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Meet our staff

Counseling Department Staff

 

Marianne Auten

(602) 787-6551
E-mail

 Marianne Auten

Title/Degree:

Master of Counseling, Doctorate in Higher Education and Adult Learning (June, 2013)

Areas of specialization:

Career Development, College Success, Mindset, Math Anxiety, Grief Recovery, Scholarships

Special Projects:

Positive Psychology,  Learning Communities, New Student Success Program, Honors, Mindset Workshops

Classes Taught:

College Success, Career Exploration, Honors Forum, The Science of Happiness

What are your passions, hobbies, interests?

Spending time with family and friends, a new grandchild in 2013!, travelling, white water rafting, reading, volunteering

Who or what are your inspirations?

Jesus Christ and those who make a lasting
difference in the lives of others.

What is one place you would like to visit?

England, Australia, Thailand, Belize

What are some of your proudest accomplishments?

Happily married for 30+ years. Raised two happy, successful kids (now adults). Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. Successfully changed careers from Environmental Science to Counseling.

What are 5 words you would use to describe yourself?

Enthusiastic, curious, caring, adventurous, friendly


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Cathy Mendoza

(602) 787-7998
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 Cathy Mendoza

Title/Degree:

M.C.

Classes Taught:

Career Exploration, Strategies for College Success, Career and Personal Development

What are your passions, hobbies, interests?

Spending time with my family and close friends, watching foreign films, traveling, camping, and swimming.

Who or what are your inspirations?

Jesus, Mother Theresa, Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz, Ghandi and my grandmother.

What is one place you would like to visit?

Kenya, China, Tibet, Egypt, and Australia

What are some of your proudest accomplishments?

Earning graduate degree in counseling and being a mom to two wonderful girls.

What are 5 words you would use to describe yourself?

Loyal, kind, adventurous, honest, and compassionate.


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Donna Mosher

(602) 787-6543
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Donna Mosher

Title/Degree:

Master of Counseling

Areas of specialization:

Women's Issues, Boundary and Relationship Issues,, Healing from Trauma, Grief Recovery, Mindfulness, and Compassion

Classes Taught:

Women In Transition, Introduction to Meditation, Stress Management, Yoga

Who or what are your inspirations?

Nature, human kindness, and compassion inspire me. I believe the courage to grow is noticed by the universe...I aspire to continue to grow throughout my own life and to encourage other people's growth in ways that are meaningful to them

What are your passions, hobbies, interests?

Sharing with close friends, being in nature, practicing yoga, cultivating stillness within

 

What are 5 words you would use to describe yourself?

Compassionate, kind, mindful, reflective, gentle


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Sylvia Piceno

(602) 787-7159
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Title/Degree:

Ma. Ed. in counseling

Areas of specialization:

Working with ESL students and high school-college bridge programs

Classes Taught:

Study Skills Development, Strategies for College Success, Career Development

What are your passions, hobbies, interests?

I love good movies, books, concerts, food, time with my family, hiking, flowers, laughter,...

Who or what are your inspirations?

Caesar Chavez, Martin Luther King Jr. and people I meet every day who have overcome some adversity in their lives. I'm truly awed by the potential of the human spirit.

What are some of your proudest accomplishments?

I am a strong believer in giving back and to our communities and that we have a responsibility to reach out and help those who may be less fortunate than ourselves.


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Marianne Roccaforte

(602) 787-7158
E-mail

 Marianne Roccaforte

Title/Degree:

Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies

Areas of specialization:

Psychology of the artist, creativity, career decision-making, first-generation college student success, cross-cultural issues, young-adult identity development

Classes Taught:

Career Exploration, Career & Personal Development, Creating College Success, Peer Mentor Training, "The Artistic Experience: Biography & Identity" (learning community)

What are your passions, hobbies, interests?

Playing music; enjoying all the fine and performing arts

Who or what are your inspirations?

Hope, faith, and love--in action.

What is one place you would like to visit?

The annual Newport (Rhode Island) Jazz Festival.

What are some of your proudest accomplishments?

Making a difference in young people's lives.

What are 5 words you would use to describe yourself?

Optimistic, energetic, spontaneous, idealistic, reflective.


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James Rubin

(602) 787-6540
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 James Rubin

Title/Degree:

Ph.D., Division Chair, Counseling & Personal Development Division

Classes Taught:

Developing Personal Spirituality, Eliminating Self-defeating Behavior, Career Exploration, Personal Development, Student Success Orientation, Male-Female Communication

What are your passions, hobbies, interests?

Mountain biking, meditation, reading

Who or what are your inspirations?

Jesus, Buddha, Jack Kornfield, His Holiness the Dalai Lama

What is one place you would like to visit?

Tibet, Thailand, China

What are some of your proudest accomplishments?

Raising two healthy and happy children

What are 5 words you would use to describe yourself?

Compassionate, creative, curious, friendly, focused

 

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Diane Chapman

(602) 787-7159
E-mail

 James Rubin

Title/Degree:

Masters in Counseling & Human Development.  Doctorate in Higher Education & Adult Learning

Classes Taught:

Strategies for College Success

What are your passions, hobbies, interests?

Spending time with family, films, fine arts, weather, and nature – particularly the oceans

Who or what are your inspirations?

Rosa Parks, Hugh Thompson, Jr.  Ordinary people who find the hero within.

 

What is one place you would like to visit?

Stonehenge

What are some of your proudest accomplishments?

My two children, my connection with students, earning my doctorate

What are 5 words you would use to describe yourself?

Empathetic, enthusiastic, positive, collaborative, and curious

 


 

Contact Us

Location: KSC Building
Phone: 602-787-6540
Fax: 602-787-6565
email: counseling@paradisevalley.edu

Mon-Thurs 8:00am-6:30pm
Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm

Academic Advising:
Phone: 602-787-7060
email: advising@paradisevalley.edu

Staff

Division Chair:

Dr. James Rubin
james.rubin@paradisevalley.edu
602-787-6540

Counselors:

Marianne Auten
marianne.auten@paradisevalley.edu
602-787‒6551

Diane Chapman
diane.chapman@paradisevalley.edu
602-787‒7159

Cathy Mendoza
cathy.mendoza@paradisevalley.edu
602-787‒7998

Donna Mosher
donna.mosher@paradisevalley.edu
602-787‒6543

Sylvia Piceno
sylvia.piceno@paradisevalley.edu
602-787–7159

Marianne Roccaforte
marianne.roccaforte@paradisevalley.edu
602-787‒7158



Office Coordinator:

Debbie Brown
debra.brown@paradisevalley.edu
602-787-6541


Receptionist:

Martha Gould
Martha.gould@paradisevalley.edu
602-787-6540

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