2017 PWA Conference

Workshop Presenters


Barbara Byrge: Barbara is a wedding, portrait, and pinup girl photographer. She graduated from UCSB with a BA in Psychology, worked at the university for 13 years as an IT specialist during which time she was an active PWA volunteer. Barbara is a wife, a mother, a small business owner and a happiness enthusiast who loves sharing her message of better living through joy.

Caroline Adams/Danny Mann: Caroline Adams is a certified Crucial Conversations Trainer and the Campus Ombuds at UCSB. Prior to moving to the Ombuds Office, Caroline developed trainings and coached supervisors in Employee and Labor Relations. Caroline earned her B.A. in Psychology at Pomona College and her Juris Doctor at the University of Montana, as well as a Master of Fine Arts at Montana State. She is a certified mediator and group facilitator. Prior to coming to UCSB, Caroline was an attorney and served on the Dispute Resolution Committee of the State Bar of Montana. Currently, she is chair of the American Bar Association's Ombuds Committee.

Danny Mann came to UCSB as a student athlete for Men’s Soccer in the mid-90’s, serving as the team’s Captain. He went on to receive a Master’s in Counseling with an emphasis in Student Development in Higher Education and returned to UCSB in 2007 as an Assistant Director for Residential Life and achieved his Doctorate in Educational Leadership. His studies were on “The Relationship Between Ethnic Identity and Residence Hall preference” and focused on Housing’s first year Chicano/Latino students. In 2013 he became Associate Director in Residential Operations providing leadership to the talented maintenance services team. Danny has been married to his beautiful wife Jenny since 2006 and they have two amazing little girls (4 and 6 ½ years old) who keep him and his wife young!

Michael Steinberg: Michael earned his B.A. from Connecticut College and his Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law. He is an experienced ombuds, mediator and a licensed attorney in New York and Massachusetts. Michael was the Associate Ombuds at Columbia University in New York City prior to coming to UCSB. He was the Advanced Case Coordinator at the Harvard Mediation Program at Harvard Law School from 2007-2011, where he mediated a wide variety of cases, including complex business, family, and housing disputes.

Danielle Quiñones: Danielle Quiñones-Ortega is a Gaucho and as an undergraduate student, she worked on campus for Residential and Community Living, Student Life, and Career Services serving her fellow Gauchos in areas of transition and development. It was through these experiences that she fell in love with the field of Student Affairs. Following graduation, she attended San Diego State University and received her Master’s Degree. Danielle currently serves as Assistant Director for the Office of Student Life, here at UCSB. Lead by values of growth, service, achievement, and success, her passion for guiding students as they build community and move through college has magnified. In this role, she works with Gauchos in all walks of life succeed, with special attend to their co-curricular involvement and preparation for life after college.

Hiba Hamdan: Senior Project Management Professional, Electrical Engineer, and ‘World Class Speaking’ Coach, Hiba Hamdan helps her clients create and deliver compelling presentations to skyrocket their success. Hiba worked for 3 of the largest Telecommunications companies, British Telecom, France Telecom, and SITA (Airlines’ Network), where she managed international teams and multi-million-dollar projects for global customers. She also provided technical training & workshops in Asia, Europe, and North America. In March of 2008, Hiba founded her own Consulting & Coaching business in Redondo Beach, California. From 2013 till 2015, Hiba served as an Executive Board member of the National Speakers Association Academy, until she moved with her husband to Santa Barbara in August 2015. Hiba speaks 4 languages (English, French, Arabic, & Spanish), and is the Co-Author of the #1 Amazon Best Seller “World Class Speaking in Action”.

Antoinette Carter: I am an Admissions Counselor in the UCSB Office of Admissions. In addition, I coordinate the UCSB Guardian Scholars Program which serves students on campus who are current or former foster youth. As a UCSB undergraduate who was once a foster youth, I assisted in establishing the UCSB Guardian Scholars Program with a mentor of mine, who is now my Supervisor. In 2012 I walked as a graduating Senior and the recipient of one of the top three Senior awards – the Alyce Marita-Whitted Memorial Award - after being nominated by my mentor. Having struggled all through college, with my mentor’s continued assistance, support, and encouragement, I officially graduated in March 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a minor degree in Black Studies.

