Orange County Association of 

School Psychologists

 
 
 
 

 

2018-2019 OCASP BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President: Erin Spillane, MA

President-Elect: TBD

Past President: Giniena Tan, MA 

Treasurer: Jenna Wood, MS, NCSP

Secretary: Giniena Tan, MA

Secretary Shadow: Christina Phabsomphou

CASP Region IX Representative: Arpita Mandal, MA, NCSP

Event Coordinator: Libby Barnish Kelly, MS, EdS, LEP

Membership & Media Coordinator: Tori Downing, MA EdS
Webmaster & Media Coordinator (Shadow): Ashley Wallace

Community Liaison & PAC Committee:  Ashley Ausseresses

Newsletter Editor: TBD

University Liaison - Chapman University: Anaiza Valladolid

University Liaison - CSULB: TBD 

University Liaison - APU: Kelsey Bayless





President- 
Erin Spillane,MA 






Past President and Secretary - 

Giniena Tan, MA






President Elect -
 TBD





Treasurer - Jenna Wood, MS, NCSP






CASP Region IX Rep -
Arpita Mandal, MA, NCSP LEP





Event Coordinator - Libby Barnish Kelly, MS, EdS, LEP




 


Membership & Media Coordinator -

Tori Downing, MA EdS







Webmaster & Media Coordinator (Shadow) - 

Ashley Wallace










Community Liasion & PAC Committee- 

Ashley Ausseresses





Newsletter Editor: 

TBD




University Liaison - Chapman University:
 

Anaiza Valladolid














University Liaison -

Cal State Long Beach: 

TBD




University Liaison -Azusa Pacific:

Kelsey Bayless





 

Erin Spillane is in her eighth year as a school psychologist and works in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District. She is excited to begin this year as a School Psychologist on Special Assignment for the Career Start program which works to increase the independence of students with disabilities through job skills training and job placement. Erin is also a member of SVUSD’s Crisis Response team.

Erin earned her B.A. in Psychology at UC San Diego and obtained her M.A. in Educational Psychology and PPS in School Psychology at Cal State Long Beach. She initially became interested in school psychology while working as a reading tutor in low income schools in San Diego. She then went on to work with children and families as a one on one ABA therapist for children with Autism and as a substitute teacher. Outside of work, Erin enjoys traveling, trying new food, kickboxing, and going to the beach.

This is Erin’s third year serving on the OCASP board. If you would like to Erin, you may do so at spillanerin@gmail.com.




Giniena is currently working within Orange Unified School District at Cerro Villa Middle School. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from UC Riverside and her Masters in Educational Psychology with a PPS credential at Alliant International University. She started working with children with special needs as a 1:1 Behavioral Therapist for children with Autism at LOVAAS Institute then as an instructional assistant in Irvine Unified and Tustin Unified School Districts. While having experienced working in various settings, she has found that Middle School is her favorite age group. She loves helping students become the best versions of themselves and also analyzing assessments. She also enjoys working on mindfulness techniques to assist students and staff as well as continuously promoting healthy mental and physical well-being for her team.

On her days off, Giniena enjoys going to the beach, reading, and traveling with her family. She currently lives in Orange with her husband, two-year-old son, and two dogs. This December, she is expecting a daughter so she's busy prepping for that!









Jenna Wood works as a school psychologist for multiple sites within the Garden Grove Unified School District.  This is her ninth year with OCASP.  She completed her Master of Arts and Educational Specialist in School Psychology degrees at Chapman University.  In past years, she has presented journal review research on prevention and intervention for selective mutism with Dr. Randy Busse and ABA strategies applied within a three-tiered model at the California Association of School Psychologists (CASP) Annual Conventions in 2010 and 2011, respectively. Her paper with Dr. Busse on selective mutism was published in the 2011 issue of Contemporary School Psychology.

Originally from northern California, Jenna received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development at UC Davis.  She has an extensive background in ABA with experience as a behavior therapist for children with autism and other developmental delays.  When she is not working, Jenna enjoys spending time with her family and traveling the world.




