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  • DS counselors and specialists are practitioners who work with students to determine appropriate adjustments and 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

Locations

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.

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 on all campuses.

Cascade
  • Location: Cascade SSB 110
  • Contact and appointments: Teresa Adams
  • Phone: 971-722-5276
  • Fax: 971-722-5208
Ruth McKenna

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.

Kathleen Noss

Kathleen Noss has a background working as a vocational counselor, working with veterans, and is able to communicate using sign language. She has worked at all of our campuses and is currently meeting with students at Cascade.

Rock Creek
Kari Hanken

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 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. Kari is job sharing and works Mondays, Thursdays and some Fridays.

Angel Ray

Angel Ray 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 continues to help 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. In addition, she is involved in subject area studies and works closely with nationally recognized Advocate for Accessibility in Distance Learning, Karen Sorensen. 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 licensing 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 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.

Southeast
  • Location: Southeast SCOMM 112
  • Contact and appointments: Lorene Tomlin
  • Phone: 971-722-6340
  • Fax: 971-722-7622
Daynia Flynn-Daby

Daynia Flynn-Daby works Mondays  through Thursday

Bret Westwood

Bret Westwood works Fridays

Casey Miramontes

Casey Miramontes works Wed through Friday

Sylvania
Jennifer Margolis

Jennifer Margolis typically works four days per week at Sylvania.

Harry Zweben

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 four days per week at Sylvania.

Sylvania Accessibility Center

The Accessibility Center provides space for coordination, production, training, and awareness building. It is where the Director and Coordinators are based, and is where we convert materials to alternate formats.

  • Location: Sylvania CC 260
  • Contact: Cathy Murphy, Senior Office Assistant
  • Phone: 971-722-4341
  • video phone: 503-928-5875

College-Wide Roles

  • Sharon J. Allen
    Sharon arranges for ASL or text based communication access. She also serves as a partner with our College’s Sign Language Interpreting Program and has served as a board member within the Oregon Association on Higher Education and Disability.
  • Michael Cantino
    Michael is an Accessibility Specialist who worked in K-12 special education for over a decade and joined the PCC Disability Services team in 2017. He is a Library of Congress certified braille transcriber and loves learning about and teaching assistive technology.
  • Erik Ferguson
    Erik is an AT Trainer who has worked in the field of Assistive Technology since 1997 and has been with PCC since 2014. He has a special interest in disability arts and culture.
  • Haris Gunadi
    The Alternate Media Specialist oversees both video captioning and alternate format materials for print based media. He also serves as a consultant and partner for instructional faculty looking to make their course materials more user friendly.
  • Patricia Kepler
    Patricia 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.
  • Louiza Kondilis
    Louiza is an AT Trainer.
  • Wendy Palmer
    Wendy works on our learning evaluation access project and serves as co-chair of our Accessible Built Environment Committee. She has also been serving as chair of the Student Development Committee through the College’s Educational Advisory Council.
  • Kaela Parks
    Kaela 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.
  • Phyllis Petteys
    Phyllis 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 co-chair of the College’s Accessible Digital Environment Committee.