CARLOS BRAVO, obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Arts degree in Social Psychology from San Francisco State University in San Francisco. He has worked for Children and Family Services in San Mateo County for the last twenty-two years as a Social Worker III. He worked in the Family Reunification/Family Maintenance services for eleven years, and currently he works in the Adoption unit. He joined Cañada College and the Human Services program in 2001. He has extensive experience and expertise in juvenile/dependency system and family crisis work such suicidality assessment, domestic violence, child abuse, parenting skills, elderly abuse and sexual abuse. He has worked with perpetrators and victims, adults, children and families. In 1993, Mr. Bravo created a parenting curriculum named "Trust and Support within the Family," delivered in the Redwood City Elementary School District. Since 2014, Mr. Bravo has been collaborating with the Bay Area Academy, instructing new social workers in cultural humility. Mr. Bravo was involved in Toastmasters International where he gained invaluable experience and achievement awards in public speaking. Mr. Bravo and his children are learning Chinese-Mandarin. He is from Peru, and is bilingual/bicultural. Mr. Bravo brings new and fresh ideas to students interested in learning innovative family solutions and in working with the community. He believes that knowledge and life experiences/lessons are achievable in all languages, and thus, are all of value.
Dora Collado has been an Adjunct Professor at Canada College since 2001. She was recruited by Dean Linda Hayes for a special pilot project between Canada and El Concilio of San Mateo, for the non-native Hispanic students in Family Development and PEEP (Promoter Education and Employment Project.) Born and raised in Lima, Peru, with a family of 5 siblings and wonderful parents, Dora graduated from Lima University with a BA in Business Administration and Public Relations. She moved to San Francisco to attend Dominican University in Marin County to receive an MA in Public Administration. She has been working at the County of San Mateo-Human Services Agency for over 25 years, a job which led to her Human Services teaching, due to her extensive experience. Dora loves teaching the students at Canada and feels very grateful to be able to provide help to them regarding resources available in the community. In fact, many clients in Human Services have become students at Canada due to her recommendations and role modeling. Dora has lived in San Mateo with her two handsome sons for over 28 years.
Jess Miller has been a faculty member at Canada College since 1997. She initially taught in Psychological Services, but in 1998, she became one of the founding members of the Human Services faculty and has taught in the program ever since. She served as Program Coordinator from 2000 through 2005. Jess has a B.A. in Theatre Arts and Women Studies from San Francisco State University, an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University and an M.A. and Ed.D. in Education Leadership from Mills College. In addition to her teaching in Human Services, Jess has worked in disability services both in the community and in higher education. At Canada, Jess directed the WorkAbility III program from 1997 until 2005, and worked with students with disabilities at Mills and Foothill Colleges. She is enriched by the students she works with each semester, and feels privileged to introduce her students to Human Services and the helping professions. Jess lives in San Francisco with her handsome black cat, Gabriel.
Wanda F. Nalls has worked in the field of Human Services, in San Mateo County, for over 34 years. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Sciences with an emphasis on Community Health Education. Wanda has also received specialized education and training from Cornell University that certifies her to provide instruction for her students in the Family Development Credential Program. The curriculum taught in Wanda’s classes is designed by the Cornell University Celebrating Families Project. Her numerous years of practical work experience, enhanced by her ongoing education, enables her to prepare HMSV students to go to work in the field of Human Services.