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College Assistance Migrant Program

CAMP Staff 


CAMP Professional Staff - Rafa Pruneda, Michael Heim, Nayeli Sargent, Yesenia Lazaro - 2018


Michael Heim

Michael Heim

P: 509-335-7018

Michael has worked to help farmworkers gain access to and be successful in higher education since 2004. A Pullman native and a WSU Alumnus, he has a strong belief that our students are deserving of CAMP's support services. They are resilient while pursuing their academic careers and dedicated to enhancing their lives through education. "It truly is a privilege to serve our CAMP scholars and help them realize their educational goals." He loves soccer, thinks green chile makes most things taste better, likes drinking Mexican Coca-Cola in 500 ml bottles, the color blue, action movies, and hanging out with his family on Friday nights.

Michael has served as a New Director Mentor/Coach for The National HEPCAMP Association and served as an external evaluator for HEP and CAMP projects. He also currently serves as the Chair for The National HEPCAMP Marketing and Communications Committee and on the Historical Committee. He currently teaches the UNIV 104 and UNIV 101 courses for CAMP students at WSU. Part of his historical research related to The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) has been published in the Journal for Migrant Education. Future research includes measuring retention and graduation rates for students who are migrant and/or seasonal farmworkers (MSFW) and evaluating CAMP project effectiveness. He has spoken broadly at conferences regarding student success, approaches to academic coaching, academic advising, and federally funded project management and evaluation. 


Michael se ha dedicado a ayudar a trabajadores de la industría agrícola a acceder y a tener éxito en la universidad desde el 2004. Nativo de Pullman y graduado de WSU, él tiene la creencia de que nuestros estudiantes merecen el apoyo que se brinda por CAMP. Demuestran un alto nivel de perseverancia y dedicación para mejorar sus vidas por medio de la educación. "Es un verdadero privilegio servir a nuestros estudiantes de CAMP para ayudarlos a realizar sus metas educativas."

Academic Coordinator & Retention Specialist

Position Vacant 

P: 509-335-7649


Recruiter & Outreach Specialist

Yesenia Lázaro

Yesenia Lázaro

P: 509-335-8903

The WSU CAMP program welcomes back Yesenia as the Recruiter & Outreach Specialist. Yesenia's history with the CAMP program started in 2010 as a CAMP student herself at Columbia Basin College (CBC) in Pasco, WA. Her father inspired her to pursue a higher education as she witnessed him complete his GED through the High School Equivalency Program (HEP), which also helps serve migrant/seasonal farm workers in obtaining access to education.

While she may show the true spirit of a Coug, Yesenia actually graduated from Eastern Washington University with her bachelors in Psychology and her Masters in Public Administration. This allowed her to have the knowledge and skillset to accomplish one of her dreams of joining Peace Corps as a Community Economic Development volunteer in Colombia. 

Now working remotely from the Tri-Cities, she spends her time with family and friends. She has the biggest sweet tooth, but her favorite candy is a "pulpa" which is made of natural pulp of tamarind! Yesenia is also an adventurous person who is always open for trying new things like skydiving, cliff jumping, snowboarding, and even dancing some zapateado to win herself a free haircut. So if you're ever needing someone to try new things with or need someone to look silly with you, Yesenia is your go to person. 

Program Coordinator

Elise Zeigler

Elise Zeigler

P: 509-335-5782


Elise Zeigler joins the WSU CAMP team from South Georgia. She graduated from Texas A&M University with an educational background in commercial agriculture and soil science. Her advocacy began in 2016 when she volunteered with local organizations to aid underrepresented populations in Georgia. Prior to WSU, Elise worked as the Administrative Assistant at Valdosta State University CAMP. “Being engaged in something bigger than myself has been a motivator throughout my educational and professional career. The goals and continuous efforts of CAMP is a blend of advocacy and being a part of our students’ efforts towards their education achievements.” Outside of the office, Elise enjoys listening to music, watching B-rated movies, learning new recipes, and spending time with her cat.

