Meet the Staff


You can now make your own appointments with DRC staff through the SSL link on your potral! 
To watch how, here's a tutorial video: https://youtu.be/xEJKITZBIhI 

If you can't see your counselor as an option when making an appointment, please contact Nikki.

 

Front Office Staff


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Bettina Lee, Ed.D. (Dr. B)

DRC and PCC Director

Meetings By Appointment Only

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Email: leeb@smccd.edu

 

LANGUAGE(S):

  • English

 

BIOGRAPHY:

Dr. B joined Cañada College on July 1st, 2020. Her career in education spans two decades of teaching and leadership in a variety of educational settings (e.g. charter school, high schools, hospital schools, group homes, home schools). She co-created a literacy program at UCLA Hospital, developed salary-point courses for faculty in the Los Angeles Unified School District, and started a nonprofit organization called Fors Humanitas in 2012 to mentor students and future educators.

Her experience in post-secondary settings include being an instructional specialist and professor at two community colleges in California – Mount San Antonio College and Oxnard College.  Most recently, she was the Director of Accessibility and Disability Services at Dominican University of California.  In addition to a doctorate in Educational Leadership and a master’s degree in Special Education, she is also studying to become a Certified Access Specialist. As a lifelong learner, she is dedicated to learning skills that will enhance her ability to play a positive role in social justice and accessibility. 

 

DRC DUTIES:

Supervises staff, advises for DRCSA, and assists with Notetaking accommodations and DRC Counseling duties 

Spring 2022 Work Schedule:  

[OUT MAY 5 AND MAY 6]

  • Mondays: 8am to 4:00pm (virtual)
  • Tuesdays: 9am to 5:00pm (in person)
  • Wednesdays: 1:30pm to 7:30pm (in person)
  • Thursdays: 8am to 4:00pm (in person)
  • Fridays: 8am to 4:00pm (in person)

Zoom Info:

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Nicolette S. Navarrete

Office Assistant II

Meetings By Appointment Only

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Email: navarreten@smccd.edu

 

LANGUAGE(S):

  • English
  • Spanish

BIOGRAPHY:

I am a Peninsula Native & Cañada College Alumni since 2010. Currently going back to school to become a Substance Abuse Counselor (CADC) & Part-time teacher for adolescents to help out our future generation & encourage those who do not have the support.

I have pretty much lived at this campus my whole life & watched all of the changes occur since my mother was a former employee since she was 27 years old. Since her retirement I have made it my mission to be a part of the Cañada College community & give back to our students as she did. I was grateful to start off as part-time & eventually welcomed back for a full-time position to continue to help our students.

I hope to be of assistance to all of you & just know you have my support. 😊

Spring 2022 Work Schedule: 

Out 4/12 thru 4/15

  •  Monday: 7:30am to 2:30pm (in person)
  • Tuesday: 7:30am to 2:30pm (virtual)
  • Wednesday: 7:30am to 2:30pm (in person)
  • Thursday: 7:30am to 2:30pm (virtual)
  • Friday: 7:30am to 2:30pm (in person)

Zoom Info:

  • Zoom information will be given by Appointment.

DRC Counselors


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Jenna French

Accomodations Counselor and Learning Disability Specialist

Meetings By Appointment Only

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Email:frenchj@smccd.edu

 

LANGUAGE(S):

  • English

 

BIOGRAPHY:

I have been the Learning Disability Specialist/DRC Counselor at Cañada College since July 2015.  I possess a BA in Art History with a minor in Education from UCSC, MS in Rehabilitation Counseling from SFSU, and I earned the Adult Learning Disabilities certificate from Sacramento State University in 2015.  I experienced the most thrilling accomplishment of my life in June, 2013. I earned my Masters from the San Francisco State University in Rehabilitation Counseling. I accomplished this in spite of being diagnosed with a learning disability (LD) in third grade. Throughout my life, I was continuously told my disability could keep me from being a successful student. Contrary to what I was told, this setback has been the very source of motivation for me to strive for academic excellence. Overcoming my own barriers and obstacles to academic achievement has provided me with a foundation upon which I could readily help others. I feel strongly drawn to a career in counseling, assessing students for LDs, identifying barriers, and find strategies to meet these challenges. I help students set up disability accommodations and teach them study strategies. I want students to understand how their brain process information and give them strategies/tools to use when learning. My advice for students is to use office hours with professors and ask as many questions as you can.  A fun fact is that I was born and raised in San Francisco.

