Mental Health Services Advisory Committee

Mission :  

  • Enhance campus community awareness of, de-stigmatize, and respond to the mental health needs of West Valley College students in support of access, retention, and success. 


  • Enhance awareness of, de-stigmatize, and respond to the mental needs of the campus community

  • Establish an ongoing, self-sustaining MFT/MSW internship program to provide greater student access to mental health services

  • Create a streamlined, practical, and easily understood referral process to link distressed students to both campus and community mental health resources 


  • Provide leadership and oversight to the reinstatement of Mental Health Services as part of Health Services and to formalize mental health services as an integral part of WVC student services.

  • Provide training & consultation to WVC faculty, staff, and students focusing on the early identification of, and preventive response to, emotionally distressed students.

  • Provide leadership within the campus community to de-stigmatize mental illness.

  • Identify, develop, and maintain collaborative relationships with easily accessible campus and community mental health resources to address the needs of emotionally distressed students (i.e. names of agencies and individual providers, contact information, websites, eligibility requirements, etc).

  • Promote awareness of and educate the campus community as to the prevalence of emotional distress and mental illness (including, but not limited to depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation & intent, self-harm behavior, anger management/violence issues, bipolar affective disorder, schizophrenia, dual diagnosis [the co-occurrence of mental illness and chemical dependency], eating disorders, and struggles with identity and transitions).

  • Provide a recognized forum to “staff” students of concern, conduct case reviews, develop interventions plans, and monitor progress and collaborative efforts. 

  • Develop and oversee a sustainable and renewable on-campus internship program for MSW Interns and MFT Trainees and Interns, which will create the core of expanded mental health services on campus.

  • Provide collaboration and input to the campus Student Intervention Committee, advisory to the VP of Student Services, and to the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT), including current MH information and trends, as well as post- disaster counseling services for the entire campus community.

Meeting Location: 

Campus Center


Meets Wednesdays,
from 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM


Albert Moore: Interim Director, Human Resources 

Dr. Alfred Forrest: Director, Health Services 

Barry Goldman-Hall: LCSW, MHSAC Co-Chair, Mental Health Consultant, Health Services

Bradley Davis: WVC President

Carol Pavan: LMFT, Counselor, Counseling Department Chair

Cheryl Miller: MA, Director, DESP

Christina Llerena: Counselor, First Year Experience & Counseling Faculty

George Mageles: LMFT, MHSAC Co-Chair, Community Resource Coordinator, Health Services

Gretchen Ehlers: Student Success & First Year Experience Coordinator, Math Faculty

Helen Pivk: MFTI, EOPS Counselor

Jean Finch: LMFT, DESP Counselor

Karen Wallace: WVC Campus Chaplain, English Faculty, Health Services

Ken Tanaka: Chief, WVMPD

Kevin Borges: Officer, WVMPD

Matais Pouncil: Dean, Student Services

Meghan Vaughn: Program Specialist, Health Services

Melissa Salcido: MS, Puente Counselor

Michael Byers: LCSW, Counselor, Counseling Faculty

Robert Smith: Officer, WVMPD

Sean Pepin: Director of Student Development & The Campus Center

Sharon Heimbaugh: RN, FNP, ARISE Grant Project Director, Health Services

Stephanie Kashima: Dean of Instruction

Dr. Victoria Hindes: VP Student Services

Whitney Clay: Reading Faculty

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