President: Libby Barnish, MA, EdS, LEP
Past President & Community Liaison: Dr. Vivien Phan, PsyD, LEP
President Elect & Treasurer: Kate Felipe, MA, EdS
Secretary & Membership Coordinator: Jennifer Feeser, MA
Newsletter Editor & CASP Membership Chair: Vhenus Belisle, EdS, LEP
Newsletter Editor: Sarah Ferrentino, EdS, MS
Website Editor: Eby Kent, MS, LEP
Event Coordinator: Jenna Downey, MA, EdS
Political Action Committee: Arpita Mandal, MA
University Liaison: Jenny Hoang, BA
University Liaison: Rebecca Lundeen, BA
Community Liaison: Tajara Ross
Libby works with the Green Dot Public Schools District at their first ever transformation high school in South Central Los Angeles. She is a certified PREPaRE Trainer and has participated in the development of crisis prevention and intervention programs within her district. She completed her M.A. and Ed.S. degrees at Chapman University. She presented research on resiliency in low-income students alongside Chapman professor Dr. Michael Hass at the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Annual Convention in Boston 2009. While at Chapman, Libby established the Chapman Association of School Psychologists. She also has several years of experience utilizing ABA strategies as a Behavior Consultant.
In her spare time, Libby plays post-collegiate lacrosse and adult co-ed soccer. Additionally, she coaches for the Los Alamitos High School girl’s lacrosse program and a middle school club lacrosse team.
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Dr.Vivien Phan completed her doctorate in Educational Psychology at Alliant International University. She received her Master’s degree from
If you would like to contact Vivien, you can do so atVivien.Phan@sausd.us.
Kate Felipe graduated from Chapman University with her Master of Arts in Education Psychology and Educatioal Specialist in School Psychology. She has had over 6 years of experience working in the special education field. She recently worked in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District and as a Supervisor and Parent Consultant for an in home ABA Consulting Company. She currently works in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.
If you wish to contact Kate, you may do so at KateFelipe@gmail.com.
Dr. Pedro Olvera, LEP is the current Region IX Rep. for the California Association of School Psychologists (CASP). Dr. Olvera will keep OC school psychologists up to date on the latest news that affect the field and will communicate via the website and quarterly newsletters. Look for his articles in the months to come.
Dr. Olvera and his wife, Dr.Veronica I. Olvera, are both co-directors of Neuro-Educational Clinic in Tustin, California
Jennifer Feeser graduated from Azusa Pacific University with her Master of Arts in Education and credentials in both school psychology and school counseling. She worked as a school counselor for three years before becoming a school psychologist. Previously, she worked in a private high school in Irvine, CA, and is now working in the Capistrano Unified School District.
Jennifer brings to OCASP her exceptional database skills. She has helped OCASP organize itself by creating a user-friendly membership database. She also has taken on the responsibility of creating membership certificates and workshop flyers.
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Vhenus is a full time LEP in the Los Alamitos Unified School District (LAUSD). She studied Psychology and Creative Writing at CSULB before furthering her education at Chapman University, receiving a Master of Arts degree in Educational Psychology and Educational Specialist degree. In 2008, she was nominated and honored for her support as well as dedication to students with special needs with a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) Award from her SELPA. She was also awarded the CASP Outstanding School Psychologist for Region IX in 2009. She is currently in the doctoral program in education with an emphasis in School Psychology at Chapman University. On a personal note, Vhenus continues her active lifestyle and community service. She completed the Long Beach marathon (26.2 miles) in October 2010 to benefit Operation Jump Start (a program that helps students attain the dream of higher education by helping them move beyond their impoverished environments to ensure their full social and economic participation in the future, building better lives for themselves, their families and ultimately their communities).
