Faculty In Review

Disabled Students Program

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Carol A. Amen

Disabled Students Programs & Services

B.A., M.S., San Francisco State University

Ms. Amen has been teaching/counseling at CCSF since 2002.

Ms. Amen believes that all students can learn and grow, but that education is not one-size-fits-all. She strives to help students identify their goals and strengths and to connect them with resources on-campus and in the community to help them reach their fullest potential.

In her leisure time, Ms. Amen enjoys knitting, comedy, cute animal videos, and cooking.

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Kathryn Brown

Disabled Students Programs & Services

B.A., M.A., San Francisco State University

Ms. Brown has been teaching at CCSF for the past 29 years.

Her educational goal is to awaken the curiosity of her students and to encourage them to find or renew a love of learning. She wants to enable students to become self-directed learners.

Ms. Brown is active in the DSPS Steering Committee, Program Review Committee (DSPS), Faculty 2001 Committee, Non-Credit Issues Committee, SCANS Project and is co-chair of the Community Advisory Board.

She is also a participant in the Lighthouse Singers of Marin and Pied Piper Productions.

In her leisure time, she enjoys singing and theatre.

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Terence Albert Chuck

Disabled Students Programs & Services

B.A. Degree- University of San Francisco; M.A. Degree- John F. Kennedy University

Prof. Chuck has been teaching at CCSF since 1999

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Ellen Suhr Conaway

Disabled Students Programs & Services

B.A. Communicative Disorders, San Francisco State University
M.A. Special Education, San Francisco State University

Professor Conaway has been teaching at CCSF since 1990.

As a Learning Disability Specialist, her goal is to help each student learn more about his/her learning strengths and to see the contrast to his/her learning weaknesses. The contrast may be very little or may be very big. Given this knowledge and the students' readiness to try new methods, they go forward. She hopes that the work the student does in class and the knowledge gained will make a positive difference.

Professor Conaway was on the High School Education Committee at John Adams. She attended meetings and gave talks as requested about learning disabilities (e.g., Counseling Depatment, Study Skills Department, and gave semin ars with the Department of Health and Human Services).

Professor Conaway is a Mentor for two graduate students at the California State University Sacramento Disability Program. She was also a Learning Specialist in elementary schools in San Francisco for 11 years.

Professor Conaway enjoys spending time with family and friends, taking along walks, and reading.

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Marietta Lynne DeBoer

Disabled Students Programs & Services

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Kathleen Susan Duffy

Disabled Students Programs & Services

B.A., New College of California; M.S., San Francisco State University

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Malaika R Finkelstein

Disabled Students Programs & Services

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Robert S Fitch

Disabled Students Programs & Services

B.A., University of the Pacific; M.A., University of San Francisco

Mr. Fitch has been teaching at CCSF since January 2002.

His educational philosophy is "Lifelong Learning!".

Mr. Fitch is a Board Member, Cerebral Palsy Center for the Bay Area, President, Gateway High School Parent Association (8/01 to 6/03) and Past Board Member, CDT Disability Arts Organization, Berkeley.

In his leisure time, he enjoys attending concerts, buying CDs, writing and playing tourist in his own neighborhood (North Beach).

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Carole Fitzgerald

Disabled Students Programs & Services

B.S., Black Hills State University
B.F.A., San Francisco State University

Professor Fitzgerald has been teaching at CCSF since 1974.

She is dedicated to providing visual art opportunities that will engage students through active learning techniques. By providing quality art materials and adaptive equipment when necessary, all of our students are supported in the development of their artistic potential. When the creative talents of students are nourished, and students are expressing their uniqueness, the campus atmosphere is lifted, as is all of society.

Professor Fitzgerald has exhibited student artwork at JAD Library, City Art Gallery, 33 Gough Street and the Eureka Valley Public Library.

She also has exhibited her paintings regionally and nationally in juried competitions as well as local solo exhibitions. She has received commissions in the East Bay community of Albany, from the Friends of the Library. Professor Fitzgerald was a finalist in the Creative Work Fund Competition sponsored by the Hass Foundation in 1996. In 2003, she was awarded a public art commission from the City of Denver, to paint a 6'x3 1/2 ' watercolor painting for the Red Rocks Amphitheatre's new Visitor Center.

Professor Fitzgerald's hobbies include gardening, native plant restoration, travel, art, community activism, and the pursuit of education.

