Our Staff

Elliott Coney headshot

Elliott R. Coney Ed.D.

Counselor / Coordinator

Umoja Black Scholars

Undergrad: Hampton
Masters: USC
Doctorate: San Diego State

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Hpri "Rip" Geru-Maa MBA

Office Assistant

Umoja Black Scholars

Undergrad: UC Berkeley
Masters: WGU


Umoja Black Scholars Network

LAVC’s Umoja Black Scholars Network is a community of administrators, teaching faculty, counselors, staff, and students who are committed to the academic success of Black students. Within this network, Black students receive free counseling from the Student Equity Counselor, monthly meet-ups with other Umoja Black Scholars participants for community building, cultural activities and events to promote cultural enrichment, campus and community referral to ensure that the students are aware of the abundance of resources catered to their success California college tours & Historically Black College and University (HBCU) tours, and much more.

The Umoja Black Scholars Staff is committed to providing you with the best leadership anad guidance towards success here at Los Angeles Valley College and beyond!

Keidra Morris

Associate Professor
(818) 947-2486

Reginald Reed

(818) 947-2643

Clive Gordon

Counseling Chair
(818) 778-2629

Michelle Fowles

Institutional Effectiveness Dean
(818) 947-2437

Jimmy Sims

Professor in the Health & Physical Education


Amari Williams

Research Analyst
(818) 778-5978

Alex Ojeda

NextUp / Guardian Scholars Coordinator
(818) 778-5763

Ashley Dunn

Admissions Registrar
(818) 947-2618

Sherri Rodriguez

Special Programs Dean
(818) 947-2726

Virgil Watson

Head Basketball Coach




Office Hours and Location

Campus Center 102 - Mosaic Village: Umoja Black Scholars

Mondays to Thursdays: 9AM - 5PM
Fridays: 9AM - 1PM
Saturdays to Sundays: Closed



Dr. Elliott Coney
Email: @email
Phone: (818) 947-2600 Ext. 4874

Hpri "Rip" Geru-Maa
Email: @email
Phone: (818) 947-2600 Ext. 5847