Tom Merrell
Assistant Dean & Director

Tom 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.


JessJessica Kench
Associate Director & Disability Specialist

Originally a native of northern Virginia, Jessica has lived in San Francisco for almost 10 years. She 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 the 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. When she is not at USF, you'll find her spending time with her daughter and husband, cooking, and taking advantage of all that San Francisco has to offer!


Corey Barber Corey Barber
Disability Specialist

Corey has her Bachelor’s degree from Boston University and is an alumna of the University of San Francisco where she received her Master’s degree in counseling psychology. She has considerable experience implementing accommodations for college-aged students with disabilities as well as experience counseling and mentoring adolescents/adults with all disability types including psychological, health, and AD/HD as well as physical disabilities and cognitive disabilities. In her spare time, Corey can be found enjoying the California sunshine in wine country or one of San Francisco’s glorious parks.


Emily SchermerhornPhoto of Emily Schermerhorn
Disability Specialist

Emily got her Bachelor's degree from Ball State University and a Master's degree from Indiana University School of Social Work.  She has over 12 years of experience working in an educational setting serving students with mental health related challenges as well as various other disabilities.  Prior to working in SDS Emily was the USF Case Manager in the Office of the Dean of Students.  In her free time Emily enjoys curling, hiking, cooking, exploring San Francisco and trips to wine country.


Billy WongBilly Wong
Assistive Technology Coordinator

Billy Wong is an alum of USF with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Management. He has been an employee with USF since 2000. As AT Coordinator for Student Disability Services, Billy organizes many accommodation services, primarily alternate media and assistive technology services. He hopes to pursue a Master's program in Counseling Psychology in the 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 loves talking about all things Giants, 49ers, and Warriors related.  


Gregory LeeGreg Lee
Office Coordinator

Born and raised in San Francisco, Gregory graduated from USF in 2015 with a degree in Finance and a minor in Computer Science. During all four of his undergrad years, he was a student worker for Student Disability Services, assisting with alternative testing, electronic text conversions, and account management. He is very familiar with the accommodations provided by the department and is eager to learn more. While a USF office coordinator by day, by night he is the head coach of the Chinatown YMCA's youth and adult swim team.


Shannon McCarthyPhoto of Shannon McCarthy
Office Coordinator

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Shannon graduated from USF in 2014 with a degree in Psychology. During her years at USF, she worked in residence life as a Resident Advisor and Community Assistant. Shannon spent two years after graduation living in Nicaragua working for a non-profit with the focus of sustainable development. She is interested in pursuing her Master's in Counseling Psychology specifically with an emphasis on the impact of long-term illness and disability on mental health. In her spare time, Shannon can be found running along Ocean Beach or traveling to new places.

Contact Info

Student Disability Services

Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Gleeson LL 20
2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-2613 (415) 422-5906