Gevirtz School Staff Contacts

Following COVID, some staff have a hybrid remote work schedule, so the best way to primarily reach us continues to be via email. Faculty may view individual staff schedules in the Faculty Resources Folder on Box and staff may view them in the Staff Resources Folder on Box.

Gevirtz School Mailing Address

All mail on the UC Santa Barbara campus is routed by the zip code +4, not by street or building addresses. To send snail mail to anyone in the Gevirtz School, write the person's name and the following:

Gevirtz School
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9490

Quick Access Phone Numbers and Emails

Department of Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology   805-893-3375

Department of Education         805-893-4515

Teacher Education Program     805-893-2084     

Hosford Counseling & Psychological Services Clinic    805-893-8064

Koegel Autism Center    805-893-2049


Gevirtz School Contacts by Topic

  • Daisy Martinez
    Education 4125
    Executive Assistant to the Deans

    Responsible for scheduling meetings and travel on behalf of the Dean, providing administrative support to the Dean, Assistant and Associate Deans, providing support to various school wide committees and academic personnel.

  • Briana Villaseñor
    Briana Villaseñor
    Education 4107
    Assistant Dean

    Responsible for oversight of the Dean's administrative offices, Education Building and resource related issues, coordination and completion of Dean's special projects.

Student Affairs Office

  • Amy Meredith
    Amy Meredith
    Education 4111
    Manager, Student and Academic Affairs

    Responsible for oversight of Student Affairs Office, coordinating GGSE course planning and scheduling, fellowship processing, coordinate academic hires as well as Summer Sessions planning.

  • Katie Tucciarone
    Katie Tucciarone
    Education 4102
    Credential Analyst

    Responsible for coordinating and planning certification services, clearing and recommending credentials, acting as liaison to the State Commission on Teacher Credentialing as well as advising, monitoring and performing degree checks for TEP students.

  • Samuel Rifkin
    Samuel Rifkin
    Education 4103
    Student Affairs Officer

    Responsible for coordinating all aspects of the GGSE application and admission process as well as advising, monitoring and processing paperwork for all undergraduate minor students, EDUC and CNCSP students.

  • Jaime Fior
    Jaime Fior
    Education 4100
    Student Affairs Assistant

    Responsible for assisting in all aspects of GGSE applications and admissions process, overseeing distribution of keys, access cards, lockers, and checks, booking of ED Building rooms, advising, monitoring and processing clearance forms for undergraduate minors, and serving as an informational resource and central point of contact in the Dean’s area.

Finance & Administration

  • Boris Palencia
    Boris Palencia
    Education 4109
    Manager, Finance and Administration

    Responsible for the oversight of financial management and a full range of administrative functions encompassing finance, employment and payroll, gifts, and compliance. As part of the senior management team, develops and implements operating policies and procedures as they relate to overall GGSE goals and objectives.

  • Aaron Ballett
    Aaron Ballett
    Education 4115
    Academic Personnel Analyst

    Responsible for managing the overall cycle and administration of academic personnel matters, including faculty merits and promotions, faculty recruitment, personnel and payroll issues for academic appointments. Primary resource and point of contact in GGSE regarding Academic Personnel policies and procedures.

  • Position Vacant
    Education 4101
    Academic Personnel Coordinator

    Responsible for coordinating, processing and submitting all senate and non-senate faculty and researcher merit and promotion cases, faculty recruitment and sabbatical leaves. Responsible for processing employment actions for senate faculty and continuing appointments.

  • Lauren Marquez
    Lauren Marquez
    Education 4105
    Business & Financial Analyst

    Responsible for monthly reconciliation and set up of all accounts, working on the rates for the School's clinics and centers, reviewing and documenting business processes as well as certain employment functions including staff recruitments.

  • Tracey Velasquez
    Employment Analyst

    Responsible for processing employment actions for staff, student and temporary academic employees and processing timesheets and payroll.

  • Abbey Fragosa
    Abbey Fragosa
    Education 4101
    Financial Coordinator

    Responsible for processing payments/reimbursements, placing orders & financial administration support for general operating and other discretionary accounts.

  • Katie Nguyen Lake
    Katie Nguyen Lake
    Program Assistant, The California Writing Project State Office

    Responsible for supporting the infrastructure and administration of the California Writing Project (CWP) as the primary staff resource for the successful development and implementation of all CWP programs and events.

Communications, Development & Community Relations

  • George Yatchisin
    George Yatchisin
    Education 4133
    Director of Communications

    Responsible for designing and implementing information campaigns, overseeing the alignment with and the execution of the School communication and market branding strategy, requiring a wide variety of communications media including written, visual, digital, electronic and associated technical applications.

  • John Hammond
    John Hammond
    Education 4203E
    Assistant Dean of Development

    Responsible for working with all facets of GGSE’s various constituencies – including alumni, faculty, staff, friends, private foundations/organizations and the local community – to raise philanthropic dollars in support of the Gevirtz School.

  • Megan Turley
    Megan Turley
    (805) 893-3501
    Education 4203D
    Associate Director of Development

    Responsible for working closely with alumni and community members to raise a broad range of gifts in support of GGSE's annual fund. Also manages the outreach strategy to grow and engage GGSE's online community.

  • Claire Carter
    Education 4203A
    Development Assistant

    Responsible for processing the administrative work related to GGSE Development efforts and coordinating calendars for the Development Director and Associate Director.

