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Tom Merrell
Assistant Dean and Director

Staff Tom 150x150Tom Merrell is a graduate of Santa Clara University where he received his Master's degree in Special Education. Prior to coming to USF, he worked as a special educator and teacher trainer for the Santa Clara County Office of Education in San Jose, CA., and Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA. Tom's teaching and research interests include educating at-risk and gang-identified youth; accommodations, documentation, transition, and assessment of adults with LD & ADHD; and program evaluation, including retention of students with disabilities.

Barbara Zunder
Associate Director

Staff Barb 150x150Barbara Zunder is an alumna of the University of San Francisco where she received a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology. She has a variety of experience, including working at Ohlhoff Recovery Services, where she counseled people in recovery for chemical dependencies. Barbara works with students with all disability types, including psychological, health, learning disabilities and AD/HD. Barbara is a proud east-coaster, being a ninth-generation Vermonter. She and her husband have two little boys, and they keep them both very busy. 

Alexandria Sciarappa
Disability Specialist

Staff Alex 150x150Alexandria Sciarappa (Alex) is a USF alum, class of 2003, and completed her Master’s in Counseling at Boston College in 2006. Alex brings considerable experience working with students, primarily in advising/school counseling settings, from diverse backgrounds such as: first generation, students with disabilities, student athletes, re-entry and underrepresented students. Alex and her husband welcomed a baby son in April 2013. In her spare time, she can be found making herbal teas and strolling Crissy Field with her family. She recently has perfected her pie-making skills. 


Jessica Kench
Disability Specialist

Staff Jess 150 x 150A native of northern Virginia, Jessica earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Vermont and her Master's degree in Family Studies from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Her experience in education includes tutoring, working in residence life, academic advising and disability services. Prior to working at University of San Francisco, she advised students on academic probation and coordinated services for students with disabilities at the Art Institute of California, San Francisco. In her free time, you can find her relaxing with friends, cooking, traveling and taking advantage of all that San Francisco has to offer!

Billy Wong
Assistive Technology Coordinator

Staff Billy 150 x 150Billy Wong is a alum of USF with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Management.  He has been an employee with USF since 2000.  As Office Coordinator for Student Disability Services, Billy organizes many accommodation services, primarily alternate media and assistive technology services. He hopes to pursue a Counseling Pscyhology degree in the near future and would like to focus on first generation families learning to adapt to a new culture and at risk youths.  A long time Bay Area sports fan, he was able to enjoy the 49ers NFL Championship years, and most recent, the Giant's Word Series in 2010 and 2012!

Corey Barber
Office Coordinator

Staff Corey 150 x 150Corey is one of the office coordinators for Student Disability Services. She organizes accommodation services, such as exam accommodations, note taking, alternate media and technology services. Corey has a B.A. in psychology from Boston University and experience working with adolescents and young adults with both learning disabilities and psychological disorders. She is currently enrolled in the Master's program in Counseling Psychology at the University of San Francisco's School of Education. On the weekends you can find her relaxing in wine country, hanging out in Golden Gate Park or eating burritos in one of San Francisco's many taquerias!