Meet Our Staff

Dream Center Staff

Coordinator, Dream Centers

Eva Barragan

Eva Barragan

Coordinator, Dream Centers - Bilingual/Spanish

Plover Hall | Room 539


Eva attended Sonoma State University right after high school, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. While attending Sonoma State she worked for Admissions and Records as a student employee and eventually joined the full-time staff. After working for SSU's Admissions and Records Department for 9 years, she then transferred to their Financial Aid Office. In 2015 Eva joined the Admissions and Records Office at Santa Rosa Junior College. Eva's focus in Admissions and Records was community outreach and facilitating high school workshops which made her a perfect fit for the Student Outreach team where she shared her talents from October 2017 to December 2019. Eva's years of experience working with undocumented students in A&R, Financial Aid, and Student Outreach at SSU and SRJC has given her the foundation for providing direct support to undocumented students in her new role. Her dedication to working with students and helping to make their lives better is just the start of what she will advocate for and provide to the undocumented community. 


Bachelor of Science Degree | Sonoma State University

Manager, Student Support

Ms. Zarate Photo

Hilleary Zarate


Prior to gaining successful, full-time employment at Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC), Hilleary was a CalWORKs student. The community college CalWORKs program helped her meet her personal and professional goals because one of the purposes of CalWORKs is to promote self-sufficiency through education.

Hilleary has a MA degree pending June 2021 completion from Arizona State University in Sociology, earned a BA degree from San Francisco State University in Sociology and a certificate in Human Resources Administration from Santa Rosa Junior College. She also has received several honors including a GEM (Goes the Extra Mile) Award from her peer colleagues, a Certificate of Excellence for her contributions to Local 1021 SEIU (Service Employees International Union), and the City of Santa Rosa Mighty Peacock Award which is recognition for her numerous volunteer activities in her neighborhood. She has promoted through various positions in the college, and now has the opportunity to be a supportive and resourceful manager for both the Welcome and Connect Center and Dream Center.

Her current responsibilities also include serving as the Student Grievance Officer (Ombudsperson) for SRJC Santa Rosa, PSTC, Shone Farm and Southwest Center.

View Hilleary's SRJC profile page here.

Supporting Staff

Petaluma Campus

Elias Carreno, Dream Center Support Staff at Petaluma Campus


Elias Carreño

Coordinator, Student Outreach - Bilingual/Spanish


Elias graduated from Sonoma State University with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and a minor in Chicano Latino Studies. He was born, raised and educated in Sonoma County and is grateful to have the opportunity to work at the Santa Rosa Junior College as an Outreach Coordinator; supporting high school students as they get ready to make their transition to college. In May 2017, Elias received a Service Award from Student Affairs & the Associated Students for Outstanding Contributions to SRJC Student Life Programs by a Classified Staff Member in recognition of his work as an Advisor to the Student Advocacy club. Elias joined the Schools Relations and Outreach Team in December 2015, and is a founding member of the Student Outreach team. In his free time, Elias enjoys being in nature during hikes, runs, or mountain biking. Today, Elias also provides services at SRJC Petaluma's Dream Center throughout the week.