Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students
Dr. Joy Pedersen has worked at Cal Poly since 2003 and currently serves as the Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students. In this role, she serves as the point of contact for student crisis intervention and is responsible for directly supporting the success and wellbeing of Cal Poly students. She is passionate about social justice and helping all students achieve their full potential.
Originally from the Central Coast, Dr. Pedersen returned to San Luis Obispo to work in the non-profit sector before transitioning to higher education. At Cal Poly, she has overseen the Center for Service in Action, Multicultural Center, and Center for Military-Connected Students. For the past five years, she has served as Associate Dean of Students for Student Success, Support, and Retention. In each of her roles, Dr. Pedersen has worked collaboratively with campus- and community-partners to create equity, access, and opportunities for students.
In addition to her leadership experience in student affairs, Dr. Pedersen has held positions in academic affairs and in the community. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Cal Poly and Brandman University. She has served as a Board Member of United Way. And currently, she serves as a Board Member of Transition-Mental Health Association and SLO Chamber of Commerce Ambassador.
Throughout her tenure, Dr. Pedersen has been intimately involved in campus climate concerns and student safety. She is a founding member of the Asian Pacific Islander Faculty and Staff Association (APIFSA), the Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT), and the Peace Ambassador program at Cal Poly. She also oversees the Students of Concern Team and the Basic Needs Task Force.
Dr. Pedersen earned a bachelor’s in psychology from Claremont McKenna College, master’s in higher education counseling and guidance from Cal Poly, and doctorate in educational leadership from UCSB. She lives in Morro Bay with her daughter, Jade, and two Great Pyrenees. Dr. Pedersen enjoys paddle boarding and spending time with her family. She enjoys hearing from students about their experiences at Cal Poly and students can meet with her virtually by appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion
Dr. Jamie Patton joined Cal Poly in July of 2017 and serves as the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion. He is responsible for developing, implementing and managing new programs and initiatives that advance diversity and inclusion at Cal Poly. As a division-wide leader and diversity officer, he provides direction and consultation for services and policies to ensure inclusive practices across all Student Affairs departments. In addition, he helps provide campus-wide support for diversity and inclusion efforts in partnership with the Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity.
A native of north Philadelphia, Dr. Patton is a first-generation college graduate with more than 15 years of experience as a higher education administrator. Prior to Cal Poly, he served as the Assistant Dean of Students for Ohio University, where he directed the Parent and Family Program, co-initiated programming to increase graduation and retention rates among African-American male students, and implemented social justice development workshops for Student Affairs staff. Dr. Patton found his passion for a career in Student Affairs at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania, where he held student leadership roles as Vice President of the Student Cooperative Council, President of the Black Student Union and founder of the Distinguished Gentlemen. He later served in several positions during a nine-year period at Northern Arizona University, including Director of the Student Learning Centers and Director of Inclusion and Multicultural Services.
Dr. Patton earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Lock Haven University, as well as his Master of Education and Doctor of Education degrees at Northern Arizona University. He resides with his wife Elisa and their two daughters in San Luis Obispo.
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Health and Wellbeing
Tina Hadaway-Mellis serves as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Health and Wellbeing. She joined Cal Poly in June of 2018 and is responsible for leading all aspects of student health and wellbeing, including medical services, counseling services, health education and campus wellbeing. Additionally, Tina is responsible for developing funding and entrepreneurial partnerships with on- and off-campus entities, including private providers, to enhance health and wellbeing at Cal Poly.
Tina has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare, including more than a decade as a healthcare professional for a variety of hospitals, medical centers and surgery centers in northern California. In 2006, she transitioned into a health administration role for Sequoia Surgical Pavilion in Walnut Creek. Prior to her arrival at Cal Poly, she spent four years serving as the clinical services director for the UC Berkeley, where she was responsible for managing the department’s strategic development, fiscal performance, operational oversight and organizational planning, among other duties. In addition, Tina has served as a surveyor for the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care since 2009.
Tina earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at Saint Mary’s College. She also earned a Master of Business Administration, with an emphasis in health care administration, from the University of Phoenix. She also holds licenses and credentials as a registered nurse and surveyor for the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Healthcare. In her spare time, Tina enjoys hiking, photography, travel and spending time with her husband, Foti, and beagle, Beauregard.
Executive Director, Associated Students, Inc.
Michelle Crawford began her employment with ASI as a student in 2002 and served as Interim Executive Director beginning in spring 2021. In May, 2022, she was formally approved as ASI's Executive Director.
