Our Staff


Elizabeth Gandara, MPH (she/her/hers)

Interim Assistant Director for Basic Needs Initiatives

Liz works to support and promote student health and wellbeing at San Francisco State University. She is passionate about basic needs and linking students to on-campus and community resources. Liz believes all students should have access to housing and nutritious foods to support their academic achievement. 

Fun Fact: Liz is an SF State Alumni and served on the Associated Student Board of Directors for two years, where she advocated for student basic needs at the state capitol. 

Email: egandara@sfsu.edu


Steph Porcell

Stephanie Porcell (she/her/hers)

Student Housing Stability Coordinator, Providing Assistance to Housing Solutions (PATHS) Program

Steph believes in the power of every student, and is honored to be a direct, authentic, and safe support to those navigating housing crises. Informed by her intersections as a queer, mixed latinx with lived experience, she strives to be a visible provider that advocates for a trauma informed, strength based, and cohesive higher ed community united in our efforts to holistically combat housing instability. 

Fun Fact: Steph was a previous staff member with EOP & the Guardian Scholars Program, and has a dog daughter/ESA named Riley. 

Email: sporcell@sfsu.edu



Victoria Gimm, EdM (she/her/hers)

Basic Needs Programs Coordinator

Victoria is joining us from Oregon to support visibility and implementation of SF State's basic needs programming. She believes accessible, affordable, equitable education is a human right, and that it is key to a more Just world.

Fun fact: Victoria has a file for "fun facts" for moments like these... Victoria memorized all the U.S. State capitols in 4th grade and never forgot them.

Email: vg@sfsu.edu

Diana Cardenas

Diana Cardenas (she/her/hers)

CalFresh Outreach Coordinator

Diana Cardenas works to promote SF State's Food+Shelter+Success Basic Needs Initiative and its response to food insecurity among students through the CalFresh Program. She believes that student's food security status is essential to student mental health, academic success, and overall well-being!

Fun Fact: Diana enjoys making Polymer Clay and Resin earrings in her spare time! And her favorite time to go grocery shopping is at night!

Contact: dycardenas@sfsu.edu


Danielle Lundstrom

Danielle Lundstrom, MPH, RD (she/her/hers)

Nutrition Education Coordinator

Danielle believes that food security means not just having access to enough food, but access to food that is nutritious, supports health and well-being, and enables students to be successful learners.

Fun Fact: Danielle did a global health field experience in Ethiopia!

Email: calfresh@sfsu.edu

Karen Boyce

Karen Boyce, LCSW (she/her/hers)

Director, Health Promotion & Wellness

Karen Boyce is Director of Health Promotion & Wellness and a licensed clinical social worker. Karen believes health equity is the at the core of all health promotion efforts. Therefore it is imperative that all efforts to improve health also address equitable access to food, housing, and health services.

Fun Fact: Karen has over 50 first and second cousins.

Email: boycek@sfsu.edu