Arpita Mandal is in her eighth year as a school psychologist at El Rancho Charter Middle School in Orange Unified School District. She is also the special education department chair and holds various leadership roles within the school. She received her MA in Educational Psychology and PPS Credential in School Psychology from CSU Long Beach. Arpita received her BA in Psychology and Education from UC Santa Barbara. Go Gauchos!

Arpita is also a Licensed Educational Psychologist (LEP) and was previously a part-time lecturer in the school psychology graduate program at CSU Long Beach. She is continuing her ninth year on the OCASP board and her second term serving as the Region IX Representative for CASP. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, wine, reading and going to the beach.

If you would like to contact Arpita, you may do so at arpita.k.mandal@gmail.com.





Libby is in her 9th year at a transformation charter high school with Green Dot Public Schools in Los Angeles.  She is the Lead School Psychologist, on the Green Dot Crisis Response Team, and also coordinates the intern program for Green Dot. As a certified PREPaRE Trainer, she trains mental health providers and helped develop the crisis prevention and intervention programs within her district.  Additionally, Libby consults with and provides training for other districts to establish their crisis protocols and train mental health staff.  She co-presented at NASP last year on conducting comprehensive threat assessments. 

In her spare time, Libby enjoys photography, traveling, and playing soccer.









Tori is in her second year as a School Psychologist working in Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District. She completed her MA in Educational Psychology and Ed.S. Degree at Chapman University in May 2017. Tori received her BA degrees in Biology and Environmental Science at UC Santa Barbara. Gauchos! Tori got her start working with children in Santa Ana Unified School District as an AVID tutor. She worked for Orange County Department of Education as a Title I Tutor for youth in group homes, foster care, and alternative day schools and worked as a Paraeducator at a dropout credit recovery program, Sunburst National Guard Youth Challenge Academy, in Los Alamitos, CA. Her professional interests are crisis and mental health counseling as well as helping to build RTI and MTSS structures at her school sites. 

In her spare time, Tori enjoys traveling, hiking, snowboarding, watching sports and listening to live music. This is Tori's fourth year serving on the OCASP board.



Ashley is a second year school psychology graduate student with an emphasis in professional clinical counseling at Chapman University. She is completing her practicum hours at Ocean View High School in the Huntington Beach Union school district. Additionally, she is doing alternative hours with the Families and Schools Together (F.A.S.T.) team, at the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental disabilities. At the center, Ashley works within the F.A.S.T. team to support families and increase collaboration between families and schools to ensure that our students are receiving the best care possible. Within the field, Ashley is passionate about supporting mental health as well as advocating for least restrictive environment and inclusion practices.
Ashley received her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Cal State Chanel Islands. Having a family member in special education, Ashley has been passionate about working with and advocating for students with disabilities from a young age. In her free time, Ashley enjoys yoga, spending time with loved ones, going to the beach, trying new foods, and playing with her kitten, Tuna. This is Ashley’s first year serving on the OCASP board and she can be contacted at aswallace@chapmn.edu.














Anaiza is a third year in the Ed.S. in School Psychology program with an emphasis in clinical counseling at Chapman University. She is completing her school psychology internship with the Savanna School District at the preschool and elementary level. Further, at the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, she facilitates a transition group for young adults with Autism and is part of the Families and Schools Together (F.A.S.T.) team, in where she helps families and schools collaborate with one another in order to build an effective learning plan for each individual child. She wishes to pursue a doctorate degree; her research interests include strategies to decrease mental health service disparities for ethnic minority children and families, psychosocial interventions for families, behavioral parent training for families of children with disabilities, and resilience in families of children with disabilities.

Anaiza received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at UC Santa Cruz. Anaiza started working with children as a preschool teacher in Santa Cruz, CA. After moving back to Orange County, she went on to work with children and families as an ABA therapist for children with Autism, and then worked as a paraeducator and a substitute teacher. On her free time, Anaiza loves spending time with her family, listening to audiobooks and podcasts, and dancing.

This is Anaiza’s first year serving on the OCASP board. If you would like to contact Anaiza, you may do so at avalladolid436@gmail.com.
































                                    

                                    


    



 
























 

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