Tom Merrell

Assistant Dean and Director

Tom Merrell is a graduate of Santa Clara University where he received his Master's degree in Special Education. Prior to coming to USF, he worked as a special educator and teacher trainer for the Santa Clara County Office of Education in San Jose, CA., and Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA. Tom's teaching and research interests include educating at-risk and gang-identified youth; accommodations, documentation, transition, and assessment of adults with LD & ADHD; and program evaluation, including retention of students with disabilities.

Jessica Kench

Associate Director & Disability Specialist

Originally a native of northern Virginia, Jessica has lived in San Francisco for almost 10 years. She earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Vermont and her Master's degree in Family Studies from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Her experience in education includes tutoring, working in residence life, academic advising and disability services. Prior to working at the University of San Francisco, she advised students on academic probation and coordinated services for students with disabilities at the Art Institute of California, San Francisco. When she is not at USF, you'll find her spending time with her daughter and husband, cooking, and taking advantage of all that San Francisco has to offer!

Corey Barber 

Assistant Director & Disability Specialist

Corey has her Bachelor’s degree from Boston University and is an alumna of the University of San Francisco where she received her Master’s degree in counseling psychology. She has considerable experience implementing accommodations for college-aged students with disabilities as well as experience counseling and mentoring adolescents/adults with all disability types including psychological, health, and AD/HD as well as physical disabilities and cognitive disabilities. In her spare time, Corey can be found enjoying the California sunshine in wine country or one of San Francisco’s glorious parks.

Emily Schermerhorn

Disability Specialist

Emily got her Bachelor's degree from Ball State University and a Master's degree from Indiana University School of Social Work.  She has over 12 years of experience working in an educational setting serving students with mental health related challenges as well as various other disabilities.  Prior to working in SDS Emily was the USF Case Manager in the Office of the Dean of Students.  In her free time Emily enjoys curling, hiking, cooking, exploring San Francisco and trips to wine country.

Gregory Lee

Office Coordinator

Born and raised in San Francisco, Gregory graduated from USF in 2015 with a degree in Finance and a minor in Computer Science. During all four of his undergrad years, he was a student worker for Student Disability Services, assisting with alternative testing, electronic text conversions, and account management. He is very familiar with the accommodations provided by the department and is eager to learn more. While a USF office coordinator by day, by night he is the head coach of the Chinatown YMCA's youth and adult swim team.

Melissa Bautista

Office Coordinator

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Melissa graduated from USF in 2018 with a degree in Psychology. During her years as an undergraduate, she worked as a student worker at the Learning, Writing, and Speaking Center. Melissa is interested in pursing her Master’s Degree either in Counseling or Special Education. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, especially with her younger sister.