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Joyce E Foreman

Disabled Students Programs & Services

B.A., M.S., San Francisco State University

Ms. Foreman has been teaching at CCSF since 1988.

Her educational goals are to assist students with disabilities to develop an awareness and understanding of their deficit(s), provide remediation and retraining techniques, and help students develop compensatory strategies so they may be successful in communication, educational, and/or vocational situations.

Ms. Foreman is on the CCSF DSPS Hiring Committee, DSPS Steering Committee and the Bay Area Head Injury Task Force.

Licensure/Professional Affiliations: State of California, Board of Medical Quality Assurance (Speech-Language Pathologist); American Speech-Language-Hearing Association; California Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

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Galina S Gerasimova

Disabled Students Programs & Services

B.S. Human Physiology (emphasis on behavioral and systems neuroscience), San Francisco State University
A.S. in Computer Science, City College of San Francisco

Professor Gerasimova has been teaching at CCSF since 2004.

She has had a lot of experience working with disabled people and war veterans since 1990. She believes that using new technologies and developing new learning strategies and alternative approaches can help students, especially students with disabilities, to reduce stress, increase their self-confidence and potential, and to achieve their educational goals.

Professor Gerasimova is a member of All Kinds of Minds, a nonprofit institute for the understanding of differences in learning.

She has a particular interest in studying the effects of radiation on the human body, in stress factors triggering the human immune system inbalance, and the impact of stress on memory and concentration.

Professor Gerasimova loves to travel and is always interested in hearing about new scientific discoveries.

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Maral Good

Disabled Students Programs & Services

A.A., College of Marin; B.A., University of California, Davis; M.A., San Francisco State University

Ms. Good's first job after graduating from UC Davis was at CCSF as an aide for the Learning Disabilities Program. She later was hired as an hourly instructor for the DSPS department. As of 2006 she was granted tenure as a full time instructor. Maral is currently teaching learning strategies for students acquiring their high school diploma at the John Adams campus.

Her goal is to provide a diverse educational experience towards improving the quality of life.

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Judy N Goodman

Disabled Students Programs & Services

Ms. Goodman has a BFA in Painting and Drawing from University of Wisconsin, and Masters in Theater Education from Emerson College, with a K-12th Grade Teacher's Credential.

Prof. Goodman has been teaching at CCSF since 2006

Ms. Goodman has been teaching theater, art and dance to adults and youth for over 10 years. She worked as the theater and dance coordinator at the Janet Pomeroy Center in San Francisco, teaching youth and adults with disabilties. She was the VSA art festival chair from 1999-2002, and has taught at a variety of art centers and museums, including the Art Production Center, the Legion of Honor Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Palo Alto Art Center. Ms. Goodman has exhibited her paintings and collages at galleries throughout San Francisco, and in addition to being an artist and teaching art, she is also an actor and director throughout the Bay Area.

Ms. Goodman is a member of Theatre Bay Area, Theatre Communications Group and the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. Locally she is a member of the Arts Education Alliance and she teaches as a resident artist for Young Audiences of Northern California, SF Arts Education Project, Laurel school and the Richmond District Neighborhood Center.

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Judi A Kaplan

Disabled Students Programs & Services

B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
M.S. Communicative Disorders, San Francisco State University
Elementary Education Teaching Credential, San Francisco State University

Professor Kaplan has been teaching at CCSF since 2001.

She provides a supportive environment with many opportunities for students to feel successful in their communmication skills. She believes that helping students improve their speech and language abilities facilitates their integration into society.

Professor Kaplan holds a California Speech-Language Pathology License. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Her interests include gardening, dance, movies, and literature.

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Soonduk Lee

Disabled Students Programs & Services

B.S., Ewha Women's University, Seoul, Korea
M.S., Golden Gate University, San Francisco

Prof. Lee has been teaching at CCSF since 2007.

Professor Lee's goal is to make sure that Adaptive/Assistive Technology is available to everyone so that all CCSF students have equal access to high quality education. She believes that everyone has the right to have equal access to education, and that barriers to education must be removed.

Professor Lee is a member of CAPED (California Association of Post Secondary Education and Disability).

In her leisure time, she enjoys traveling, watching movies, and reading about technology.

