Canada College Counseling

Meet the Staff

Bryon RameyWelcome to Cañada College, my name is Byron Ramey and I’ve been with the San Mateo Community College District representing our dynamic counseling team for nearly a decade. Following completion of my Master’s Degree from SJSU in Educational Counseling, I started with Cañada College as a general counselor providing academic, career and personal counseling. In addition, I specialize in working with athletes and military veterans. I am blessed to be working in the CA community college system and look forward to working with new students.

On my free time I enjoy outdoor activities, including; skiing, surfing and camping.

My name is Cindy Mata. I am a part-time counselor at Cañada College.Cindy Mata I’ve worked in general counseling, EOPS, and I’ve taught career courses. I started my educational career at community college where I earned an Associate’s degree, I went on to get a Bachelor’s degree in both Psychology and Sociology, and ultimately, I received a Master’s degree in Counseling with concentrations in College, Career, and Marriage, Child and Family Counseling from San Francisco State University.

I was the first college graduate in my family. I truly believe in the power of education. I especially love community college; it’s a transformative place where one can change his/her life. Come on in and let’s talk about how college can enhance your life. Let me help you reach your academic goals!

Hello – my name is Gloria Darafshi and I am a part-time Counselor at the college. I have worked at Cañada for over 10 years and have experience working in General Counseling, EOPS, Instruction, and Transfer. I also teach CRER 137 Life and Career Planning. My educational degree is a Master’s in Social Work (MSW).Gloria Darafshi Prior to working in education, I worked for the County of San Mateo Human Services Dept., for the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts as a Grant Manager, and in my home state of Connecticut for a private, non-profit that served recovering alcoholics and ex-offenders. I love the diversity of students at Cañada College and helping students to achieve their educational goals!

My name is Karen Olesen and I am a partner, daughter, sister, cousin, aunt, great-aunt, friend here in California and in Denmark; My hobbies, include watching and sometimes participating in all sports, watching and reading documentaries and biographies, traveling (Europe, Honduras, Peru, Russia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Columbia, Aruba), keeping close to family and friends; I enjoy the comradery with our counseling team and especially appreciate the opportunity to provide support to our students as a Academic & Career Counselor. B.S. Criminology/Corrections, Fresno State University, M.S. Counseling Education, San Francisco State University.

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Biology, psychology, biomedical science, chemistry
Ph.D. student, department of chemistry Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
Masters of Public Health (2001) from Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health (Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, Ohio; University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio; Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio)
M.S. (1999) in Biomedical Science, Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, Ohio
Post graduate study (1992-1996) in geology, philosophy, nutrition, chemistry, and meteorology at University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

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