Staff Bios

Judy Selland, M.A. Hello!  I am Judy Selland.  My pronouns are She/Her/Hers.  I am originally from Maryland but set out on an adventure and moved to California.  That adventure turned into permanent residency in the Golden State and I call Lafayette, CA home now.  On my off time I love to spend time with my family, read, go camping, and run half marathons.  I would describe my educational journey as untraditional.  I earned my bachelor's degree while raising my four children.  Later I earned my Master's in Counseling at Saint Mary's to become a Success Coach.  I have a great appreciation for the value of education and am passionate about supporting others to reach their goals.  I have been at Saint Mary's for 21 years and being a Success Coach brings me great joy.
Hwa Seong (Christine) Oh, EdD I have been working for Saint Mary’s College of California (SMC) since 2005. In the summer of 2016, I joined the Office of Students Engagement and Academic Success as a Coach. Before that, I worked for the Career Development Center as a Career Counselor and the Diversity Coordinator for 11 years. I enjoy working with all students, both undergraduate and graduate, as well as with alums and staff, in support of their success. My specialty includes serving diversity students and consulting with staff who work closely with Asian Pacific Islander (API) students. I am passionate about promoting inclusion and supporting diversity students to succeed at school and in their lives after college. I served as the advisor of Asian Pacific American Student Association (APASA) over 10 years. I am deeply committed to the Lasallian mission. My essay, “Reflect on the Life of Being a Lasallian Educator,” was published in Educational Perspectives, sesquicentennial special edition. I am a proud graduate from the Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies 2014 and I earned my second Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Lasallian Studies in 2016 from SMC. I then received a MA in Counseling from SMC and EdD in Catholic Educational Leadership from the University of San Francisco.
Collin Pugh, M.A.  Hi All! My name is Collin. I enjoy working with college students because I get to witness students transformation from first year students trying to figure out what they want to major in to seniors who not only have a vision of what they want to do with the rest of their lives, but more importantly the students have the knowledge and understanding of how their work is going to create positive change in our world. I have worked in higher education for twelve years. I was born and raised in Oakland. I received my undergraduate degree in Communication with a Religious Studies minor in 2005 and received my graduate degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family therapy in 2014 from Saint Mary’s. I have Cerebral Palsy (CP) and I am a passionate advocate for individuals with disabilities. In my time away from the office, I relish spending time with my wife Laura and son Dylan. I am an avid Bay Area sports fan (A’s, Niners, and Warriors) who enjoys swimming. I like to travel. Some of my favorite places to visit are: Chile, Australia, and Costa Rica. One of the places Collin would like to visit in the future is Thailand.
Calvin Monroe, M.A.  My name is Calvin Monroe, and I have been a SMC SEAS Coach for the past four years. Currently, I work with SMC transfer students. I am also the advisor for the Black Student Union. Although I am a native of California, I moved to Atlanta, GA to continue my education. I returned home to CA in 2016, and have been with SMC ever since. I am also a SMC student in the doctoral program for educational leadership and am scheduled to graduate May 2022! I like to encourage my students to consider graduate school, even if they do not feel as if they would not like it. In my experience, when one gets to graduate school, you are learning and taking classes that you are personally interested and invested in. This factor can make a huge difference in the motivation and the academic success of students. The biggest, funnest, and most meaningful thing in my life is my new son, Calvinson (CJ)! He is 11 months old, and has been a wonderful addition to my life journey.  Success Coaching also gives me life! I enjoy working with students who may not have it all figured out yet. My favorite part of success coaching is brainstorming and strategizing with students on what success means for them. I tell my students that there are no right or wrong answers in brainstorming or strategizing, only getting closer to what the student really wants for their life.