Beginning this Fall, Sarah will work with the Green Dot Public School District in Los Angeles. For the past two years, she worked at an elementary school in the Chicago suburbs. She promoted RTI best practices, implemented and monitored interventions, and served as the LEA representative for her school. Sarah earned her Ed.S. and M.A. degrees at Chapman University and completed her internship with Long Beach Unified School District. While attending Chapman University, she was a graduate writing tutor and assisted in research projects aimed to enhance student literacy. She has worked as an intervention specialist and a behavior therapist for children with autism.
Eby Kent has been a school psychologist for the past six years. Previously, she worked in the Corona-Norco Unified School District and is currently working in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. Eby earned her BA in Psychology from CSU, Long Beach and went on to earn her Masters degree in Educational School Psychology from National University. She is a Licensed Educational Psychologist. Additionally, she has completed her coursework and is preparing to sit for the Board Certified Behavioral Analysis (BCBA) exam. On a personal note, the Kent Family's youngest son, Hudson, has been undergoing chemotherapy for Wilm's Tumor (Kidney Cancer) and will be finished with treatment in August. They are also welcoming a new baby in December of 2011.
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Jenna Downey recently completed her Master of Arts and Education Specialist degrees in School Psychology at Chapman University. She currently works as a behavioral therapist for children with autism and other developmental delays, using applied behavior analysis techniques to teach functional skills. Originally from Northern California, Jenna received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development at UC Davis.
In the near future, Jenna aspires to become a school psychologist to make a difference in the lives of children with educational related needs.
Arpita Mandal is a school psychologist at El Rancho Charter Middle School in Orange Unified School District. She received her Master’s degree in Educational Psychology and her PPS Credential in School Psychology at CSU Long Beach in the spring of 2011. Arpita received her B.A. in Psychology and Education from UC Santa Barbara. Arpita has enjoyed serving in numerous leadership positions at CSULB and working in public schools in a number of capacities including training as an instructional consultant in a response to intervention model, working as an instructional aide in a program for students with emotional disturbance, as a substitute teacher, and a one-on-one academic tutor. She co-authored an article this year in CASP’s journal, Contemporary School Psychology, discussing Tier III assessments, data-based decision making, and interventions. Arpita is looking forward to beginning her career as a school psychologist.
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Jenny Hoang is currently a graduate student in the assistant teacher at a preschool daycare, childcare counselor at a group home, tutor for after-school tutoring program, and developmental specialist for children with autism and developmental delays. Jenny is pursuing a career in school psychology to help meet the various needs of students and their families in the educational setting. In her free time, Jenny enjoys volunteering for a local organization.MA/EDS program at . She received her BA in Human Development from Cal State Long Beach. Over the years, Jenny has worked with children in a variety of settings as
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Rebecca is currently completing her Master’s degree in Educational Psychology at Azusa Pacific University. She received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Sociology from USC and her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with an emphasis in Cross-Cultural, Language and Academic Development (CLAD) from CSU, Fullerton. Rebecca has been an elementary teacher for 8 years in San Diego City Schools and the Los Angeles Unified School District. She presented research on the use of an RtI Social-Behavioral Model in urban schools alongside APU professor, Dr. Pedro Olvera, at the California Association of School Psychologists (CASP) Annual Convention in 2011. She is looking forward to presenting a poster of her research at the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Annual Convention in Philadelphia in February 2012. Rebecca is currently working as an interventionist with the Los Angeles County Office of Education Head Start-State Preschool Program’s Response to Intervention (RtI) Project. She is also completing her internship with Ocean View School District. She enjoys serving socioeconomically, culturally, and linguistically diverse, at-risk student populations.
Tajara attended UC Irvine for her undergraduate degree. She completed a double major in Psychology & Social Behavior, and Criminology, Law, & Society. While at UCI she studied abroad for two years in
Tajara completed graduate school at
Tajara has worked in the field of education in a variety of positions: she previously worked as a tutor, cognitive skills trainer, substitute teacher for 2 years, and currently as a School Psychologist.
Tajara just completed her first year as a School Psychologist in SAUSD and is excited to make her second year even better than the first.