
  • CPP Pledge/ Promise Advising
  • At-Risk, Probation and Probation w/ Contract (formerly known as Disqualification) Advising
  • First-time Freshmen & Transfer Student Advising
  • Graduation Advising
  • Semester Transition Advising

Professional Staff

Ashley Ysais
Advising Center Coordinator and Lead Academic Advisor
Phone Number:  909-869-5153

Ashley Ysais joined the College of Science Advising Center as an Academic Advisor at Cal Poly Pomona in January 2015 and became the Advising Center Coordinator in June 2016. Ashley began her work in higher education at California State University Northridge in 2008, first as a student assistant, then to a full-time support staff position, and finally to a part-time lecturer/ advisor for the Educational Psychology & Counseling graduate department.  Through her various experiences, she has found fulfillment in knowing that she is an advocate for student success and enjoys supporting students in their individual educational journeys.

In August of 2012, she began her graduate program. Through her graduate program, she interned in undergraduate advising centers at California State University, Northridge. Ashley further developed her knowledge and quickly fell in love with learning about the diverse college student population which helped her to be successful within an advisory role.  

Ashley received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and her Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration with an Emphasis in Higher Education from California State University, Northridge.

To find out more about Ashley's advising philosophy, style, and practices, please read   here.


Vannessa F. Lopez
Retention & Graduation Specialist
Phone Number:  909-869-4324

Vannessa Lopez joined the College of Science Advising Center as an Academic Advisor in September 2016 and became the Retention & Graduation Specialist in March 2019. She looks forward to partnering with students to address issues that may affect their educational goals.

During her time as an undergraduate student, Vannessa was fortunate enough to work within several different departments on campus such as the International Student Services Office, Transfer Center and Nursing Advising Center. The experiences at each department allowed her to realize she wanted to continue her professional career supporting and being an advocate for students.

Vannessa is a first generation college student who received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications and her Master of Science Degree in Education with an Emphasis in Higher Education Leadership from California State University, Fullerton.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, taking her dog, Chewy, to the park, or going to the movies.

Kristi Kelly
Academic Advisor
Phone Number:  909-869-4771

Kristi Werner joined the College of Science Academic Advising Center as an Academic Advisor in August of 2016. Kristi began her work in higher education at Azusa Pacific University in 2012, first as a student assistant, then as a part-time communications coordinator, and concluded her time at APU in a full-time student services position within the Graduate and Professional Center. Kristi is passionate about working in higher education and is driven to positively shape students college experiences.

Kristi received her Master of Science degree in College Counseling and Student Development at Azusa Pacific University in May of 2016. Through her graduate program she became a student affairs educator interested in college students and the environments that affect their learning and development. Kristi hopes to serve, support, and challenge students in co-curricular services.

Kristi received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from Azusa Pacific University in July of 2013.

To find out more about Kristi's advising philosophy, style, and practices, please read   here.


Diana Ascencio
Academic Advisor
Phone Number:   909-869-4899

Diana Ascencio is the newest Academic Advisor in the College of Science. She is a recent graduate from Cal State Fullerton's Master of Science in Education program with an emphasis in Higher Education, and a CPP Alumni from the College of Business with a Management and Human Resources Bachelor of Science. 

In her undergraduate career, Diana was heavily involved with various groups and organizations on campus. Some of those included DEPIE (the undocumented student club) in various roles, the Multicultural Council as Vice President, and ASI Student Government as Vice President. Diana also worked on campus in the Cesar E. Chavez Center for Higher Education as a Social Justice Leader, Orientation Services as an Office Staff, the PolyTransfer Center as the Educational Equity and Access Intern, and Undocumented Student Services as a Program Assistant. 

While in her master's program, Diana spent her time at Fullerton College coordinating a math program to aid students in developing basic math skills to gain skills and confidence to be successful in their college-level/transferable math courses. She also briefly worked as a Residential Education Supervisor at the University Village under CPP Foundation.

Diana is excited to continue enhancing student development and their experiences in the College of Science by connecting students to key resources during advising sessions.


Updated September 2020