Team Leader Biographies
Dean, Enrollment Services, Admissions & Records
Anthony Cervantes was born and raised in the Central Valley. As a first-generation college student, he learned how important it is to create a welcoming, supportive, and seamless experience for students at the start of their college journeys. Anthony is an alumnus and graduate of Stanislaus State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice and then a Master of Arts degree in counseling from San Jose State University. Since 2010, he has worked in higher education, overseeing recruitment, advising, retention, and enrollment management. Anthony loves working directly with students and learning from their experiences, so that he can continue to improve administrative and support processes as our world changes around us. He aspires to earn his doctorate and show students that investing in themselves will only improve their futures.
Dr. Roosevelt Charles
Dr. Roosevelt Charles earned his bachelor’s and Master of Public Administration degrees from two public universities in Louisiana, and as a first-generation college student who grew up in a working-class community with multigenerational families, creating a sense of belonging in learning environments for minoritized students, while ensuring organizational excellence in student choice, are at the core of his work as an administrator. He holds a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Hartford, and Dr. Charles previously worked as Director of Student Support and TRIO Programs in the Student Success and Engagement Division at Prince George’s Community College. As Foothill College’s Dean of Counseling, he brings more than 15 years of professional experience—in Student Success and Services—at several higher education institutions to the campus. In his spare time he enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, reading and spending time with family and friends.
Department Chair, Psychological Services
Alexis Donato grew up in Southern California and received her associate degree in American sign language from Saddleback College as a first-generation college student. She then received a Bachelor of Arts degree in deaf studies, with a psychology minor, from CSU Northridge. Alexis continued her educational journey, completing her Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. A Californian at heart, Alexis settled in the Bay Area, providing therapy to deaf foster care youth and working in community mental health as a licensed therapist. Since arriving at Foothill College in 2015, she has been committed to reducing the stigma of mental health on campus. Alexis thoroughly enjoys connecting with students from all backgrounds, working closely with and witnessing them achieve their personal wellness goals through counseling and workshops. When she’s not working, you can find her geeking out on current wellness trends or baking something delicious with her family.
Director, Financial Aid
Kevin Harral was born and raised in California, bouncing between the Bay Area and the Sacramento Valley, and he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from UC Davis. Soon after, Kevin attended San Francisco State University for a Master of Arts degree in social psychology, with research focused on prosocial helping behavior. He has been working for the Foothill-De Anza district in financial aid services since 2001, the last 13 years as the Director of Financial Aid at Foothill College. Kevin routinely presents at state conferences and California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office training events, and he is currently the Region IV Financial Aid Representative for the system as well. As a strong advocate for lifelong education, he has taken at least 20 personal-interest courses on the Foothill-De Anza campuses, and Kevin uses humor—or food—whenever possible to help relax people and connect on more equal footing.
April C. Henderson
Director, EOPS/CARE & FYHS
April C. Henderson is a San Francisco native who returned to college 15 years after high school. Her educational goals were affirmed by the mentoring she received from counselors and faculty at De Anza and Foothill College. Recognizing this supportive experience would have made all the difference when she initially attended college, April decided she wanted to make that difference for others. April received her degrees while employed full time at Foothill, married and raising a family. Influenced by the historical legacy of Extended Opportunity Programs and Services, the emphasis of her master’s degree examined systemic barriers fostering disadvantages in education based on ethnicity, class, gender, and disability. April believes her non-traditional educational journey connects her most deeply with the mission of EOPS. A lover of music and dance, you can often hear diverse genres of music coming from her office, and with a soulful beat playing, you might catch her dancing at college events.
Dean of Students
Leticia Maldonado is a California native, coming to Foothill College with over a decade of higher-education experience, serving students from around the world. As the Dean of Students at Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici in Florence, Italy, she had the joyful, unique experience of working with students, staff, and faculty from over 100 nations. Prior to that, Leticia was the Director of Student Equity at Cabrillo College, leading efforts to close achievement gaps in educational outcomes. As a first-generation college graduate, Leticia attributes her leadership success to the values of hard work, integrity, and perseverance modeled by her immigrant parents. In this spirit, she leads with a strong sense of responsibility to ensure all students feel supported and valued. One of Leticia’s greatest passions is wilderness backpacking and thru-hiking around the world. Completing the Alta Via 1 trail in the eastern Dolomites is one of her most treasured experiences.
Dean, Disabled Student Services & Veterans Programs
JP Schumacher was born and raised in the South Bay of Los Angeles. He is a proud 1.5 generation college graduate: associate degree in psychology from El Camino College; Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from UCLA; and Master of Public Administration degree from the University of La Verne. With a decade of student affairs/services experience, including six in the California Community Colleges system, JP’s management breadth includes student equity, services to students with disabilities, counseling, grant administration, conduct, and outreach. As the Dean of the Disability Resource Center and Veterans Resource Center, his approach to leadership is collaborative and student centered, shaped by his experiences as a queer, multiracial individual—anchored in equity, humanity, and social justice. The way to his brain is heady discussions on current events and, more recently, critical student development theory. The way to his heart is a good laugh, paired with well-crafted maple donuts. Go Owls!
Dr. Laurie Scolari
Associate Vice President, Student Services
Dr. Laurie Scolari grew up among the lettuce fields of the Salinas Valley. Her mother immigrated to California from Mexico and cleaned houses for a living. To teach her a lesson on the importance of pursuing her education, she often helped her mom clean local bars at 4 a.m. before school. The lesson worked: Dr. Scolari now prides herself on being the first in her family to obtain bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees. She began her career as a counselor at UC Berkeley. Dr. Scolari also formerly served as the Dean of Counseling and Student Support Services at City College of San Francisco and worked at UC Santa Cruz for 10 years in multiple leadership roles. Today, she is the Associate Vice President of Student Services at Foothill College. Additionally, Dr. Scolari is a lecturer at San Francisco State University, where she teaches policy and law in education courses.