John Garcia

John Garcia, Ph.D.

Department Chair/Director
Phone: (209) 667-3769
Office: DBH 122E

Sevaughn Banks

Sevaughn Banks, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Phone: (209) 667-3541
Office: DBH 341
Curriculum Vita


Envisioning an Ecological Classroom

Research Interests: Workforce development, international social work program development and evaluation

Yvonne Berenguer, MSW

Yvonne Berenguer, MSW

Child Welfare Training Program Field Faculty
Phone: (209) 667-3948
Cell Phone: (209) 556-3679 Office: DBH 111  Email:

Wellness Options LLC
(Well-being by Connecting Mind, Body & Spirit)

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Pollie Bith-Melander

Pollie Bith-Melander, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Phone: (209) 667-3012
Office: DBH 314

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Sara Cadalig, DSW, LCSW

Assistant Professor
Office: DBH 322

Dawn Costa

Dawn Costa, LCSW

Phone: (209) 664-6717
Office: DBH 323

Katie Galvin

Katie Galvin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Phone: (209) 667-3453
Office: DBH 143

Kirsten Jasek-Rysdahl

Kirsten Jasek-Rysdahl, MA, MSW

Phone: (209) 667-3728
Office: DBH 141

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Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer Johnson, LCSW

Lecturer/Mental Health Stipend Coordinator
Phone: (209) 667-3946
Office: DBH 110

Advancing Resiliency in Education Podcast


Valeria Levya

Valerie Leyva, Ph.D., LCSW

Phone: (209) 667-3091
Office: DBH 122

May Ying Ly

May Ying Ly, Ph.D., MSW

Assistant Professor
Phone: (209) 667-3355
Office: DBH 321

Jane Rousseau

Jane Rousseau, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Phone: 209-667-3015
Office: DBH 142

Shradha Tibrewal

Shradha Tibrewal, Ph.D.

Phone: (209) 667-3951
Office: DBH 147

Jenell Thompson

Jenell Thompson, M.Ed., LCSW, PPSC

Title IV-E Child Welfare Lecturer

Paul Wright

Paul G. Wright, Ed.D.

Associate Professor
Phone: (209) 667-3818
Office: DBH 313

Nancy Zamora

Nancy Zamora, LCSW, PPSC

Field Director
Phone: (209) 667-3776
Office: DBH 122B

Community Advisory Board
2021 - 2022

Darren Borrelli, MSW (Membership Chair)
Creative Alternatives Inc.

Yvonnia Brown, MSW                        Merced County Mental Health Dept.

Robin Cannon, MSW                      Covenant Care Hospice

Renee Crawford, MSW (Secretary)
Stanislaus County Health Services Agency

Nicole Cunningham, LCSW                Turlock Unified School District

Annette DePauli, LCSW (Chair)            Lodi Memorial Hospital

Jorge Fernandez, LCSW                  Golden Valley Health Center

Fernando Granados, LCSW (Chair)
Sierra Vista Child & Family Services

Leticia Guillen, LCSW
Livingston Community Health

Kimberly Hamlett, MSW
San Joaquin County Human Services Agency

Billy Olpin, LCSW/CATC
San Joaquin County Mental Health

Juan Ramirez, Manager
Stanislaus County Adult Protective Services

Feliza Sanchez, MSW                      Merced County Human Services Agency

Leonor Sierra, MSW (Vice Chair) Stanislaus County CSA, NASW-CV Member Rep

Peggy Stepro, ACSW, MSW
DaVita Dialysis-Stanislaus & Merced

Debbie Vieira, LCSW/MATC
Kaiser Modesto and Manteca

Tony Xiong
Merced County Human Services Agency

John Garcia, Ex-officio Member

Nancy Zamora, Faculty Advisor

Updated: October 19, 2022