Meet the Team

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Mr. Harris has developed and refined specialized interdisciplinary programming for children with learning, social-emotional and attention challenges at Children's Health Council for 15 years. He is also an adjunct lecturer in the Graduate School Special Education Department at San José State University. In the past, Chris has also served as Executive Director at The Janus School, Pennsylvania, The Chartwell School, Monterey, California, and Children's Health Council.

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Nicole Ofiesh, PhD is a cognitive behavioral scientist with expertise in the intersection of learning and adulthood. With a focus on “the missing middle”, the time between high school and retirement, she believes an understanding of how cognition and the brain is associated with learning and performance is critical to preparing people for the needs of the 21st and 22nd centuries.

 

She has been in hundreds of K-college classrooms and corporations over the years teaching and mentoring educators, administrators and professionals from line workers to medical doctors. She is Director of the Schwab Learning Center at CHC. Dr. Ofiesh has taught classes on assessment, instruction, design thinking and neurodiversity, and universal design for learning at the University of Arizona, Stanford University, Cal State East Bay and Providence College.

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Prior to joining the The Schwab Learning Center at CHC as Associate Director, Nancy was the manager of marketing, user experience and outreach for the Schwab Learning Center (SLC) at Stanford. Her focus for the past 4 years has been to increase awareness and market the SLC to campus groups that interact directly with undergraduate and graduate students and to measure and analyze student feedback on SLC services.

 

Nancy loves helping young adults with learner variability to maximize their potential in school, the workplace and beyond. Before joining Stanford, Nancy held positions in marketing, logistics and strategic planning for Sun Microsystems, Inc. (now Oracle Corp.) and leadership positions in the community at the Menlo School, Common Ground speaker series, and as a member of the Duke University Northern California alumni board and Peninsula Women's Forum. During her free time, Nancy loves to play tennis, cook, read and spend time with family and friends.

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Lisa Lavaysse is a clinical psychologist specializing in assessment and evaluation of learning disabilities and attention deficits. Dr. Lavaysse completed post-doctoral training at California Pacific Medical Center’s Kalmanovitz Child Development Center where she had the pleasure of working with adolescents and young adults for nearly two decades.

 

Dr. Lavaysse was diagnosed with dyslexia in college which ultimately led her to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology with a specialty in assessment. She encourages students to build upon their strengths rather than dwell on perceived short-comings. Dr. Lavaysse is a first generation college graduate and is passionate about working with “first gen” students. She enjoys training and mentoring next generation psychologists interested in assessment. Dr. Lavaysse has also maintained a private practice in San Carlos for the past 17 years. Dr. Lavaysse loves parenting her adolescent son and regularly enjoys having a house full of teenage boys.

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Kimberly Bausback, PhD joins the SLC@CHC in October 2022 as an Assessment Psychologist. Dr. Bausback specializes in assessment and evaluation of learning disabilities, attention deficits, and co-occurring medical conditions. Her post-doctoral training was completed at Kaiser Permanente.

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Sharmila Roy, PhD, has served as the Program Chair of the Educational Therapy certificate program at UCSC Silicon Valley Extension since 2014. She also teaches classes on Educational Therapy, Culture and Cultural Diversity and Neurodivergent Learners.

 

Sharmila has over 25 years’ experience in special education – primarily in teacher training, classroom interventions and curriculum development. She is committed to providing services to the underserved and has worked in private practice as an Educational Therapist, as well as in the non-profit sector and helped many families to navigate the special education system for their children. She has extensive experience working in K-7 classrooms and one-on-one with exceptional students especially in the area of multi-sensory mathematics learning for students with learning differences and executive functional skills.

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Rosinel is excited to be a Senior Learning Specialist at the Schwab Learning Center at CHC. She draws from her experience as a Learning Specialist at the SLC at Stanford University and as Accommodations Coordinator at the Disability Resource Center (now known as the Accessible Education Center) at San José State University.

 

Rosinel understands the challenges and strengths of individuals with learning disabilities and believes learner variability and cognitive diversity enrich our communities with innovation, creativity, originality, and empathy. She embraces the opportunity to engage individuals and their strengths, understand their needs and challenges, and empower them with effective and creative tools and individualized strategies to help them reach their goals across the lifespan. Rosinel realizes that each person has unique preferences and experiences; she uses a collaborative yet self-reflective approach to foster self-awareness and agency and to determine optimal and workable solutions.

