Meet the Staff!

Vincent Pompei                    Co-Chair LGBTQI                   2nd Annual Conference

Ruben Escobar                     Director of Registration

Sarah Bosler &                     Deniece Chideme  Directors of Finance

Camille Sta Elena                 Director Hotel Operation

Cady Barr                               Director of Marketing

Tracy Calimquim & Richard Eberheart                Directors of Speakers and Volunteers

Ibonne Pineda                       Director or Research

Ryan Berry                             Director of Social Events

Felipe Zañartu &                   Hera Kim                              Directors of Technology and Social Networking


About the Center Executive Director

Trish Hatch, Ph.D. is co-author of The ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs (ASCA, 2003, 2005).     In its second edition, it has sold over 43,000 copies.

Her newest book: Evidence Based Practice in School Counseling: Making a Difference with Data Driven Practices is co-authored with two national leaders in school counseling:  Carey Dimmit, PhD and Jay Carey PhD of University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Look for it at

Currently the Director of the Center for Excellence in School Counseling and Leadership (CESCaL) and the Director of the School Counseling Program at San Diego State University, Dr. Hatch is a former school counselor, site level and central office administrator over school counseling programs. She received her PhD in Education: Institutional Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of California at Riverside in 2002.

Dr. Hatch is one of five appointed members of the National Panel for Evidenced-Based School Counseling Practices and has served as Supervisor/Post Secondary Level Vice President of the American School Counselor Association. She is Past President of the State School Counseling Association. She was invited to serve a member of the assessment design team for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards’ (NBPTS) new school counseling certification and as a national trainer for the Education Trust’s Transforming School Counselor Initiative. She has authored numerous articles in the ASCA School Counselor Magazine including her most recent: Today’s School Counselor (Nov/Dec, 2006). 

Dr. Hatch served as a school counselor for ten years, before moving to site and central office administration as the Coordinator of Student Services in Moreno Valley Unified School District.  Under her leadership, the District‘s school counseling programs won multiple state and national awards for excellence including the prestigious California Golden Bell Award.

Dr. Hatch was awarded ASCA's highest honor: The Mary Gherke Life-Time Achievement Award by the American School Counseling Association in June, 2007; the Administrator of the Year by the American School Counseling Association; the Jim Saum Government Relations Award in recognition of her efforts to implement school counseling legislation in California; and the HB McDaniel Foundation Hall of Fame Award at Stanford University for exceptional contribution to the profession of counseling and guidance. 

In March, 2010, Dr. Hatch has received an 'Ohana Award from the Counselors for Social Justice Division of the American Counseling Association.  The award was given at their annual conference in Pittsburgh PA. The 'Ohana Honors awards were created by Drs. Michael D'Andrea and Judy Daniels, Counselor Education faculty from the University of Hawai'i- Manoa. They are given annually by CSJ and honor individuals in counseling who affirm diversity and advocate for social justice in the spirit of nine elements of the indigenous Hawai'ian concept of 'Ohana or extended family.

In May, 2010, Dr. Hatch was awarded the prestigious President's Top 25 Award. Given to the most influential 25 members of the San Diego State University community.

Dr. Hatch is a frequent keynote speaker and trainer at state and national school counseling conferences, academies and institutes, and serves as a consultant and program evaluator to school districts. You can read more about her by visiting her web-site at