Disability Resource Center (DRC) at College of San Mateo - Meet the Staff
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Disability Resource Center (DRC)

Meet the Staff

Carol Newkirk-Sakaguchi

Carol Newkirk

Title: Director, Disability Resource Center
Education: M.S. Rehabilitation Counseling, SFSU, Bachelor's Degree, Psychology, Sonoma State University, Learning Disability Certification, CSU, Sacramento
Responsibilities: Oversee the DRC to ensure equal access to education for students who have disabilities and advocate on their behalf. 
Years at CSM: Since 2016 (District employee since 2014)
Other Interests: Traveling, exploring new hiking trails with my Labrador (Vida!), riding my horse (Mack), and spending time with my daughters and grandson.
Hirania Gonzalez

Hirania Gonzalez

Title: Program Services Coordinator
Education: B.F.A. Photography, SJSU
Responsibilities: Outreach, coordinate DRC program events, and assist students with our application process.
Years at CSM: Since 2017
Other Interests: Cycling, art, gardening, learning, and spending time with my husband and our two cats.
Joyce Meyer

Joyce Meyer

Title: Learning Disabilities Specialist, Disability Resource Center
Education: MS in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling, Graduate Certificate in Adult Learning Disabilities
Responsibilities: Learning Disabilities assessment and counseling
Years at CSM: Since 2006
Other Interests: Family, travel, yoga, meditation, Zumba, hiking in nature, time at the ocean

Christopher Weidman

Title: Instructional Assistant II/Alternate Media Specialist
Education: B.S. in Engineering Technology, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Responsibilities: I support students in the DRC by managing the production of alternate media for print disabilities and assisting with the equipment loan program. 
Years at CSM: Since 2022 (District Employee since 2001)
Other Interests: Movies, swimming, gardening, and spending time with my wife, son, and our dog Lego.
Kevin Sinarle

Kevin Sinarle

Title: Counselor, Disability Resource Center
Education: Bachelor's Degree, Psychology (minor in Business), Fresno State University and a Masters Degree, Counseling w/dual emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy and Rehabilitation
Responsibilities:
I provide counseling services for students with disabilities which focus on disability-related counseling, academic accommodations, and referral to on and off-campus resources. Additionally, I teach a section on College Planning each fall.
Years at CSM: Since 2006
Other Interests: I like to spend time with my family, exploring all the great outdoor activities we have access to in the SF Bay Area.


Zulema Esparza

Title: Counselor, Disability Resource Center
Education: M.S. Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Specialization with a College Counseling Emphasis, SFSU. B.A. Criminal Justice Studies, SFSU.
Responsibilities: Provide academic, vocational, personal, and disability-related counseling. Collaborate with faculty and staff from other student service programs to better support DRC students. 
Years at CSM: Since 2019
Other Interests: I enjoy traveling and exploring new places, hikes with pretty views, and attending country concerts and sporting events with family and friends. 

Other staff not pictured

  • Audra Fernandez, Office Assistant II
  • Julie Jang, Learning Disabilities Specialist