Parent Involvement and Community Outreach Staff
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.
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).
Social 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.
Behavioral 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.
Behavioral 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.
Behavioral Health Therapist I: 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).
Behavioral Health Therapist I: Tanya Aviles My passion for helping others stems from being exposed to the mental health field since my early childhood years. I grew up around my family’s adult residential facility for chronically mentally ill adults where eventually I became the facility administrator for fifteen years. I began my pursuit for higher education at Riverside Community College where I earned my associates of arts degree and then I transferred to the University of California Riverside where I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. I received my Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Professional Clinical Counseling and a concentration in Forensic Psychology at California Baptist University. As a master student, I provided mental health therapeutic services for at risk youth and adults during my one-year internship, at the Carolyn E. Wylie Center. As an associate therapist, I earned the majority of my clinical experience during my five years working in the non-profit sector, at Family Service Association, where I provided clinical services to children and adult survivors of trauma, and I assisted with coordinating services for their CHAT therapy program and their Set-4-School program. During my time at Family Service Association, I received training in Parent Child Interaction Therapy, Teacher Child Interaction Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Incredible Years Parenting Curriculum, Incredible Years Dinosaur School, Incredible Beginnings Teacher Training Series. I believe that having good mental health is as essential as having good nutrition and I strive to support my clients in achieving there optimal well-being.
Behavioral Health Therapist I: Ana Chagolla Ana Chagolla is a Behavioral Health Therapist I 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.
Behavioral 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.
Behavioral Health Therapist I: Krystal Sapien Krystal Sapien, MSW, ASW, is a California Registered Associate Clinical
Social Worker. Currently, she is
working as a Behavioral Health Therapist I 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
Behavioral 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.
Behavioral 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).
Behavioral Health Associate: Veronica Vargas
Veronica Vargas is a Behavioral Health Associate 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 recently earned 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.
Behavioral Health Associate: Kaylee Casto Kaylee Casto is a Behavioral Health Associate for the Department of Parent Involvement and Community Outreach at Jurupa Unified School District. She is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. Kaylee earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She continued her education at Cal Poly Pomona where she earned a Master of Science degree in Psychology. Kaylee has experience providing group and individual psychotherapy to children and adolescents.
Assistant Parent Engagement 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.
Administrative 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.
Outreach Worker: 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.
Secretary/ Accounty Clerk: 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.
Outreach 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.
Outreach 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.
Behavioral 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.
Behavioral 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.
Behavioral 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.
Behavioral 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.
Outreach Worker: Michele Rivera My name is Michele
Rivera and I received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from California State
University of Fullerton. I’ve had the opportunity to work with students in K-12
grade as a tutor for many years. Before working here I worked with the Boys and
Girls Club of Garden Grove in the Family Youth Outreach program where we would
provide counseling, educational classes and other community programs for at
risk youth and families. I was also a program coordinator with Think Together
at Mira Loma Middle School. I look forward to working with our families.
Translator Clerk-Typist: Jessica Gonzalez Calderon My interest in education began when I was an elementary school student. However, I didn’t commit to that career until later in my life. I received the California State Seal of Biliteracy on my high school diploma. I graduated from Riverside City College receiving 4 associate degrees. In 2017, I started working at JUSD as a Bilingual language tutor and that’s where I discovered my passion for education. I loved helping students learn and seeing them recognize their accomplishments and goals. I fell in love with the Dual Immersion program and it became my goal. Seeing the students mastering two languages was rewarding. I’m currently still in school pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and the multiple subject credential. Throughout my time in the district I’ve been able to help students and parents communicate their concerns and questions where language would have been an extra barrier before. I’m happy to be in a position where I can help our students, staff and community at JUSD.