This is a listing of the DSPS staff available in the centers with phone extensions (please call 562-860-2451 first then the extension).
Santa Barbara Building (SB)
Administration Extension: 2345
Lucinda Aborn, Ph.D.
Dean of the Disabled Student Programs and Services Division
Dr. Lucinda Aborn has been the Dean of Disabled Student Programs and Services since 2006. She has worked as the Director of Disabled Student Service at El Camino College and at Californnia State University, Northridge. Dr. Aborn holds a Ph.D. in Human Rehabilitation and a Masters in Educational Administration. Areas of Specialty: Disability law, On-line Learning, Universal Design, Deafness and Hearing Loss, Career Counseling and Sign Language Interpreting.
SSAII - Central Support
Main Reception (Santa Barbara Bldg) Extension: 2335
Program Assistant II
Rocio has worked in Disabled Student Programs and Services since June of 2000. She started as an hourly employee. After graduating from Cerritos with her AA Degree in General Studies, she became a full time employee for the department in 2005. Rocio has worked in the Instructional Support Center, Speech Clinic, LRC and Main Reception areas of DSPS. Rocio is very knowledgeable about the programs and services available through DSPS, and the Cerritos College admissions process.
Judi Holmes, MSW
Faculty Specialist/Associate Professor
Judi Holmes is a specialist who has been working with Cerritos College DSPS full time since July 2001. Prior to 2001 she worked part time in DSPS for LBCC and Cerritos for 2 years, while working full time for a home health and hospice hospital agency. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology from California State University of Long Beach (CSULB) and a Master's Degree in Social Work from CSULB. Judi's areas of specialty include mobility, psychological, blind and visually impaired, as well as many other medical conditions, authorizing accommodations. Judi enjoys providing students with many helpful resources on and off campus as well as providing educational, vocational and career exploration options, all with helping them to continue to make progress toward their goals.
Mary Hunt, MA, LMFT, Certified Learning Disabilities Specialist
Mary holds a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art from Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, a Master's degree in Psychology, and is a Learning Disability Specialist certified through the California Community College Chancellor's office. In addition, Mary is licensed a Marriage and Family Therapist.
Specialties: When time permits, she provides Learning Disability evaluations; and assists students with learning disabilities in transitioning to four-year college institutions. Mary teaches ACLR (Access Learning) courses with an emphasis on the Orientation to the College for Students with Disabilities, the ACLR 90 course.
In her faculty role as a DSPS Specialist, Mary recommends in-class academic adjustments and accommodations for students with learning disabilities, acquired brain injuries, intellectual disabilities, psychological and other cognitive and sensory disabilities. She collaborates with instructors to promote the principles of Universal Design for Teaching and Learning.
Mary serves on shared governance committees that include the Developmental Education Committee, the Center for Teaching Excellence, and the Academic Excellence Committee that annually celebrates the brightest and most talented Cerritos College students in their major areas.
Elizabeth (Liz) Page, MA
Elizabeth "Liz" Page has worked at Cerritos College for nearly 15 years as a counselor in DSPS. She holds an AA degree in General Studies from El Camino College, a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from CSU Dominguez Hills, and a Master's Degree in Education with a specialization in Counseling from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She discovered her passion for counseling college students with disabilities while working as a student assistant in the Disabled Student Services department at CSU Dominguez Hills. Specialties: Liz works with students from all disability groups providing new student intake, orientation, and academic advising. She also sits on the Faculty Senate and is co-chair of the Hiring Standards Committee.
Steven La Vigne, MS, MEd, Certified Learning Disabilities Specialist
Steven La Vigne has worked at Cerritos College since July 2012. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology, a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology and an additional Master's degree in Special Education, all from Eastern Washington University. He began a Doctoral Program in Organizational Leadership at Brandman University this Fall. He is also certified as a Learning Disabilities Specialist through the California Community College Chancellor's Office. Steven is passionate about helping students with disabilities achieve academic success at Cerritos College, and fulfill their transfer and/or career goals.
Disabled Student Programs & Services
Marcia Taylor is a Classified Specialist at Cerritos College. Her duties include maintaining student confidential files, Management Information System reports, registration , Financial Aid and Department of Rehabilitation liaison. Marcia started as a student hourly in 1973 while working on her A.A. degree in Social Work.
