Victor Tam served as the Dean of the Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering Division at Foothill College for two years prior to coming to Santa Rosa Junior College. During this time, he has focused on equity initiatives, which addressed college student readiness and barriers preventing transfer to 4-year universities or completion of career technical education goals. Prior to academic administration, he served as Associate Professor of Chemistry at Foothill College for seven years teaching primarily sophomore organic chemistry and biochemistry for allied health majors. In addition to a teaching career, Victor has held the positions of Chemistry Department Coordinator, STEM Internship Coordinator, and recently worked in collaboration with other faculty and staff to obtain a $650,000 NSF grant that provides scholarships and professional support over the next five years to support academically high achieving students who face financial barriers. He holds a B.S. in Chemistry from UC Berkeley and Ph.D. in Chemistry from UC San Diego.
Tami Meraz, Administrative Assistant III of STEM, brings over 15 years of professional experience both at SRJC and outside of the College. During her career, Tami has worked in the City of Oakland Mayor’s and City Manager’s Office as an Executive Assistant and at a variety of small businesses. She has been an intern at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Bay as well as the Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County. She worked for two different Deans of Learning Resources and Educational Technology (LRET) prior to joining STEM. Tami earned her AA degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences while at SRJC and is working toward her Masters in Counseling. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading, dancing, attending cultural events around the Bay Area with family and friends.