RCSA Officers

Liz Weisenburger (President)

Liz WeisenburgerLiz is in her second year in the LPCC Concentrations. Having earned her BA at UC Berkeley and her MA from The School for International Training, Liz had a full career in International Education before coming ill with the disabling disease ME/CFS. On a twelve-year journey of recovery, she is very grateful to be pursuing her MS/CRC/LPCC to become a licensed professional clinical counselor, empowering those with disabilities and co-morbid psychiatric issues to recover their lives and live with purpose and hope.

Karen Shein, (Vice President)

Karen Shein Karen is in the second year of the LPCC Concentration. Outside of graduate school, she has been a mental health advocate and educator. She co-chairs the Behavioral Health Committee of Jewish Family Service, facilitates support groups, has presented on the subject of mental illness at conferences and provided training for organizations on the topic of mental illness. Karen serves as graduate assistant to Dr. Marjorie Olney, director of the LPCC Concentration at SDSU. Upon graduation, Karen plans to practice as a licensed professional clinical counselor focusing on providing counseling support to family members of those with serious mental illness.

Tracy O'Halloran, (Secretary)

Tracy O'Halloran Hello, my name is Nicolette Solarez and I am the Mentoring Program Coordinator! I was born and raised in Cathedral City, CA, but I always knew San Diego is where I wanted to be. In 2016, I received my Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from California State University San Marcos. During my undergrad, my main involvements were with the Orientation Team, the University Student Union Activities Board, and the Early Outreach Program. It was through these involvements and the mentors I gained, that I found myself pursuing a career in Student Affairs. I am so honored and excited to serve on the Student Advisory Board because it allows me to give back to my cohort and help create meaningful relationships between mentors and mentees. When I’m not working or going to school, I enjoy watching Netflix, reading, and spending quality time with my loved ones!

Joel Carrillo, (Treasurer)

Joel Carrillo Joel is a third-year student pursuing a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Masters Degree with Cognitive & Psychiatric Certificates. Retired from the United States Marine Corps, with 22 years of honorable service as a Gunnery Sergeant, Joel is a Cum Laude graduate of the University of Mary Washington in Virginia. Outside of graduate school, he is completing his intermediate practicum volunteering with homeless veterans with co-occurring disabilities at Veterans Village of San Diego (VVDS). Upon graduation, Joel plans on working at the Veterans Administration to focus on providing services and support to and for homeless veterans and veterans with co-occurring disabilities and/or their family members.

Robert Black, (Recognized Student Officer Liaison)

Robert BlackRobert Black is a first year Rehabilitation Counseling program student pursuing the psychiatric rehabilitation and LPCC specialization. Robert graduated summa cum laude from San Diego State University, receiving his bachelor’s degree in psychology. Upon graduation he plans to practice as a licensed professional clinical counselor focusing on providing counseling to persons with serious mental illness, their families and caregivers



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