CalWORKs Program Coordinator/Counselor
Speaks: English, Italian and Kinyarwanda
I lead and counsels for the CalWORKs/New Horizons Department. I am grateful that I engage daily with a diverse department serving students who speak over 27 languages and transcend socioeconomic barriers. Utilizing my familiarity with the French, Italian, Kinyarwanda languages, while incorporating a holistic counseling philosophy focused on the strengths of a dynamic student population, I have excelled at simultaneously supporting the needs of individual students, fostering equity and inclusivity, and celebrating the heterogeneity of the Grossmont Campus community.
I have worked as an instructor, counselor, consultant and leader in academia, private industry and human service for over two decades, in San Diego, Hawaii, East Africa and Europe.
I was raised in Toronto, Canada and the San Francisco Bay Area in a multicultural, multilingual and multi-generational home. I credit my broad cultural experience, especially in East Africa, as her greatest asset in understanding the importance of community.
I hold a BA in Africana History, MA in Counseling, Multiculturalism/Cross-Cultural Education and specialized training in trauma informed care, culturally responsive counseling, and inclusive and belonging pedagogy
I am passionate about travel, learning, horses, music and cooking.
CalWORKs and New Horizons Counselor
Speaks: English and French
CalWORKs Counselor/Grossmont Justice Scholars Program Coordinator
Speaks: English and Spanish
I have been a counselor in the CalWORKs Department at Grossmont College since 2015, When I started my career as a community college counselor. I have been passionate about working with underrepresented communities since the start of my career within the non-profit/social services programs in San Diego County and later on in higher education.
CalWORKs holds a special place in my heart because I was raised by a single mother, who was on public assistance programs, and understands the struggles of parents who are trying to make ends meet in order to provide a better future for her children. I grew up on both sides of the border, where English was not spoken at home, and knows the struggles of children of immigrant parents having to be the culture broker of the family. But because of these amazing and complicated experiences, it has given me the first hand experience of the beauty of culture, the resilience of immigrant communities and the transformational power of education.
I graduated with her Master’s Degree in Multicultural Education with an emphasis in Counseling and Social Justice from the CBB program at San Diego State University as well as my Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Spanish.
I am fluent in Spanish and loves spending time with my extended family celebrating cultural traditions and is a proud wife and mother of 3 children
Hi everyone, my name is Cierra, like the mountains. I’ve been with Grossmont CalWORKs since I was an intern fresh out of graduate school. I am also one of your New Horizons Counselors!
I am a first-generation student, I earned my Associates degree at Grossmont College before transferring to SDSU where I earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Counseling and Social Change. From there I went back to SDSU for a graduate program in Education Counseling. I am currently in a program completing my Master’s of Social Work so that I can do both educational counseling and mental health counseling. I am certified in Trauma informed care and also work as a crisis counselor/advocate for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.
In my time here at CalWORKs, I have been part of the Outreach team, our Social Media Lead, our Website Team lead as well as trained new counselors. At Grossmont I have also been part of the Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Women’s History month campaigns. My primary focus is always that of our students though, I can’t wait to meet you.
Speaks: English, Arabic, and Chaldean
My name is Sandi Duraid. I have a Master’s degree in Education with concentration in counseling from SDSU as well as bachelors in psychology and minor in counseling and social change. I am also certified in Trauma informed care.
I have been with CalWORKs since 2019 as a counselor. I have rich experience with CalWORKs and county requirements. I have a professional experience history in different diligent positions like Education, Mental Health, Therapy, and county. I am also trained and certified in remote teaching/counseling, canvas creation and website. I am also part of Grossmont Women’s History Month planning Committee and outreach.
I am originally from Iraq (Baghdad).I came here to the U.S as an immigrant. I am multicultural competent as I know a lot about different cultures and always interested to learn more. My knowledge of working with diverse population made me always always believe inequity and recognize people’s strengths and values. I also believe as a department, we uplift each other which gives us the power of resilience and transformation. I enjoy working at CalWORKs and always eager to learn from my students when I provide them personal, academic, and career counseling.
Things I enjoy doing are: family time, listening to music, and singing, coordinating, decorating, cooking, and watching series
Noora Al Saegh
Speaks: English and Arabic
My name Noora Al Saegh, I have more than 18+ years of progressive experience in Education, Counseling, Leadership and Workforce Development. My professional history includes several professional positions such as Educational and Employment Counselor and Outreach Committee Lead at Grossmont College. I worked also as an instructor and curriculum designer, Individual Development Account and Foreign Relations Coordinator in Middle East, Europe and USA.
