Student Media has several career and student staff who are experienced and available resources for any student involved in Student Media.

Adriana Galdos, Press Center Operations Coordinator

This is Adriana’s first year working at the Student Media Press Center. She is currently a fourth year pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree and double-majoring in Film & Digital Media and Feminist Studies. She has previously been affiliated with Student Media organizations such as Film Production Coalition. As one of the Press Center Operations Coordinators, Adriana hopes to help maintain a good student media environment and assists orgs and their members with any questions or concerns.


Dustin Lennin Choto, SCTV Programming Manager

Dustin is a third year Literature major and History of Consciousness minor. They are doing their best to build relations between every organization in student media, starting with SCTV. In their free time, Dustin hones their lyric-writing and vocal abilities in hopes of becoming the next Rivers Cuomo. One day Dustin hopes to settle down with a lovely partner and raise at least 2 amazing children who will contribute to society in a positive way.


Laurel Mayeda, Student Media Print Coordinator

Laurel Mayeda is a fifth-year double major in Feminist Studies and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies with a minor in Education. This will be Laurel’s first time working for Student Media. Laurel has organizing experience as a signer for the Asian Pacific Islander Student Alliance, and as a student outreach coordinator for Engaging Education. Laurel hopes to offer her experience with SOMeCA by bridging the gap between SOAR and Student Media. If you are interested in student activism or just want to chat, come through to Student Media!


Owen Thomas, Student Media Marketing Executive

Owen is a fourth year Art major. He is passionate about the creative process as well as the practice of teaching and learning. As Student Media’s Marketing Executive, he will help promote the work and spirit of Student Media organizations through social media, newsletters, and other promotional material. With three years of experience producing illustrations for City on a Hill Press, Owen hopes that his creative vision will better connect Student Media to campus life and beyond.


Thomas Palmer, Operations Manager

Tommy grew up in Morgan Hill, CA, the oldest son in a close-knit family. He attended UC Santa Cruz, graduating in 2013 with a degree in psychology. It was during his time as an undergraduate that he joined City on a Hill Press as the business manager and got his first experience in a student agency environment. After a couple of jobs post graduation, he came to SOAR where he was able to expand upon his CHP foundation and gain better insight into the mission of SOMeCA as a whole. Returning once again to the SOMeCA family, he looks forward to helping progress this mission for future generations.


Scott Leiserson, Associate Director of Student Media (SOMeCA)

Scott Leiserson is entering his fifth year as Associate Director of Student Media. He serves as the adviser to the television and film broadcast organizations of Student Media, and oversees the operations of the Student Media Press Center. Scott brings with him four years of experiences as a student in Student Media program and professional experience as a freelance media maker. He is available as a resource to all organizations and students in Student Media and SOMeCA.

Phone: (831) 459-5360


Susan Watrous, Print Media Adviser

Susan has been the Print Media Adviser for Student Media since 2005.

She brings a strong journalistic background to the position and consistently pushes students to achieve beyond what they think is possible with their work. In addition to advising Student Media organizations, Susan is a faculty member and instructs multiple courses on campus. Susan sees the success of her students as a success of herself, and is always available and open to work with all members of Student Media.

Phone: (831) 459-5817


Prabhjot Randhawa, Equipment Manager

Prabhjot (a.ka. Prab) is a third-year Computer Engineering Major and Film minor. He has a passion for filmmaking and frequently finds himself hiding behind the viewfinder of a camera. Prab is a great resource to learn about filmmaking equipment and techniques to use for various types of productions.


Jamie Villareal, Equipment Manager

This is Jamie’s first year of being an Equipment Manager at Student Media.

As an Equipment Manager, Jamie helps certify members on properly using equipment to ensure a safe working environment for Broadcast productions along with doing equipment check outs. Jamie has been involved with various student organizations and Student Media since her freshman year.


​Keith Samujh, Equipment Manager

​Keith Samujh, Equipment Manager This is Keith’s third year of being an equipment manager for Student Media. As an Equipment Manager, Keith hopes to facilitate an environment that practices safe, fun and collaborative student-media making. If you have any questions about Student Media, SCTV, how to use the cool coffee maker or just need a buddy, feel free to talk to him.


Kristopher Rollert, Web Developer

Kristopher Rollert is a second-year computer science major and is going into his second year as the Web Developer for Student Media. He is experienced in programming for front and backend web development while also having experience in Bootstrap, Squarespace, WordPress. If you have any questions about anything web related, feel free to send him an email or come up to him anytime!