CAPED OFFICERS 2020-2022
Nicole Smith, PhD
Dr. Nicole Smith has served as the Director of Disability Support Services at Moreno Valley College for the over three years and is now on her fourth year, in the same district, as a Director of the Disability Resource Center at Riverside City College. She earned a PhD in Education from Claremont Graduate University. Prior to her role as a Disability Resource Director at In Riverside Community College District, Dr. Smith served as an Autism Services’ Coordinator for Disabled Student Services at California State University, Long Beach.
At Cal State Long Beach, she taught in the College of Health and Human Services and in the College of Education. She also taught graduate-level Special Education teacher-preparation courses, at Claremont Graduate University.
Before her service in higher education, she taught students with disabilities in K-12, for seven years.
Dr. Smith holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education from California Polytechnic University, Pomona and earned two credentials: an Education Specialist credential for Mild/Moderate; and, a Multiple Subjects’ Credential.
She has also held other positions in CAPED such as the Secretary, Communique Editor in Chief, CAPED Mentor, Conference Chair, and CAPED Representative to Region Coordinators.
Dean Programs & Services
I am currently the Director of Disabled Students Programs & Services (DSPS) at Golden West College in Huntington Beach. I have been in Disability Services and support for over 16. I have worked in both the Community College system starting my career at Santa Ana College and am currently at Golden West College I also worked in the CSU system at Cal Poly Pomona as a TRiO Student Support Services Director. I am passionate about student advocacy, student engagement and success and student equity. Previously I worked in a dual role as the Director of our Veterans Resource Center and created a Veterans taskforce at GWC for 3.5 years while director of DSPS.
- 2015-16 Manager of the Year, Golden West College
- 2012 Diversity Champion Award, Cal Poly Pomona
- 2009-2010 ARCHES Advising Program of the Year, Cal Poly Pomona
- Fall 2009 Division of Student Affairs Star Award, Cal Poly Pomona
- 2005 Classified Employee of the Year, Santa Ana College
Non-Work Passion: I enjoy spending time with my wife and two young kids, ages 9 and 5, and I am an avid supporter of the arts by attending theatrical performances and I have recently returned to performing on stage in local theater.
Golden West College
15744 Goldenwest Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Vice President of CAPED Interest Groups (CIG’s)
- M.A. Rehabilitation Counseling- CSU San Bernardino B.A. Sociology- UC Santa Barbara
I have 8 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities in the secondary, post-secondary, and vocational field. I am currently working as an Associate Faculty member for Disability Support Services at Moreno Valley College. Prior to working at MVC, I worked for seven years as a Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with the Department of Rehabilitation. During this time I served as liaison to a number of special interest contracts including the Transition Partnership Program, Work Ability IV, and various Supported Employment Programs. I also provided training to local employers regarding accommodations, ADA compliance, and federal incentives for hiring individuals with disabilities.
Non-Work Passion: I love traveling internationally with my family and meeting new people along the way. I am currently learning how to sail and enjoy spending time at the beach. When I am not chasing my toddler around I enjoy trying new recipes and crafting.
Vivian Ygloria MA
Riverside City College
Vice President of Committees
- Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology, University of Maryland
- Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling
Krystle has seven years of experience supporting students with varying abilities in community colleges. She recently transitioned into a position at MiraCosta College and serves as an LD Specialist/Counselor. Prior to MiraCosta, Krystle supported the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) in a variety of capacities. As an LD Specialist, she provided LD testing services to individuals participating in CalWORKs programs across the County of San Diego. Additionally, she taught noncredit Educational Assistance Courses, where she developed course curriculum, created course outlines, and helped to build pathways from noncredit to credit institutions. While with SDCCD, Krystle participated in numerous outreach and bridging events to connect with the community, business leaders, and support resources to support student success. Krystle also served as the Chair of the District Committee for Community, Inclusion, and Diversity at SDCCD’s District Office. Outside of the roles on campus, Krystle is one of the Learning Disabilities Eligibility and Services Model (LDESM) trainers with the Chancellor’s Office. Within CAPED, Krystle has served as the southern chair for the Counseling and Career Development CIG for several years. She has also maintained membership with community committees focused on equity and employment for individuals with disabilities. Krystle is currently a third year doctoral student in the Ed.D in Educational Leadership program at San Diego State University. Krystle holds a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and also earned certificates in Cognitive Disabilities and Psychiatric Rehabilitation.
Dawn Decker, Psy.D.
- Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University
- M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
- B.A. in Genreral Psychology from Niagara University
Dawn is a full-time CCCCO-certified Learning Disabilities (LD) Specialist at Cypress College. She has worked in DSPS as a LD Specialist for Long Beach City College, Santa Monica College, and Orange Coast College. She also worked as an intern at Santa Ana College. She has worked in disability services for 11 years. Prior to working for the California Community College system, she worked in Psychological Services at two private universities, at a community mental health clinic, at two inpatient psychiatric hospitals, and was a substance abuse counselor.
Prior to becoming Treasurer, Dawn held two other positions within CAPED. She was CAPED’s membership chair and was the Southern Co-chair for the Learning Disabilities (LD) CIG.
Non-Work Passion: In Dawn’s free time, she volunteers with dog rescue, leads her neighborhood watch, and is involved with various activities in her community. She enjoys spending time with her husband, rescue dog, and friends. They like to travel together, attend live theater, go to the movies, go out to eat, go to museums, and attend other cultural events.
9200 Valley View Street
Cypress, CA 90630
- M.A. Rehabilitation Counseling
- B.A. Sociology with an emphasis in Social Services and Gerontology
- Learning Disabilities Specialist – in Processy
I am currently an Associate Counselor teaching Guidance courses and Developmental Studies for The ACCESS Resource Center at Victor Valley College. Through ACCESS, I have been able to instruct language analysis development, which is designed to address language based learning disabilities. I also have more than two years of experience as a Senior Rehabilitation Counselor with the State of California Department of Rehabilitation. In that time, I collaborated with multiple partners to provide services to SSI recipients and their families; designed to increase economic self-sufficiency. I have collaborated with various agencies and community colleges in order to support students during the transition to postsecondary education.
Non-work passion: I love cooking; I enjoy learning how to make popular dishes from around the world. My Thai coconut soup is to die for! I also love watching travel documentaries and taking notes for future travel.
Victor Valley College
18422 Bear Valley Road
Victorville, CA 92395