Health & Wellness

Meet Our Staff

Mark Shishim

Sharleen O'Brien, Psy.D.

grew up in Petaluma, CA and received her doctorate from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where she focused on integration of eastern and western perspectives in the study of clinical psychology. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and has worked in the Santa Barbara/Goleta community for the past ten years. Her previous work includes Core Faculty and Director of Clinical Training at Antioch University, Clinical Director at New Beginnings Counseling Center, and Project Manager at Santa Barbara County Alcohol, Drug, & Mental Health Services.

Dr. O’Brien brings a deep commitment to promoting well-being in our UCSB community. She brings her administrative and management expertise to her role as the Director of Health & Wellness. Sharleen is excited to contribute to campus-wide initiatives that will support and promote thriving at UCSB and in the Isla Vista community.

Michael Takahara

Michael Kenji Takahara

was raised in eastern part of Los Angeles and received his B.A. in Psychology from UCSB in 1993. He worked at UCSB’s Housing & Residential Life as an assistant resident director before joining Health & Wellness Programs in 1996. Michael supervises our internship marketing, digital/social media coordinators, Health and Wellness Chairs (HAWCs) in the University owned residence halls’ student government and trains interns on alcohol and other drugs issues. In addition to enjoying his family, Michael volunteers his time with Catholic Engaged Encounter and supports Youth Making Change, a youth-led grant-making program that gives young people the opportunity to engage directly in organized philanthropy.

Lorie Morris

Lorie Jean Morris

is the Office Manager for the Health & Wellness Programs. Coming from a background in banking, customer service and accounts payable, Lorie makes sure the Health & Wellness staff and interns have the resources they need to successfully put on workshops, events, classes and activities. Lorie also coordinates our marketing and supervises our student office staff. When she’s not designing materials for the interns, Lorie is out taking photos or Photoshop classes. You can find her on Sundays down at the Cabrillo Art Walk selling her photography.

Joanna Hill

is originally from “the” Valley (San Fernando). She started as a student in Health and Wellness in 1996. She was a Relationships Peer, Summer Theater actor and instructional assistant before she earned her BA in Sociology in 1997. She has worked for the UCSB Arts Library, UCSB Alumni Association, and with autistic men at the Devereux Foundation. Joanna’s staff career in Health & Wellness began in 2001 as advisor for the Sexual Health Peers and the Relationships Peers. Over the years, she has trained students, faculty and staff on all areas of Health & Wellness, her favorites being body image and stress management. Joanna currently oversees the Health & Wellness Corps, the Healthy Eating and Living program, and community partnerships. Joanna enjoys exploring Santa Barbara with her partner, Bruce, and their two young boys, Cal and Otis. They keep her challenged and busy on the home front.

Jason Stone

Jason Stone

grew up in Santa Barbara, CA and received his M.S. with a specialization in wellness programming in the study of physiology and health promotion. He is a certified strength and condition specialist, certified personal trainer, and certified ergonomic assessment specialist. He served as the fitness center & program manager at Page Fitness Center and served as a specialist at SBCC and Vista Del Monte working with special populations in post rehabilitation, cardiac rehabilitation, and injury prevention. At UCSB, he has worked for Housing & Residential Services in injury prevention, ergonomics, wellness programs, and safety. He also served at the Department of Recreation implementing and coordinating an innovative occupational health and wellness program for faculty and staff workers compensation patients. In addition to his work, he also enjoys singing, Olympic weight lifting, strength training, and traveling. Jason currently advises for special projects and innovative strategies, manages evaluations for the department, and teaches the sexual health and relationships program. As a proud alumni of UCSB, Jason brings a great passion and dedication for providing quality wellness programming and health education for the gaucho community!

Sonya Gross

was raised in Chico, California and received her B.A. in psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2012. During her time at UT Knoxville, Sonya served as a sexual health educator through the LGBT Student Union on campus. She also completed her senior thesis looking at the impact of social stress on alcohol self-administration. Sonya went on to complete her M.A. in psychology at UCSB in summer 2015 and has since joined Health and Wellness Programs. Sonya currently advises the Wellness Collaborative as well as the alcohol and other drugs program. She enjoys comic books, videogames, Twilight Zone marathons, and snuggling with her long-haired dachshund, Mayor Quimby.

Jason Stone

Jacqueline Garcia

was born in Los Angeles, CA and raised in the county of Riverside. Her passion for health, food science and nutrition led her to Davis, CA where she received her B.S. in Clinical Nutrition from UC Davis and certification as a National Food Protection Manager. At UC Davis, Jacqueline served as a Resident Advisor for UC Davis Student Housing and conducted research for the Department of Nutrition. She also held leadership positions for the Environmentally Conscious Nutritionally Alive Population organization, the UC Davis Leadership Council, the Student Nutrition Association. Most recently, she served as a Dietetic Technician at St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital where she applied her expertise in clinical dietetics and food safety management. Her previous work includes Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) at the California Department of Public Health, Kaiser Permanente, Camp Kaiser, and Winters Healthcare Foundation. In addition to her work, Jacqueline enjoys spending time with her loved ones, trying new foods, attending live music performances, traveling with her partner, Eric, and an occasional competitive match of air hockey. Jacqueline brings much passion and enthusiasm to cultivate an inclusive and healthful environment that nurtures overall well-being through the Food, Nutrition and Basic Skills program for the UCSB and Isla Vista Community!

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Health & Wellness makes a commitment to provide a safe and supportive environment for people from all genders, gender expressions, and sexual orientations. All career staff members have received training from the Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity, and we make a commitment to ongoing learning.



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