Melanie Hale Melanie Hale, LCSW, Director
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
 
Ms. Hale holds a Master of Social Work Degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Social Work and a bachelor's degree in sociology from City College of New York. She is a licensed clinical social worker with a passion for helping college students achieve their goals despite the personal challenges that they may face throughout their college experience.
 
Hale was trained by David Burns, M.D., at Stanford University in the evidenced-based T.E.A.M. Therapy Model, and has incorporated this model as the foundation for brief therapy offered at Foothill College Psychological Services & Personal Counseling. Her long career in mental health and social work has contributed to a repertoire of skills for effectively treating a wide variety of mental health conditions. As a change agent, she has devoted much of her career to improving systems that affect quality of life for all people. Hale has directed a day treatment center for severely emotionally disturbed youth, managed an adult services program for high-risk families and helped to establish homeless and domestic violence shelter programs in New York City. She has served as an adjunct professor and faculty field liaison for the San Jose State University Graduate School of Social Work and Adelphi University Urban Center.
 
The recipient of the 2010–2011 Innovator of the Year Award from the League of Innovation in the Community College, she has received numerous awards for innovation, leadership and distinguished service.
 
A founder and first president of the California Community College Mental Health & Wellness Association, she has also served on the Santa Clara County Suicide Prevention Advisory Committee, organizing committee for Santa Clara County Inaugural Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention, and was a keynote speaker for this event. She is a certified master QPR suicide prevention gatekeeper instructor trainer and certified in the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Model. Her appreciation for and commitment to diversity stems from her bicultural heritage as Afro Cuban.
 
Celinda Miranda Celinda Miranda, L.C.S.W., P.P.S.C., M.Div.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
 
Ms. Miranda brings a multi-layered perspective to the wellness and healing journey to be experienced through mental health services. She is a bilingual (Spanish), bicultural Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Social Work (1989), and graduated from San Jose State University, where she received her Masters of Social Work (1991). She holds a Pupil Personnel Services Credential and also received her Masters of Divinity from the American Baptist Seminary of the West (2007). She has been working in the field of bilingual mental health services since 1989 in various supervisory, managerial and direct service positions throughout numerous community settings including crisis intervention, parent education, community organizing and individual/group/family counseling services. Not a complete stranger to the Foothill College community, Celinda worked previously at Foothill for two years several years ago and more recently worked part time in the Psych Services Department since this past April 2013.
 
For the past 12 years, she has been and continues in private practice on the East Side of San Jose serving adults and children of various ethnic and generational groups who are victims of domestic violence, abuse, and/or persons working through other emotional, behavioral, employment and family healing issues. Additionally, for the past 12 years, she has been a Clinical Supervisor for the YWCA of Santa Clara Valley’s Counseling Department where she worked to affirm that this healing journey not only involves self healing through continued growth and service but also the willingness to embrace one’s own responsibility for learning through the provision of mental health services.
 
Patricia Meza Parada Patricia Meza Parada, B.A.,
Secretarial Administration

Administrative Assistant
 
Ms. Meza earned a bachelor's degree in secretarial administration at Laica Vicente Rocafuerte University in Guayaquil, Republic of Ecuador. She joined the Foothill College Psychological Services team in 2008, and provides administrative support for the college's Psychological Services and Health Services departments. She also provides a welcoming reception for students who want to make an appointment for psychological services.
 
A valued member of our team, she assists staff with outreach event planning, coordination and registration. In addition to office operations, she utilizes her fluency in Spanish to enhance communication with Spanish-speaking students and members of the broader community. Committed to her professional development, she has completed training in Emergency Mental Health, CPR Adult and is a certified QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Trainer. She is also a recipient of Foothill College Classified Employee of the Quarter Award in Fall 2010. A caring, enthusiastic professional, she demonstrates a strong commitment to supporting students during their Foothill College experience.
 
Edwin Subuyuj Edwin Subuyuj, BASW Intern
Outreach & Prevention Specialist
 
Fluent in Spanish and English, Edwin Subuyuj holds associate degrees in social and behavioral science and biological and physical science from San Bernardino Valley College. He is completing the final year of undergraduate work at San Jose State University and will earn his bachelor’s degree in social work in May 2015. His extensive volunteer experience in a variety of organizations has allowed him to acquire skills and knowledge to empower individuals from diverse backgrounds as they navigate through various systems and organizational structures. His passion and dedication for helping students and their families originates from mentoring and teaching at his church. He is committed to working with students and families and advocating for their basic needs.
 
Jenny McGrath, MFT Intern
Post Graduate Intern
 
Employing a collaborative approach in counseling, assisting individuals in identifying their strengths and creating goals, Jenny McGrath also believes in the creative process and that art can be a powerful tool for helping individuals’ gain insight into their lives. She has worked as an MFT/art therapy trainee and intern with San Mateo County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services providing counseling to children and adults with various concerns, including anxiety, depression, self-esteem, grief and loss, and chronic pain. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University, Chico, and a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy with a specialization in art therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University.
 
Aliayh Kirby, MSW Intern
Graduate Intern
 
With experience in residential treatment, Alyiah Kirby has worked with foster youth and teens with co-occurring mental health disorders. She is strength-based and passionate about working with individuals, embracing hope and optimism while challenging client growth. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Biola University and is completing her final year of study at the San Jose State University Graduate School of Social Work with a concentration in mental health. She will earn her master’s degree in social work in May 2015.
 
Julia Sanchez, MSW Intern
Graduate Intern
 
A former case manager and crisis intervention advocate for Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence in Santa Clara County, Julia Sanchez’s professional experience also includes facilitating support groups and conducting intakes and assessments with Spanish-speaking women. In addition to working as a peer counselor, sexual health educator and non-profit fundraiser, she is a certified family planning health worker, ASSIST suicide prevention gatekeeper and domestic violence peer counselor. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Humboldt State University, and is completing her studies at the San Jose State University Graduate School of Social Work. She will earn her master’s degree in social work in May 2015.
 
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