CAPED OFFICERS 2016-2017
- Ed.D. Community College Leadership, Oregon State University
- MACE: Masters of Adult and Continuing Education, Washington State University
Forty years building programs for students with disabilities in community college systems, including vocational preparation and job placement in full inclusion programs for students with intellectual disabilities in community colleges in Washington and California, support for students on the autism spectrum, supported education for students with psychological disabilities.
18 years developing and supporting programs for California community college students with disabilities at the state level: as state coordinator for WorkAbility III, contractor with the State Chancellor’s Office to coordinate and conduct program reviews/technical assistance of DSPS programs and WorkAbility III, coordinate grants evaluating AmeriCorps in the colleges, coordinate job placement for CalWORKs at the state level, research of state programs, review of High Tech Centers and Veterans programs
Technical support and program reviews of DSPS in California, Washington and Texas, and of AmeriCorps in community colleges in California
State level committees including Allocations and Weights (2014 and 2000), DSPS Regional Coordinators, CAPED President 2016-2018
Non-Work Passion: I still get together with my friends from around the world with whom I attended British elementary through International high school in Bangkok.
Sacramento City College
3835 Freeport Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95822
Denise Simpson, M. Ed.
Past President, CAPED
- M. Ed. Adult Education, Penn State
- B.S. Child Development, CSUF
I am currently the DSS Director for the School of Continuing Education (SCE). I have been a manager in this program for over 15 years. Prior to serving as a manager, I was an Adjunct Faculty member in the SCE DSS program for almost 15 years teaching students with intellectual disabilities how to live and work more independently.
- 2013 Vice President of CIGS award
- 2008 Manager of the Year, SCE
Non-Work Passion: I enjoy spending time with my husband, children and grandchildren. I love to travel and explore new places. My husband and I make it a point to fly fish in Idaho each year. I love entertaining.
9200 Valley View CE 101
Cypress, CA 90630
- Ed.D. Educational Leadership from University of Southern California
- M.S. Counseling: Student Development in Higher Education from CSULF
- B.A. Theatre Arts from Sonoma State University
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)
- Communicative Disorders-Deaf Education, B.S.
- Rehabilitation Counseling – Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Late Deafened Adults. M.S., CRC
- San Diego State University
She has more than 8 years experience working in both educational settings and rehabilitation counseling settings with Department of Rehabilitation, San Diego Community College District, and Southwestern College. Since moving to San Diego in 2002 Jenny has been well connected with the Deaf Community and utilized her skills as a Vocational Specialist at SDCCD as well as her involvement with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee with the Department of Rehabilitation. Jenny is now a full time faculty member at Southwestern College as the WorkAbility III Coordinator and Interpreter Coordinator.
Jenny Nominni M.S., CRC
900 Otay Lakes Road, Cesar Chavez Student Services Center Bldg 1400, Room S207A,
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Vice President of Committees Nevada Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation
- Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education with an emphasis in ASL Interpreting for the Deaf – University of Arizona, AZ
- Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing with an emphasis in Transition and Mental Health
- Various Doctorate Level Courses in Leadership (24 units)
16 years in the field. Career started with me living at the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind while in college, to then to Educational Interpreter, to Job Developer and then promoted to the Coordinator of the WorkAbility III Program at San Diego Community College District, which lasted 8 years. During that time I also was a part time professor at San Diego State University in the Rehabilitation Counseling Program and provided technical assistance and collaboration statewide among the other Cooperative Programs through my role within CAPED.
I currently work as a Rehabilitation Supervisor overseeing the Services for the Blind, Deaf and Hard of Hearing departments within the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition, I am working as a Galvin Group Consultant for the California’s Community College Chancellor’s Office providing technical assistance to all WorkAbility III Programs within California.
- Professional Recognition Award – CAPED – October 2015
- Vice President’s Award – CAPED – October 2011
Non-Work Passion: I own a special edition 65’ Mustang, so I have a love for all classic cars. Which grew into a love for NASCAR, which I go to three races a year and camp in an RV. I also grew up in a small town on a lake so I love anything that has to do with the water, especially boating! Being raised on the lake made love anything that has to do with the outdoors and is where I am at my happiest! One fun thing that most do not know about me is I was a Skateboarder in High School….
9748 Bedstraw Street
Las Vegas, Nevada 89178
(858) 922-0825 cell
(702) 486-0824 work
1313 Park Blvd. A-115
San Diego, CA 92101
- M.A. Rehabilitation Counseling
- B.S. Business Administration
I received my Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Cal State San Bernardino in 2016. I am currently a DSPS Adjunct Counselor at San Bernardino Valley College and Compton College, in addition to a part-time Learning Disability Specialist at Saddleback College. I also work at Victor Valley College teaching Guidance courses and the Learning Disability Assessment course. I have more than two years of experience in post-secondary education working with individuals with disabilities, and have also worked for the CSU system at Cal State San Bernardino for about three years.
Non-work passion: When we have free time, my husband and I enjoy camping and exploring the national parks with our two boys.
- M.A. Rehabilitation Counseling in progress, Assumption College
- B.S. Psychology/Sociology, Grace College
I am Disability Support Specialist in the Disabled Student Programs and Services department at Long Beach City College. I have been in my current position for a year and a half. Prior to my transfer to the DSPS office, I had worked over 9 years with the GO Project, a Department of Education funded Student Support Services TRiO Program for students with disabilities at Long Beach City College.
- 2014 LBCC Colleague of the Year
Non-Work Passion: I enjoy spending time with my husband, watching movies and reading. I also love to stay active and participate in obstacle course races.
10073 Valley View St. #242
Cypress, CA 90630
- M.S. Rehabilitation Counseling
- Certified Rehabilitation Counselor
- B.S. Business Management
I received my Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from San Diego State University in 2015. I am currently a DSPS Adjunct Counselor at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, in addition to a Vocational Specialist at San Diego Community College District, C2C Program. I have more than three years of experience in post-secondary education working with individuals with disabilities, and have also worked for the WorkAbility III Program at Southwestern College.
1304 Santa Ynez Ave., #267
Chula Vista, CA 91913