Counselors

Larry Damato

Larry Damato

B.S. Biological Sciences (USF) and M.A. Counseling (USF)

Mr. Damato has been employed as a counselor at CCSF since 1990. In Fall 2000, he was assigned to the and in 2006 became the Chair of theTransfer Counseling Department and Transfer Director.

One of my goals is to help facilitate students' transition to baccalaureate colleges and universities and provide any assistance/resources in the transfer process.

Life-long Giants and 49ers fan. Along with his son, collects signed and authentic memorabilia. Enjoys rose gardening and real estate.

Jack Sugawara

Jack Sugawara

A.A. in Social Science, . B.A. in Sociology and M.S. in Counseling .

As a native San Franciscan, raised in the Haight-Ashbury District of the 1960’s, I remember how much young people wanted a voice and to be heard. While the needs of today’s students might be different in today’s economic climate, having a voice, feeling like they’ve been heard, and providing hope to them are as important today as they have ever been.

As a counselor, I can empathize with the challenges faced by our students. 

As for my interests, I’ve been a fan of the San Francisco Giants, 49ers, and Golden State Warriors for many years. I’ll always cherish and remember the world championship series and clinching games I’ve had the opportunity to watch (on television) for each of these teams.

My wife and I enjoy watching movies on the big screen, getaway weekends, and vacation trips. The trip we took to Scottsdale, Arizona in 2010 to watch Giants’ spring training games and the trip we took many years ago to Cooperstown, New York, to visit the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame have been among my favorite vacations.

Cynthia Obenchain

Cynthia Obenchain (International Student Coordinator)

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

Grace Hom (Transfer Center Coordinator)

B.A., University of California, Berkeley; M.A., University of San Francisco

Diana Verdugo (Career Center Coordinator)

B.S., M.S., Arizona State University, Tempe

 

 

 

Donna Hayes

Donna Hayes

Ms. Hayes' philosophy is that students should thoroughly understand the educational process. She tries to provide her students with the information and support they need to succeed.

Enrique Mireles

Enrique Mireles

  • Associate Degree, City College of San Francisco
  • Baccalaureate Degree, San Francisco State University
  • California Standard Secondary Teaching Credential (Life)
  • K-12 California Pupil Personnel Services Credential (Life)
  • Master of Arts Degree in Counseling, San Francisco State University
  • California Community College Counselor Credential (Life)
  • Academic Counselor for The Teacher Preparation Center (for students who want to enter the field of Education as Teachers, Counselors, Librarians).
  • I am constantly humbled and taught by the challenging journeys my students have traveled.
  • I believe that we must not only tolerate diversity; I believe that we must not only accept our wonderful gift of diversity; I firmly believe that we must make a commitment to fully embrace the diversity around us!

Herving Valiente

Herving Valiente

A.A.- City College of San Francisco; B.A., M.S., San Francisco State University. Herving shares his duties between Continuing Student Counseling and counseling in the Veteran's Center. He is also very involved in outreach to local area high schools.

Sheryl Blumenthal

Sheryl Blumenthal

Ms. Blumenthal has been a counselor at CCSF since 1991

Education: BA, MSW, MPH: University of California at Berkeley 

Ms. Blumenthal wants her students to understand the college educational process, and she encourages them to develop their academic potential to the fullest degree. She is one of the liaison counselors to the Radiologic Sciences, Fashion, and Health Information Technology programs.

Board member of Friends of the Library, and member of Honors Committee, International Education Committee, and Café Musee French Club.

Ms. Blumenthal speaks French and one of her main interests is ballroom dance

Jack Sparks

Jack Sparks

A.A./Sociology: San Diego Mesa College; B.A.-English: San Diego State University; M.A./Counseling: San Diego State UniversityJack Sparks

Jack has been a counselor at CCSF since 1998. He has also taught several sections of LERN 50 & LERN 52B. 

It is his philosophy to always put the students and their rights and goals first, to empower them and serve as their advocate when necessary. To that end, in 2004, he originated the first CCSF Student Services Fair which has since become an annual event.

He also originated the idea of a Student Counseling Information kiosk which can now be found in Conlan Hall outside room E-205. In addition, Mr. Sparks has been instrumental in providing addtional signage to help students better navigate the Ocean campus.

He is involved in the Transfer Issues Committee, Grading Policies Commitee, the Communications Subcommittee and the Financial Aid Appeals Board.

Mr. Sparks is a member of FACC and also supports: Friends of the Library, World Wildlife Fund, the Nature Conservancy, charitywater, and other charitable organizations.

In his leisure time, he enjoys playing guitar and singing, camping, golf and hiking.


Patty Chong-Delon

Patty Chong-Delon

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles; M.S., California State University, Los Angeles

Julie Harris

Julie Harris

A.A., Glendale College; B.A., San Jose State University; M.A., San Francisco State University

Monica McCarthy

Monica McCarthy

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

Ronnie Owens

Ronnie Owens

Ms. Owens has been a counselor at CCSF since 1985.

She is a faculty advisor for the CCSF Tibetan Student Association, the Tibetan Student Scholarship Fund and the Entrepreneur Club.

Ms. Owens has published The Journey of Your Life.

Her hobbies include Hula Dancing, Tahitian Dance, Tap and Belly Dancing.

Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson

Ms. Thompson has been a counselor at CCSF for the past 25 years.

Her role as a counselor is to help facilitate her students’ process of achieving their educational goals by providing personal, academic and career counseling. Some of the counseling services she provides include problem-solving, goal setting, advocacy, educational planning, transcript review, probation counseling and stress management counseling.

Ms. Thompson works with all continuing students at CCSF as well as students within the GLBT community.

She is a member of Gaylesta, an association of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender therapists and has a private psychotherapy practice.

 

 

Tessa Henderson-Brown

Tessa Henderson-Brown

Professor Henderson-Brown has been teaching at CCSF since 2007. She shares her duties between Continuing Student Counseling and serving in the Veteran's Center.

She is Chair of the MUB Counseling

Department, Coordinator for The College Readiness ScholarshipProgram, and Coordinator for The Richard N. Goldman Scholars Program.

Carolina Avila

Carolina Avila

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

Nancy Vargas

Nancy E Vargas

Continuing Students Counseling Department

B.A. Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, San Francisco State University
B.A. La Raza Studies, San Francisco State University
M.A. Counseling Psychology, Santa Clara University, CA

What Nancy loves most about working in a community college is that students are there to make a change in their lives whether for job training, transfer to a university, change in careers, or to prepare to re-enter the job market. Change brings opportunities. As a counselor, she has a chance to help others discover their strengths and develop self-confidence in the process of attaining their goals.

She has worked as a counselor at CCSF  since 2007, but her experience includes community college counseling at other colleges since 1989. In addition to counseling students, she teaches LERN 52B, serves as the CCSF Bridge to Success Project Manager, was appointed to the Curriculum Committee and  was past Co-Chair of the AB 540 Task Force. She is a bilingual/bicultural counselor in English and Spanish and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. In her leisure time, she loves the arts, dancing, gourmet cooking, running, traveling and reading.

Josephine Ubungen

Josephine Ubungen

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

Rico Gelera

Rico Gelera

International Student Counseling Program

B.S. in Business Administration, Emphasis in International Business

M.S. in Counseling, Specializations in Marriage Family Therapy and College Counseling