Contact Disability Services
PCC is operating remotely – Disability Services is available!
Visit our Virtual Lobby Monday through Thursday 10am to 2pm.
If you would like to request communication access providers such as ASL Interpreters or Transcribers for a PCC meeting or event please email email@example.com.
To protect the health of our students and staff, meetings will take place online or by phone, rather than in person. We are offering both day-time and evening appointments.
We’re here for you!
- DS counselors and specialists are practitioners who work with students to determine appropriate adjustments and work with faculty to implement those accommodations
- DS coordinators and specialists ensure provision of services, conversion of materials, and effective use of tools and techniques for access
- DS office assistants ensure positive connections across and throughout the college.
- DS technicians, interpreters, transcribers, and aides bring skills 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.
The Stephanie Keyes Accessibility Center. located on the Sylvania Campus, is used for coordination of communication access and technology related services. We use the space for planning, training, and production of alternate format materials.
Our 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 across all campuses. Our tech team also works across all locations and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 971.722.TECH.
- Location: Cascade SSB 110
- Contact and appointments: Cori Samuelson
- Phone: 971-722-5276
- Fax: 971-722-5208
- Location: Rock Creek Building 9 117
- Contact and appointments: Valeria Rodriguez
- Phone: 971-722-7558
- Fax: 971-722-7557
- Location: Southeast SCOMM 112
- Contact and appointments: Amy Seto
- Phone: 971-722-6340
- Fax: 971-722-7622
Stephanie Keyes Accessibility Center
The Stephanie Keyes Accessibility Center was named in honor of a former student who provided Disability Services with a generous endowment. This brief presentation was created and shared during our naming ceremony and gives some additional context. The center provides space for coordination, production, training, and awareness building. It is where we produce accessible e-text, braille, tactile graphics and 3d prints, but also where we coordinate ASL Interpreting and TypeWell. To learn more please visit!
- Location: Sylvania CC 260
- Contact: email@example.com
- Phone: 971-722-4341
Our Team Members
- Daynia Daby works Mondays through Thursday at Southeast.
- Melanie DeLeon, MS – Coordinator of Interpreting and Transcribing Services. Mel has been an ASL interpreter for almost 25 years. She has specialized in legal, mental health and international interpreting partnering with Deaf interpreters. She is a dedicated Thorns fan – Go Rose City!
- Alma Gugushi is a DS Counselor.
- Kari Hanken is a DS Counselor who 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 has served 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.
- Debra Harris is an ASL Interpreter.
- Lynn Kelly is a DS Counselor who typically works three days per week. She has a Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling, Certification in Rehabilitation Technology, a background in consulting and training in accessible design and technology, and extensive experience working with students and academic faculty on accessibility and disability management concerns.
- Patricia Kepler is an Accessibility Specialist experienced in skills training and advocacy for people with disabilities. She meets with students to ensure tools and techniques are being effectively implemented and provides training and professional development for staff and faculty. In addition, she serves as co-chair of the Committee for an Accessible College Culture.
- Louiza Kondilis is an AT Trainer.
- Louise Magarrell is an ASL Interpreter and TypeWell Transcriber.
- Jennifer Margolis is a DS Counselor who typically works four days per week at Sylvania.
- Shasti McLaughlin is an ASL Interpreter.
- 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. 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.
- Wendy Palmer works on our learning evaluation access project and coordinates classroom accommodations such as in-class aides and notetaking services.
- Kaela Parks is the Director, and is responsible for managing the fiscal and human resources of the department to best assist the college in honoring our mission and commitment to access, opportunity, and equitable student success. Her Master’s degree is in Adult Education with a focus on Distance Learning and Technology, and she is ABD with a doctoral focus on outcomes for students who are eligible for accommodation. She is co-chair of the Accessibility and Inclusion Steering and Action Group.
- Ginny Perelson is the Student Accommodation Manager. Ginny has a Bachelor’s degree in education with a specialty in Rehabilitation Services, and a graduate degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. Her professional background includes serving in leadership roles in the fields of vocational rehabilitation, community mental health, and adult education. She has worked as a high school transition counselor, delivered psychiatric rehabilitation staff development programs, and designed training grants with community colleges and private industry.
- Phyllis Petteys is an Accessibility Specialist who meets with students to ensure tools and techniques are being effectively implemented, provides training and professional development for staff and faculty, and works to improve accessibility proactively. In addition, she serves as chair of the College’s AT Committee.
- Angel Ray is a DS Counselor who has a masters in counseling from Portland State University. She started working at PCC in 2013 as an Accessibility Tech assuring instructional tools and materials were accessible to students using screen-readers and occasionally still helps in this area. In 2014 she began her PSU student internship in Disability Services as a counselor and still enjoys working in this capacity today. Outside of PCC, Angel has a private practice counseling individuals and their families struggling with adjustment to disability and is accruing hours as an Oregon state licensed intern under a state qualified supervisor. She actively serves as a strong advocate in the community by participating as a commissioner on the Portland Commission On Disability (PCOD) as well as other advocacy groups. As a person who identifies as having a disability herself, Angel provides a unique connection with students by sharing the experience of living with a disability while working through higher education and life challenges.
- Marjorie Tilley is a TypeWell Transcriber.
- Bret Westwood is a DS Counselor who works Fridays.
- Donna Wolf is an Alternate Format Technician who works primarily on video captioning.