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Our department will be closed from Nov. 24 - 26 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.  We wish you all a joyous and restful break!


Welcome to the Counseling & Personal Growth Department

We are ready to assist you with all your academic, career, transfer, and personal counseling needs.  To reach our department staff for department related questions, please call 619.894.6118 during business hours Monday to Thursday 8:00am- 4:30pm and Friday 8:00am- 3:00pm or email

Click here for more information on how you can be Campus Ready.  Your Covid-19 vaccination status must be cleared in order to receive any in-person counseling services. 



After you apply for admission, and are assigned a student ID number, your next step is to complete the New Student Educational Planning Workshop on Canvas.  Visit the Counseling Workshops webpage link on the left side menu bar for more information.

Connect with a Counselor

Counselors are available for virtual drop-in sessions, e-appointments, and via email.  For more information on how to connect with a counselor, please visit our Online Counseling website.   

Prepare for your appointment

Have a list of questions ready to make sure we cover all the information you need during your session.

To help you generate questions for your appointment and start thinking ahead about your career, we encourage you to review the academic and career resources available to you:


Helpful links and videos:


**We appreciate your patience and understanding 

as we continue to provide robust remote services.** 


Counseling Faculty & Staff: 

 Photo of Counseling group retreat


Department Supervisor
Josolyn Hill, Ed.D.


Jennifer Aase, M.S.

Personal Growth

Ahmed (Rasheed) Aden, M.S.

HUBU, Personal Growth

Other languages spoken:  Somali

Abdimalik Buul, Ed.D.

*On Leave - Special assignment with the

CCC Chancellor's Office

Elsa Cristina Carrillo, M.A.

Guided Pathways Co-Coordinator

Other languages spoken:  Spanish

Pronouns:  she/her/hers/ella

Erin Charlens, Ed.D.

UMOJA, Personal Growth

Edwin Hiel, M.S., M.A.

Other languages spoken: Spanish              

Pronouns:  he/him/his

Nora Hinsley, M.S.

International Students, Military/Veterans

Other languages spoken:  Khmer

Pronouns:  she/her/hers

Andre Jones, M.A.

City Scholars, Personal Growth

Bernice Lorenzo, Ed.D.

Other languages spoken:  Spanish

Pronouns:  she/her/hers

 Jose Luis Perez, Ed.D.

Puente, Personal Growth

Sandy Sada, M.A.

Personal Growth

Other languages spoken:

Arabic, Aramaic (Chaldean)

Andre Sanz, M.A.

Personal Growth, Title V

Carlos Sanz Memorial Scholarship               

Pronouns:  he/him/his

Steve Schommer, M.S., LMFT

Personal Growth

Pronouns:  he/him/his

Perla Vizcarra, M.A.

AFT Guild

Other languages spoken:  Spanish            

Pronouns:  she/her/hers

Ray Wong, M.S., MFA

Pronouns:  he/him/his

Rudy Zamora, M.A.

Honors, Military/Veterans

Adjunct Faculty:

Jose Enriquez, M.S.

Peer Program

Other languages spoken:  Spanish

Pronouns:  he/him/his

 Salvador Flor, M.S.



Angela Hernandez, M.S.

Charles (Khahalifa) King, M.A.

Personal Growth

Octavio Leal, M.A.

 Personal Growth

Nadia Lopez-Moreno, M.Ed.


Other languages spoken:  Spanish

Pronouns:  she/her/hers/ella 

 Daniel Mendoza, M.A.

Other languages spoken:  Spanish

Pronouns:  he/him/his

Caryn L Pass, M.A. 

Personal Growth

Josilyn Perez, M.S, LMFT

*On Leave - Fall '21

Other languages spoken:  Spanish

Pronouns:  she/her/hers

Raquel Peshkepia Veluz, M.S.

Pronouns:  she/her/hers

Noel Puga, M.S.

Dreamer Resource Center

Other languages spoken:  Spanish

Pronouns:  he/him/his

Melody Valencia, M.A. 

Other languages spoken:  Spanish


Katherine Vilchez, M.S.

Other languages spoken:  Spanish

Pronouns:  she/her/hers

Saman Yaghmaee, Ed.D.

Other languages spoken:  Farsi 


 Derrick Young, M.A.  

Classified Professionals:

 John Gradilla, M.S.

General Counseling

Pronouns:  he/him/his/él/tú/usted        

Patricia Pugnier

Evaluations & General Counseling 


Nisreen Rofaeel, B.A.

General Counseling

Other languages spoken:  Arabic, Aramaic (Chaldean)

Abdul Sharif, B.A.

General Counseling

Other languages spoken:  Arabic, Somali   

Department Student Learning Outcomes:

  • We will empower students to maximize their priority enrollment. Students will gain knowledge of the benefits of being fully matriculated.
  • We will empower students with knowledge of campus resources.
  • We will empower students by clarifying their career goal.
  • We will provide a user friendly system and process to serve student needs.