Parent Involvement and Community Outreach Staff

Campos Jose_V3_RPP7976a_pp24x36.jpg Director of Parent Involvement & Community Outreach: Jose Campos    ​   ​​  ​​Jose Campos serves as Director of Parent Involvement and Community Outreach/ Behavioral Health "PICO" for the Jurupa Unified School District.  In this capacity, he works with several non-profits and public agencies coordinating and expanding services throughout the community.  These services include mental health, medical access and coverage, early childhood programs, case management services, and various parent engagement and parenting programs.  In 2012 he co-founded the Jurupa Valley Collaborative (a 2015 Riverside County Office of Education Models of Academic Excellence and Innovation program) to better coordinate services in school communities and in 2013 was instrumental in opening the school district's first school-based health center operated by Borrego Health.  He continues to work towards expanding health and dental services in the area as well as focus on increasing opportunities and education in the school communities.  By 2019 access to mental health services for Jurupa students increased 1600% from being scarce to increasing funding for providers and partnering with providers for school-based services as well as launching a master level intern-based program. In 2020 JUSD became a contract mental health provider for Riverside University Health System - Behavioral Health adding to the menu of direct service provide by PICO.  PICO receives over $3,000,000 annually in grants and contracts to provide services to the community from two locations.

Additionally, Jose Campos serves(d) on the following boards:

  • Riverside First Five Commission:  Commissioner and Past Chair
  • Riverside Community Health Foundation: Chair
  • Borrego Health: Board Member
  • Jurupa Valley Chamber of Commerce: Past President
  • Riverside County Behavior Health Commission: Commissioner
  • Past Board Member, HOPE Collaborative (Child Abuse Prevention Collaborative)
  • Past advisory board member, Rubidoux Family Resource Center

Parent Engagement Coordinator: Sandra Rodriguez

Sandra Rodriguez serves as the Parent Engagement Coordinator where she coordinates and facilitates parent programs throughout the district and works with Parent Leaders (PALs). She has over 19 years of experience in the Education Field. Sandra has served on ELAC, SSC and the DADS board committees. Sandra Rodriguez holds a BS in Child Development from the University of La Verne.  She has lived in Jurupa Valley for 23 years and is passionate about working with the community and supporting parents in their child’s success.





Crystal.jpg Behavioral Health Clinical Supervisor: Crystal Garcia Ruacho
Crystal Garcia Ruacho is the Behavioral Health Clinical Supervisor for Jurupa Unified School District, Behavioral Health Services. Crystal is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), with experience providing psychotherapy services in school, outpatient, and home-based settings. She received her Bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she double majored in Psychology and Latin American and Latino Studies. She then pursued her graduate degree at San Jose State University, where she earned her Master’s in Social Work (MSW) and gained practice working in adult residential substance abuse programs and Santa Clara County Mental Health Outpatient Services. Since then, Crystal has spent time working with children and families through San Bernardino County’s Behavioral Health Department, as well as school-based mental health services with Ontario-Montclair School District. Crystal is currently providing oversight to Jurupa Unified School District’s System of Care (SOC) contracts with Riverside University Health Systems (RUHS). Programs include Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) and Early Periodic Screening Diagnostic Treatment (EPSDT), providing trauma-focused groups for students in the CBIT’s program, as well as psychotherapy/counseling services to eligible students and Jurupa Valley community members. In addition, Crystal provides clinical supervision to JUSD’s pre-licensed associate social workers and marriage and family therapist, as well as oversees and provides field instruction to social work master’s level interns providing mental health services through the Student Assistance Program (SAP).​​​

