Who We Are


Gary White

Director, Disabilities Specialist

Gary White is the Director of the Disabled Students Program (DSP) at UCSB. He received his BA in Psychology from Swarthmore College and his MA in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in Santa Barbara. He is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist, and has a private practice in Santa Barbara, working with a range of populations and issues. He also teaches graduate students in Counseling Psychology at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria. Gary has worked on campus since 1990, starting at The Women’s Center and most recently, as a Career, Personal, and Group Counselor at Counseling and Career Services. He is excited to be working at DSP.


Wanda Thomas

Support Services Coordinator

Wanda Thomas, long time staffer in DSP (over 32 years) and UCSB employee since 1982; brings a historical expertise to the department. She is the Support Services Coordinator, serves as the Office Business Officer/Manger among other analyst responsibilities and Assistant to the Director. Wanda supervises the Administrative Staff and oversees student note takers, readers and test proctors. Being the mother of an LMU graduate who is now an Inner City High School teacher gives her a different perspective on student college life, which not only assists students but reassures parents. Her motto is “Having a good sense of humor does wonders for staff that work 8 hours together and also creates a friendly environment for students.”


Claudia Nicastro Batty

Disabilities Specialist

Claudia Nicastro-Batty received her BA degree in Education from the University of Rhode Island, her Masters in Special Education from Boston University and completed the Interpreter Training Program at Northeastern University. Claudia has worked in the field of disabilities since 1978 as a teacher of the deaf , American Sign Language Instructor, Sign Language Interpreter, Disabilities Specialist and as a coordinator of special programs for learning disabled students. Claudia joined the DSP staff in 1992 as a Sign Language Interpreter and Disabilities Specialist working with students who have Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder, Acquired Brain Injuries and hearing loss. She presently works with students who have Learning Disabilities, who are Deaf and hard-of- hearing. Claudia was nominated for the Margaret Getman award in 2005 for her service to students. In addition to her role as Disabilities Specialist, she is the Coordinator of Deaf Services, a mentor for Juniors, Advisor to Project Eye-to-Eye, (a mentoring program matching LD/ADD students with mentees in area schools), and Chair of the Student Affairs Student Staff Divisional Meeting Committee which recognizes students for their work in the Division of Student Affairs.


David Dunlop

Disabilities Specialist

David Dunlop has been a Disability Specialist at UCSB since December 2002. He primarily works with students with Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)and students with Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI). Before coming to UCSB, he worked with the Learning Disability Program at Santa Monica College and the Office for Students with Disabilities at UCLA. His educational background includes obtaining a Ph.D. in Education from UCLA. His dissertation examined community college students with learning disabilities’ motivation and service use. His interests in the field stemmed from his own learning difficulties and desire to understand how to learn more effectively. He understands many of the concerns that students with ADHD and Acquired Brain Injuries face in post-secondary settings. He is able to discuss the procedures for obtaining services with Disabled Students Program for students with ADHD and ABI and give an overview of the characteristics of these disabilities. He is also a part of Assessment Initiative team for the Student Affairs Division and is currently on Staff Assembly. When he's not at work, he enjoys camping, hiking, biking and kayaking.


Jane Castillón

Disabilities Specialist

Jane Castillón is a disabilities specialist whose caseload includes working with students impacted by psychological disabilities as well as coordinating services for all Extension Students inclusive of all disabilities. Jane is also employed at Pacifica Graduate Institute as adjunct faculty where she teaches in the counseling psychology program. Courses taught include Career Development, Human Sexuality, Psychological Assessment, and Psychopharmacology. She is originally from San Diego and has over decade of experience helping others succeed in their personal, educational, and professional pursuits. Jane is familiar with the University of California system having graduated from UC Irvine with BAs in Spanish as well as in Psychology and Social Behavior. In addition, she has worked at both UCLA and UCSD. After working a few years as a researcher on two NIMH sponsored grants, she earned her MA in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and completed a pre-doctoral internship at Counseling Services at UC Santa Barbara.

Jane has an excellent understanding of biological, familial, academic, and socio-cultural factors that can influence students at the university level. She welcomes the opportunity to meet with undergraduate and graduate students coping with disabilities and encourages them to schedule an appointment to discuss their specific needs as soon as possible.

Jane resides in Santa Barbara with her family. In her free time, Jane enjoys pranking office mates & children, running, painting, and cheering for the Chargers.

Mark Grosch Adaptive Tech

Mark Grosch

Adaptive Technology Specialist

Mark Grosch started at Disabled Students Program 17 years ago and then left to work in the Geography Department for the better part of eight years. Now he’s back in his capacity as the Adaptive Technology Specialist. Chances are if you have ever learned how to use Kurzweil, a Livescribe SmartPen or other adaptive technology in our Adaptive Technology Center, you’ve already met Mark. He’s available to help you with any questions you might have regarding accessibility or adaptive technology. If you can’t find him in the office, chances are he’s busy playing soccer with his 10 year old son, Ethan or creating amazing artwork with 8 year old daughter Kristin.


Elizabeth Ross

Notetaking and Payroll Coordinator

Elizabeth Ross coordinates all Notetaking and Payroll duties for the office. If you have a question regarding payment, your Notetaking assignment or if you are interested in becoming a Notetaker for our program please contact Elizabeth.


Kate Lucero-Sickman

Test Proctor Coordinator

Kate Lucero-Sickman is the Test Proctor Coordinator for the department. When she is not assisting students with coordinating their exam accommodations, Kate enjoys spending her time designing/developing websites, swimming and doling out forceful encouragement for her favorite hockey team (PENGUINS 2016!). Any inquires concerning the department website may be forwarded to her.

Yulliana Madrigal as Lady Deathstrike

Yulliana Madrigal

Payroll and DSP Assistant

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Lily Mu

Front Office and Test Proctor Assistant

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