Spring 2022 Schedule:  

VIRTUAL HOURS ONLY:

OUT 5/5/2022

  • Monday: 7:30am to 3:30pm (in person)
  • Tuesday: 11:00am to 7:00pm (in person)
  • Wednesday: 7:30am to 3:30pm(virtual)
  • Thursday: 7:30am to 3:30pm (in person)

Zoom Info:

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Jessica Owyoung

Accomodations
Counselor

Meetings By Appointment Only

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Email:owyoungj@smccd.edu 

 

LANGUAGE(S):

  • English

 

BIOGRAPHY:

Hello! My name is Jessica Owyoung (pronounced O-young). Nice to meet you! I am a part time counselor at Canada College's DRC. A little more about me: I received my bachelor's degree at San Francisco State University in psychology and my masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. I really enjoy learning about human behavior and psychology. I started counseling students with disabilities in 2014 as an intern at Chabot College. My goals are to help students discover their path and find ways to successfully reach them. My advice to students is to remember education is a journey and there will be bumps along the road, but keep going! We're here to help!

Spring 2022 Schedule:  

VIRTUAL HOURS ONLY:

  • Tuesdays: 9:00am to 11:00am
  • Fridays: 8:00am to 11:00am

Zoom Info:

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To Nhu Do

Academic
Counselor

Virtual Office Hours Available

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Email:dotonhu@smccd.edu

 

LANGUAGE(S):

  • English
  • Vietnamese

 

BIOGRAPHY:

Hi! My name is To Nhu (pronounced like “canoe” but with a “t”). I have been the adjunct academic counselor for the DRC since Spring 2015. I also worked full-time as both an accommodations and academics counselor for the DRC from 2018-2020. I’ve worked at Cañada and Evergreen Valley College in the general counseling and EOPS offices. I’m originally from orange county, but moved to northern California for my undergrad (go Ags!). I received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology and my master’s degree in Educational Counseling. During my graduate program, I worked as a paraprofessional for the special education department working with local elementary school children. I’m excited to help you reach your academic goals at Cañada! Please feel free to email me or stop by my drop-in hours if you have any questions. Welcome to Cañada!

Spring 2022 Schedule:  

  • Tuesday: 10:30am to 4:30pm (virtual)
  • Wednesday: 7:30am to 1:30pm (in-person)
  • Thursday: 7:30am to 1:30pm (in-person)

VIRTUAL DROP-IN OFFICE HOURS (NO APPT. NEEDED):

  • Wednesday and Thursday: 11:00am to 12:00pm
  • Just as it would in person, students will be seen on a first-come-first-serve basis.  The wait time can range from 5 to 15 minutes.
  • Zoom Link:https://zoom.us/j/8295549787
  • Meeting ID: 829-554-9787
  • Passcode: 041391

Zoom Info:

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Teresa Aguilar-Rabago

Counseling Trainee

Meetings By Appointment Only

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Email:aguilar-rabagot@smccd.edu

 

LANGUAGE(S):

  • English
  • ASL

 

BIOGRAPHY:

Teresa Aguilar-Rabago was born and raised in Ventura, California. She received her Associates Degree from Ventura Community College in 2009, her Bachelor’s of Art Degree in Studio Art and Digital Media from California State University Channel Islands in 2013, and her Master’s of Science Degree in Counseling and College Student Personnel from California Lutheran University in 2020. Teresa has worked in several capacities with people with disabilities. Currently she works for the Oxnard High School District as a Para Educator serving the severely handicapped population ages 14-22 and the autistic program. Teresa also works as a behavior interventionist for the Laurie Singer Behavioral Services. She works with adult clients who need support with behavioral intervention. As a member of the disabled population Teresa is passionate about working with people who need assistance attaining higher education. Her focus is to aid students with disabilities to persist in higher education and reach their goals for success. Additionally, Teresa is proficient in American Sign Language and has a good understanding of the deaf community. Teresa is excited to be part of the Canada College Disability Support Center and looks forward to working with their students.

