Mandy K. Mount, PhD Director

Mandy K. Mount, PhD
Mandy K. Mount, PhD
Director
mmount@uci.edu

pronouns: she/her/hers or they/them/theirs

Dr. Mandy Mount is a licensed psychologist, educator, consultant and trainer with a passion for supporting others in accessing their fullest potential. She established the UCI CARE office in 2005.
In addition to teaching and facilitating group counseling, Dr. Mount provides training for mental health and victim service providers, investigators, law enforcement, community agencies, college students and staff/faculty. She directs several grants on campus, is a frequent speaker at national conferences and in partnership with community organization Girls, Inc., she established Girls Conference Orange County in 2012. 

Outside of her role with the UCI CARE office, Dr. Mount has served on the Board of Directors of Tilly's Life Center and the Violence Prevention Coalition of Orange County. She has received several awards for her work in violence prevention and victim services including the Ambassador of Peace Award, the Chancellor's Living our Values Award, Order of the Laurel Award, Advisor of the Year Award, College and University Chiefs of Police Association Award of Distinction, City of Irvine Outstanding Supporter of Prevention, and Community Service Programs, Inc.'s Victim Service Award.

In her free time, she enjoys volunteering at animal shelters, taking pilates classes, learning new skills and spending time at the beach.

Eli Pascal, LSW Assistant Director

Eli Pascal, LSW
Eli Pascal, LSW
Assistant Director
pascale@uci.edu

pronouns: they/them/theirs

Eli drove cross country in 4.5 days and joined the CARE Office as Assistant Director in July 2015. Born and raised in Staten Island, NY, Eli brings with them more than 15 years of experience in the fields of advocacy, organizing for social change, student affairs, organizational consulting, development, and nonprofit administration. They received both their B.A. and Master of Social Work degrees at Marywood University in Scranton, PA. In 1997, Eli established the first ALLY program at a Catholic university in the United States which included developing the curriculum and conducting the trainings. Their current focus is on driving the sustainable growth of the CARE Office’s Holistic Healing programs while concurrently supporting its current programs and services.

Outside of work, Eli enjoys exploring their new stomping grounds in Southern California with their dog and partner in crime, Benjamin, enthusiastically (okay, rabidly) supporting the New York Mets, photographing historic/abandoned places, and listening to/writing music.

Nichole Mueller, MS Advocate

Nichole Mueller, MS
Nichole Mueller, MS
Advocate
n.mueller@uci.edu

pronouns: she/her/hers or they/them/theirs

As a first-generation college student, Nichole obtained her Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Disaster Studies at SUNY New Paltz in New York.  Prior to joining the CARE office, Nichole worked as an Advocate at Community Service Programs, Inc. (now Wayfinders), Orange County's rape crisis center.  She first became passionate about supporting and empowering survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking through her volunteer efforts at a student-led crisis center and has worked with college students in multiple settings, from SUNY New Palt'z Career Center to Vassar College's Office of Health Education. Nichole's passions include supporting survivors in their various stages of healing and exploring ways to promote help-seeking amongst college students.  

When Nichole is not working she enjoys going for hikes with her dog Cook, indoor rock climbing, and baking.  

Nicole Leon CARE Advocate

Nicole Leon
Nicole Leon
CARE Advocate

pronouns: she/her/hers

Nicole joins the UCI CARE office with 7 years of experience working with survivors of domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault. Previously, she worked as an Advocate at Waymakers, Orange County’s only Rape Crisis Center and at the Family Violence Law Center in Oakland, CA. Nicole has a passion for supporting survivors in healing, raising awareness about power-based personal violence and bringing it to an end. She is currently working towards her Master’s of Social Work at the University of Southern California. 

Outside of work, Nicole is mostly a busy graduate student. In the (very little) down time she has, she enjoys cuddling with her cats, cooking, dancing, and vegging out in front of the TV.

Other languages spoken: Spanish

Ady Dempkowski CARE Advocate

Ady Dempkowski
Ady Dempkowski
CARE Advocate

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Ady began her advocacy career in 2012 at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office after attending Boston University as a first generation college student. She relocated to California in 2014 where she joined Waymakers as an Advocate in the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force and Sexual Assault Victim Services Program. These opportunities allowed her to successfully assist survivors within the multiple settings involved in the criminal justice process. Ady gained a passion for supporting and empowering survivors and their loved ones. She hopes to use some this expertise while working with survivors in the CARE office.

For self-care, Ady enjoys being a foodie, practicing yoga, and cuddling with her dogs.

Other languages spoken: Spanish

Vacant CARE Counselor

This position is currently open. Visit the UC Irvine Jobs page for more information.

Rosanna Cacace-Zakhir, MA Violence Prevention Coordinator

Rosanna Cacace-Zakhir, MA
Rosanna Cacace-Zakhir, MA
Violence Prevention Coordinator

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Rosanna comes to the CARE office with over eight years of experience in prevention education. Previously, she worked for Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley as the Senior Community Health Educator. She developed many ongoing sex education programs, including a high school based Peer Advocate Program where she empowered youth to create meaningful change their communities. Rosanna received her B.A. in Communication Studies with a minor in Women Studies from California State University, Northridge and received her M.A. in English from California State University, Los Angeles. She also spent time as an adjunct professor at Glendale Community College and at California State University, Los Angeles teaching writing and composition with a concentration in gender and sexualities. She enjoys working with college students to build safer and healthier communities.

In her free time, Rosanna loves spending time with her family, going on walks, writing and cooking.

Other language spoken: Italian

Sallie Pappas, MPH Campus Grant Project Manager

Sallie Pappas, MPH
Sallie Pappas, MPH
Campus Grant Project Manager
sjpappas@uci.edu

Sallie Pappas is the Project Manager for the campus-wide federal grants received from the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. She is responsible for ensuring that all programmatic goals are being met while providing fiscal management for grant funds. Ms. Pappas received her Master's Degree in Public Health (M.P.H.) and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has over 30 years experience working in social services and public health, including the areas of reproductive health, child abuse prevention, hunger and homeless prevention, and now sexual assault prevention.

Mark Bustamante Marketing and Communications Specialist

Mark Bustamante
Mark Bustamante
Marketing and Communications Specialist
mabusta1@uci.edu

Pronouns: he/him/his

Mark moved to Orange County in the summer of 2013 from New Mexico where he was lifelong resident. He studied Advertising and Studio Art at the University of New Mexico, and also holds an Associate’s degree in Graphic Design. Before coming to the CARE office, Mark worked for over a decade in several different industries honing his Marketing and Design skills before deciding the corporate world wasn’t for him.

When not at work you can find Mark binge watching TV shows with his partner and their two cats. He is an avid reader, technologically minded, and loves all things Sci-Fi and geeky.  A lifelong lover of wildlife and ecology, Mark is frequently researching and building new terrariums and aquariums, as well as tending to his collection of plants.     

Winnie Tse Administrative Assistant

Winnie provides administrative and program support to CARE, including preparation and maintenance of files, correspondence and program materials to relevant agencies, organizations, and individuals.

She also provides support in conference and workshop preparation. Before joining CARE in 2009, Winnie held several positions in the healthcare and financial services industries where she developed strong organizational and office support skills.