Mandy K. Mount, Ph.D. Director
Dr. Mount is an educator, consultant, trainer and therapist. A counseling psychologist specializing in the field of intimate relationship functioning, sexual violence, trauma and recovery, she is the Director of the UCI CARE office, which she established in 2005.She has conducted individual and group counseling for over 13 years and provides training for mental health providers, student conduct officers, investigators, law enforcement, community agencies, college students and staff/faculty. Dr. Mount 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, and has chaired Girls Conference Orange County since 2012. She has received numerous awards to recognize her work, including 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 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
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.
Mayra Romo Violence Prevention Coordinator
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 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.
Lissa Lim Programs Instructor - Holistic Healing
Lissa Lim, Ph.D. is the Programs Instructor for the re:Claim Holistic Healing Program at the UCI Campus Assault Resources and Education (CARE) office. In her role she collaborates with other CARE staff to develop Holistic Healing programs and facilitates programs with the aim of offering multiple pathways to healing.
Dr. Lim is also a Counseling Psychologist and works in private practice at OC Counseling and Psychological Services (North Tustin, CA) where she specializes in working with people affected by trauma, particularly sexual abuse/assault. She offers bilingual services (English and Spanish) including individual therapy, couple’s therapy, and psychological assessments.
Dr. Lim also works at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) as an Adjunct Faculty where she teaches Abnormal Psychology and Survey of Clinical Psychology. She also co-founded the Gender Equity Center on that campus and serves as a faculty mentor to various students.
Her passions include social justice, multiculturalism, prevention of sexual assault and relationship abuse, Latin@ mental health, and finding multiple pathways toward healing from trauma.
Natalie Ryan-Fong Marketing & Media Intern
In 2015, Natalie graduated from UCI with a degree in Social Ecology and Gender Studies. Before she graduated, she interned at the CARE office and discovered her passion for bringing awareness to this very important cause. Through that internship she landed a job as the Marketing and Media Intern for the office and feels incredibly blesed to be working here. Before her work at the CARE office, Natalie performed in many musical theatre and dance productions in the Bay Area, which has served as a major influence in her desire for social activism and shown her how the media and art can affect people. Her passions include intersectional feminism, diverse representation in the media, dance, performing, traveling, cats, and cotton candy. She hopes to continue to work toward advocacy and the prevention of sexual assault, stalking, and relationship abuse, as well as continuing her passion as a performer.
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.