Committee Roster and Biographies

Chairs / Leadership

Name Position
Eileen Fowler, PhD Chair
Laura Mendoza Vice-Chair
Donna Bryan, B.S. Chair, By-Laws Sub-committee
Lloyd Nicks Chair, Communications Sub-committee
Open Chair, Membership Sub-committee
Chantra Nhien Chair, Programs & Activities Sub-committee

Voting Members

Undergraduate Students (3)

Ben Gelbart

Reed Vierra

Graduate Student Representatives (3)

None at this time.

Faculty (2)

Dena Florcyzk, MD

Ashe Center

Eileen Fowler, P.T., Ph.D.

Eileen Fowler
  • Faculty, Tarjan Center at UCLA
  • Professor Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Director of Research and Education, UCLA/Orthopaedic Hospital Center for Cerebral Palsy
  • (310)825-4028
Eileen Fowler is a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and holds the Peter William Shapiro Chair for Cerebral Palsy.  She is a faculty member of the Tarjan Center and Center for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at UCLA.  She is the Director of the Kameron Gait and Motion Analysis Lab and faculty. Her research addresses mechanisms responsible for impaired motor function and promising interventions for individuals with developmental and genetic disabilities.

Staff (4)

Dana Dickerson

Dana Dickerson

(310) 825-8832

Dana Dickerson earned her Master’s degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism management in 2006 at NC State University. She started working at UCLA in 2008 as an Aquatics Coordinator. Her focus was in staff development for the approximately 75 students that oversee the six campus pools. In 2011, she moved into the Facility Manager position at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center overseeing the recreation center and all campus pools. Dana’s work lets her work with hundreds of students employed by UCLA Recreation and faculty, staff and community members that frequent the facilities she oversees. This is her first year as a member of the UCOD.

Laura Mendoza

Laura Mendoza

Alex Stavchanskiy, Ph.D.

Alex Stavchanskiy
Alex Stavchanskiy started working at UCLA in 1994 with the Disabilities and Computing Program, the Office for Students with Disabilities, and the ADA & 504 Compliance Office.  He also worked with UCLA’s Tarjan Center for more than 10 years as their Web Accessibility Consultant.  In 1997 he started working for School of Law in their IT department as a Senior System Network Administrator. While at the Law School, he sat on the UCLA Accessibility Web Committee and was the first web master for the UCLA Disability Access website as well as being an accessibility consultant for websites of many other UCLA departments. He has been a member of the UCOD as staff representative since 2008.

Irma Bebe

Irma Bebe
Irma Bebe has a Ph.D. in Psychology, and an MS in Educational Psychology from CSUH. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a Certified Brain Injury Specialist. She is currently with the Employee Disability Management team at UCLA. She has over 15-years of experience working with disabled Veterans, and she has taught graduate courses in School Psychology; Special education/assessment.

Alumni Representative

Robert M. Werle, MBA

Robert Werle

Bob is a native southern Californian.  Born in Los Angeles, Bob grew up in the communities of Inglewood and Rancho Palos Verdes.  He and his wife Connie currently reside in Manhattan Beach with their two children, Graham (13 year old son) and Layne (10 year old daughter), where they have been residents since 1991.

Professionally, Bob has more than 25 years of investment banking experience providing advisory and capital raising services to middle market and large corporate clients.  He has completed more than 135 transactions, primarily for middle market entities, raising in excess of $11 billion, including more than 45 consummated advisory and restructuring assignments.

Bob holds a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering (beta gamma sigma) from Stanford University, where he also completed a pre-medical studies curriculum and was a two-year varsity letterman in the sport of crew (rowing), and an M.B.A. degree (Dean’s List) from the UCLA Graduate School of Management, and FINRA Series 7(Registered Securities Representative), 24 (Registered Securities Principal) and CA 63 (Uniform Securities Act State Law) licenses.

Currently, Bob is a Managing Director  of Coastline Capital Partners, , a boutique investment bank that is affiliated with Colony Park Financial Services, Inc.  Bob has expertise in the areas of leveraged finance, private equity, restructuring, special situations,real estate, property services and financial services.  CW focuses on investing as principals and advising entities with investments in its areas of expertise.

Bob has been an alumni representative on the UCOD since 2008.  Personally, Bob is the survivor of an ischemic stroke, which he suffered in January 2006 at the age of 49.  Bob enjoys spending time with his family, including travel, and his interests include cycling, sports, automobiles, education and art.  Bob is also a founding trustee of Vistamar  School, a private independent high school in southern California, and is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.


Donna Bryan, B.S.

Donna Bryan
After graduation from Antioch College in 1964, Donna Bryan went to work in the Chemistry Department for Paul D. Boyer.  She joined the Molecular Biology Institute in 1976, when the construction of Boyer Hall (then the MBI Building) was completed.  She was the Building Manager until she retired in 2006.  Ms. Bryan was a founding member of the UCLA Staff Assembly. She joined the University Committee on Disability in 1985 and has been an active member ever since.  She is currently a community member.

Sharon Teruya, Ph.D.

Sharon Teruya
  • Learning Disabilities Specialist, Santa Monica College
  • (310) 434-4659 / (626) 676-3702
Sharon Teruya is a learning disabilities specialist at Santa Monica College who has been in the field of Learning Disabilities for over 20 years.  After graduating from La Sierra University she attended Fuller Theological Seminary where she received an M.A. in Theology and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.  She started her career as a professor of psychology at Pacific Union College where she established their first program for students with disabilities.  She did an internship at UC Berkeley’s Disabled Students’ Program and then took a job at UCLA as a learning disabilities specialist in 2000.  Sharon has worked as a learning disabilities specialist at American River Community College, Cal Poly Pomona University, and the University of Hawaii.  She has taught at American River College, Glendale Community College, and La Sierra University.  She is a licensed clinical psychologist who does assessments for learning disabilities and AD/HD in her private clinical practice.  Sharon continues to serve as board member for the Inland Empire Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.

