Valeri Cirino-Paez serves as the Associate Director of Disability Accommodations and Support Services (DASS) providing leadership and administration of DASS programs and operations. Valeri has a broad spectrum of professional experience in the field of disability including K-12 setting, community college, non-profit and government agencies. Valeri came to CI in 2007, and has been dedicated to assisting and advocating for persons with disabilities for over 25 years, 14 + years in higher education. Valeri is a strong liaison between DASS and campus and community organizations and has built collaborative relationship sharing her expertise and strong passion for CI students with disabilities. At CI, she serves on Presidential appointed committees and tasks forces including the President's Commission on Human Relations, Diversity, and Equity. Valeri was appointed to serve two-year terms for the CSU Executive Vice Chancellor’s Student Mental Health Services Advisory Committee. At the request of the Division of Student Affairs, Valeri played an integral role working with the campus architect to design and name The Educational Access Center to ensure it provided a welcoming inclusive environment and met the diverse academic needs of CI students with disabilities.

Prior to joining CI Division of Student Affairs, Valeri was the Director of Services for Students with Disabilities at California Lutheran University were she expanded student services and resources, developed their first assistive technology lab and founded their campus-wide Disability Awareness Week. Valeri was as a Senior Crime Victim Advocate with the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office and the first D.A. Crime Victim Advocate in the State of California to specialize in crime victims with disabilities. She is certified with the Department of Justice, provided disability training to law enforcement agencies and was deemed a field expert by researchers from UC Irvine.

Valeri also has strong community relations and served on the Moorpark College Access Advisory Committee and the Ventura County Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) which is the second largest SELPA in the state, serving over 16,000 students with disabilities in the 21 districts in Ventura County, the Ventura County Office of Education and the Las Virgenes Unified School District in Los Angeles County. Valeri belongs to national and state disability professional organizations and was selected to present on best practices for serving post-secondary students with disabilities and innovative services for college students with autism for NASPA, the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession comprised of over 15,000 members in all 50 states, 25 countries, and 8 U.S. Territories. Valeri has also served as guest lecture on the topic of ADA in post-secondary and the field of higher education disability services at various universities.

Valeri graduated with Chancellor Service Honors from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) with a B.A. in Sociology and concentration in Psychology. She received her M.S. in Counseling and Guidance with a specialization in College Student Personnel from California Lutheran University. Valeri was born and raised in Ventura County and is happiest spending time with her family and watching her three children when they play sports, provide community service, laugh and love life.