People

Management Team

Gary White

Director, Disabilities Specialist

Gary.White@sa.ucsb.edu

 

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.

Jane Castillón

Associate Director

jane.castillon@sa.ucsb.edu

 

Jane Castillón is DSP's Associate Director and also carries a caseload that includes working with students impacted by psychological disabilities as well as coordinating services for all Extension Students. 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.

Elizabeth Ross

Business Officer

ross-e@sa.ucsb.edu

 

Elizabeth Ross oversees all financial and payroll aspects of the department. Queries regarding payment can be sent to her or the Financial Assistant.

Kalli Talafus

Support Services Coordinator and Assistant to the Director

ktalafus@ucsb.edu

 

Kalli supervises and assists with the administrative coordination of support services for students, including exam accommodations, notetaking services, priority registration, and the AS Transportation Reimbursement Program. She graduated from UCSB in 2017 with high honors and a double major in Global Studies and German and managed DSP's front desk for three years before becoming the Support Services Coordinator. She's incredibly grateful for the knowledge and awareness she's gained working with the disabled student population and is proud to be a part of an office that is both deeply compassionate and unflaggingly determined to create an equitable environment for students. In her free time, she enjoys binging Asian dramas, spending time with her family, reading her way through the romance genre, and generally being her introverted self.

Disability Specialists

David Dunlop

Disabilities Specialist

david.dunlop@sa.ucsb.edu

 

David Dunlop has been a Disability Specialist at UCSB since December 2002. He primarily works with students with Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) and students with Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI). Before coming to UCSB, he worked with students with ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities at the Center for Students with Disabilities at Santa Monica College and the Center for Accessible Education 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 ADD/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 ADD/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.

Mark Grosch

Disabilities Specialist

grosch-m@sa.ucsb.edu

 

Mark Grosch started at Disabled Students Program 20 years ago and then left to work in the Geography Department for the better part of eight years, also in the field of Disability. He greatly enjoys working with students at his alma mater.  If you can’t find him in the office, chances are he’s busy playing soccer with his 13 year old son, Ethan or creating amazing artwork with 11 year old daughter Kristin.  In his spare time he enjoys running along Santa Barbara's many beautiful shorelines.

Eric Kruger

Disabilities Specialist

eric.kruger@sa.ucsb.edu

 

Eric Kruger is a new Disability Specialist at UCSB and works with students with ADHD and psychological disabilities. Eric has been a Marriage and Family Therapist in Santa Barbara and Ventura for the past ten years, serving clients with a variety of issues including autism spectrum disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, grief/loss, addiction and adjustment to disability. Before that, he worked for ten years in the disability field, first for seven years at Santa Barbara City College Disabled Students Programs & Services as DSPS Service Provider and for three years prior to that as a Peer Support/Information & Referral Specialist at the Independent Living Resource Center. His education includes a Master’s Degree in Humanities from San Francisco State University where he wrote his thesis on Stereotypes of Disabilities in Literature, Film and Television as well as a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.

When he’s not serving UCSB students, he’s usually hiking, doing tai chi or writing/performing/recording music at home for his rock band.

Anika Kitson

Disabilities Specialist

amkitson@ucsb.edu

 

Anika Kitson is a Disability Specialist and has been working in the field of Special Education since the early 2000s. A native of Santa Barbara, she cultivated her passion for teaching and intervention through her undergraduate years at St. Mary's College and years of graduate work at Boston University. She looks through the lens of developmental psychology to assist students in need of academic support and disability management. Areas of specialty include mild to severe disabilities for visible and invisible impairment (ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Anxiety/Depression, chronic medical conditions, to name a few). Some local projects include the creation of Santa Barbara's first autism inclusion program for the Santa Barbara School District and the founding of a unique learning center for neurodiverse learners. Anika has advised students at the high school and collegiate level for five years at Santa Barbara City College. Once upon a time she raced go-karts and also traveled to remote mountain villages in Thailand to teach English.

Support Services Unit

Cooper DiNapoli

Test Proctor Coordinator

cdinapoli@ucsb.edu

 

Cooper DiNapoli is the Test Proctor Coordinator and a UCSB Graduate. Cooper coordinates exam accommodations, proctor assignments, and student training - questions related to these areas can be directed to him. He is excited to return to UCSB and help facilitate equitable access to higher education.
 

In his free time, he enjoys playing video games, tabletop card games, and rewatching Avatar the Last Airbender.

Nate Streeper

Adaptive Technology Specialist

nstreeper@ucsb.edu

 

Nate Streeper is an Adaptive Tech Specialist whose eleven-year tenure at Santa Barbara’s Braille Institute prepared him for his role at UCSB’s Disabled Students Program. He is proud to return to his alma mater, where he earned his BA in Sociology back in ‘97. Nate is excited to have Captain America as his mascot since he thinks he looks a lot like Cap—before he was injected with the super-soldier serum, that is. When he isn’t working, he enjoys reading science fiction, running along the waterfront, and writing his next self-published novel.

Financial/Payroll Unit

Kim Layman

Notetaking Coordinator / Financial Assistant

klayman00@ucsb.edu

 

Kim assists the financial aspects of the department. Any questions regarding payment can be sent to her.

Jessica Benavides

Payroll Assistant

jbenavides@ucsb.edu

 

Jessica is a UCSB alumna. On her free time, Jessica goes on walks with her dog and likes to take photos of the Goleta landscape and animals. Jessica assists the payroll aspects of the department. Any questions regarding payment can be sent to her.