Meet the Staff

Jackie Cruz

Jackie Cruz is the Vice President of Advancement and Development and Hartnell College Foundation at Hartnell College and a proud Hartnell alumna. Jackie worked for the United Way Monterey County as the Director of Workplace Campaigns. She then came to the Hartnell College Foundation and served as the Development Director before being promoted to Executive Director.  Her passion is connecting with people and resources to create pathways leading individuals to self sufficiency and healthy lives. In her 14 years career, Jackie has been an integral part of resource development efforts which have produced over $32 million dollars for local organizations and Hartnell College.  Jackie resides in Gonzales with her talented son Luis and new daughter Kylie. She can be reached at


Michele Peregrin

Michele Peregrin is the Director of Public Grants Development at Hartnell College. She has 15 years of experience in education and seven years of experience drafting, awarding, and overseeing grants, most recently as a Program Officer in the Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Prior to that, she served as a Teaching Assistant and Program Advisor for the International Education program at New York University. She has also worked at UCLA, the Sister Cities Program, and the Institute of International Education. She received a MA in International Education from NYU and a BA in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Michele loves to travel, enjoys gardening and relishes spending time with her husband Joe and cat Marbles. A native of Santa Cruz, she is thrilled to be back in the area contributing to student success and the development of the local community. She can be reached at

Rosie I. Armstrong

Rosie I. Armstrong is the Director of Workforce Development for Agriculture and Sector Partnerships in the Office of Institutional Advancement at Hartnell College in Salinas.  Although managed by Hartnell she also serves as Executive Director to a Salinas Valley regional five cities board comprised of economic development and city managers of the Valley where they work collaboratively to drive workforce development in Agriculture/AgTechnology and Healthcare.  She has worked in the Community College system for over 10 years in community and contract education and currently in advancement. Rosie served as a Board member for the Association of Community and Continuing Education for over 5 years and as a member for over 10.  She holds an AA from Hartnell, a BA from UC Santa Barbara in Law and Society and an MA in Sociology of Law from the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Oñati, Spain.  Rosie is also a current class member and soon go to be a graduate of Class XII of AgKnowledge of the Grower Shipper Association Foundation. She can be reached at

Scott Faust

Scott Faust joined Hartnell from Bemidji, Minn., where since 2012 he led communications and marketing for Bemidji State University and its two-year partner, Northwest Technical College. Scott began his career in university communications at California State University, Monterey Bay, where he was executive director for strategic communications from 2008 to 2012.

Previously, he was executive editor of The Salinas Californian and El Sol, beginning in 2000, and also served as general manager of the newspapers and their related websites and publications in 2007-08. He began his journalism career as a reporter in Wichita, Kan., and later worked at newspapers in Detroit; Rockford, Ill.; Visalia, Calif.; and Reno.

Scott, who grew up in the Kansas suburbs of Kansas City, Mo., has a B.S. in journalism from the University of Kansas and an M.A. in communication and leadership studies from Gonzaga University. He and his wife, Lee, have two sons, Theo and Calvin, who are both in college. He can be reached at

Ashton Clarke

Ashton Clarke is our Associate Director of Philanthropy , he works closely with the arts, athletics, private grants, scholarships and major gifts. He brings nearly a decade of non-profit and fundraising experience to the foundation. He has a passion for securing funds from many different constituencies to create meaningful outcomes for individuals, organizations, donors, and the community. He received his bachelors of arts in economics from Claremont McKenna College where he also played football and lacrosse. He enjoys taking advantage of all that Monterey County has to offer such as great local productions, wonderful food and wine, fantastic golfing and scenic views. He can be reached at

Terri Ugale

Terri Ugale is the Executive Assistant and brings to us years of experience in private sector financial services where she worked with high-level executives. She manages multiple team members, provides excellent support and facilitates organization in our fast paced environment.  She and her husband Ted enjoy spending time coaching and cheering on their two children, Aaron (13) and Aubrey (9) in their various sports activities. She can be reached at

Cristina Westfall

Cristina Westfall is the Administrative Assistant and Database Manager and has a wealth of history with the organization and works closely with the campus community, especially agriculture business & technology and athletics. Cristina has a degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Accounting and previously to join Hartnell, Cristina worked at Monterey County Free Libraries as Senior Accounting Clerk, and she is trilingual in Spanish and Portuguese. She can be reached at

Kira Bona

Kira Bona is the Foundation Accounting Manager. Her background is in accounting and finance in the Agriculture industry.  Kira and her husband Michael enjoy hiking and riding their Harley along the coast. She can be reached at

Aleen Bradley

Aleen Bradley is a Project Manager for the Hartnell College Foundation, working closely with major projects and initiatives. She brings with her experience from and learning about the non-profit world, having worked in various roles within The Salvation Army, and having received a Masters Degree in Global Leadership. Aleen has a passion for people; sharing connection, encouragement and inspiration, as well as seeing and helping others reach their potential. She hopes to put her passion to work in every project, and see students, faculty, and staff thrive. Aleen loves to sing, read, adventure, learn, travel, laugh, workout and connect. She looks forward to continuing partnership with others to see Hartnell students succeed. She can be reached at

Bobbie Jo Palmer

Bobbi Jo Palmer is our Philanthropy Manager and works closely with the Arts and annual giving. She most recently worked at another community college foundation. Bobbi Jo comes from a varied background working in EMS, medical services, sales and publishing. Her passion for connecting people and helping people in the community can be seen in her work with Rotary and the various non-profit boards she has participated. She brings her energy and enthusiasm to Hartnell College Foundation and looks to build on the amazing success already accomplished at the Foundation. Bobbi Jo enjoys cooking, entertaining, quilting, reading and spending time with her family, three dogs, a cat and new grandson.

Andrea Cervantes

Marketing and Social Media Coordinator for Athletics/Foundation


Lonnie Padgett

Student- Intern


Francesca Caver