1LaToya.jpgSocial Worker- School Readiness: LaToya Robinson                            LaToya Robinson serves as the Social Worker for the Department of Parent Involvement and Community Outreach, School Readiness.  LaToya studied at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) where she received her Bachelor of Science in Child and Adolescent Development and a Minor in Human Services.  She continued her education at CSUF to obtain her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree.  During this time, LaToya gained practice in counseling abused women and children and investigating abuse to older adults.  She then pursued her Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC) at San Jose State University, with a concentration on Social Work and Child Welfare and Attendance where she worked with elementary and high school students.  LaToya has over seven years of experience in the social work field with DPSS and Public Health, and more than 10 years of experience in education.  LaToya is currently providing support to the School Readiness program, mental health  consultation (Head Start/Preschool), and supervision to MSW interns.    

chris.jpgSocial Worker- Community-Based Services: Christopher Mercado            Christopher Mercado serves as a Social Worker for the Department of Parent Involvement and Community Outreach (P.I.C.O) at Jurupa Unified School District. He studied at CSUSB where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. He continued his education at the University of Southern California where he earned his Master of Social Work (MSW) degree. During his internship, he was placed at Kaiser Permanente where he served the geriatric population. Chris gained practice in conducting bio-psycho-social assessment's, discharge planning and assessed for memory and cognition at the geriatric clinic. Upon graduating, Chris started his career at Riverside County DPSS as an In-Home-Support-Service (IHSS) social service practitioner where he assessed client's abilities, limitations and assigned appropriate hours needed to best fit the client's needs. Moving forward, Chris will support community outreach, parenting programs at JUSD, and will supervise MSW intern's.  ​

Lizet.jpgBehavioral Health Therapist I: Lizet Rios
Lizet Rios is a Behavioral Therapist for the Department of Parent Involvement and Community Outreach. She studied at California State University, San Bernardino where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and received a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies. She continued her education at the University of Southern California where she earned her Master of Social Work degree. Currently, Lizet supports the following programs: Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPDST), Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS), Parents as Teachers (PAT) and 2nd year MSW intern field placement.

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Lorena.jpgBehavioral Health Therapist I: Lorena Zambrano                                          Lorena Zambrano is a Behavioral Health Therapist I for Jurupa Unified School District, Behavioral Health Services currently supporting JUSD's Early Periodic Screening Diagnostic Treatment (EPSDT) Program, Student Assistance Program (SAP), trauma informed and social-emotional groups.   Lorena is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) with experience working as a Therapeutic Behavioral Specialist (TBS- Coach/ Case Manager/ Clinical Supervisor), providing behavioral services in home, school, and community settings for a non-profit agency, who contracted through San Bernardino County.  She then spent time working for Riverside County as a Clinical Therapist in the Juvenile Justice (Juvenile Hall and Treatment), and Outpatient Clinic settings.  She began her studies at Riverside Community College and transferred to California Baptist University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (2009) and Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (2012).  Lorena's experience working with the adolescent population has taught her to embrace our youth and she hopes to continue to provide a safe place for them to better understand their mental health, gain insight, and improve their overall functioning and quality of life.

Jacob.jpgBehavioral Health Therapist I: Jacob Escobedo

Jacob Escobedo,MSW, ASW is a California Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social work from California State University, San Bernardino, and a Master of Arts in Social Work with a concentration in Clinical Practice with Individuals and Families from Azusa Pacific University. Jacob has experience providing individual, group, and family psychotherapy and case management services to adolescent and adult populations. Jacob has experience with providing clinical social work services in outpatient counseling settings and juvenile justice settings. Jacob is a Behavioral Health Therapist for the department of Parent Involvement and Community Outreach(PICO) and primarily supports JUSD’s Early Periodic Screening Diagnostic Treatment (EPSDT) Program, JUSD’s Student Assistance Program (SAP), trauma informed and social -emotional groups, and training for MSW interns. Jacob seeks to facilitate collaboration between behavioral health services, school staff, families, and other systems to support the whole-child approach towards fostering social-emotional wellness and academic success.