Assistant to UCLA Committee on Disability

Sylvia Hyde-Moguel

Student Affairs Administration (310) 206-2400

Ex-Officio Members

Patrick Burke

Patrick Burke
  • Coordinator, Disabilities and Computing Program
  • (310) 206-6004
Patrick Burke grew up in Southern California and began attending UCLA as a graduate student in 1987, utilizing many of UCLA’s disability service programs. He began doing braille production work for DCP in 1994, and has been DCP Coordinator since 2005.

Michael Clark, A.A., B.A., AARP

Michael Clark was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts.  After attending UMass (Amherst)  and Boston University, he came to California where he attended L.A. City College and then UCLA, graduating with a  Social Science Degree.  After UCLA, he worked for seven years with the California Department of Rehabilitation as a Counselor and Supervisor.  He was involved with providing goods and services to disabled individuals to assist them enter or return to gainful employment.  For the next 22 years, he worked as a Consultant, Case Expeditor, and Supervisor for the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing which enforced state laws dealing with employment, housing, and public accommodation discrimination (including physical and mental disability cases).  Almost ten years ago, he retired from State Service to begin working at UCLA in the Staff Affirmative Action Office investigating internal employment discrimination complaints and agency complaints. Such cases often involve complex reasonable accommodation issues.

Wilbert Francis

Wilbert Francis, MBA is the Postsecondary Education Coordinator for the Tarjan Center. He has ten years of experience in the field of developmental disabilities that includes leadership in facilitating collaboration between k-12 school districts, higher education and other state and local agencies. For the past two years he has provided technical assistance to California Community Colleges to strengthen their capacity to support students with intellectual disabilities. He has experience identifying the training and new development needs of Community Colleges Disability Services’ staff and has coordinated conferences and trainings to address professional development needs. He conducts monthly consortium meetings to assist K-12 districts, Department of Rehabilitation and Department of Developmental Services and institutions of higher education in working collaboratively to support students with intellectual disabilities in postsecondary education and to highlight the value and need for varied and individualized supports for students with intellectual disabilities and autism. He collects resources on best and promising practices and disseminates information to K-12, higher education or agency professions who utilize them to develop or improve postsecondary education programs. Wilbert has presented at numerous conferences, including the California Association of Postsecondary Education and Disability (CAPED), Partners in Policy Making California and Association of Regional Center Association (ARCA) conferences and transition fairs at colleges and high schools. Mr. Francis holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of the Virgin Islands.

Monroe Gorden, J.D.

Director, ADA/504 Compliance Office

Thomas Griffin, B.A., B.S., J.D., MDR

Ombudsperson, Office of Ombuds Services

Tracie Lockwood

Instructional and Youth Program Director
Cultural and Recreational Affairs

Adrienne Malka

Manager, Employee Disability Management Services / Insurance & Risk Management (310)794-0812

Edward McCloskey, M.Ed.

Edward McCloskey
  • Assistant Director, Office for Students with Disabilities
  • ADA/504 Compliance Coordinator
  • (310) 267-2004
Ed McCloskey, who earned his B.A. at Penn State, has been with the OSD since 1992; he joined the ADA/504 Office in May of 2011.  In 1997 he became a Bruin Alum with a Masters in Higher Education from the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.

David Miller

Director of Diversity Outreach
Faculty Diversity and Development

Chantra Nhien

Chantra Nhien
Chantra completed his undergraduate degree in Biology at UCLA and is currently pursuing his MPH, with a specialization in Health Promotion, at San Diego State University. He is currently working as the Adaptive Programs Coordinator at UCLA Recreation with the goal of creating recreational opportunities for people of all abilities.

Lloyd Nicks, M.Ed.

Web Accessibility, Disabilities and Computing Program, UCLA

Diane Tanjuaquio, M.Ed.

Student Affairs Officer, Dean of Students Office

Ani Vartazarian, PsyD

Ani Vartazarian

Staff Psychologist, UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services

Ani Vartazarian is a staff psychologist at Counseling and Psychological Services at UCLA. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at Pepperdine University and her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UC Berkeley. She completed a one-year APA accredited internship at UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) as well as a one-year post-doctoral fellowship at UCLA CAPS specializing in evidence-based treatments for mood and anxiety disorders. Her clinical and research interests include multicultural counseling and competencies, immigrant mental health, strength-based counseling approaches, and student veteran mental health.

Advisors / Collaborators / Former Officers

Al Aubin, Ed.D.

Senior Associate Director Career Center


Raja Bhattar

Director, UCLA LGBT Campus Resource Center

Stephanie Fisher, MA

Executive Director
Marilyn Hilton Multiple Sclerosis Achievement Center
Department of Neurology

Beth Goodhue, PhD

Assistant Director, Center for Community Learning

Academic Advisor for Disability Studies

Kathy Molini, M.Ed.

Kathy Molini
Kathy Molini has been the Director of the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) at UCLA since 1986. She came to UCLA after earning her Ms.Ed. from the University of Southern California. Her role is to provide all programmatic and managerial leadership for the OSD whose mission is to provide comprehensive academic support services to students with documented disabilities. Ms. Molini has over 35 years of experience working in disabled student programs in community colleges and university settings.

Wendy Motch

UCLA Cultural and Recreational Affairs

Beth Goodhue, PhD

Associate Director, Program Operations
Cultural and Recreational Affairs

Olivia Raynor, PhD

Director, Tarjan Center at UCLA


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