EOPS Staff

EOPS Advisory 2015 _ 2


Ms. Angeles Abraham (2005)

EOPS Interim Director

EOPS Counseling Faculty

Ms. Byanca Barajas (2013)

EOPS Counselor/EOPS Athletic Coordinator

Ms. Lourdes M. Brent (1996)

EOPS Counselor/Volunteer Coordinator

Mrs. Lorna Bukasa (1988)

EOPS Counselor/CARE Coordinator

Mr. Gholpat “Donny” Senachai (2013)

EOPS Counselor/ EOPS eCounseling Coordinator

Mr.  Kyle Skinner (1996)

EOPS Counselor/EOPS Summer Bridge Coordinator

EOPS Part-Time Counselors

Ms. Armine Akopyan

Ms. Rebekah Blonshine

Mrs. Kimberly Bordenave-Jackson

Ms. Asma Doust

Ms. Angelica Hermosillo

Mr. Lozolo Luzombe

Mrs. Gliceria M. Rosario

Ms. Tracey Takeshita

Mrs. Janlyn Underwood

Office Staff

Lori Hunter Hawkins, Senior Secretary

Career Guidance Counseling Assistants

Nicole Fong

Jalysee Matthews

Lisa Queen

Aura Rivera

Program Assistants

Martiza Carmona

Keywanna Crumby

Gustavo Reyes

Madeline Umanzor

Geovannie Velasco





Associate Professor of Counseling

Angeles Abraham Picture 

Hi! I’m Ms. Abraham, your EOPS Counselor! I received my B. A. in Psychology with a minor in Public Administration from California State University Dominguez Hills and an M. A. in Counseling from Loyola Marymount University.  I have counseling experience in various departments at Los Angeles Trade Tech and West LA College in programs such as Extended Opportunity Programs Services (EOPS), GAIN CalWORKS , TRIO, Veteran Affairs as well as the general population. My training and experience has equipped me to serve such a broad range of diverse and multicultural student population (most of whom are economically and educationally disadvantaged).   As an Associate Professor of Counseling for EOPS, I take pride in providing you with exceptional academic, career and personal counseling!

Since 2005, I have committed myself to EOPS at LATTC as a counseling faculty. My goal is to enable you to achieve your greatest potential by helping you realize your talents, abilities, strengths and weaknesses. With that in mind, I also strive to help you figure out what matters the most to you, your core values and beliefs and then integrate those values and beliefs to your goals as students and later on to your professional careers.  I enjoy interrelating with you on a one to one basis, as well as providing you with the necessary tools needed for academic success!

I look forward to working with you!



EOPS Counselor

B. Barajas Picture

Byanca comes to us with a wealth of experience and knowledge in the Counseling field.  She has been Counseling/Advising in the California Community College system since 2007.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Child Development and a Master of Science in Counseling,

Specialization in College Counseling and Student Services from California State University, Northridge.  Byanca has counseled students in various departments at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College and Santa Monica College in programs such as Extended Opportunities Programs and Services (EOPS), Transfer Center, Athletics, Latino Center and worked with the general population.  She has also served on various committees such as Accreditation, Program Review and Scholarships.  In 2010 she also began teaching Counseling courses which covered topics that include:  the transfer process and educational planning, goal setting, time management, diversity, relationship skills, motivation, critical thinking and academic integrity.   As a former first generation and community college student she is fully committed to empowering students by encouraging self-reflection, helping them to challenge themselves, and delivering and clarifying information necessary to earn their academic goals.



Professor of Counseling

Volunteer Program Coordinator



  • Professor of Counseling
  • EOPS Counselor at Trade-Tech since 1996
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Relations from Immaculate Heart College
  • Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Mount St. Mary’s College
  • Doctor of Philosophy studies in Counseling Psychology from the University of California at Los Angeles
  • Community College Counselor Credential
  • Instructor Credential in Psychology
  • EOPS  Volunteer Program Coordinator
  • Past Academic Senate President
  • Member of Pi Lambda Theta (professional and honors association in education)


 Lorna Bukasa, M.A.

Professor of Counseling 

 CARE Coordinator

Bukasa EOPS website

Hello, I’m Mrs. Bukasa. I’ve worked in EOPS since 1988 and have served as an EOPS Counselor since 1997. Since 1994 I have also been the Coordinator of the EOPS/CARE Program which serves single parents (providing additional support services such as meal tickets, grants and workshops). My Bachelor’s Degree is in Human Services and my Master’s Degree is in Counseling Psychology. As one of your counselors I hope to make your life easier by clarifying information, pointing you in the right direction for resources and facilitating your academic journey toward a certificate, degree and/or transfer to the university.