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Vivien C Mun

Disabled Students Programs & Services

B.Ed.(Hons), University of Malaya, Malaysia
M.A., San Francisco State University

Prof. Mun has been at CCSF since 1998

I strongly believe that learning is a life long process. One of the most important keys to success in college is knowing where and how to ACCESS resources when you need them. Passionate about helping individuals who find reading and writing particularly difficult endeavors due to their disabilities, I continually try to find creative and innovative methods to meet the learning needs of my students and enhance their educational experience in college.

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Joan M Nolte

Disabled Students Programs & Services

B.A., San Francisco State University

Ms. Nolte has been teaching at CCSF for the past 36 years.

She has published "Sculpture with Simple Materials", Lane Publishing Company.

In her leisure time, Ms. Nolte is a faux finish painter and a gilder. She has a line of mirrors and boxes which she manufactures and sells to interior designers.

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Theresa Michal Oda-Burns

Disabled Students Programs & Services

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles; M.Ed., University of California, Los Angeles; M.A., Saint Mary's College, Moraga.

Ms. Oda-Burns has been a member of the CCSF faculty since 2014.

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Muriel L Parenteau

Chair, Disabled Students Programs & Services

B.S., New College of the University of South Florida; M.S., San Francisco State University; M.S.C., New Seminary, New York

Ms. Parenteau has been a member of the CCSF faculty since 1993.

Her goal is to expand physical and programmatic access on all current and future CCSF campuses and to provide disability awareness training for CCSF faculty and staff.

Ms. Parenteau is Chair of the CCSF Parking and Transportation Committee and serves on the Health and Safety Committee. She is also on the Community Advisory Committee (DSPS).

She is also a trainer/instructor for the San Francisco Police Academy on Disability Awareness.

Ms. Parenteau is a teacher of "A Course in Miracles" and an Interfaith Minister.

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Dora E Rodriguez

Disabled Students Programs & Services

B.A., M.A., San Francisco State University

Ms. Rodriguez has been a member of the CCSF faculty since 1990. She assists students with disabilities by teaching computer adaptations and providing instruction in basic computer applications in order to seek career advancement. She teaches in the lab-style classroom, DSPS High Tech Center located on the Ocean Campus.

Ms. Rodriguez has developed assistive computer training modules for instructional use with persons with orthopedic disabilities.

Her specialized instruction, along with her enthusiasm, has encouraged her students to persevere and pursue their educational, career and personal goals.

Ms. Rodriguez is active on the DSPS Steering Committee and participated in Program Reviews and the SCANS Project. She participates on the Technology Department Round Table, Basic Skills and Non-Credit Issues Committees.

She belongs to the California Association for Postsecondary Education and the Disabled (CAPED), Alopecia Areata Foundation and the SFSU Alumni Association. Ms. Rodriguez is a proud supporter of the San Francisco Mayor's Committee for Employment of Persons with Disabilities.

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Maia Scott

Disabled Students Programs & Services

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Olga A Shvarts

Disabled Students Programs & Services

BA Psychology SFSU 2000
MS Rehabilitation Counseling SFSU 2003
Supervision and Management Certificate CCSF 2011

Counselor Shvarts has been counseling at CCSF since 2009

I believe that all people should be given an opportunity to succeed, and some need more than one opportunity. My role as a counselor is to increase and create such opportunities by facilitating communication and education among students and teachers. All this is done to foster collaboration, mutual understanding and responsibility between all parties involved.

Hobbies and Interests: Travel, Gardening, Dance.

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Anne F. Vanderslice

Disabled Students Programs & Services

M.A. Rehabilitation Counseling, San Francisco State University 1984

Prof. Vanderslice has been teaching at CCSF since 2005

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John W Wilde

Disabled Students Programs & Services

B.S., Northern Illinois University; M.S. in Communications from Southern Illinois University; Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

Dr. Wilde is a professor and a counselor for students with disabilities at CCSF. He is the author of a best-seller titled "Issues in Disabilities" published by iUniverse, and the creator of CCSF courses entitled "Perspectives on Disability Rights" and "Issues in Disabilities."

Dr. Wilde has developed innovative online courses for students wishing to gain more information about disabilities..

He has also set up programs for organizations such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, San Francisco Police Department, Internal Revenue Service, US Department of Forestry, Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs, the California Department of Rehabilitation, California Department of Youth Authority, American Red Cross and Goodwill Industries. 

Dr. Wilde's leisure-time pursuits include writing a novel that is scheduled to be published in 2013..

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Tina K Wong

Disabled Students Programs & Services

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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