  • J.R. Glover
    J.R. Glover
    Education 2138
    Development Analyst

    Responsible for researching our alumni and prospective donors to inform Development strategies for engagement, cultivation, and stewardship of philanthropic support.

  • Lilly Garcia
    Lilly Garcia
    Education 4135
    Director of Outreach

    Responsible for the management and coordination of outreach efforts at Harding University Partnership School. Also provides information regarding district priorities and interest in education, including assistance with letters of support for proposals and/or MOUs within Santa Barbara County School Districts. In addition, works with campus and community partners to explore collaborations.

  • Devon Azzam
    Devon Azzam
    Education 4110
    Assistant Director of Outreach

    Responsible for exploring, and developing K-12 environmental education/science collaborations that address underserved students in Santa Barbara County, providing support to the Director of Outreach in creating new programming in environmental education/science at Harding University Partnership School (HUPS) and other Santa Barbara County Schools, and supporting the Director with ongoing outreach efforts at HUPS and with other community partners.

  • Chryss Yost
    Chryss Yost
    Education 4110
    HUPS Community Resource Center Coordinator

    Responsible for coordinating the developing Harding University Partnership School Community Resource Center by reaching out to community members, partners, and donors to assess and expand existing programs and resources to the Westside community surrounding HUPS, as well as identifying new opportunities for collaboration.

Contracts, Grants & Research

  • Beverly Perkins
    Education 4123
    Contracts & Grants Manager

    Responsible for oversight of the Contracts & Grants Office including proposal submissions and award management. As the lead point of contact and liaison to the UCSB Office of Research and other campus units, is the chief advisor to Principal Investigators (PIs) regarding multiple agencies' guidelines as well as UC policies, working closely with and supporting PIs in the recruitment and hiring of research personnel.

  • Robert Crouch
    (805) 893-3323
    Education 4119
    Research Administrator

    Responsible for budget development, proposal submission and managing awards for assigned principal investigators.

  • Alexandra Grigore
    Alexandra Grigore
    Education 4121
    Research Administrator

    Responsible for budget development, proposal submission and managing awards for assigned principal investigators.

  • Ector Flores-Garcia
    Education 4117
    Research Administrator

    Responsible for budget development, proposal submission and managing awards for assigned principal investigators.

  • Jessica Goff
    Education 2250
    Clinics & Centers Program Coordinator

    Responsible for assisting with the administration of the Center for Publicly Engaged Scholarship, the McEnroe Reading & Language Arts Clinic and the California Teacher Education Research and Improvement Network.

Counseling, Clinical & School Psychology Department

  • Sofia Muller
    Sofia Muller
    Education 2103
    CCSP Department Administrator

    Responsible for providing support to the CCSP Chair and faculty, coordination of curriculum and faculty workload planning, department events, visiting scholar appointments, financial management of department funds, and collaboration on all department academic recruitments, appointments and merit reviews.

  • Maria Sanchez
    Maria Sanchez
    Education 2105
    CCSP Program Coordinator

    Responsible for providing support to the CCSP chair and faculty, coordinating new student orientation, research festival, interview weekend, annual reviews and fellowships; as well as visiting scholars, faculty recruitment visits, course planning, website maintenance and preparation of reimbursements.

  • Dyan Wirt
    Dyan Wirt
    Education 1149
    Hosford Clinic Administrator

    Responsible for system administration of Point n Click, clinic operational policies and procedures, clinic resource reservations, supervision of clinic coordinators and work study students, HIPAA compliance.

Education Department

  • Michael Coopersmith
    Education 3105
    EDUC Department Administrator

    Responsible for providing support to the EDUC Chair and faculty, coordination of curriculum and faculty workload planning, department events, visiting scholar appointments, financial management of department funds, and collaboration on all department academic recruitments, appointments and merit reviews.

  • Brenda Lavin
    Brenda Lavin
    Education 3103
    EDUC Coordinator

    Responsible for managing ESCIs, textbook orders, loaner equipment, approval codes, prospective student inquiries, Facebook and Twitter accounts, collects EDUC syllabi, provides student support and coordinates faculty recruitment visits and student fellowship competitions.

Teacher Education Program

  • Samantha Cole
    Samantha Cole
    Education 3230
    TEP Program Administrator

    Responsible for providing support to the TEP Director as well as Program Coordinators, supervisors and lecturers, organizing community outreach and recruitment efforts, assisting with academic personnel actions, coordinating fellowship programs, organizing information meetings and various program events throughout the academic year.

  • Briana Bugarin
    Briana Bugarin
    Education 3230
    TEP Program Coordinator

    Responsible for managing applications and admissions, coordination applicant interviews, purchasing, providing SMI minor, pre-professional and MEd support, aiding and monitoring student registration, preparing ESCIs, website maintenance, collecting syllabi, ordering textbooks.

ITG/Computing Services

  • Doug Drury
    Doug Drury
    GGSE Core IT Relationship Manager, IT Strategist

    Responsible for the overall IT support of the Gervirtz Graduate School of Education and ensuring that IT services meet the current and future needs and expectations of the GGSE community.

  • Manny Cintron
    Manny Cintron
    Director of Application and Technology Services

    Responsible for supporting or coordinating technology solutions for GGSE business needs.

  • John Goubeaux
    Education 4203C
    ETS EUC Engineering Team

    Responsible for Identity, e-mail, web DNS and additional services.

  • Mark McCann
    Mark McCann
    Education 4201A
    Help Desk Manager for GGSE, IT Support for ETS

    Responsible for managing user support through the Help Desk as well as leading the technical team.