My focus is empowerment of the individual and the community and I have been engaged with that through Facilitating Personal Development Workshops, Writing and Publishing, Program Coordination of Non-Profit Organizations and Dialogue Facilitation (I’m Certified in Dialogue, Deliberation and Public Engagement, as well as Mediation and Negotiation).

Come in to see me. Make it a priority. We’ll have a good time planning your educational path. All of the EOPS Counselors are here to serve you and they are full of knowledge and expertise. I know you have made sacrifices to attend college and I wish you much success in your academic endeavors and I hope that I can contribute in some small way to your success. I believe in you so make your time here full of challenge, excellence, adventure and growth. Remember: “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like hard work.” Let’s have a great year and don’t miss your opportunities!



EOPS Counselor


 Senachai EOPS website

“The secret of education lies in respecting the student” ~ Ralph Emerson. Hello students! My name is Gholpat “Donny” Senachai and the foundation of my counseling is built on respecting and understanding the student. As a former community college student I understand the stresses and challenges of college. As a Counselor I am here to empower you with the knowledge and information to help you develop and reach your goals. In addition, I am a civilian with the L.A.P.D. and can assist you with career and/or personal questions about the law and law enforcement.



EOPS Counselor

 Personal Development Instructor of Career Planning

Skinner 2014

Greetings LATTC students!  It is a pleasure to serve you and an honor to be your counselor.  Time sure does fly when you’re having fun.  I can’t believe that I’ve been a counselor here at LATTC since 1996. I will admit that I don’t have the same enthusiasm that I had in 1996 when I first started.  It is because actually, I have more!  I love being your counselor and taking care of many of your academic needs.  I think it’s important to know that I did not get to where I am by osmosis. I had to work very hard to achieve my goal of becoming a college graduate.  My overall message to you is to work very hard, because talent alone is not enough to get through college, or to achieve anything that is worthwhile.  I obtained my Bachelors of Arts degree in English from the University of Southern California and for several years I served on the governing board for the Norman Topping Scholarship.  Having been a recipient of this scholarship myself, I take great pride in helping LA Trade Tech students receive this prestigious scholarship. I received my Master’s degree in Counseling with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential from Loyola Marymount University.  I also have a California Real Estate Broker’s license.  In addition, I teach Personal Development 4 – Career Planning here at LATTC.

I would like to encourage you to take your education very seriously because once you develop your mind, you will be equipped to think for yourself and be very independent in your thoughts.  One of my goals is to make you think, so I’ll leave you with this: “People who avoid failure also avoid success.”


EOPS Part-Time Counseling Faculty

 Armine Akopyan, M.S.

Armine Akopyan PhotoHello LATTC Students! My name is Armine Akopyan and I am excited and honored to serve as an EOPS Counselor at LATTC. My educational journey began at my local community college, and lead to transferring to California State University, Northridge (CSUN) where I earned my B.A in Psychology.  I currently hold a Master of Science in Counseling with an emphasis in College Counseling and Student Services from CSUN.I believe that any experience is an opportunity to grow and develop, and as a result I strive to provide support to students throughout their academic/personal journey. I am thankful and honored to serve the community and students at LATTC and look forward to meeting you!


                                       Blondshine EOPS Website     Rebekah Blonshine, M.S.W., PhD

Hello, My name is Rebekah Blonshine and I am proud to join the EOPS family at Trade Tech!  I was born and raised in Michigan, but I must say that I love the California sunshine and positive experiences I have had since I decided to make Los Angeles my new home.  My educational journey began at the University of Michigan where I obtained my bachelors degree in Psychology and my Masters degree in Social Work.  In 2014, I graduated from the University of Southern California with a Doctorate degree in Education.  Being the first person in my family to graduate from college, my passion is paying that forward by helping other students reach their career and educational goals.




Bordenave-Jackson EOPS Website

Kimberly Bordenave-Jackson, M.S.W.

Hello Students! My name is Kimberly Bordenave-Jackson. I am an adjunct counselor with the great EOPS program at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. I received my Master’s degree in Social Worker from California State University, Long Beach in 2007 and began working in education from that moment forward. I am fortunate to be able to use my counseling and resourceful skills to help students at LATTC achieve their academic goals.





