Assistant Dean and 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.
Barbara 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 (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. In her spare time she can be found walking Crissy Field with her husband Mike, making herbal teas for her friends and family, and trying new restaurants in the beautiful city of San Francisco.
A 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 going to yoga classes, cooking, traveling and taking advantage of all that San Francisco has to offer!
Assistive Technology Coordinator
Billy 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!
Corey is a recent Boston transplant to San Francisco. She is one of the office coordinators for Student Disability Services, organizing accommodation services, such as note taking, alternate media and
technology services. She 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 hopes to further her education in psychology or a related field in the near future. Corey misses her Boston sports teams but loves immersing herself in the culture of her new city.
Dennis Chan is a graduate of University of California, Irvine and is enrolled in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Masters program in the USF School of Education. Dennis is the graduate intern at Student Disability Services who oversees students with temporary disabilities and SDS programming. Dennis is a Bay Area native who loves trying lots of different foods in the city. Dennis hopes to pursue a career in Student Affairs working with a variety of student groups.