Spring 2022 Work Schedule:  LAST DAY OF WORK IS MAY 17TH

VIRTUAL HOURS ONLY:

  • Tuesday: 4:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Wednesday: 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Zoom Info:

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Andy Dulay

Counseling Trainee

Meetings By Appointment Only

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Email:dulayd@smccd.edu 

 

LANGUAGE(S):

  • English

 

BIOGRAPHY:

I am a Northern California native and have lived in the Bay Area for the past 14 years. I attended SFSU for both Undergraduate and Graduate studies, earning a BA in Psychology and an MS in Rehabilitation Counseling with an emphasis in Gerontology Counseling. I have experience working in a wide range of counseling and supportive services fields.I started my career as an employment specialist with the Pomeroy Recreation and Rehabilitation Center, a San Francisco based non-profit organization providing clients with employment support and job coaching. I worked at the Department of Rehabilitation in Oakland providing vocational counseling and employment support services. I have worked as an addition counselor in both individual and group settings with Asian American Recovery Services in San Francisco. Eventually transitioning into a role as an intake coordinator working in the community and in correctional settings advocating for clients to receive treatment as an alternative to sentencing recommendations. Most recently I have been working as a Rehabilitation Services Coordinator in the County jail system for the San Francisco Sheriff's Office. In this role I work on a team that specializes in creating programing, educational, and vocational opportunities to help prepare clients for reentry into the community. My most rewarding opportunity in this role has been managing a horticulture program providing vocational training to bay area youth interested in exploring the field of habitat restoration and land management.I am really excited to be working in a college setting. I feel privileged for the opportunity to meet and support the students here at Cañada. Looking forward to working together to help you reach your educational goals in any way possible. I am committed to providing any support you may need to assist you in reaching your destination. Thank you for letting me be a part of your journey

Spring 2022 Work Schedule:  [OUT 4/7 & 4/8]

  • Monday: 8:00am to 11:00am (remote)
  • Thursday: 8:00am to 11:00am (in person)
  • Friday: 8:00am to 11:00am (in person)

Zoom Info:

Zoom Link:  https://smccd.zoom.us/j/6913927113

Meeting ID:691 392 7113

Alternative Media / Instructional Aides


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Donald Lariviere (Don)

Alt Media Specialist

Virtual Office Hours Available

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Email:lariviered@smccd.edu

 

LANGUAGE(S):

  • English

 

BIOGRAPHY:

Coming soon!

 

DRC DUTIES:

Supervises course materials for Kurzweil, transcribing audio recordings of lectures, Bookshare, and available for any technology needs.

Spring 2022 Schedule:

VIRTUAL HOURS ONLY:

OUT 5/16, 5/18, and 5/19

  • Monday thru Thursday: 5:00am to 3:00pm

VIRTUAL DROP-IN OFFICE HOURS (NO APPT. NEEDED)

Zoom Info:

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Celeste Kidd

Alt Media Specialist

Virtual Office Hours Available

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Email:kiddc@smccd.edu

 

LANGUAGE(S):

  • English

 

BIOGRAPHY:

I am a Bay Area native, having lived in East Palo Alto and San Jose for most of my life. I discovered a passion for the pursuit of equity in East Palo Alto’s non-profit sector, working with community initiatives that provide emergency social services to families in crisis, as well as care for at-risk youth in the foster system.  I joined the Cañada DRC team in 2015, and fell in love with helping students with disabilities use Alternate Media and Assistive Technology to level the educational playing field.  I am also a lover of art, literature, and just about any practice that has to do with finding peace and joy.  

 

DRC DUTIES:

Training for Kurzweil, smart pens, and Dragon.  Proctoring. Also available for time management/organization assistance and any technology needs.

Spring 2022 Work Schedule:

OUT 4-5-2022

  • Monday: 11:00am to 7:00pm (in person)
  • Tuesday: 9:00am to 5:30pm (virtual)
  • Wednesday: 9:00am to 5:30pm (virtual)
  • Thursday: 11:00am to 7:00pm (in person)
  • Friday: 8:00am to 2:00pm (in person)

VIRTUAL DROP-IN OFFICE HOURS (NO APPT. NEEDED):

  • Tuesday and Wednesday: 11:30am to 1:00pm
  • Just as it would in person, students will be seen on a first-come-first-serve basis.  The wait time can range from 5 to 15 minutes.
  • Zoom Link: https://smccd-hipaa.zoom.us/j/7626905340 
  • Meeting ID: 762-690-5340

Zoom Info:

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Charlene Suda

Instructional Aide II

Meetings By Appointment Only

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Email:suda@smccd.edu

 

LANGUAGE(S):

  • English

 

BIOGRAPHY:

Born and raised in San Francisco, I moved to Redwood City in 1972. A friend who loved school, convinced me to take some computer courses in 1993 at Cañada College and this opened me up to a whole new world. I quickly fell in love with learning and have encountered many wonderful instructors and students along the way.

 

I soon went from Student onto Student Aide and then became an Instructional Aide ll in the year 2000. Over the years I have found great joy helping students and then seeing the smiles on their face as they suddenly understood what was being taught!  I have taught Mini Workshops on Microsoft Office, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

 

In 2020 I moved to the DRC Division of Cañada College and have enjoyed the new challenges presented with learning Kurzweil in 2020, Notetaking and Proctoring in 2021.

