Meet the Mentors

Please take a few minutes to read the profiles of mentors who are a part of the program. You may contact any of us individually and/or attend one of the campus events. For additional questions, please contact Dr. Vickie Harvey at


Photo of Dr. Anita PedersenDr. Anita Pedersen

My name is Dr. Anita Pedersen and I’m an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Child Development. I love traveling (ask me about my trip to Japan!) and watching science fiction movies (Star Wars!) I live with my wife, baby daughter and two cats in Modesto. I enjoy advising and mentoring young people, and I am particularly interested in providing guidance and assistance to LGBTQIA students who may be facing similar issues that I faced as a young person. Looking forward to meeting you! Please contact me at, or (209) 664-6527 (but email is best)

Photo of Dr. Vickie HarveyDr. Vickie Harvey

Hi, my name is Dr. Vickie Harvey and I’m interested in mentoring students who would like to be more active on campus, learn about campus and community resources, or grab lunch and discuss your experiences academically, personally, or socially. I spend much of my time rescuing dogs, watching The Voice, participating in LGBTQ activities, and playing with my own pets when I’m not teaching or grading. My goal in mentoring students is to support you in feeling like you’re part of a community here at Stanislaus and enrich your college experience! Please contact me at, or come by DHB 130.

Photo of Pam YoungPam Young

I’m Pam Young, and here I am with 3 of my 4 kids. Can you tell who is straight, who is bisexual, who is questioning? Because I am the kind of mom who is a good listener and easy to talk to, I also know that it’s not easy to talk to your own mom until you feel sure about what you want to say. If any of our LGBTQ students would like a mom—type person to talk to, I think I could be one. You can show up in email or in person before you even know what you hope for from a mentor. I am especially interested in being there for the not—sure—yet population. People need a place where it feels safe to think aloud with a listener who can help sort through the hard—to—talk—about stuff. Please contact me at, (209) 667-3361 (English department) or DBH 246.

Photo of Stephanie HubbardStephanie Hubbard

Hello!  My name is Stephanie Hubbard and I am the Special Assistant to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students.   I identify as Bi-Sexual and live with my partner, Karen, and our animals Amani and Rapunzel.  Outside of work, we spend much of our time at the water (ocean, lake, or pool), playing games, seeing movies, and traveling.  I am a native Californian who grew up in San Diego, worked in four different regions of the country, and have been working in the Bay area for the last 18 years.  I started at Stan State in August and, while it has been a bit of an adjustment to the Turlock community, I have really enjoyed getting to know the campus and our amazing students.  I am passionate about diversity and social justice and have been working with students and administrators to open the campus Diversity Center this semester.  I find supporting and empowering students so rewarding, which is why I wanted to serve as a LGBTQ+ Mentor.  If you need someone to listen, provide support, or help you through challenges you are facing – please feel free to contact me at, #209-664-6939, or come by my office in Housing Phase 1 #119.

Photo of Betsy EudeyBetsy Eudey

Hey – I’m Betsy Eudey. I have been an LGBT—ally and activist all of my adult life, and have been teaching about LGBT issues since the mid—1990s. I primarily teach in Gender Studies at Stan State, although you may also see me teaching in some other departments as well. I was highly involved in student activities and Greek life as an undergrad, and after college worked for many years in student affairs before moving to full—time work as a professor. In fact, I’ve worked in some role on a college campus every year since 1984, so I’ve got a lot of experience with college life. I live in the mountains in Twain Harte, and love to hike, bike, go to concerts, and watch movies. I am happy to provide support to any and all students, and look forward to helping make this campus and community a more enriching space for students of all sexes, genders and sexual orientations. Please contact me at, (209) 664-6673, office is Bizzini Hall 107B.

Photo of Dr. Dana NakanoDr. Dana Nakano

My name is Dr. Dana Nakano and I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Gerontology, and Gender Studies. Professionally, my research takes an intersectional approach to race, immigration, and sexuality. I also bring this approach to my teaching in sociological theory and methods, social inequalities, and race and ethnic relations. Outside of work, I live with my partner in Oakland where I am active with the San Francisco Spikes LGBT Soccer Club as a board member and player. I look forward to helping students navigate their unique college experiences as well as personal challenges that face LGBT young adults, particularly LGBT people of color. You can contact me at, or DBH 213G (Bizana Hall).

