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 cooking, traveling, pilates, learning new skills, spending time at the beach and the mountains and volunteering at animal shelters.

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.

Melissa Bader-Huesgen, MS Violence Prevention Coordinator

Melissa Bader-Huesgen, MS
Melissa Bader-Huesgen, MS
Violence Prevention Coordinator

Pronouns: they/them/theirs

Melissa joined the UCI CARE Office after driving across country to return to their hometown. Melissa brings with them experience in advocacy, student affairs, student development, and training development. They received their Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from Sonoma State University and Master of Science in Student Affairs and Higher Education from Miami University, in Ohio rather than Florida. Melissa is excited to bring their passion for raising awareness about power-based personal violence and creating social change to their work in the CARE office.

Outside of work, Melissa mostly spends their time with their partner and two dogs, Oliver and Roman, exploring new hiking trails or adventuring on the beach. If not at work or the beach, you can find Melissa singing along poorly to music, restoring old furniture, cooking and baking, or watching the newest movie at the theatre.

Kaeleigh Hayakawa, MS Violence Prevention Coordinator

Kaeleigh Hayakawa, MS
Kaeleigh Hayakawa, MS
Violence Prevention Coordinator

Pronouns: she/her/they/them

After completing her Masters in Counseling at CSU Long Beach, Kaeleigh joined the UCI CARE office as a Violence Prevention Coordinator. An alumna of UC Irvine, she began her prevention work as a Peer Educator and Coordinator for the UCI CARE Right to KNOW program. After receiving her Bachelors in Economics and Political Science, Kaeleigh gained experience in mental health advocacy, school-based counseling, suicide prevention, and domestic violence survivor services. Kaeleigh is passionate about power-based personal violence prevention and promoting equity in educational settings. Her current focus is engaging faculty, staff, and graduate students in awareness and prevention efforts and collaboratively developing more support programs and resources for these groups. 

In her free time, Kaeleigh enjoys going to Disneyland, cooking (and eating), playing video games, having movie marathons with friends, and spending time with her partner and cat.

Nicole Leon, MSW CARE Advocate

Nicole Leon, MSW
Nicole Leon, MSW
CARE Advocate

pronouns: she/her/hers

Nicole is a UCI CARE Advocate that has been working with survivors of domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault since 2010. Nicole has co-facilitated support groups, created workshops, and helped with development and implementation of programing for survivors throughout her career. Nicole is a first generation and transfer student, who earned a BA in Psychology at UC Santa Cruz, and recently obtained a Master of Social Work at USC. Nicole is drawn to supporting those healing from interpersonal trauma and is in the process of pursuing licensure to become a Clinical Social Worker.

Outside of work Nicole enjoys snuggling her 3 pets, exploring new eateries, jigsaw puzzles, watching movies, reading, and being outdoors.

Other languages spoken: Spanish

Elleni Conley CARE Advocate

Elleni Conley
Elleni Conley
CARE Advocate

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Elleni graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a degree in Sociology and the Sociology of Crime and Deviance. There, she developed a passion for advocacy after conducting research and learning about interpersonal violence and inequality. She previously worked as an advocate at Women’s Transitional Living Center (WTLC), a nonprofit that serves those affected by relationship abuse and human trafficking. She also interned with Grandma’s House of Hope, a nonprofit working with people experiencing homelessness, in their case management and housing department, and volunteered as an advocate with Waymakers, Orange County’s rape crisis center.

In her free time, Elleni enjoys reading, watching dramatic soap operas and telenovelas, cooking, Greek dancing, and talking loudly with her friends and family.

Other languages spoken: conversational Spanish

Rasta Bagheri, MSW CARE Advocate

Rasta Bagheri, MSW
Rasta Bagheri, MSW
CARE Advocate

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Rasta received her B.A in Psychology with a Minor in Social Work from San Diego State University and her Master's in Social Work from Boston College. She has been working with survivors of interpersonal violence since 2009. Her experience includes working with survivors of human trafficking with an emphasis on domestic sex trafficking and with survivors of intimate partner violence. She has supported survivors in community-based settings as well as through the criminal legal system. She has a passion for working alongside people who have experienced trauma, and is particularly interested in how restorative justice and transformative justice practices might be applied to addressing sexual and domestic violence. 

In her free time Rasta can be found baking from scratch, spending time with family and friends, hanging out by a body of water, and laughing too much at everything. 

 Other languages spoken: Farsi

 

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.

Nhi Nguyen, MA Marketing and Communications Specialist

Nhi Nguyen, MA
Nhi Nguyen, MA
Marketing and Communications Specialist

Pronouns: she/her/hers

After completing her Master's in Education at CSULB, Nhi joined the UCI CARE team as the Marketing and Communications Specialist.  At CARE, Nhi supports all online campaign efforts, curates graphic designs, drafts articles, and researches new ways to increase engagement.   Before joining UCI, Nhi served as an academic instructor in Nagoya, Japan, supporting students with diverse needs to achieve their professional and personal goals.  After teaching, Nhi came back to California where she worked directly with communities impacted by human rights violations at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) and Liberty in North Korea (LiNK).  She worked closely with individuals who experienced domestic violence, human trafficking, and immigration issues under the Asian and Pacific Islander Unit at LAFLA.  Along with her legal aid background, Nhi also served as a Marketing and Communications intern at LiNK, a non-profit thats works alongside the community to help North Korean refugees escape and reach freedom.  Nhi is excited to blend her experiences as a content creator in the world of higher education.  

When she's not at UCI, you can find Nhi running outside, going to a concert, or listening to a podcast!

Other languages spoken:  Vietnamese (fluent) and Japanese (conversational)

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.