Orange County Association of 

School Psychologists

 
 
 
 

 

2017-2018 OCASP BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President: Giniena Tan, MA 

President-Elect: Erin Spillane, MA

Past President: Ashley Stewart, PsyD 

Treasurer: Jenna Wood, MS, NCSP

Secretary: Ashley Stewart, PsyD 

CASP Region IX Representative: Arpita Mandal, MA, NCSP

Event Coordinator: Libby Barnish, MS, EdS, LEP

Membership Coordinator: Anna Zois, MA
Community Liaison & PAC Committee:  Tajara Ross, PsyD

Media Coordinator & Webmaster: Tori Downing, MA EdS
Newsletter Editor: Sherilyn Kile

University Liaison - Chapman University: Tien Tran 

University Liaison - CSULB: Kinsey Brose 

University Liaison - APU: Megan Tagg



 


Giniena is currently working at Cerro Villa Middle School within the Orange Unified School District. 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 embarked in the field of working with children with special needs as a 1:1 Behavioral Therapist for children with Autism then as an instructional assistant in Irvine Unified and Tustin Unified School Districts. Giniena is in her seventh year with Orange Unified and though she has worked with elementary and high school students, she has learned that her favorite age to work with are middle school students. She is currently one of the proud co-advisors for S.A.G.A. (Sexuality and Gender Acceptance) - the first club for LGBTQ students at the middle school level in Orange - which promotes acceptance, equality, and support for all. She also enjoys working on mindfulness techniques with her staff and students and continuously promotes healthy mental well-being for her team.

On her days off, Giniena enjoys going to the beach and traveling with her husband, one-year-old son, and their twelve-year-old dog. If you would like to contact Giniena, you may email her at giniena.tan@gmail.com


Dr. Ashley Stewart is currently in her fifth year as a school psychologist with the Huntington Beach Union High School district. She is assigned to the district’s Compass Center, providing educationally related mental health services (ERMHS) to students and their families throughout the West Orange County SELPA. After attending Washburn University in Kansas on a softball scholarship, Ashley completed her BA in psychology at California State University Fullerton, and her MA and PsyD at Alliant international University where she wrote and published her doctoral project on sports-related concussions.

Additionally, Ashley works as a lecturer at California State University Long Beach, and has presented at many district trainings on topics related to school mental health, including the DSM 5 and trauma-informed strategies in the classroom. Outside of work, Ashley enjoys spending time with her friends and family, which include her two dogs, Snoop and Fozzie, traveling, hanging out at dog beach, trying new restaurants, good wine, and catching up on Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix…preferably with good wine.


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.



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.



Arpita Mandal is in her seventh year as a school psychologist at El Rancho
Charter 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 part-time lecturer in the school psychology graduate program at CSU Long Beach. She is continuing her eighth year on the OCASP board and her second term serving as the Region IX Representative for CASP. In 2011, she co-authored an article in CASP’s journal, Contemporary School Psychology, discussing Tier III assessments, data-based decision making, and interventions. 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.



Newsletter Editor: Sherilyn Kile                     

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.



Anna Zois is in her second year as a school psychologist in the Irvine Unified School District. She attended the University of California, Irvine where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Social Behavior. She then received her Master of Arts degree in Educational Psychology with emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis at Azusa Pacific University. She has worked in Special Education as an instructional assistant and a behavior tutor for three years in Orange County. Anna completed her practicum and internship in Irvine Unified School District. Lastly, she is currently completing her fieldwork hours to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). For fun, Anna loves to do yoga, paddle board, travel to new places around the world with her fiancé, and interact with animals (especially horses). This is her fourth year serving on the OCASP board.




Dr. Tajara Ross currently works as a school psychologist in Santa Ana Unified School District. This is her 6th year as a psychologist but she has also worked in the field of education previously as a tutor, cognitive skills trainer, and subsitute teacher. Tajara attended UC Irvine for her undergraduate degree where she completed a double major in Psychology & Social Behavior, and Criminology, Law & Society. While at UCI she studied abroad for two years in Madrid, Spain and Paris, France. Tajara completed graduate school at Alliant International University in Irvine, lastly completing the doctorate program in Educational Psychology. Her favorite aspects of her job include working with students with ADHD, social-emotional issues, and students in crisis through PBIS. She is also an advisor for her high school's GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) Club. She enjoys mentoring practicum students and interns and hopes to become a professor in the future to continue working with graduate students.





Tori is in her first 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 third year serving on the OCASP board. If you would like to contact Tori, you may do so at downing.tori@gmail.com. 




Sher Kile has earned her Master of Arts in Education (M.A. Ed.) degree in Educational Psychology from Azusa Pacific University and is currently pursuing an Education Specialist degree (Ed. S.) in School Psychology with an embedded PPS School Psychology Credential. She will specialize in Clinical and Educationally Related Mental Health Counseling with hopes to make a difference among populations struggling with mental health issues. She has developed and organized summer camps and after-school programs for school-age children. Additionally, she has completed a school counseling internship focusing on adolescents and crisis intervention and assisted in several special education classrooms. As a school psychologist intern, Sher completed a summer internship with the Orange County Department of Education where she worked closely with incarcerated youth and is currently an intern with the Garden Grove Unified School District. She is passionate about student mental health and suicide prevention with a specific focus on advocacy. When she is not on the work grind, Sher enjoys traveling with her husband, watching hockey games (Go Kings!), and teaching Charlie (her dog) new tricks.


Tien is a third year in the school psychology program at Chapman University and will be completing her Ed.S. degree with an emphasis in professional clinical counseling in May 2018. She is also the current president of the Chapman Association of School Psychologists (CUASP). Tien is interning in Saddleback Valley Unified School District at the preschool and elementary levels and running groups for young adults with Autism at The Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Tien received her Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Studies and a minor in Psychology from CSU Long Beach. She began working with children as a preschool teacher in Tustin, CA. Her professional interests include supporting mental health in the schools, cultural diversity, and family-school collaboration. In her free time she enjoys hiking, going to the beach, movies, and spending time with family and friends. 

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



Kinsey Brose is currently in her third year with the School Psychology Ed. S. program at CSU Long Beach and is completing her internship with Savanna School District.  Previously, she completed her practicum with Huntington Beach Union High School District while working part-time as an Assessment and Counseling Intern for the Stephen Benson Learning Disability Program at CSULB.  Before pursuing her graduate education, Kinsey volunteered with AmeriCorps at Santa Barbara Unified School District as a reading interventionist for a Title I elementary school.  Kinsey earned her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Applied Psychology and Education from UC Santa Barbara.  Kinsey’s joys in life are travel, chocolate, a good book, and coffee.  Kinsey can be contacted at kinseybrose@gmail.com.


















                                    

                                    


    



 
























 



President - Giniena Tan, MA
 
Secretary & Past President - Ashley Stewart, PsyD                                            
 
President Elect - Erin Spillane, MA                                       

 
Treasurer - Jenna Wood, MS, NCSP                              
CASP Region IX Rep - Arpita Mandal, MA, NCSP                         
University Liaison - APU: Megan Tagg
 
   
                                         
   

 
Event Coordinator - Libby Barnish, MS, EdS, LEP                          
 
Community Liasion & PAC Committee- Tajara Ross, PsyD
                                         
    
Membership Coordinator - Anna Zois, MA 
 
Media Coordinator & Webmaster Tori Downing, MA EdS                                
University Liaison - Chapman University: Tien Tran                     
University Liaison - CSULB: Kinsey Brose



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