Contact George via Cranium Cafe

Languages Spoken

English

Favorite Hobby

Nordic Ski Instructor/Coach – Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA Certified)

First Year at West Valley

1997

Most Memorable Campus Experience

Every Commencement Ceremony and Every Classified Senate Book Sale

Favorite Place on Campus

Campus Center

Affinity Words/ At-Promise Factors

Re-Entry at any age

Students in Recovery

Lived Experience with Mental Illness

Biography

I came to WVC after a career change in the Spring of 1997 -- and never left! I began working at Student Health Services, Educational Transition Adult Re-entry Program, and Community Education in part-time positions. I updated my BA in Psychology from the University of Maine from 20 years earlier by enrolling in most of the psychology, counseling, and health ed courses at WVC. I also completed the Alcohol and Drug Studies Program at San Jose City College in 2001 and led the Student Recovery Program (SHARP) at WVC. I also facilitated the Strategies For Success Support Group for the Counseling Center. I trained to be a CPR/First Aid Instructor with the American Red Cross and began teaching courses at WVC and for the Title IV-E Collaborative.

In 2005, I entered graduate study at the University of San Francisco and completed the Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology in 2007. I trained as an intern at WVC Student Health and at the Bill Wilson Center, completed my 3000 hours, passed two comprehensive exams, and acquired my License in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2012. I am now the Supervisor of Mental Health Services at Student Health Services. I plan to retire in June of 2022 and retire to my home on the beach in my native State of Main

I live by the words -- Service Is The Rent We Pay For Our Time On Earth -- in both my Professional Life and in my Personal Life and Volunteer Work.

Academic Service

Classified Senate, 2004 to present

Facilities and Safety Advisory Committee, 2004 to present

Mental Health Services Advisory Committee, Co-Chair, 2006 to present

Student Services Council, 2006 to present

Commencement Committee, 2004 to present

College Council, former member for several college presidents

District Bond Measures H, C, and W, former member

Student Equity, Access, and Success Committee

Sustainability Committee

Numerous Hiring Committees

Education

B.A. in Psychology, 1976
University of Maine

Certificate, Alcohol and Drug Studies, 2001
San Jose City College

M. A. in Counseling Psychology, 2007
University of San Francisco

Other

California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

American Red Cross CPR/First Aid Instructor

Last Updated 4/16/21