Vanessa (2).jpgBehavioral Health Associate: Vanessa Avalos

Vanessa Avalos is a Behavioral Health Associate for the Department of Parent Involvement and Community Outreach. Vanessa studied at the University of California, Irvine where she obtained her Psychology and Education Sciences bachelor degrees. She continued her education at California Baptist University where she earned her Master of Social Work degree and at the University of California, Los Angeles where she completed her Pupil Personal Services Credential coursework. Her experiences include working with at-risk youth and foster children during her time at Olive Crest, and facilitating social-emotional support groups during her time at Operation Safe House. Vanessa's passion for working with children and families in the school setting was drawn from her school social work internships at Riverside Unified School District and Riverside County Office of Education. Currently, she supports the following JUSD programs: Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPDST) and Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS).


1wendy.jpgBehavioral Health Associate: Wendy Gonzalez                                               ​Wendy Gonzalez is a Behavioral Health Associate with the Department of Parent Involvement and Community Outreach Program. She received her Bachelor's degree in Sociology with concentration in Social Services, and minor in Psychology from California State University, San Bernardino. She furthered her education by obtaining her Master's degree in Counseling and Guidance. Additionally, she obtained her Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPS) in school counseling. She is currently registered as an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC) with professional experience providing mental health and substance use treatment in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She has provided individual, family, and group therapy to children, adolescents, and adults experiencing a wide range of socioemotional problems. She is passionate about helping students and their families by assisting them in overcoming challenges in their lives.  

ana.jpgBehavioral Health Associate: Ana Chagolla                                                          Ana Chagolla is a Behavioral Health Associate for the Department of Parent Involvement and Community Outreach (PICO). She studied at California State University, San Bernardino where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a concentration in Social Services. Ana then spent her time working as a Behavioral Therapist providing in-home Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) services throughout San Bernardino County. She then continued her education at California State University, San Bernardino where she earned her Master of Social Work degree. She has gained her experience in behavioral and mental health wellness working in school-based mental health services for students in San Bernardino County and continued to gain experience by providing therapeutic services at a mental health clinic within Riverside University Health System (RUHS). Passionate about advocating for mental health services, Ana strives to create meaningful interpersonal relationships with both students and parents in order to foster social and emotional growth and social change in the community. 

 chelsie.jpgBehavioral Health Associate: Chelsie Ramirez                                              Chelsie Ramirez is a Behavioral Health Associate for the Department of Parent Involvement and Community Outreach. She studied at California State University, Fullerton where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Services. She then continued her education at Azusa Pacific University where she earned a Master’s in Social Work with a concentration in Program Administration and Community Outreach. She has gained her experience in behavioral and mental health wellness working within Riverside County to offer acute psychiatric and chemical dependency support for a Mental Health Treatment Center Hospital. Since then, Chelsie has spent her time working in school-based mental health services for San Bernardino County, which led to the obtaining of her Pupil Personal Services Credential from San Jose State University. With a heart committed to youth service, she hopes to be a leader in the public-school system to create a pathway of change for children and youth to positively grow.

christiana.jpgBehavioral Health Associate: Christiana Schenck                                       ​​Christiana Schenck is a behavioral health associate for the Department of Parent Involvement and Community Outreach. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts with multiple subject teaching from Chapman University. She also earned a duel Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Personal Clinical Counseling from Brandman University. She has gained over 3,000 hours of individual therapy and group therapy with adults and children towards licenser. She has worked in many different settings across the mental health aspect including, working in inpatient crisis centers, outpatient mental health clinics, and substance use inpatient treatment facilities with San Bernardino County's Behavioral Health Department.  

