CAPED OFFICERS 2020-2022
Nicole Smith, PhD
Dr. Nicole Smith has served as the Dean of Counseling Programs and Services at Citrus College since mid 2019 where she oversees DSPS, EOP&S, CalWORKs, Counseling and Advisement, Career Transfer Center, Student Equity and Achievement Program, and is a lead in Guided Pathways. She earned a PhD in Education from Claremont Graduate University in 2015 focusing on social integration of students with disabilities at the university level and the predictors of success. In previous roles, she has served as the Director of Disability Support Services at Moreno Valley College and the Disability Resource Center at Riverside City College for five years. 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 years. 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 partner and two young kids 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
Edina has been the Director of the Student Accessibility Services at San Jose City College since 2014. After becoming profoundly deaf at the age of 15, she dedicated her life to provide opportunities and support for people with disabilities. She taught American Sign Language and Disability Issues classes at the University of Nevada, Reno; worked with the Legislature of three different States to help shape disability policies; and worked with non-profit organizations to provide services to individuals with disabilities. Her passion has always been education. Having completed five degrees, her goal is to encourage and inspire students with educational limitations to strive for accomplishing their dreams. She strongly believes in advocacy and collaboration to ensure that the barriers students with disabilities face are overcome both on the institutional and state level.
Vice President of CAPED Interest Groups (CIG’s)
- M.A. Rehabilitation Counseling- CSU San Bernardino B.A. Sociology- UC Santa Barbara
I have over 8 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities in the secondary, post-secondary, and vocational field. I am currently working as full time counselor for Disability Resource Center and Veteran Resource Center (50/50 split) at Riverside City College. Prior to working at RCC, I served as an associate faculty member of the Disability Support Services office at MVC and prior to that, 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
- B.A. Communicative Disorders and Sciences
I have over 8 years of Sign Language Interpreting experience with 7 of them being in post-secondary education. I currently work full-time as a Senior Interpreter for Riverside City College. I oversee the staff interpreters and coordinate services for the DHH students on campus to ensure equitable communication access. I am currently working towards my M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling & Case Management from Fort Valley State University.When I’m not working I enjoy spending time with my husband and two kids outside on adventures. Camping, hiking, rollerblading, beach, and park days are my favorite ways to build memories.
Riverside City College
2209 E Baseline Road
Claremont, CA 91711