Meet the Teams

The DRC Staff are available to offer advising and support regarding the student’s disability related needs. This might include:

  • discussing tips for self-advocacy
  • explaining how to utilize DRC services
  • referring to other campus resources
  • consulting with faculty about accommodations
  • assisting in managing disability-related concerns
  • directly providing accommodations for course work or the classroom

DRC Leadership

Karen E Nielson

  • Title
    • Director
  • Department
    • Disability Resource Center
  • Office Location
    • , Bay Tree 3rd floor
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Jennifer Rogerson Jennings

  • Pronouns
    • Use my name
  • Title
    • Assistant Director, Auxiliary Services
  • Department
    • Disability Resource Center
  • Phone
    • 831-459-4573
  • Office Location
    • Bay Tree Bookstore, 312
  • Office Hours
    • Monday-Friday 8-5
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Andrea Soria

  • Pronouns
    • she/her, ella, they/them
  • Title
    • Business Office Manager
  • Department
    • Disability Resource Center
  • Phone
    • (831) 459-4851
  • Office Hours
    • Monday through Friday 9:00am to 5:30pm
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Accommodations Advisors

Haley Meyn

  • Pronouns
    • she, her, her, hers, herself
  • Title
    • Service Coordinator
  • Department
    • Disability Resource Center
  • Phone
    • 8314594578
  • Office Location
    • Bay Tree Bookstore, 311
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Felicia A Peck

  • Title
    • senior service coordinator, graduate specialist
  • Department
    • Disability Resource Center
  • Phone
    • 831-459-2089
  • Office Location
    • Bay Tree Bookstore, 314
  • Office Hours
    • by appointment
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Daniel Guzman

  • Pronouns
    • he/him
  • Title
    • Service Coordinator
  • Department
    • Disability Resource Center
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Andrea Mena

  • Pronouns
    • She/Her
  • Title
    • Service Coordinator
  • Department
    • Disability Resource Center
  • Phone
    • 8314591826
  • Office Hours
    • Monday-Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
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Kara Skinner

  • Pronouns
    • she/her
  • Title
    • DRC Service Coordinator
  • Department
    • Disability Resource Center
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Megan Stewart

  • Title
    • DRC Service Coordinator
  • Department
    • Disability Resource Center
  • Office Location
    • Bay Tree Bookstore, 316
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Kara Wernick

  • Pronouns
    • all pronouns
  • Title
    • Service Coordinator
  • Department
    • Disability Resource Center
  • Office Location
    • Bay Tree Bookstore, 315
  • Office Hours
    • M/Tu/W/Th 8:45AM to 5:15PM (Remote F)
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Auxiliary Services

Jennifer Rogerson Jennings

  • Pronouns
    • Use my name
  • Title
    • Assistant Director, Auxiliary Services
  • Department
    • Disability Resource Center
  • Phone
    • 831-459-4573
  • Office Location
    • Bay Tree Bookstore, 312
  • Office Hours
    • Monday-Friday 8-5
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Alyssa Gomes

  • Pronouns
    • She, her, hers
  • Title
    • DRC Exam Services Coordinator
  • Department
    • Disability Resource Center
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Nicole A Albaum

  • Pronouns
    • she/her
  • Title
    • DRC Exam Support Specialist
  • Department
    • Disability Resource Center
  • Phone
    • 831-502-2986
  • Office Location
    • Kerr Hall, Room 20
  • Office Hours
    • Monday – Friday 9am-5pm
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E Zawicki

  • Pronouns
    • they/them
  • Title
    • Exam Support Specialist
  • Department
    • Disability Resource Center
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Leonardo Rafael Camargo

  • Title
    • DRC Accessible Media Coordinator
  • Department
    • Disability Resource Center
  • Office Location
    • Bay Tree Bookstore, 319
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Erin Brianna Whitfield

  • Pronouns
    • she, her, her, hers, herself
  • Title
    • Classroom Accommodations Coordinator
  • Department
    • Disability Resource Center
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Administrative Office

