Meet the Staff


HOT LINES

  • For life-threatening situations call 911
  • San Mateo County Psychiatric Emergency Services: 650-573-2662 
  • San Francisco County Psychiatric Emergency Services: 415-206-8125
  • Santa Clara County Emergency Psychiatric Services: 408-885-6100
  • Trevor Project: call 1-866-488-7386 OR text START to 678-678 24/7 get support for LGBTQ+ youth OR visit https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-help/ 

WARM LINES

  • Crisis Text Line: Text "COURAGE" To: 741741 for a text-based, volunteer-run support service
  • You can ALSO contact a live therapist through Cañada TalkNow at: https://timely.md/faq/canada-talknow-canada-college/
  • CA Warm Line: call 855-845-7415 for non-emergency mental services for anyone in California


Front Office Staff


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Nicolette Navarrete Image

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

DRC and PCC Director

Meetings By Appointment Only

Nicolette Navarrete

Office Assistant II

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. 

 

PCC DUTIES:

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

Spring 2022 Work Schedule:

[OUT 4/25]

  • 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:

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 4/4 & 4/5]

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.

 

Personal Counselors


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Marcos Chacon Jr.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

LMFT 103651

Personal Counselor and PCC Coordinator

Meetings By Appointment Only

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Maria Quinones

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Lic. No. 17641

Personal Counselor

Meetings By Appointment Only

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Email: chaconm@smccd.edu

 

LANGUAGE(S):

  • English
  • Spanish

 

BIOGRAPHY:

Marcos Chacon Jr. is a Licensed and Marriage and Family Therapist. For the past 15 years, Marcos has provided mental health services to youth and families in San Mateo County and Alameda County through his work at different community-based organizations. For the past years 8 years Marcos has worked at San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services providing services to justice related youth and their families in both the community and the Youth Services Center including individual and family therapy. 

Marcos's clinical interests include trauma treatment, attachment and delivering trauma-informed and culturally respectful mental health services. Marcos is a trainer of the Neurosequential model of Therapeutics created by Dr. Bruce Perry. The Neurosequential model of therapeutics is a developmentally-informed, biologically-respectful approach to working with at-risk youth. 

Marcos obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from San Francisco State University and a Masters in Counseling from California State University East Bay.   
Marcos is looking forward to joining the personal counseling staff and being a resource to the students at Canada.

In his free time, Marcos enjoys cooking, playing piano/keyboards, drumming and attending Jazz Concerts. Marcos was born and raised in San Francisco to parents from El Salvador. Marcos speaks both English and Spanish has provided therapy in both languages. 

Spring 2022 Work Schedule:  

  • Mondays: 2pm-4pm (on campus)
  • Tuesdays: 10am-4:30pm (on campus)
  • Wednesdays: 10:00am-6pm (on campus)
  • Thursday: 10am-4:30pm (on campus)
  • Friday: 8:30am-3:30pm (virtual)

Zoom Info:

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Email:quinonesm@smccd.edu

 

LANGUAGE(S):

  • English

 

BIOGRAPHY:

Coming soon!

Spring 2022 Work Schedule:

  • Mondays:        9:00am to 2:00pm (on campus)
  • Wednesdays:  9:00am to 4:00pm (on campus)
  • Thursdays:      9:00am to 3:00pm (on campus)

Zoom Info:

 

Personal Counselor Trainees


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Patricia Barragán

Personal Counselor Trainee

Meetings By Appointment Only

Stephanie Weiss

Personal Counselor Trainee

Meetings By Appointment Only

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Email:barraganp@smccd.edu

 

LANGUAGE(S):

  • English
  • Spanish

 

BIOGRAPHY:

Hi Cañada! I'm Patricia Barragán an MFT/LPCC candidate at Notre Dame de Namur University and a MFT trainee at Kipp Northern California Public schools.  I'm a client centered advocate with experience providing trauma-informed support services to victims of crime. In my prior work, at the San Francisco Victim Services Division,  I over saw the domestic violence, stalking, human trafficking, child abuse, sexual assault, and juvenile justice teams.  I have a strong expertise in developing and implementing trauma informed care programs. I'm a certified domestic violence counselor and hold specialized training in Dr. Jacqueline Campbell's Danger Assessment tool.  I enjoy reading, hiking, and all types of music. I'm excited to work with the Cañada College community! 

Spring 2022 Work Schedule:

  • TBA 

Zoom Info:

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Email: weisss@smccd.edu

 

LANGUAGE(S):

  • English

 

BIOGRAPHY:

Hello Cañada! I’m Stephanie, a PCC trainee working towards my Professional Clinical Counseling license. I have a slightly unusual background for counseling -- I received an economics degree and an MBA from Stanford and, since then, I’ve held various jobs in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, raised a family, coached softball, and tutored at Eastside College Prep, a local school for students who will be the first generation in their families to attend college. I like to go for walks and listen to my teens’ Spotify playlists, and I’m very happy to be working here!

Spring 2022 Work Schedule:

  • Tuesday: 9:00am to 3:00pm
  • Thursday: 10:00am to 4:00pm

Zoom Info: