AARON STARCK, Director of Student Development & Health Services
Aaron was raised in Colorado where he completed high school and earned his B.S. in Zoology. He continued his schooling with two Masters Degrees in Molecular Biology and Finance at Purdue University in Indiana. He worked for several years in corporate finance and market research before moving full time into education and earning a Masters in Education from Xavier University of New Orleans.
Aaron has been working in education for over 15 years. In addition to teaching high school chemistry, he has worked with programs such as MathPower, MARC, AIM, and TRIO programs such as Upward Bound, Talent Search and McNair. He returned to school to complete a Masters in Education from Xavier University of New Orleans. Aaron came to SWC three and a half years ago as the Director of EOPS until assuming the role of Director of Student Development and Health Services in Summer 2012.
Aaron is the proud parent of twins who recently graduated from college. He lives in Spring Valley with his lovely wife Dr. Tanis Starck.
YADIRA GARCIA, Student Activities Coordinator
Yadira was born and raised in "America's Finest City." She graduated from Morse High School in 1999 and subsequently moved to Los Angeles County to pursue a college education. In 2003 she earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Spanish with honors from Claremont McKenna College, thus becoming the first person in her family to graduate from college. Most of her professional career has been at Southwestern College. She began working part-time at SWC's Contracting Opportunities Center in Mission Valley and has been promoted through the ranks to her current position as Student Activities Coordinator. Yadira's leadership experience extends beyond the campus and into the community. For five years she and her husband served as youth leaders at their local church where they taught and mentored adolescents and young adults. Although they had no children of their own at the time, they "adopted" this group of young people as their own.
Yadira and her husband Carlos live in Paradise Hills. They have been happily married for eight years and have a 1 year-old son who keeps them busy during the day and awake at night.