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Vacant

Department Coordinator


Business Office

Andrea Soria

  • Pronouns
    • she/her, ella, they/them
  • Title
    • Business Office Manager
  • Department
    • Disability Resource Center
  • Phone
    • (831) 459-4851
  • Office Hours
    • Monday through Friday 9:00am to 5:30pm
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DRC Partners

Angelita Breiter

  • Title
    • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
  • Department
    • Disability Resource Center
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Jessica Soria

  • Title
    • Accessible Media Coordinator, Post Production Captioning
  • Department
    • Disability Resource Center
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Career Staff Vacancies

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Vacant

Department Coordinator


Meet the Student Teams

Access Team

The Access Team works under the direction of the student as class/lab assistants and mobility assistants to support students with disabilities related to vision and/or physical mechanics and dexterity requirements.

Access Assistants

This Team is currently without assigned members and has no active projects or tasks.

Accessible Furniture Team

The Accessible Furniture Team coordinates placement of accessible furniture in classroom and campus environments. Examples of accessible furniture include stand-alone chairs and wheelchair accessible desks.

Accessible Furniture Team
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Trevor

Accessible Furniture Assistant

Pronouns: he/him

College Affiliation: Cowell College
Major: Biomolecular Engineering and Bioinformatics
Fun Fact: I play the clarinet!

Hi Everyone! I work at the DRC in order to promote an inclusive environment on campus and to provide accessibility to barriers in education.

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Dani

Accessible Furniture Assistant

Pronouns: she/they

College Affiliation: Oakes College
Major: Politics and LALS
Fun Fact: I have lived in Oklahoma, Canada, Utah and Pennsylvania besides California!

I am happy to be part of the DRC to support and contribute to the community I am part of and receive support from as well.

Exam Support Services Team

The DRC Testing Center employs the Exam Support Services team, who cater to the exam-related requirements of our students. The Office Assistants facilitate scheduling of appointments with the staff, assist in exam room reservations, and provide guidance and direction to avail exam accommodations. Meanwhile, the Exam Assistants fulfill the roles of scribes, readers, and/or proctors for students with verified disabilities at UC Santa Cruz.

Exam Support Office Assistants
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Elizabeth C.

Exam Support Office Assistant

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Cassidy H.

Exam Support Office Assistant

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Joshua F. L.

Exam Support Office Assistant

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Bryan S.

Exam Support Office Assistant

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Loan T.

Exam Support Office Assistant

Exam Assistants
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Anissa A.

Exam Assistant

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Elizabeth C.

Exam Assistant

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Annette D. L. C.

Exam Assistant

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Tram D.

Exam Assistant

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Isabela D. -M.

Exam Assistant

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Jesus E. E.

Exam Assistant

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Cassidy H.

Exam Assistant

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Christine H.

Exam Assistant

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Kaitlin H.

Exam Assistant

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Hillary K.

Exam Assistant

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Angel L.

Exam Assistant

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Hadley L.

Exam Assistant

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Joshua F. L.

Exam Assistant

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Hilldana S.

Exam Assistant

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Bryan S.

Exam Assistant

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Naomi S.

Exam Assistant

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Loan T.

Exam Assistant

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Truman V.

Exam Assistant

Notetaking Program Team

The Notetaking Team coordinates our DRC Peer Notetaker Accommodations.

Notetaking Program Assistant Supervisors
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Liana

Notetaking Program Assistant Supervisor

Pronouns: they/them

College Affiliation: Oakes College
Major: Legal Studies
Fun Fact: I can read Egyptian hieroglyphs!

I work with the DRC to help make UCSC a more inclusive space where everyone can feel supported in their educational goals.

Notetaking Program Assistant Leads
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Alisa

Notetaking Program Assistant Lead

Pronouns: she/her

College Affiliation: Cowell College
Major: Environmental Studies and Legal Studies, minor in Latin American and Latino/a/x Studies
Fun Fact: I am fluent in American Sign Language!

I work at the DRC because every student deserves to be provided with all of the tools and accommodations they need to succeed in higher education.

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Ace

Notetaking Program Assistant Lead

Pronouns: they/them

College Affiliation: Oakes College
Major: Legal Studies, focusing on prison system reform
Fun Fact: I grew up on a farm in Northern California!

