Our Staff

DRC Service Coordinators are available to offer you advising and support regarding your disability related needs. This might include:
    • discussing tips for self-advocacy
    • explaining how to utilize DRC services
    • referring you to other campus resources
    • consulting with faculty about accommodations
    • assisting you in managing disability-related concerns
    • Academic Success Strategies Appointment (ASSA)

    Rick Gubash M.S.

  • Director

    E-mail: rgubash@ucsc.edu

    I joined the Disability Resource Center in fall 2013 as a Learning Specialist and Service Coordinator. Prior to moving to UC Santa Cruz from Minnesota, I worked for eight years with the Center for Adaptive (now Accessible) Student Services (CLASS) and taught Critical Thinking, a first year study skills course, at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. 

    As a person with a learning disability, I really enjoy seeing students find their strengths and a personal enjoyment of learning. I am excited to be part of the amazing resources that they can access at the university. I am truly honored to be part of an amazing team of colleagues at the DRC. My bachelor’s degree in Psychology is from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus and my Master’s degree is in Rehabilitation Counseling is from Minnesota State University in Mankato. 

    In my spare time, I enjoy kayaking, gardening, cooking and hiking. Santa Cruz is an amazing place for all of these activities. My wife and I have two adult children who live in Minneapolis and we look forward to each visit they make to Santa Cruz. UCSC is an amazing place to live and work.

  • Angela Holleman M.S.

  • Lead Service Coordinator

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    E-mail: adhollem@ucsc.edu 

    Seeing students succeed is the most rewarding part of my job. As a DRC Service Coordinator, I meet with students with all disability types including deaf and hard of hearing students to assess appropriate accommodations. I also work closely with campus partners in advising, academic and student affairs, and faculty to enhance the services that the DRC provides to students.

    My education and experience includes a B.A. in Human Services, as well as a M.S. in Clinical Psychology with a focus in counseling. Underlying the work I do, is a desire to support students and encourage them toward independence and self-advocacy.

    Outside of work, I love to garden, travel with my friends and family, and pursue interests in counseling psychology and neuroscience.

  • Abigail Katz

  • Service Coordinator


    E-mail: ajkatz@ucsc.edu

    My name is Abigail Katz, and I am excited to be continuing my work on the DRC team in my new role as a Service Coordinator. Formerly, I worked as the Accommodations Coordinator, generating accommodations letters, managing the Notetaker Program, and organizing events around disability and its intersections with other identities.

    I graduated from UCSC with a B.A in Linguistics and Sociology and a minor in Education. As an alumna, supporting the UCSC campus community is the most rewarding part of my job. I am passionate about my work in ensuring access and inclusion with our partners across campus, so that all students are able to achieve their academic goals. Beyond that, I strive to increase the campus understanding of disability as an aspect of diversity and to work with faculty on designing courses that are inclusive of diverse learners.

    When I am not at work, I like to perform karaoke and try new restaurants in the Santa Cruz area.

  • Vanessa Molina

  • Service Coordinator


    Email: vamolina@ucsc.edu

    My identity as a first-generation Deaf Latina helped me develop a sense of self-advocacy that was essential in navigating my studies. During my undergraduate career, I quickly realized the importance of owning my identities that gave me the purpose of my life-long passion. My groundwork is based on social justice, equity, inclusion, and diversity. My goals cannot be achieved alone, I strongly believe in community collaboration to build a foundation where students can thrive. I truly look forward to meeting and working with students to empower them to realize they possess valuable potential and help them find the path to prosperity. 

    My educational background includes a B.A. in Sociology from CSU Northridge and a M.A. in Higher Education from the University of Denver. 

    Outside of work my interests include exploring new places, hiking, going to the beach, checking out museums, painting, and reading with my dog, Champ. Champ also likes all of the above along with belly rubs and snacks.  

  • Karen Ross

  • Service Coordinator


  • Felicia Peck

  • Interim Graduate Service Coordinator


  • Office Staff & Auxiliary Services

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    Andrea Soria
    Business Office Manager
    E-mail: asoria@ucsc.edu

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    Accessible Media Coordinator
    E-mail: altmedia@ucsc.edu

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    Jessica Shingu
    Interim Department Assistant
    E-mail: drc@ucsc.edu

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    Nicole Albaum
    Interim Classroom Accommodations Coordinator
    E-mail: drcexams@ucsc.edu