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Meet our Staff
Welcome to campus! Welcome to your home away from home…our Residential Life Staff will be here for you to answer any concerns you might have…please remember to reference the Residential Life Handbook with questions but there will always be somebody in your hall to talk to in person.
Garces & Kino Residential Life Staff
Tony Mitchell, Hall Director
Tony Mitchell enter his 14th year as a Hall Director. He also coached football for eleven years at Arizona Western College. Coach Mitchell is originally from Chicago, IL and enjoys the sunny warm weather of Yuma! Tony is currently working towards a Master's Degree in U.S. History from the American Public University and after completion plans to teach at the community college level.
Evangelina Meza Rodriguez is working on her bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice with a Certification in Law and Human Behavior at Arizona State University. She is in her last year of university and starting her 3rd year as a resident assistant. An Arizona Western graduated in 2020, Evangelina has been an integral part of the residential life team while being involved in several other clubs and activities. Evangelina is excited to pursue life after AWC but cherishes the relationships that she has developed over the years living and working in the halls.
Lizabeth Hernandez was born in San Jose, California and raised in Yuma. She recently graduated from Gila Ridge High School in 2020 and enrolled in Arizona Western College right after in which she has involved in the College Migrant Assistance Program. Lizabeth is currently a sophomore at Arizona Western and majoring in Business Administration. Lizabeth enjoys taking long and scenic drives and listening to music.
Soraya Rodriguez was born in Lake Havasu City, Arizona but raised in Parker, AZ. She graduated Arizona Western College with her Associates in Arts and Associates in Homeland Security in May of 2021. Soraya currently started her bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice in Emphasis with the University of Arizona, and is expected to graduate in May of 2023. She is also in the processing of getting a Certificate in Personal Training with Arizona Western College. One thing Soraya loves to do is get together with her friends and family and enjoys having them around.
Zeke Mitchem, Kino Hall Director/Assistant Baseball Coach
Zeke Mitchem was born and raised in Nevada, Missouri and has spent his entire life playing or coaching baseball around the world. Zeke has completed several degrees, Associates and Bachelors while playing collegiate baseball at Brown Mackie College and Tri-State university respectfully. After a few years as a high school teacher and coach in his home state of Missouri, he went back to complete his Master’s Degree at Henderson State University in Arkansas and began his college coaching career. The next step was coaching baseball at the Division 1 level at Drexel University and Marshall University for the next four years before selecting a route into international professional baseball. The experience managing professional teams took him to Europe, Australia, and Asia; also serving as the lead trainer for the German Baseball Federation. Zeke returned to the states as lead assistant at Georgia College for nine seasons before joining the AWC baseball program in 2016. The first three seasons at AWC have been fruitful by winning back to back regional championships for the first time in twenty-five years; as well has having six players drafted into professional baseball.
Maria Sanchez was born in Bellflower, California but was raised in Somerton, Arizona. She recently celebrated her birthday and turned 22. Maria graduated from Arizona Western College with her associates in Psychology in May of 2021. At the moment she is dedicated into finishing her Bachelors in Psychology and Minor in Sociology with Northern Arizona University, with expectation to graduate in May of 2022. Maria wants to work in Family and Marriage counseling. One of the places that she loves going is California because of the nice weather and how close it is to the beach.
Jose Vega was born in Phoenix, Arizona but was raised in San Luis Rio Colorado Mexico. He finishes middle school in Mexico and High school in San Luis, Arizona in 2019, then applied to the college migrant program in the Arizona Western College to complete his Associates in Welding (STEM). During his first year in college, Jose dedicates his time academics/classes or involving in sports activities with other students and residents from the campus. He also actively participates in leadership conferences and activities developing communication skills to improve his experience in college. He likes to spend time with his friends, build all kind of projects in the welding workshop, integrate with new people, and sports. He hopes to complete a master's degree in construction management in order to develop in that profession and fulfill his personal and professional goals.
Margoth Soto, born in Los Angeles, California, raised in Sonora, Mexico but moved to Arizona in 2016. She graduated from PPEP TEC High School in 2018 and started Arizona Western College the same year. During her time at Arizona Western she was an member of College Migrant Assistant Program and Student Government Association. Margoth graduated from AWC in May 2021 with an associate on Informatics with a minor in Digital Design. This August, she transferred to the University of Arizona and expecting to gain her bachelor’s degree on 2023 on Computer Science with emphasis on Digital Design. In her free time, Margoth loves to paint and draw while exploring all type of techniques to express herself. She likes to de-stress by playing videogames alone or with my friends. The biggest reason Margoth decided to become an resident assistant was to meet new students this semester and help all the residents to have a fun environment while living in the dorms.
As a member of the Matador family, there’s a lot to do on campus! Make plans to attend the many theaters and fine arts, athletic, as well as the numerous educational symposiums and forums you can keep up to date by checking the online calendar and of course the Residential Halls have activities too.