Krystal.jpgBehavioral Health Associate: Krystal Sapien                                                  Krystal Sapien, MSW, ASW, is a California Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker. Currently, she is working as a Behavioral Health Associate for the Department of Parent Involvement and Community Outreach for Jurupa Unified School District. She studied at California State University, San Bernardino where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She continued her education at California Baptist University where she earned a Master of Social Work and at the University of California, Los Angeles where she completed her coursework towards her Pupil Personal Services Credential. Krystal’s passion for working with children and their families have been drawn from her work as a community assistant for the Riverside County office of Education – Head Start program. Krystal has drawn from her experience as an intern providing individual therapy at Val Verde Unified School District where she developed a love for providing evidence-based therapy in hopes of normalizing mental health services

Kitcia.jpgBehavioral Health Associate: Kitcia Jaramillo                                                 Kitcia Jaramillo is a Behavioral Health Associate introduction with the Department of Parent Involvement and Community Outreach Program (PICO). In 2015, she received her bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Dance. She furthered her education by obtaining her master's degree in Counseling in 2017. She is currently registered as an Associate Marriage Family Therapist. She has professional experience providing mental health services and substance use treatment in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Throughout the years, Ms. Jaramillo has provided services to children, individual, family, and group therapy to individuals experiencing a wide range of socioemotional problems. She is passionate about building a safer community for children and families


Adriana.jpgBehavioral Health Associate: Adriana Alvarado                                                Adriana Alvarado is a Behavioral Health Associate with the Department of Parent Involvement and Community Outreach. She studied at California State University, San Bernardino where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social work. She furthered her education at California Baptist University where she earned her master's degree in social work. She has provided mental health and case management services to children and their family members to meet their needs in a community based and intensive based outpatient clinic setting. She previously worked as a Children's Services Social worker at the Riverside County Department of Public Services. There, she had the opportunity to work with families and connect them to appropriate services to enhance child welfare. She is passionate about working with children and families and providing them with tools that will help them reach their full potential. 

Elvia.jpgBehavioral Health Associate: Elvia Gallo                                                         ​ Elvia Gallo is a Behavioral Health Associate with the Department of Involvement and Community Outreach (P.I.C.O.). She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from California State University San Bernardino. Elvia furthered her education at California Baptist University, where she earned a master's degree in social work. Elvia has provided case management and mental health services to children, young adults, and their families to meet their needs. She has previously worked for Riverside City College and the California State University of San Bernardino, providing case management for young adults and their families. She recently worked at Riverside County Department of Social Services Children division as a social work practitioner. At D.P.S.S., she provided families with services and resources to promote the safety and well-being of the children and maintain family unity when possible. Elvia enjoys working with children and their families, providing support and adequate resources, and assisting them to become successful. Elvia has always been passionate about helping others, and she is eager to assist children and their families'  become the better versions of themselves.

ashley (2).pngBehavioral Health Associate: Ashley Larios                                                    Ashley Larios is a Behavioral Health Associate with the Department of Parent Involvement and Community Outreach Program. She began her journey learning about children and families in 2014 when she began working towards her undergraduate degree in Child Development from Cal State San Bernardino. Ashley continued her education at Cal State San Bernardino where she obtained her Masters of Social Work in 2021. Her experience ranges from providing school based mental health services to working with adults who have persistent and severe mental health symptoms. Ashley's passion for children and the importance of early intervention and prevention is what drew her back to providing school based services to children and families here at JUSD. She hopes to be able to serve the Jurupa community well and provide families the support that they deserve. Currently, she supports the following JUSD programs: Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPDST) and Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS).

Andrea.jpgBehavioral Health Associate: Andrea Granados                                                            ​Andrea Granados is a Behavioral Health Associate for the Department of Parent Involvement and Community Outreach (PICO). Her passion to be an advocate for others began in high school where she was involved in several organizations such as Key Club-Kiwanis International, the Humane Society and the American Red Cross that provided services to the children ad families of her community and the state of California. Following this passion, she studied at Northern Arizona University where she earned her Advanced Standing Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work in 2020. She then continued her education at the University of Southern California where she earned a Master's in Social Work with a concentration in Children, Youth and Family Studies and her Pupil Personal Services Credential in 2021. Andrea is currently registered as an Associate Social Worker (ASW) with professional experience ranging from providing school based mental health services to providing services through a community outreach lens.  Andrea's passion to advocate for diverse groups and populations is what drew her to providing school-based services to children and families here at JUSD. Currently, she supports the following JUSD programs: Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and treatment (EPSDT) and facilitating social-emotional support groups.​ ​