Lynnae Onishi: Lynnae Onishi has been teaching group fitness for 15 years. She currently teaches for Santa Barbara City College in the Physical Education department and also teaches Zumba at Fitness with Rachel in Goleta. Previously she has managed fitness departments at a college and retirement community. She earned her master’s degree in Kinesiology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with minors in Exercise and Health Science and Fitness Training from UC Santa Barbara. She holds numerous fitness certifications including ACE Group Fitness, and Zumba. Her background includes working with various populations such as those with chronic conditions, college students, and older adults.

Danelle Moon: Danelle Moon is the Director of Special Research Collections, UCSB Library. She is a U.S. Women's Historian, and has written extensively on the role of women in social movements in the 20th century. She serves as he curator of the Rare Books & Printer and Artist Books Collection in the library, and is the curator of the current exhibit.

Dr. JoAnn Kuchera-Morin: Composer JoAnn Kuchera-Morin is Director and Chief Scientist of the AlloSphere Research Facility (http://www.mat.ucsb.edu/musjkm, http://www.allosphere.ucsb.edu) and Professor of Media Arts and Technology and Music at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research focuses on creative computational systems, multi-modal media systems content and facilities design. Her years of experience in digital media research led to the creation of a multi-million dollar sponsored research program for the University of California—the Digital Media Innovation Program. She was Chief Scientist of the Program from 1998 to 2003. The culmination of Professor Kuchera-Morin’s creativity and research is the AlloSphere, a 30-foot diameter, 3-story high metal sphere inside an echo-free cube, designed for immersive, interactive scientific and artistic investigation of multi-dimensional data sets. Scientifically, the AlloSphere is an instrument for gaining insight and developing bodily intuition about environments into which the body cannot venture—abstract higher-dimensional information spaces, the worlds of the very small or very large, and the realms of the very fast or very slow. Artistically, it is an instrument for the creation and performance of avant-garde new works and the development of new modes and genres of expression and forms of immersion-based entertainment. JoAnn Kuchera-Morin earned a Ph.D. in composition from the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester in 1984.

Maria Arroyo: Born in Morelia Michocan, Mexico and raised in heart of Goleta, Maria has worked at UCSB in Residential and Community Living for the past 25 years. Seventeen years in Storke Family Housing where she has enjoyed the work environment, assisting all families, and building community with positive experiences. On her free time she enjoys spending time with her four grandchildren - 16 year grandson Angel, 11 year old Linda,10 year old Deana, and 2 year old Alexandra Rose at the beach or family gatherings.

Tania Israel: Tania Israel, Ph.D. is a Professor and Chair of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She teaches about helping skills, leadership, and community collaboration, among other things. She has facilitated educational programs and difficult dialogues about a range of topics, including abortion, law enforcement, religion, and sexual orientation. She is engaged in leadership within the local community, on campus, and in the American Psychological Association.

Katya Armistead​​​​​​​: Katya Armistead is the Dean of student life. She is a member of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs’ executive committee and a member of the Chancellor’s Senior Officers’ group. She has worked on campus for 25 years, is an alum having earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology in 1988 and her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership in 2012. Katya is committed to service as she has served on several local non-profit boards including Family Service Agency,and Fighting Back Mentor Task Force, is a mentor to sisters through the mentor program and has been for 9 years, and helped to create a nonprofit organization, Youth Making Change.

Koreen Pagano​​​​​​​: Koreen Pagano is passionate about technology for organizational learning, with an emphasis on performance improvement and behavior change. A founding teacher of Freire Charter School in 1999, in 2008 Koreen founded Tandem Learning, where she pioneered immersive learning in organizations by leveraging virtual worlds, games and simulations. As Director, Enterprise Product at lynda.com and LinkedIn, Koreen led the product vision for self-directed learning for corporate, government and educational institutions. An internationally recognized writer, speaker and organizational consultant, Koreen is currently consulting with organizations implementing new technologies to drive positive change. She has taught graduate courses at Harrisburg University, blogs at Learning in Tandem, and authored the book Immersive Learning.

Sloane Reali​​​​​​​: A Professional Vocal Coach, Public Speaker and Musician, Sloane Reali holds a Masters Degree in Education from UCSB and a California Teaching Credential. She has helped numerous public speakers, teachers, therapists, doctors and authors to prepare vocally in their professions. Sloane specializes in teaching beginning and intermediate level singers, some who’ve placed top in local competitions such as Teen Star and Rising Star and auditions for American Idol and NBC’s "The Voice!” A leader in her field, Sloane makes regular guest appearances on both Television and Radio and speaks publicly at special events as an expert on the “Power of Voice."

