2023 Commencement

May 12, 2023 - Ceremony for Class of 2023 PhD, DSW, MSW and MSN

Apply Now - Master of Social Work

Fall 2023 Deadline: Full-Time - April 3
Summer 2023 Deadline: Part-Time/Flex - February 15

Meet Our Staff


Meet Our Staff
Monica Ellis


Malinda Sampson
Services Manager, PhD Program

Years with the school: 36

Malinda is one of the "lifelong Trojans" - serving over three decades and most of her entire career at USC. She has been with the school of social work in various positions and departments over these years, including practicum education as a systems analyst for over 10 years. She has served under five deans during her tenure. Since 2002, she has managed the PhD Program, working with renowned faculty and remarkable students that are making significant research contributions in the field of science.

Fun fact: Any DIY project is Malinda's calling. It comes from a family history of general contractors and carpenters.

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Anna Zaragoza Administrative Budget Assistant, Virtual Academic Center

Jenny Kim

Jenny Kim Administrative Assistant, Practicum Education

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Daisy Ventura Assistant Director of Admissions Operations

Bill Monro Research Manager

Maria Ofori 300x300

Maria Ofori Budget Business Technician

Laura Onasch-Vera

Laura Onasch-Vera Project Administrator, Coordinated Entry System Research and Refinement Project

James Kelly

James Kelly Senior Faculty Affairs Coordinator / Faculty Manager

Jonathan Hoonhout

Jonathan Hoonhout Project Administrator, Children's Data Network

Sandra Parra

Sandra Parra Senior Student Programs Advisor

Maeve Harding

Maeve Harding Development Officer, Advancement

Xuan Nguyen

Xuan Nguyen Office Administrator, Office of the Dean

Ron Rubalcaba

Ron Rubalcaba Assistant Director of Admissions

Monica Ellis

Monica Ellis Senior Executive Director, Academic Operations & Strategic Development

Maricel Veluz

Maricel Veluz Student Services Manager, Academic Operations

Keisha Lee

Keisha Lee Practicum Data Coordinator, Virtual Academic Center and Workforce Development

Hailey Winetrobe Nadel

Hailey Winetrobe Nadel Center Operations Coordinator, USC Center for AI in Society

Ellen Castillo

Ellen Castillo Budget/Business Technician

Carolina Peralta Ventura

Carolina Peralta Ventura Associate Director of Practicum Education and Telebehavioral Health Operations

Rebin Zangana

Rebin Zangana Practicum Office Manager, Virtual Academic Center

Necole Yaacoub

Necole Yaacoub Director of Admissions

Mary Gelejian

Mary Gelejian Student Services Advisor, Academic Advisement and Registrar's Office

Romulo Tolentino, Jr. Admissions Coordinator, Master of Science in Nursing Lead

LaTasha Young

LaTasha Young Budget Analyst, Advancement

Malinda Sampson

Malinda Sampson PhD Program Manager

Karla Gomez

Karla Gomez Program Assistant, Telebehavioral Health Clinic

Connie Chang

Connie Chang Senior Financial Analyst

Steven Hong

Steven Hong Director, Information Technology

Mayra Gomez

Mayra Gomez Senior Admissions Counselor

Josh Watson

Josh Watson Assistant Dean, Student Affairs

Ynah Veniegas

Ynah Veniegas VAC Program Administrator, Academic and Faculty Affairs

Amanda Decker

Amanda Decker Senior Development Officer, Constituent Relations and Advancement Operations

Otis Clarke

Otis Clarke VAC Registrar and Student Services