Sarah.jpgBehavioral Health Associate: Sarah Rodriguez                                              Sarah Rodriguez is one of the Behavioral Health Associates (Associate Clinical Social Worker) for our Parent Involvement and Community Outreach Department. She studied at California State University of Los Angeles, where she earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Social Work. She went on to obtain her Masters degree in Social Work from Azusa Pacific University and her Pupil Personnel Services and Child Welfare & Attendance credential from California State University of Long Beach. Sarah comes to us from the Los Angeles County area where she provided mental health supports for students receiving general education and special education. Furthermore, Sarah has experience working in the non-profit sector where she developed programs for at-promise children and adolescents. Sarah is passionate about mental health and education and looks forward to providing support to JUSD's students. ​​​

MR.jpgBehavioral Health Associate: Marisol Rodriguez                                           Marisol Rodriguez is a Behavioral Health Associate with the Department of Parent Involvement and Community Outreach Program (P.I.C.O). She received her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Psychology, from California State University, San Bernardino. Marisol continued her education at Cal State San Bernardino, and in 2021, she obtained her Masters in Counseling, in conjunction with her Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPS). She is currently registered as an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC). Throughout her professional experience, Marisol has applied herself in a variety of K-12 settings, as an educator, afterschool leader, and previously, as an SEL counselor. It is through her personal and professional experiences where Marisol's passion for providing compassionate, empathetic services and supports to children and their families has continued to grow and develop.​


Giovanna.jpgAssistant Parent E​ngagement Coordinator: Giovanna Luviano​                      Giovanna Luviano is Assistant Parent Engagement Coordinator at JUSD. Giovanna is a longtime resident in Jurupa Valley and started her interest in early childhood by participating in ABC Music & Me and Dinosaur School with her child. She then joined the Department of Parent Involvement & Community Outreach as a HIPPY Home Visitor and Outreach Worker. Passionate about her work with children 0-5 she is currently pursuing an Education in Early Childhood Development to better serve families in our community. Currently Giovanna is the Assistant Coordinator to the HIPPY program and facilitates early childhood prevention and intervention programs including; Dual Immersion HIPPY, and Dinosaur School.​



Bio Carina.jpgAssistant Parent Engagement Coordinator: Carina Diaz                                 ​Carina Diaz is an Assistant Parent Engagement Coordinator for the Parents As Teachers Program. She has lived 40 years in the Jurupa Valley area. She studied at Cal Baptist University where she earned two bachelor's degrees in Liberal Studies with minor in Human Development and Early Childhood Studies. Carina has worked 11 years in Early Head Start/ Head Start programs and has continued growing in her field becoming an Early Education Support Provider for San Deigo County Office of Education, Quality Preschool Initiative program. Passionate about working with children and families in the medical setting, she continues to pursue her education in the Child Life field.



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desi (2).jpegAdministrative Secretary: Desiree Johnson                                                   Desiree Johnson serves as the Administrative Secretary for the Department of Parent Involvement & Community Outreach. Desiree provides office support, new employee orientation, and provides support to the Director of PICO. She has served Jurupa Unified School District for the past 5 years.  She started at Mira Loma Middle School where she worked as the AP Secretary (discipline). During her time at Mira Loma Midde, she became friends with many of the staff. As the discipline secretary she was well liked by the students, even when giving out consequences. Many students who promoted to high school would go back to MLMS to visit and update Desiree on how well they were doing. In 2021, Desiree was invited to a former student's high school graduation because of the impact she made on the student's life. Desiree was able to encourage students to make better choices for their families and themselves.​

 Behavioral Health Peer Specialist II: Ofir Adams
Ofir Adams serves as the BHPS II for the department where she provides resources and guidance to families that are in need of emergency services such as; food, clothing, shoes, & housing/shelter. She also provides case management for all Behavioral Health referrals that are received by the department. Ofir has over 12 years of experience in case management from working with AmeriCorps, DPSS LA County, local city governments and non-profit organizations, and she holds a BA in Criminal Justice from California State University, San Bernardino. Her years of experience in working with at-risk youth and families has given her the knowledge to understand the community we live in and how best to support them during their time of need. 