Maddy Bortes: Maddy Bortes helps people face themselves, honestly and with a side of sweetness. She weaves her experiences from the yoga mat, depth psychology, somatic practice, meditation, and creative exploration to offer a space for genuine self-reflection, a space in which you can truly see your whole self. In her interactive workshops, you can expect to gain tangible insight into your own complexity, knowledge of practical tools you can play with to support your development, and have a few body resonating moments. Maddy’s curiosity has opened many doors to study with yoga teachers, anatomy specialists, bodyworkers, energy healers, and somatic therapists. Her most potent teachings have come from time spent in nature, her own healing journeys whether with IBS, depression, anxiety, or PTSD, and from her work with clients. Through her PhD studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, she continues to develop a multi-disciplinary approach to processing complex trauma and anxiety. You may reach Maddy via maddybortes.com or Instagram.com/maddybortes.

Maria Arroyo & Mayra Ramos (Spanish): Mayra is a proud Gaucho (B.A. ’08, M.A. ’13) that enjoys giving back to her community. She currently serves as the Assistant Director for Harvest Community Center, a small nonprofit with a big heart, located in Santa Maria, CA. Mayra began her career in serving others at a young age, and has been able to inspire and uplift many through various organizations she has been a part of. Most recently, she co-founded a network of university-housing women, throughout California, Women of WACUHO. This group promotes leadership, networking, mentorship & educational opportunities for women. When she is not working, Mayra enjoys going to the beach, photography and riding her motorcycle.

Monica Dabos: Dr. Monica Dabos, a statistics educator by trade and a dancer by heart, is the founder of Yes Dance, a non-profit organization located at the Paseo Nuevo Mall. A turbulent upbringing in Argentina and unconventional life choices have instilled in her a deep desire for fostering social inclusion at all levels. Bringing the community together whether teaching statistics or salsa is a passion for Monica and Yes Dance is a manifestation of that passion. Located among Santa Barbara’s most infinite bar scene, Monica is introducing a new concept to the Santa Barbara community: fun downtown without alcohol. Participants not only learn how to dance salsa, bachata and other dances, but they also develop deep connections with their peers during the open social dances. All ages and skill levels are welcomed, making it possible for parents, children, spouses, students and all other types of people to come together to learn the art of dance. Anyone who walks through the door gets an immediate sense of community when they see mingling between people of various socioeconomic statuses, educational levels, and cultural backgrounds. Monica believes that when alcohol-free alternatives are provided in a family-friendly environment that encourages, supports and values each individual through dance, “Magic Happens.” She wants to expand this magic to other locations in Goleta, Isla Vista, and even more places downtown. She believes that as a society we need to provide healthy alternatives that are both fun and engaging. What better way to meet new people and become a part of a very special community than through the exhilarating and exciting world of dance.

Sojourner Kincaid Rolle: Sojourner Kincaid Rolle is a poet, a playwright, and peacemaker. She is also the Community Outreach Coordinator at UCSB's Center for Black Studies Research. She is the author of 6 collections of poetry and 5 plays all of which were produced at the Center Stage by Dramatic Women Theater Company. Her essays and commentaries have appeared in numerous publication. Known as the "Peoples' Poet, she recently competed a two-year term as SB's Poet Laureate. She has engaged writers of all ages through her work with City At Peace, the Song of Place Poetry Project, Speak for the Creeks, the Santa Barbara Public Library, the Annual MLK Essay and Poetry Contest and numerous local arts endeavors. Sojourner Kincaid Rolle holds a BA (University of North Carolina-Charlotte, 1978) and a JD (University of California at Berkeley, 1981).

Y. Evelyn Cui: Y. Evelyn Cui is an entrepreneur, educator and professional speaker for topics on Education, Music, and Heart-Centered Approach to Life. Her love for children and the responsibility she feels for the well-being and growth of the future generations keep her constantly mastering her own musical art as well as her pedagogy -- the art of teaching. She blends wisdom and knowledge of history, language, music theory, ancient texts of wisdom from East and West, spirituality, and science in her teaching for the development of the whole person. She is a proud UCSB alumnus based in Orange County, California. More about her and her teachings can be found on www.emgteaching.com.

Tania Israel: What is your authentic voice? Is it loud, proud, nurturing, motivating, whispering, shouting, singing, laughing, smart, savvy, tearful, mindful, fact-filled, impactful? Our authentic voices can help us tell our stories, increase our effectiveness, strengthen our bonds, and achieve our potential. Drawing on personal narrative and engaging activities, this workshop will guide you in cultivating your authentic voice through reflection and expression.

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