Desiree Hernandez, M.A.

Center Coordinator
Office Phone: 626-585-3295
Google Phone/Text: 626-594-5784

Desiree Hernandez (she/ her/ hers/ ella) is the coordinator of the QUEST Center at Pasadena City College. She was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles and is a product of the California community college system, having entered Cerritos College as a first-generation college student. She transferred to Cal State Long Beach where she received her bachelor's degree in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. While at CSULB, she interned at the Women’s Gender and Equity Center where she developed prevention education workshops and organized advocacy events for sexual assault survivors and LGBTQ+ students. Desiree also holds a Master's degree in Guidance and Counseling from Loyola Marymount University. During her graduate program, she served undocumented students at LACC's Dream Resource Center where she supported students with workshops on entrepreneurship, transfer process, and self-care. Desiree is an ally for LGBTQ+ and Undocumented students and is passionate about serving underrepresented students through engagement, support, and empowerment.

Fun Fact: Desiree has a major sweet tooth! Her favorites are boba, banana pudding, and fresas con crema.

Roberto Campos, M.Ed.

Adjunct Counselor/Instructor

Roberto Campos (he/him/his/el) is a first-generation, queer, Latinx Counselor who was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles and attended the neighboring LAUSD schools. Upon graduating from Manual Art HS, Roberto enrolled at Santa Monica College (SMC). He worked as a student worker at SMC’s EOP&S/CARE office, where he discovered his passion for counseling. Roberto then transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), after graduating from SMC with his AA degree in Liberal Arts. At UCLA, Roberto held positions as a Peer Advisor and Peer Counselor at the Students Activities Center. He worked with students from a variety of different backgrounds such as first-generation, LGBTQ+, and undocumented students. After graduating from UCLA with his Bachelor’s in Chicana and Chicano Studies and minor in Education Studies, Roberto continued his education at the University of Southern California, earning his Master’s in Educational Counseling. Roberto has worked as an Adjunct Counselor at PCC and Compton College since 2016; he is a student-centered and social-justice counselor who strives to learn from student experiences and ensure an accessible pathway for all students. He looks forward to supporting the academic and career aspirations of all QUEST Center students.

Fun Fact: Roberto has traveled to more than 30 countries. His favorite countries include Mexico, Spain, Ireland, and Montenegro.

Enith Reyes (she/her/ella) 

Resource Advocate

Enith is a first-generation Mexican American queer college student. Está orgullosa de ser hija de inmigrantes.  She was born and raised in a low-income community in the Inland Empire and graduated from Fontana High School. Shortly after, she attended Chaffey and San Joaquin College where she obtained her Medical Assisting license and received a degree in health science. Enith worked in the medical field for over 10 years before deciding to go back to college to pursue her real passion. In 2019, Enith enrolled at PCC taking Mexican American focused courses. While attending PCC, She became a founding member of the Student Advisory Equipo. While working with Equipo, she helped develop the first-ever Latinx Student Resource Guide at PCC. She currently attends the California State University of Los Angeles, finishing her undergraduate degree double majoring in Chicana/o/x studies and Gender Studies. She has organized fundraisers for undocumented agriculture workers, and she also volunteers for different organizations that help empower BIPOC communities. Enith feels deeply connected to the communities that QUEST represents and looks forward to continuing her advocacy work to continue to serve and empower historically marginalized students present and future.

Fun Facts: Enith enjoys making terrariums, collecting shoes, organizing, and reading books in Spanish.

Bryce Simon (he/him/his) 

Resource Advocate

Bryce Simon (he/him/his) is a proud member of the LGBT community and is passionate about joining the effort to create a more inviting and inclusive society. Bryce is currently studying Entertainment Business at California State University, Northridge, with future plans of producing content that is representative of all identities and ethnicities. After learning more about building self-confidence as a volunteer social media manager at the LA LGBT Center, he regularly tries to return the favor and help the LGBT community become who they’ve always been! Currently, he advocates for the community as a lead organizer for the LGBT Connection Super PAC based in West Hollywood. An organization that played a significant role in the 2020 election. Through his partnership with the Leadership LAB, he regularly canvasses, educates, and registers voters to highlight the importance in being heard. 

Fun Fact: One thing on my bucket list is skydiving in every country I visit.

Kimberly Gomez, B.A. 

Success Coach

Kimberly Gomez (she/her/hers/ella) is a proud first-generation, low-income, Chicana student that was raised in the city of El Monte. Upon graduating El Monte HS, Kimberly enrolled at Pasadena City College (PCC) and joined programs like Pathways, TRiO, and EOP&S. Serving as a Jam Leader for Pathways, Kimberly discovered her passion for working in higher education. Kimberly holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from California State University Northridge (CSUN), where she became the secretary of the Matador Food Bank, volunteered with CalFresh Outreach, and served as an EOP Mentor. She comes from a family of immigrants and seeing their everyday challenges inspired her to pursue a career in higher education and specialize in financial aid. Kimberly has held a position for 4 years with the California Student Aid Commission’s Cal-SOAP program and has played a vital role in assisting all students with financial aid applications. Through this role she was inspired to pursue a graduate degree and is in progress of completing her Master's degree at the University of Southern California (USC) in Educational Counseling. She is excited to be a part of the QUEST Center team and looks forward to mentoring and creating an equitable space for our communities. 

Fun Facts: Kimberly was a part of PCC’s Orchestra and played the Viola for 5 years. She loves to listen to crime podcasts and get boba or ice cream every week.