Throughout her career with ASI, Michelle has held numerous positions, including student manager, temporary assistant coordinator, coordinator, assistant director, associate director, and most recently director – University Union. In each of her roles, Michelle combined her passion for student development and commitment to being a strong steward of student fees with the responsibility to provide outstanding programs and services to Cal Poly students. She received the ASI Outstanding Service Award in 2009 and the Student Affairs Chandler Award in 2014.
In her role as Executive Director, Michelle is accountable for the financial, legal, and administrative management of ASI. In addition, she is responsible for the general management of all ASI resources, programs, and managed facilities, ensuring that ASI effectively supports and complements the educational mission of Cal Poly.
Michelle has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in recreation, parks, and tourism administration, both from Cal Poly.
Donald J. Oberhelman
Director of Cal Poly Athletics
Don joined Cal Poly in 2011 as the director for Cal Poly Athletics. In this leadership role, Don supports hundreds of student-athletes in obtaining their academic and athletic achievements. He manages a large group of athletic and administrative staff by providing strategic leadership in the areas of athletic compliance, academic services, advancement, sports information, sports marketing and communications, ticketing, athletics medicine, strength and conditioning, event management and Mustang Sports Properties.
Don brings more than 20 years of experiences to the Cal Poly Athletics program. Prior to Cal Poly, he served as the chief operating officer and senior associate athletics director at San Diego State University. Don has served in a number of NCAA and conference leadership roles, including The NCAA Division I Council. The 40-member council is charged with managing the new governance structure, the many changes taking place in college athletics, and the day-to-day decision making for all of Division I. In April 2015, he was appointed by the NCAA to chair the newly formed NCAA Division I Legislative Committee to review legislation and communicate positions to the Division I Council. Don has served on many working groups for the NCAA, currently serving in a review of the future of amateurism within the collegiate model. He is a current member of the Executive Committee for the Big West Conference.
Don also serves on the Board of Directors for the Hearst Cancer Center, as well as the board of the American Heart Association.
Prior to his tenure at San Diego State, Don served several roles at Southern Mississippi, most recently as the senior associate athletic director (2002-2007), education coordinator for athletics at Texas A&M (1998-2002), and as a compliance assistant at Florida State University (1995-1998).
The native of rural Kansas, Don earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration at Kansas State and his master’s degree in athletic administration at Florida State. He resides with his wife D.D. in Avila Beach.
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Administration and Divisional Operations
Yukie Murphy joined Student Affairs in 2014 as the director of marketing and communications. In 2017, she advanced to Director of Educational Research and Communications before being promoted to her current position in 2020.
As the Assistant Vice President for Administration and Divisional Operations, Yukie plays a strategic role in leading the divisional administrative and support operations: assessment and research, budget and human resources, commencement, parent and family programs, and educational communications. She works closely with the many departments and programs within Student Affairs to help create new ways to advance the organization as a data-informed culture focused on supporting students through graduation and beyond.
Yukie brings over a decade of comprehensive experience in marketing, brand management, nonprofit management and community development programs. She has built multi-million dollar marketing departments for industry leading companies and has opened several new markets across the country. She has outstanding experience in building and managing teams, fostering collaborations, creating strategic initiatives and communications campaigns.
Yukie has a bachelor’s of science degree from Cal Poly and lives in San Luis Obispo with her husband, Chris. She is passionate about supporting Cal Poly students and is actively involved in several local community efforts.
Senior Director of Operations and Business Transformation
Rick Salomon joined Cal Poly in 2008 and has held numerous roles both on the academic side and in Student Affairs. He led the development of the Student Affairs Technology department as the Director of Student Affairs Technology before he was promoted to Director of Business Transformation and Process Improvement. In 2020, Rick advanced to his current position as Senior Director of Operations and Business Transformation for the division of Student Affairs.
In his role as Senior Director of Operations and Business Transformation, Rick serves a key responsibility as the division’s operations, fiscal and human resource leader. In addition, Rick provides strategic leadership to a portfolio of transformational opportunities that champion student success. Rick continues to utilize his expertise in strategy, business process, administration, and operations to enhance the student experience through effective collaborations and process improvement initiatives. In recognition for his work, Rick was awarded the Division of Student Affairs’ Chandler Award for Outstanding Service to students and the profession in 2015.
Rick brings more than two decades of experience to his position at Cal Poly. He has previously served as a leader in many sectors, including hospitals and healthcare organizations, software development firms, Fortune 500 corporations, financial and educational institutions. He has extensive experience managing product teams, infrastructure projects, and digital transformation initiatives with clients ranging from small business to U.S. government agencies, including the Department of Defense, FBI and Department of Homeland Security.
Rick obtained his undergraduate and master’s degree from Cal Poly. He lives in San Luis Obispo and enjoys the central coast lifestyle, traveling, camping, and supporting community organizations.