CAMP Student Employees

Liberal Arts & Sciences Study Hall Lead

Doris Carbajal

Doris Carbajal

Doris E. Carbajal was born and raised in Washington’s Wenatchee area. Doris was also a CAMP scholar in the 2018-2019 school year. She is currently a sophomore and hopes to major in Environmental Science. Doris is currently a mentor in the International Student Peer Mentorship Program and enjoys helping the new international students at WSU. She also likes sleeping and watching Ghost Adventures during her free time.  Doris has always wanted to travel to different countries and hopes to study abroad soon or become wealthy enough to travel wherever and whenever she pleases.

Math & Science Study Hall Lead

Jenny Oronia 

Program Assistant

Sciences Study Hall Tutor

Neida Regis

Neida Regis

Neida Regis was born and raised in the Yakima Valley. She was a part of the 2018-2019CAMP cohort. She has recently got accepted into the WSU College of Nursing program and has completed a Spanish minor as well. She is also part of Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority Inc., where she has been able to grow as a young professional. Neida enjoys spending her free time with her family and can’t wait to finish her schooling to travel to different places. “

Writing Study Hall Tutor

Monserrat Contreras Madrigal

Monserrat Contreras

Monserrat Contreras Madrigal was born in Pasco WA, but raised in Michoacán, Mexico. Monserrat was also a CAMP scholar in the 2018-2019 school year. She is currently majoring in Human Development with a minor in Women Studies. Monserrat is also very passionate about Yoga and she hopes that after she graduates, she can focus on becoming a Yoga Therapist. She would like to work with The Yoga Prison Project, whose mission is to reform the criminal justice system from the inside out, creating a more humane effective system for all people involved as they believe that offering support for healing and self-rehabilitation is essential to the intention of creating safer communities. On her free time Monserrat likes to hang out with her friends and family, she likes to dance, write poetry, and sleep. Monserrat shares that it is not school nor her job that it is the hardest, but the path to self-awareness, self-love, and personal growth. A mantra that Monserrat applies to her everyday life is “May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.” This is a Sanskrit prayer that originated in India.


Math & Science

Itzel García Frias

Student Engagement Coordinator

Maritay Mendoza-Quiroz

Math & Science Tutor/Mentor

Liliana Tapia-Madrigal 

Project Assistant 

Tanya Rivera

Tanya Rivera

Tanya Rivera was born and raised in the Wenatchee Valley, but as she likes to say the “East Wenatchee side”. Tanya is currently majoring in Speech and Hearing Sciences with a minor in Human Development. She was a part of the 2019-2020 CAMP Cohort and a part of the first group to attend the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute Conference in Chicago, Illinois. She is also a part of the McNair Scholars program and thanks CAMP for being active with the program. In her free time, she enjoys being around the people she loves and hopes to have her Ph.D. one day while working as a bilingual Speech Pathologist.

Tutor - Honors/Science


Juli Romo

Juli Romo

Juliana Romo was born and raised in Yakima Washington. She was a CAMP student in the 2019-2020 cohort and had the opportunity to travel to Chicago for the USHLI conference. She loves community service and has been a team leader for the CASHE  conference, a member of WSU's MEChA, a current mentor for the Chicanx/Latinx student center, and a member of Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority, Inc. She is currently in her second year at WSU and is in the Honors College pursuing a major in Nursing with a minor in Spanish. She hopes to be a travel nurse and give back to underserved communities, and then return to obtain her Practitioner's and be able to work in pediatrics.


Math and Sciences, Architecture 

Ruben Estrada

Ruben Estrada

Hi, Ruben Estrada; I was born and raised in the Cashmere Valley. I am the second of three siblings to attend a higher education university, and I was a part of the 2018-2019 CAMP cohort here a WSU. I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and hope upon completion to attend graduate school and obtain a Master's degree in Architecture. With my studies, I hope to find a position in a firm that uses architecture as a platform to serve social injustice within the built environment and focus on environmentally sustainable design. My goal isn't to earn a lot of money with my major but to open new doors for those in need and continue growing and learning about my role as an architect and future designer within our society. However, I enjoy spending my time with family, my dog and being active until then. Also, I still need to travel more to further grow in cultural exposure and help me in interdisciplinary design.