 

In my spare time my pleasures are spending time with my children and ‘granimals.’ Also, time spent getting together with my friends for a good lunch or dinner and a good movie. Going to the beach for leisure walks or sitting down with a book to read.

 

DRC DUTIES:

Supervises Alt Media Lab. 

Spring 2022 Work Schedule: 

ON VACATION THROUGH JULY 2022

Zoom Info:

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Student Assistants


Bella Zhang

Bella Zhang

DRC Ambassador
ESL English and Math Tutor

Meetings By Appointment Only

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Email: jirouzhang@my.smccd.edu

 

 

LANGUAGE(S):

  • English
  • Mandarin
  • Cantonese

 

BIOGRAPHY:

Howdy, my name is Bella! I am from Canton, China and I am fluent in both Cantonese and Mandarin. I've joined Cañada College since I came to the United States more than 2 years ago and I major in Data Science. Welcome to Cañada! Can't wait to meet y'all!

 

DUTIES:

  • Provide specialized tutoring in math and ESL English
  • Assist front office with various duties, such as:
    • Routine correspondence with students
    • Preparing of spreadsheets for the front office
    • Data analysis for reports
    • Customer service (e.g. assisting students to complete forms)

Spring 2022 Work Schedule:  [OUT FRIDAY, 3/11]

  • Monday: 11:30am to 12:30am AND 2:30pm to 4:30pm (in person)
  • Tuesday: OFF
  • Wednesday: 11:30am to 12:30am AND 2:30pm to 4:30pm (in person)
  • Thursday: OFF
  • Friday: 10:00pm to 2:00pm (in-person)

Zoom Info:

 

Eshton Liu

Eshton Liu

DRC Ambassador
Chemistry Tutor

Meetings By Appointment Only

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Email: eshtonliu@my.smccd.edu

 

 

LANGUAGE(S):

  • English

 

BIOGRAPHY:

Eshton Liu is a Student Ambassador and Specialized Tutor for the Disabilities Resource Center. He is also a Student Intern at the Student Life and Leadership Office and a Student Senator of the Associated Students of Cañada College. He is currently pursuing an associates degree in Chemistry at Cañada College.

 

DUTIES:

  • Provide specialized tutoring in chemistry
  • Assist front office with various duties, such as:
    • Routine correspondence with students
    • Preparing of spreadsheets for the front office
    • Data analysis for reports
    • Customer service (e.g. assisting students to complete forms)

Spring 2022 Work Schedule: [OUT 3/3/22]

  • Tuesday: 12:00pm to 5:00pm (in-person)
  • Thursday: 9:30am to 2:30pm (in-person)

Zoom Info:

Andrea Uyangaa

Andrea Uyangaa

Technical Assistant
Biology Tutor

Meetings By Appointment Only

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Email: undariyauyangaa@my.smccd.edu

 

LANGUAGE(S):

  • English
  • Mongolian
  • Russian

 

BIOGRAPHY:

During my free time I love going to the beach and taking road trips to explore new places. 

 

DUTIES:

  • Provide specialized tutoring in biology
  • Assist front office with various duties, such as:
    • Routine correspondence with students
    • Preparing of spreadsheets for the front office
    • Data analysis for reports
    • Customer service (e.g. assisting students to complete forms)
  • Assisting Alt Media team: Preparing electronic text for Kurzweil

Spring 2022 Work Schedule:

VIRTUAL HOURS ONLY:

  • Monday: 12:00pm to 1:00pm
  • Tuesday: 12:00pm to 1:00pm AND 5:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Wednesday: 12:00pm to 1:00pm
  • Thursday: 12:00pm to 1:00pm AND 5:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Friday: 12:00pm to 1:00pm AND 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Chloe Kim

Chloe Kim

Marketing Coordinator and
Graphic Design/Animation Tutor

Meetings By Appointment Only

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Email:chloekim@my.smccd.edu

 

LANGUAGE(S):

  • English
  • Spanish

 

BIOGRAPHY:

Chloe is a second year student in Cañada's 3D Animation and Videogame Art Certificate Program.