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Kara has worked in education for more than 10 years with clients in various stages of their educational journey, from children to adults. Before joining the Schwab Learning Center, she lived across Europe and Asia and primarily taught underrepresented populations, which is how she discovered her passion for utilizing education to help eliminate socioeconomic inequalities. Propelled by this passion, she pursued a master’s degree in humanitarian studies with a focus on education in developing countries. Since then, Kara has worked as a college counselor in the Silicon Valley and has become a Board Certified Educational Therapist. She specializes in helping gifted students understand their strengths while developing tools and techniques to accommodate their learning challenges.

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Jasleen Kaur Monga

Jasleen Kaur Monga is a learning specialist with Schwab Learning Center at CHC. She is a coach to the student population of great diversity – age, gender and cultural differences with learning differences, and compassionate and dedicated to creating a stimulating, inclusive and encouraging environment for all students. Jasleen has 12 years of experience in the education field and has worked closely with students, and their families to understand their varied needs. Being a mother to a child with ADHD, she has first-hand experience with the challenges faced by the child and the parental struggles involved in the process. The focus of her practice is not only on academic growth but also on the social-emotional well-being of her clients. Jasleen’s experience during these years honed her team-working and leadership skills enabling her to work collaboratively with allied professionals and schools during IEP meetings. The services covered by her include but are not limited to working on academic remediation for elementary years, study skills, executive functioning skills, and consultation with schools and allied professionals. She is highly skilled in suggesting assistive technology apt for specific needs and interests. Jasleen has training in IMSE phonological awareness and Comprehensive OG for elementary years. She is also a Making Math Real practitioner and has professional certification as an educational therapist. Her most recent training in educational therapy has given her an additional advantage of applying the strategies and tools based on the latest neuroscience research and program development around rewiring the brain for students with learning differences.

Her philosophy as a learning specialist/educational therapist is to use her expertise to impart a growth mindset and problem-solving skills to her clients, set safe boundaries for them, acknowledge their needs, empower them to overcome their learning challenges, and help them realize that they are perfect, but just work differently than others.

In her personal time, Jasleen loves going out for walks, watching TV, spending time with her family and listening to music.

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Anissa was born in San Francisco and grew up in South San Francisco. She is a second-generation Mexican-American who values community and is family-oriented. Within South San Francisco alone she has about 30 family members! Her tias (aunts) pursued careers in Social Welfare as well as Education, which motivated her to pursue her major in Social Welfare and double minors in Education and African American Studies from UC Berkeley (go bears!) Anissa believes all students deserve to feel a sense of belonging within the school setting. As Whitney Houston once said, “I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way.” Anissa is a proud queer, latina, woman who embraces her intersecting identities. As someone who was diagnosed with anxiety in sixth grade she understands the importance of providing mental health and other wellness resources to those with mental health challenges. Anissa looks forward to supporting students and young adults in reaching for their goals.

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Stacey Soderquist is a Learning Specialist with the Schwab Learning Center at CHC. She has over 20 years of experience working with neurodiverse clients, their families and the community. Prior to joining the SLC@CHC Stacey served as a developmental behaviorist working with the twice exceptional, learning differences and autism populations. Stacey uses client centered positive behavioral approach to help clients develop successful daily living, social, and executive functioning skills across environments. Stacey also works with parents, teachers and other community supports to ensure a team approach to building success with her clients not only during her sessions but throughout life. As a mother of two teenagers, Stacey knows the challenges that come with parenting as well as the challenges many students face in the home, school and community settings. During her free time, Stacey enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, watching soccer and reading.

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The SLC@CHC is proud to serve as an internship site for the UCSC, Silicon Valley Extension Program’s Educational Therapy Certificate Program.

 

Each year the SLC trains 3-5 Educational Therapy interns according to the guidelines of the Association of Educational Therapists (AET). All of the interns hold graduate degrees in fields such as Special Education, Counseling, Education and Psychology. Many of our Educational Therapy interns are experienced and credentialed special education teachers or therapists in the field of special education. The training program offers a robust experience in learning disabilities and ADHD individualized intervention and assessment.

Lea was born and raised on the Peninsula. She has worked in a variety of nonprofits and educational settings as office and administrative help. Lea has two adult children who live in the Bay Area and her youngest child is a freshman in college. Lea is an artist who paints, draws and designs jewelry. She also enjoys crocheting, reading, and singing. Lea is a life-long learner who is passionate about exploring other cultures, customs and beliefs.

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