​​​Translator Clerk-Typist: Morena Diaz
Morena​​ Diaz has served the Jurupa Unified School District for 18 years as a Translator Clerk-Typist. She started at Stone Avenue Elementary where she made a lot of wonderful friends with the teachers, parents, and staff members. Now as a staff member of Parent Involvement and Community Outreach, she translates print media for the department and has been an interpreter for programs like Protecting Our Youth and others.  She also coordinates registration for the programs her department provides and oversees the Clothing Closet at the TSSC. Most importantly, Morena finds joy in helping the members of her community by addressing their immediate needs and connecting them with valuable resources.​


Alejandra.jpgTranslator Clerk-Typist: Alejandra Hernandez                                ​Alejandra Hernandez serves as a Translator Clerk for the Department of Parent Involvement and Community Outreach, where she provides support to the Parents as Teachers program and Behavioral Health Services. Alejandra studied at the University of California Riverside where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish with a concentration in linguistics. She then went on to receive her professional community interpreting certificate from Moreno Valley College where she specialized in business, legal, and medical translation and interpretation. After receiving her certificate, she continued her studies once again at the University of California Riverside, where she received her Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration and Policy where her research focused on student services and student development. Alejandra has proudly served the Jurupa Unified School District for three years, helping bridge language barriers and helping build connections between schools and the community. ​


lupe (2).jpgOutreach Worker: Guadalupe Martinez                                                            ​Guadalupe Martinez studied at California State University, Fullerton where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She began her case managing and child development experience in OC United Foster Care program. She then became a co-coordinator for a Community Youth Outreach program where she continues to serve today. Ms. Martinez is currently an outreach worker for the department of Parent Involvement & Community Outreach, where she serves as a bilingual home visitor for the HIPPY program. She also assists in the following programs: ABC music & me, Pre-k STEM, and Dinosaur School




 Secretary/ Account Clerk: Norma Fenner                                                                             Norma serves as a Secretary/ Account Clerk for the Department of Parent Involvement and Community Outreach. She became involved working with the community with Claremont University where she became a Lifestyle Coach. She worked with the Diabetes Prevention Program where she coached parents on making healthy choices, encouraging physical fitness and monitoring their sugar levels. Norma has been working with the Department of Parent Involvement and Community Outreach for 6 years. She has assisted with the Harvest of the Month and Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. Currently Norma, serves in the 0-5 Home Visitation Advisory Committee, Cal Fresh Healthy Living Program and JUSD Wellness Committee. Norma has experience working with families of young children and has provided services through the ParentChild+ Program, First Steps and currently is a Certified Parent Educator for the Parents As Teachers Program. Supporting families and helping their children become successful is what Norma finds rewarding​.

Analynn (3).pngOutreach Worker: Analynn Baptist

 Analynn Baptist, is currently an Outreach Worker for PICO. She began with PICO in November 2018, providing home visitations, co-facilitating monthly parent group meetings, assisting with community events such as food drives, and many other clerical duties and tasks. . Before joining PICO she worked in the medical field as a Licensed Vocational Nurse where she provided skilled nursing care to home-bound patients for 4 years.  She is currently a student at Riverside City College where she is pursuing her education in Early Child Education.



Destiny.jpgBehavioral Health Peer Specialist I: Destiny Vazquez
Destiny Vazquez serves as a BH Peer Specialist I for the Department of Parent Involvement & Community Outreach. She studied at Ashford University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education and Development. Destiny began her journey with the department in November of 2018 where she provided home visitation for HIPPY, Parent Child+ and facilitated Dinosaur School. Today, Destiny continues to provide home visitation services for Parent Child+, Co-facilitates the Incredible Years program and serves as the department's Parent Partner, where she provides support to parents who have children with behavioral or emotional challenges.



