Contact Student Involvement

Location: Student Activities Office, 2nd floor, Student Center

Hours: Monday - Thursday: 8:00am to 6:00pm
Friday: 8:00am to 5:00pm


Phone: (707) 664-4323


Mailing Address:
Student, Involvement
      c/o [Insert Name/Club]
      1801 E. Cotati Avenue
      Student Center, 2nd Floor
      Rohnert Park, CA 94928


Mo Phillips | Director of Student Involvement

Hello and welcome to SSU! I have worked on the Sonoma State University campus since 1997. In my time at SSU, I have worked in Residential Life, Campus Life Programming and currently I serve the campus as the Director of Student Involvement, which includes Campus Wide Programming, Greek Life, Sports Clubs and General Clubs!  While this is the 5th University I have worked at in the past 29 years in Student Affairs, I have made Rohnert Park and Sonoma State University my home and have raised my own kids on and around the campus:)

I love the energy and spirit on campus, and that everyone works together to create a positive environment. We have so many wonderful students, staff and faculty who really have our campus community in mind as we all strive daily to uphold our Seawolf Commitment to Respect, Responsibility, Integrity and Excellence!  Go Seawolves!


(707) 664-2804

Rob Smith | Campus Life Advisor: Sports Clubs

I started my career here at Sonoma State in 2014.  I completed both my undergraduate and graduate work at the University of San Francisco, obtaining a BA in Communication and a MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs.  I am originally from Sacramento and find myself in Sonoma after living in San Francisco, San Leandro, San Diego, and Santa Clara.  As the Campus Life Advisor working with Sport Clubs, I advise our 20+ competitive Sport Club teams.  These teams provide all students an opportunity to play their sport of interest at a competitive level.  If you are interested in getting involved with a sport club team or even starting a new one, come by the office!

In my free time, I enjoying playing soccer, doing outdoor activities, traveling, and food.  I am also a huge gamer so stop by if you want to talk video games.  My door is always open and I enjoy meeting and talking with students.  Come by and say hey.


(707) 664-3949

Joanie Ly | Campus Life Advisor: General Clubs

Greetings Seawolves! I am the Campus Life Advisor for General Clubs, and you’ll quickly find that general clubs are not general at all. General clubs encompass all politically affiliated, cultural, academic, departmental, and even honor societies. We have over 100 general clubs at SSU and my role is to support these clubs through all processes from budgets to event planning to group dynamics.

A little about me: I was born and raised in Oakland, CA and then did my undergrad at UC San Diego where I majored in Political Science. After I graduated, I spent a couple years working in education technology non-profits and then decided to attend graduate school. I received my Masters in Education at Rutgers University specifically focusing on Student Affairs. I was an involved student leader in college where I was an Orientation Leaders, Resident Advisor, and international student advisor. It was through these experiences that I realized how much I loved connecting with students and then connecting these same students to resources on campus for success. I look forward to continuing to do that here at Sonoma State where my door is always open so please come by!


(707) 664-4360

Leonard Serrato | Campus Life Advisor: Greek Life

Leonard Serrato, of Los Banos CA, graduated from Los Banos High School in 2002. Serrato recently completed a M.S. in Counseling with an option in Student Affairs and College Counseling and was a recipient of the Graduate Dean’s Medal. He previously earned his B.A. in Psychology from Fresno State in 2014 and his A.A. in Psychology from Merced College in 2010. Serrato is an affiliate member of the Theta Chi Fraternity, Beta Upsilon Chapter Of Fresno State. It was in 2012 that Serrato set on his path to work as a Fraternity and Sorority Life Advisor after the death of his fraternity brother from an alcohol-related hazing incident. Serrato has worked diligently since to educate Fraternity and Sorority Life communities on hazing and bystanders  intervention. Serrato completed his graduate research to produce an educational presentation entitled Hazed and Confused. Serrato is passionate about helping the Fraternity and Sorority Life experience to be positive and beneficial to campus and community. As the Fraternity and Sorority Life Assistant Adviser at Fresno State, he rewrote the New Member Education Program which included his research on hazing, Title IX training and alcohol use and misuse training.  He also wrote the campus wide policy for new and returning Greek Lettered organizations. Serrato’s hope is to continue to educate his students and to continue to write programs geared towards Fraternity and Sorority Life communities. Serrato currently is working on a diversity training seminar series program entitled Diversity on Demand. In his free time, Serrato enjoys playing with his animals, watching football, playing his guitar and spending time with his family and partner. 


Marina Briones | Programmer

Marina Briones is an alumna of SSU, receiving her B.A. in Psychology in 2016. Soon after graduating from SSU, Marina headed out to Loyola University Chicago where she earned her M.Ed. in Higher Education just this past May 2018. While at Loyola, Marina worked for two years as an academic coach where she honed her skills in organization, time management, and communication through workshops, one on one contact and teaching classes.  While at LUC, she also simultaneously worked at the University of Illinois at Chicago as an Advisor for Campus Programming and the Student Activities Board, where she helped to create and implement programs for over 30,000 students, most of which were commuters.  As a NODA (National Orientation Directors Association) graduate intern at the University at Buffalo, she worked hard to refine her skills of working in a fast paced environment and making sure her work was efficient and high quality. Lastly, through her experience as a professional staff member in the Alternative Breaks Immersion program at LUC she actively applied skills in logistical planning and organization as she made travel arrangements for a week long immersion trip out of state.  Through all of these experiences she actively applied student development and leadership theories to deepen the holistic experience of those I worked with.

As an undergraduate student at Sonoma State, some Marina’s favorite memories were created through her time as a CSA, an alternative break leader, a women of color collective member and so much more. Marina is very much looking forward to being back at SSU and cannot wait to interact with students, staff, and faculty now with a professional lens. She looks forward to the work she will be doing in Student Involvment which consists of community building, cultivating intentional programming, and of course, collaborating with others!
Fun Facts about Marina: She absolutely loves the beach, hiking and music! Marina’s my goal every year is to listen to ten new songs a day. She typically goes over that goal. She also really enjoys talking to, and getting to know others, so if you ever need someone to talk to, she’s your gal!