Veronica has worked at Cerritos College for over 15 years, 10 of those years have been in DSPS in a variety of areas. She attained her Associates Degree at Cerritos College, and a Bachelor's Degree in Ethnic & Cultural Studies from Cal State Fullerton. Veronica currently oversees the test proctoring center, and is responsible for the hiring of in-class aides for many of our DSPS students.
Instructional Support Center (ISC)
Janice O'Neal, MSW
SSAII & Adjunct Counselor
Janice has worked at Cerritos College since 2008, and has been with DSPS since July, 2011. She assists with department planning and administrative functions, new student applications and orientations, and coordination of alternate media and the Instructional Support Center. In addition, Janice is an Adjunct Counselor, and has taught ACLR 90, Orientation for the Student with Disabilities. Janice has a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from USC, and has worked with both adults and children with a wide range of social, medical, and disability-related issues for more than two decades. Janice enjoys working with students, and partnering with faculty and staff to improve the educational environment for all.
Don Garriott, MS
Don is a Learning Disabilities Specialist who has been with Cerritos College DSP&S since April 2008. He holds a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from California State University, Dominguez Hills and a Master's degree in Special Education from National University. Don is a certified LD specialist through the California Community Colleges Chancellors office. Don also teaches ACLR courses with an emphasis in Universal Design for Learning. Specialties include learning disabilities, acquired brain injuries, developmentally delayed learners, and other disabilities. Some of Don's duties include LD testing, providing accommodations for students, liaison for instructors, and the overseeing of the alternative media and High Tech Center.
Irving Bartikofsky, MA
Irv is a Disability Specialist/ Instructor who has been with Cerritos College beginning July 2012. He comes to us with a wealth of experience and education. He holds a Master's degree in Special Education from California State University at Los Angeles and a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. He is a former Master Professor at CSULA and is a certificated Education Specialist. He specializes in Autism, Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI), Mental Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities, and more. He oversees the college's High Tech Center, teaches ACLR courses, and is a liaison and advocate within and between the community and the college. He especially enjoys working individually with students with disabilities jointly creating pathways of success via appropriate accommodations and resources.
Aurora Segura has been a part-time Counselor with DSPS at Cerritos College since September 2008. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from CSU Los Angeles, and a Master's degree in Special Education from CSU Fullerton. Prior to working at Cerritos College, Aurora worked as a career counselor for the State of California Department of Rehabilitation for 11 years. Specialties include: choosing a major, career planning, and job search strategies. Courses taught: ACLR 91 Career Exploration for the Student with Disabilities.
Susan Algaze, MS
Susan Algaze has been a part-time Adjunct Counselor with DSPS since 2007. She holds a Master's of Science degree in Counseling from Cal State LA, and has completed the coursework for a Master's degree in Special Education from Cal State Dominguez Hills. Susan is the DSPS Liaison to the local high schools, teaches classes focusing on Orientation, and conducts New Student Orientations. Her areas of specialty include Transition, at-risk/non-traditional students, AD/HD, assisting new students, and career development and planning.
Alternate Media Production
Alternate Media Specialist
Assistive Technology Training and Information Center
Hourly Employee, Assistive Technology Trainer
Bryant Fraps is an assistive technology trainer who has been working part time with Cerritos College DSPS since November 2007. Before coming to Cerritos College, he worked for more than 20 years in the software industry as a technical writer and product information section manager. Bryant holds a Bachelor's degree in Linguistics from California State University at Fullerton and is certified in California as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant. Bryant enjoys training students to use computer technologies that can help them be more successful in college and in daily life.
extension: 2352 or VP 866-467-5043
Mary D'Ettorre is the Communication Services Coordinator/Supervisor at Cerritos College in Norwalk; CA. Students seeking communication access on campus through the use of a Sign Language Interpreter, Real Time Captioning (RTC), and other technology devices, work closely with Mary to plan for the services that is best suited to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) student's needs.
Mary is nationally certified Sign Language Interpreter by the Registry of Interpreter for the Deaf (RID) and has an AA degree in Human Services Management. She has been working for 25+ years as an interpreter throughout southern California.
Additional Support Services
Adaptive Physical Education