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.
Angela L. Kovalak Angela L. Kovalak
Post Graduate Intern
Ms. Kovalak earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. As a licensed counselor for college and high school students in the Montreal area, she provided counseling for a range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, stress management and bereavement. She has assisted students in navigating career-decision making, and overcoming obstacles to college success such as procrastination, public speaking, anxiety, low motivation, test anxiety and time management.
Charlesette Beavers Charlesette “Charly” Beavers
Graduate Intern
A one-time Foothill College student, Ms. Beavers has earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from San Francisco State University and is completing the final year of her graduate studies at St. Mary’s College. She is pursuing a master’s degree in counseling with a specialty in the marriage family therapist/licensed professional clinical counselor track.
She has worked as an administrator in children’s mental health for nine years, providing quality improvement planning and management for an agency that serves children and their families within several counties in Northern and Southern California. She is committed to working with community college students to enrich their college experience. Emphasizing empathy and unconditional positive regard as a counselor, she is able to walk with students through their academic and personal challenges. She is a certified master QPR suicide prevention gatekeeper instructor trainer and certified in the ASIST Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Model.
Alba Garza Alba Garza, Graduate Intern
Ms. Garza, a certified QPR suicide prevention gatekeeper trainer, earned her B.A. in social work at San Jose State University. She is completing the final year of the Master of Social Work Program at San Jose State University Grad, and includes working as part of an interdisciplinary team of mental health professionals. She has worked as a mental health intern and family support liaison for Gardner Family Care Corporation and has worked closely with persons who have a dual diagnosis, facilitated support groups, served as a community engagement specialist and case manager for community-based agencies. She is bilingual (Spanish) and maintains a sincere desire to help all individuals reach their fullest potential.

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