Hermosillo EOPS Website- 1Angelica Hermosillo, M.S.

Hello EOPS students and Los Angeles Trade Tech community! My name is Angelica Hermosillo and I am proud to be an EOPS Counselor at LATTC. My academic pathway began in the community college system at American River College where I earned an associate degree and transferred to pursue my Bachelors of Arts in Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Following my B.A. completion I continued to pursue my Masters of Science in Counseling at California State University, Northridge. My academic counseling background has been in transfer as well as early childhood education. My goal as a counselor is to provide students with continuous holistic support in their academic, career and personal related goals.  I am genuinely committed to equal opportunity, educational access, community and holistic success.



Luzombe EOPS Website-1Luzolo Luzombe, M.A., M.S.

EOPS Support Program Coordinator
  • Bachelor’s degree studies in Philosophy from Saints Peter & Paul Seminary, Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Bachelor’s degree in Theology from Universite Catholique du Congo, Kinshasa, Dem. Rep. of Congo
  • Master’s degree in Canon Law from Universite Catholique du Congo, Kinshasa, Dem. Rep. of Congo
  • Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles
  • Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership (in progress/ABD), University of La Verne, La Verne
  • My previous experience includes EOPS CGCA and Admission and Records Evaluator at West Los Angeles College; Professor of Basic Skills, Learning Skills, and Personal Development at Los Angeles Trade Tech College; Reading Center Coordinator at Los Angeles Trade Tech College.
  • My goal is to help you find your road to success. But remember: “Success doesn’t come to you – you go to it.”




Professor of Counseling


I am currently a Professor of Counseling; an Extended Opportunity Program & Services (EOPS) full time Counselor at Trade Tech for 24 years; and Coordinator of field trips to 4 year universities and the Instructor for Personal Development 2 (Interpersonal Relationships). I received my two master’s degrees in Counseling Psychology and Pupil Personnel Services, from Mount St. Mary’s College in L.A. in order to serve students by providing all the available means to meet their physical, sociological, emotional, economical and spiritual needs. These degrees enabled me to attain two life time credentials from the State of California, Community College Counselor Credential and Instructor Credential in Psychology, to pursue my ideal career.  I also have an Instructor in Special Reading-Psychology for Life Credential from the Los Angeles Community College District. I also committed myself to two important committees that would ensure a high quality of education for the Los Angeles Trade Tech Community College (LATTC) population.  They are Program Review and the Curriculum Committees.

My past experiences include teaching English to senior high school students, creating a new college library for the second campus of St. Louis University in the Philippines, serving as an hourly English and ESL instructor for Specially Funded Programs and working as an Instructional Assistant for LATTC’s Pilot Vocational Ed/Learning Skills Program (which formulated the modules for the Basic Skills in Reading, Writing and Math and provided tutorial to the vocational classrooms: i.e. Automotive, Electrical Construction and Maintenance, Fashion Design, Culinary Arts, etc., as well as monitored the Nursing students in their Basic Skills lab work to prepare for the equivalent of the TEAS test.)  All of these past assignments at LATTC enable me to provide a comprehensive, experiential and eclectic counseling to its entire population, hoping that the students we serve would aim for their highest dreams of attaining a quality education and change the world.

Tracey Takeshita, M.S.

T. Takeshita

Hi EOPS students! I’m Tracey Takeshita and It is an honor to be an Adjunct Counselor in the EOPS Department at LATTC.

My education began at California State University of Northridge, where I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and then went on to pursue my Master of Science degree in Counseling and Guidance: College Student Personnel from California Lutheran University.  For the past four years, I have had the experience working at various community colleges and universities.

Counseling provides me with the opportunity to serve as a resource to students and support them through their college journey.  I am truly passionate and committed to helping every student. I will assist and provide each student with the resources they need to achieve their academic and professional goals.  I take pleasure in helping students meet their full potential!

I look forward to meeting you and wish you much success here at LATTC!


Underwood EOPS websiteJanlyn Underwood, M.F.T.

Hi! I’m Mrs. Underwood, a new adjunct counselor at EOPS.  I received my Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Tennessee and a Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling from Argosy University.  I also hold a License in Marriage and Family Therapy through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. During the past six years I have had the privilege to provide individual therapy and college & career counseling services to high school students and young adults with disabilities. I’m committed to going above and beyond to meet your academic, career, and personal counseling needs. I am honored to assist you on your journey here at LATTC and I look forward to working with you!