CI Disability Resource Programs (DRP) staff adheres to the highest principles of ethical behavior. We strive to ensure the fair, objective and impartial treatment of all persons. We recognize the valuable diversity our students with disabilities bring to our University. We accept the disability and focus on individual ability, strength and self-advocacy.

Disability Resource Programs Staff

Valeri Cirino-Paez, M.S. (View Bio)
Associate Director
Disability Resource Programs & The Educational Access Center
valeri.cirino-paez@csuci.edu

Valeri Cirino-Paez, Disabilities Counselor
  • Serves as the primary point of contact and administration for overall DRP departmental operations
  • Assists students with resolving equity and accessibility concerns/grievance
  • Provides students with disability related counseling and campus/community resources
  • Serves as the DRP campus and community liaison
  • Faculty point of contact for ADA consultation and training pertaining to student accommodations

Kirsten Olson, Ph.D. (View Bio)
Director of Counseling and Disability Services
kirsten.olson@csuci.edu

Kirsten Olson - Director of Counseling and Disability Services
  • Provides overall management and leadership for Disability Resource Programs (DRP) and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
  • Develops, implements, and assesses the vision, purpose, aims, objectives, and strategies for programs and services within DRP and CAPS in collaboration with staff
  • Responsible for planning, implementation, assessment and quality improvement of services provided in DRP and CAPS in collaboration with staff
  • Creates annual operating budget and oversees allocation of resources in DRP and CAPS in collaboration with Associate Vice President of Wellness and Athletics
  • Consults with students, faculty, staff, and community members regarding matters related to mental health and disability accommodations

Talar Touloumdjian, M.S. (View Bio)
Transition & Retention Counselor
talar.touloumdjian@csuci.edu

Talar Touloumdjian - Counselor
  • Conducts in-person and virtual new student appointments
  • Provides counseling and guidance to new and returning students with disabilities
  • Assists students with academic success strategies including study skills, organization, time management, and self-advocacy
  • Coordinates the Promoting Independence and Educational Resources (PIER) program
  • Participates in community outreach and recruitment efforts
  • Facilitates a variety of workshops/trainings to students, faculty, staff and community members

Laura Czajkowski, M.S. (View Bio)
Transition & Retention Counselor
laura.czajkowski@csuci.edu

Laura
  • Conducts in-person and virtual new student appointments
  • Provides counseling and guidance to new and returning students with disabilities
  • Assists students with academic success strategies including study skills, organization, time management, and self-advocacy
  • Participates in community outreach and recruitment efforts
  • Facilitates a variety of workshops/trainings to students, faculty, staff and community members

Cynthia Cuevas, B.A. (View Bio)

Administrative Assistant for Disability Resource Programs
cynthia.cuevas441@csuci.edu

Cynthia Cuevas - Admin Assistant
  • Oversees day to day operations and student staff
  • Provides information about DRP services
  • Coordinates Alternative Testing and Note Taking Services
  • Accepts housing disability accommodations applications
  • Processes priority registration
  • Faculty point of contact for Alternative Testing and general DRP information
  • Assists with campus outreach

Disability Resource Programs Student Assistants 

Christian Aguilera, ‘17
Major(s): Biology, minor in Psychology
DRP Lead Student Assistant

Christian

Selena Lainez, 19
Major(s): Psychology & Chicano Studies
DRP Student Assistant

Sydney Walker,’19
Major(s): Liberal Studies
DRP Student Assistant

Alejandra Garcia, ‘19
Major(s): Biology, minor in Psychology
DRP Student Assistant

Maria Barrios, ‘18
Major(s): Political Science & Global Studies
DRP Student Assistant

Mari Barrios

Tiffany Martinez, ‘17
Major(s): Communication
DRP Student Assistant

Tiffany Martinez

Technology And Communication Supporting Staff

Emily Smith (View Bio)
Alternative Media Specialist
emily.smith@csuci.edu

Emily Smith
  • Coordinates the Alternative Media Program
  • Supervises the Alternative Media production team
  • Provides campus alternative media and accessibility outreach
  • Provides assistive technology training and support for students

Jerry Garcia (View Bio)
Assistive Technology Specialist
jerry.garcia@csuci.edu

  • Manages and oversees all aspects of the Alternative Media Program
  • Provides assistive technology training for students
  • Provides assistive technology software and hardware support
  • Accessibility evaluation and remediation
  • Provides accessibility training for faculty and staff
  • Member of the Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) committee