Specialist

Lili Q. Paul

Disability Specialist - Housing

Photo of Disability Specialist Liliana QuinteroHello all! My name is Lily Quintero and I joined the UC Berkeley Disabled Students’ Program in January 2019.

Julie Greene

Disability Specialist - Graduate Students

Photo of Disability Specialist Julie GreeneWelcome to my DSP page! I joined the Berkeley community in January 2018...

Alvaro Gomez

Disability Specialist

Picture of Disability Specialist Alvaro GomezBorn and raised in the Bay Area, Alvaro Francisco Gomez has been working in the field of Disability and Higher Education for the past 25 years.

Matthew Alvarez

Disability Specialist

Hi everyone! My name is Matthew Alvarez and I’m originally from Oakland, California.

Courtney Castleman Bucher

Disability Specialist - Autism

Welcome to DSP! Compassion, integrity, and community are a few of my highest values.

Both inside and outside of my role as a Disability Specialist, I thrive in purposefully envisioning the future, and emboldening others in reaching their educational and personal aspirations. As a person with multiple disabilities, I was a first-generation college student grappling with the social and attitudinal barriers that can exist in the pursuit of a word-class degree at a competitive university. I bring these experiences to my role as a specialist.

I received my MA in Sociology from...

Marilyn de la Cruz

Disability Specialist - Mental Health
Marilyn began serving students as a counselor in higher education within the Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence, Division of Equity & Inclusion at UC Berkeley. Marilyn is trained as a direct-practice social worker in community mental health, and for over a decade, worked within Bay Area county health care systems to provide mental health services to the most vulnerable members of the community living with severe and persistent mental illness.

Her passion for serving people with disabilities is guided by the social justice ethos that all members of society have a right to...

Navi Dhanota

Disability Specialist

Navi Dhanota, MA, PhD (c) (pronouns: she/her)

Navi (nah-vee) Dhanota's (de-no-ta) portfolio has been focused on supporting students with disabilities to succeed in post-secondary education, using an anti-oppressive and transnational disability/disablement perspective. Navi (she/her) joined the Disabled Student's Program in 2022, as a Disability Specialist. For five years, Navi held the role of an Accessibility Consultant at George Brown College in Toronto, Canada. Primarily, she worked with students in the health sciences; during this time she identified opportunities for building the...

Vineeta Ram

Disability Specialist

Greetings! My name is Vineeta Ram (pronounced Vee-nee-ta Rahm). I’ve spent the last 5 years working with students in various roles and positions in disability services in the Midwest. Prior to this, I trained and worked as an Occupational Therapist and Rehabilitation Counselor in various hospitals and non-profits.

My own academic journey has largely influenced my work and interest in improving access and equity in higher education. I received my Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from the University of Illinois in Chicago with a focus on creating accessible services and programming...

Katelyn Sadler

Disability Specialist

Katie Sadler (she/her) has been working in higher education serving students for more than ten years. Katie has a background in student housing, and first engaged in disability services by providing reasonable accommodations in student living environments. Katie has a Bachelors degree from the University of Arizona, where she studied Media Arts, English, and Anthropology, and has a Masters of Education degree from the University of Vermont in Higher Education and Student Affairs. In her free time, Katie enjoys curling up with a good Sci-Fi/Fantasy novel, digging around in her garden...

Devin Toma

Disability Specialist

Hello! I started as a specialist with DSP in 2022, and worked with people with disabilities for about 10 years prior to coming to Berkeley. I started while I was an undergrad at UCLA, working with children on the autism spectrum to carry out behavioral intervention programs. I later earned a master's degree from Columbia University and worked in special education classrooms, in homes, and in a center based treatment program carrying out behavior analytic programs with children and adults on the spectrum. From there I shifted into higher education, where I worked in disability...