 

DUTIES:

  • Provide specialized tutoring in graphic design and English writing
  • Website management (e.g. creating graphics, editing content)
  • Assisting front office:
    • Creation of interactive forms and technical writing (e.g. fillable PDF’s)
    • Preparation of presentations (e.g. PowerPoint, Prezi)
    • Customer service (e.g. greet visitors to office, assist students to complete forms)
  • Assisting Alt Media team:
    • Training students with assistive technology and software (e.g. Kurzweil, Microsoft office, Google Drive, Canvas)

Spring 2022 Work Schedule:

OUT FRIDAY 5/13

  • Monday: 9:30am to 12:30pm (in person)
  • Tuesday: OFF
  • Wednesday: 9:30am to 12:30pm (virtual)
  • Thursday: 1:00pm to 4:00pm (in person)
  • Friday: 9:30am to 12:30pm (virtual)

Zoom Info:

 

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Amy Pascual

DRC Ambassador and
Marketing Coordinator

Meetings By Appointment Only

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Email: amypascual@my.smccd.edu

 

 

LANGUAGE(S):

  • English
  • Spanish 

 

BIOGRAPHY:

My name is Amy Pascual, and I am 19 years old. I am a first generation college student who aspires to pursue a degree in psychology. Currently, my career goal is to become a child psychologist or counselor. If all goes well, I plan to transfer to a 4-year institution with the end goal of achieving my Bachelors or Masters. Something that I am passionate about is learning and personal growth. Hence, I take pleasure in constructive criticism, and am always open to learning new abilities. In my freetime, I enjoy reading and writing, and photography.

 

DUTIES:

  • Represent the DRC at campus events (e.g. Flex Day, high school orientation, etc) 
  • Assist front office with answering phones, scheduling appointments, and other office duties 
  • Serve as a scribe and reader for students who have reading, visual, and fine motor challenges 
  • Assist in marketing duties (e.g. website management, creating flyers for events, etc) 
  • Other duties as needed by DRC team, such as researching and helping order supplies

Spring 2022 Work Schedule:

  • Monday: 7:30am to 1:00pm (in-person)
  • Tuesday: 7:00am to 1:00pm (virtual)

Zoom Info:

Simone Collins

Simone Collins

DRC Ambassador and
Techical Assistant

Meetings By Appointment Only

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Email:simonecollins@my.smccd.edu 

 

LANGUAGE(S):

  • English

 

BIOGRAPHY:

Coming soon!

 

DUTIES:

Coming soon!

Spring 2022 Work Schedule:

VIRTUAL HOURS ONLY

  • Tuesday: 9:00am to 1:00pm 
  • Thursday: 9:00am to 12:00pm 
  • Friday: 9:00am to 12:00pm

Zoom Info:

Coming soon!

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Lydia Vann

DRC Student Volunteer

Meetings By Appointment Only

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Email: Please contact canadadrc@smccd.edu to send messages to Lydia. 

 

LANGUAGE(S):

  • English

 

BIOGRAPHY:

My name is Lydia Vann and I am 22 years old. I am in my first year as a Mathematics major at Cañada College. I hope to be able to teach math one day. I am passionate about advocating and spreading awareness for people with disabilities, mental illnesses, and chronic illnesses.

 

DUTIES:

  • Work alongside DRC staff and DRCSA club
  • Support students with disabilities

Spring 2022 Volunteer Schedule:

Coming soon!

Zoom Info:

Meetings By Appointment Only

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Francesca Re Fraschini

Technical Assistant
Marketing Coordinator
Specialized Tutor

Meetings By Appointment Only

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Email:refraschinf@my.smccd.edu 

 

LANGUAGE(S):

  • English
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • French

 

BIOGRAPHY:

Hello everyone!
My name is Francesca, and I am an international student from Italy. In October 2021, I graduated in language mediation from the University of Milan, Italy. After that, I decided to start a new adventure here at Cañada College, where I am pursuing a marketing certificate of achievement. I am passionate about studying languages and learning new abilities. Nice to meet you all!

 

DUTIES:

  • Assist in marketing duties:
    • website management
    • creating flyers for events
    • participating/representing the DRC and/or DRCSA at events
  • Website management (e.g. creating graphics, editing content)  
  • Assisting Alt Media team:  
    • Training students with assistive technology and software (e.g. Kurzweil, Microsoft office, etc)
    • Proctoring
    • Zone editing  
    • Assisting with managing Notetaker folders in Google drive
  • Tutoring:
    • ESL English
    • Marketing  
    • Variety of lower level general ed courses 

Spring 2022 Work Schedule:

  • Tuesday: 9:00am to 4:00pm (in person)
  • Thursday: 9:00pm to 1:00pm (in person)
  • Friday: 11:00am to 4:00pm (in person)

Zoom Info:

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