Our team is here for you!
- DS Counselors and Specialists work with students to determine appropriate adjustments and support the development of self-advocacy skills
- DS Coordinators and Specialists ensure provision of services, conversion of materials, and effective use of tools and techniques for access
- DS Office Assistants work with students, staff, and service providers to ensure positive connections
- DS Technicians, Interpreters, Transcribers, and Aides complete critical tasks to ensure equal access in classrooms, labs, and throughout our campuses
Disability Services has office assistants and practitioners at all four campuses. These locations provide confidential meeting spaces for students to meet with Counselors and Specialists to determine accommodation and resolve disability barriers in an individualized manner.
Disability Services also operates an Accessibility Center at Sylvania in the Campus Center room 260. This is the location where the department provides training and awareness building, and also where production activities occur for alternate format material conversion. The Senior Office Assistant is located in the Accessibility Center.
Sylvania CC 260| Ph. 971-722-4341 | Video Phone: 503-928-5875
Cathy Murphy - Call 971-722-4341 for Information
Disability Services Office Assistants - Each Campus
The Office Assistants are the front line contacts who schedule appointments and answer general questions.
All DS office assistants are equipped to schedule appointments for students on all campuses
Sylvania ST 229 | Ph. 971-722-4319 | FAX: 971-722-4882
Stephanie Monroe-Van Schepen - Call 971-722-4319 for Appointments
Cascade SSB 150 | Ph. 971-722-5276 | FAX: 971-722-5208
Teresa Adams - Call 971-722-5276 for Appointments
Rock Creek Building 9 | Ph. 971-722-7558 | FAX: 971-722-7557
Maria Juarez - Call 971-722-7558 for Appointments
Disability Services Counselors, Coordinators, Specialists, and Service Providers
The Coordinators are the right point of contact for setting up, troubleshooting, or learning more about specific services or supports. Specialists work directly with students and faculty to support accommodation in a variety of ways.
- Wendy Palmer
- - The District Coordinator works on notetaking supports, classroom aides, GED test accommodation, and other special projects such as our campus access map initiative.
- Sharon J. Allen
- - The Coordinator of Interpreting and Transcribing arranges for ASL or text based communication access.
- Haris Gunadi
- - The Alternate Media Specialist oversees both Video Captioning and Alternate Format Materials for print based media.
- Ruth McKenna
- has been a counselor and instructor at PCC since 2002. She earned her Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology at Lewis and Clark College and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with the state of Oregon. Ruth serves on the Financial Aid Time Frame Extension Committee and participates with the Behavioral Intervention Team as needed. She worked closely with the Veteran's Resource Center when she was at the Rock Creek campus. Ruth is now at the Cascade campus. She is closed on Mondays (Mon & Tues for July & August). The main focus of her professional training is in the mental health field with special interests in the following populations: Asperger's Syndrome, Veterans, Traumatic Brain Injury, PTSD, and other Anxiety Disorders. She typically works Tuesday through Friday.
- - Accessibility Specialists meet with students to ensure tools and techniques are being effectively implemented, provide training to staff and faculty, and work to improve accessibility. Jennifer serves the college district wide but is based out of Cascade.
- Kari Hanken
- has worked in Disability Services at Portland Community College for 15 years. She received her Master’s in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with an emphasis in Transition. Kari is currently serving on the Assistive Technology Committee and the Behavior Intervention Team. Kari served on the ORAHEAD (Oregon Association for Higher Education and Disability) Board from 2009-2012. She has a special interest in working with students with disabilities who are transitioning from high school to college and working with students who experience learning disabilities and ADHD. Other populations and areas of experience include: LGBTQ, veterans, students with physical and sensory disabilities, TBI, mental health disorders, chronic medical conditions, and autism spectrum. Kari is job sharing and working Mondays, Thursdays and some Fridays for the 2013-2014.
- Jennifer Margolis
- is working Tuesdays and Wednesdays and some Fridays at the Rock Creek campus.
- Angel Chesimet
- is working one to two days at the Rock Creek campus.
- - Accessibility Specialists meet with students to ensure tools and techniques are being effectively implemented, provide AT training to staff and faculty, and work to improve accessibility. Phyllis serves the college district wide but is based out of Rock Creek.
- Megan Jasurda
- worked at Lower Columbia College in Washington for seven years first as adjunct faculty and five years as Disability Services Director before joining Portland Community College Fall of 2014. She received her Master’s in Educational Leadership & Policy, the Postsecondary Adult & Continuing Education program, from Portland State University. Megan has served as President on the DSSC (Disability Support Services Council for Washington community colleges) Board from 2011-2013. Megan initiated the Veterans Outreach program and Veterans Corner space for students at Lower Columbia College. Megan served as faculty advisor for the sign language and veterans student clubs and also served on the campus BIT team. Megan has presented on Universal Design for Learning classroom applications and College Transition for Military students. She also has a special interest in working with students who experience learning disabilities and ADHD. Megan enjoys helping students discover their strengths and unique ways of learning. Megan is passionate about motivating and supporting students on their path for academic success. She typically works four days per week at Sylvania.
- Harry Zweben
- has served on the Sylvania Diversity Council and the Veterans Task Force as well as several boards, including Better Futures — an ongoing project helping young adults in foster homes continue from high school on to college as well as ORAHEAD, the Oregon Association for Higher Education and Disability. Harry has a special interest in assisting students on the autism spectrum and helping veterans to transition to student and civilian life. He typically works Monday through Thursday.
- Kathleen Noss
- has a background working as a vocational counselor, working with veterans, and is able to communicate using sign language. She typically works two to three days per week.
Disability Services Practitioners work individually with students to review eligibility for accommodation, develop self-advocacy skills, and ensure adjustments and liaison services are provided as needed to allow students an equal opportunity to engage in all PCC offerings.
Rock Creek Campus
Disability Services Director
The Director of Disability Services works to align department activity with the college mission.
Kaela Parks has been Director of DS at PCC since Feb. 2012. Prior to that she spent 10 years in Alaska. She has a love of technology and a passion for ensuring equal access. She has taught courses on Universal Design, Accessible Multimedia, Disability in Film, and College Survival Skills. She presents nationally on a variety of topics including web accessibility, service learning, and disability services policy and practice and volunteers her time for leadership roles within the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and the Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD). She is currently serving as president of ORAHEAD.