I am licensed Conflict Resolution Trainer. I hold certificate in Project Management (PMP). I have Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and Art and Master degree in Educational Counseling in Higher Education.
I arrived to USA as an immigrant woman. I have deep knowledge and experience in providing equitable personal, academic and career counseling. I am an advocate of student success and equity. I enjoy my work as a CalWORKs counselor and always have the passion to support students overcome their barriers to education and employment.
In my free time, I enjoy biking, playing chess, and read poetry. I love singing and listening to music. I enjoy planning and coordinating events, parties and conferences.
My name is Theron Page CalWORKs Adjunct Counselor, I majored in Sociology at UC Berkeley and obtained my Master in Higher Education Counseling from Point Loma Nazarene University. I have lots of experience in so many ways.I have coordinated retreats and personal growth courses. I have dedicated to helping student parents and is enjoys using his passion for counseling to help students hurdle many barriers as single parents, immigrants, refugees etc.
I thrive in helping students to see their strengths and work diligently in assisting them with obstacles. I am committed to the importance of mental health and is an advocate not just for his students but for the whole CalWORKs Family.
Growing up as a first-generation student from a low-income single mother household, CalWORKs has a special place In my heart. I am an obsessive Los Angeles Lakers fan, and I like to think I can throw down in the kitchen. My favorite movie is Lion King, but the cartoon version. The real version isn't my cup of tea, but we can debate about it.
I like watching documentaries, playing sports, and playing with my Pitbull Blue!
Account Clerk Senior
Speaks: English and Spanish
I am a Projects Lead and Outreach Committee Member for the CalWORKs/New Horizons Department, and am constantly honored to work with such a creative and forward-thinking team. I come from a first-generation, multi-cultural, and multi-lingual background, and am always looking to bring different perspectives into my work. I speak English and Spanish with working knowledge of German and French, and keep conversational Arabic and Persian as a future goal.
I graduated from San Diego State University in History with minors in Arabic & Islamic Studies, Classics, and Journalism. I love to continue practicing a plurality of skills I have learned from being a K-7th grade English Teacher, working in immigrant & refugee services, language translations, and magazine editorial and copywriting positions with whatever new work project I tackle. Having worked in classrooms from California to Turkey, with copyediting and content creation experience for projects based in the USA, Mexico, Columbia, Portugal, and Iran, I bring various points of view into the already beautifully multi-cultural space that is CalWORKs/New Horizon.
When away from my work computer, I love spending time in the sun and trying different food spots with good company, as well as writing poetry, listening to new music, and dancing.
My name is Joseph and I am a digital media organizer here at CalWORKs at Grossmont College. I majored in Cinema and Digital Media and Asian American Studies at UC Davis, obtaining my bachelor's degree. My previous work has been creating and showcasing stories of the underrepresented through different types of media projects in order to uplift and bring light to issues that not everyone is aware of.
At CalWORKs, I am able to hear more stories from a community that was not made aware of before in my life and is opening me up to new cultures and struggles that I have not experienced or heard of myself. Through this I am able to share these stories through a medium that everyone can digest and really know about the students they may not know about. Additionally, I assist with creating outreach material to be used in order to get the word out about our program and what we do.
In my free time I like to read, play video games, and listen to podcasts.
My name is Philip Phan (aka Mr. Phantastic, aka Dr. Phantom). I have recently graduated with a Bachelor’s in General Biological Sciences from University of California, San Diego. I am currently working on getting into Dentistry School where I would like to pursue a dental degree. I have experienced all three levels of California Colleges and the processes that go into registering and transferring between them.
Within CalWORKs, I handle a variety of tasks for the program that include both front-desk work as well as work behind the scenes such as what you are seeing here in this very moment. With my wide knowledge as a transfer student and what I gained through CalWORKs, I am more than happy to assist with any problems for which you may have and hope to speak to you all soon.
During my free time, I enjoy sleeping, traveling, watching anime, and trying out new food :D
Speaks: English and Arabic
Speaks: English, Arabic, Farsi, and Kurdish
Speaks: English, Arabic, Chaldean
Hamsa Al Mashhadani
Speaks: English and Arabic
Speaks: English and Swahili
Speaks: English and Arabic
Speaks: English, Pashtu, Dari
Speaks: English, Arabic, Kurdish
Speaks: English, Arabic
The CalWORKs Inreach Team works to promote the CalWORKs Program on campus by hosting fun and educational events.
The CalWORKs Outreach Team conducts events outside of campus to reach out to the San Diego community. If you're interested in having CalWORKs present at your event, call us at (619) 609-7430.