Professional Staff

Cal Poly New Student & Transition Programs' Professional Staff are the professionals that oversee and manage the entirety of New Student & Transition Programs' different components. Together, they plan Cal Poly's Open House, SLO Days and Week of Welcome orientation programs and work with several different teams of students to create programs that foster connections between Cal Poly, the community, current students and families, and Cal Poly alumni and celebrate all that the Cal Poly community has to offer.


Professional Staff

Dale Stoker, Interim Director

Dale Stoker, Interim Director

Positivity, Woo, Maximizer, Arranger, Adaptability 


Director of New Student & Transition Programs, Dale is a graduate of St. John Fisher University in Rochester, NY with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a Master’s of Business Administration degree. While he was a student, Dale was an orientation team member and leader for three years. He met the love of his life, Mary, on her first day of orientation thanks to an icebreaker intended to build worked! After college he worked at his alma mater in Alumni Relations and then Stanford Law School in a similar role. In 2015 he came to Cal Poly as an Employer Development Specialist in Career Services, and then transitioned to Associate Director of Employer Services. Today, he serves as the Director of New Student & Transition Programs for new students and their family members.   


Dale values community service as demonstrated in college by volunteering over 800 hours at a elementary school and community health clinic. After Hurricane Katrina, he made two service trips to New Orleans to help with the cleanup efforts, and he was a leader on three trips to Jamaica as part of a youth sports and personal development program. In the SLO community, he was on the U40 founding board and docent for an environmental nonprofit. 


When not immersed in his exciting work to support students, Dale can be found playing with his two pet tortoises — Kuri and Lola, exploring the central coast with Mary or catching a sporting event. He enjoys cooking, cruising on his e-bike and hiking in this beautiful area.  

Chad Michael Zoller, Coordinator

Chad Michael Zoller, Program Coordinator

WOO, Includer, Positivity, Strategic, Competition


Program Coordinator for New Student & Transition Programs, Chad is a proud two time graduate of Cal Poly graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness and master’s degree in Counseling & Guidance in Higher Education.


As an undergraduate student, Chad found his passion for transitioning new students and their supporters to college through his involvement in all pillars of Cal Poly Orientation including Week of Welcome (WOW), SLO Days/Soar, Open House, and PolyLive. Loving Cal Poly and NSTP, he decided to stay at Cal Poly for his Masters and served as the Graduate Assistant for NSTP while also holding internships with Career Services and Community Connections.


"Believe in yourself. Dream. Try. Do Good." - Mr.Feeny


Chad re-joined the Cal Poly community in 2021 after spending 3 years on the east coast at Virginia Tech where he coordinated the orientation and transition experience for new Hokies. Outside of his work, Chad enjoys being involved in Special Olympics, spending time with his cat Momo, and being outdoors in the beautiful San Luis Obispo community.

Hannah Ferreter,
Administrative Support

Hannah Ferreter, Administrative Support Coordinator


Hannah Ferreter is serving as the temporary Administrative Support Coordinator for New Student & Transition Programs. She graduated from Cal Poly in June 2022 with a Bachelor’s degree in Art & Design with a concentration in Graphic Design. While a student at Cal Poly, she was involved in various clubs within the Art & Design department and served in all pillars of the New Student & Transition Programs.


Hannah knew she wanted to be involved in SLO Days within days of stepping onto campus and served as a SLO Days Leader, a Transfer WOW Leader, an Orientation Facilitator, a member of the 2021 Orientation Leadership Team, and an Open House Lead. In 2022, Hannah served as the department Graphic Design and Web intern and Media Team Lead. She is thrilled to begin this new role supporting the department and programs which played an integral role in her college experience.


Since graduating, she finished her intern role for the department. Outside NSTP, she works as a freelance graphic designer, and in her spear time, she loves cooking and baking, cross stitching and embroidering, and playing broad games with friends. 

Nicolaza Owens
Administrative Support

Nicolaza Owens, Administrative Support Coordinator


Nicolaza Owens is our Administrative Support Coordinator for New Student & Transition Programs. She was born and raised here on the Central Coast studying a variety of different degrees, such as dental hygiene, chiropractic care, physical therapy, and nutrition. Her educational background majorly consists of Nutrition and Kinesiology which she had studied at Cuesta College, and she does plan on continuing her education.


She was involved in her High School’s Associated Student Body division from sophomore year to her senior year, organizing large events for the school. Nicolaza grew up playing several sports but the two that were prominent were volleyball as a middle blocker and basketball as a forward which she was able to continue participating through Cuesta College.


Her culture background is half Danish and half Hispanic, where her name comes from. It is a mixture of both cultures that stands for strength, which she ties into everything she does. In her spare time you would find her hiking around Montana De Oro, Bishops Peak, or along the Big Sur Coast with her husband, Justin and her Rottweiler, Kona.


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