Patricia Meza Parada, B.A.
Office Contact: (650) 949-7910
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.
Alexis Donato, LMFT
Schedule a confidential appointment with Alexis Donato.
A licensed marriage and family therapist, Alexis Donato is genuinely interested in you and everything your school/life experience entails. With so many changing aspects of your life to juggle, she can help you prioritize what's really important to you and help you develop a variety of effective strategies that you can use to meet your priorities, achieve balance and take care of yourself. Whether you need a compassionate ally, a sounding board for tough relationships, or discussing how you can have a healthier approach to school/life balance, she supports you and your journey toward achieving your goals in a way that feels comfortable for you through an engaging, collaborative dialogue. Students who have worked with Alexis say that she is warm, friendly, and compassionate and honors students' unique stories.
"It is always touching for me to witness students' growth as they overcome obstacles and reach their personal, academic and career goals," she says.
A member of the Foothill College faculty since 2015, she provides confidential personal counseling to Foothill students in the on-campus Psychological Services & Personal Counseling Office (Room 2120), and also teaches the college's CNSL 72: Stress, Wellness & Coping course.
Fluent in American Sign Language and a professional in the mental health and wellness field since 2001, she holds a bachelor's degree in deaf studies from CSU Northridge and a master's degree in clinical psychology from Gallaudet University. Before coming to Foothill College, Alexis has worked for five years at Silicon Valley's Family & Children Services agency, where she was responsible for providing therapy to adults, couples and youth who are deaf and hard-of-hearing. She has also worked in an educational setting for 13 years as a counselor at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont where she provided school-based counseling for students, ages 5 through 22, and their families.
In addition to her work at Foothill College, she maintains a small private practice where she sees adults in Campbell, California. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, the beach, knitting, and spending with her husband and children.
Lisa Slede, LMFT
Schedule a confidential appointment with Lisa Slede.
A licensed marriage and family therapist, Lisa Slede is committed to helping facilitate growth in every student she meets. Her counseling approach features a mix of empathy, mindfulness confidentiality and stress-reduction practices, as well as effective cognitive techniques and narrative therapy. Her mission is to meet you wherever you are emotionally, academically and socially, and accompany you throughout your college journey. She loves working with college students, helping them identify and adapt to change, and assisting each student to grow in positive, healthy ways.
"I strongly believe that long-term change starts with self-acceptance. The progress of setting and achieving your goals, and overcoming obstacles that may get in your way comes by taking small but powerful steps. These powerful steps then result in new mindsets and new skills."
With 17 years of experience as a counseling professional, she also has a background in corporate training, including team-building, personal development and cross-cultural communication. In addition to speaking English, Spanish and French, she has lived in numerous global locales, including Panama, Mexico and France, as well as many areas of the U.S.
A member of the Foothill College faculty since 2016, she provides confidential personal counseling to Foothill students through the on-campus Psychological Services & Personal Counseling Office (Room 2120), and teaches the college's CNSL 72: Stress, Wellness & Coping course.
She holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from the University of Colorado, a master's degree in business administration from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and a master's degree in counseling psychology from Santa Clara University. Licensed since 2005, she began her counseling career in several school-based settings. She has worked for the San Mateo County Human Services Agency for four years where she was responsible for providing mental health services to clients of all ages who resided in the rural Pescadero coastal community. She also provided mental health services and case management to high-risk adolescents for eight years through the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services agency.
Frances Respicio, LCSW
Part-Time Licensed Clinician
Ms. Respicio holds a Masters of Social Work Degree from San Jose State University (1984) and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Sociology (1981). She is a bilingual (Spanish) bicultural Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Trained in End-of Life care, Family Wellness Psychoeducational Parenting Classes, Domestic Violence, and Mindfulness.
Ms. Respicio has been a mental health provider for the past thirty years. She has worked in residential and day treatment center for severely emotionally disturbed youth, in-patient medical adult/child intensive care unit, neonatal intensive care unit, trauma center, and emergency hospital experience. She served as an adjunct professor and faculty field liaison for the San Jose State University Graduate School of Social Work.
For the past 20 plus years, she has been and continues to be part of the San Jose - O'Connor Family Medicine Residency Program. She is one of the Behavioral Science Faculty, co-coordinates the behavioral science curriculum, provides direct integrative behavioral health services, and her major interest is in domestic violence and end-of-life issues. She has also conducted workshops for healthcare professionals in the field of health effects of violence and abuse. For the past five years she has had a private practice in Los Gatos, CA.
Jenny McGrath, MFT Intern
Post Graduate Intern, 2014-2016
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. After a successful and effective Internship year for 2014-2015, Jenny will be with us another year for 2015-2016. We are excited for the many strengths and the expansion of this art therapy modality she brings to our service provision.
Tonantzin Ocampo, MFT Trainee
Graduate Intern, 2015-2016
Fluent in Spanish and English, Tonantzin, who usually goes by "T," has worked as a mental health peer and walk-in counselor, conducted Test Anxiety Program workshops and other mental health awareness workshops for UCSB undergraduate and graduate students under the UCSB Counseling and Psychological Services Department. Additionally, she provided intervention classes and counseling services to at-risk youth at the Sunrise House in her hometown of Salinas, CA. She has also been exposed to a variety of cultures, worked on creating individualized student learning plans and functioned as a strong advocate and team player through her services as an academic tutor for K-12 students for the San Jose East Side District. She graduated with a double major and a minor from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She obtained her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, Bachelors of Arts in Sociology, and a minor in Applied Psychology.
She is in her third year of graduate school at Santa Clara University for Counseling Psychology en route to an MFT licensure. She will be graduating in June 2017. She believes clients are the experts of their own lives and she is available as a resource to help them channel and explore the problematic dilemmas they are currently experiencing.