Meet the Team
EIP Staff acts on students’ best interests, making ethics and transparency our priority. Our staff consists of college degree-holding professionals in various disciplines in the field of education. For more than two decades, EIP has cultivated a tradition of multicultural competency and best practices that drive our service. As an extension of George Mason, we have optimized new technology to render more valuable data to drive program initiatives, track programatic and student success, and increase student engagement. As a result of all this we Inspire Excellence Through Education and are committed to upholding the philosophy of Early Identification Program and mission of George Mason University.
High School: Long Island City High School, 1997
Undergraduate: State University of New York at Buffalo, Bachelor of Arts, English, 2002
Graduate: State University of New York at Buffalo, Masters of Education, Higher Education & Student Affairs Administration, 2005
George Mason University, Doctor of Philosophy, Higher Education (In progress)
Khaseem Davis serves as the Director of the Early Identification Program. Prior to serving as Director, Khaseem served as the Coordinator of Student Success at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA)- Manassas where he provided leadership in areas of recruitment and first year advising for recent high school graduates. Khaseem also served as the Associate Director for the Early Identification Program for over four years before transitioning to NOVA. Khaseem’s enjoys spending time with his family, reading, fishing, and working out.
Favorite quote – “In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned remain beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” Eric Hoffer
Undergraduate: University of West Florida, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
Graduate: George Mason University, Masters of Education, Early Childhood Special Education
Doug is a first generation college graduate originally from Pensacola, Florida. He is the Associate Director of the Mason Early Identification Program (EIP), where he develops and implements holistic support systems for first generation college-bound students. Doug is an educator with expertise as a teacher and caregiver in early childhood, K-12, and higher education contexts. He is a selected Shinnyo-en Fellow for community peace building through intercultural dialogue, and a Special Educators Entering a Diverse Society Fellow that prepares educators to work with culturally and ability-diverse learners. Doug’s research and conference presentations focus on access, identity, conflict resolution and guidance methodologies.
Rhina L. Alvarado
Senior Program Coordinator
EIP Student: Class 12
High School: Stonewall H.S. (Prince William County), 2003
Undergraduate: George Mason University – BA, Biology and English (Concentration: Folklore, Mythology, & Literature), 2007
EIP Alumni and recipient of the EIP 4 year scholarship, Rhina Alvarado, earned her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Biology and English at George Mason University. She is the Program Coordinator of George Mason University’s college access program, Early Identification Program. She develops program curriculum and trains EIP mentors with the aim to provide a student-centered approach to meet students’ academic needs as well as personal and developmental support. Rhina is an educator with content knowledge around teaching and learning theory within a secondary education context; with a passion to provide EIP students academic support in the STEM fields.
Ana L. Gaitan
Student Success Specialist
EIP Student: Class 15
High School: Gar-field H.S. (Prince William County), 2006
Undergraduate: George Mason University – BA, Sociology (Concentration: Child and Youth Sociology); Minor, Graphic Design, 2010
Graduate: Marymount University – M.Ed., School Counseling, 2018 (expected graduation)
Ana is a first-generation college graduate who was given the opportunity to go to college on an Early Identification Program (EIP) full academic scholarship to George Mason University. With the support of EIP, Ana earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. “I was fascinated by the way people were influenced by their surroundings,” says Ana. “It intrigued me to see how one’s interaction with others produces various forms of avowed individuality.” Today, Ana serves as the Student Success Specialist by providing individualized support and programing for EIP students and families. She also serves as our senior liaison, helping EIP rising seniors work through the college prep and application process. Ana is currently working to complete her masters in school counseling at Marymount University. Ultimately, she hopes to pursue a career where she can continue her work with young adults.
“In my free time I enjoy reading, watching movies, and helping students and their families.”
Mirella S. Saldaña
EIP Student: Class 18
High School: JEB Stuart (Fairfax County), 2009
Undergraduate: George Mason University – BA, Global Affairs (Concentration: Communications); BA, Modern and Classical Languages (Concentration: Spanish)
Graduate: George Mason University – M.Ed., School Counseling, 2019 (expected graduation)
Mirella Saldaña, EIP and GMU alumna, earned her Bachelor’s Degrees in Global Affairs and Modern and Classical Languages with the help of EIP’s full academic scholarship. As a first generation college graduate, Mirella has demonstrated a long devotion to her community through leadership and service. Today, Mirella serves as the Program Coordinator by providing programming for EIP students and families through our Academic Mentoring Program and Strengthening the Family. Prior to EIP, Mirella worked at the National Association for College Admission Counseling as a National College Fairs Event Manager. Mirella is currently working on her masters in school counseling at George Mason University. Ultimately, she hopes to use her experience in educational programming and counseling to engage in educational policy that will encourage first generation students’ success.
Favorite quote- “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” Seneca
High School: Chantilly H.S. (Fairfax County), 2002
Undergraduate: Northern Virginia Community College – Associates of Social Science, 2014
Pursing degree at George Mason University – Global Sociology, Concentration in the Sociology BA
Stephanie Belaoula serves as the Operations Specialist of the Early Identification Program. Prior to serving as Operations Specialist, Stephanie served as a Financial Specialist at Northern Virginia Community College. She brings in her 10 years hands-on experience in different office environments as a professional administrative support specialist. She is knowledgeable in the education system, human resources, and finance industry. Stephanie enjoys spending time with her family, the outdoors and going to the gym.