Meet the Staff


Audra DiPadova View profile information for David Johnson Send email to David Johnson
Audra is the Director of Student Life and comes to the job with 14 years of professional higher education experience in student affairs ranging from working with incarcerated women to student leadership development. Audra has been at Saddleback College for five fabulous years. She’s the mom of two superheroes, one of whom is fighting brain cancer (and winning!). Audra graduated with a certificate in Culinary Arts from Scottsdale Community College, a BA in Political Science from Arizona State University, and a MA in Philosophy & Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. In her spare time Audra is the Founder/Chief Hope Officer of a nonprofit devoted to supporting families fighting childhood cancer. Her favorite part of working at Saddleback College is the creative energies shared by the Associated Student Government and campus clubs. "We’re always trying to take things to the next level to benefit students and sustain a campus community focused on success." Go Gauchos!

Erin Long View profile information for Erin Long Send email to Erin Long
Erin started working in Student Development in 2001. She has worked all over the campus: in the bookstore, Community Education, the game room and Student Development Office. Erin was a student at Saddleback College and graduated with her AA in Psychology. She went on to get her BA in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton and is working on her MA in Counseling from Webster University. Erin loves to read, sing and Pinterest. Erin is an event planner at heart, and truly enjoys her time spent with students in the Student Development Office and during her time shadowing counselors.

Brent Palmer
Recently graduating from University of California, San Diego with a B.A. in Sociocultural Anthropology with a focus in Public Health, Brent has returned to join the Student Development team to help out with the implementation of our software program: Symplicity. Brent was a former employee of the Student Development as well as a former Vice President of Events for the Associated Student Government (2010-2011). Brent's interest include: playing instruments, anything technology related (especially computer science related), fitness and sports. He is currently looking to follow a path into graduate school at University of California, Irvine for Human-Computer Interaction (Informatics). He will also be a co-advisor for the Associated Student Government during his stay. Words from the man himself "Do not be shy! Come on in and introduce yourself! I am looking forward to meeting all of you!"


Abby is in her third year at saddleback. Naturally outgoing, the campus life squad position has been a perfect fit for her energetic personality. She is president of the Global Activist club, fitting in perfectly with her interest in human rights activism. Abby hopes to transfer to CSUF and graduate with a degree in Child Development with an emphasis on family and community. One interesting fact about Abby is that her shoulders are double jointed.

DJ is the ultimate people person whose approachable attitude makes him an asset to the CLS team. He is in his second year at saddleback and is thoroughly enjoying his general ed.  During free time he likes to skate and make music. He has helped start an awesome club on campus and hopes to leave a positive mark on saddleback.  He is extremely approachable and is always ready to talk. 

Maddie has been working hard for the past two years at Saddleback College, preparing for a major in Broadcast Journalism at either Chapman University or California State University, Fullerton. She is actively involved in campus life as a member of the Global Activist Club and the Director of Publicty and PR for ASG. Since moving to California from Wisconsin, Maddie has enjoyed making new friends, trying new foods and delving into her love for art.

Ximena has been at Saddleback for 1 1/2 years now. She's an international student from Monterrey, Mexico. She's alwasys looking forward to meeting new people and making new friends. She wants to major in Psychology at either Chapman or UCI. Ximena loves traveling, reading and learning to cook new recipies.