Contact the CAFES Advising Center

Welcome to the CAFES Advising Center! Our staff of four Professional Academic Advisors and team of Peer Advisors are here to support your academic journey. We look forward to working with you!


How to reach us:

Location: Bldg. 74M-A 
xcluding Craig Hooper (10-253) & Dr. Leanne Berning (10-140)

Phone: 805-756-7574



Regular Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. – Noon

We are closed on all university holidays and may close intermittently over breaks; for updated information, please check this page or “like” our Facebook page for updates.

Drop-In Peer Advising Schedule:

CAFES Peer Advising Schedule Spring 2018




Cathy Bartholomew 
Departments:     BioResource and Agricultural Engineering
                              Food Science and Nutrition
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.  

Meagan Groom 
Departments:     Horticulture and Crop Science
                              Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences
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.

Leanne Berning, Ph.D.
Department:     Animal Science
Dr. Berning is a longtime faculty member in the Animal Science Department. Her full biography can be found here.

Craig Hooper
Department:     Agribusiness
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.

Rachel Johnson
Department:     Agriculture Education and Communication
                            Wine and Viticulture
Rachel has worked as an academic advisor at Cal Poly since 2011. She has been a student affairs professional at a variety of schools across the country, with a focus on leadership and student development. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and communications/public relations from California Baptist University (Riverside, Calif.), a master degree in family therapy from Hardin Simmons University (Abilene, Tex.), and is currently working on a doctorate of education in Educational Leadership from Creighton University (Omaha, Neb.).

Dianne Korth
Department:     Experience Industry Management
                            MAP Center
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.


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