Photo of Robin BaldridgeRobin Baldridge

Hi I’m Robin Baldridge. I am adjunct lecturer in Gender Studies and English and teach several Gender Studies courses on a rotating basis, including the queer centric “Gender and Sexuality in Literature in Film.” The design of that class partially emerged from the Queer Theory Focused Research Cluster at UCSC, of which I was a founding member. I taught my first class at Stanislaus State in the Spring of 2002. I had reluctantly moved to Turlock from Santa Cruz, where I had been working on my PhD in early modern nationalities and sexualities in the Literature program at UCSC. My partner had a job here at Stanislaus, we had a six—week old daughter, and it no longer made sense to live in two different places. I was apprehensive about the dominant cultural community I would encounter in the Central Valley and did indeed experience an incredibly heteronormative and heterosexist world—view in my neighborhood and beyond. Part of my personal solution to curtailing my sense of being an alienated outsider who appeared complicit in sexual privilege and gender normativity as a new mom was to bring queer theory and sexuality studies in to the curriculum in any class I got to teach as an adjunct. I have done so ever since. I’m excited to have the opportunity to serve our student community as an LGBTQ mentor. Contact me at

Photo of Rachel GrimshawRachel Grimshaw

I’m Rachel Grimshaw. This is my eighth year teaching in the English Department, and when I’m not buried under student papers, you can find me at a local coffee shop drinking ridiculous amounts of caffeine, playing card or board games with friends, playing video games, floating the river, attending live music events, reading, writing, or arithmaticing (not really—I’m a nerd, but I don’t do math for fun). If I can do any of these activities with my girlfriend of 12 years, that’s even better. I attended Stan State for undergraduate and graduate work, and when I transferred to this campus in 2006, I had just come out. I was lucky enough to find myself surrounded with love and acceptance both at work and at school, but I know this isn’t the case for everyone. As someone who comes from a conservative family and region, I know the difference a support system can make, and I would love the opportunity to work with students who need support, guidance, or even just an open ear or a friendly face. I can be reached by email: or in person during office hours (DBH 246). I look forward to meeting you.

Photo of Matt MoberlyMatt Moberly

Howdy! My name is Matt Moberly. I’m an Assistant Professor in the Department of English specializing in professional writing. What in the world is that? Well, I teach students about workplace writing, grant writing, and designing beautiful documents. Who knew talking about fonts could be so fun!? When I’m not teaching, I enjoy binge watching TV shows (particularly trashy reality TV), playing board games, and spending time with friends and my dog Willie. I’m a graduate of CSU, Stanislaus and am originally from Manteca. If it wasn’t for the advising and mentorship I received during my time on this campus, I wouldn’t be where I am today, so I look forward to the opportunity to give back and help students any way that I can. Feel free to contact me at or stop by my office in DBH 268.

Photo of Vicke SalisburyVickie Salisbury

My name is Vickie Salisbury, and I am a graduate of Stan State with a BS in Computer Information Systems and a Master of Business Administration.

I currently live with my wife and youngest son in Turlock. I work in Information Services which a part of the Office of Information Technology here at Stan State. When not on campus, I like to camp, hike, kayak, play board games, tinker with computers and robotics, and ride my bike. Having been brought up in a very conservative family, I know the struggles of finding yourself. I would love to be an ear to listen and help be the support a student needs to find their way. Feel free to cantact me at

Photo of Dr. Paul James MorganDr. Paul James Morgan

Hello, I’m Dr. Paul James Morgan. I'm a faculty member in the Department of Sociology, Gerontology, and Gender Studies. My academic research and interests centralize issues of work and labor, crafts, gender, and money to better understand the ways in which people use culture to navigate the economy. In my spare time, I’m a hobbyist potter who enjoys locally roasted (and home roasted) coffee, vinyl records, thrift store hunts, bad TV marathons, and vegan baked goods.

I’m originally from Yuma, Arizona, so the Central Valley is very much like home. As such, I know quite well the trials and tribulations of coming out in an agricultural region that is separated geographically and culturally from a larger, urban metropolis.

I look forward to helping students as they navigate college life, explore LGBTQ+ life, and prepare for the time beyond Stan State in any way that I can. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at or swing by my office in DBH 360.