Who We Are

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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.




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Kate Lucero-Sickman

Support Services Coordinator & Assistant to the Director
lucero-k@sa.ucsb.edu

Kate Lucero-Sickman is the Support Services Coordinator and Assistant to the Director for the department. She is responsible for overseeing the front office staff and support services component of the office. When she is not assisting students, Kate enjoys spending her time designing/developing websites, running and doling out forceful encouragement for her favorite hockey team






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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.







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Claudia Nicastro Batty

Disabilities Specialist
batty-c@sa.ucsb.edu

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.

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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 (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.

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Jane Castillón

Disabilities Specialist
castillon-j@sa.ucsb.edu

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.

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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. 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 12 year old son, Ethan or creating amazing artwork with 10 year old daughter Kristin.  In his spare time he enjoys running along Santa Barbara's many beautiful shorelines.






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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.




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Amanda Kato

Proctor Coordinator
amanda.kato@sa.ucsb.edu

Amanda leads all exam coordination for the office. As a proud UCSB alumna, she loves that working in the SRB keeps her close to her IV favorites: Caje, Freebirds, Super Cucas, and Spudnuts. In her free time, Amanda likes to go on sunset walks or enjoy Tuesday night trivia with her friends.

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Kim Layman

Financial Assistant
klayman00@ucsb.edu

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

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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.

Kalli Talafus

Front Office & Proctoring Assistant
ktalafus@ucsb.edu

Kalli is the first point of contact for the department and assists the Proctor Coordinator in all aspects of exam coordination.