Counseling & Psychological Services' Faculty and Staff

Illustration of a phone  All staff and faculty can be reached at 415-338-2208

Faculty and Staff


Portrait of Yolanda Gamboa

Yolanda Gamboa*, PhD., Assistant Director of Clinical Services (Interim)

Professional Areas of Interest: Multicultural issues, first generation college students, AB 540 undocumented students, women of color, Chicano/a and Latino/a population, LGBTQ, and underserved and underrepresented students. Training and supervision of graduate and post graduates.

Personal Interests: Spending time with family, walking my dog, cooking/baking, hiking, and meditation.

Motto: "Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow'." ~ Mary Ann Radmacher


Portrait of Taghi Amjadi

Taghi Amjadi, PhD., LMFT*, Clinical Counselor

Professional Areas of Interest: East-West psychology, mindfulness-based anxiety management, relationships, trauma work with refugees and immigrants (PTSD), and transpersonal psychology.

Personal Interests: Music, nature, and movies.

Motto: "And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same." ~ Nelson Mandela


Portrait of Karla Castillo

Karla Castillo, LMFT*, LPCC,  Clinical Counselor &  Alcohol and Other Drugs Counselor

Professional Areas of Interest: Substance use disorders, EMDR, trauma, mindfulness, multicultural issues, issues affecting undocumented students, harm reduction, and crisis counseling.

Personal Interests: Swimming, biking, jogging, dancing, music, and travel.

Motto: "I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival." ~ Audre Lourde


Portrait of Susan Chen

Susan Chen, LMFT*, Clinical Counselor & Liaison to International Programs

Professional Areas of Interest: Social anxiety, excessive internet and social media use, harm reduction, LGBTQ issues, anti-racism, and meditation.

Motto: "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." ~ Various

"It is a joy to be hidden and a disaster not to be found." ~ DW Winnicott


Portrait of Laurene Dominguez

Laurene Dominguez, LCSW, Clinical Counselor

Professional Areas of Interest : I enjoy working with a broad range of issues with a focus on cultural identity/multicultural issues, spirituality/religion, depression & anxiety, bereavement, and working with Chicano/Latino & first generation students. I am especially interested in supporting students dealing with crisis/trauma and relationships. I am passionate about social justice issues and the integration of western and indigenous ways of healing.

Motto: "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." ~ Maya Angelou


Portrait of Leslie Jaeyoun Shin

Leslie Jaeyoun Shin, LMFT & LPCC*, Clinical Counselor (Half-Time) and Coordinator of Peggy H. Smith Counseling Clinic (Interim)

Professional Areas of Interest: Relationship issues, trauma work, racial discrimination and microaggressions, social justice related issues, multicultural counseling, self-esteem and personal growth, depression, anxiety, and adjustment challenges.

Motto: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." ~Martin Luther King, Jr.   

"Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced." ~ Soren Kierkegaard


Portrait of Catherine Jolly

Catherine Jolly, LMFT & FAMI, Clinical Counselor

Professional Areas of Interest: Expression arts therapy, LGBTQI issues, social justice and advocacy, and FAMI (Fellow of the Association of Music and Imagery).

Personal Interests: Spending time in nature, playing and writing music, and connecting with people of all ages.

Motto: Compassion is never wasted.


Portrait of Rick Nizzardini

Rick Nizzardini, LCSW, Residential Life Clinical Counselor

Professional Areas of Interest: Interpersonal processes, trauma, relationships, LGBTQIIA+ issues, and University Residential Life.

Motto: “I am not what happened to me; I am what I choose to become.” ~ Carl Jung


Portrait of Leandra Peloquin

Leandra Peloquin, LCSW, Mental Health Case Manager

Professional Areas of Interest: Working with survivors of sexual trauma, trauma, and interpersonal violence; crisis counseling and social justice advocacy.

Motto: "Stand for what's right, even if it means you are standing alone." ~ Unknown


Portrait of Stacy Peterson

Stacy Peterson, LCSW, The SAFE Place - Manager

Professional Areas of Interest: Trauma due to sexual violence, social justice, transformative justice, harm reduction, and solution focused interventions.

Personal Interests: Reading, spending time with loved ones, being creative, and enjoying the outdoors.

Motto: “Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.” ~ James Baldwin


Portrait of David Vengel

David Vengel, Psy.D., Clinical Counselor

Professional Areas of Interest: Holistic health, multiculturalism, cross cultural psychotherapy, mindfulness, interpersonal process, navigating relationships, self-compassion, and self-care.

Personal Interests: Yoga, podcasts, and cooking.

Motto: "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."  ~ Maya Angelou


Portrait of Lightfoot Whilhite


Lightfoot Wilhite, LCSW, Clinical Counselor

Professional Areas of Interest: Deconstruction of stressful belief systems.

Motto: The Truth is also seeking the Seeker.


Portrait of Gwen Agustin


Gwen A. Agustin-Nodora, Ed.D., Educational Psychologist, ASPIRE (provides psychological testing only)

Asian American and Pacific Islander Retention and Education (ASPIRE) is a collaboration with the Asian American Studies (AAS) Department and Student Affairs and Enrollment Management (SAEM). The goal of ASPIRE is to improve and expand SF State’s capacity to serve high-need Asian American and Native American Pacific Islanders (AANAPI) and low-income degree-seeking undergraduate students, improve the learning environment, and strengthen academic outcomes. To learn more about ASPIRE and their mission and services, please visit their website at

Professional Areas of Interest: Educational Interests: Learning Disabilities, Psycho-Educational Assessments, Social Justice, Equity, Transformative Education, Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities, and First Generation Immigrant Youth.

Personal Interests: Travel, hip-hop, art, and music. 

Motto: "Education is Freedom." ~ Paulo Freire​


Administrative Staff


Portrait of Ricky Lui

Ricky Lui, Administrative Support Coordinator

Personal Interests:  Spending time with the people I love and making memories that will last more than my lifetime.

Motto: "Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear."


Portrait of Jessa Delos Reyes

Jessa Delos Reyes, Administrative Support Assistant I

Areas of Interest: Gender, LGBTQ+, and ethnic studies.

Personal Interests: Community organizing, reading, writing, and baking.

Motto: "When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid." – Audre Lorde



Portrait of Katharine Tsang

Katharine Tsang**, Administrative Analyst Specialist

Personal Interests: Traveling, listening to music, and reading.

Motto: "Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared." ~ Buddha


*Counseling available in the following languages: Farsi, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish

**(Bilingual in Mandarin and Cantonese)