Vero (3).JPGOutreach Worker: Veronica Vargas
Veronica Vargas is an Outreach Worker for the Department of Parent Involvement and Community Outreach. She studied at California State University, San Bernardino where she received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. She is currently working towards her Masters of Science in Clinical Counseling at California Baptist University. Here at PICO, she has gained experience in both early childhood prevention and intervention programs including home visitation. Currently, Veronica teaches PreK STEM, ABC Music & Me, and facilitates Dinosaur School.




2bio pic.jpgBehavioral Health Peer Specialist I: Itzul Flores
Itzul is a Behavioral Health Peer Specialist for PICO providing support services for one of our middle schools. Prior to joining the team Itzul was an activity supervisor at Stone Avenue Elementary for 3 ½ years where she found the passion to help students and families in need. Itzul went off to continue her education full time and started working part time as a Respite provider for home services for 4 years. She gained a lot of knowledge and experiences building relationships and working with children with disabilities and their families to find suitable care and services best fit for their needs. Now she is able to share her shared life experiences and knowledge to help support our students and families of our school district.  



profile pic_PICO_1.jpgBehavioral Health Peer Specialist I: Briana Beam
Briana Beam serves as a BH Peer Specialist for the Department of Parent Involvement & Community Outreach and is currently assigned to Jurupa Valley High School.  Briana is present on campus to provide daily support to students as needed by walking alongside them as a peer and mentor.  In this role, Briana is able to bridge the gap between students and the therapist; her goal is to provide assistance with students decreasing barriers to their academic success by offering lived-in experience of coping with behavioral health challenges.  Mrs. Beam has over six years of experience working with at-risk youth (ages 12-18), and their families, as a case manager and counselor from her time at Riverside County Department of Behavioral Health within the Multi Dimensional Family Therapy program.  Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach.  Briana is passionate about supporting adolescents through their high school years and encouraging them to utilize community resources, coping strategies, and to develop skills that will allow them to live happy and healthy lives through high school and beyond.

IMG_1612.jpegBehavioral Health Peer Specialist I: Cecilia Mendez
Cecilia Mendez serves as a BH Peer Support Specialist for the Department of Parent Involvement & Community Outreach at the Nueva Vista High School campus. Cecilia grew in up in Jurupa Valley and cares about serving this community to the best of her capabilities. She studied at Smith College where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and in Education & Child Studies. She previously worked for the department of Special Education at JUSD and as a Behavior Therapist for a nonprofit organization, working with students in ages ranging from 3-21. Cecilia is dedicated to using her skills and lived experience to provide equitable support to students and families through her outreach work.

Karla.jpgBehavioral Health Peer Specialist I: Karla Silva
Karla Silva is a Behavioral Peer specialist for the Department of Parent Involvement and
Community Outreach. She Earned her Bachlors of Arts in Liberal Studies with a concentration in ​Special Education from California State University of San Bernardino. She was born in
Riverside and raised in Jurupa Valley, where she currently resides. Previously she worked as an
AVID tutor for 3 ½ years where she discovered she is passionate about working with young
adults. As of November 2021 Karla has been at Jurupa Middle being a peer and mentor to
these young students as well as another source of support for families.



Melody (2).jpegBehavioral Health Peer Specialist I: Melody Diaz

Melody Diaz is a Behavioral Health Peer Specialist for the Department of Parent Involvement and Community Outreach (PICO) based at Rubidoux High School. Melody studied at the University of California, Santa Barbara where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and minored in Applied Psychology and Education. She then worked as a behavioral therapist where she provided in-home Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) services and focused on helping children with their independent living and social skills. Having always lived in Jurupa Valley, Melody is motivated to advocate for mental health awareness, support our students, our parents and give back to the community. ​






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