Marisa Lagrimas

Master of Arts in Counseling, Career Counseling

Hometown

Benicia, C.A.

My Greatest Supporters

My greatest supporters have been my family and friends, mentors, teachers and managers from jobs I've had along the way. They have all extended so much support to me. I send a special thank you to each of them.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

My favorite Saint Mary's memory was taking the Group Theory and Practice class and presenting on existential theory. I ended up using this experience to publish my master's project a year later. Also, in my opinion, my group and professor were amazing.

My Next Chapter

Professionally, I want to begin my work in the field of career counseling. I'd also like to begin to travel internationally again. The worldwide pandemic has placed many in difficult circumstances. I hope my career would allow me to help in the reconstruction efforts of jobs lost during COVID-19.

Clubs and Activities

Asian and Pacific Islander Cultural Awareness Week and Performance Night- Intercultural Center

Favorite Quote

"I have learned that as long as I hold fast to my beliefs and values, and follow my own moral compass, then the only expectations I need to live up to are my own."
— Michelle Obama

Jewelisa De’Bradie Harrison

Master of Arts in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Clinical Counselor

Hometown

Modesto, CA

My Greatest Supporters

My greatest supporters have been my family. My mother, Suzette, has been a steadfast person in my life supporting my dreams and cheering me on. My fiancé, Phazon, has also been my rock during this process reminding that I CAN accomplish my goals and loving me every step of the way. The countless prayers and well wishes from all my friends and family have been the foundation for my success.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

My favorite memories at Saint Mary's were the lunches I would have with my friends our first year while we spent our Saturdays in Counseling Skills Class. My colleagues shared snacks, laughs, and love. The deepest secrets and tears we shared inside and outside the classroom have informed the therapist I will be tomorrow.

My Next Chapter

I will be marrying the love of my life in 2022! The next twelve months will be dedicated to planning my wedding, applying to doctorate programs, and moving to Las Vegas, NV! My next steps will include narrowing my focus on social justice and providing equitable mental health services to underserved communities.

Favorite Quote

I want to be remembered as someone who used herself and anything she could touch to work for justice and freedom... I want to be remembered as one who tried.
— Dorothy Height

Shannon Kumar

Master of Arts in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Clinical Counselor

Hometown

Newark

My Greatest Supporters

My parents and brother for supporting me through the program. Guru ji for always being there for me. My amazing friends and boyfriend for validating me! Thank you to my cohort sisters for every single thing we have been through together on this journey!

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

Too many to choose from! One that sticks out to me is when Dr. Suzy Thomas had us write down our therapeutic response on our first day of Counseling Skills and then handing those papers back on our last day of class. That moment really made me believe I was in the right field.

My Next Chapter

Next, I will be working toward becoming a licensed marriage family therapist :)

Favorite Quote

"The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination."
— Carl Rogers
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Angelica Plascencia

Special Education Teaching Credential

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Brett Lavell

Master of Business Administration

Hometown

Sacramento, CA

My Greatest Supporters

My greatest supporters are my family. I'd like to recognize Jim McGuire and Bruce Dereschuk for guiding me to complete my MBA. A shout out to my grandma and papa and of course my mom and dad for showing me the way from an early age.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

My favorite SMC memory is grabbing drinks with those in my class. COVID took its toll but there are still plenty of good memories.
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Saman Riaz

Master of Business Administration

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Christopher Ercolano

Master of Arts in Montessori Education

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Haley Ferrer

Single Subject Teaching Credential

Samantha Elaine Lawson

Single Subject Teaching Credential

Hometown

Concord

My Greatest Supporters

My greatest supporters have been my family supporting me through the whole process. They were able to help me on the days I went straight from work right to online/in person classes until late at night. My fellow cohort members truly helped my spirit on the days I was feeling low. Every class with them brought my spirits up just being around them made me want to be there.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

My favorite Saint Mary's memory was during a class we got to get up, eat our snack and walk around for a bit. Nicole and I were just munching on our popcorn and hanging around outside and in that moment it was so nice to just get outside and have a breather and just talk together. It was refreshing and something I have incorporated into my classroom.

My Next Chapter

I will be continuing working as a high school math teacher at Carondelet High School. I have been working here for 3 years and I am excited to keep working with my students. They bring me so much joy and every day is a new day. My students are what makes me excited and happy about work.

Favorite Quote

It takes a big heart and a large, extra strong iced coffee to shape little minds.
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Tyler P. Jakub

Master of Arts in Counseling, General Counseling