Contact the CAFES Advising Center

The CAFES Advising Center supports undergraduate students with their transition and integration into Cal Poly. The center’s staff provides accessible academic advising that guides students to clear pathways of success and timely graduation.

associate dean, Student Success, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

 Building 11-211


Arianna Lambert

Administrative Support Assistant
 805-756-7574 for administrative needs only; no phone advising available
 Building 74M-A100

Arianna Lambert received her bachelor's degree in biological sciences from Cal Poly.

Dianne Korth

Dianne Korth

Lead academic advisor
experience industry management
director of the map center
Building 74M-A100

Dianne has worked as an academic advisor at Cal Poly since 2011. She has a bachelor’s degree in government from California State University, Sacramento, and a master’s in education with a specialization in counseling and guidance from Cal Poly.

Experience Industry Management Advising Website

Cathy Bartholomew

Cathy Bartholomew

academic advisor
bioresource and agricultural engineering
food science and nutrition
Building 74M-A100

Cathy previously worked as an academic advisor at Azusa Pacific University. She also worked as an adjunct professor teaching English, managerial communication and conflict management and negotiation.

BioResource and Agricultural Engineering Advising Website

Food Science and Nutrition Advising Website

Meagan Groom

Meagan Groom

academic advisor
natural resources management and environmental sciences
Building 74M-A100

Meagan has worked in higher education as an academic affairs professional for more than 12 years, working with both traditional and non-traditional students. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Multnomah University and a master’s degree in higher education from Portland State University. On the weekends, she enjoys getting out in nature, hanging out with her family, and drinking locally roasted coffee.

Plant Sciences Advising Website

Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences Advising Website

Craig Hooper

academic advisor
Building 74M-A100

Craig has worked as an academic advisor at Cal Poly since 2008. He received a degree in kinesiology from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and a master’s degree in theology from Biola University in La Mirada, Calif.

Agribusiness Advising Website 

Chelsea Kidwell

academic advisor
animal science 
 Building 74M-A100

Chelsea has worked in higher education as a career counselor and academic advisor since 2014 and is a San Luis Obispo County native. She completed her undergraduate degree at UC Santa Cruz and has her master's in education with a focus in counseling and guidance from Cal Poly. Prior to joining the CAFES Advising Team, Chelsea was an advisor and lecturer for the Orfalea College of Business at Cal Poly. 

Animal Science Advising Website

Kristin McCain-Bender

Kristin McCain-Bender

Academic Advisor
AgricuLture education and communication
wine and viticulture
Building 74M-A100

Kristin grew up in California's Central Valley and began her academic advising career in 2005. She attended Modesto Junior College before transferring to Liberty University where she earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling. She came to Cal Poly as an EOP (Educational Opportunity Program) Advisor in 2007. She is the academic advisor to the Wine and Viticulture Department and the Agricultural Education and Communication Department.

Agriculture Education and Communication Advising Website

Wine and Viticulture Advising Website

Nury Baltierrez

Retention Specialist
College of agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences

 Building 52-D31

Nury is a two-time alumnus of Cal Poly and a local from the Central Coast. She received her bachelor's degree in agriculture science and master’s degree in counseling and guidance in higher education/student affairs. She was born in Mexico and is a daughter of immigrants, and the first in her family to graduate from a university. She is proud to identify as first-generation and understands the challenges and strengths students bring to the institution. As a Retention Specialist, Nury partners closely with the CAFES professional advisors to support students’ academic success. Her goal is to create a safe space where students can feel heard and supported. Students can reach out if they’re considering taking informal time off, want to permanently leave the university, or would like to explore the leave of absence option.

Schedule Appointment HERE

Peer Advisors




CAFES Advising Center Peer Advisors

CAFES Advising Center, Building 74M-A100 
Click here for drop-in advising hours (both in-person and virtual)

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