Mandy K. Mount, Ph.D. Director

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

pronouns: she/her/hers or they/them/theirs

Dr. Mandy Mount is a licensed psychologist, educator, consultant and trainer with a passion for supporting others in accessing their fullest potential. She established the UCI CARE office in 2005.
In addition to teaching and facilitating group counseling, Dr. Mount provides training for mental health and victim service providers, investigators, law enforcement, community agencies, college students and staff/faculty. She directs several grants on campus, is a frequent speaker at national conferences and in partnership with community organization Girls, Inc., she established Girls Conference Orange County in 2012. 

Outside of her role with the UCI CARE office, Dr. Mount has served on the Board of Directors of Tilly's Life Center and the Violence Prevention Coalition of Orange County. She has received several awards for her work in violence prevention and victim services including the Ambassador of Peace Award, the Chancellor's Living our Values Award, Order of the Laurel Award, Advisor of the Year Award, College and University Chiefs of Police Association Award of Distinction, City of Irvine Outstanding Supporter of Prevention, and Community Service Programs, Inc.'s Victim Service Award.

In her free time, she enjoys volunteering at animal shelters, taking pilates classes, learning new skills and spending time at the beach.

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

pronouns: she/her/hers

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.

Eugene Hung Interim Violence Prevention Coordinator

Eugene Hung
Eugene Hung
Interim Violence Prevention Coordinator

pronouns: he/him/his

Eugene has worn many “hats” over the years, including public high school teacher, church minister, women’s rights activist, and writer. Along the way, he’s met many different kinds of people, and he’s looking forward to meeting you, too!

 As a teacher and minister, first in his home state of Texas and later in California, he spent countless hours facilitating discussions about deep life stuff, both the good and bad. As an organizer for the nonprofit Man Up Campaign, he helped to lead anti-violence and gender equality efforts, speaking to university and conference groups as large as 650 attendees.

Eugene has also been a featured guest on radio stations KLAA (broadcast home of the Anaheim Ducks) and KPCC (Southern California Public Radio), where he’s a recurring panelist. Online he writes for HuffPost, and his personal blog is ranked by Google as the top “Asian dad blog” in the country. In every space, he looks for chances to talk about ending gender-based violence, and he is looking forward to helping the UC Irvine community create a safer campus.

A lover of learning, Eugene holds a master’s degree in theology, a bachelor’s double major in political science and math, and teaching credentials in social studies and math from the State of Texas. But there’s nothing he loves more than being a dad to his two daughters, who’ve never loved baseball but  loved him enough to cheer enthusiastically alongside as the Houston Astros won the World Series!

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

pronouns: she/her/hers

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.

In her spare time Laura enjoys running, watching documentaries and traveling to visit family in Washington.

Laura is bilingual (English & Spanish) and welcomes communication in either language.

Gerald Glover Administrative Intern

Gerald Glover
Gerald Glover
Administrative Intern

pronouns: he/him/his

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.