I’m motivated to be part of the DRC because of my own experience as a disabled student and to help ensure a supportive and accessible college experience for everyone.

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Mackeez (muh-keez)

Notetaking Program Assistant Lead

Pronouns: she/her

College Affiliation: Stevenson College
Major: Legal Studies and Politics
Fun Fact: I love to swim!

What motivates me to work at the DRC is that it advocates for the rights and needs of individuals with disabilities, ensuring that they have equal access to education, opportunities, and services which creates inclusive environments.

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Sona

Notetaking Program Assistant Lead

Pronouns: she/her

College Affiliation: John R. Lewis College
Major: Computer Science
Fun Fact: Book binding is my favorite hobby.

I work at the DRC to encourage equity in higher education and to make sure everyone can have the best experience at UCSC as a student.

DRC Central Office Assistant Team

The Office Assistant team (OAs for short) are our welcoming team. As they head up the reception desk, they are generally the first point of contact for students, instructors, and the public reaching out to the DRC. They schedule appointments to meet with Career staff, assist in routing incoming documents, as well as answer questions and connect people to resources to provide accommodations.

Office Assistant Supervisors

This Team is currently without assigned members and has no active projects or tasks.

Lead Office Assistants

This Team is currently without assigned members and has no active projects or tasks.

Office Assistants
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Emily Y. 

Office Assistant

Pronouns: she/her
College Affiliation: Cowell College
Major: Psychology

Hi everyone! My name is Emily, and I am currently studying Psychology. I am on the receiving side of DRC myself, and I thought it’d be amazing to be on the helping/giving side of it as well. Apart from helping others, I love to travel and spend time with my family and friends! 

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Irlanda S.

Office Assistant

Pronouns: she/her

College Affiliation: Merrill College
Major:  Psychology

Hi! My name is Irlanda (she/her) and I am currently pursuing a Psychology major and am affiliated with Merrill College. I joined the DRC because I enjoy helping others and wanted to be part of a community that provides acceptance and accessibility to students. In my free time, I like to hangout with friends and spend time outdoors.

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Tyler K.

Office Assistant

Pronouns: they/ey

College Affiliation: Kresge College
Major:  Cognitive Science

Video Captioning Team

The Video Captioning Team processes post-production captioning, also called offline captioning by adding captions to media, such as movies, streaming videos, lecture recordings, videos available on DVDs and other platforms such as YuJa.

Captioning Assistant Supervisors
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Ajay K.

Captioning Assistant Supervisor

Pronouns: he/him/his

College Affiliation: John R. Lewis College
Major: Technology and Information Management
Fun Fact: I am a classical pianist!

Hello Everyone! I work at the DRC to help support those in need and to foster an inclusive community at our campus.

Captioning Assistants
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Shreya

Captioning Assistant

Pronouns: she/her

College Affiliation: Cowell College
Major: Cognitive Science
Fun Fact: I love playing the guitar and singing in my free time.

One main reason as to what motivates me to work at the DRC is that I love helping other people. This opportunity gives me a chance to make a difference in people’s educational experience and that brings me joy.

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Kimroop

Captioning Assistant

Pronouns: she/her

College Affiliation: John R. Lewis College
Major: Sociology
Fun Fact: I’m a fluent speaker of three languages – English, Punjabi, and Hindi. I’ve spent a lot of time with my grandparents and elders learning as much as I could.

I am thrilled to be a part of the Disability Resource Center on campus because I am passionate about creating an inclusive and accessible environment for all students. I am excited to contribute to the important work of the center and to support students with disabilities in achieving their academic goals.

Web Accessibility Team

Using web accessibility standards and university guidelines in managing the DRC’s web presences to be not only accessible for disability-related reasons, but also creating spaces that are universally navigable by all. The Web Accessibility Team uses analytics from site-use and frequently asked questions to guide the information that is provided on the website.

Web Accessibility Supervisor

This Team is currently without assigned members and has no active projects or tasks.

Web Accessibility Interns
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Philsim N. 

Web Accessibility Intern

Pronouns: he/him

College Affiliation: Crown College
Major:  Computer Engineering

Last modified: Jun 19, 2024