Disability Services Staff
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 Director
Kaela Parks works across the district to build collaborations and ensure institution-wide commitment to equal access
Senior Office Assistant
Linda Browning is based at Sylvania but works closely with the Director to serve the whole district.
Disability Services Office Assistants
The Office Assistants are the campus-based 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. 971-722-4341 | FAX: 971-722-4882 | Video Phone: 503-928-5875
Cathy Murphy - Call 971-722-4341 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
Southeast Center, Mt. Tabor Hall 149 | APPTS: 971-722-6340 | FAX: 971-722-7622
Maria Buccieri - Call 971-722-6340 for Appointments
Casual Office Assistant Coverage
Provided by Stephanie Monroe and Cynthia Hengge
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 Brown - 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.
Phyllis Petteys - The Accessibility Specialist meets with students to ensure tools and techniques are being effectively implemented, provides AT training to staff and faculty, and works to improve accessibility.
The Disability Services Counselors 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.
Counselors may work on more than one campus to help ensure students needs are met across the district but the primary campus for each counselor is indicated.
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.
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.
Rock Creek Campus
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, Wednesdays and some Fridays for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Felita Singleton is job sharing at Rock Creek and working Tuesdays and Thursdays for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Bret Westwood typically works on Thursdays at Southeast
Angelina Davis - has been counseling and teaching managing test anxiety and college success classes at PCC for eight years. Angelina received her MS in education counseling from Portland State University and is a nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. She is serving on the District Safety, Culinary Advisory and ADA committees at the college. Angelina has a special interest in the transition of students with disabilities from HS to college and then into the workforce as well as adjustment to disability identity later in life. Other focus populations/issues she has experience working with include veterans, LGBTQ, vision loss, ADD/LD, and anxiety/depression disorders. She typically works on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at Southeast.
Elizabeth Kimberly earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Minnesota State University, Mankato and completed the Rehabilitation Counseling with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Adults program through Western Oregon University. She serves on the Educational Advisory Council (EAC), the District Title III Financial Literacy Workgroup and is the faculty advisor for the Very-Able Club. Elizabeth’s interests include social justice models of disability and difference, identity and disability, and the recovery and supported education models for those with mental-health-related disabilities. Populations/issues she has experience working with include Mental Illness, ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum, LGBTQ (particularly those on the transgender spectrum), those who encounter both disability and addiction, and those with sensory disabilities. She has a working knowledge and awareness of Deaf culture and the issues that affect people who are deaf and hard of hearing. Her ASL skills are basic and she uses an interpreter for most meetings with students who sign. She typically works Tuesday through Friday.
Kathleen Noss has a background working as a vocational counselor, working with veterans, and is able to communicate using sign language. She is working Monday through Thursday at Sylvania during the 2013-2014 year.
Eric Stelmakh has a background as a vocational counselor and is able to communicate in Russian and Ukranian. He is working at Sylvania Mondays during the 2013-2014 academic year.
Tammy Dowd is on professional development leave, working as a general counselor at SY through June 2014