Mandy K. Mount, Ph.D. Director

Mandy K. Mount, Ph.D.
Mandy K. Mount, Ph.D.
Director
mmount@uci.edu

Pronouns: she/her/hers, they/them/theirs

Mandy Mount is a licensed psychologist, educator, consultant, and trainer with a passion for supporting others in accessing their fullest potential.  Dr. Mount established the UCI CARE office in 2005.  

In addition to teaching and providing group counseling, Dr. Mount provides training for mental health and victim service providers, investigators, law enforcement, community agencies, college students and staff/faculty.  
She speaks frequently at national conferences, directs several grants, serves on the Board of Directors for the Violence Prevention Coalition of Orange County and Tilly's Life Center, chairs Girls Conference Orange County and teaches as adjunct faculty at the Eisner Institute for Professional Studies.  Awards that she has received for her work include the Ambassador of Peace Award, the Chancellor's Living our Values Award, Order of the Laurel Award, the College and University Chiefs of Police Association Award of Distinction, the City of Irvine Outstanding Supporter of Prevention Award and Community Service Programs, Inc.'s Victim Service Award. 

Eli Pascal Assistant Director

Eli Pascal
Eli Pascal
Assistant Director
pascale@uci.edu

Eli drove cross country in 4.5 days and joined the CARE Office as Assistant Director in July 2015. Born and raised in Staten Island, NY, Eli brings with them more than 15 years of experience in the fields of advocacy, student affairs, organizational consulting, development, and nonprofit administration. They received both their B.A. and Master of Social Work degrees at Marywood University in Scranton, PA – a place where the community ignited and fueled their passions for engagement and organizing for change. Their current focus is on driving the sustainable growth of the CARE Office’s Holistic Healing programs while concurrently supporting its current programs and services.

Outside of work, Eli enjoys exploring their new stomping grounds in Southern California with their dog and partner in crime, Benjamin, enthusiastically (okay, rabidly) supporting the New York Mets, photographing historic/abandoned places, and listening to/writing music.

Nichole Mueller Advocate

Nichole Mueller
Nichole Mueller
Advocate
namuelle@uci.edu

Prior to joining the CARE office, Nichole Mueller worked as an advocate at Community Service Programs, Orange County's rape crisis center.  She first became passionate about supporting and empowering survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking through her volunteer efforts while obtaining her Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Disaster Studies at SUNY New Paltz in New York.   Nichole has worked with college students in multiple settings, from SUNY New Palt'z Career Center to Vassar College's Office of Health Education. Nichole's passions include supporting survivors in their various stages of healing and exploring ways to promote help-seeking amongst college students.  

When Nichole is not working she enjoys going for hikes with her pup, indoor rock climbing, and baking.  

Vacant Advocate

This position is currently vacant.

Mayra Romo Violence Prevention Coordinator

Mayra Romo
Mayra Romo
Violence Prevention Coordinator
mayra.r@uci.edu

Mayra Romo is the Violence Prevention Coordinator for UCI CARE and is responsible for campuswide violence prevention education programs and strategies.  Mayra has over 10 years of experience in the field of survivor advocacy, violence prevention, training, women’s empowerment and engaging men in violence prevention and advocacy work.  Prior to UCI, Mayra was the Coordinator of the Violence Prevention and Women’s Resource Center at Cal Poly Pomona where she was the campuswide survivor advocate, prevention educator and provided a safe place for the empowerment of women.

Mayra received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her Master of Arts degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Community Psychology from Antioch University, Los Angeles.

In her spare time Mayra enjoys traveling, dancing and spending time with her pet cockatiel, Fluffy.

Sallie Pappas Campus Grant Project Manager

Sallie Pappas
Sallie Pappas
Campus Grant Project Manager
sjpappas@uci.edu

Sallie Pappas is the Project Manager for the campus-wide federal grants received from the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. She is responsible for ensuring that all programmatic goals are being met while providing fiscal management for grant funds. Ms. Pappas received her Master's Degree in Public Health (M.P.H.) and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has over 30 years experience working in social services and public health, including the areas of reproductive health, child abuse prevention, hunger and homeless prevention, and now sexual assault prevention.

Vacant CARE Counselor

This position is currently vacant. 

Vacant Marketing and Communications Specialist

This position is currently vacant.

Winnie Tse Administrative Assistant

Winnie provides administrative and program support to CARE, including preparation and maintenance of files, correspondence and program materials to relevant agencies, organizations, and individuals.

She also provides support in conference and workshop preparation. Before joining CARE in 2009, Winnie held several positions in the healthcare and financial services industries where she developed strong organizational and office support skills.

Laura Preciado UCI Counseling Center Intern

Laura Preciado
Laura Preciado
UCI Counseling Center Intern

Laura Preciado is a psychology intern at the UCI Counseling Center. She is also a liaison with the UCI CARE office and provides support to the Right to Know student group. Laura has a passion for supporting students through social justice advocacy and mental health education. Her philosophy focuses on empowerment through exploration of resiliency factors and other strategies. Prior to joining UCI, Laura worked as a counseling assistant/practicum counselor at several university counseling centers in Washington.

Laura is currently a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology Ph.D Program at Washington State University. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Spanish. Throughout Laura’s training, she has taken a special interest in sexual assault prevention and sex education. She has participated in campus-wide prevention education programs and has conducted numerous outreaches on topics related to sexual decision making, harm reduction, and substance use.

Laura’s preferred pronouns include: she/her/hers/they/them/theirs. She is bilingual (English & Spanish) and welcomes communication in either language. In her spare time Laura enjoys running, watching documentaries and traveling to visit family in Washington.

Gerald Glover Administrative Intern

Gerald Glover
Gerald Glover
Administrative Intern

Gerald is a fourth year Criminology and Sociology major with aspirations of one day opening his own law firm. He wants to be able to provide quality legal services for those living in poverty-stricken neighborhoods. In line with this goal, Gerald co-founded a youth basketball league that provided the inner city youth adolescents with an outlet and alternative to violence. Prior to attending UCI, Gerald worked at the Los Angeles Superior Court where his experience shaped his decision to pursue a career in law to assist others. Gerald is also involved in UCI Greek Life as an Executive Member of Phi Delta Theta and is a peer educator for the CHAMPS peer education group at UCI, focusing on engaging more men in work towards bridging the gender inequality gap.