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.

Catherine Kleier, Ph.D.

associate dean, Student Success, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
 Building 11-211

Dr. Kleier joined the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences in August 2020.  She advances student success by guiding undergraduate advising, and oversees diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, student degree completion and retention, and student leadership programs. Before joining Cal Poly, Kleier served as department chair and interim honors program director at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. While at Regis, she was awarded the Carnegie Foundation Colorado Professor of the Year, a National Geographic Waitt Foundation Grant, and a Fulbright to Dunedin, New Zealand.  She also helped to start the Applied Craft Brewing Certificate at Regis University.

Kleier earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Colorado University-Boulder, a master’s degree from Oregon State University, and a doctorate degree from UCLA.

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
horticulture and crop science
natural resources management and environmental sciences
Building 74M-A100

Meagan has worked in higher education as a student affairs professional for more than six 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 locally roasted coffee and building impressive sand castles with her kids.

Horticulture and Crop Science 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

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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