DSPS Faculty and Staff
Following is a listing of the DSPS faculty and staff and their contact information. To make a call to one of the following individuals, please dial 562-860-2451 then the extension of the person you wish to contact.
Irving Bartikofsky, M.A.
Irv is a Disability Specialist/ Instructor who has been with Cerritos College beginning July 2012, and possesses 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. Irv oversees the DSPS High Tech Center, teaches ACLR courses, and serves as a liaison and advocate on campus as well as with community agencies. He especially enjoys working individually with students with disabilities, jointly creating pathways of success via appropriate accommodations and resources.
Don Garriott, M.S.
Faculty Specialist/Associate Professor
Don is a Learning Disabilities (LD) Specialist who has been with Cerritos College DSPS 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 Chancellor's 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 to instructors, and the overseeing of the alternative media and High Tech Center.
Dahlene Holliness, M.A.
Dahlene Holliness provides counseling to students from all disability groups and serves as the DSPS specialist for students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. She began with Cerritos College on June 15, 2015. She holds a Master's degree in educational counseling from University of Laverne and a Bachelor's degree in Sociology. She has worked in various fields in both academic and social service arenas with hearing and deaf students as a professor, counselor and in specialist roles. Dahlene also has experience in career and technical education. She is fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable about Deaf culture. She was exposed to American Sign Language and Deaf culture through being a Child of Deaf Adults (CODA) and having two deaf brothers. She enjoys building positive rapports and supporting students in being successful in their academic journeys.
Judi Holmes, M.S.W.
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.
Steven La Vigne, Ed.D
Dr. Steven La Vigne has worked at Cerritos College since July 2012 where he provides Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS) academic counseling and academic accommodations to Students With Disabilities (SWDs). 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 completed his Doctoral Program in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University in March 2015. The title of his doctoral dissertation was, California Community College Administrators’ and DSPS Directors’ Perception and Understanding of Accommodating Students With Disabilities. As a result of his research, Dr. La Vigne has furthered his passion toward implementing effective change in higher education, and advocacy for the rights of students with disabilities. He is also certified as a Learning Disabilities Specialist through the California Community College Chancellor's Office. Dr. La Vigne is passionate about helping students with disabilities achieve academic success at Cerritos College, and fulfill their transfer and/or career goals.
Elizabeth (Liz) Page, M.A.
Elizabeth "Liz" Page has worked at Cerritos College for over 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 provides counseling for students from all disability groups and teaches ACLR 90, the DSPS Orientation class. She also sits on the Faculty Senate and the Hiring Standards Committee.
FULL-TIME CLASSIFIED STAFF
Program Assistant II, Main Reception
Rocio has worked in Disabled Student Programs and Services since June of 2000, starting 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 various areas of DSPS over the years and currently manages the main reception area of DSPS. Rocio is very knowledgeable about the programs and services available through DSPS as well as the Cerritos College admissions process.
SSAII, Test Proctoring Center
Veronica has worked at Cerritos College for over 15 years, 10 of which have been for DSPS in a variety of capacities. She attained her Associate's 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.
Janice O'Neal, MSW
SSAII, Alternate Media & 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. In addition, Janice is an Adjunct Counselor, and has taught ACLR 90, Orientation for Students 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.
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 California 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.
PART TIME FACULTY
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.
ALTERNATE MEDIA & ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY
Alternate Media Specialist
Hourly Employee, Alternate Media Production
ADAPTED PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Instructor, Physical Education/Athletics
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