Brent received his M.A. in Psychology from the University of the Pacific and B.S. in Psychology from Willamette University. Over Brent's career, he has worked with a diverse population of individuals to provide career planning, job placement, academic advising, and coordination of vocational and academic accommodation services.
Prior to coming to SSU in 2001, Brent worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor where he was the liaison to school districts in Seattle providing academic and career counseling for high school students with disabilities, and helped facilitate academic accommodation services for the students at local post-secondary institutions.
Brent also served as a Habilitation Plan Administrator /Behavioral Specialist at Fircrest School in Seattle for four years where he directed the activities of an interdisciplinary team at the Residential Habilitation Center (RHC); monitored treatment plans and other standards to assure compliance with Federal and State policies, procedures, regulations, and laws. Brent is a transplant from Seattle and native of Portland, Oregon. He enjoys family activities, running, weight training, kayaking, hiking, and gardening.
Christy Giambastiani has been at Sonoma State University serving as Disability Management Advisor in Disability Services for Students since August 2007. She received a B.S. in Biology from UCLA.
Prior to coming to SSU, Christy had over 12 years of experience working as a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor and Orientation and Mobility Specialist in California, Canada, and most recently, Australia. She received a Diploma of Guide Dog Instruction from Guide Dogs Victoria, (Australia) and a Certificate IV in Orientation and Mobility, (Vision Impairment Support) from the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind. Christy completed further studies in brain function and neurological vision impairment with Guide Dogs Victoria.
As a mobility specialist, Christy worked in multidisciplinary rehabilitation teams providing mobility services and training, counseling, disability access and advocacy support to adults and children with blindness and other disabilities. She also assessed and trained dogs to become guide dogs and coordinated the Pets as Therapy program.
Christy is originally from California, but has lived in Vancouver, Canada and most recently, Melbourne, Australia, for six years before she returned to the USA in 2006. She enjoys traveling, hiking, gardening, scrap-booking, and spending time with animals, particularly dogs, horses, and her two transplanted Aussie cats.
JoAnne Jaggars has been serving as the Administrative Coordinator in DSS since January 2011.
After being a stay-at-home mom for 15 years, JoAnne re-entered the workforce as an Instructional 1:1 Assistant for disabled students in the high school setting. This eventually lead her to an opportunity to work for the disabled community in a larger population, serving as an Administrative Assistant to both the Clinical and Executive Directors of Sonoma Developmental Center for 2 ½ years. Just prior to joining the DSS team at Sonoma State University, JoAnne worked as the Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Human Resources at Centra Healthcare in Lynchburg Virginia. In all capacities, JoAnne has provided direct support to executives and consumers alike, and in particular, has been dedicated to enriching the lives of people living with disabilities.
JoAnne is a California native, raised in Northern California, and living in Sonoma County for most of her adult life. She enjoys cooking, singing, reading, and most of all spending time with her family.
Jack joined the DSS team at Sonoma State University as Alternate Media/Assistive Technology Specialist in 2010.
Jack and his team provide accessible course materials to students with qualified print-related disabilities. He also works closely with DSS students to make sure they receive necessary trainings to effectively utilize assistive technologies during their educational career at Sonoma State University and beyond.
Inspired by his parents who were professors for nearly four decades, Jack's interest in a career within the higher education system began while he was in college. Since the early 2000s, Jack has been working with students in various higher education settings.
Jack received his Master of Fine Art from Academy of Art University in San Francisco where he focused on the areas of user-centered design, usability, interactive design and accessibility for the Web and mobile devices. Jack is currently pursuing his Doctor of Education degree at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.
Jack travels around the U.S. and overseas whenever possible. While on these trips, he enjoys interacting with people from different regions and countries to learn things that are not often found on Lonely Planet or Wikipedia websites. Jack is a photography enthusiast who keeps record of good taco trucks throughout California.